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First Open Sunday September 11th, 1-4pm CAPITOL HILL 1113 Park Street, NE Perfectly Charming On Park! Set on idyllic Park Street this three bedroom/one and one half bath home sets the bar for romanticized Hill living! The current owner’s have thoughtfully and tastefully updated and renovated this home to please the fussiest of buyer! If it is true that the heart of a home is the kitchen—this home has a very big heart! This expanded and renovated kitchen will delight with copious cabinets and clever storage, a deep farm sink, granite, upgraded stainless steel appliances, custom lighting and an area for informal dining overlooking the professionally designed and installed rear garden. With details such as original wood floors, moldings, a wood burning fireplace, custom closet organizers and a HUGE skylight that makes this home burst with natural light—the stage is set leaving the home to wonder who is next? Is it you? $649,000

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! $279,000

Indian Head, MD 6075 Chapmans Landing Road Stately English Manor Home Plus A Separate Guest House!! Approximately sixteen miles to Washington, DC, and Virginia!! Elegant custom English Manor Home with detached brick and stucco guest house sits on three meticulously maintained acres adjacent to 2,200 acre Chapmans State Forest. Backyard paradise features a 24x34 oval shaped gunnite concrete in-ground pool and large deck, life-like play house with swing and play area, several out buildings. Main house has a two car garage, circular driveway and parking for ten plus cars – guest house also features a three car garage. Enjoy this serene setting with lots of wild life in your own backyard. $845,000

New Creek, WV Three Ponds Cottage at Nancy Hanks Farm! Lovely hand crafted cottage set in the foothills of West Virginia. Lovingly built by a local artisan as her personal residence using reclaimed and green building products. While also utilizing new high energy-efficient windows, insulation and radiant heat stone and wood floors. Boasting two bedrooms/two baths with a vaulted ceiling in the living room and a separate dining area. The property is 7+/- acres and features a large swimming pond with dock, two additional smaller ponds, a separate workshop, a root cellar built into a hillside and a large garden at the rear of the cottage. Perfectly idyllic in setting! Additional acreage available. For information contact Peter Principe @ (202) 297-5586. $248,500

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n McCoy Press – In McCoy Press – Health Research, News, Commentary and Resources: A 58-year-old male with shoulder and neck pain sought chiropractic care. Past history revealed two major car accidents that involved hospitalizations. Concurrently, the patient had many symptoms related to depression and anxiety, such as poor concentration, irritability, lethargy, panic attacks, and heart palpitations. The patient scored 46 on the Beck Depression Inventory-II, indicating severe depression. Interventions and Outcomes: The patient was seen 3 times per week for 3 months to reduce spinal misalignment in a highly specific fashion. Improvement in quality of life was documented. Conclusions: The success of chiropractic improvement of spinal distortion patterns and nervous system interference case suggests that chiropractic can play a significant role in improving depressive and anxiety symptoms. The stresses of life—chemical, physical, psychological—are the cause of our disease. They first create havoc by upsetting the normal function of our nervous system. For the better health and life experience of you and your family – Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center 411 East Capitol St., SE 202.544.6035. Serving our neighborhood since 1985. ADVERTISEMENT




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GO.SEE.DO. HillFest 2011 Help celebrate our great neighborhood from H Street, NE to the Riverfront. Designed to introduce residents to all corners of our diverse community, Hillfest is a two-week series of events sponsored by the Hill Rag and produced in partnership with CHAMPS--Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce. Hillfest starts with the inaugural H Street Chalk Walk on Sept. 10, moves on to the H Street Festival on Sept. 17 and ends with the Fall Festival on Barracks Row on Sept. 24. Hillfest offers opportunities to dine inexpensively, participate in selecting the Hill’s best baristas and bartenders and discover unique items carried by the neighborhood boutique retailers. (

Takoma Park Folk Festival Billed as the DC area’s Woodstock without all the mud, this remarkable annual festival has seven stages of music and dance, a juried craft show and entertainment all day on Sunday, Sept. 11, 10:30 AM.-6:30 PM. Performing are singersongwirters David A. Alberding, David Glaser, Eric Scott, Jean Bayou, Jim Heald, Austin Ellis and Bob Sima along with a dozen rock, jazz, Irish, African, American Indian, acoustic guitar and folk bands. Takoma Park Middle School. 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Takoma Park, MD. (301589-0202. Primitivity, an amplified, hard-rock cello ensemble, will appear at 2:15 p.m. on the Seventh Heaven Stage. Photo: Courtesy of Takoma Park Folk Festival 14 ★ HillRag | September 2011

Inaugural SW ArtsFest “Discover Southwest” This September, DC’s smallest quadrant will hold its first annual SW ArtsFest. SW ArtsFest 2011 will bring together nine different organizations to present a cross-section of Southwest’s cultural community through a three-day festival with the theme “Discover Southwest.” The collaboration will include the (e)merge art fair and the Marcãtus Creative Art Market, performances and children’s activities at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, the 10th Annual DC Jazz Preservation Festival, the Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival, an outdoor art studio for children, and much more. Sept. 23-25 at various venues in Southwest DC. (

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC Art All Night, DC’s first-ever overnight contemporary arts festival, will bring Paris’ Nuit Blanche to Washington on Saturday, September 24th. From 7:00 p.m. that night until 3:00 a.m. the following morning, painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, musical artists, DJs and more will fill 20 public and private spaces, indoors and out, from Shaw to Gallery Place, along Seventh and Ninth streets, NW. While most artists will be from the DC metro area, an international contingent will include German, Spanish and French participants. Sponsored by Shaw Main Streets, the event is free. (For more information,

Bay Harvestfest Saturday, Sept. 10, noon-6:00 PM. This is the first annual Bay Harvestfest as the Town of North Beach revamps the ever-popular Bayfest. This year’s event will bring cooler weather, fall decorating along the town’s streets streets, children’s activities, and you can feast on Chesapeake Bay Crabs, Oysters and Shrimp while listening to Sam Grow Band and Anthony Ryan Country playing on the pavilion areas. (301-855-6681. ★ 15

Celebrating Th e from H Street Hill to the RiverfroNE, nt!

September 10-24 SPECIAL EVENTS H Street NE Chalk Walk. Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:00 AM-6:30 PM. From 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, brunch around, watch artists work and participate in community mural at Fourth and H. From 3:00-6:30 PM, view finished entries and vote for favorite entry. 6:30 PM, after party at Miss Whisley’s Golden Dollar, 1104 H St. NE. H Street Festival. Saturday, Sept. 17, noon-7:00 PM. Anwar Saleem, Executive Director of H Street Main Street, and the entire H Street community invite you to join them for H Street Festival 2011, DC’s best neighborhood festival. H Street has so much to celebrate this year--the completion of the streetscape project, the opening of many new businesses along the corridor, and the survival of the businesses that have been part of our community for years. They want you to enjoy the “new” H Street as part of an even larger crowd than the 35,000 who loved H Street Festival 2010. So, they’ve planned quite an all day party for young and old alike. In addition to all of the stuff that made last year’s festival great-like the live music on 4 stages, the artcars, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, the fashion shows, the patio 16 ★ HillRag | September 2011

cafes and the street parades, they’ve added even more entertainment and events to H Street Festival 2011’s 6 blocks of Urban Fun. Eighth to 14th sts. on H St. NE.

Barracks Row Fall Festival. Saturday, Sept. 24, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. For the past ten years the annual Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill has been a day of music, food and favorite local traditions. The Home of the Commandants and Marine Barracks Washington are both open again this year for docent-led tours.

Trapeze School New York aerialists, back for their second appearance at Barracks Row Fall Festival, will pose on “silks” high above the midway. Also returning will be the Petting Zoo, introducing city kids to farm animals. Capital Bikeshare’s First BirthThe Redskins cheerleaders will again day Party. Sept. 22, 6:00-9:00 PM. bring NFL glamour to the fair. Chefs Live music, food, games, moonfrom all branches of the United States bounce, giveaways and more. military will create culinary Celebrate their first birthday masterpieces in a black-box Dining Specials for HillFest and join in the fun. Mooncook-off. Once more a panel Lavagna bounce. Bungee Run and of hidden judges decides at the 539 8th St SE, 202-546-5006 Gladiator Joust. Natmobileclose of the festival who will be 3 course meal for $25.00, available nightly starting at 4pm. -Show your support for our Top Chef in the US Military. Offer valid from Sept. 10-24 hometown team! The NatEnding the day, the United Belga Mobile will be on hand for States Marine Corps Silent 514 8th Street Southeast, 202-544-0100 signups for free giveaways, Drill Platoon will perform Prix fixe burger lunch menu (20.69 pp) and a prix fixe dinner playing music and highlights their unforgettable rifle and menu (36.69 pp) with suggested beer pairings, as well as and passing out ticket option marching routines. New This our regular menus. These prix fixe menus are not available for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Valid from Sept. 10-24 information. Hooping GarYear, the Washington Nationden--free your inner-child als’ Presidential Bobble Heads Trattoria Alberto or uncork a hidden talent in will help open the fair but can’t 506 8th Street Southeast, 202-544-2007 Appetizer, entree, and dessert from a special HillFest Lunch the hooping garden. Hooperstay long--they have a date later Menu. $20.95. Valid Sept. 10-24, 2011. Only items on the NATURAL™ will be runin the afternoon at the ballpark HillFest Lunch Menu are included in the fixed price lunch ning a Hooping Garden. to compete in their renowned meal. Stop by and try some modern Presidential Race for baseball Sonoma hooping - it’s hoola hooping fans at the last home game of 223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-544-8088 with a large, adult-size hoop. the season. Tickets to this fiFrom 5-7:30pm only: $35 for a three-course meal from SpeGranetta Coleman, a certinal game will be for sale at the cial Hillfest Menu. fied Hooping instructor will festival. The DC Roller Girls *subject to change depending on seasonal availability this offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or be on hand to help you hoop will be on the midway all day promotions. Does not include tax or gratuity. and to show you some cool long showing off their skatmoves. Free Whole Foods ing skills. An expanded artists Cafe Berlin: water bottle giveaway. Yards and crafts village will inspire Prix Fixe 3-course meal for lunch ($16) and dinner ($25). Appetizer, main course and dessert. Park. unique holiday gift ideas. Blue

Sky, a popular local swing band specializing in Big Band tunes, will play in early afternoon. There’s lots of room for dancing in front of the event stage at Eighth and G St. SE. Swing dance instructors will be there, too, to teach a few of their moves to festival participants. Barracks Row Fall Festival, 400 to 700 blocks of Eighth St. SE.

MUSIC Live Music at Rock and Roll Hotel. Sept. 10, 9:00 PM, GKYK w/ DJs Keenan and Metaphysical, Fear of Virginia, Ugly, Neon Rush, stereosleep. Sept. 12, 8:00 PM, Sloan and You Am I. Sept. 15, 8:30 PM, Us & Them, Air for the Weekend, Atrium, Villains Like You. Sept. 16, 10:00 PM, Neon Indian. Sept. 17, 9:30 PM, Rock & Rule, Tennis System, (The Sounds of ) Kaleidoscope, Youth Castles, Thomas Wyre. Sept. 19, 8:00 PM, Secret Chiefs 3, Fat 32, Cleric. Sept. 21, 9:00 PM, Karma to Burn, King Giant, Borracho. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202388-ROCK. Live Entertainment at Red Palace. Sept. 10, 9:30 PM, Male Bonding with Love Inks and Hospitality. Sept. 11, 8:30 PM, Newvillager. Sept. 12, 8:30 PM, Japandroids with Bass Drum of Death. Sept 13, 8:50 PM, F**K Cancer: A Benefit for the Greenes with ULV, O-Men, Nag Chaumpa, MC Rad. Sept. 14, 9:00 PM, Capital Tassels & Tease: Back to School. Sept. 16, 9:30 PM, DCVariety Social Aide Society Benefit. Sept. 21, 8:30 PM, Fang Island with Imperial China. Sept. 22, 8:30 PM, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sept. 23, 9:30 PM, Megafaun with Matthew White. Sept. 24, 10:00 PM, Tilted Torch: Kaleidoscope Kabaret. Red Palace. 1212 H St. NE. 202399-3201. Live Music at Gallery O on H. Sept. 10, 7:30 PM, Elikeh. Sept. 16, 7:30 PM, Swampkeepers. Gallery O on H, 1354 H St. NE. 202-543-6300. DC Cabaret Network Open Mic Night. Monday, Sept. 12, 8:00 PM. Join the DC Cabaret Network for their monthly Open Mic Night in the Great Hall of the Atlas Perform18 ★ HillRag | September 2011

ing Arts Center. Warm up your vocal cords or just sit back, order a drink from the Atlas Café, and enjoy the music! A donation is requested. Signup starts at 7:30 PM and singing starts at 8:00 PM. 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993.

valuable national American treasure”. Weekly and special performances showcasing exciting new talent as well as world-renowned artists are held in a warm and relaxed atmosphere so why not come and visit! 816 H St. NE. 202-253-0044.

Live Music/DJ’s at Star and Shamrock. Every Thursday, 9:00 PMmidnight. Hear local artists, singersongwriters, DJ’s and poets. They also have a St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th of every month beginning at 4:00 PM with $1 off Irish beers, $5 Irish whiskey and giveaways. Star and Shamrock, 1341 H St. NE. 202-388-3833.

Live Music at Molly Malone’s. Thursdays, Sept. 15 and 22, 8:00-9:00 PM. 713 Eighth, SE. 202-547-1222.

Live Music at Ebenezer’s. Sept. 15, 7:30-10:00 PM, Ron Pope with Zach Berkman and Alexis Babini. Likened to artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, and U2, Pope’s musicality allows him to satisfy listeners of all kinds. $12. Sept. 16, 7:30-10:00 PM, Left on Vermont with Rooftop Pursuit. Left On Vermont is a Washington DC-based band that plays music described as “rock-art with a singer-songwriter’s soul.” Call it indie-pop. Call it alt-folk rock. Whatever it is, they enjoy playing it. And, no, none of them are from Vermont. That would have been too cute. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park. Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:00 PM (gates open at 6:00 PM).Washington National Opera season opening live simulcast from the Kennedy Center of Tosca. Puccini’s Tosca is an irresistible combination of passion, tenderness, pathos, and despair that immediately grabs your attention and races to its terrible conclusion. Free. Nationals Park, 1500 So. Capitol St. SE. 202572-3057. HR-57 Jazz Club. Weekly jam sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. $8 admission. HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz Blues is a music cultural center. They take their name from a House Resolution first passed by congress in 1987. This resolution (H.Con. Res 57) designated jazz as “a rare and

Karaoke Night at The Ugly Mug. Thursdays, Sept. 15 and 22, 9:0011:00 PM. 723 Eighth St. SE. 202547-UGLY. Jazz at the Atlas. Will Vinson Quartet, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8:00 PM. Alto saxophonist and composer Will Vinson makes his Washington debut in the inaugural season of Jazz at the Atlas. Described by All About Jazz as “spirited and uplifting… a leading force on his instrument,” Vinson’s dramatic jazz interpretations have garnered respect from his colleagues and audiences in the USA, UK, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands. $25. Lee Konitz and Brad Linde. Friday, Sept. 23, 8:00 PM. $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Jazz Night (and fishfry) in Southwest. Fridays, Sept. 16 and 23, 6:009:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/general; free/children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. westminsterdc. org/jazz.htm. Blue Monday Blues in Southwest. Mondays, Sept. 12 and 19, 6:009:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry from 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/general; free/children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. westminsterdc. org/blues.htm.

THEATER “Stop Kiss” at H Street Playhouse. Sept. 7-Oct. 1. When a first kiss provokes a violent attack, two lives are changed in ways they never could

have imagined. Son’s Stop Kiss, is a bittersweet account of both the joys and consequences of new love. $20. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 336-462-9182. Much Ado About Nothing at CHAW. Sept. 9-Oct. 1. Opening night, Sept. 9. Taffety Punk’s Riot Grrrls are back to take on “Much Ado About Nothing.” This is the grrrls first foray into Shakespeare’s comedies. But they stick to their mission to outdo the boys at every turn. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10. 1-800-838-3006. A Change is Coming at the Atlas. Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:00 PM and Sunday, Sept. 25, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Written and directed by Award Winning and critically acclaimed playwright Michael McCorckle, “A Change is Coming” tells the story of a family drifting apart and a grandmother and matriarch whose faith and belief in the power of prayer brings everyone together. “A memorable stage celebration of family and Christian values with an engaging intergenerational cast and original score…Entertaining and thought provoking…A definite must see for the entire family.” Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

ART AND EXHIBITIONS Conner Contemporary Art. Sept. 10-Oct. 22. Is Realism Relevant? Erik Thor Sandberg, Nathaniel Togers and Katie Miller--3 solo exhibitions. 1358 Florida Ave. NE. 202-588-8750. Shake Up Your Saturday: The King James Bible Family Day. Saturday, Sept. 24, 10:00-11:00 AM. During the reign of King James I, Shakespeare wrote some of his best known work, including the witchy Macbeth. Join us to learn about the translation of the King James Version of the Bible and how it still affects us today. Recommended ages: 6-12. Presented in conjunction with the Folger’s Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible exhibition. Free. Reservation required at 202.675.0395 or Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE.

Tom Price Chairs at Industry Gallery. Coming in September. Industry Gallery, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. 202-399-1730. Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible. Sept. 23-Jan. 15. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, Manifold Greatness tells the story of the creation and influence of the King James Bible – one of the most widely read and printed books in the history of the English language. This exhibit draws on the deep resources of the Folger, Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE.

ET CETERA Light the Way 5K. Saturday, Sept. 10, 8:00 AM. Fun, familyfriendly walk/run featuring food, entertainment and live music benefitting the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind programs and services. Everyone who registers on-line will recieve a free ticket to the Sept. 10 Nationals vs. Houston Astros, 7:05 PM, Nationals Park. 202-683-7700. Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at Sidamo. Sundays, 2:00 PM. Sidamo Coffee and Tea. Visit Sidamo on Sundays and take part in a centuries-old ceremony led by storeowner Yalemzwed “Mimi” Desta. Bring the whole family and enjoy the oldest Coffee tradition in the world. 417 H St. NE. 202-548-0081. Corner Store Events. Sept. 14, 8:00 PM, Mulebone. New York City based multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa and roots music specialist Hugh Pool source their musical expression from traditional blues. $15 donation. Sept. 15, 7:00 PM, Award winning author John F. Ross, editor of “American Heritage” magazine. “War On The Run” is an epic tale of America’s first great war, vividly bringing to life one of the great early American leaders, Robert Rogers. $5 donation. Sept. 20, 6:00 PM, Artwork by Astri 20 ★ HillRag | September 2011

Kleivdal, Laurie Siegel & Mary Curtin opening. Free. Sept. 22, 7:30 PM, Game Night! Calling all wordsmiths for a Bananagrams tournament. Open to the first 20 players. RSVP for your seat 202-544-5807. $5 donation. Sept. 21, 7:00 PM, Off-site open band jam held at 21 Gessford Ct. SE. One course dinner served; potluck contributions graciously welcomed. BYOB. $10 donation. Sept. 22, 7:00 PM, Film Screening of the multi-award winning film Budrus and post show discussion with JustVision Filmmakers. $5 donation. The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. DC Shorts Film Festival at the Atlas. Sept. 16-18. DC Shorts Film Festival comes back to the Atlas. This eleven-day festival runs throughout the city Sept. 8-18. The final weekend’s events will be held at the Atlas. Free daily films will be shown on September 17 & 18 at noon otherwise tickets are $15 per screening. The closing party will be held Sept. 17. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993., Elizabethan Garden Tour. Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Explore otheir garden, inspired by herbal references in Shakespeare’s plays and also incorporating plants popular in his time, including lavender, creeping thyme, and English ivy; a knot garden; and Shakespearean statues by American sculptor Greg Wyatt. Folger docents offer insights into plantings, Elizabethan customs, and more. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202544-4600. Contemporary Irish poetry at the Folger. Monday, Sept. 19, 7:30 PM. Theo Dorgan and Paula Meehan, Contemporary Irish poetry at Folger Elizabethean Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $15. Happy Travels: Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Diplomats Tour. Sept. 23, 6:00 PM, 1801 E St. SE. Must be 21 or older. Free. 202543-0539. congressionalcemetery. org/happy-travels ★


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Turkish Festival. Sunday, Oct. 2 (rain or shine), 11:00AM-7:00 PM. The Turkish Festival offers a full day of activities such as folk dancing, music, arts and crafts for kids, traditional cuisine, fortune reading, and a bustling bazaar. Festival attendees will be able to leave their worries behind and feel as if they have traveled across oceans and through time. Free. On Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 12th and 14th sts. NW (adjacent to Freedom Plaza). 1-888-282-3236. turkishfestival. org. Photo: Courtesy of Turkish Festival

“Rebirth” Premier at West End Cinema. Friday, Sept. 9, 7:00 PM. From early 2002 through 2009, the REBIRTH film crew chronicled the lives of five people directly affected by 9/11. The participants include a survivor from an impact floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center; a firefighter who survived the collapse of the WTC but lost his best friend; a high school student who lost his mother; a young woman who lost her fiancé; and a construction worker who lost his brother, assisted with recovery efforts, and is presently helping to build the Freedom Tower. Their narratives are the thread of recovery and resiliency from grief, loss and trauma that comprise the unique message of the film. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. Washington National Cathedral: Brahms’s Requiem. Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30 PM. The concert is given in honor of the 9/11 Pentagon victims and survivors, their families, and emergency response personnel, as well as the nearly 6,000 fallen military service members whose lives have since been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-5376200.

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Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K. Saturday, Sept. 10, 6:00 PM. Field is limited to 5000 runners. $35, race day. DoubleTree Hotel, Crystal City Arlington , VA. Pentagon Memorial 10 Year Commemoration. By invitation. Sept. 11, 9:30 AM. Ceremony for families of 9/11 victims. The Pentagon Memorial will re-open to the general public following the ceremony. 301-740-3388. Mass at National Shrine. Sept. 11, noon. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, will celebrate the Basilica’s Mass on the 10th Anniversary of September 11 in the Basilica’s Great Upper Church. It was Cardinal McCarrick who celebrated a special “impromptu” Mass on 9/11/01 at the Basilica in a crowded Great Upper Church. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300.

Coalition for the Homeless 30th Anniversary Fubdraising Gala “Rebuilding Lives – Strengthening Communities” Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Atrium Ballroom The proceeds will fund homelessness prevention activities for families with children. For more details, please visit or website at

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Tribute to Service: Honoring the Victims, Survivors, & Heroes of 9/11. Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:00-4:00 PM. HandsOn Greater DC Cares and Serve DC will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by hosting Tribute to Service: Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11 at Freedom Plaza. The tribute serves as a time for community members to rekindle the spirit of service that emerged following the attacks of 9/11. Attendees will have the opportunity to paint a 9/11 Remembrance Mural, assemble educational kits for students, write honor cards to military families, participate in a volunteer fair featuring 30 nonprofits from DC, Maryland and Virginia, and participate in a tribute program featuring regional and national speakers, local choirs, poetry, and a dance troupe. 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Choralis Concert at National Presbyterian Church. Sunday, Sept. 11, 4:00 PM. Choralis is offering a special performance to commemorate this milestone anniversary with a program to uplift and inspire. A generous portion of complimentary tickets are available to area organizations and individuals with a personal connection to the 9/11 attacks, including families and survivors from the Pentagon, the organizers of the Pentagon Memorial, first responders from local police and fire departments as well as military veterans and their families. For tickets, please contact Helen Samhan, at 202-494-9141. 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-537-0800. Interfaith Prayer Vigil: Pentagon Attack, 2001. On Sunday, Sept. 11, 8:30 AM, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated during an interfaith prayer vigil led by Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane. Brief meditations from interfaith leaders will mark the moments that airplanes struck the North Tower and South Tower of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and crashed in Pennsylvania. The Cathedral’s Bourdon Bell, at 12 tons the largest bell in the 53-bell Kibbey Carillon (150 feet above the ground in the Cathedral’s Gloria in Excelsis central tower), will toll ten times at 8:46 am, 9:03 am, 9:37 am, and 10:03 am in honor of the anniversary. The service will include words, music, and moments of silence. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-5376200.

and reflections between pieces of music. Performances will feature popular artists and classical musicians. Music will include Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a movement from Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and “There Will Be Peace in the Valley.” Reflections written by the Dalai Lama, poetry by Rumi, and the words of other faith leaders will be included. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. September 11: Remembrance and Reflection Exhibit. Saturday, Sept. 3, 11:00 AM-Sunday, Sept. 11, 3:00 PM. This exhibit will provide visitors with a close-up view of more than 50 objects from the three sites—New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa.—as well as recent acquisitions related to how American lives have changed since then. To create an intimate experience for visitors, the objects will be shown on tables rather than behind glass cases. Artifacts will include airplane fragments, a door from a crushed FDNY fire truck, a Pentagon map from the building’s second floor and objects recovered from offices. Photographs from the museum’s collection will provide a context for each site. National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. The Pentagon Memorial. The Pentagon Memorial is designed so that the nation may remember and reflect on the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Groups and individuals are welcome in the Memorial each day but guided tours are not offered; the Memorial is meant to be experienced on a more personal level. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff on site 10:00 AM-8:00 PM. The Pentagon Memorial is on the west side of the Pentagon. 301-740-3388. Pentagon Memorial Audio Tour. The Pentagon Memorial Audio Tour was released in Feb. 2011. This 24-minute audio tour provides a sequential narrative of the events of September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon, the history of the Pentagon, and the purpose of the Pentagon Memorial’s design. As a visitor to the Memorial, simply call the number 202-741-1004 at the entrance and the audio will lead you on a tour to various points of interest throughout the park. You may also choose to listen to the audio prior to or following your tour of the Memorial.

SPECIAL EVENTS NSO Labor Day Concert at the Capitol. Sunday, Sept. 4, rehearsal, 3:30 PM, concert 8:00 PM. US Capitol (west lawn). You will be allowed on the lawn at 3:00 PM. Feel free to being a picnic but no alcohol. It may be confiscated.

A Call to Compassion: Critical Issues in the Light of Faith. Sunday, Sept. 11, 10:10 AM. Author Karen Armstrong will lead a forum on compassion, along with Cathedral Dean Sam Lloyd, between the morning vigil and the 11:15 am Holy Eucharist service. Karen Armstrong is a leading voice and thinker on the role of religion in the modern world and is the author of more than 20 books around the ideas of what Islam, Judaism, and Christianity have in common. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.

Shakespeare Theatre Free-For-All Presents Julius Caesar. Through Sept. 4. As swift and enthralling as a political thriller, Julius Caesar portrays the life-and-death struggle for power in Rome. Fearing that Caesar’s growing strength and imperial ambitions threaten the Republic, a faction of politicians plots to assassinate him. But when Caesar is killed, chaos engulfs Rome. Alive with stunning rhetoric, Julius Caesar investigates the intoxicating effects of power and the dangers of idealism. In Caesar, Brutus and the young Marc Antony, Shakespeare created three fascinating, dynamic characters. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Ticket distribution is by online lottery and a ticket line. The Ticket Line will form outside of Sidney Harman Hall prior to each performance. STC will reserve between 200 to 250 tickets for the Ticket Line with each performance. Tickets will be released to patrons in the line two hours before each performance. Often times, the line begins to form earlier. Each person in line can receive up to two tickets.

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wine and hors d’oeuvres. Current Friends of any DCPL welcome. New members can pay $10 at the door. MLK Library, 901 G St. NE. 202-727-6834 Black Family Reunion Celebration. Saturday, Sept. 10. Festival, 11:00 AM5:30 PM. Dorothy I. Height Tribute Concert 5:30-8:30 PM. This fun-filled day celebrates the enduring strengths and traditional values of the African American family and features educational pavilions, live music, ethnic foods and an international arts and crafts marketplace. Free. National Mall between Seventh and 14th sts. NW. 202-383-9130. Arts on Foot 2011. Sept. 10-11, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM on Saturday and 11:00 AM6:00 PM on Sunday. Seventh and F sts. NW. Incorporating visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, and creative cuisine, it’s an interactive celebration the whole family will enjoy. With a lively outdoor street festival as its centerpiece, Arts on Foot also invites you to explore the neighborhood’s museums, theaters, galleries, cultural organizations, and shops. Adams Morgan Day. Sunday, Sept. 11, noon-7:00 PM. Four outdoor stages, art fair, live music, dance plaza, kid’s fair and food. 18th St. NW (from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd.). 202-232-1960. Kalorama House and Embassy Tour. Sunday, Sept. 18, noon-4:00 PM. The Woodrow Wilson House in the heart of Embassy Row will open doors to several Washington Embassies and outstanding private residences for the 27th Anniversary Kalorama House and Embassy Tour. $40. Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo. Sept. 18, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. FONZ celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with an annual fiesta at the National Zoo. With animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods. The event offers something for everyone. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4717. National Book Festival. Sept. 24-25 (rain or shine), 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Two full days of fun will feature award winning and nationally known authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers to delight you with their readings and performances. Free. National Mall (between Seventh and 14th sts.). 888-714-4696. 17th Street Festival. Sept. 24, 2:006:00 PM. This is a free community event that celebrates the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Pl. to P St. NW. This event hopes to bring broader exposure to their overall community including businesses, independent entrepreneurs, artists and musicians, their local public school, the police department and local protective agencies. This event will target the diverse groups in our area through a variety of parades, activities and opportunities

to get involved with local organizations. 619-972-6444. Christ Lutheran Church Annual Yard Sale. Sept. 24, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM; Sept. 25, noon-4:00 PM. Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW (at Gallatin). 202-8296727

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Yards Park Friday Evening Concert. Sept 9, 6:00-8:00 PM. Featuring Divide by Zero. Spend your Friday evening on the river, relaxing on the terraced lawn steps with family and friends and listening to live music from the Yards Park’s boardwalk stage. Food options will be provided by Devine Foods and Smokin Somethin BBQ, and a beer/sangria garden will be run by Mie N Yu. N and Third sts., SE. Eco Art Community Garden Workshop at CHAW. Saturday, Sept. 10, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM. Create a garden out of recycled materials and learn about Rett Syndrome in the process. The garden will be featured at the Girl Power 2 Cure* gala later in the month. Artwork from the garden will be sent to children affected by this syndrome. Admission is free and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. Homegrown Concert at the Library of Congress. Sept. 14, noon. Agustin Lira Trio and Quetzal, Chicano Music from California. Free. No tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium in Jefferson Building (First St. between E. Capitol St. and Independence Ave. SE). 202-707-5510. 10th Annual Trash to Treasure Neighborhood Yard Sale. Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:00 AM-4:00 PM. Rain date, 9/24/2011. Sale features four streets of more than 25 tables. Find crafts, clothes, shoes, home decor, jewelry, small appliances and more. Ellen Wilson Place, I St., Seventh St., Sixth St. (between G St. and Virginia Ave.), SE. For information, call 202-544-4487. DC Jazz Preservation Festival. Saturday, Sept. 24 (rain or shine), noon-8:00 PM. “Preserving and celebrating the legacy of DC jazz...different great sets each hour.” Food and art/crafts sales. Towne Center Park, Fourth and I sts. SW (adjacent to Westminster Church). 202-484-7700. Oklahoma at Arena Stage. Through Oct. 2. The best-selling show in Arena’s 60 year history is back for 12 weeks only! This is not your mother’s Oklahoma!. Inspired by the toughness of the prairie, Artistic Director Molly Smith sets her production in the robust world of territory life filled with a dynamic cast as rich and complex as the great tapestry of America itself. With Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless music, Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy.

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Blessing of Animals – All Welcome Sat., Oct. 1 – 10:00 a.m. Lincoln Park (11th and East Capitol Sts.) Fr. Milton C. Williams, presiding Bring your pets for benedictions and biscuits (doggie) Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

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What’s Blooming in September at the Arboretum? Firethorn in fruit, hibiscus, viburnums in fruit, autumn crocuses, boxwood, crapemyrtles, herbs, annuals, holly osmanthus, pepper collection, hostas. Free. There are two entrances: one at 3501 New York Ave. NE, and 24th and R sts. NE, off of Bladensburg Rd. 202-245-4521. Tango Lessons in the North Hall. Every Thursday and first Saturday, take tango lessons in Eastern Market’s North Hall. Beginning lessons are at 7:00 PM; intermediate at 8:00 PM and dancing-until-morning begins at 9:00 PM. $10 per lesson. $12 to just dance ($10 if you’ve taken a lesson).

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Aikido at Capitol Hill. Non-profit Capitol Hill Aikikai holds practice every Monday and Thursday, 7:30-9:00 PM, at the Parish of St. Monica and St. James, 222 Eighth St. NE. Beginners to advanced welcome. No gear required. First four classes are free. 202-509-1632. The Nation’s Triathlon. Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:00 AM. This event features a course that winds through Washington, DC’s monument corridor in the shadow of the nation’s best known memorials and national treasures. triathlon, sanctioned by the USAT, includes a 1.5k swim, 40K bike and 10k Run. 202-629-0200. US National Arboretum Full Moon Hikes. Registration open for hikes in September, October, and November. They always fill up so register early. 202-245-4521. CitySolve Urban Race (5K). Saturday, Sept. 17, noon. CitySolve is a unique city-wide adventure that takes a lot of brain, a bit of brawn, and a ton of fun! More than a scavenger hunt, not quite a road race, this unique hybrid combines trivia, from pop culture to world history, with a team-oriented adventure. It’s the race for runners who like to think, thinkers who like to compete, and everyone who likes to play. Throw in a few checkpoint challenges, (think Double Dare, without the slime,) and you’ve got CitySolve Urban Race. 510-371-4386. Four Seasons Sprint for the Cure 5K. Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:00 AM. Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-944-2074. The Dash 5K. Sunday, Sept. 18, 8:00 AM. Rock Creek Park. Capital Sprints continues The Dash series with a third event. Racers will take on the challenging, timed 5K. The Dash 5K benefits Children’s National Medical Center. 202-271-1633. 10K Run for Southwest’s Playground. Sunday, Sept. 18. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is helping sponsor the community’s effort to build a much-needed new playground near the Southwest Branch Library on I St. SW. They’re leading a fundraising effort with a 10K run or walk that wraps up with a BBQ on Hains Point. Washington Nationals Pups in the Park. Saturday, Sept. 24, 1:05 PM. Nat’s vs. Braves. Bring your well-behaved dog (on a leash) to the ball park. Tickets for you and your dog are $25 which includes a $5 donation to Humane Society. Free public tennis courts in Ward Six. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third

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and G sts. SE; Randall Park First and I sts. SW; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. Capitol Hill Tai Chi Study Group. Saturday mornings (except when it’s below zero or very inclement weather), meeting to teach and practice Tai Chi, 8:00-10:00 AM. All styles and abilities welcome. First hour form practice, second hour the martial practice of Push Hands. Lincoln Park. Dr. David Walls-Kaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. East Capitol St. between 11th and 13th Sts. 202-544-6035. Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s 9th Annual “Hope for the Homeless” Golf Tournament. Sept. 26. $150 ($575 for a foresome). 202-544-3150.

CIVIC LIFE Our Community, Our Future Reservation 13 Meeting. Sept. 8, 6:30 PM at St. Colleta’s School, 1901 Independence Ave. SE. Join Councilmember Michael A. Brown, business and community leaders and relevant government agencies for an interactive discussion on potential development and jobs in our underserved neighborhoods. This will be an opportunity for residents to express their vision of what retail, restaurants and businesses they want in their communities. For more information, contact “D” Rolling at 202-724-8105 or email Tenant Summit. Sept. 17, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM. Free. Gallaudet University, Kellogg Conference Center, 800 Florida Ave. NE. 202-719-6560. Ward 6 Redistricting Meetings. Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 PM, Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. Meeting to discuss ANC and community recommendations to the Ward Six Redistricting Plan. Sept. 22, 6:30-8:30 PM, DCRA Hearing Rm, 2nd floor, E200, 1100 Fourth St. SW. The final W6TF meeting to approve the Ward 6 Redistricting Plan. Public Meeting on Eastern Market Legislation. Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 PM. Regarding governance legislation proposed by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. North Hall of the Eastern Market. DC Taxicab Commission Public Meeting. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 9:30 AM. The agenda will include time for comments from the Commissioners and staff reports as well as communications and presentations from the Mayor, the DC Council and District, regional and federal agencies. The meeting will also include a segment allowing public comment from individuals who register in advance to speak. Commission votes on subjects for which public comments have previously been received. One Judiciary Square Building (first floor), 441 Fourth St. NW. 202-645-6018. ANC Meeting for 6-A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202423-8868. ANC Meeting for 6-B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Brent Elementary School, 301 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. ANC Meeting for 6-C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. ANC Meeting for 6-D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. St. Augustine’s, 600 M St., SW. 202-554-1795. ★

Asbury United Methodist Church Washington, D.C. 20001 Rev. Dr. Louis Shockley, Senior Pastor 175th Church Anniversary Celebration October 12th - 16th, 2011 The historical ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, at the corner of Eleventh and K Sts, N.W, Washington, DC, will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary from Oct 12 th-16th. The theme: “Respecting the Past, Moving into the Future” provides the back drop for a week-long celebration, as the church invites persons of all ages to participate in prayer, revival, fellowship, Sunday Worship in song, “Joyful Sounds” and witness a dramatic presentation entitled “Washington’s Greatest Slave Escape: In the Spirit of the Pearl”, a true story about the courageous Edmondson family and about 70 other enslaved people residing in our nation’s capital and when in 1848 several of their children headed for freedom on the schooner, “The Pearl”, were captured, and thrown back into slavery, they fought to raise money to free them with the help of Asbury Church, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Beacher Stowe, and government officials.

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HILLRAG CROSSWORD Across 1. Deck mopper 5. Coffee order 10. From the top 14. “Silent Spring” subject 17. Poker action 18. Blood of the gods 19. Health resorts 22. Met highlight 23. Attack 24. Love all, maybe 25. Lady rebels at night - why? 28. Catch some Zs (with “off”)

29. Deli bread 30. Fast-moving card game 32. Bleated 36. Choir group 39. Otherwise 43. A pint, maybe 44. Top spot 45. Leave the ground 47. Going to the dogs, e.g. 48. Big Apple inits. 49. He hunted, bear wilted 53. Barnyard pecker 54. Licks

55. Fed. tax system 56. “Cheers” regular 60. Brings ill to 61. Arab League member 63. Seat material 66. Good-for-nothing 69. “___ Invaders” 70. Data disks 71. Haunt 73. “___ #1!” 74. Rolling 76. Big book 77. Prince of Wales, e.g.

79. Kenyan tribesman 80. “Kapow!” 83. Let dainty flowers be 89. 30-day mo. 92. Archetype 93. Bivalve mollusk 94. Literary giant 95. “My man!” 96. Bests 97. French commune 98. Swelling 99. Anatomical sacs 101. Cap 102. Bit player 104. War remains, brave go off 116. Made worse 117. Cool 118. Divisive word? 119. Gas tank, e.g. 120. Defeat utterly 121. Wallet bills 122. “C’___ la vie!” 123. Disney dog 124. Banana oil, e.g. 125. Break


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1. Line crosser? 2. Skeptical 3. Came down 4. Boring 5. Botch 6. Group of eight 7. Victuals 8. Game ender, perhaps 9. Prepares for battle 10. Subjects to chemical analysis 11. Bead material 12. Chemical compound 13. Lean and mean 14. Grounds 15. Kitchen basin 16. In a savory manner 20. ___ el-Amarna, Egypt 21. McGraw 26. Armageddon 27. Eat 31. P.I., e.g. 32. Shellacking 33. Burn with desire 34. “So be it!” 35. Always, in verse 36. Eights in Hamburg 37. Island rings 38. Atlanta-based station


39. Christian Science founder 40. Hurt one’s rep 41. Costa del ___ 42. Australian runner 45. Cherishes 46. Had had a dip 47. Ridiculous 50. Clear, as a disk 51. Quickly 52. Contest application 57. “Look here!” 58. “Losing My Religion” rock group 59. “___ Doubtfire” 60. Garden equipment 61. “Tommy,” e.g. 62. Fold, spindle, or mutilate 64. Caloric treat 65. Go off script 66. Decide to leave, with “out” 67. “___ much!” 68. Social or Hindu ending 69. Chug-a-lug 72. Blind followers 74. Handles 75. ___ of Wight 78. Flight data, briefly 79. Lion’s share 80. Cheese on crackers 81. Bit 82. Mimic 84. Pulitzer Prize-winning play 85. Tokyo, formerly 86. Bellini heroine 87. One way to change color 88. Antiquity, in antiquity 89. “20/20” network 90. Introduction 91. Examples of French interior design 97. Scandalous 98. ___ roll 100. Don’t exist 101. In a corner 102. Gainesville’s county 103. Tender 105. Creative creation 106. “Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams has one: Abbr. 107. Some arrestees can make this 108. Sicilian top-blower 109. Arrangement holder 110. Suburban trees 111. Sweep’s bane 112. Brawl 113. “___ and the King of Siam” 114. Piece of merchandise 115. Schnozz

Capitol Streets Hill Buzz

Stuart Long (fourth from left) and his staff. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Hawk‘n’Dove to Close; Hawk‘n’Dove to Open Restauranteur Xavier Cervera Buys Hill Landmark By Roberta Weiner


he Hawk’n’Dove has been sold. And with that, a forty-four year run by Stuart Long has come to a close. He once said “I just want to run joints” and he has done just that, and done it brilliantly. The iconic Pennsylvania Avenue local saloon and political salon was opened because there was nothing like it in the neighborhood, and there was a need. It was the start of Long’s highly successful career as a restaurateur and real estate investor. And it’s been part of history ever since. For those working at the Library of Congress and the Congress itself in the mid-sixties, food and drink choices were severely limited. The 100 block of the Avenue—now home to the Madison Building—then featured

a row of greasy spoons called, less than invitingly, but appropriately, Ptomaine Row. Long, 25 at the time, and a recent graduate of GW Law School, was working at the Library and thought that a more upscale saloon, modeled on places like New York’s PJ Clarke’s, could be successful. There was a row of three buildings in the 300 block— Alex’s, one of the greasy spoons that is today the little “pub” bar, Libby’s Antiques (which subsequently settled where Port City Java stands today), and the law offices of Henry Lange, father of Michael Lange, who became Long’s partner when the elder Lange gave his son the buildings. The two literally built the bar themselves, scouring country auctions and sales for everything from the old paneling to the

mortuary clock that has hung above the bar since the beginning. On December 23, 1967, the Hawk and Dove opened its doors. The name? The bar opened during the depths of the Vietnam War, but Long, a staunch anti-war Democrat, wanted both Democrats and Republicans to spend their money at his establishment—a stroke of business savvy that has continued to pay off over the years. Of course, the Hawk became a headquarters for people coming to Washington to protest the war, so crowded on demonstration days that one early bartender recalls crying on the job because so much tear gas had permeated customers’ clothing. Other Long business decisions that have had a real impact: the Hawk’s ★ 31

was the first outdoor patio on the cal candidates, and promoter of Avenue, a forerunner of things to those legendary parties. No article come; Long organized a restaurant about the Hawk would be complete alliance that engaged in the hoary without their presence. battles with the Alcoholic Beverage The Hawk also became a waCommission that led to the end of tering hole for members of ConDC’s blue laws prohibiting liquor gress needing a place to eat when sales on Sunday; and he also ended the Nixon impeachment hearings a regulation that said one had to be were going on, and when any other seated at the bar to order a drink critical legislation kept—and still (Long’s interim solution? A stool keeps--the flag flying late over the painted white that served as the House dome. Paul Meagher, who “ordering” stool.) has managed the place since 1975, It was through his fights with says that the Hawk is now servDC Government that he met ing the grandchildren of original Marion Barry, who was “up-and- customers, that thousands of barcoming” at the time, Long became a key player in his first campaign, and Barry became an habitué of the Hawk. Long became very active in DC politics, and the Hawk became a hangout for a long list of DC and Ward 6 politicians. That history merits an article of its own, but there is not a single elected or appointed DC official—or anyone who wants to be— who has not visited the Hawk and Dove, whether for one of the legendary Ward 6 Democrats annual Christmas parties, for a fundraiser, or a quiet dinner in the small side room Xavier Cervera with dog Henry in front of the hawk ‘n’ Dover of to strategize a cam- the Hawk’n’Dove. Photo: Andrew Lightman paign, or to watch a game from the round table in the pub bar. tenders and waiters have come In fact, this is the place to sa- and gone (except for the daytime lute some of the ghosts whose spir- waitresses and James, the waiter, its are part of the bar’s fabric—Ted who fall into the “been-there-forGay, owner of Capitol Hill Art and ever” category), and that more than Frame, who, among other things, 5,000,000 Hawkburgers have been founded the Ward 6 Democrats served. And now that’s all about to while sitting at the bar, Richard change. Rauch, an Iowa native who worked The new face of the Hawk is for the House doorkeeper, but Xavier Cervera, another impresario whose life was devoted to promot- of Capitol Hill eateries, The Hawk ing local and national Democratic will join the Chesapeake Room, and gay rights issues with anyone Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, who came within hearing distance, Molly Malone’s, Lola’s and a host and Jan Eichhorn, promoter of lo- of other in-the-works establish32 ★ HillRag | September 2011

ments in Cervera’s portfolio. He waxes enthusiastic about his plans (closing in October and re-opening in about six months), and has not only purchased the name, but a good deal of the memorabilia (including the clock, some wall sconces and photographs) which will be returned to the walls. But he adds that it will be a “100% renovation.” He will open three heretofore hidden fireplaces, and plans to panel the walls and bar with the 30,000 pounds of dark mahogany he has already purchased. As for the exterior, he has consulted with Nancy Metzger of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, and the Historic Preservation Office, for their advice prior to a September 6th CHRS hearing, and looks forward to the façade being an asset to the Avenue The most radical change— but the one probably least unexpected—will be the replacement of the many small rooms, both upstairs and down, with what Cervera describes as a welcoming, open space overlooked by a mezzanine, and featuring a 50foot exhibition bar, dispensing 25 beers on tap and 16 wines by the glass. With a locally-sourced, seasonal bistro menu prepared in an open kitchen, Cervera wants the Hawk to be familyfriendly, a place that people will visit two or three times a week and return to on the weekend for a good brunch, highlighted by a DIY Bloody Mary bar. He also wants to make sure people know that the Hawk’s will be a dog-friendly patio. In addition, he is positive about wanting the Hawk to retain its stature as a haven for both national and local pols, its welcome for out-of-town visitors, its friendliness as a celebratory stop for summer softball players, and its “home” status for the “cheese heads” who currently jam the place for Green Bay Packers games—in other words to maintain its historic flavor in its new environment. The result will be available for viewing come next spring. ★

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

Two time choices on Sunday: 8:15am or 11:00am Come as you are and join a welcoming community of faith, spiritual growth, fellowship and service. 202.547.9300 620 G St., SE Washington, DC 20003

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bulletin board Rake in the Water Savings and Help Clean-up the Anacostia You already know that rain is a free and natural water source for watering your lawn and garden. Saving rainwater saves you money and energy. A rain barrel can save most homeowners as much as 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. You can cut your water bill by installing a rain barrel in your yard since water for lawns and gardens can make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. Rain barrels can be purchased at your local hardware or garden supply store. Many local government programs offer them at reduced prices. For more information, visit

A 9/11 Remembrance Three Hill churches will offer a Community Forum for 10th Anniversary of 9/11. On Sunday, September 11 at 1 pm, congregations from three Methodist churches welcome all from the community to come and share reflections on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Ebenezer UMC and Mt. Vernon UMC will gather at CHUMC for a 1:00 pm reception and 1:30 pm program of music, dialogue and meditation. “Remembering and Reflecting: Seeking God Again on 9/11” is the event’s theme. Rev. Alisa Lasater Wailoo and Rev. Herbert Brisbon will preside. Pastors Wailoo and Brisbon are co-ministers at the three churches, designated “The Ebenezer Circuit” as of July 2011. Community leader and Ward 6 DC Council member Tommy Wells will address the group on this milestone occasion. Rebecca Lightbourn, whose daughter Samantha Lightbourn-Allen was killed in the attack on the Pentagon, also will speak and will sign copies of her book, A 9/11 Mother’s Journey of Grief. In addition to a pastoral reflection, hymn-singing and prayer, there will be a duet of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” and other special solos. Following a time of meditation, attendees will be invited to voice personal thoughts and reflections. As Rev. Wailoo remembers: “On 9/11, we rushed to houses of worship in need of community and God. Ten years later, the need for compassion, community, healing and hope remains. And so does renewed power and possibility when we come together.” 34 ★ HillRag | September 2011

Rain barrels are part pollution preventer and money saver wrapped into one easy-to-install device. Photo: Courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency

The refreshments and program are free and all visitors are warmly welcome to attend and participate. CHUMC is located at 421 Seward Square, SE (corner of 5th and Pennsylvania Ave., SE). Use either Capitol South or Eastern Market metro stops, or use on-street parking. For more information, please contact the church office at 202546-1000 or visit the website at

Reserve Now for Sept. 13 Overbeck Lecture: “How Dry We Weren’t” The Overbeck History Lecture Series kicks off its new season on September 13 with a rollicking look at Prohibitionera Washington, where thirsty locals could choose among some three thousand speakeasies and publicly teetotaling congressmen gave a supplier of spirits safe harbor within the U.S. Capitol. Based on his new book Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren’t, literary journalist Garrett Peck will explore an underground city of amateur bootleggers largely untouched by organized crime and the efforts of local authorities to put them out of business. The event will conclude with a book signing and a toast to the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. A frequent public speaker ★ 35

on the social history of alcohol, Peck is also the author of The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet. His Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in the nation’s capital has been featured on C-SPAN’s Book TV. The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, at 8:00 p.m. at the Naval Lodge Hall at 330 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E. As always, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. Please email, giving your name and the number of seats you will need.

of the space is appreciated. The plan must also name the person responsible for the planting. Last year, this bulb give-away program resulted in more than 60,000 daffodils and crocuses being planted on Capitol Hill. Individuals and organizations are invited to apply. Applications are due on Sept. 15. The bulbs will be distributed in Oct. in time for planting. To request an application form, which can be submitted electronically, go to or phone Amy Haddad at 202-486-7655. Please apply now for a lovely springtime show in 2012.

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Mark Your Calendar for A Literary Feast

In October, the Capitol Hill Garden Club will give away free spring-flowering bulbs for use in public spaces on Capitol Hill. Daffodils and crocus are chosen as they come back--and even proliferate--every year. Coordinator Amy Haddad says no qualified applicant will be turned away. Applicants should include a plan for the planting, which must be visible from the street. A photograph

Scheduled for Oct. 22, this year they are taking the big step of eliminating printed invitations and will instead be going paperless by offering the opportunity for you to receive your invitation and also to reply entirely online. Online payment will be processed by PayPal; however, you do not need a paypal account to pay online. You only need a credit card. If you are

Two Great Events in SEPTEMBER! Preservation Café Faux Finishing and Decorative Painting Wednesday, September 21 • 6:30-7:15 pm Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 2nd & F Streets, NE, downstairs Free and open to all Speaker Carol Beach, a DC architect who did her dissertation on faux finishing, will provide a brief illustrated history of how faux finishing has been used in residences by classical cultures and in some of Europe’s grand houses. She will also discuss how colonial Americans used faux finishes creatively on walls and furniture, how these finishes continued to be popular in the U.S. through the 19th and 20 centuries, and how they have evolved into modern times.

Architect of the Capitol to Speak at CHRS Forum Thursday, September 22 • Free and open to all Reception at 6:45 pm • Membership meeting at 7:00 pm • Speaker at 7:10 pm Hill Center (Old Naval Hospital), 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Preserve and Protect Your Neighborhood Join the Capitol Hill Restoration Society • CFC # 50747

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The DC Scoop 2011 attendees wait in line for their free sample of hemp gelato from Zendulgence, one of 14 participating frozen treat vendors, at the inaugural free ice cream event which took place Saturday, August 20 at Union Market at Cap City. Photo: Ben Droz

not comfortable with using this online secure option, no worries, they will happily accept payment by mail. Simply print the registration form from the website,, and send it to them with your check or credit card information. They welcome and urge your feedback on the paperless registration and its ease of use and timely communication capabilities. Please share comments by email to

Inaugural DC Scoop Brings Sweet Taste to Union Market at Cap City The dog days of summer got a whole lot cooler this past on Aug. 20 thanks to The DC Scoop, as more than one thousand people flocked to the event where 14 local vendors shared their frozen treats with the community. The first-time, free, dessert tasting event, which will be held annually at Union Market at Cap City, located on Sxith St. NE, showcased a host of DC area entrepreneurs and small businesses, who agreed to distribute their products to ice cream lovers of all ages. The event welcomed families and neighbors from the local community while also attracting foodies from all over the city.

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Learn How to Make Your Garden Interesting All Year Long Horticulturist Janet Draper will speak at the Sept. 13, 7:00 PM, meeting of the Capitol Hill Garden Club. She is the prizewinning Director of the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden at the Smithsonian Institution. The Ripley Garden is a bijou space consisting of serpentine paths and raised beds between Independence Ave. and the Mall near the Hirschhorn Museum. Ms. Draper is a nationally known “plantswoman”. She finds attention-grabbing plants that get people excited about the diversity, complexity and yet simple beauty of nature. Planted from seeds as well as specimens,

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the Ripley Garden has taught her what works – and what does not work – here in DC. She will share her knowledge in an illustrated talk about making a garden that is beautiful in all four seasons. All are welcome, admission is free. Church of the Brethren (Fourth St. door) at the corner of North Carolina Ave. at Fourth St., SE. capitolhillgardenclub.blogspot. com

ANC 6A to Consider Cap on H Street Liquor Licenses The Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee of ANC 6A will take under consideration the possibility of a cap on the number of alcohol licenses on H St. NE. The discussion will take place at its regularly scheduled meetings the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G sts. NE. The Sept. 20 meeting will be informational, with presenters explaining how a cap works and discussing the pros and cons. The Oct. 18 meeting will provide a forum for community comments regarding the information provided in Sept. plus discussion of a possible cap. At the Nov. 15 meeting, the ABL will develop a formal recommendation for presentation to the commissioners at a subsequent ANC 6A meeting. Agendas and changes to the meeting schedule will be posted on

CHAW Presents ArtSmash, an Art-filled Evening to Benefit Children The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will hold its annual fundraising party ArtSmash, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:00-10:00 PM at its historic building on Capitol Hill, 545 Seventh St. SE. The event will include a live auction with a unique set of one-of-a-kind art and other offerings. From 7:00-8:00 PM, attendees can become gamers by participating in Sketch-it, Tell Tale, and Charades sponsored by Labyrinth Games & Puzzles. ArtSmash will also host an array of entertainment from dancers to cabaret singers including perfor38 ★ HillRag | September 2011

mances by a cappella group Not What You Think and the casts of CHAWbaret and DHS Pinafore. Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy dancing lessons, drawing, paper projects, and more! ArtSmash supports CHAW’s tuition assistance, outreach, and education programs. Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $75 at the door and can be purchased by calling the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop at 202-547-6839 or emailing victor@

Turn Signal at Fourth and M Streets, SW Changed The left turn signal on to Fourth Street at M, SW has been restored. It is anticipate that the full list of alterations that the ANC has called for will be completed in the very near term. The ANC will be monitoring this project closely to ensure that what DDOT promised to our community in March -- and was reported in the Southwester -- will be completed as promised. The new turn configurations will increase pedestrian walk times, enhance signal visibility and reduce significant driver confusion at Southwest’s most critical intersection. Later, additional signage will be installed and portions of the roadway will be striped to more clearly communicate to drivers what they may do at the intersection.

CHRS Fall Preservation Cafes on Faux Finishing The Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s fall Preservation Café series begins Sept. 21, 6:30-7:15 PM, with a Café on Faux Finishing and Decorative Painting. The speaker, Carol Beach, did her dissertation on the topic and will provide a brief illustrated history of how faux finishing has been used in residences by classical cultures and in some of Europe’s grand houses. She will also address how colonial Americans, facing a lack of familiar decorative materials, creatively used faux finishes on walls and furniture to embellish their surroundings and how these techniques have evolved into modern times. Ms. Beach will return for the

Nov. 16 Preservation Café with a hands-on demonstration of a couple of faux finishing techniques. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, Second and F sts. NE. The Preservation Café is free, accessible, and open to all in the Capitol Hill community; no reservations necessary.

Hilly Award Nominations Until Sept. 26 you can nominate your favorite Capitol Hill business for a 2001 Hilly Award. Get details on the Champs website at Voting is Oct. 1-28. The awards gala is Nov. 13. 202-547-7788.

DC Streetcar Update: First Line in Two Years Time Future riders of the DC Streetcar system are several steps closer to boarding the initial line. DDOT has released plans that will enable the H St./Benning Rd. line to open no later than mid 2013. DDOT released a request for bids to design and build the remaining elements of the line, which encompasses western and eastern turnarounds, a “car barn” maintenance facility and the final improvements to the already-built 2.2-mile corridor on H St./Benning Rd. DDOT also plans to utilize the car barn as a training center for District students. DDOT anticipates design work to start in late fall, culminating with the first passengers boarding the line in mid 2013. Along the already-built corridor, crews will erect catenaries (overhead power lines), install electrical substations and complete other improvements to enable the opening of the line no later than mid 2013.

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10th ANNUAL TRASH TO TREASURE DAY (COMMUNITY YARD SALE) Sept. 17, 2011 (Rain Date: 9/24/2011). 7:00am to 4:00pm. Four streets of more than 25 tables Ellen Wilson Place, I (eye) St., 7th St., 6th St. (between G St. & Virginia Ave) You might find crafts, clothes, shoes, home decor, jewelry, small appliances and much more.

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began the annual contest in 2008 and the first neighborhood-based winner. The Partnership, in cooperation with the District government and major regional businesses, runs the award program each year to recognize small business of the year, 100-year old business, and small business initiative. The 2011 Hilly Awards will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 6pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. capitolhill. org

Virginia Avenue Tunnel Environmental Assessment and Section 106 Compliance Meeting The District Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are starting an Environmental Assessment to assess the impacts of the proposed CSX Transportation Virginia Avenue Tunnel project to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. Effects to the historic resources from this project will also be assessed in compliance with the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The public is invited to attend a meeting for this project, which will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30 PM, Van Ness Elementary School, 1150 Fifth St. SE. The purpose of this public meeting is to afford all interested persons the opportunity to provide comments. Maps, displays and background information will be available for review at the meeting.

Historically Accurate House Numbers The House Number Lab company offers historically accurate house numbers. The company is focused on DC particularly Capitol Hill but is selling nationally. They offer a broad range of products including etched glass, chrome metallic and 22k gold and strive for historic accuracy and the best quality. 202-271-3548. housenumberlab. com

2011-2012 Arena Stage Southwest Nights If you live or work in SW, you can purchase discount tickets to one performance of each production, Here are the 20112012 Southwest Night dates. “Trouble in Mind”-Thursday, Sept. 29, 8:00 PM; “The Book Club Play”-Friday, Oct. 21, 8:00 PM; “Equivocation”-Friday, Nov. 25, 8:00 PM; “You, Nero”-Saturday, Dec. 24, 8:00 PM; “Red”-Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 PM; “El-

ephant Room”-Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 PM; “Ah, Wilderness”-Friday, Mar. 16, 8:00 PM; “Long Day’s Journey into Night “-Sunday, Apr. 8, 7:30 PM; “The Music Man”-Friday, May 25, 8:00 PM; “Like Water for Chocolate”-Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 PM; “Mary T & Lizzy K”-Thursday, July 5, 8;00 PM. For tickets, go to the Arena box office at 1101 Sixth St. SW, or; or call 202488-3300.

How to Sign up for Hill’s Kitchen Cooking Classes To reserve a space in a cooking class, email with information about which class you are interested in, number of attendees, email address, and phone number. Write in the subject line what class(es) you are interested in. They will get back with you with a confirmation. Once confirmed, they will require prepayment (cash, gift certificates, Visa/MasterCard). Cancellations within 72 hours will not be refunded. Sept. classes are 9/6, 6:30 p.m., Basic Knife Skills; 9/10, 3:00 p.m., Basic Knife Skills; 9/15, Middle Eastern Vegetarian; 9/17, 3:00 p.m., Bento Basics; 9/18, 11:00 a.m., Basic Knife Skills; 9/18, 3:00 p.m., Baby Food; 9/21, 6:30 p.m., Knife Skills 2: Poultry; 9/25, 3:00 p.m., Pierogi; 9/27, 6:30 p.m., Pasta. Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE. 202-543-1997.

Fall CHCF Grant Proposals Due Sept 30 The deadline for fall grant applications to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation- is September 30, 2011 at 5 pm! Applications for Fall Grants in amounts up to $2,500 are due on Friday, September 30th at 5 pm. Our grant application process is now entirely on-line and we will not be accepting paper applications. We have worked hard to make the process as easy and accessible as possible and we hope you will find it efficient and user friendly. To file an application for a grant, go to our website, Click on “Apply for a grant” and scroll down to the section on spring and fall grants and follow directions. If you have problems with a grant application please e-mail us at Grant awards will be announced in mid-November.

Anacostia River Business Summit 2011 Sept. 20, 8:00 AM-12:30 PM, 100 M St. SE. Meeting to discuss river clean-up, its destination qualities and its impact on

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Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) Elections EMCAC, the community advisory board for the Eastern Market Facility, will be holding an election for officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary & Treasurer) and EMCAC Community Representive on Sept. 28. Officers of EMCAC must be a standing member of the board of EMCAC. For community members interested in being an EMCAC Community Representative, place your name in nomination by submitting letter of introduction and resume/experience to Chuckburger@cbmove. com. Members of EMCAC will elect community representatives from qualified submissions. All Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 15. Contact Chuck Burger at 202-258-5316 with any questions.

Mandarin Oriental Sponsors 10K Walk/Run to Raise Funds for Playground On Sept. 18, colleagues of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC will rally together for the first ever “FANtastic March,” a 10K walk/run fundraiser to help build a new children’s playground in Southwest. The funds raised by Mandarin Oriental colleagues will be used for construction of the playground, to be located at Third and I sts., adjacent to the public library, offering a muchneeded location for families to gather and a safe place for children to play. “We want to make a contribution to the development of our community, and to support the needs of our neighbors,” said General Manager Amanda Hyndman. “Our FANtastic March and the $10,000 that we are hoping to raise will not only benefit a safe playground for the local chil42 ★ HillRag | September 2011

dren to enjoy, but it will also serve as a great team building opportunity for the hotel’s colleagues and our community partners and friends.” The day will begin at 8:00 AM, Sunday, Sept. 18 at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. and wind around the city’s famed monuments before culminating at Hains Point for a celebratory BBQ at approximately 2:00 PM. The fee to participate is $50 and includes a continental breakfast, morning pre-walk stretching, an event t-shirt and celebratory BBQ at Hains Point. To learn more about the event, sign-up or to make a donation, visit

CHAW Call for Singers The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will be presenting a choral concert on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in honor of its 40th Anniversary and they are looking for singers! The concert will feature Robert Convery’s Songs of Children, based on writings of children during the Holocaust, and Jeffery Watson’s Where Every Voice Is Heard, written for CHAW’s 30th Anniversary and including CHAW’s Capitol Hill Youth Chorus. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings (7:30-9:45 PM), starting Oct. 25. There will be a break in December with rehearsals resuming on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Former LGCW director C. Paul Heins will be conducting Songs of Children and Dr. Jeffery Watson will conduct Where Every Voice Is Heard. Singers may choose to sing one or both pieces; an audition is required for Songs of Children. There is a tuition fee of $25 to participate; tuition assistance is available. For more information and to arrange an audition, contact

Skating at Anacostia Park Bring the family and join Aban at Anacostia Park Roller Skating Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 10, 1:00-5:00 PM. Roller skate for free (National Park Service loans skates) and receive

health and wellness information and resources. There will also be a school supply giveaway. Contact Nura Green, 202-439-6343 or email

Non-Profit Expo, Learn About Board Service On Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30 PM, the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum is teaming up with the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance to present a panel discussion and networking program geared toward women looking to learn more about and join non-profit Boards of Directors. Women represent 48% of the workforce, but comprise only 15% of the nation’s boards of directors. The Women’s Leadership & Mentoring Alliance is working to change that and is hosting a special event, bringing together WLMA women with leaders of local and national non-profit organizations who are interested in increasing involvement within their organizations, including seeking qualified candidates to join their board of directors. Join them for a short panel discussion on how to navigate nonprofit board service, followed by an meet and greet with representatives from participating non-profit organizations. The non-profits will be stationed throughout the Museum in an expo-style forum for you to meet and learn more about the organizations and their volunteer needs. $20. $30 at door. 144 Constitution Ave. NE. 202546-1210. sewallbelmont.

DC Walk for the Animals The Washington Humane Society will host its annual DC Walk for the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, at the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan. Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for children 4-12 and free for children, 3 and under. Washington Humane Society. ★

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Closure in the Sulaimon Scandal by Martin Austermuhle


ver since the start of Mayor Vincent Gray’s term, the city has been roiled by allegations of improper hiring practices, excessive executive salaries and covert payments from one campaign to another during the heated 2010 mayoral contest. The controversies not only cast a pall upon Gray’s honeymoon in office, but also threatened his capacity to govern and emboldened opponents to threaten him with a recall come 2012. In late August, a D.C. Council committee charged with investigating the multiple allegations against the Gray administration issued its official report on the matter, 47 pages detailing the findings from thousands of internal administration emails and testimony from 19 witnesses over the course of 25 hours of public hearings. The committee, which was led by Councilmember Mary Cheh (DWard 3), found that senior Gray aides had engaged in nepotism and cronyism, had approved salaries above and beyond legal caps for a large number of mayoral appointees and had paid failed mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown over $1,100 during the 2010 race, money he claimed was used as payment for his vitriolic attacks on incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty. Moreover, the report concluded that Brown was not qualified for a $110,000-a-year job in the government that he eventually received, indicating that Gray campaign and transition chairwoman Lorraine Green and former Chief of Staff Gerri Mason Hall had gone to bat for him despite his inflated resume. But despite the damning conclusions and a remaining possibility of charges being filed by the U.S. attorney, the harshest crime alleged is perjury. While Green and Hall are repeatedly dinged for showing bad judgment, interim D.C. Director of Human Resources Judy Banks is directly accused of lying to the committee during her testimony. Moreover, Banks, 44 ★ HillRag | September 2011

Candidates Vincent C. Gray and Sulaimon Brown during the 2010 Mayor Election. Photo: Andrew Lightman

who is the director of personnel at the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, is painted as a central figure in allowing senior Gray aides to maneuver their children into city jobs and in permitting 14 mayoral appointees from getting salaries beyond what is legally allowed. Even Brown, who was responsible for setting the investigation in motion, is accused of making false statements to the committee and embellishing his testimony to the point that many of his claims became unbelievable. Whether by design or by chance, Gray largely escaped fault for what happened. “Although Mayor Gray was aware that salaries that exceeded the statutory salary cap were being paid, there is little evidence in the record to suggest that he was aware of nepotism and cronyism, or that standard personnel practices were being violated. There is also scant evidence, other than Mr. Brown’s

own uncorroborated testimony, to suggest that Mayor Gray knew that senior members of his campaign gave money to Mr. Brown. Mayor Gray acknowledged that during the campaign he made a promise of an interview for a position in his administration to Mr. Brown, but there is insufficient evidence to conclude that Mayor Gray actually promised Mr. Brown a job,” the report concludes. Regardless, the committee report does make one point painfully clear – whether or not Gray was responsible or knew what was happening, the entire episode was hurtful not only to his administration, but to the broader trust that District residents should have in their government. “But the timing of what occurred here was especially unfortunate because it sapped the spirit of the people of the District, who were already divided after a contentious election, and hindered the government itself

at the very beginning of a new administration. It dampened the robust goodwill that ordinarily accompanies a new Executive’s first months in office – goodwill that allows a new administration to craft and implement its vision for improving the District. It distracted the government, the media, and the public, deflecting them from focusing on the policy and programmatic changes that would be made by a new administration. And, finally, pursuing these allegations diverted substantial government resources. The damage created by these errors is not irreparable, but it will take time for the District to heal from them,” the report wisely concludes. Gray himself seems to have recognized the damage the incidents have done. In a statement released the day the report was approved by the committee, he said, “I remain committed to leading an administration with integrity, transparency and openness, and in coming weeks will announce a series of further measures to help repair and restore the public trust in our government.” During a brief session on August 23, the committee endorsed the report on a 3-0 vote and essentially closed the book on what became known as the Sulaimon affair. Well, kind of. Cheh announced that since Brown had refused to comply with the committee’s last subpoena for documents, the report couldn’t yet be considering final.

Hard Job, High Pay? One interesting outtake from the report was that not only did a number of mayoral appointees take home excessive salaries, but that the granting of high salaries to specific officials has spanned two mayoral administrations. According to the report, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson Police Chief Cathy Lanier, whose salaries were set by the Fenty administration, remained amongst the city’s senior officials taking home the largest

salaries – salaries that also showed the largest excesses relative to legal limits. Henderson, like Michelle Rhee before her, takes home $275,000 a year – almost $96,000 above what the salary cap for that position is. Lanier makes $230,000, some $50,000 over her salary cap. Additionally, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper took home $185,000, $6,000 more than permitted, while D.C. Chief Medical Examiner Marie Pierre-Louis, whose base salary was the same as Cooper’s, took in an additional $5,900. Finally, City Administrator Allen Lew not only earned $275,000 for his job as schools modernization czar under Fenty, but was also granted a $68,750 bonus by Fenty (that was paid by Gray) that the committee deemed was inappropriately granted and excessive. That Henderson, Lanier and Lew make more than the mayor himself (and more than most cabinet secretaries to President Obama) is certainly a matter of debate. Needless to say, the city is paying them to take jobs that involve tirelesseffort and are somewhat thankless – by way of comparison, U.S. diplomats serving abroad get paid more if they serve in a particularly undesirable or dangerous location. But is it fair that, as budgets gets slashed and mid- and entrylevel bureaucrats get canned, the top brass get paid more and more? Maybe, maybe not – but it’s certainly not a popular idea. The committee noted that in January 2011 the D.C. Department of Human Resources drafted legislation that would have set the top salary for agency directors at $279,000. That could eventually have to go before the council, where legislators and residents would invariably ask, “How much do we have to pay people to do jobs that they should see as a challenge, if not a civic obligation?” Of course, the council might want to avoid this debate for its own reasons – councilmembers take in the second-highest salaries in the country for their positions. Martin Austermuhle is a Senior Editor at and a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. He lives in Mt. Pleasant. ★

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Tune-Up Time for DC’s Taxes Key Things for the District’s New Tax Revision Commission to Consider by Ed Lazere


oon, 11 people will gather in Washington to embark on an ambitious effort to review the tax code and come up with bold recommendations. No, it’s not the congressional “super committee.” (That’s 12 people.) It’s DC’s new Tax Revision Commission, which will be formed this fall and then spend nine months studying the city’s tax system. The stakes aren’t quite as high, perhaps, but DC’s commission actually could be more productive, given Congress’s recent hyper-partisan gridlock. And it could make a big difference to you. “Tax policy” may not be on any list of conversation starters at a party or bar, for good reason. Yet all of us have a stake in how the tax system is structured to raise revenues and pay for things like police, trash pickup, and schools, and all tax systems need a tune up from time to time. The economy is constantly changing, and tax policy needs to keep up. The tax system changes constantly, too, especially as interest groups — many of them very powerful — seek special tax treatment. That can lead to a tax system with more loopholes than anyone is happy with and some pretty shocking results. Consider the fact that, nationally, people like Warren Buffet

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pay a lower tax rate on stock market gains than middle-class Americans pay on their paycheck. We may not have Warren Buffet to shine a spotlight on shortfalls in the District’s tax code, but the commission will have 11 civic-minded residents and $800,000 million to get real answers to thorny questions about how to make DC’s tax system better. You’re pretty excited about DC’s tax commission now, aren’t you? Here are some things the Tax Revision Commission could focus on.

Keeping Up with DC’s Changing Economy and Population The last time the District had a tax commission, in the late 1990s, “internet commerce” was a fairly new buzz phrase, the cupcake craze had not arrived, few of us had cell phones, and the city’s population was still falling. Tax systems need to change with the times or they won’t be able to keep generating revenues needed for schools, libraries and other public services. As people buy more of their stuff online, for example, a sales tax tied to purchases at traditional stores will become increasingly irrelevant. That is why many states are exploring how to apply the sales

tax to purchases made on sites like Amazon, and DC should, too. DC’s tax code also should respond to the city’s population changes, fueled largely by an influx of younger middle-income residents to places like Columbia Heights. This is likely to contribute to growth in things like health club memberships, which like many other services are not covered by DC’s sales tax. The tax commission would serve the city well by recommending ways to expand the sales tax so that it covers what is actually being bought in the city, by residents, commuters, and tourists. It’s also time to review DC’s income tax, where the top rate kicks in at just $40,000. With an increase in middle- and upper-income residents, the commission should explore a new income tax rate structure with rates for high-income residents, possibly paired with reduced income tax rates for middle and low-income residents. A poll commissioned this spring by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute found that DC residents are ready for this kind of change, even those who would be directly affected.

Broaden the Base and Review Special Tax Breaks There is rare consensus among

liberals, conservatives, and tax professionals that taxes work best when the base is as broad as possible, with limited exemptions or deductions. This helps to ensure fairness – that everyone pays – and to keep tax rates as low as possible. Broadening the sales tax to cover more services, for example, could possibly allow the sales tax rate to be reduced. The tax commission specifically is charged with looking at “tax expenditures,” tax breaks intended to reward or incentivize certain activities. Tax incentives often are adopted with high hopes, but then are rarely reviewed to see if they actually accomplish what was intended. DC offers tax breaks for new grocery stores in targeted neighborhoods areas and for new “high tech” businesses, for example, and the city loses a lot of revenue from these. But it’s not clear if that actually translates into real benefits. The commission should examine the effectiveness of DC’s tax expenditure programs.

Tax Fairness The belief that some people or businesses get away without paying their fair share of taxes is a big source of public frustration with taxes. DC’s tax commission could look into a few key things along these lines.

Why do more than half of DC businesses pay just the minimum corporate tax? (There may be good reasons, or not.) As a result of a 10% cap on annual residential property tax increases, some homeowners pay tax on as little as 40% of their homes value – treating a $750,000 home as if it were worth $300,000 for example — while other pay a lot more. DC has a progressive income tax, but when all taxes are considered, moderate-income families spend more than 10% income on DC taxes while higher income people pay about 8%. What changes can be made to target tax reductions on those paying the most?

Does DC Need to Focus on Tax Competitiveness? On almost any policy issue, DC policymakers want to know what Maryland and Virginia do. While that is good to know, it shouldn’t necessarily dictate what the District chooses to do to its tax systems. Research is pretty very clear that by and large people don’t decide where to live — and businesses don’t decide where to locate — based on taxes. As the tax commission takes up issue of tax competition, it should go beyond a simple comparison of tax rates to assess whether any difference in rates actually matters. That said, research shows that

the income and property taxes paid by most DC residents are lower than in Maryland and even than in suburban Virginia, driven by DC’s very low property taxes. On the business side, property taxes are higher than in the suburbs, yet commercial vacancy rates are lowest in DC. DC’s corporate income tax rate also is higher, but as noted most businesses use deductions and other means to reduce their liability to the minimum – currently $100 year. Don’t expect the tax code to do too much: The commission is supposed to look at using the tax code to “encourage business growth and job creation.” Those are important goals, but not for the tax system. Issues like the regulatory environment, access to skilled labor, proximity to markets are far more important than tax policy. If tax cuts are aimed at business growth end up limiting the ability to invest in workforce development or business regulation efficiency, they could be counterproductive Improvements to DC’s tax system can create a solid foundation for the revenues needed to serve a growing and diverse population, while also creating more clarity, fairness and efficiency. The Tax Commission has its work cut out for it. Lazere is the executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. ★ ★ 49

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Hine School Redevelopment Update The Design Stage Finished, Public Space Moves to the Forefront by Amanda Abrams


t’s time to shift gears. The redevelopment of Eastern Market’s Hine Junior High School is far from over, but the focus is changing. After six months of examining, adjusting, and re-examining design plans for the development, the first phase of the process is finally complete. Now, attention is turning to less tangible aspects of the site, including its use of space and land—issues that may wind up being, once again, quite controversial.

Open space issues under examination The Hine site is one of the only parcels of its size on Capitol Hill that has yet to be developed, it’s also squarely located in the middle of the neighborhood’s most popular commercial zone—which is a designated historic district. That means all of the plans covering the project’s elevation, façade, and building materials have had to meet the approval of the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board, which in turn gives great weight to community opinions. Since February, that’s what the site’s developers, Stanton Development Corporation and Eastbanc, Inc., have been focused on: submitting design plans to community members for review, making changes where needed, then presenting the plans to the HPRB. Finally, on August 4, the HPRB approved a final set of plans covering two buildings at 7th and C streets. Now the focus is turning to the project’s use of space, though this is not technically the purview of the HPRB. Specifically, the development’s central courtyard, which had in previous drawings always been open to the public, was completely enclosed, and the plaza area designed to hold flea market vendors appeared to accommodate fewer than half of those who 50 ★ HillRag | September 2011

The current plans for the Hine site. Courtesy: Stanton Development.

sell their wares every weekend. In a nod to community concerns over the future of the flea market, HPRB members held off judgment on the design of the building adjacent to the plaza until the issue has been discussed among stakeholders.

What will happen to the flea market? The flea market’s current site, a parking lot, will be lost to construction. In response, Stanton and Eastbanc, when chosen for the project, promised to include flea market space in their plans; their original designs had room for close to 100 vendors’ tents on a closed C Street and a public plaza. And Joe Sternlieb, head of government relations for Eastbanc, said the team is still committed to maintaining a market on the site over the long

term. But as the plans evolved, the entrance to an underground parking lot had to be moved; according to the District Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th St. SE were not options, and neighbors’ opposition ruled out 8th Street as well, leaving only C Street. But that means the space for the flea market has been considerably diminished. Now, there’s room for some 68 vendors, though the flea market’s managers say far fewer will probably fit. “There’s very, very little public space in the new drawings,” said Carole Wright, who thinks there is room for about 50 vendor tents, maximum, in the most recent drawings. She’s not quite a dispassionate observer, though; Wright has been managing the Saturday flea market for 15 years and is worried about its—and her—future.

Public Meeting on Eastern Market Management Meeting with Councilmember Tommy Wells to solicit input on the consolidation of all aspects of the Market under one governing entity. September 19th, 6:30-8:30, in the north hall of the Eastern Market building.

That’s a future that could be challenged if Councilmember Tommy Wells, who represents Eastern Market, moves forward with his plans. Wells is scheduled to introduce legislation in September that will shift control of Eastern Market, whose food hall and flea markets are currently managed by three separate entities, only one of which is the District government, to an independent oversight body that would be in charge of the entire operation. In the bill, he’s planning to address the issue of flea market space. But although Wells has been talking about introducing this bill since last year, few people—including the developers and the market managers—seem to know what will be in it. The alternate options for the market that Wells has in mind are anyone’s guess: use the 7th Street sidewalks all the way down to Pennsylvania Avenue? Relocate to the Metro plaza across the street? Wells’ chief of staff, Charles Allen, said that the councilmember is planning on holding public meetings and soliciting feedback before he formally introduces the legislation to the Council; the first meeting is scheduled for September 19, 6:30-8:30, in the north hall of the Eastern Market building.

Room for recourse: the PUD process is next If Wells’ efforts at using his bully pulpit to build a dialogue and find consensus don’t work, the Planned Unit Development part of the process will be the next place to bring up flea market issues. Generally, the PUD stage allows residents to push for various community amenities like open space or affordable housing, in exchange for awarding the development greater density than the site’s zoning status otherwise allows. The PUD process is also the place

to take complaints about the closing of the courtyard. According to Sternlieb, the area was never meant to be a public space. “People misread the plans, thinking it was a through courtyard taking you from Pennsylvania to the middle of C Street, and that there was space to hang out. That was never the case,” he explained. “It was a sunken courtyard and a small playground that may or may not have been open to public. We’re talking about under 1/12 of an acre.” Plus, back when the courtyard was going to be surrounded by office space and a school, a public area would have been fine; but now that many of the units around it are residential, having people walking their dogs so close to others’ living quarters doesn’t quite work, said Sternlieb. But whether or not community members misunderstood the role of the courtyard, the issue of including more public space in the development matters to neighbors. “It is a big deal,” said Ivan Frishberg, an ANC commissioner representing the area. He added that having more public space within the development has been consistently supported by the ANC. “[The plans] evolved from something that was semi-open to being completely private. And at each point, objections were raised. It’s a reduction of benefits.” Similarly, he said, the flea market is strongly supported by the community. “It doesn’t appear that it’s spelled out in the contract how many spaces Stanton/Eastbanc has to provide. Certainly there’s some ambiguity, and that’s what the PUD process is for,” he said. “There’s a consensus in community that the public space issues need to be addressed.” The ANC may begin calling meetings to solicit public input this fall; meanwhile, the developers will begin preparing to file a PUD application. Once it’s filed, a public hearing with the zoning commission will be scheduled, but that probably won’t take place until winter or even early spring 2012. ★



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Redistricting The Next Chapter by Roberta Weiner


he compelling saga of Ward After that vote, the Task Force 6 Advisory Neighborhood broke out into subgroups to underCommission (ANC) redis- take the exacting job of matching tricting keeps moving right along. census tracts with the number of Last month we reported that the people needed to get the SMDs to eight-member Task Force ap- form commissions of similar size in pointed by Councilmember Tommy contiguous blocks. Another imporWells would be working to design tant factor to be taken into account the commissions—their number, is that there are no limits on ANC size and the geographic areas they size (in Ward 3, for example, there will cover, based on a combination is one commission with two memof the data in census tracts and a bers and Ward 5 currently has three guideline established by the DC Council Redistricting Committee that each single member district (SMD) represent approximately 2000 people, plus or minus 5% (100 people). This article is an attempt to de-mystify the process of how this aspect of government works. Each Ward, and its Councilmember,is handling its redistricting differently. In Ward 3, for example, the ANCs are doing it themselves. In Ward 6, Councilmember Wells specifically wanted the Task Force to be completely independent of current ANCs. The first vote taken by the Ward 6 Task Force, after a series of “listening meetings” to solicit the Task Force’s proposed map. views of residents of each of the ward’s quadrants, established a ward map with five commissions in total, each with 12 ANCs, rather than the current four. members), but funds are allocated The map, one of about eight plans for ANC budgets on the basis of submitted by various Task Force population—the larger the commismembers, ANC commissioners and sion, the larger the budget. interested members of the public, So, did everything go smoothly was designed by a resident of Rose- after that? Well, not exactly. In ANC dale, Rob Stephens, anxious to make 6A, current Commissioner Drew sure that Kingman Park, which was Ronneberg promoted a plan that assigned to Ward 7 in the 2001 re- would have put all of H Street NE districting, is served by a Ward 6 into a single ANC, instead of the ANC. two—6A and 6C—that currently 52 ★ HillRag | September 2011

share responsibility for its well-being. Asserting that two philosophies of zoning and liquor regulation do not benefit this core community resource, oversight by a single ANC— 6A—is the answer. However, that configuration would require an enlarged, 12-member 6A, and the severe shrinking of other commissions. While that plan received no support and an ANC close in shape and size to the current plan (with the addition of Kingman Park) was recommended by the Task Force, as this goes to press, ANC 6A is holding a special meeting to consider Ronneberg’s suggestion. For ANC 6B, one discussion, shared with ANC 6D, was whether the near Southeast neighborhood should remain part of 6D, sharing issues as diverse as the waterfront and the future redevelopment of South Capitol Street and the new bridge at its foot, or be reassigned to 6B to be at “home” with Barracks Row and Capitol Hill. The Southeast area has already grown far beyond its Census Day population, and it would have, when added to 6B (already at 11 members), create an overlarge and unwieldy body. The Task Force voted to leave 6B intact, to add some of southeast to a Southwest SMD, and to leave 6D covering the entire waterfront, from the new Southwest development to the 11th Street Bridge. Similar problems of size and shape provided challenges for 6C and 6E. Conversations about moving parts of 6C into the new 6E led to discussions about which SMDs should move, and where the ANC’s

boundaries should be—North Capitol Street or Union Station. The Task Force approved a plan for 6C that 6C has since debated, approving the move of three SMDs into the future 6E (located in Shaw) which will increase its current fourmember size, and offering its own suggestions for further changing its borders by adding a strip of territory south to Independence Avenue SE, just south of its current border at South Capitol Street, and west to 8th Street. That suggestion, along with the shape of 6E, have not yet been acted on by the Task Force. Details and maps of these plans are available for viewing and consideration at the Task Force blog,, where public comments are still welcome. Comments and questions can also be submitted to Task Force chair Joe Fengler at The next action involves presentations of the plans to each ANC at its September meeting, at which Task Force members will be present. Current commissions will be given their official say on the plans. After that, on September 18th (place still to be announced), the Task Force will draw up draft final plans for each ANC. Three days later, on September 21, the final plans will be approved and readied for submission to Councilmember Wells. At that juncture, he will either accept or modify the plans as submitted and will, in turn, submit them to the Committee on Redistricting. Finally, the Committee will then submit legislation incorporating the final plans of all eight wards, and hold public hearings to give people a final opportunity to comment prior to a vote. Coming next month: the ending you’ve all been waiting for! ★

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Parking Plan Will Funnel $600,000 to Hill Communities for Non-Automotive Projects article and photos by Larry Janezich


he DDOT Performance Parking Fund will have “not less than $600,000 available for non -automotive transportation related community projects available in fiscal year 2012,” according to officials in DDOT’s Policy Planning and Sustainability Administration (PPSA), which oversees the Performance Based Parking initiative. The Performance Based Parking Pilot was started in 2008 in the areas surrounding Nationals ballpark by DDOT to address transportation and parking problems associated with the new stadium, along with the Arena Stage expansion, and residen-

tial and commercial developments in Near Southeast. Adjusting parking rates and time restrictions on metered blocks helps alleviate parking pressure on nearby residential and mixed-use areas. One of the plan’s benefits for Capitol Hill and Near Southeast residents is a “Neighborhood Revenue Share” program under which most of the money from the new parking zones is returned to the community in the form of non-automotive transportation improvements. The appearance of the Performance Based Parking Pilot program has been evident throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood owing to

A Big Belly Trash Compactor on the corner of 7th Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue. 54 ★ HillRag | September 2011

the multi-space parking meters and resident-only neighborhood parking signs. Moreover, those blocks designated for the program will expand this fall. Yet the community at large is just becoming aware of the availability of the plan’s proceeds for community projects. Under city law, 20% of performance parking funds has to be used for non-automotive transportation projects. The amount rises to 75% after infrastructure (the multi-space or “smart” meters at $4,000 each, and signage) is paid for. According to DDOT, the infrastructure is all but paid for, increasing the percentage of funds available for community projects. In addition, the parking fund is set up as a capital project, meaning the money does not have to be spent in its entirety in any one fiscal year, and unspent funds will accrue over time. DC law limits the use of the funds to the following specific categories: “(1) Enhancements to bus and rail facilities to improve access and level of service such as electronic realtime schedule displays outside of stations and stops, display of large, full-color bus and rail maps, busonly and bus priority lanes, and programs to increase electronic fare payment technologies; (2) Enhancements to increase the safety, convenience, and comfort of pedestrians, such as new or improved sidewalks, lighting, signage, benches, improved streetscapes, countdown crosswalk signals, and neighborhood traffic calming; and (3) Improvements to bicycling infrastructure such as painted and separated bicycle lanes, installation of public bicycle racks, and wayfinding signage for bicyclists.” In Ward Six, the funds are currently available to areas of ANC6B and ANC6D which are directly af-

fected by the parking restrictions. For fiscal year 2011, the Parking Pilot boundaries ran from Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, on the north; M Street, SE, and Potomac Avenue, SW, on the south; 9th Street, SE, on the East; and 9th Street, SW, on the west. Parking restrictions will be extended this fall to the 200 – 300 blocks of 7th Street, SE, and east to the 500 – 1100 blocks of 11th Street (including 9th and 10th Streets, and the east-west side streets, but not 11th Street). This will make these additional streets eligible for project funding. Currently, community oversight of the project and funding process is provided by the Performance Parking Fund Advisory Committee – a mechanism set up by Councilmember Wells to ensure community input. According to the DDOT’s Policy Planning and Sustainability Administration, there are currently seven members on the committee. Among the organizations represented are ANC 6B, ANC 6D, CHAMPS, Barracks Row Main Street, the Capitol Riverfront BID, and Council Member Wells’ office. DDOT calls the committee ad hoc; there are no terms of service for the members, and a list naming the members has not as yet been made public by DDOT or Wells’ office. Typical for a new project, the process for distributing funds seems fluid and more informal than other government operations. DDOT officials term the process “cooperative”; Advisory Committee member Chuck Burger, who represents CHAMPS, said “the committee aims for shared funding between the two ANCs.” Asked for an example of how the process worked, DDOT officials pointed to an idea put forward by CHAMPS and the Capitol Riverfront BID for solar-powered trash compactors. DDOT looked at the criteria established by law and determined that the project would qualify

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.

The Bike Share Rack at Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

as streetscaping. DDOT reached out to the manufacturer of the trash compactors to determine the price and took that back to the Advisory Committee to determine if they found it suitable. The Advisory Committee recommended going ahead with the project and suggested locations for installations. DDOT makes the final decision on funding projects. Officials there say that ideas for projects have originated from individuals as well as community or neighborhood organizations. For fiscal year 2011, DDOT has spent or obligated $597,100 of pilot zone funds for ten projects. The following projects were completed during fiscal year 2010: • $60,000 Big Belly Solar Powered Trash Compactors • $10,000 Ornate metal benches

(inventory in warehouse awaiting additional requests) • $7,500 Capitol Hill Historic Disc signs (inventory available, awaiting additional requests) • $5,000 Ornate bike racks for Barracks Row, Pennsylvania Avenue and Southwest DC Projects and obligated funding during 2011 are: • $180,000 Eastern Market Metro Plaza Information Hub • $135,000 New fence on New Jersey Avenue, SE, over the railroad tracks • $100,000 Purchase of two full sized Bikeshare Stations • $42,600 Purchase of six multispace or smart meters • $32,000 Research and text on Neighborhood Heritage Trail Wayfinder bicycle and mass transitmaps and signs

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Performance Parking Pilot Plan To Be Extended East and North This Fall Support is Mixed for Pushing Plant to East Capitol by Larry Janezich The Planned Info Hub Kiosk on Eastern Market Metro Plaza. Photo: Courtesy of CHAMPS

$25,000 Research and text on Neighborhood Heritage Trail Wayfinder pedestrian maps and signs Officials estimate that funding available for FY 2012 projects will match the $600,000 available for FY 2011. DDOT is soliciting project ideas from the community, and the Advisory Committee will meet in a non-public session in midSeptember to consider suggestions which have been forwarded to them by DDOT. Advisory Committee member Dave Garrison, who represents ANC6B, told a recent ANC6B Transportation Committee regarding the projects, “most of the low hanging fruit has been picked. Creativity will be valuable. The real problem is to make sure the money doesn’t get wasted.” Projects under consideration for FY 2012 include landscaping at Eastern Market Metro Hub sponsored by ANC6B, additional Capital Bikeshare kiosks in Southeast and Near Southeast public space, and Neighborhood Heritage Trail Wayfinder Maps. In addition, 2012 will see grants to pilot zone schools and community based organizations for student-based transportation initiatives designed to get children involved in the transportation management process. ANC6B Commissioner Ivan Frishberg is pushing a proposal from Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) to create a children’s walking tour of Capitol Hill. Commissioner Brian Pate is interested in using performance parking funds to improve the lighting on the northeast parcel of Eastern Market Metro Plaza. According to the 2010 Ballpark 56 ★ HillRag | September 2011

District Performance Parking Report, individuals or organizations within the Ballpark District pilot zone with an idea for non-automotive transportation improvements should submit a written proposal to DDOT. Included in this proposal should be: the individual or organization name and contact information, the type of non-automotive enhancement envisioned, a detailed description of the project and its funding category, (mass transit, pedestrian, or bicycle enhancement), and the approximate cost of the proposed project. All funding requests should be sent to DDOT through Damon Harvey, Project Manager, at ( or mail materials to Damon Harvey, PPSA, 7th floor, 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. For questions, please contact Mr. Harvey at 202-671-0493. The new ANC6B Transportation Committee is attempting to establish itself as a clearinghouse for proposed projects arising from individuals and organizations within ANC6B. Commissioner Oldenburg chairs the committee; Commissioner Garrison is Vice Chair. The extra layer of bureaucracy could work to the advantage of community members in terms of obtaining the imprimatur of ANC6B on a project proposal. Individuals or organizations with ideas should coordinate their submissions to the Transportation Committee through their ANC Commissioner. Larry Janezich is Secretary of Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA), and editor of ★


his fall the Performance Parking Pilot Program will be extended north to the 200 – 300 blocks of 7th Street, SE, and east to the 500 – 1100 blocks of 11th Street (including 9th and 10th Streets, and the east-west side streets, but not 11th Street). Parking restrictions for the areas affected will change as follows: • one side of each block will be restricted to Zone 6 Permit holders only during the days and hours of enforcement; the other side of the block continues with current two-hour grace period for cars without permits; • each residence receives annually one guest parking pass for permanent parking; • coverage extends Monday through Saturday; • normal Monday through Saturday hours are 7:30 am to 9:30 pm (effectively meaning that cars without permits can park on the grace period side of blocks after 7:30 pm and let the remaining enforcement hours expire.) In addition, in the extension east to 11th Street, the hours of Residential Permit Parking only enforcement will be extended until 2:00 am. Several other changes in the pilot project will or could occur in the near future. According to DDOT officials, the unused lot under the freeway which opens onto 7th Street, SE, will be used as part of the Performance Parking Pilot once when DDOT can determine that demand justifies it. The Marine Barracks currently uses the space for parking during its summer Twilight Tattoo ceremonies. Finally, in March of 2012, the pilot plan will be inaugurated in the area around H Street, NE. In Southeast, current law authorizes extension of the plan to the entire area between South Capitol and 11th Street, SE, and East Capitol and M Street, SE. Asked if DDOT anticipated this happening, officials said that there are no current plans to do so, but that “anything is possible.” For example, if stakeholders support the plan through ANC6B, DDOT would entertain the expansion. It also appears that expansion can happen on DDOT’s initiative. The move north on 7th Street was apparently a unilateral decision of DDOT without input from ANC6B. ANC6B Commissioner Dave Garrison supports extending the Performance Parking Pilot north of Pennsylvania Avenue and has found support among his constituents in ANC6B01who have much of their street parking taken up by Library of Congress and Congressional staff during the week and tourists for the U.S. Capitol and

patrons of Pennsylvania Avenue restaurants on Saturday. Garrison commented that he can’t advocate extending the pilot unless and until ANC6B Commissioners in single member districts lying to the east of his SMD and north of Pennsylvania Avenue also support that effort. He said that the pilot can’t be extended in bits and pieces. Those other Commissioners include Frishberg, Pate and Oldenburg. Residents considering the possibility of extending Performance Parking must weigh the benefits of resident-only use against the inconvenience to visitors and others who routinely use street parking on Capitol Hill. Commissioner Frishberg has said he does support extending the pilot north of Pennsylvania Avenue, but is assessing resident sentiment block by block, and so far reaction has been mixed. Pate says he favors extending the boundary north of Pennsylvania, but so far has received neutral to negative feedback from residents. Pate also noted that extension of the pilot is an issue for CHAMPS, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, which is trying to find a way to address the parking concerns of contractors and small businesses servicing residents. Oldenburg supports extension of the Performance Parking Pilot north of Pennsylvania Avenue in her SMD but notes that is not an easy process, since not all residents will agree and since providing an annual parking pass to households does not solve all parking problems. Oldenburg notes that she has mentioned to affected constituents the possibility of the northward expansion as a way of helping to relieve some of the residential parking problems that may occur with the opening of Hill Center.

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Community Life Spotted on the Hil

The Buckeye Butterfly text and photo by Peter Vankevich


his is my first non-bird column of a species spotted on Capitol Hill that I find fascinating. When bird activity is slow during bright sunny days, many birders turn their binoculars to butterflies. Before we focus in on our chosen species the Common Buckeye ( Junonia coenia), let’s take a quick look at butterflies. Butterflies are insects having six legs, a head, thorax and abdomen and are placed in the order known as Lepidoptera which in Greek means scaly wings. This is descriptive because if you view the wings using a strong magnifying glass or microscope you will see overlapping tiny scales. The life cycle of a butterfly has four stages: eggs that are laid on plants, upon hatching it is the larva (or caterpillar) stage where they go through a binge eating phase feeding primarily on the leaves of host plants. Then begins the Kafkaesque stage where the caterpillar forms a protective shield called a pupa and undergoes a metamorphosis phase. When they emerge, they are in the final adult stage as butterflies. As noted above, they are most active during bright sunny portions of the day. At night, or during inclement weather, they will find shelter perching on the underside of a leaf or find crevices. In cold weather regions at least one stage in a butterfly species’ life cycle must be resistant to freezing. Interestingly, different species have various ways to ensure survival. Some may spend the winter as caterpillars or in the pupa stage. A few species may spend the winter as eggs and others such as tortoiseshells and anglewings may hibernate as adults in protected

crevices such as holes in trees and man-made structures. Others, most famously the Monarch butterfly will migrate. Although the origins of the name butterfly are not certain, it is speculated that it derives from the yellowcolored sulphur species that exist in Europe as well as the United States. The Common Buckeye is quite handsome. Its wings have a pattern of large eyespots and white bars on the upper surface. This appearance of what appears to be large eyes may serve to deter would-be predators. Adults drink nectar and also drink fluids from mud and damp sand. The also migrate. Many that winter in the South head north in the spring to breed and by August and September they may be found throughout much of the 48 states and southern Canada. Their preferred habitat is open areas at lower elevations, with short grass and bare soil. Males like to bask on the ground with open wings which makes them a popular subject of nature photographers. Like most wildlife these days, butterflies face great challenges to their survival. Loss of habitat, excessive use of pesticides and removal of their food sources have contributed to their demise. To help them and have “fun” insects around, many people are creating organic butterfly gardens and habitats paying careful attention to growing plants for all stages of their lives, e.g. specific leaves (host plants) for the caterpillars to munch on and nectar for the adults. A book I have mentioned in the past on this important topic that I

highly recommend is “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants,” (Timber Press) by Douglas W. Tallamy, a professor at the University of Delaware. In addition to Congressional Cemetery, a good local spot to observe butterflies is the Smithsonian’s butterfly habitat garden located adjacent to the National Museum of Natural History at 9th St. NW, between Constitution Ave.and the National Mall. If you find certain bird names such as the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and the Tufted Titmouse amusing or imaginative, you should find some of the common butterfly names equally or more so. Here are a few of the butterflies one may encounter in our region: the Hackberry Emperor, the American Snout, the Grizzled Skipper and the Dreamy Duskywing. If you have any comments or know of any interesting birds on Capitol Hill that could be a possible feature for this column, or would like to join me for a stroll on the Hill with your binoculars or camera on a weekend morning in search of interesting birds or butterflies, feel free to contact me, ★ ★ 59


A Church on a Hill Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church by Anne Nickel


sense of the historical is something you cannot escape in the District of Columbia. It is particularly palpable as you walk around Capitol Hill. You can look at the variety of old buildings and wonder about the role each played in creating the story of the Hill. This sense of history underscores the community’s interest in preserving its buildings, sites, and stories. It’s the non-government buildings that help put the personal twist in the stories we want to preserve. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, like all churches, houses our personal and spiritual history: the births, marriages, deaths and the other life experiences that shape a community. Next year, the Church will be celebrating 150 years of service to this community. And as the congregation celebrates its past, it invites the Capitol Hill community to join in the exploration of events that transpired at the corner of Fourth and Independence Avenue.

Origins of the Church Although the Washington Post reports that there had been plans for a Presbyterian Church on Capitol Hill for several years, as the Civil War was at its height a group of women took events into their own hands and recruited a Princetoneducated pastor, the Reverend John Chester. The traditional story is that these Presbyterian women had read an article written by the Reverend Chester about a church he had started under a tree and invited him to start a church on a hill. A mystery remains today as to whether or not the women were motivated by abolitionist sentiments and Chester’s 60 ★ HillRag | September 2011

LEFT TO RIGHT: Reverend John Chester, first pastor of the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, served the congregation for more than 30 years; The room in the US Capitol Building that served as the congregation’s temporary home from 1869 to 1872.

pro-Union beliefs. Whatever the motivation, Rev. Chester accepted their invitation. With the Civil War as a backdrop, the new Presbyterian Church was organized by the Presbytery of the Potomac on April 11, 1864 with just 34 members. On April 7, 1865 General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox; and on April 14, 1865 (Good Friday) John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. On April 16, 1865 (Easter Sunday), Rev. Chester addressed his Presbyterian congregation: The President of the United States is dead! He whom for more than four years we have looked up to more as a father than a ruler, the kind-hearted, and the wise-hearted President has fallen. Or can it be? Is it not a dream? Can it be, that even in this sinful world, sin has reached such a height as to assassinate our

Chief magistrate, and folly such a pitch to murder him whose leniency they now so much needed? …” This was how Rev. Chester ended his first of over 30 years as pastor to this congregation. By 1869 the congregation had outgrown its various temporary quarters. Available land was found on the corner of what is now 4th Street and Independence Avenue SE on which to build a permanent home. While the congregation was without a building of its own, the U.S. Congress allowed them to meet in the Capitol Building. (The Church was able to return this hospitality on January 6, 2009 when it hosted the 111th Congressional Bipartisan Interfaith Prayer Service, an event rotated each year though the churches on the Hill.) Finally, in 1872, the dedication service for the new church was held with President Ulysses S. Grant in attendance. The new church would be known as the

Metropolitan Presbyterian Church for the next 83 years.

In Modern Times After World War II, many young families moved to the suburbs and membership declined in most city churches. In 1955 the Metropolitan Presbyterian Church decided to merge with the congregation of Eastern Presbyterian Church on 6th and Maryland Ave NE. The new church took the name by which it is currently known, the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. Over the years, the Church has served the community in numerous ways. In the 1940’s it housed the Institute of Applied Religion that produced radio broadcasts from the Church, including Sunday services. According to Washington Post articles, the public flocked to attend these popular broadcasts. In the 1970’s the Church established

the Washington Seminar Center which still offers housing to groups coming to DC to do service learning and educational touring. It does local mission work as well as national and international missions. The Church has hosted homeless families as part of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry programs. It housed pre-school and nursery school programs and hosted Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, community choral groups

A Celebration Begins Saving and maintaining our historic buildings is both an opportunity for the community and a responsibility to future generations. The Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in a year and a half. In commemoration of its sesquicentennial year, the Church is holding a historical preservation event. On Saturday, Sept 10, 2011, it is hosting open fundraising din-

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and theater groups. Soup Kitchen Sunday and Food Pantry Sunday are regular occurrences. It becomes a community resource during the Presidential Inaugurationfestivities, opening its doors to guests as a place to warm up, rest up, and recreate. The community has reciprocated this support in many ways over the years. During a storm on Friday, April 13, 1984, two days before Palm Sunday, lightning struck a window frame and started a fire in the church attic. A tragedy was averted when Don Huff, a homeless man who had a relationship with the church, saw the lightning strike and called the fire department. Media coverage of Huff ’s role in saving the church led to a reunion with his family.

ners in private homes on the Hill. Each dinner will have a special guest to ensure a lively table conversation. With a guide from one of various religious denominations, dinner participants will discuss a book of the bible from a historical perspective and its relationship to the world today. For more information about the event, please visit their website at or call the Church at 202-547-7876. Historic preservation is a community wide effort. It can also be a pleasant way to meet your neighbor and learn more about your Capitol Hill neighborhood. Submitted and written by Anne Nickel, Sue Van Slyke, Gene Larkin, and Ruth Wasem, members of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church and its History Committee. ★ ★ 61



SOUTH Plans Progress for Southwest Ecodistrict article and photos by William Rich


fter several public meetings over the past couple of years to solicit feedback on plans for the Southwest Ecodistrict, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the Office of Planning (OP) held meetings in July to go over the three development scenarios proposed for the area. While the Office of Planning’s meeting on July 14 dealt with the Maryland Ave., SW corridor, the NCPC meeting on July 26 took a more holistic approach to the Ecodistrict, but focused more on the 10th Street, SW corridor.

LEFT – Currently, 10th Street, SW from Banneker Overlook to the Smithsonian Castle is a wide street with little shade.

Transforming a Stodgy Office District

ABOVE – The Maryland Ave., SW view corridor connects the Capitol Building with the Jefferson Memorial.

The Mission Statement of the SW Ecodistrict is as follows: Establish an Ecodistrict that transforms the 10th Street, SW and Maryland Ave., SW corridors into a vibrant well connected place to commemorate, visit, work, and live in a matter that creates a national showcase of sustainability through innovation, technology, and design. NCPC recommends at least 1,000 residential units and/or hotel rooms need to be created in the area in order to sustain the neighborhood. Currently, no one lives in the study area. Mixed use development (including residential) will be encouraged in the central portion of the study area from around C Street south to the freeway, while federal and cultural uses will predominate the northern area bordering the National Mall and civic uses at Banneker Overlook. Below are descriptions of the three development scenarios currently under consideration by the NCPC. Rehabilitation: Under this scenario, several federal properties would be rehabilitated, including the Department of Energy Headquarters 62 ★ HillRag | September 2011

complex along 10th Street, SW; the historic HUD building at 7th & E Street, SW; USPS headquarters along 10th Street, SW; GSA’s building at 7th & D Street, SW; Department of Education headquarters at 4th Street, SW & Independence Ave., SW; and Wilbur/Orville Wright FAA buildings along Independence Ave., SW. Infill opportunities exist along Maryland Ave., SW, 12th Street, SW near Independence Ave., SW, and at Banneker Overlook. An additional 2.1 – 2.4 million square feet of space (divided evenly by federal office, cultural, and residential/hotel) would be added under this scenario, along with 70,000 square feet of retail, 3,500 – 4,000 employees, and 840 – 960 residents. Redevelopment: The redevelopment scenario takes things further and proposes instead of rehabilitating the Department of Energy complex, that it should be redeveloped, allowing the view shed to be reestablished along Virginia Ave., SW towards the Washington Monument. In addition, a portion of I-395 would be decked

from 9th Street, SW to just west of 10th Street, SW to create more space for infill development. Between 3.3 and 3.9 million square feet of space would be created in this scenario, along with 100,000 square feet of retail, 5,500 – 6,500 employees, and 1,320 – 1,560 residents. Repurpose: In addition to the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Ecodistrict, this scenario would look to repurpose three buildings for different uses – the United States Postal Service headquarters, the General Services Administration building, and the Wilbur Wright FAA building. The repurposing scenario would add between 3.9 and 4.9 million square feet of space. Currently, the 10th Street, SW corridor from the Smithsonian Castle to Banneker Overlook is a wide, mostly empty road that’s devoid of a significant tree canopy. There are four scenarios under consideration for the reconstruction of the street – a median axis (or “Ramblas”) with street lanes on the sides and a large median;

a roadway axis where the street would run in the middle with wide sidewalks on either side; a pedestrian axis with a large sidewalk on the west side and the street running off-center to the east; and a hybrid median/plaza axis with the median axis format north of Maryland Ave., SW and south of L’Enfant Plaza, but a plaza format at L’Enfant Plaza. All four scenarios provide ample tree canopy and offer space for a plaza area near L’Enfant Plaza and infill areas along the street. Deep tree wells will allow larger trees to grow along 10th Street, SW and filtration systems will be installed to carry water to storage tanks below the street that will reduce run-off. At Banneker Overlook, two buildout scenarios have been proposed. One is the “minimum” buildout, which adds civic/cultural buildings adjacent to the freeway, a parking zone beneath, and landscape features that connect to Maine Ave., SW and The Wharf. The “maximum” buildout also includes a civic/cultural building on the hillside near the intersection of 9th Street, SW

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and Maine Ave., SW. Throughout the Ecodistrict, sustainable features and principles are proposed to comply with President Obama’s Executive Order mandating the greening of federal buildings, including: water filtration systems (as mentioned above); photovoltaic panels on rooftops and along the freeway; green roofs; a cogeneration plant; building placement to reduce sun exposure; and better use of the district heating system currently in the area.

Maryland Ave., SW to Become a Grand Boulevard The western boundary of the Maryland Ave., SW study area on 12th Street, SW abuts the Portals, where Maryland Ave., SW is a rebuilt, landscaped road on a deck atop railroad tracks. On the east side between 4th and 6th Street, SW, there are plans underway to build a memorial to President Eisenhower called Eisenhower Square. The results of a survey conducted by OP found that respondents thought the Maryland Ave., SW corridor needs parks and open spaces the most, as well as improved building facades. Basically, OP recommends (with the help of their consultants at AECOM) that Maryland Ave., SW should be decked from 12th Street, SW to Reservation 113 (AKA Hancock Park, or the green space formed at what would be the intersection of Maryland Ave., SW, Virginia Ave., SW, 7th Street, SW and 9th Street, SW) as well as 9th Street, SW from Independence Ave., SW to D Street, SW. The roadway along Maryland Ave., SW would run in the middle of the 160’ right-of-way with one lane in either direction, along with wide park-like open space on both sides to accommodate pedestrians. Limited on-street parking would be accommodated. Storm water can be collected and filtered from deep tree wells along the Ave. and sent to infiltration zones beneath the street. In addition to storm water connection, there would be space beneath Maryland Ave., SW for a four-track railroad system with two tracks for passenger rail and two tracks for freight rail, which would improve rail access in the corridor. Improvements are envisioned for

Reservation 113 to connect pedestrians with an expanded L’Enfant Station, that would serve VRE, MARC, AMTRAK, Metrorail, Metro Bus, and streetcars. There are four potential infill sites along the Avenue that are owned by the GSA. They are located at the northeast corner of 12th & D Street, SW, the northwest corner of Maryland Ave., SW & 10th Street, SW, the northeast corner of Maryland Ave., SW & 10th Street, SW, and the northeast corner of Maryland Ave., SW & 7th Street, SW. There are also opportunities to redevelop the GSA building along D Street, SW that faces Reservation 113 and The Reporters Building at 7th & D Street, SW (where Pizza Autentica is located). OP and AECOM recommend that any new development in the corridor should be oriented toward Maryland Ave., SW to help frame and define public spaces and the historic right-of-way (whether or not the decked roadway has been constructed at the time the buildings are completed). Proposed zoning changes would encourage a mix of uses, including residential, cultural, hotel, retail, and office, in order to make the corridor (and the SW Ecodistrict as a whole) an extension of downtown. For instance, retail nodes are suggested at the intersection of Maryland Ave. & 10th Street and at L’Enfant Station. Residential and hotel uses are also possible along Maryland Ave. the SW Ecodistrict plan calls for at least 1,000 residential/hotel rooms to make the area a viable neighborhood. Also, a cultural/commemorative destination is envisioned for the southwest corner of Maryland Ave. & 10th Street. It will most likely be several years before any meaningful changes come to the SW Ecodistrict, but improvements along Maryland Ave., SW would begin with the block from 6th Street, SW to 7th Street, SW, since this section already exists and is at-grade. The elevated sections of the street would be built later as financing becomes available.

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h street streetlife life Celebrate Fall on H Street by Elise Bernard


tabouleh is top notch.( eptember is festival season in http:/ the District. This 1322A H Street NE ) year is no exception, and it’s an exciting A New Executive Chef time, as we gear up for For The Queen Vic another successful H Chef Ian Reeves reStreet Festival. Visitors places Adam Stein as can sample food, do a Head Chef at British style little clothing shopgastro pub Th e Queen Vic ping, enjoy the outdoor (http://www.thequeenbeer gardens, and just, 1206 H Street bask in the jubilant atNE). Reeves originally mosphere. But as you’ll hails from Gloucestershire, read below, the H The Baltimore Rock Opera Society returns for this year’s H Street Festival. England. Street Festival is hardly After coming to the the only thing happenattractions will return. The Baltimore United States, Reeves worked at Ining on H Street NE these days. Rock Opera Society (http://baltimor- debleu, and more locally, he helped, which quickly bevamp the menu at the Capitol Lounge. came a darling of the masses, appears Chalk Walk 2011 After meeting his wife he returned to On September 10th, H Street for its second year. The quirky little England so she could complete her NE hosts its first ever Chalk Walk. group dresses in a variety of strange studies. While in London Reeves took The Chalk Walk is part art event, part costumes and they whale on their gui- a position at Roast, before finally setdining event. It kicks off at 10 A.M. tars while perched atop a chariot. tling in as Head Chef at London’s well with the brunch-a-round. During this The speed chess games will also re- respected Bull and Last. A fondness time, your favorite—and soon to be turn, along with the annual worst and for DC brought him back here where favorite—spots on H Street NE will best tattoo contest. Dangerously Deli- he reunited with old friends Ryan offer a variety of brunch specials sure cious Pies, 1339 H Street NE, plans Gordon and Roneeka Bhagotra-Gorto get you in the mood to head out and to host a pie eating contest. Of course, don, who run the Queen Vic. After explore the Corridor while voting on the Art Cars will once again decorate that, things fell into place quickly, and your favorite chalk art. Participating the 1300 block of H Street, and the Reeves agreed to take over the kitchlocal businesses will take to the side- kid zone brings back face painting, and en. A perusal of the menu from Bull walk space in front of their establish- games. There’s tons more fun planned ments and create chalk murals with for attendees of all ages. This is truly the theme “My Neighborhood is My an event you won’t want to miss. Business.” The event runs all day, and culminates with an after- party and Shawafel Receives a Warm Reception prize patrol at Little Miss Whiskey’s As one of the newest food-related Golden Dollar (http://littlemisswhisadditions to H Street NE, Shawafel, 1104 H Street NE). was bound to generate a bit of buzz. The reception, however, has been overThe H Street Festival Returns whelming. The Lebanese fare, served in a casual atmosphere, is a welcome September 17th This year’s H Street Festival has addition to the neighborhood. The late quite an act to follow; last year almost night (they stay open until 3 A.M. on 35,000 visitors attended the annual weekends) hours are perfectly calcucelebration and this year we could see lated to cater to the hungry barhopper. Chef Ian Reeves takes the helm at the even more attendees. Many favorite The couldn’t-be-fresher shawarmas Queen Vic. Photo: courtesy of the Queen Vic are sure to please, and I’m told the 64 ★ HillRag | September 2011

and Last (which, like that of the Vic, dabbles in offal, and is steeped in the British pub tradition) clearly indicates that Reeves will fit in perfectly at the Queen Vic.

Fruit Bat Adds Brunch and Lunch Service Local bar Fruit Bat (, 1236 H Street NE) recently added brunch, lunch, and coffee, to its repertoire. Fruit Bat is well known for its fresh squeezed cocktails (bartenders actually juice the fruits to order behind the bar) and Latin street food inspired fare. Brunch includes items like: a South American version of Eggs Benedict, French toast, Huevos con arepas, and the Amazon salad with guava vinaigrette. During brunch you can sip one of their delicious fruit Bellinis. The lunch menu focuses more on different types of tacos, but also includes arepas, plantanos con crema, and an avocado salad.

Yoga District Comes to H Street The H Street NE Corridor welcomes its second yoga studio. Yoga District (http://www.yogadistrict. com, 2nd floor of 526 H Street NE). Yoga District, previously named Best Yoga Studio by the Washington City Paper two years in a row, offers yoga classes for all skill levels. Yoga District is actually a cooperative of local yoga studios that seek to cater to a wide range of community yoga needs. They offer affordable packages, and even have a special sliding scale program for those who could not otherwise afford the classes.

Hilarious Comedy on H Street Performances by DC native Ari Shaffir kicked off the new series Comedy on H. The primarily open mic-based event will move around

to different venues along the Corridor, and will feature a big name talent every six weeks or so.

Tru Orleans Launches Brunch Local Cajun/Creole restaurant Tru Orleans (http://www., 400 H Street NE) recently launched brunch service from 11 A.M.-2 P.M. on Sundays. The menu features all the brunch classics, plus some Cajun-style additions, as well as a catfish Reuben. They also offer bottomless mimosas for $8.

Webb Wheatley Elementary After Care Fundraiser at Jimmy Valentine’s Each year Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Heart’s Club (http://www., 1103 Bladensburg Road NE) plays host to the Webb Wheatley Elementary School After Care program fundraiser. Over 200 students, kindergarten through 6th grade, make use of the program. Over the past three years this fundraiser has brought in over $7,000, all of which has gone directly to the After Care program. This year’s event is September 29th, from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. A $20 donation at the door gets you three free drink tickets, free food, and a great opportunity to mingle with friends and neighbors while helping out a great cause (all donations are fully tax deductible). Capital City Diner (, 1050 Bladensburg Road) will once again donate all food.

The Pug Expands Daytime Hours The Pug (, 1234 H Street NE) has held Friday and weekend daytime hours for a while now, but the owners recently made the choice to expand their weekend hours, and to also add daytime hours all week long. Under the new hours the Pug will open at 10:30 A.M. on Saturdays and Sundays, and at noon on weekdays. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog You can send me tips, or questions at elise.bernard@gmail. com. ★ ★ 65


President Obama’s Visit Barracks Row Fall Festival Set For September 24 by Sharon Bosworth


t’s easy to forget fiery August days once near perfect September weather begins. At Barracks Row Main Street we’re focused on September 24 when we host the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill. But before we tear out the August calendar page, go back to the week of August 8th when our corridor played host to two distinguished visitors. Monday, August 8, Mayor Vincent Gray proclaimed August Sidewalk Café Month at a ceremony and tour beginning at The Chesapeake Room, 501

8th Street, SE. Then, later that week on, August 10, an unexpected scene unfolded on Barracks Row which, unfortunately, many vacationing residents missed. That morning, police taped off 8th Street SE, between E and G Streets: no vehicular traffic was allowed and all west side pedestrian traffic was detoured. Crowds began forming. Hill natives able to read subtle signals interpreted the situation: a visitor from the White House would arrive soon. But, which visitor? Vice President Biden? The First Lady? The President himself? Black SUV’s with tinted windows arrived, taking up positions behind police tape. Menin-black sharpshooters were positioned on the roof of Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th Street, SE. Motorcycle police roared in blocking off E Street between 7th and 8th Street SE. A black van pulled up: out exploded reporters and cameramen, heading for Ted’s Bulletin. At about noon, two limousines with sirens, and motorcycle escorts, turned into Barracks Row, their doors emblazoned with the Presidential Seal. Although the windows were tinted, visible in the back seat of the second limo was President Obama waving at us! Huge cheers rose up as the limos quickly turned down 7th Street, then up the alley behind Ted’s Bulletin. President Obama with Owners Perry Smith, Tye Neal, Drew Tents erected at Ted’s Kim and Mark Neal, August 10, 2011, at Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th back door provided cover Street, SE 66 ★ HillRag | September 2011

and President Obama went inside for lunch. For details on the president’s lunch see Celeste McCall’s coverage, page XX. Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill: Saturday, September 24 Everyone, including the Obama family, has now returned to Washington. Labor Day celebrations ring out summer and ring in fall. As you make autumn plans, circle September 24th, the first Saturday of fall, for the 10th Anniversary of Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill. Festival favorites from past years will return and new activities are planned. The petting zoo is back; city kids can once again meet real farm animals, right on 8th Street, SE. In fact, this year an expanded section of the festival is devoted to kids’ activities. At National Community Church, 535 8th Street, SE, vintage Mickey Mouse cartoons will run for parents and kids who need a quick break before going back for more face painting, henna tattoo, sno-cone, cotton candy, juggler and clown action. But before you duck into the movies, take in the live sword fight scenes up the block with the compliments of William Shakespeare and actors from The Shakespeare Theatre, 516 8th Street, SE. Knife skills of a different kind will be on view at The Military Chef ’s Competition which takes place every year at the festival. The Chef ’s Cook-Off, conducted in tents set up at the gates of the Marine Barracks Washington, begins at 7am, hours before the festival officially starts. Each branch of the service, plus the White House, sends chef teams to compete in a black box competition. The lightening round begins mid afternoon; the winning team takes home the trophy as Top Chefs in the United States

Military. The Redskins cheerleaders are returning, too. At Barracks Row Fall Festival fans can meet the glamour side of the NFL, and watch pro football style cheering routines. Today’s cheerleaders are the newest members of the longest running professional National Football League cheerleading organization founded in 1962 as the Redskinettes. The cheerleaders will be at their booth on the midway where you can speak with them and get autographs.

Full Support from the United States Marine Corps Our United States Marine Corps neighbors once again have offered their full support for the Barracks Row Fall Festival with Marine Corps volunteers helping with set up and tear down. During the festival Commandant and Mrs. James Amos are inviting us in: the newly renovated Home of the Commandants is open for hourly docent-led tours. Colonel Paul Montanus, Commander of Marine Barracks Washington will open the 2011 festival along with Tip Tipton, president of Barracks Row Main Street. The Washington National’s Presidential Bobble Heads, George and Tom will join us, too, before they leave for National’s ball park to root for the home team at the afternoon game against the Atlanta Braves, the last home game of the season. Buy game tickets at our Barracks Row Main Street booth. The renowned Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is scheduled to perform later in the afternoon. With no audible cues, these Marines synchronize split second rifle and drill maneuvers. Every year the SDP is a show stopper. Fair- goers watch spellbound

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as the team executes air-borne bayoneted-rifle flourishes. The festival goes quiet for one instant at the close of the breathtaking, close range performance, then bursts into applause as the platoon quietly marches in perfect step up G Street, vanishing into the base. Ever wondered what goes on behind the brick walls of the base? Find out. Marine Barracks Washington is open for docent-led tours. Chesty, the Marine Corps Bulldog mascot will be taking walks down the midway, wearing his one-of-a-kind uniform giving anyone wanting pictures with Chesty, a perfect photo op.

troupe of TSNY. Twelve to twenty five feet in the air, they hold stunning formations, involving one, two or three performers supported by flowing bands of silk- like fabric. The patios of Cava Mezze, 527 8th Street, SE, Matchbox, 521 8th Street, SE, Las Placitas, 517, 8th Street SE,provide ring side seats for this all day show. For more drama, catch the Mussel Throwdown at Belga Café, 514 8th Street, SE. Belga’s patio will be extended, an ideal spot to watch the Silks aerial act while determining the tastiest mussels from local DC’s chefs. Back on the surface of 8th Street, you’ll meet a group of dazzling newcomers who make cement sing: The DC Roller Girls. At their first ever visit to our Fall Festival they will be showing off their skating prowess along 8th Street from 12 noon until 5 p.m. We hear the Roller Girls may challenge the Marines from the Pull-Up Booth to an arm wrestling contest, but that’s only a rumor. Just

Live Big Band and DC Roller Girls New activities this year include Swing dancing on the midway. Live Big Band music begins on stage in early afternoon. Dance instructors will be on hand to coach those of us who weren’t around to learn Swing back in the day. Find a partner and give it a try with the intersection of 8th and G Street as your dance floor. Then grab a seat TOP TO BOTTOM: Washington Nationals’ Bobble Head at a nearby restaurant patio: Racing Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefyou’ll have great views of the ferson Visit Fall Festival. dancing from Lavagna Italian Barracks Row Fall Festival Petting Zoo: City Kids Meet Cuisine, 539 8th Street, SE, Farm Animals and Molly Malone’s, 713 8th Street, SE. Back for their second year with the Fall Festival, The Trapeze School remember, whoever wins, what goes of New York will perform their Silks on at the festival, stays at the festiroutines on an apparatus set up near val! For timeline of Barracks Row Nooshi Sushi and Tash, (restaurants Fall Festival events go to www.barpening soon) at 524 8th Street. This ★ act was created by the acrobatic ★ 67


A Great Walk Squared CHGM Golf Tournament by Rosemary Harold


f golf can be characterized as “a good walk spoiled,” then Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s upcoming golf tournament could be dubbed a great walk squared. That’s because, according to supporters and organizers, the “Hope for the Homeless” fundraising event, scheduled for September 26, delivers benefits on an exponential scale. The obvious benefit is the chance to spend a day at the beautiful Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, MD while supporting the work of CHGM, a unique, home-grown social service agency. A more subtle plus is the way the event strengthens ties among the players, sponsors and volunteers. “The extra value is that we really connect people on the Hill,” said Rindy O’Brien, chair of the CHGM Board. “Although the tournament is relatively small, unlike any other event it brings Hill golfers together. And it introduces our sponsors to all that CHGM does and expands their chances for conversation with the community.” That same “connections” concept underlies CHGM itself. The nonprofit organization was founded more than 40 years ago by a group of Hillbased religious congregations that realized that pooling resources would allow them to provide more and better outreach services than any one entity alone could offer. Today CHGM links 27 spiritual communities in the neighborhood – including but not limited to Baptist, Buddhist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic congregations – in delivering an array of services to families and individuals who are homeless or in crisis. The organization’s small professional staff and widespread group of volunteers focus their efforts on Capitol Hill and the greater Ward 6 neighborhood. CHGM provides emergency and transitional housing for the 68 ★ HillRag | September 2011

provide a communications network that allows congregations to work together, and, at least once a year, to come together—for our interfaith Thanksgiving service each November. Although Enthusiastic golfers head out to the course. several Hill congregations homeless, including support for established the Congregation-Based ShelCHGM, its ter Project, through which area support base tochurches house families every day is not limnight of the year. CHGM also ited to religious offers job training, life-skills groups. About workshops and similar educa25 percent of tion and coaching programs to the organizahelp those in need gain an intion’s donors dependent footing. In addition, are private indithe organization rallies support- Shirley’s Place viduals who are ers to provide assistance such as not members of Thanksgiving baskets for hungry famia faith community, O’Brien said, and lies and toys for homeless children at a substantial percentage of CHGM’s Christmas. budget derives from contracts with the Among the most visible CHGM DC government. projects is Shirley’s Place, a Hill row The relationship with the District house that serves as a daytime hosgovernment is important but, particupitality center for homeless families. larly in lean economic times, it can be Named for the late Shirley Smith fragile, said CHGM board member Anderson, a long-time Hill resident Michael Knipe. The organization’s and social justice activist, the facility leadership is particularly concerned provides families – typically a single about potential cuts in city funding for mother and her children – a safe place transitional housing, which provides a to gather, attend workshops, use comcritical step in moving families from puters, do laundry, talk with CHGM homelessness to stability based on jobs staffers and rest. In 2010 alone, Shirand permanent homes. ley’s Place served 1,155 individuals. Proceeds from the golf tournament CHGM’s efforts broadly serve two can’t fill all the gaps, but the event will purposes, O’Brien said. “The first is help. Organizers hope to attract apputting faith into action by providing proximately 50 to 75 golfers and raise opportunitiqes for our supporters and $25,000 or more. Although early regmember churches to serve the needy istration is encouraged, walk-ups are in our neighborhood. The second is to welcome, too.

The Renditions course should be a draw. Promoted as “Golf ’s Grand Slam experience,” Renditions features an 18-hole course that replicates famous pro-tournament fairways in the United States and United Kingdom. Each Renditions hole mimics a specific tee/fairway/green combination at clubs such as Augusta National, Royal Birkdale, Oakland Hills, Medinah and Winged Foot. Photos and maps available at provide details, as well as glimpses of Renditions’ stone-clad clubhouse with its wood-paneled dining rooms and golf shop. Hill golfers of any skill level will have fun, said Rick Rutherford, one of the tournament founders and a stalwart player since the first event nine years ago. “If you like golf or you’ve seen golf on TV, you’re going to enjoy it. Most of us don’t go out there aiming to win anything—other than maybe the raffle,” he chuckled. Sponsors keep coming back, too. Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, a repeat supporter, has donated wine for this year’s raffle and will field a foursome as well. “We want to help out whenever we can, especially on the Hill,” said Josh Genderson, the third generation in his family-run liquor store. “My dad and uncle [Rick and Jon Genderson] are teaching me that it is very important to be philanthropic.” And when supporting the community involves a pleasant stroll over well-groomed greens, it’s easy to do well by doing good. Renditions Golf Course, 1380 West Central Avenue (Hwy 214), Davidsonville, MD, is located approximately 40 minutes east of Capitol Hill. The event begins at noon on Monday, Sept. 26, with lunch, followed by tournament play and an awards dinner. To sign up or obtain more information, visit www.capitolhillgroupministry. org. ★ ★ 69

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It’s Actually Easy To Be Green If You Do Your Homework, Going Green Needn’t Be Different Or Expensive by Gwyn Jones


hen it comes to one’s house, the words “sustainable” and “green” evoke different images for different people. Many equate “green” with that other “green” – dollars and cents. The good news is there’s much to choose from when it comes to strategies to shrink your home’s environmental footprint – and save some money on utilities while you’re at it. Sure, you can spend a lot on greening your house, but you can also make a difference in your home, your pocketbook and the environment without taking out a second mortgage. Whether living in an apartment, condominium, historic row house or other single-family dwelling, perhaps the biggest problem a homeowner faces is the environmental learning curve. But before you throw up your hands and turn the page, take heart. Both professionals and do-ityourself remodelers are becoming increasingly “green savvy,” and organizations like the U.S. Green Building Council, the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, and Greenspace, to name a few, all offer programs and/or resources for people who want to learn more about green homes, both new and renovations. Bottom line: Greening your home is getting easier, and a lot of the answers you’re looking for may be as close as the neighborhood hardware store. Frager’s carries non-toxic, nonVOC (volatile organic compound) paints and caulks, programmable thermostats, water-efficient faucets and shower heads, and can even order a small solar array for your home, not to mention less glamorous weather stripping and insulation. Add some do-it72 ★ HillRag | September 2011

Frager’s staffer Keisha Jackson is happy to tell customers about the store’s many green choices, including water-efficient showerheads, available to customers. photo: Gwyn Jones.

yourself know-how and elbow grease, and you’re on your way. It often comes down to personal choice, says Paul Herron, principal of Sage Craftsmen, a Hill-based residential contracting firm. “Sometimes it’s what makes you happy versus what makes your house more efficient, and those are sometimes competing interests,” Herron explains. “And, when it

comes down to that granite countertop or making sure your house is well sealed, I’m afraid people often choose the granite countertop.” Patty Rose, Executive Director of GreenSpace ( ticks off a dozen things people can do to lower their energy costs: change the light bulbs, keep window shades closed during hot summer days, install a pro-

grammable thermostat, water-saving faucets and showerheads, purchase energy-efficient appliances, choose low-flow or dual-flush toilets when replacing those fixtures – even plant a couple of strategically placed trees to shade a western or southern facade. “The one thing I feel strongly about,” Rose says, “is making sure your home isn’t leaking.” Rose and most professionals agree that before spending money on replacing windows or putting in a new heating/cooling system, people need to make sure their house is “sealed.” “It’s one thing to make those components (windows, doors, systems) efficient,” Rose says, but if you have a leaky building, you’ve still got a problem.” The best way for homeowners to determine how “tight” their homes are is to have an energy audit done. A number of builders have auditors on staff. The DC Department of Energy ( view,a,1209,q,492761.asp) offers free energy audits to District residents who own single-family houses or townhomes. Weatherize DC (www., a nonprofit focused on educating and advocating for home weatherization, has great online information on energy audits and energy-saving strategies. “A lot of these older Capitol Hill houses don’t have any insulation in their attics. We see it all the time,” says Kelly Davies, a project manager for P&P Construction, another Hillbased contractor. In addition to insulating attics, weather stripping, caulking and sealing windows, doors, outlets, cable TV wires, etc., add to the home’s efficiency. “Any time you make a hole in the outside wall, there’s a potential for leaks,” Davies explains. Once you’ve fixed the leaks and

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Sealing Basement NAHBRC (photo, courtesy of NAHB Research Center): Basements and attics are major culprits in leaky homes. Sealing any openings to the outside – where the foundation meets the framing, where pipes and wires enter, etc.—is critical to energy efficiency and indoor comfort.

you’re ready to do something about your heating and cooling, a simple upgrade is to replace your old thermostats with programmable thermostats that will automatically adjust your heating and cooling to your schedule. The best models will allow separate programming for weekdays/workdays vs. the weekend. You can safely dispose of your old, mercury thermostats by taking them to Frager’s for recycling. For heating and cooling, “cutting edge” means groundsource heat pumps, or “geothermal” systems. These systems highly efficiently use the constant temperature of the earth to cool and heat your home. They can be somewhat expensive to install because they involve drilling a deep well, usually under your house, but they eliminate the need for those noisy compressors. They more than make up for their initial cost in their operation, and are eligible for federal rebates until 2016. If you’re ready to replace your windows, you have a lot of options, including many that will work on historic Capitol Hill homes. “My windows were really leaky,” Herron says of his own home on the Hill. “I opted to replace them. You’ll never realize a return on investment [through energy savings], but you’ll have ease of use, comfort, ease of cleaning and UV protection, so for me it was worth it.” Double-paned, gas filled windows with high insulating ratings are often good choices. As with many energy-related products, the EnergySTAR label and rating can be a helpful guide. What you put on the inside of the windows can make a difference, too. Amber Wood, Energy Programs manager for the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, says that new fabrics can help you make an interior design statement as well as help prevent solar gain from the hot summer sun. “Some of the new fabrics are reflective on the outside, but you can still see through them. There are also insulating shades that help keep the heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer.” On the high technology end of window shades are “solar shades” – shades that can be programmed to go up or down automatically, so the homeowner doesn’t have to remember to raise and lower them 74 ★ HillRag | September 2011

– or doesn’t have even have to be home, for that matter. Herron’s thinking about testing solar shades out on a skylight in his own home. Another area to consider when looking to green your home is your water heater. Technology has improved tremendously in this area. New water heaters feature higher efficiency and have better insulated tanks to keep the water hotter for longer periods of time. Tankless water heater technology is also catching on – especially in houses where space is a precious commodity. Tankless heaters have improved significantly since they were first introduced, offering homeowners another alternative to consider. While they tend to be significantly more expensive, the difference can likely be recouped through federal rebates currently in place as well as their lower operating costs, especially with the gas versions. According to Wood, gas water heaters have made the biggest efficiency gains in the last few years, most recently with the advent of the “condensing” gas water heaters. Condensing gas water heaters work by capturing heat that would normally be exhausted through the flue and using it to heat the water. The result: older gas water heaters might have an efficiency rating of around .55, while condensing gas versions can have efficiency ratings of over .90, and in one tankless model, the efficiency is rated at .98.

What if you want to show off your green tech? Photovoltaic (PV) arrays could provide the green “bling” factor you’re looking for. Solar panels have come a long way since Jimmy Carter first put them on the White House. Solar panels have a lower profile, and they can now be integrated into roof systems. There are even solar “shingles,” and manufacturers are developing “spray on” solar collectors. Along with their looks, PV’s efficiency has increased significantly in recent years, which, combined with incentives, rebates and offsetting savings in energy could actually make solar energy a good investment. “Capitol Hill is a great place for solar,” Davies says, noting that behind many row homes’ front roof line is a nice flat surface that can easily accommodate an array. Another benefit to a solar system, according to Herron, is that the homeowner becomes much more aware, through system monitors, of the energy the house is generating – and consuming – which often makes homeowners more conscientious consumers. Then there’s the lowly light bulb. Experts all agree that while consumers love their incandescent bulbs for their “soft white” glow, only about 10% of their energy is actually used for light. The rest is generated as heat, which adds to cooling costs and wastes energy. So what are the options? The cutting edge, according to Wood, is LED – “light emitting diode” – lighting. It’s very efficient, it’s dimmable and comes in a variety of colors from

cool to warm as well as multiple colors in a single fixture. The one drawback currently is that LED lights are very directional, so Wood advises homeowners to plan their lighting scheme to ensure they have light where they want it. LED bulbs are expensive, but they are purported to last up to 50,000 hours, so their operating cost and ease of use make them very cost effective when compared to other bulbs – especially incandescent bulbs. What about compact florescent (CFL) bulbs? The good news is that they have come a long way since they were first introduced. They convert 90% of their energy to light, and they come in a variety of colors, warm to cool, as well as new shapes and sizes to fit almost any need, including chandeliers and dimmable bulbs. Some may worry about the mercury in CFLs. Frager staffer Henry Jeanes notes that the amount of mercury in a CFL is miniscule, far less than the mercury emitted by coal-fired power plants creating the electricity to run an incandescent. And if you want to safely dispose of your CFLs, Frager’s will recycle them for you, too. When it comes to sourcing green materials and items, many of the items mentioned in this article, from weather stripping to programmable thermostats, can be found at Frager’s. For more specialized items or items that are not yet “mainstream,” Amicus Green Building Center ( and Eco-Green Living ( are two recommended stores, which you can visit in person or online.

Fragers Morris Paints (photo, Gwyn Jones): Looking for green options as you plan your new color scheme? Frager’s Jessica Morris will share her passion for paints and the environment as she lends her expertise to your redecorating project.

Online resources can be overwhelming, but a few good places to start include Natural Home and Garden magazine (www.naturalhomeandgarden. com), U.S. Green Building Council’s site, DC Department of the Environment’s Even with all the technology and choices available to us, the biggest success factor comes back to the human element. After all, it’s up to you to program the thermostat, lower the shades or follow through on the recommendations of your energy audit. And, of course, Mom was right: Be sure to turn out the lights when you leave the room. ★

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Planning Ahead How One Hill Woman Remodeled Her House to Accommodate Her Future article by Pattie Cinelli and photos by Bryon Buck


oni Bell has lived in her Capitol Hill home for 26 years. She loves her space but two years ago the steps up to her second floor where her bedroom and bathroom are were becoming more difficult. She thought about installing a seat to ride up the stairs, but her walls wouldn’t support the structure. She also thought about moving to a condo, but couldn’t bear the thought of moving out of her house with her lovely stained glass windows. Joni has MS (muscular sclerosis), and at some point might need to move about in a wheel chair. However, the rooms in her home did not have the width for one. Nor did her first floor have a washer/dryer. So, with the help of her church and the Capitol Hill community, she decided to remodel her home into a single floor living space. “I talked to people and read about people living on one floor. When I talked to Byron Buck, a fellow parishioner at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church and owner of National Capital Kitchens, he looked at my place and determined it could be done,” she said. Not only did Byron consult on the feasibility of the project, but he also took on the job of project manager. “I consulted a couple at our church who are architects. We put our heads together and figured out what we could do for Joni.” Byron, together with a slew of profession76 ★ HillRag | September 2011

General contractor, Bryan Buck, of National Captial Kitchens, for the project with Joni Bell.

LEFT: Back of house before remodel - small porch at rear of main house. RIGHT: Back of house after remodel - large bedroom and part of bathroom.

als (see box for list), have made Joni’s dream of growing old in her beloved home a reality. Joni began the process of renovation by meeting with a professional organizer, Jill-of-All-Trades, to wade through 26 years of “stuff ”. While Byron and architects Joe and Missy Boyette drew up plans and estimated costs, Joni set out to secure the

money for the renovation through a home equity loan. Construction began in October 2010. At first Joni thought she and her 12-year-old dog Dutch would stay in her home during the renovation, but after a few days of dust and chaos, they moved to a friend’s house. What was supposed to three

months to complete the remodeling turned into seven. “Because of my 34-year disability, the delays for permits by the DC Zoning Board never should have happened. The manager of the zoning board apologized to Byron and me.” Both the criteria needed to accommodate Joni’s disability and the quirks of her 100-year-old house presented many challenges to Byron and his team. “I’ve never remodeled a home in this manner before and to my knowledge it has never been done on the Hill. I learned a lot in the process. We took things we normally do (in a remodel) and made sure they would conform to Joni’s needs for the rest of her life,” he said. “Capitol Hill homes offer special kinds of challenges – they are usually old homes with limited space. It’s a lot of fun when you come up with a solution. It’s not only exciting but also makes you think outside of the box. The solution is often better than the one we would have achieved without the challenge.” Byron and his team obtained a variance to expand into the back yard over the percentage of the lot permitted by zoning. They took off the back porch and shed, and then opened up the brick. They removed two large stained glass windows that came with the house which Joni loves, and inserted them into the living room where she can continue to enjoy them. The new bathroom had to be as

large as possible (a 36” accessible door) to accommodate a wheelchair in the event Joni may need one in the future. Byron paused. I could feel him smiling through the phone. “Joni’s a gem. Not many people would face what their possible future head on and deal with it.” Challenges included insuring that the floors were all exactly the same height. “Cost was a huge issue so I was negotiating with virtually everyone to get the absolutely the best price.” Byron set the electrical outlets waist level instead of at floor level. Overhead lights, air conditioning, radio and TV all have remote controls. He created a separate zone for heating in her new bedroom. Joni’s modest kitchen was reconfigured especially for her needs with all new appliances, many of which were donated. What she especially enjoys is the newly created pantry for storage. Joni is proud and pleased with the results of the remodel. Even with the extension, she still has significant patio space which she uses as an extra room in the spring and fall. She loves to garden and is soliciting the help of the Capitol Hill Village of which she is a member to clean up seven months’ worth of neglect in her yard. Even though Joni retired at 55 from the U.S. House of Representatives information technology division she has found a niche on the Hill teaching Chi Gong twice a week at her church. She swims three times a week, and walks Dutch daily. She smiles when she thinks about the future. “I think this renovation will allow me to entertain my friends more. My new house is such a luxury. I never wanted to be a victim of my disability. I now can be free to do as I please in my own home.” To find out more about Joni’s remodel contact: Pattie Cinelli is a fitness integration specialist who features inspiring stories about Hill people and their lives. To contact Pattie email her at: ★

People who contributed to the Joni Bell project: General Contractor – Byron Buck, National Capital Kitchens, Washington, DC Designers – Jessica Jimeno & Chris Hanlein, National Capital Kitchens, Washington, DC Engineering – Wayne Bryan, EhlertBryan Engineering, McLean, VA Architects – Joe & Missy Boyette, Old City Design Studio, Washiongton, DC Construction – Ricardo Leon, Leon Construction, Silver Spring, MD Installation of cabinets – Jeff Cooper, Cooper Renovations, Washington, DC Countertop installation – Smoake’s Granite, Capital Heights, MD Plumbing – Calvin Bailey, Plumbing Maintenance Service, Washington, DC Electrical – Steve Wilcox, Wilcox Electric, Cheverly, MD Inspections – Jay Maisel, Lourenco Consultants, Washington, DC Roofing – Rick Corley, Corley Roofing, Washington, DC Flooring – Sam Mardini, Residential Floors, Washington, DC Rentals – Frager’s Hardware, Washington, DC Paint – Monarch Paint – Benjamin Moore, Washington, DC Tile – Morris Tile, Cheverly, MD Color Consulting – KC Cohn, Frager’s Hardware, Washington, DC Cabinets – Home Crest Cabinetry, Goshen, IN Cabinet Delivery – CDS Logistics, Baltimore, MD

Donations: Stove – Keil Construction, Washington, DC Dishwasher – Paul Barbour, Washington, DC Refrigerator – Pat Doyle, Washington, DC Countertop – Paul Barbour, Washington, DC Decorative Glass Window – Mike & Linda Sheaffer, Washington, DC

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the hill gardener Toni Burnham has been tending the beehive associated with the Washington Youth Garden for a number of years and this summer was the first honey harvest producing 40 pounds of honey. Honey will be available at the September 17th Youth Garden 40 Year Birthday Party.

Bee-ing Good Citizens The Tale of a Bee Intervention on C Street SE article and photos by Rindy O’Brien


rban beekeepers live among us. For gardeners and environmental enthusiasts, that is a very comforting statement. For some others, however, it may be a bit disconcerting. Sudden visions of bees swarming your next barbeque and guests leaving with bee stings come to mind. But, for the residents of the 300 block of C Street, SE, the urban beekeepers became a valuable ally in their effort to make their block safe.

40,000 Bees Need to Relocate In late July, the neighbors along the 300 block of C Street began to get more and more concerned about a 78 ★ HillRag | September 2011

Bee and Bee Dance are part of the teaching aids at the Washington Youth Garden, teaching young gardeners and families about the vital importance of bees to the world’s food chain.

large swarm of bees that had taken up residence in a red/silver maple tree in one of the city tree boxes. The swarm seemed to keep growing, eventually doubling in size. With the block located right behind the Exxon gas station and the Hawk and Dove, this section of C street is a busy one with neighbors and pedestrians walking to and from schools, shopping and the Metro. The swarming bees were becoming a public safety issue. So, some neighborhood folks called the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) which supports the urban forestry department. We know them best as the people who manage our tree boxes. The urban foresters quickly decided that the maple

needed to come down, but they were not sure how to do this with such a large colony of bees present. Along the way, Councilman Tommy Wells was called to help put the right team of professionals together with a goal of removing the public safety threat while saving the colony of bees.


Why save the Bees? Several neighbors were ready just to poison the hive and chop down the tree. Yet, many on the Hill have become aware of the threatened existence of honeybees and understand the value these bees bring to our green neighborhood. As beekeeper Toni Burham explains, “The bees are the go-between agents that connect our plant and animal worlds. Honeybees around the world are in poor health and their long-term survival is at risk due to overuse of pesticides and natural predators like the Varroa mite and hive beetle, which have preyed on the honeybees. The condition has been dubbed the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Agriculture experts predict that a drastic reduction in the number of honeybees could constitute a major threat to our food supply. Just think, bees pollinate about a third of everything we eat, such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, asparagus, blueberries and more. Economists have put a $14 billion price tag on their pollination work. With all this in mind, it seemed to make good sense to try and save the C Street colony. “These bees had survived under some pretty tough conditions,” said Toni, “and their ability to survive and thrive means they must have very good genetic makeups. They are bees definitely worth keeping.”

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TOP: C Street is safe again now that the maple tree that housed more than 40,000 bees has been cut down and the bees transferred to the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland.

ers who could come to the rescue? Not who you would expect. A chef, a business contractor, a retired nurse, and some graduate students. Participants that day included Scott Seccomb, Toni Burnham, Leigh Walton, Ian Bens, Vernice Woodland, Heidi Wolff, and Karl Moeller. There is a growing network on Capitol Hill and

across the city of urban and local beekeepers and when Councilman Wells called his favorite beekeeper, Toni Burnham, she knew how to get the word out. “The removal of such a big colony of bees that was about six or seven feet in length with at least 40,000 bees with another generation on the way, just doesn’t happen everyday,” explains Burnham. “I knew we would get a great group of beekeepers to come and help.” A key issue before they could even get started was figuring out where the bees could be transported after the intervention. The group contacted the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America located at 14th and Quincy Streets, NE to see if they might be allowed to bring the tree trunk with the bee colony to their gardens so that the queen bee and the rest of the bees could be relocated. As Toni says, the Franciscans continue to show their commitment to living creatures by their spirit and generosity.

Moving Day and Happy Ending A lot of preparation took place before the Saturday morning that the move took place. The DDOT tree crew came and prepared the tree, the new location was designated, and supplies were gathered at Fragers. Bees follow

their queen, so finding the queen and getting her resettled was key to the operation. The idea was to cover the holes in the beehive so that the colony of bees would stay together with as few bees as possible escaping during transport. The tree trunk was cut to fit in the back of a pickup truck driven by a fellow beekeeper from Prince George’s County Maryland. Carefully placed in the bed of the truck, the tree trunk was driven to the Monastery. Upon arrival, the tree was cracked open and the queen and her tribe moved to new hives. You may wonder if there were stragglers and what happened to them? Toni reports that they left a bait hive in place where the original tree had been. The stragglers had a home to return to, and Toni went back after sunset that day and relocated that hive with the others. Whew, it was a lot of work but the results were well worth it. C Street is once again safe to walk down. The bees have a happy new home. There is now a great connection between the urban tree experts of the city and the volunteer Hill and DC beekeepers. The neighbors on C Street also learned a lot about civic action and, because of their patience and curiosity, the bees can go on protecting our future food supplies. And the Franciscans may get some of the sweetest honey in the world next year. Yes, the urban Washington DC honeybees’ honey is known to be some of the best honey in the world and with 40,000 bees working together the supply may be abundant. NOTE: For a full, detailed account of the day the bees were transported, go to breadandbees. or to Toni Burnham’s website, Rindy O’Brien is proud of the volunteer spirit of so many hill residents whether simply learning more about the natural connections around them, or those that take it a whole another step and pursue hobbies like beekeeping. Ideas or comments contact Rindy at rindyobrien@ ★

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Annual Best Gardens of Capitol Hill article and photos by Derek Thomas


uring a great late spring day this past May I set out to take some pictures of the gardens of Capitol Hill in all their overwhelming glory. Garden after garden, even the less well-tended ones, were glorious, plump with joy because of all the rains we had received. The colors were intense and the Hill was alive with an orchestra of garden bliss. However, after the first few shots I realized that taking pictures for a “best gardens” column during the height of an unusually wet spring was equal to a sports competition where performance-enhancing drugs were optional. It spoke of unfair. You see, the best gardens are truly the ones that look great after the seasons have had their way. And, in fact, great gardens always have great gardeners tucked away in some niche or crevice ever ready to rise to the occasion and keep their study alive come what may.

The Gardens This year we salute six tasteful, well-designed, simplistically artful gardens that stand the tests of good garden design: gardens that contained the design elements of simplicity, were not overworked, were centered and built on a theme, contained restraint in quantity and variation. These qualities were possessed by the winning gardens this year, and there were numerous gardens whose overworked excessiveness took them from great garden design to garden overkill. Remember when designing a garden that less can indeed be so much more. 82 ★ HillRag | September 2011

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326 East Capitol St NE, Grubbs Pharmacy.

ing theme, yet design aesthetics abound. Annual zinnia creates a colorful foreground for the well-behaved Nellie Stevens holly. Lambs ear jumps through the wrought iron fence, while herbs and butterfly bush attract various butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. A native hibiscus boasts dinner plate sized blooms carelessly in the tree box garden while roses and rose of Sharon add a welcome pop to the sidewalk for passersby. Mature nandina and lace cap hydrangea flank the home and a tropical hibiscus and assorted annuals fill the eclectic blend of planters. Charmingly English, intentionally relaxed.

This garden is formal, yet not overworked. The straight lines within straight lines work because of the intentional interruptions created by urns, a fountain, and benches. The garden has a rectangular path that is delicately filled with native gravel. The proportion of the urns and fountain are right and not overwhelming. The formality of the boxwoods and urns are softened and balanced by the vinca and benches. What a great place to sit, relax, and wait for the pharmacist to ready your orders. Relaxing and inviting.

a welcoming place to sit and watch the Hill go by. Planters are glazed ceramic and set off the black iron bench perfectly. The border gardens are well designed with color and contrast from the black mondo grass and carex, Formal tree roses act as bookends and give a sense of grounding to the space. The lantana and croton add pops of color and the lace leaf maple will be just as nice now as in the depths of winter. A casual and comfortable use of space.

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512 Independence Ave. SE Flagstone and brick, this garden could have been easily overdone, but the balance that has been created in the planters and border beds make it

Wow. This garden is a blending of various styles and tastes done so well that it is a true tribute to eccentric, eclectic, gardening style. Statuary vies for prominence as garden rooms unashamedly collide. Twisted iron flamingos are at home with Greek gods and folklore. Victorian hanging gardens make second story outdoor living open-aired yet private. In the garden beds, harsh stone edges are softened and tamed by hosta and caladium. Climbing hydrangea, and acuba, flank the building on the west while crape myrtle, and weeping cherry add structure and formality throughout. Urns, sconces, and birdhouses play together in an unexpected, charmingly whimsical fashion.

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Chairs and benches give visitors to this amazingly fun garden perfect vantage points throughout. Alice, please call home-your garden has been taken.

312 South Carolina Ave. SE What would this column be without a nod to the formal gardens of Capitol Hill in the nineteenth and early twentieth century? Formal front gardens were used for hosting picnics and playing croquet—always with a lawn, a border of boxwood, front flower garden, a specimen tree, and a large planter or urn. These gardens were lived in and enjoyed yet formal and elegant. 312 South Carolina is a beautiful reminder of the reason homes on Capitol Hill are sought after and adored. The garden is the welcome mat for a beautiful home and has charm and simplicity in every season. Nice, very nice.

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This rolling hillside garden is splashy, elegant, and fun. A very large lace leaf maple sets the pace of the garden. A stone path rolls through the plants, azaleas and evergreens down to a circular lawn area. The plants are an assortment of creeping vines mixed with evergreens and the occasional tropical to add the right amount of punctuation. Colors and textures collide in a spectacular display of refined extravagance. What could have been overdone becomes tastefully executed. Nowhere do the confines of a Capitol Hill garden get pushed or overfilled. Balance and proportion mixed with color texture and contrast create a wonderful hillside garden. Tasteful. Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV ’s Curb Appeal. And Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at or 301.642.5182 ★

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A Small Addition Gives Big Benefits A row house remodel with kitchen by Bruce Wentworth, AIA


carefully designed small addition heating, cooling or insulation, and the old wood can make for a large improvement floor sloped for drainage. Because the porch was to a Washington, DC home, par- unusable for daily use, it was being used for storticularly when the design takes age by the homeowner. An ample space, the porch into consideration the personal in- measured 18’ x 10’, and it provided for generous terests of the homeowner. When the owner of new bedrooms when they were combined. The the brick row house, circa 1932, began to think rear brick wall was cut open and beams were inabout how to best expand her home to include a stalled to allow for the integration of the bedroom larger kitchen, more living space and proper stor- and porch. The existing oak flooring was extended, age, she knew 15 years in a home she loved meant any remodeling project would have to meet certain requirements. The requirements were clear: build a rear addition to accommodate an expanded kitchen, enlarge a first floor family room, remodel a decrepit second floor sleeping porch to expand two rear bedrooms, and perhaps most importantly, be respectful of the home’s older architecture. When it came to expanding the row house, our design/build team got creative, and our analysis found that the DC zoning regulations accommodated a rear wing addition with a footprint of 10’-9” x 9’-8”, plus a 2’-6” expansion of the existing family room. The expansion was necessary as every bit of space was required in order to fit the homeowner’s needs’ The project became the first home New arched-top windows in an enlarged family room resemble those on the block to have a rear wing addition found in Italian and French architecture with windows on two sides. Like most row houses, this home has a long hallway from the front door to the back of and windows were installed across the rear façade. the house. The design for the rear addition takes One of the new bedrooms is now so large it could advantage of this circulation path by segmenting be used as a family room—currently it is being the path into the entry foyer, basement stair hall used as a TV room, while the smaller bedroom lined with built-in cabinets and powder room ac- was designated as a guest room and received a cess, butler’s pantry with a bistro table, and finally new low-spring arch that creates an alcove where arriving in the new galley kitchen. The long hall- a guest bed and night stand are nestled. Enclosway with its sequence of spaces are each defined ing the former sleeping porch proved to be an by square cased openings, one with an arch, and extremely cost-effective way of gaining bedroom space on the second floor, while staying true to the made functional with built-in storage. An added benefit of the project was the in- home’s architectural history. corporation of the existing sleeping porch into In addition to ensuring that the remodeling the second floor bedroom space. The old sleeping project maintained the architectural integrity of porch had been enclosed with poor quality storm her home, the homeowner also sought us out to windows and aluminum siding. There was no design a “cook’s kitchen.” Requirements for the 86 ★ HillRag | September 2011

A creative expansion of a DC row house gives the homeowner a custom cook’s kitchen, complete with a cobalt blue Viking range and farm sink

The addition of a butler’s pantry and painted cabinetry with glass doors adds storage for the homeowner’s collections of china, silver, and glassware

kitchen included a cobalt blue 48” wide Viking range, a window over a large farm sink, and sufficient cabinet space to store collections of china, silver, glassware, copperware, and linens. After many years of personal collecting, coupled over the years with inherited family collections, organized storage and display were essential

components of the project. The available space was maximized with custom built-in cabinets, some with glass doors, for display and shelving. With an eye to versatility and functionality for visible storage, all the details were carefully considered, designed, and constructed–from a custom plate rack to display antique platters to paneled doors custom-built by our carpenters to replicate the home’s original doors. The thoughtful design allows the homeowner to organize and display all of her collections in a visually appealing way. Design features in the small kitchen went beyond just storage. The homeowner, fond of the arched-top windows often found in French and Italian architecture, encouraged us to specify arched-top French doors and windows for her project. Above the cobalt blue Viking range we designed a recessed niche accented with tumbled mosaic stone for storing cooking oils. The kitchen’s backsplash was tiled in a limestone subway tile (3” x 6”), while the majority of the kitchen cabinetry was painted a pale sage green to harmonize with the quartz countertops. A tall section of cabinetry housing a refrigerator, microwave drawer and appliance “garage,” was stained in a medium walnut to provide variety and contrast with the painted cabinets. They are fitted out with a spice drawer, roll-out shelves, and a knife block to make life easier for a cook. Oak floors were stained to contrast with the cabinet color and installed throughout to unify the entire row house. For this client and this project, the homeowner’s collections and personal interests strongly influenced the functionality and aesthetics of the new space. Now, with the homeowner’s collections properly displayed, the homeowner is continually reminded of a vacation, a family member or a special occasion. The remodeling has made this home a personal and memorable space. Bruce Wentworth, AIA is an architect and contractor providing residential design/build services with Wentworth, Inc. Learn more about the firm’s services at or call 240-395-0705 x 100. ★

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Refrigerator C-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-l by Judith Capen Q. I was told you had advice for those of us with retro appliances regarding their repair and a person who does such repair. Can you tell me who can fix my lovely 1950s Westinghouse refrigerator? A. In February 2005 I wrote an aarticle about appliances and their repair (“News from the *!?*)#$ Appliance Front”) in which I ranted about how NOT durable “durable” goods are. People I have spoken with, as in consumers who have recently bought ranges, seem to think modern ranges have about ten years in them. In my article, I told a typically long-winded story about my friends’ prefabricated 1960s GE kitchen and its stainless steel counters with integral sink and cooktop. The problem was that the electric coils no longer got hot enough to boil water for pasta, an important food group for vegetarians. First, I searched for a replacement cooktop that could be MADE to work, probably with cursing. Then I sent the word out on the Capitol Hill grapevine and found a better answer than Jack the Appliance Guy who tells you he can-fix-it-butyou-might-as-well-buy-a-new-one… This wonder worker is John Lefever, Alco Appliance, Inc. Beltsville, MD 20705 (301) 937-6996. John got my friends’ venerable cooktop working. (The sequel is that they are moving closer to their daughter and grands and the people who bought their condo love the fully functioning period kitchen so it is safe for another owner.) John also fixed my washing machine after my misguided attempt to felt a sweater; my dryer; and our tenant’s washer. Although none of those appliances are exactly new, none are as august as your refrigerator. The important thing is that not only is John an appliance genius but also he actually LIKES old appliances. Call him and when he comes to work on your fridge ask him about the 14 washing machines in his utility room, all of which he uses. In the interest of the complete picture, I must remind you that your 1950s fridge is likely using more energy than a new ENERGY STAR model would. When greenies talk about refrigerators they ALWAYS say if your refrigerator is more than 15 years old a new one will save energy/money and pay for itself in just 50 or 60 years (actually they never mention the payback part). Standard advice is get a new one. Here’s a bit from a genuine wild-haired greenie, Mr Electricity: “In most homes the refrigerator is the second-largest user 88 ★ HillRag | September 2011

of electricity (13.7%), right after the air conditioner (16%). (Dept. of Energy) With most appliances you save energy by using them less, but you can’t very well do that with your fridge. The main way to save money with your fridge is to use an efficient model. New fridges aren’t just a little more efficient, they’re incredibly more efficient. A 1986-era 18 c.f. fridge uses 1400 kWh a year, while a modern energy-efficient model uses only 350 kWh -a whopping 75% reduction. At 15¢ kWh, trading in a pre1986 fridge for a new efficient one would save about $158 a year in electricity costs. And some older fridges are even worse than the average.” electricity/refrigerators.html Alas, it is not that simple. And I should know after looking for a refrigerator for the last four years. First, what size is your current refrigerator and what size do you plan to get? If you buy something bigger than your current one or bigger than about 20 cubic feet (cf ) you will have a VERY hard time finding a 350 kWh/year fridge. It seems most refrigerators marketed today are a lot bigger than 20 cf. This makes them gi-normous and a new one would be twice as big as the antique and you’d have to redo your entire kitchen possibly adding on to accommodate the new appliance…Bigger house footprint, bigger carbon footprint. And all for a new more efficient fridge. Second, do you want an ice maker? Consumer Reports says energy usage can DOUBLE with an ice maker over the same model without one… How about frost-free? If your old fridge predates frostfree it isn’t using any energy for defrosting, which a new one would. Third, were you pining for a French Door fridge, like a good American over-consumer? Want a side-by-side since the new fridge is so big you can’t open

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the door without bumping the counter across the aisle in your galley kitchen? Kiss 350 kWh/ year goodbye. Because the basic top freezer refrigerator type has been made for s-o-o-o long that all the kinks have been worked out and that basic, standard configuration is the most efficient, thus energy conserving. And stainless steel? That consumes even more energy… (just kidding about the stainless steel.) When people start talking about really efficient refrigerators, they are generally talking about smallish refrigerators with the freezer on top, no ice maker, no through-the-door water, no frills. For sure, if you start looking for a new fridge, even if stainless steel, with French Doors and an ice dispenser, go for an ENERGY STAR appliance. But you need to realize how the ENERGY STAR system works. To be ENERGY STAR the appliance has to be 20% more efficient than models simply meeting the federal minimum standard for energy efficiency. Thus if the basic version is an energy pig, the ENERGY STAR version only has to be a piglet to qualify for the designation. If you’re inspired to make your own super-efficient refrigerator, you can convert a chest freezer and according to Mr. Electricity make one that uses a mere 0.1 kWh a day, or 36.5 kWh a year! (That’s Mr. Electricity’s exclamation mark.) He says chest freezers are more efficient than fridges because they have more insulation and “because the cold air doesn’t spill out when you open the door, since cold air falls down, not up. There are a couple of obvious downsides,: he continues,.” First…access(ing) your food in a chest freezer…the new fridge will take up more floor space. And, finally, you’ll need a separate freezer. But if these things don’t put you off…you can save quite a bit of energy. Read Tom’s instructions for how to make a super-efficient fridge.”

html As if… For the data junkies out there who aren’t going to build their own refrigerators and who are suspicious of all these generalization, and assumptions unknown, here’s what you can do (and, actually, what I did): 1. Ask for a Kill-A-Watt ( - the $20 P4400 is fine) for your next birthday and plug in your current fridge and see how much energy it is really using. (*Kirby recommends measuring for at least two weeks--and not while you’re on vacation.) 2. Do a billing analysis based on your actual utility rates, using the total utility bill to include all the fees, not just the stated kWh cost. Using the summer when rates are generally higher gives you the high end. This should give you an idea of how much you’re spending annually to run your refrigerator. 3. Visit the ENERGY STAR site for their Refrigerator Retirement Savings C a l c u l a t o r, h t t p : / / w w w. e n e r g y s t a r. g o v / i n d e x . cfm?fuseaction=ref rig.calculator for fun to see how close it is to your reality. 4. Go shopping, either on the Internet or in Northern Virginia. Look carefully at the yellow EnergyGuide labels, ignoring the operating cost they project, looking instead at the calculated annual kWh usage for the refrigerator. THEN you can see if you’ll save money, energy, or just get a stainless steel appliance. Good hunting! *(Thanks to my daughter, Kirby-the-engineer for her gift of my Kill-A-Watt, enthusiasm for the ENERGY STAR website, and comments.) If you’d like to talk more about refrigerators or get help with the math, you can reach Judith at anywhere in the world. ★


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by Heather Schoell “@ Your Service” is a compendium of what’s happening in the service and consumer industry on the Hill (food and drink excluded). Know something really cool and new for sale or for service? Let us know! Heather Schoell is a regular contributor to Capital Community News and can be reached at ★

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Dear Garden Problem Lady, This summer has been so relentlessly hot, and rainy days so exasperatingly few, that I have had to water the garden daily. Even so, I am shocked to see that just beneath the mulch, my soil has actually cracked from drought. Despite my years-long efforts to amend it, I fear that this hard, red clay soil will never improve. However, I cannot now remove the shrubs and perennials to dig it all up. Boo hoo. – Still impacted, on 8thth St. SE. The Problem Lady knows, and shares, your pain. The Garden Club member whose soil is “like silk”, so friable in the hand, is 96 years old and has been amending her soil annually with composted leaves for 60 years. What you must do is add compost every spring and every autumn. That compost can be your only mulch, or you can add well-shredded, fine-particled commercial mulches or crumbled dried leaves over top. Our clay takes years to acquire a lightness such that you will be able to dig with your fingers. When is the best time to plant Asiatic lily bulbs? --Undecided, on 9th St. NE Dear Undecided, Either spring or fall. Perhaps fall is better – the bulbs get longer to settle in before bloom time. A vine enters our yard from next door. It has pointy leaves, and the stems twine around and around everything in my garden. The more I pull it out, the more it spreads. What is it, and how can 94 ★ HillRag | September 2011

I stop it? -- Nearly strangled on Gessford Court, SE. Dear Nearly, It is not clematis, which climbs by putting out little tendrils that wrap around trellises, stems and leaves. You do not mention white flowers resembling those of Morning Glory, but you are probably dealing with Bindweed --Convolvulus arvensis. It has arrowshaped leaves and funnel-shaped flowers. It spreads by an underground root network capable of traveling for miles and produces millions of seeds. Getting rid of bindweed will take years! Two or three applications of a strong herbicide in early spring just on the weed, on nothing else, will barely get bindweed’s attention. Once the weeds look sick, cover deeply with mulch or weed barrier fabric. Later, weakened, they can be pulled out by hand. After several years of this, diligent hand weeding for a decade may work. And you wonder why gardeners complain. Feeling beset by gardening problems? Send them to the Problem Lady c/o The Capitol Hill Garden Club at andrew@ Your problems might prove instructive to others, and help them feel superior to you. Complete anonymity is assured. Capitol Hill Garden Club programs are free and open to the public. The next meeting on Tuesday, September 13, features Janet Draper, Horticulturist of the Smithsonian’s Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, on the subject of ‘Creating YearRound Interest in the Garden’. 7 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 4th Street door, corner North Carolina Avenue and 4th Street, SE. Membership details at 202-543-7539. ★

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ver the last 20 or so years many new flat and low slope roofs in Capitol Hill, Georgetown and other areas of DC have been installed with relatively new types of manufactured membranes. These often replace tin roofs (although in my April 2011 article I discussed the recent trend by homeowners to go back to copper and tin roofs as well), and while not lasting as long as metal roofs, offer a good and less expensive alternative. And manufacturing technology of these types of roofing systems has also evolved to offer energy efficient alternatives. This article will provide an overview of these roofs and their energy efficient capabilities. Membrane roofs are most commonly made from synthetic rubber (EPDM), thermoplastic (PVC and TPO) or modified bitumen (MB). I will briefly describe each system. 1. EPDM roofs are single-ply membranes that have been in use in the US since the 1960’s. Usually black EPDM roofs are installed but they also come in white. EPDM is UV resistant and does not require an additional surfacing layer such as tar or gravel as with asphalt “built-up” roofs (aka “slag” roofs). These roofs can be applied either fully

adhered, which uses adhesive to connect the rubber to the substrate of the roof, or mechanically-fastened in which the EPDM roofing is attached with manufacturer- approved fasteners to the substrate. 2. PVC roofing has been in use in the US since the early 1970’s. PVC is a vinyl single-ply roof membrane. The PVC membrane is installed on the roof by heat welding overlapping edges with an electrically- powered heat welder or hand -held welder. These roofs also come in white color. 3. TPO roofing, usually in white, is designed to combine the diversity of rubber with the performance of hot-air-weldable seams. This process creates a physical bond between two separate sheets of roofing membrane effectively making them one piece and highly resistant to leaking. TPO is highly resistant to tears, impacts and punctures with good flexibility to allow for building movement. 4. Modified Bitumen (MB) is a roofing membrane consisting of asphalt and plastic or rubber polymers and is considered an evolution of asphalt “built-up” roofing. MB is generally applied using a heat application process that melts the seams together to create a seal but sometimes a cold adhesive application system is used. MB is available with a white granulated surface for higher

reflectivity. Demand has increased for heat-reflective and energy efficient roofing systems and all of the above systems can offer resistance to UV, ozone and chemical exposure. In addition, some of these products meet the new version of the California Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Non-Residential buildings and some are also rated by the Cool Roofing Rating Council (CRRC) which has a product rating program for evaluating and labeling the solar reflectance and thermal emittance (radiative properties) of roofing products. A cool roof reflects and emits the sun’s energy as light back to the sky instead of allowing it to enter the building below as heat. There are numerous benefits in having a cool roof including: • Reducing utility bills associated with air conditioning, resulting in typical energy savings of 10%-30% • Lowering roof maintenance costs, and extending the life of the roof and reducing solid waste • Mitigating a community’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIF). This can lead to a reduction in ambient air temperatures, thereby improving air quality and smog. • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by conserving electricity; thereby reducing CO2 from power plants These developments in roofing membrane systems and complementary energy efficiency and green qualities offer homeowners in need of a new roof an opportunity to have a quality roofing system, reduce electricity usage and help the environment. Tom Daniel is the owner and general manager of R. Thomas Daniel Roofing and specializes in working on flat and low slope roofs on Capitol Hill. He and his family have been in the roofing business on the Hill for more than 90 years. Tom is a Capitol Hill resident. He can be reached at 202-569-1080 or by email at Please visit his website, ★

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t’s all about seeing—seeing what’s actually there, not what you think is there or would like to be there. Seeing, really looking at, the buildings surrounding the Hill “town center”—the circle around Eastern Market Metro plaza—reveals a variety of building design that you wouldn’t believe if you thought of Capitol Hill as only “historic.” The map of the Capitol Hill Historic District shows two-thirds of it lies north of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. That two-thirds includes a rich collection of architecturally interesting houses from a number of historical periods. If you first experienced Capitol Hill from the streets around East Capitol, you might expect that any part of it would be “historic” in the same sense. Indeed the center of Capitol Hill might have been on East Capitol Street at Fifth St., where an arcade of shops was planned, as Nancy Metzger tells us in her book, “Brick Walls and Iron Fences.” But instead Capitol Hill’s town center is the confluence of Pennsylvania Avenue, D Street, South Carolina Ave., 7th and 8th Streets in the southern one-third of the Capitol Hill Historic District. The District was established in 1976, coincidentally the same time as the Metro came to East Market. The Metro’s arrival made the Eastern Metro Plaza the transportation hub for Capitol Hill, where in addition to the Metro itself, the 90 buses running North and South intersect with the east-west 30 buses, not to mention the Circulator. The plaza is a broad and attractive area graced by open planted spaces, but the ugly bulk of Hine School opposite the Metro has been an obstacle to realizing its potential as the town center of Capitol Hill. The Hine redevelopment will provide the social and economic hub for the Hill community—no wonder it’s generated so much controversy. Its

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realestate perfume of flowers and of the Hine redevelopment. The eastern context incense. is different. Across 8th St. and down D St. the But look up from houses flaunt round and square turrets above the the plaza: three build- trees, culminating in the tooth-fairy castle that ing masses dominate the is the Grace Church Condominium. These arskyline. Anything built chitectural features are an older equivalent of the on the Hine site will decorated facades of the 660 Pennsylvania Avhave to harmonize with enue building. They serve little function beyond their hefty presence. ostentation but they make you smile. Contrast Furthest west there’s the houses with turrets, towers, domes, and designs fake Federal block of of- with the flat no-nonsense buildings directly opfices that makes up 600 posite: the undistinguished Haines Building on Pennsylvania Ave, much the southeast and the three unadorned boxes on higher than it looks be- the southwest corner of 8th Street and Pennsylcause its roof is set back. vania Avenue. No smiles, all business. Next the Art Deco old But we’ve moved too quickly in our circle— cinema building that an- let’s go back to 9th and Pennsylvania. Here is nounces PENN on its a glorious piece of historic building, the magroof. It’s large and curvy nificently restored Old Naval Hospital, now the like a blousy woman in Hill Center. We have to be honest: it cannot be 1930’s fashion. seen from Eastern Market Plaza because of the Finally 660 Penn- screen of trees, so it needs special directions. sylvania, the old Kresge Built in 1864 to house wounded sailors from the store, directly confront- Civil War, the building is beginning to function ing the soon-to-be gone as a community center for social and civic funcHine School. It too tions. It’s also a monument to community colreaches high with the laboration, because the building was saved from impact reduced because inevitable deterioration by community groups. of the set back of the upPivoting from our spot on the plaza, we per stories. It rejoices in come to a building mostly concealed by trees, rectangular bricks colored in beige and two shades of green and a couple of remarkable features: abstract designs in cast concrete over the first-floor Top to Bottom: Fantasy roofs on D St. SE. Photo: Ruth Mitchell shops, and curves left lower - No-nonsene buildings on D St. SE. Photo: Ruth Mitchell in both brick and glass as the buildimmediate context is the subject of this article, ing comes to a taking no sides in the controversy, but focusing sharp point at the corner of 7th Street. on features we walk by every day and don’t see The trees veil these designs even in the or appreciate. winter to some extent because of the denStanding on the plaza, what is most obvi- sity of the branches. How many people tilt ous at first glance? Trees. Great screens of gently their heads back to see the decorations on moving green, as the leaves feel the wind. The 660 as they walk up 7th Street to Eastern trees obscure all but the tops of most buildings, Market and the flea market? It would be so that we have to walk under them, like lifting interesting to conduct a quick survey to see the voluminous skirts of Victorian ladies, to see how many residents and how many visitors them. As we take a 360 degree view from the have focused on the lines, curves, and dots plaza, we have to look under, around, or behind in concrete that surmount the windows in the trees in every direction. two sizes. I’m guilty of looking but not seeLet’s start at the furthest west point we can ing, too: I’ve walked up 7th Street a thousee—the north side of the 600 block of Penn- sand times past the pizza place and the sylvania Avenue. What hits first is the contrast French restaurant without focusing on the between the stillness of the buildings above the birds and flowers—tile decorations in soft trees and the constant lively movement behind pastels—on their fronts. Top to Bottom: and below them. Retail of course, with sidewalk Fantasy dome on Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Photo: Ruth Mitchell The tiered mass of 660 Pennsylvania Decoration on drugstore. Photo: Ruth Mitchell vendors and deliveries ensuring color and the Avenue is the immediate western neighbor 100 ★ HillRag | September 2011

NEW LISTINGS the Carnegie Library, complete with Corinthian columns. Despite its apparent claims to historic status, it isn’t a 19th century or Victorian building. It was built in 1922 in the neoclassical style popular for public buildings. Moving past the library, again to the west, but this time on the south side of Pennsylvania you come to a chain drugstore on the corner. At first glance it’s the usual commercial building like the ones on the corner of 8th St., but it has its own decorations—a sunrise semi-circle immediately over the door on the roof, grilles with decorative metalwork, columns incised into the concrete on either side of the door, and little brackets on the roof. Immediately next door is The Li’l Pub, a fantasy suitable only for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It’s no-one’s dream of a historic or even appropriate design, but it’s there, it’s part of the mix, part of the town center. Walking along under the trees, you’ll come to a mash-up of styles, from the concrete geometrics of the tiny plaza to the Grecian wreath on a building housing a bar and a hair salon. The details could go on and on, but the point has been made: the context into which the Hine redevelopment will fit cannot be rigidly categorized. It’s historic in an extended sense if you include anything built before today. But the context includes a wide range of building features that can only be called playful. They make walking around the East Market Metro plaza— Capitol Hill’s town center—such a pleasure. And the trees screen and soften what you don’t like. ★

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$1,350,000 $1,081,500 $700,000

4 4 3

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$170,000 $136,000 $129,000 $118,000

3 3 4 3

$610,000 $419,000 $395,000 $379,000 $364,000 $360,000 $355,000 $350,000 $339,999 $306,000 $273,000

4 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 3 2 3

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3 3 2


$585,000 $1,100,000 $910,000 $906,000 $818,242 $800,000 $800,000 $784,500 $778,000 $767,500 $761,500 $759,900 $745,000 $725,000 $690,000 $662,000 $650,000 $640,000 $619,000 $599,900 $560,000 $538,500 $530,000 $525,000 $525,000 $518,000 $510,000 $490,000 $488,000 $465,000 $452,000 $450,000 $450,000 $440,000 $385,000 $335,000 $325,000 $320,000 $399,999 $475,000

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



$1,850,000 $1,215,000 $1,207,000 $1,150,000 $1,040,000 $1,003,000 $1,000,000 $969,000

6 4 4 4 5 3 5 4



$810,000 $785,000 $758,000




$912,000 $875,000 $865,000 $840,000 $830,000 $825,000 $810,000 $790,000 $765,000 $762,000 $725,000 $700,000 $690,000 $684,500 $680,000 $669,000 $565,000 $690,000

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

$202,000 $170,000

3 3

$4,250,000 $1,425,000 $1,190,000 $989,500

6 4 5 4

$1,400,000 $1,010,000 $1,000,000 $675,000 $635,000 $560,500 $550,000 $549,000 $505,000 $474,000 $470,000 $445,000 $425,000 $424,500 $353,000 $337,500 $312,000 $304,000 $261,599

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

$224,900 $169,900 $85,000 $80,000

3 3 3 3





$825,000 $770,000

4 5

3 2 3

$1,495,000 $1,060,000 $1,025,000 $1,175,000

4 5 2 4

$370,000 $365,000 $359,000 $335,000 $330,000 $301,000 $292,520

3 3 3 3 4 3 3

$2,700,000 $1,250,000 $1,002,750

7 5 4

$184,900 $175,000 $160,000 $154,000 $140,000 $85,000 $65,625 $65,000

3 3 2 2 3 3 2 2

$709,000 $895,000

2 4

$2,925,000 $1,870,000 $1,650,000 $1,575,000 $1,550,125 $1,275,000 $1,250,000 $1,175,000 $1,150,000 $985,000 $915,000 $801,000 $750,000 $680,000 $500,000

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

$900,000 $765,000

0 4



$380,000 $379,500 $325,000 $323,500 $170,000 $200,000

5 4 4 3 4 3

$6,500,000 $3,500,000 $2,055,000 $1,700,000 $1,425,000

6 6 4 9 5



DUPONT 1509 SWANN ST NW 1762 T ST NW 1830 15TH ST NW 1417 17TH ST NW





GEORGETOWN 3252 S ST NW 3037 O ST NW 1609 35TH ST NW 1314 35TH ST NW 1211 28TH ST NW #L2 4030 CHANCERY CT NW 1237 29TH ST NW 1625 35TH ST NW 1622 34TH ST NW 1690 32ND ST NW 1310 28TH ST NW 1059 THOMAS JEFFERSON ST NW 1343 27TH ST NW 1671 35TH ST NW 1513 26TH ST NW 2208 HALL PL NW 2438 39TH PL NW



$58,500 $45,000 $245,000




$285,000 $272,500 $270,000 $264,900 $236,500 $207,000 $203,000 $184,950 $167,000 $150,000 $120,000 $92,000 $90,000 $89,900 $89,000 $85,000 $84,555 $70,000

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

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$1,225,000 $974,000

4 4

$679,000 $656,000 $615,000 $610,000 $410,000 $825,000

5 5 3 4 3 2

$145,000 $134,100

3 3

$853,000 $895,000

4 3

$135,000 $60,500

3 4

$381,000 $325,000 $289,900

4 3 3

$1,205,000 $975,000 $839,500 $819,000 $757,000 $756,000 $669,900

6 5 4 4 3 3 4

$965,000 $875,000 $839,900 $685,000 $725,500

4 4 3 3 3

$1,025,000 $957,000

6 4

$775,000 $555,000 $545,000 $508,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $480,000 $405,000 $400,000 $350,000 $305,000 $290,000 $290,000 $190,000 $831,800 $815,000 $750,000 $523,000 $522,000 $455,000 $450,000 $410,000 $350,000 $386,000

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

$1,485,000 $1,125,000 $915,000 $815,000 $740,000

4 5 4 3 3

$600,000 $535,000 $507,000 $505,900 $489,000 $470,000 $465,000 $450,000 $449,000

4 4 7 4 4 3 3 3 4


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$448,000 $439,000 $435,000 $425,000 $415,000 $394,538 $375,000 $372,000 $351,000 $350,000 $349,500 $332,000 $320,000 $305,000 $300,000 $300,000 $275,000 $265,000 $205,000 $186,287 $185,000

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

$149,900 $65,000

2 3

$335,000 $287,500 $270,000 $260,000 $185,000

3 3 3 3 3

$373,000 $627,000

2 3

$632,500 $399,000

4 3

$1,450,000 $1,410,000

4 5

$245,000 $233,000

3 2

$410,000 $373,900 $265,000 $220,000 $212,000 $171,000 $140,000 $134,000 $93,000

3 8 3 3 3 3 2 3 3

$800,000 $1,038,845 $610,000 $407,000 $390,000

3 4 3 0 2

$2,220,000 $906,000

4 3



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$587,500 $565,000

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$209,000 $137,000 $95,000

2 1 1






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$678,000 $523,000 $495,000 $380,000 $186,000 $452,500

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$1,300,000 $750,000 $535,000 $492,000 $470,000 $442,000 $420,000 $420,000 $374,000 $347,500 $327,000 $250,000 $249,000 $237,000

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

$528,000 $390,000 $335,000 $335,000 $317,500 $300,000 $285,000

3 2 1 1 1 1 1

$549,900 $525,000 $507,000 $405,000 $399,900 $345,000 $325,000 $320,000 $302,730 $296,000 $276,000

2 2 2 1 2 2 1 3 2 1 1

$41,000 $34,900

2 1

$1,025,000 $650,000 $650,000 $525,000 $469,000

2 2 2 2 1



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COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1451 BELMONT ST NW #119 2827 15TH ST NW #102 1425 EUCLID ST NW #7 1200 EUCLID ST NW #4 1613 HARVARD ST NW #208 3577 WARDER ST NW #201 1438 COLUMBIA RD NW #402 783 IRVING ST NW #1 1436 MERIDIAN PL NW #202 1417 NEWTON ST NW #406 1527 PARK RD NW #302 310 ATLANTIC ST SE #202-B 748 BRANDYWINE ST SE #302



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2038 18TH ST NW #204 1880 COLUMBIA RD NW #106 1880 COLUMBIA RD NW #101

DUPONT 1706 SWANN ST NW #2 1824 S ST NW #402 1813 19TH ST NW #B 1726 U ST NW ##3 1633 19TH ST NW #B

Kitty Kaupp & Tati Kaupp 1718 P ST NW #902 1925 16TH ST NW #701 1813 16TH ST NW #4A 1727 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #316 1601 18TH ST NW #715 1260 21ST ST NW #905 1260 21ST ST NW #800 1727 MASSACHUSETTS NW #617 2412 17TH ST NW #304 1520 O ST NW #204 1933 S ST NW #A 1621 T ST NW #104 1615 Q ST NW #612 1416 21ST ST NW #301

$430,000 $417,000 $365,000 $265,000 $242,784 $235,000 $227,000 $176,000 $485,000 $570,000 $556,000 $347,000 $280,000 $800,000

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




$320,000 $261,000 $235,000 $226,500 $190,000 $185,000

1 1 1 0 0 0

$340,000 $325,000

1 1





$2,275,000 $635,000 $605,000 $595,000 $540,000 $507,000 $475,000 $315,000

2 2 2 1 2 2 2 1

$427,000 $385,000 $383,000 $333,000 $275,000 $232,000 $196,000

2 2 1 1 1 2 0

$245,000 $219,000

2 2

$61,000 $50,000

2 1

$815,000 $800,000 $710,000 $601,527 $570,000 $562,000 $555,000 $535,000 $515,000 $509,000 $499,000 $480,000 $480,000 $479,000 $449,000 $439,900 $399,900 $395,000 $389,000 $365,000 $319,000 $318,750 $299,000 $298,000 $449,900

4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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$344,000 $310,000 $299,900 $279,900 $239,900 $90,000

2 1 2 2 1 1

$534,000 $480,000 $376,500 $699,000 $679,000 $1,195,000 $1,035,000 $810,000 $715,000 $590,000 $445,000 $410,000 $374,900 $336,000 $335,000 $307,500

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

$186,900 $25,000

2 2

$535,000 $385,000 $375,000 $374,500 $337,500 $225,000

2 2 2 2 1 1

$374,000 $454,000

1 1

$830,000 $830,000 $440,000 $315,000 $215,000

1 0 1 1 1

$770,000 $440,000 $730,000 $570,000 $550,000 $525,000 $500,000 $425,000 $425,000 $410,000 $399,900 $380,000 $359,000 $320,000 $318,500 $235,000 $209,000 $195,000 $177,000 $142,000 $350,000

3 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 1 2 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

$590,000 $552,500

2 2

$315,000 $219,900 $213,900 $213,000

2 2 2 2

$50,000 $17,000

2 1

$340,000 $287,000 $28,000

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2 2 2 1 1 1 2

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$485,000 $296,000 $199,000 $190,000

2 1 1 0





$700,000 $340,000

3 2

$199,000 $349,000 $225,000 $375,000 $720,000

0 1 0 1 3

$1,375,000 $510,000 $472,000 $450,000 $415,000 $261,000

3 3 3 2 2 1

$532,000 $440,000

1 2



CLEVELAND PARK 3930 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #401-H 3018 PORTER ST NW #204 1514 17TH ST NW #B-2 1725 17TH ST NW #308 1514 17TH ST NW #508 2039 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #304 2633 15TH ST NW #8

FOGGY BOTTOM 2510 VIRGINIA AVE NW #1114N 2475 VIRGINIA AVE NW #822 950 25TH ST NW #121-N 730 24TH ST NW #301/302 2475 VIRGINIA AVE NW #318-319 950 25TH ST NW #617-N









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$240,111 $135,000 $62,000 $359,000

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PENN QUARTER 915 E ST NW #305 631 D ST NW #443

2 2


OLD CITY 1340 MASSACHUSETTS AVE SE #1 1340 MASSACHUSETTS AVE SE #3 1515 15TH ST NW #201 1918 18TH ST NW #24 1351 RIGGS ST NW 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #M21 301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #705 2004 11TH ST NW #133 1418 W ST NW #501 1714 CORCORAN ST NW #2 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #1005 34 Q ST NW #1A-1B 1209-1219 13TH ST NW #404 2120 VERMONT AVE NW #214 7 LOGAN CIR NW #17 AKA 43 1711 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #502 1816 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #601 1816 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #202 1440 N ST NW #209 437 M ST NW #4 2120 VERMONT AVE NW #221

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ARTS & Dining Ray’s Raises Anacostia Dining Scene by Celeste McCall


anna enjoy a juicy, wellmarbled steak with all the trimmings, a yummy dessert and a nice bottle of wine, without taking out a second mortgage? We highly recommend Ray’s the Steaks at East River, located across the Anacostia River. Ray’s is the first DC spinoff of Michael Landrum’s popular restaurant group. Landrum operates several eateries scattered around the suburbs, including Ray’s Hell Burgers in Arlington, where President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden chowed down on burgers and fries back in May 2009. A year later, the Prez returned with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. Seating 66 patrons, Ray’s the Steaks at East River’s interior is rather plain

A juicy T-Bone steak. Photo: Andrew Lightman

but spacious and comfortable. Walls are plastered with photos of entertainers like Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley. Wall sconces are art deco-style. Tables are blond wooden butcher block. For a recent dinner, we brought along our good friends and excellent dining companions, computer guru Patrick and his graphic design partner, Anne. Comfortably seated in the halffilled dining room (it got busier later), we encountered simple, honest food prepared beautifully. That is what we really like about this place: It’s a totally unpretentious restaurant with moderate–even budget–prices. Moreover, instead of an executive chef or chef de cuisine, Ray’s employs a kitchen full of hardworking cooks--includ-

ing Christopher Smith--who prepared some dynamite fried chicken. I used to think my grandmother’s fried chicken was the best I’ve ever tasted, but Grandma did not have access to a smoker back in the ‘50s. At Ray’s, organic birds are first smoked and then lightly battered before being skillet-fried to perfection. Diners have a choice between breast, wing and drumstick, or two drumsticks and a thigh. Peter chose the former, and guess who consumed the drumstick? I passed on the hefty T-bone and Kansas City strip, and went for the smallest steak on the menu, a filet mignon, expertly cooked (medium rare) and escorted by a generous portion of steamed broccoli and baked potato. For ★ 107

an extra dollar I could have ordered the spud “loaded,” but decided not to gild the lily–er–potato. Crab royale–actually a plump crab cake–was practically filler free, moist and succulent and loaded with lump crab. Baltimore and the Eastern Shore eateries had better watch out. Patrick’s applewood smoked baby back ribs practically fell off the bones, nicely complemented with tangy coleslaw and crunchy sweet potato fries. This is coming from From Left to Right: Kenya Hill, Chef Christopher Smith, Reginald someone who normally eschews fries Johnson, Roy Kargbo, William Gray, Lucias Glaeser, Chef Carlos and sweet potatoes in general. These Arias. Photo: Andrew Lightman beauties changed my mind. Among other victuals to come. The soup was billed as other sides are collard greens stewed with “bisque” which is generally smooth, but this morsels of smoked turkey neck, providing rich soup was full of chunks of crabmeat. Patrick flavor minus the fat associated with the tradiordered an appetizer of fried shrimp, nice tional ham hocks. Mac-and-cheese is delightand puffy, almost like tempura, which arrived fully decadent. with a duo of cocktail and tartar sauces. Would you believe, we found room for dessert--tart Key lime pie, with a toothsome graham cracker crust. Spoons flew as the four of us dug into the pie, even though it could have done without the whipped cream and maraschino cherry. Ray’s’ wine list is brief, but comprehensive and amazingly inexpensive, especially when compared with fancy listings around town. A glass of better-than-decent wine is Grilled shrimp with festive onions. Photo: Andrew $4 to $6, while bottles stay in the mid-teens Lightman to low $20s. Yes, Ray’s serves beer; selections More decadence: Complimentary meltinclude Red Stripe, Blue Moon, Guinness in-your-mouth jalepeno cornbread did not and Yuengling. The alcohol license does not really need the accompanying butter. Speakextend to liquor. ing of butter, we began our repast with a We were intrigued by the South Africup of the best crab soup we’ve encountered can “Sweet Shiraz,” but our waiter explained recently. The rich potage smacked of butter, that Sweet Shiraz means exactly what the cream and lots of crab. We would have orlabel states–“sweet”--which we did not dered a bowl, but wanted to save room for think would go well with our entrees. So we


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Organic Chicken, free-range, hickory smoked and then skillet fried. Photo: Andrew Lightman

switched our wine order to a bottle of Auka, a Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza region. The selection was a steal for $23. Dinner for four came to $167, before tax and tip. Shortly after Ray’s arrived last spring, we checked out lunch, and we were not disappointed. Our initial mid-day repast produced congenial, helpful service (as usual) and a “presidential” burger, nicely seasoned with cracked peppercorns and roasted garlic and slathered with melted white cheddar and sauteed mushrooms, all stacked atop a grilled bun. Not exactly diet fare, but worth the calories. Peter, not surprisingly, went for the Carolina-style pulled pork sandwich, anointed with “sweet sauce,” a tangy, vinegar-based concoction. Peter, the BBQ expert, declared Ray’s version “the best I’ve had in this area.” Other mid-day options include other types of burgers (including turkey), with various toppings, a vegetarian offering of grilled portobello mushroom, eggplant and smoked mozzarella and tomato, and an “angry-bird” chicken sandwich jazzed up with pepper jack cheese, jalapenos and “piranha sauce.” Gotta try that one sometime. Ray’s has a small parking lot next to the building, with additional spaces in the welllit shopping center across the street. The Minnesota Avenue Metro (Orange Line), and the Benning Road Metro (Blue), are nearby.

Ray’s the Steaks at East River 3905 Dix St. NE (Anacostia), near Minnesota Avenue 202-396-7297 Ray’s the Steaks at East River is open Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m to 10 p.m.; Saturday 3 to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday. Major credit cards are accepted. ★

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Dining Notes by Celeste McCall

Capitol Hill Bakery owner Pietros Kidame and partner baker Roberto Catanuso in front of the bakery. Photo: Pete McCall

and Melanie Christensen, cupcake varieties include carrot cake (our favorite), red velvet, Key lime, chocolate ganache, tiramasu and others, which rotate. The bakery also carries muffins, scones and cookies. Carryout hours are Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday ‘til 3 p.m. In addition, orders may be placed Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; please call 202-290-2397 four hours in advance. Visit

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Joining the cupcake wars is Capitol Hill Bakery, 411 18th St. NE (in the Rosedale community). You might remember Café Roma, operated by Ethiopian-born Pietros Kidame and wife Haimanot Hailu. Their café closed in December 2008 after just eight months in business. But last month, the café was reborn as a wholesale/carryout/catering/ bakery. No sitdown service yet. Baked from scratch by Kidame’s business partner Roberto Catanuso

Want to travel the spicy culinary world without airport hassles and jet lag? Visit Hill’s Kitchen, first to carry Tour of the World Seasonings. The spice blends are created by Hillresident Travis Bullock. (He and his girlfriend, Kristen Hanna, who works for Sysco Foods, live near 14th and D streets NE. Bullock, 36, also runs a corporate audio visual business in San Diego.) The seasonings are an offshoot of the former Tour of the World Café,

which Travis’ father Verne operated in Colorado. The Café folded 15 years ago, but with chef/business partner Valerie Bullock, Travis resurrected the spice blends. “Our goal is to let people tour the world without going to culinary school,” Travis said. “We wanted people to make amazing food quickly and easily.” Seasonings come in eight blends: American, Mexican, French, Italiano, Mediterranean, Curry, Greek and Salad Sassy. A 5-ounce container goes for $11.95, which may seem steep, but Bullock explains that his blends are fresh and filler- free. He adds kelp for saltiness and texture, and smoked torula yeast for added flavor. Obviously some exotic spices come from tropical climates, but virtually all the work is done in the United States. “We try to be all-American made,” Bullock emphasized. Travis is also working on a low-sodium spice blend and–coming soon: A cookbook called, appropriately, “Tongue Prints.” Travis’ spice blends are doing extremely well,” said Hill’s Kitchen’s Sarah Hays. Top sellers are American (great for burgers) and Mexican (taco seasoning). Hill’s Kitchen proprietor Leah Daniels combines the French mix with yogurt as a pretzel dip. Located at 713 D St. SE, across from the Eastern Market Metro (Blue/Orange Line), Hill’s Kitchen is closed Monday. Call 202-543-1997 or visit

someone REALLY important was coming. Barack Obama entered from a security tent in the rear alley. Seated at the table beneath the projection screen, POTUS ordered a cheddar cheeseburger (medium-well), fries and a salad with Green Goddess dressing. “The recipe came from my Dad,” said executive chef Eric Brannon with more than a hint of pride. “It was quite a day, we all had a good time.” The president was treating volunteers selected for their winning essays on community organizing. Open daily, Ted’s Bulletin is at 505 Eighth St. SE; call 202-544-8337 or

President Barack Obama treated volunteers to lunch at Ted’s Bulletin on Baracks Row. Photo: Perry Smith

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In spite of this summer’s recordbreaking heat wave, stock market meltdown and even an earthquake, folks (including the president) were flocking to Capitol Hill restaurants. On August 10, Ted’s Bulletin welcomed a special guest. That morning neighbors became suspicious when police closed off Barracks Row. But when snipers appeared on Ted’s roof and black SUVs rolled behind the police tape, they knew

A little bit of New Orleans arrived in the Atlas District, as TruOrleans debuted in mid-July at 400 H Street, NE. TruOrleans’ graceful, wrought iron trim and colorful decor really resembles restaurants in the Big Easy. The brick lined walls of the twolevel space are plastered with colorful artwork from the French Quarter. Seated at the upstairs bar (there was a 30-minute wait for a table), our trio ordered libations, including a frozen

mango Hurricane, something I’d never encountered in New Orleans. But the frosty drink was refreshing, somewhat like a smoothie. Since the kitchen was out of ‘gator appetizers, we settled for fried eggplant sticks and a half dozen grilled oysters topped with cheese. Delicious. A jambalaya entree was laced with tasso ham, zippy andouille sausage and Louisiana’s vegetable “trinity” of celery, onion and green bell peppers. A bowl of lip-tingling gumbo swam with okra, tiny crawfish, shrimp and oysters. Blackened catfish was crowned with rich crawfish etouffee After all that heavy fare, dessert was out of the question, although the Key lime and pecan pies looked tempting. TruOrleans is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner 5 to 11 p.m. The bar stays open until 2 a.m. nightly, serving light fare from 11 ‘til midnight. Look for breakfast and brunch this fall. Call 202-290-1244 or visit

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Bourbon Whiskey by Jon Genderson


ourbon is undergoing a big resurgence of late and accounts for a large percentage of the growth in premium spirits. It seems that everyone is asking for Bourbon these days and the well aged versions are becoming almost as scarce as old scotch. Bourbon is the name given to American whiskey that is produced from at least 51% corn and is aged in new, charred oak barrels. It can be made anywhere in the United States but 95% is produced in Kentucky. Tennessee whiskey can be called Bourbon if made to the above standards but most producers (three out of the four) feel it is a different whiskey as it is filtered thru maple charcoal before being put in the barrel for aging, giving it a “sweeter” flavor. There is no legal age requirement for Bourbon but most is bottled at a minimum of four years . “Straight” Bourbon has to be at least two years old and can have no added flavoring or color. Almost all bourbons could be labeled “straight” but many producers choose not to do so. Bourbon is usually produced by creating a “mash” of a mix of corn (70%), wheat, rye and/or barley. The grains are ground and water is added as well as some mash from a previous distillation. This process, known as “sour mash”, aids the yeast in fermenting the mash as well as maintaining consistent pH and thus consistent flavor among batches. The fermented mash is then distilled into a clear or white whiskey, which is then placed in charred oak barrels to age. Depending on how long the Bourbon is aged, the alcohol percent will drop thru evaporation. It is than bottled when “mature” and usually diluted to 80 proof or 40% alcohol. The term “proof ” dates back to the 18th century when it was common practice to light whiskey with a match to see if it would burn. If it did, that was “proof ” that the whiskey had sufficient alcohol. The name “Bourbon” comes from the county in Kentucky where most Bourbon is made, Bourbon County, which was originally named after the French House of Bourbon royal family. There are many Bourbon labels to choose from and I will let you in on some of my favorites. Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon 90 Proof ($30): The color is mediumdeep amber. It has very balanced flavors of grain and spice, interesting fruit aromas and a very 112 ★ HillRag | September 2011

smooth finish, slightly sweet. Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon 100 Proof ($40): The delicious Single Barrel from Four Roses offers a rich, complex nose, comprising malt, fruits, spices and fudge. Long and mellow in the mouth, with vanilla and oak components. The finish is long, spicy and decidedly mellow. Buck Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 90 Proof ($30): Aromas of buttery praline, honey, corn meal, and golden raisin follow through on a supple, gentle entry to a dry-yet-fruity finish. It is full bodied with very good balance and depth and finishes with a nice, spicy, balanced flavor. Noah’s Mill Bourbon 114.3 Proof ($50): This delicious whiskey is soft and well balanced with complexity and good length. It is quite elegant and seems very well aged. The nose possesses wonderful wood and notes of toffee and caramel. The palate had beautiful structure. This is a fabulous whiskey. Vintage Bourbon 17 Year Old 94 Proof ($70): The nose has oak and some sweet caramel. The big and complex flavors include toasted brown sugar, dried fruit, leather and spiced almonds. The finish is long, creamy, smooth and flavorful. This is a truly outstanding Bourbon and higher than “top-shelf ”. Makers Mark Bourbon 90 Proof ($26): This is one of the best “regular” Bourbons, ones that are available almost everywhere. It is slightly spicy with a nose of fruits and honey. It tastes of sweet honey along with wheat, spices and a hint of oak and ends with a sweeter creme brulee taste that is very characteristic of this bourbon. Woodford Reserve 90.4 Proof ($30): This is a mild and elegant Bourbon with milk chocolate raisins, dried fruit, burnt sugar and ginger on the nose. It is complex on the palate, fragrant and fruity, with raspberries, chamomile and ginger. The finish displays lingering vanilla notes and peppery oak. Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey 92 Proof ($46/375ml): This unique Bourbon is produced in New York using 100% New York State corn. The nose offers vanilla, pepper and herbs with a hint of cloves and spearmint. Smooth on the palate with lively spices, caramel and corn, then a drying, herbal note that lingers through the lengthy finish. Tuthilltown Spirits, Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey 92 Proof ($46/375ml): Made from corn, rye, wheat and malted barley, the nose

has cherries, marzipan and vanilla with a touch of malted cereals. It is mildly herbal and mouthcoating, rounded and well balanced, with vanilla, charred oak and caramel. The spicy rye notes carry through to the lengthy, lively oak finish. Black Maple Hill Bourbon 95 proof ($46): Light amber yellow with a very clear rim, it shows high-toned fruit along with toast and brown sugar on the floral nose. Alcoholic heat hits late, but is fairly strong. Light bodied, the palate is quite smooth and well balanced, with a nice fruit and spice character. Elijah Craig Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon 18 Years Old 90 Proof ($47): This exceptional, well aged Bourbon has a tawny brown color and a vanilla and spice aroma leading to honey and nutmeg notes with very good structure and some heat. The finish is warm and lingering. Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon 90.2 Proof ($60): A lighter amber color despite the 15 years of age, this amazing Bourbon opens with vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. The complex flavors include brown sugar, old wood, pipe tobacco and cinnamon. The finish is long showing toasted grain and leather. Delicious! Wathen’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon 94 Proof ($30): This is a richly flavored Bourbon with sweet maple, vanilla and rye spice in the nose with some caramel and honey. The flavors are of oak, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and ginger. There is rich caramel and vanilla, a hint of honey, and a hint of lemon. This is a very fine and flavorful Bourbon at a very good price. Jon Genderson is co-owner of Schneider’s on Capitol Hill at 300 mass. Ave. NE ★

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Artist Portrait: Jordana Eisen


t starts with a visual image— a thought. It could be a person, a conversation, an emotion, or even a single word. It is then translated, woven, into a fragment of cloth or paper or other surface that brings substance to the idea. Her major installation, “Remedy,” is, at first sight, a seemingly random assemblage of these hand-sewn translations, using every variety of thread or yarn on any available flat or three-dimensional object. These surfaces can be commonly available, or something discovered, “found,” that might give meaning to the thought. Colors and textures are selected to complement and add form. Jordana Eisen creates these images as certain thoughts intrude and take on significance. And that is exactly the point: “Thoughts are pervasive, unavoidable and all-encompassing.” They range from benign reflections to obsessions. Collectively they become “an ongoing narrative” of a private life. It isn’t important to Jordana that you understand each fragment of the dialogue, but if you take the time to absorb the entire conversation, you may come away with insights to the patterns of your own ongoing stream of consciousness. Jordana was interested in art from an early age. She majored in fine art at the Corcoran, beginning with a traditional painting program. The figure became less important and her approach became less representational in her graduate program at the State University of New York where she received an MFA in 2009.

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She currently teaches at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, but is intrigued by the possibilities of art therapy. In any case, she will stay very close to the arts—working in a gallery, or for an arts association. Her work continues to evolve, and “that is exciting to see.” But in whatever way it grows, she will be always telling her story, one special thought at a time.

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art All artists dream of becoming famous, even if subconsciously, but the approaches are different. The first way, Route 1, is the hard working, aggressive way: entering every juried show, getting gallery representation and having a web site. These artists have bios that list degrees, awards and sales. Some list every show they have ever hung, starting with their mother’s refrigerator. Others work more privately and exhibit only occasionally, but fanaticize about being “discovered.” The how and where of that is never well defined. That’s Route II. The more surefire way is through connections and clever manipulation. You push the right magic buttons and get adopted by a big collector/dealer. Other investors get the whiff of the designated Art Star and make a rush to get in early. Once the artist—and I have to use that term loosely—is bought and sold through the big auction houses, fame and fortune is pretty much a given. Worthiness has nothing to do with it. That is Route III. The best bet for most competent and dedicated artists is Route I. You have to

make your own fame. The route, of course, is not well marked and the rules of the road are changing daily. You have to be both media and tech savvy. And frankly, most serious artists would rather paint than promote. The same is true of writers. Unless marketing is your day job, I recommend some professional guidance. I have come across a good, concise book called “Fame 101” by Jay and Maggie Jessup. It is crafted as a useful blueprint for anyone wanting a national presence and a “personal brand.” It could be particularly useful to creative people looking for a way to get above the noise. You can check it out at www.Suttonhart .com.

At the Galleries “Animal Tales and Other Mischief ” Harmony Hall Regional Center 10701 Livingston Rd. Fort Washington, MD – Oct. 8 Ellen Cornett is at it again, creating fantasies that beguile and intrigue through exquisite drawing and flawless pastel technique that lets the subject breath, dance, and reach for that forth dimension: time and space. Don’t miss the next reception: Sat. Sept. 24, 4-6.

“7.4.11” Carroll Square Gallery 975 F St. NW Sept. 9–Nov. 18 July 4th is not a day on the calendar. It is a state of mind. Actually the states of many minds. That is the direction of, “7.4.11: Photographs by Facing Change: Documenting America.” Nine photographers recorded how Americans commemorated the tra-



ditional patriotic holiday, this year, in ten cities, including the District. What the pictures say about us is open to interpretation, as is patriotism itself. You can add to the mix of opinions at the reception, Fri., Sept. 9. 6-8.

“Options 2011” Washington Project for the Arts 629 New York Ave. NW Sept. 15 – Oct.29 Fourteen “emerging and unrepresented” artists were selected by curator Stefanie Fedor, Ex. Dir. of the Arlington Arts Center, for their breath of media and diversity of approach, a tradition going back to 1981. You can talk with the artists and curator on Sept. 15, 6-8.

The Book of 100 Lenny Campello, the premier art blogger in the Metro area, recently compiled, with a few others, a book of 100 DC artists. It is tempting to see this group as the best in town, the elite. But, as he says, it is just 100 of the many hundreds of striving professionals who have been prominent in gallery shows and, for the most part, have created a distinct local presence and often, a “personal brand.” Of the 120 or so artists who have been profiled in this column over the years, at least ten are included in the book. They have worked very hard to develop their art, and have been active in promoting both art and artists throughout the region, especially Malik Lloyd, Judy Jashinsky, Matt Sesow, Dana Ellyn and Rosetta DeBerardinis The great majority of my other “profile artists” are equally skilled, accomplished, and widely collected. In fact, there is seemingly no end to talented visual artists in the Metro area. I recommend the book for what it is, a limited selection of great local talent, and a reminder that art thrives in Washington and can hold its own in terms of creative excellence with any “arts center” in the country. ★

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A Second Look A Column “For the Fridge” by Mike Canning


are subtitled). The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) – An Argentine gem that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of 2009. It’s a carefully plotted murder mystery in today’s Buenos Aires but is made much the richer by an emphasis on the intricate relationship involving a female judge and a male court clerk trying to solve a troubling case and, especially, the complex and carefully limned legal world in which they move. This is sophisticated, adult filmmaking with a storyline that keeps you guessing, a script that convinces, and a cast that shines. I Am Love (Io Sono l’amore) – An Italian film of vivid passions contrasting with chilly family values which bears comparison to the films of earlier master Italian filmmakers. Writer/ director Luca Guadagnino constructs a stylish, sumptuous drama, graced by an alert but restrained cast, spare but pithy dialogue, elegant production design and lighting, and a striking score taken from the music of American composer John Adams. It skirts melodrama to edge into the operatic. A Prophet (Un Prophéte) - The Compleat Education of a Criminal told in the gripping narrative of a teenaged Franco-Arab punk named Malik who comes under the protection and tutelage of a Corsican gang in prison and quickly learns how to gain status in Tahar Rahim as Malik in “A Prophet.” Photo by Roger the group’s hierarchy. Tahar Arpajou © 2008, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

he September movie column means an annual look back at “The Movies That Got Away,” films little noticed when first released last year. This selection avoids mainstream Hollywood fare for films which offered something distinctive, discriminating, or offbeat. It is subtitled “For the Fridge,” since you can tape it there to remind you of what to look for in your next movie rental or streaming video. If you read this column regularly, you know that your friendly reviewer has a catholic taste in film and does not eschew the subtitled kind. Since so few foreign-language films get noticed in our overwhelmingly monolingual culture, I would like to first signal several foreignlanguage films that offered visions outside our American purview (all

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intelligence prepare him for a life as a crime boss. Utterly realistic and palpably tense in its depiction of life behind bars in contemporary France. North Face (Nordwand) - This vigorous mountain-climbing saga offers all the usual thrills of the climb, but it adds a more human dimension in its naturalistic depiction of the climbers themselves. Made in Germany, the film tells the true story of an unheralded team of two modest mountaineers who dared to take on the “Murder Wall,” the sheer north face of the Eiger mountain in the Swiss Alps, during the 1930’s. The final struggle of the climbers is—take your pick—gut-wrenching/nerve-wracking/ nail-biting cinema. Farewell (L’affaire Farewell) - An espionage thriller that packs

Christian Carion and screenwriter Eric Raynaud, is thoroughly French, i.e., relatively understated and subtle, in part because the story is based on a French novel which stems from a real case, that of KGB colonel who passed information to the West in the 1980’s. Part of its attraction is that, while it does develop that tension mentioned above, “Farewell” is not morose or heavy—and is even occasionally light-hearted. Among domestic films, there were also films that were praiseworthy for a pair of outstanding performances, such as the following: Cairo Time – A lovely, delicate almost-romance set in an intriguing cross-cultural context. Alone and off-balance in incomprehensible Cairo, an American woman finds herself intrigued with her husband’s friend, a retired cop who now runs a

tea shop. With her husband away on a mission, he shows her the ins and outs of Cairo, and she opens both to the fascinating city and to him as its representative. Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddiq are very finely tuned as the unlikely, but smitten, couple. The Last Station – This film treats the last tumultuous months in the life of the venerable Leo Tolstoy and is adorned with two superb actors, Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren. Plummer is thunder and honey, a man full of appetites who plays the novelist--not as the spiritual Great Author—but as a carnal and questing man. Mirren, as his wife Sofya, is, if anything, more mercurial but never less than passionate and vibrant, able to switch with ease between rhapsodic joy and wholly stunned grief. Highlights among motion pictures which displayed superior ensemble casting were the following two, very different, gems: City Island - A fine prototype of the ensemble family comedy, this film, written and directed by Raymond De Fellita, presents us with the rambunctious but sympathetic Rizzo family of City Island, a little-known enclave of the Bronx. The family members have this in common: everyone is hiding a serious secret from everyone else, and all are exposed in one crazy night of revelations. Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies head the feisty family unit, and Steven Strait and Emily Mortimer add fine support as outsiders drawn into the domestic mélange. The Ghost Writer - A literate and acerbic suspense story from director Roman Polanski, a master of the unsettling scenario. It follows an English ghost-writer who has a contract to redact the memoirs of a former UK Prime Minister who has retired under a cloud to an isolated New England island with his wife and entourage. Polanski conjures up a spooky, blue-cast bunker for the setting, keeps the rich plot roiling and bending, and gets striking performances from his leads, Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, and Olivia Williams.

Among the many fine performances from individual actors, I want to single out Jennifer Lawrence, a debut that rightly earned her an Oscar nomination but which was too little seen by the wider public: Winter’s Bone – Lawrence stars in this portrait of a world down among the meth-lab farm, portrayed in all its grainy poverty and ratty dysfunction, but with its coarseness redeemed by the wondrous and dogged character of Lee (Lawrence). The look and feel of hard-scrabble Missouri hills is captured authentically by director Debra Granik and screenwriter Anne Roselini, and young Lee moves through the landscape like a virgin princess with a smudged face, a teenager taking charge of her family’s life and saving it. Finally, we continue to live in an era of great documentary filmmaking, and I cite here just two outstanding examples: Restrepo - This wrenching documentary gets filmgoers as close as possible to experiencing the veritable taste of the Afghan war. Writer/commentator Sebastian Junger and cameraman Tim Hetherington dug in for a year with an airborne combat team of the 2nd Battle Company of the 503rd Infantry Regiment in Korengal Valley, one of the war’s most strategic sites. What they documented reveals extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of hard labor, deadly boredom, terrifying firefights, and virile camaraderie as the soldiers painfully contest the Taliban. The Most Dangerous Man in America - A compelling re-telling of the inside story of Daniel Ellsberg and the release of the Pentagon Papers. This event that changed history is told largely by the players in that dramatic episode, most particularly by a still feisty Ellsberg himself. Paced like a thriller, the story features interviews with Ellsberg’s colleagues, family and critics; Pentagon Papers authors and government officials; Vietnam veterans and antiwar activists; and the journalists who covered the story. ★

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

by Karen Lyon

Double Booked Double your literary pleasure! This year’s National Book Festival has expanded to two days of talks, book signings, and activities for the whole family. The 11th annual festival on the National Mall, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will feature your favorite books and authors on both Sept. 24 (10 AM to 5:30 PM) and Sept. 25 (1 to 5:30 PM). President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event, which is free and open to the public. Local authors who will appear include Hill favorites Louis Bayard (“The School of Night”), whose book talks are as entertaining as his awardwinning historical novels, and James L. Swanson (“Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse”), who makes history come alive. Other D.C. writers include Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley (“Second Reading”), correspondent Jim Lehrer (“Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon

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to Obama-McCain”), the contemporary poWashington Post collitical musings of Joan umnist Eugene RobDidion, they’re all here inson (“Disintegration: in a chronology that The Splintering of stretches from 1800 to Black America”), and recent times. You can Dolores Kendrick, the read Walt Whitman’s poet laureate of the first-hand experiences District of Columbia. during the Civil War Baltimore mystery visiting “the sick and maven Laura Lippman wounded of the Army, (“The Most Dangerous both on the field and Thing”) is scheduled to in the Hospitals in and appear, as are Pulitzer Discover what some famous around Washington authors have been saying over Prize-winners Jennifer the years about our hometown. city.” Egan (“A Visit from Mark Twain has the Goon Squad”) and Siddhartha his say with a hilarious account of his Mukherjee (“The Emperor of All Mal- short-lived job as the private secretary adies”), Nobel laureate Toni Morrison to a Senator, a stint that inspired him (“A Mercy”), Michael Cunningham to call congressmen “the only dis(“By Nightfall”), and the velvet-voiced tinctly American criminal class.” And host of “A Prairie Home Compan- Paul Laurence Dunbar presents an ion,” Garrison Keillor (“Good Poems, equally unflattering take on politics in American Places”). his short story, “Mr. Cornelius JohnAs always, plenty of children’s au- son, Office-Holder.” Henry Adams, thors and entertainers will be on hand. the quintessential Washington writer, The Let’s Read America Pavilion will is included, as is Mary Todd Lincoln’s offer family reading fun, and mascots dressmaker, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. and storybook characters will be availCapitol Hill is represented by oraable for photo opportunities. For more tor Frederick Douglass, who owned a information, visit house at 318 A Street, NE. In 1877, he fest/ or follow Festival news on Twit- observed that Washington was “rapidter at @LibraryCongress. ly becoming a city of sweet and beautiful homes. All signs indicate that the national capital will ultimately become D.C. through Writers’ Eyes Charles Dickens called Wash- one of the most desirable cities for ington “the city of magnificent inten- residence, in the world…” A grittier tions.” More than a hundred years lat- perspective comes from a 1993 novel er, Gore Vidal quoted his grandfather’s by George Pelecanos: “The common wry comment about D.C.’s marble wisdom holds that there are no neighedifices: “At least they will make won- borhood joints left in D.C., places derful ruins.” Everyone, it seems, visits where a man can get lost and smoke the nation’s capital at one time or an- cigarettes down to the filter and drink other and, for better or worse, they’ve beer backed with whiskey. The truth is all got an opinion about the place. you have to know where to find them. Editor Christopher Sten has brought Where you can find them is down by them all together in a wonderful new the river, near the barracks and east of compendium, “Literary Capital: A the Hill.” From Louisa May Alcott and Washington Reader.” From the deRalph Waldo Emerson to Willa Cathlightful letters of Abigail Adams to

er and Edward P. Jones, these glimpses of Washington offer as rich and varied a view of our nation’s capital as you’re ever likely to find. Kudos to Christopher Sten for showing us our “Literary Capital.”

Allergy Girl “I can walk into any typical kitchen and find at least fifteen things that would kill me if I ate them,” writes Sandra Beasley, “and that’s without even looking under the sink for the drain cleaner.” In a frank and witty new memoir, “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life,” she describes a life spent sidestepping disaster. One of the more than 12 million Americans diagnosed with food allergies, Beasley heart and humor, is always one With a local writer reveals swallow away what it’s like to live from the emer- with severe allergies gency room. “I am allergic to dairy (including goat’s milk), egg, soy, beef, shrimp, pine nuts, cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, swordfish, and mustard,” she enumerates. “I’m also allergic to mold, dust, grass, tree pollen, cigarette smoke, dogs, rabbits, horses, and wool.” She suffers from asthma, too. No wonder a kitchen can look like a minefield. In between accounts of trips to the ER and disastrous kisses that literally took her breath away, Beasley writes knowledgeably about the physiology, history, and treatment of allergies. She also addresses a cultural atmosphere in which allergy suffers are made to feel like whiners experiencing what one op-ed writer has called a “yuppie invention.” “In the gap between what

is feared and what is believed, folks have accumulated hostility toward those of us who claim severe allergies,” she writes. Despite her brushes with anaphylaxis, Beasley is sympathetic to those who feel that things have gone too far when hysterical parents think that, as one doctor put it, “a Snickers bar from fifty feet away is a lethal weapon.” Peanut-sniffing dogs? Oh, please. “In an effort to protect children,” she writes, “we’ve asked everyone to join us in the briar patch.” Beasley’s life is a continual balancing act – she is never without a supply of Benadryl and an EpiPen – but she seems to have resolved any anger toward those who believe that her allergies are all in her head. A former writer for the Hill Rag, Beasley is the prize-winning author of two poetry collections, “I Was the Jukebox” and “Theories of Falling,” and her work has been featured in Washington Post Magazine. For more information – and to see Beasley’s tips for hosting an allergy-friendly birthday party -visit

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(bass) that offers three performances for jazz lovers that include “Gramps,” “TGV,” and “Alert.”

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 lifelike 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.

Live At Birdland •••• Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian, ECM Four great masters, one outstanding album, produced by another master, Manfred Eichner, and you have got a real gem. Still, with such delicacy, such purity, such expressive beauty, such humility in the presence of greatness — what else could anyone expect, except some beautiful music and a feeling of gratitude for being able to enjoy such musical experience. Come celebrate with me and listen to some 120 ★ HillRag | September 2011

Hues Of A Different Blue ••• On this album from Rufus Reid (bass) the music is eloquent, most notably “These Foolish Things,” followed by “The Eloquent One,” “I Can’t Explain,” and “Hues Of A Different Blue.” Supporting musicians include Steve Allen (piano), Duduka Da Fonseca (drums), Toninho Horta (guitar), Bobby Watson (sax), Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), and JD Allen (sax).

Somewhere Meeting Nobody ••• Jochen Rueckert, Pirouet Native Sun ••• Producer: Blitz The Ambassador, Fatbeats This album features some of the most interesting music I have heard this year. Let me confess that it caught me completely off-guard — and I loved it. I could say more, but I am daring you to explore this music via the internet. Check out “En-Trance,” “Native Sun,” featuring Shad, “Best I Can,” featuring Corneille, “Accra City Blues,” “Wahala,” featuring Keziah Jones, Balouji, Bnegao, and Bocafloja. of the standards like “Lover Man,” “Lullaby Of Birdland,” and “I Fall In Love Too Easily,” and you too will fall in love with jazz. I guarantee it. With Lee Konitz (sax), Brad Mehldau (piano), Charlie Haden (double-bass), and Paul Motian (drums), you should grab this album.

Unsung Heroes ••• Bryan Lynch, Holistic MusicWorks Trumpeter Bryan Lynch’s tribute to some underappreciated trumpet masters is a fine example to the extract “full many a flower is born to blush unseen and waste its sweetness on the desert air” from Thomas Gray’s poem

“Elegy written in a country churchyard.” Here are musicians whose stunning works can be heard on such titles as “Household Of Saud (Charles Tolliver),” “RoditiSamba” dedicated to Claudio Roditi, and “Big Red (Tommy Turrentine).” Other unsung heroes include Idrees Sulieman, Louis Smith, Kamau Adilifu, Joe Gordon, Ira Sullivan, Donald Byrd, and Howard McGhee.

There ••• Ernesto Cervini Quartet, ANZ 3200 Ernesto Cervini (drums) has a new album with Joel Frahm (sax), Adrean Farrugia (piano), and Dan Loomis

Drummer Jochen Rueckert’s veritable collection of hybrid jazz pieces are best showcased here with “Bridge And Front,” “Somewhere Meeting Nobody,” and “To Have And To Hold.” Performers include Mark Turner (sax), Brad Shepik (guitar), and Matt Penman (bass).

Medicine ••• Tab Benoit, Telarc Everyone loves the blues for the simple reason that it touches on our everyday experience, especially when it comes to love and broken hearts. Tab Benoit’s latest album is just another reminder that we are all winners and losers, and that life will never be fair, must less respectful of who we are. From “Broke And Lonely,” “Nothing Takes The Place Of You” to “Next To Me,” you’re going to feel and remember the blues. But then Mr. Benoit offers us hope with his soulful rendition of “Sunrise,” a reminder that there is always tomorrow, and with plenty of sunshine. And certainly fans of Bill Withers’ eternal cry of “Ain’t No Sunshine When She Is Gone,” can take solace

in such a song. Appearing with Mr. Benoit (guitar and vocals) are Anders Orborne (guitar and backup vocals), Corey Duplechin (bass), Ivan Neville (Hammond B3), Brady Blade (drums), and Michael Doucet (ďŹ ddle and vocals).

Mad About Thad ••• NY Jazz Initiative, Jazzheads Although this album oers a great line-up of musicians, a few of the compositions, all written by Thad Jones, made the cut as good jazz performances. Highlights include “Mean What You Say,â€? “A Child Is Born,â€? and “Lady Luck.â€? Performers include saxophonists Rob Derke, Ralph Lalama and Steve Wilson; trombonists Sam Burtis and Mark Meyers; pianists Art Hirahara and David Bryant; Carlo de Rosa (bass), Eric McPherson (drums), and David Smith (trumpet).

Triumph Of The Heavy, Volume 1 & 2 ••• Marcus Strickland, SMK This album could best be described as exploratory jazz within the school of Ornette Coleman. This is the kind of music that is strictly for jazz lovers with its sophisticated edge — a kind of innate supremacy that stands above all other musical genres. Standouts from Volume 1 are “A Temptress’ Gait,â€? “Dawn,â€? “Shapes,â€? and “Set Free.â€? On Volume 2 the challenges are “Gaudi,â€? “A Memory’s Mourn,â€? and “Cuspy’s Delight.â€? This collection features Marcus Strickland (saxs and clarinets), David Bryant (piano), E.I. Strickland (drums), and Ben Williams (bass).

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DC’s Newest Museum A Fuller Picture of American Muslims by Virginia Avniel Spatz

D. Paul Monteiro speaks with an iftar guest on August 16. Background: Sameeh Ali, Muslim American Veterans Association.

Old school lockers are incorporated into a museum display on education in the Nation of Islam.


isitors only need a few minutes in DC’s newest museum to realize that their U.S. history has been a few pixels short of the full picture. “This is a story we don’t know yet,” says D. Paul Monteiro, religious liaison for the White House. “African American Muslims were part of this country’s story before there was a country....and this story needs to be told.” America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center fills in

pieces of U.S. history missing from most people’s view. On exhibit, for example, is a copy of the 1733 portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (aka Job ben Solomon), a West African Muslim enslaved for a time in Maryland. The story of Diallo (“d’jallo”) was published in England in 1734, and his portrait was painted by William Hoare of Bath. Nearby is an Arabic booklet dated 1829. The short review of Muslim jurisprudence was written out by Bilali (Ben Ali) Muhammad, enslaved on Sapelo Island, Georgia.

For more than 15 years, museum co-founder Amir N. Muhammad has been tracing such points of intersection between Muslim culture, African American heritage and U.S. history. In April 2011, the fruits of that labor were installed at 2315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE. The new facility is “a cultural gem for the neighborhood,” declares Patsy Fletcher, of the DC Historic Preservation Office.

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has reached some 60,000 people and is now settled at the former Clara Muhammad School. Displays trace a history that extends from pre-Columbian Muslim explorers to contemporary Muslims praying at the White House. An 1853 translation of the Qur’an saved from a Civil War fire is presented in one room. Another offers vinyl recordings of Elijah Muhammad and other artifacts from the Nation of Islam. Woven throughout are census records, photos of mosques built over the decades and artifacts from centuries of Muslim history in the U.S. and African American culture. Incorporating the Nation’s story, including the conversion of many to Sunni Islam, helps tell the story of Masjid Mohammed, DC’s 50-year-old predominantly African American mosque. It also places the Nation squarely withing the larger Muslim narrative. For some time, Muhammad explains, “the immigrant Muslim community didn’t want to own our story.” “Some academics view the Nation as aberrant,” Dr. Aminah McCloud, director of Islamic World Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, adds. “But the history of Islam in America is long...On the other side of it, if people see African American Islam only as emerging from the Nation, that is a distortion also.” More generally, Muhammad says, the museum allows people of all backgrounds, Muslim and non-Muslim, to explore “how Muslims have been part of American life.” McCloud, a museum advisor, hopes people will see a wide view of Muslims in the U.S. – “The Founding Fathers’ interaction with Muslims is extensive,” for example – and the context of African American history. “People should visit this museum. They should hear the full history.” “The Muhammads’ efforts are extraordinary,” McCloud concludes. “They didn’t have access

to grants and fellowships. They have done all of this on their own. And they’ve done well.”

Controversy and Opportunity “There has been a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation,” particularly in the period surrounding the tenth anniversary of September 11, with pundits “competing against one another to smear the Muslim community,” Monteiro told a crowd gathered at the museum last month. “If the President could just make a speech to change the misperceptions, he would. But there is no substitute for the long, slow work of education.” The “long overdue” museum helps in this endeavor, says Saudia Jenkins, Masjid Mohammed member and student (1990-2000) of the Clara Muhammad school. A positive element in all the conflict is “an opportunity to teach – I’ve been able to clarify what is and isn’t Islam...I hope the museum expands, so that people can see more contributions of Muslims.” Sameeh Ali, National Commander in Chief of the Muslim American Veterans Association, visiting from New Jersey, said his organization will be part of the expansion, donating memorabilia. Monteiro and Ali were among guests at an August 16 iftar, a break-the-fast celebration held at sundown during the month of Ramadan. Another iftar, sponsored by the Embassy of Qatar, brought visitors from around the world to the museum. “People are coming to the ‘hood’ for this,” Muhammad grins. America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. (Green Line: Anacostia). 202-678-6906. Tues-Sat, 10-5 and Sun 11-5. Admission: $7 (students/seniors: $5; children: $3; group rates). ★

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Encounters with Nature Increasing Our Good Health and Emotional Well Being by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW


eople from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” Iris Murdoch

Natural Encounters: Whether it’s tending your own garden, strolling through Lincoln Park, or maintaining a community garden in a vacant lot - even watching scenes of nature on TV - encounters with nature have been shown to improve mental health and overall well-being. In the past few hundred years, as people have shifted from rural areas into the cities, we have increasingly disengaged from the natural world. And Americans are spending much less time outdoors today than ever before: on average, we spend less time outdoors now than we did 30 or even 20 years ago. Research shows that an existence spent entirely in artificial human environments can cause exhaustion and produce a loss of health and vitality. In contrast, being in nature—even viewing nature—has clear and positive effects. When we can view nature while in our work environment, we have lower levels of job stress and higher levels of job satisfaction. Research shows that employees with a view of trees and flowers had fewer headaches and illnesses. In fact, people who work in offices without windows are four times more likely to choose photographs or posters of outdoor/natural scenes than those who worked in offices with windows. Research conducted in prison environments suggest that a view from a cell window into nature is associated with lower stress levels in inmates, fewer headaches and stomach prob128 ★ HillRag | September 2011

lems and fewer sick calls overall. Research on the effects of nature on our moods has demonstrated that people who gazed at scenes of nature showed an increase in positive mood while those viewing scenes of urban areas showed a decline in positive mood. The psychological response to nature, the research shows, involves feelings of pleasure, sustained attention or interest, relaxed wakefulness and a decline in negative emotions such as anger and anxiety. A recent article by researchers at

right side of the brain and to restore harmony to the functions of the brain as a whole. This is the explanation for why taking a walk in a natural environment is an important factor to”clear the head.” Environments that help us recover from mental fatigue provide four elements: fascination, a sense of being away from one’s usual setting, a sense of being a part of a larger whole, and compatibility with a one’s inclinations. A park is a perfect restorative because it provides all four elements. One study

the University of Rochester shows that experiences with nature can affect more than just our mood; exposure to nature can also affect our priorities and alter what we think is important in life. We can become less self-focused and more focused on connection with others and community.

showed that when comparing a walk in a park to relaxing in a comfortable chair, the walk in the park was most successful at relieving mental fatigue. Being in nature restores concentration and improves productivity. It also produces feelings of relaxation as one returns to a slower sense of time. The majority of places that people consider restorative, in fact, are natural environments.

Taking a Walk to “Clear your Head”: As one might expect, being in nature has an impact on brain activity. It helps to strengthen the activities of the

The Healing Effects of Nature: Evidence also indicates that con-

tact with nature has a beneficial impact on blood pressure, cholesterol, and outlook on life, as well as stressreduction. A famous study examining the recovery rates of people who had gall bladder surgery found that those with a view of nature recovered faster, spent less time in the hospital, required fewer painkillers and had fewer post-operative complications than those who viewed an urban scene. The healing effects of natural environments such as parks are increasingly being appreciated in stressful environments such as nursing homes, military sites, and hospitals. Healing gardens have also been shown to be helpful to asylum seekers and refugees recovering from trauma. There are now established methods of nature-based therapy—including wilderness, horticultural and animal-assisted therapy—that are having success in healing patients who previously had not responded to treatment. The next time you feel stressed out or unable to concentrate, consider taking a walk in one of our lovely urban parks or even pausing for a moment to look out the window at the trees, flowers and birds around you. These are ways people can connect with one another and restore themselves to a healthier state of mind. Ronda Bresnick Hauss is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of the Quiet Waters Center for Trauma, Stress and Resilience, on Capitol Hill. She uses an integrative & holistic approach to psychotherapy – addressing the connection between the mind, body and spirit through the use of traditional talk therapy, meditation, visualization, and creative, nonverbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202544-5050 and is on the web at: HYPERLINK “” ★

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LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition Extended Through Sept. 3, 2012 This exhibit features large-scale artistic models of some of the world’s most famous structures including the Empire State Building, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater. The simplicity and nostalgic quality of LEGO® affords viewers a new, detailed look at familiar buildings. Visitors can lean in close to see the complexity of a building’s intricate design and engineering or take a step back to appreciate its stunning sculptural form in full. After drawing inspiration from awe-inspiring structures, visitors are encouraged to create buildings to in-

Exhibition visitors can build their own LEGO® structures in the LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition play pit. Visitors are then invited to place their structures on a city map of LEGO® city. Photo: Kevin Allen. Courtesy the National Building Museum

clude in a LEGO® community. Based on the principles of good urban design, participants will be invited to create a building from one of the four categories—residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial— and then place the LEGO® models on a large-scale map of a city. As the day goes on and the Museum welcomes more visitors, the LEGO® city will grow and grow. $5. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

Mayor Gray with Watkins Kids Photo: Lateef Mangum

Rehabilitated Field and Playground Facilities at Watkins On Aug. 8, Mayor Gray and other District officials opened the new playground and athletic facilities at Watkins Elementary School. The new facilities will serve the school and neighborhood and are among the newest in the many recent renovation projects. The $1.6 million project features a number of state-of-the-art elements, including new playground equipment for elementary-aged children as well as a “Tot Lot” for toddlers and pre-K kids. Both have rubberized surfaces to prevent injuries. The multi-purpose athletic field is adaptable to a number of different sports and includes artificial turf, new bleacher seating for 240 people, resurfaced basketball courts and “rush rink” (a court designed for competitive roller-skating sports, surrounded by “dasher boards” to minimize impact), new landscaping and lighting and increased accessibility. The field will be

home to the Watkins Hornets. The Pop Warner Youth Football team won the 2009 Pee Wee National Championship title and are the 2010 National Champion Runner Ups in their division.

Public Oversight Roundtable on DC Middle Grades Education Council Chairman Brown has announced a public oversight roundtable on Sept. 7, 10:00 AM, Wilson Building Council Chamber, by the Committee of the Whole on “Middle Grades Education in the District: Preparing our Students for Success in High School and Beyond.” The purpose of the roundtable is to allow middle grades experts, families, students and other community members to discuss the District’s current approach to educating students in grades 6-8 and best practices for moving forward. This roundtable is for public witnesses only; government witnesses will testify at a separate roundtable on Sept. 27, 10:00 AM. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to testify at the public oversight roundtable are asked to contact Priscilla McIver, ★ 129

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On Sept. 17, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington will hold its Capital Community Family Festival at the Yards Park. The Family Festival is part of the celebration of 125 years of service for the Boys & Girls Clubs and the National Day for Kids. The Festival includes live performances by the Black Byrds, Afro-Bop, Marcus Johnson, Issa, Chelsey Green and Theater Arts Performers. The day also includes games, fun activities, food, vendors, and celebrity guests. 202-5402350.

Adams Morgan Day is Sunday, Sept. 11, noon-7:00 PM. It features four outdoor stages, art fair, live music, dance plaza, kid’s fair and food. The Kids Fair is held at the Marie Reed Field. Families are invited to take part in free rides, activities and multicultural family performances for all ages. During the Kids’ Fair there will be a backpack and school supplies drive. All donated backpacks will be provided to children that are middle school aged or younger. Please try to select a backpack size that would best suit their smaller (but growing!) frames. Please consider a donation. 18th St. NW (from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd.). 202-232-1960.

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On Saturday, Sept.10, 2:00-4:00 PM, get a bike size, safety checkand helmet fit check at Capitol Hill Bikes. There will also be safety contests, prizes and refreshments. 719 Eighth St. SE. 202-544-4234.

Thursdays through December, 10:00-11:00 AM, in the Eastern Market North Hall. This weekly event features music for kids ages birth until about 5. $5 per child. 202-698-5253.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 14, 11:30 AM, Marcianna Delaney, a NASA educator, will discuss “Mapping the Moon with WALL–E and Children” in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. NASA robots are exploring space as proxies for people. They gather information and perform tasks in places too distant or dangerous for us to visit. Some robots look more human than others, and these appeal greatly to children—as well as to the child within all of us. NASA found the perfect partner in education in 2007 when the robot WALL–E, the title character in a computer-animated film from Pixar Studios, became a part of the space agency’s family. WALL–E helps stu130 ★ HillRag | September 2011

dents across the country learn how scientists and engineers work together to accomplish robotic missions. The lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets are needed.

Purchase up to 4 tickets for children ages 3-12 for $1 each, with the purchase of one fullpriced adult ticket on Sept. 4 vs. Mets, Sept. 8 vs. Dodgers or Sept. 11 vs. Astros. Select seating areas and subject to availability.

Ford Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” Children’s Auditions The Ford’s Theatre Society announced that auditions for children’s roles in the company’s production of “A Christmas Carol” will be held Sept. 10, from 9:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Ford’s Theatre administrative offices, 514 Tenth St. NW, 5th floor). Families may sign up for an audition timeslot on site beginning at 8:30 AM. Children between 5-13 who are interested in auditioning should prepare a

Christmas song and a short poem to recite and bring with them a photo and résumé. Families are encouraged to visit the Ford’s Theatre website for full information about what they will need for the audition. Those with questions should email No phone calls.

A Century of Women in Aerospace Family Day For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Meet women who are today’s role models and hear about the historical women who have inspired them. Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Free. Throughout the National Mall building.

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

Boo at the Zoo Tickets on Sale Boo at the Zoo is the wildest trick-or-treat in town! Princesses, superheroes, kid-wizards, and other costumed guests are invited to the 13th annual Boo at the Zoo. There’s no safer or more exciting way for families with children ages two-12 to enjoy Halloween. Get ready for tasty candy, delicious snack foods, and other special treats from more than 40 treat stations. Plus, animal encounters, keeper talks, and festive decorations are yours to enjoy. $30. Boo at the Zoo is Oct. 2123, 5:30-8:30 PM. 202397-7328. ★


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Members of Troops 380 and 500 pose after completing improvements to the Tyler Field.

Eagle Scout Project Benefits Tyler Field If you’ve ever been to the Tyler Field after a recent rain, you probably found yourself hopping over water puddles at the field’s entrance. Water frequently pooled at the entrance because the dirt was heavily compacted. This summer, Joshua Godec, a member of Boy Scout Troop 380, implemented a series of improvements to the Tyler Field for his Eagle Scout project. Volunteers from Boy Scout Troops 380 and 500 spent two and a half days in early July digging out the entrance to the field, filling in the hole with three tons of pea gravel, and placing paving stones on top of the gravel. Also, one of the bleachers at the field was broken, and the volunteers repaired the bleacher in addition to clearing out the weeds around the bleacher and putting sand gravel under the bleacher. The Tyler Field is heavily used by hundreds of children who play soccer and baseball on the field through 132 ★ HillRag | September 2011

As students prepare to return to the routine of school life, many at Peabody, Watkins, and StuartHobson—the three Cluster School campuses—are finding that the routine is a little different this year. The school welcomes a new principal— Dawn Clemens—while celebrating renovation projects, moving grades, bounteous gardens, and more. Ms. Clemens served most recently as elementary school principal and middle school assistant principal at the Community Academy Public Charter School, Amos III campus, in Washington, D.C. During her 20 years in education, Clemens has held several positions, including teaching at the high school level in California and serving as principal of the Overseas Family School, an international school in Singapore. Ms. Clemens told the Cluster community: “I want each child under my tutelage to yearn to come to school on a daily basis. Young children are intrinsically motivated, enthusiastic, and full of

energy to explore their environment. To stifle or not properly direct these intense desires is a travesty.”

Stuart-Hobson Middle School Students returning to StuartHobson Middle School will discover that the auditorium—the setting for theatrical and dance performances, assemblies, and parent meetings—has been refurbished, with refinished seats, a new floor, and renovated dressing rooms for our aspiring actors.

Watkins Elementary Watkins Elementary witnessed the most dramatic changes this summer: Fifth grade, formerly housed at Stuart-Hobson, has moved into the top floor; the Montessori program has moved out. Watkins also has a new state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, where students will be able to prepare and cook food that they helped grow in the school’s 1,700square-foot garden. Watkins’ gardening and cooking program teaches students about plant biology, measurements, human nutrition—and that vegetables taste good. Also at Watkins, the newly opened playground has an oversized swing (suitable for several kids at once), a rock-climbing wall, and a refurbished rink and basketball court.

Sports on the Hill (SOTH). Joshua’s project was designed to create a better and safer environment for the children who use the Tyler Field. Less than a week after the project was completed, the Washington, DC area got slightly over an inch of rain. However, this time there were no puddles to be found a tthe field’s entrance because Joshua’s project was doing exactly what was planned; it allowed the rainwater to percolate into the ground. Many people assisted in planning the project. A special thanks goes to Tyler principal Jennifer Frentress, former Tyler PTA president Steve Sweeney, president of SOTH Larry Kaufer, president of the Capitol Hill Little League Seth Shapiro, Doug Delano with Level Green Landscape, and Anya Slater, a professional landscape designer who designed the storm water campers enjoy the brand new Watkins playground. Their management improvements Summer assessment: “Better than last year!” for the Tyler playground.

Peabody Early Childhood Center and SWS Peabody students will find a garden bursting with tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, strawberries, rosemary, radishes, beans, and sunflow-

ers planted by last year’s students. They’ll also be delighted to take part in a new special: P.E. Physical education will get our youngest kids moving and help improve their coordination while they have fun learning lively games. Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt, Capitol Hill Cluster School • (Campuses: Peabody Early Childhood Center and School Within a School, 425 C St. NE; Watkins Elementary, 420 12th St. SE; Stuart-Hobson Middle School, 410 E St. NE).

in a down economy. CHDS families supported not only annual giving for program and professional development, but also long term fundraising for the renovation – a testament to their commitment to maintaining the excellent academic and character education program offered at CHDS. CHDS leadership has worked closely with teachers, parents, and neighbors to ensure that the project would support and improve the school’s excellent program, and be affordable and energy-efficient. The top-to-bottom construction plan

CHDS Kindergarteners study frogs at the Aquatic Gardens. Photo: Venuta Carulli

Capitol Hill Day School News Heading (4 Blocks) South for Fall and Winter! Dynamic program? Check! Exceptional teachers? Check! Engaged students? Check! Supportive families? Check! First-rate facility? Check back in January 2012 when the dust has settled from Capitol Hill Day School’s renovation and they have a new reception lobby, sophisticated science lab, upgraded music room, dedicated classroom and lobby area for our youngest students, and safety, IT, and building upgrades – and an elevator! CHDS is grateful to our parent community whose energy and generosity propelled them forward

involved finding safe and appropriate temporary space for the fall semester. Thus, until January, you will find them in modular classrooms at “CHDS South” (1000 Fifth Street, SE), just four blocks away. Effective learning relies on human interactions more than bricks and mortar. In modular classrooms or our beautiful and historic school home, our teachers engage students through the school’s dynamic curriculum; our comprehensive field education program connects the classroom to the larger world; and our students learn that social, emotional, and physical growth goes hand in hand with building strong academic skills. Learn more about the CHDS prekindergarten through 8th grade program at For ★ 133

kids&family more information, contact Priscilla Lund, Director of Admissions, at 202.386.9920. - Jane Angarola. CHDS, 214 South Carolina Ave, SE; 202.386.9919;

St. Peter School News What’s New at St. Peter School? While students and teachers were enjoying a well-deserved summer respite, work continued at St. Peter School. A new media library was incorporated into the school library including leading edge technology devices and programs; electrical upgrades; new furnishings; wireless internet access; and an additional Smartboard that will be used by the school’s new instructional technology specialist to assist teachers and students effectively and consistently integrate technology into scholarship. Work also began on a playground refurbishment plan which will include additional pieces of equipment and new rubber matting. The school has been working with DC Greenworks to add rain gardens, cisterns, and a raised planting bed that will augment the science curriculum and allow students to be good stewards of the earth. Finally, the bulky metal lockers and storage cabinets are being replaced with more efficient storage systems school-wide. St. Peter School faculty, students and families are looking forward to another engaging, challenging and exciting academic year! - Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third St, SE, 202-544-1618, www.

Payne staff representing DCPS at Boston College this summer.

ideas for themed lessons around global economy, the environment, global health, war and peace, and human rights. Keynote speakers kicked off each morning giving necessary background knowledge around the themes and then moved the group into work time for planning. The Payne participants are eager to put their plan in place with the implantation of a “Green Team”, a focus on discussing stereotypes in literature, using international news to discuss perspective on current events, and integrating new technology into the classrooms. Payne looks forward to another year of developing global minded thinkers! Vielka I. ScottMarcus, Principal, Payne Elementary, 1445 C St, S.E.

Eastern High School News Welcoming the Class of 2015! On August 8th Eastern High School welcomed over 220 incoming 9th grade students for student orientation which focused on the four values of Eastern Senior High School (ESHS): Excellence, Scholarship, Honor, and Service. Students participated in various activities that would require them to not only actively practice these values but also to learn more about the school, each other and Eastern’s expectations. Throughout the week, the Class of 2015 learned about the campus by participating in a scavenger hunt, signed up for sports and clubs, worked through real-life social sce-

Payne Elementary News Payne Teachers Think Global In July, six staff members from Payne Elementary attended a weeklong course at Boston College about teaching 21st century skills. The summer institute, organized by Primary Source, focused of infusing global perspective and necessary skills into the classroom. With a focus on different international issues each day, teachers collaborated with other educators from the United States to discuss best practice and 134 ★ HillRag | September 2011

narios and dealt with conflict resolution strategies. They also composed personal essays, participated in art, music, and physical education classes and got to know their peers, faculty and staff. They also participated in various community service projects both on Eastern’s campus and around the Hill, including at Watkins Elementary, Payne Elementary and at the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project on the DC General Campus. Eastern welcomed families and alumni for a family orientation to fully prepare for the first day of school. As an International Baccalaureate Candidate School, they are excited to implement a college- preparatory academic curriculum, distinguished music and sports programs, college and career readiness advisory course, a reinvigorated Health and Medical Sciences Academy, expanded lunch offerings, and a scholarly new uniform (pictured)! Eastern looks forward to working with students, families, staff, and community members as partners in re-launching their legacy as the “Pride of Capitol Hill.” - Emma Osore. Eastern Senior High School is located at 1700 East Capitol St. NE. 202-698-4500.

Two Rivers PCS Two Rivers Elementary Is #1! In August, the Public Charter School Board released the final analysis of the results of the DC-CAS testing taken in the spring. And Two Rivers’ elementary school had the highest proficiency in reading (77.94 percent) out of all District public charter schools! Additionally, the elementary school ranked fifth in math proficiency. There are currently 53 schools on 99 campuses in DC. Way to go, Two Rivers!

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Eastern HS students show off their new uniforms.

Two Rivers PCS participates in the DC National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, which follows USDA meal pattern requirements, rules and regulations. The program enhances children’s learning abilities. Studies have shown that chil-

dren whose nutritional needs are met have fewer attendance and discipline problems and are more attentive in class. For further information regarding Two Rivers’ Breakfast and Lunch Program, call 202-546-4477 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Become a fan of Two Rivers on Facebook, follow on Twitter or follow blog, The Instructional Guide at --Barbra Silva, 202-546-4477.

Brent Elementary News Peter Young Named New Principal at Brent Peter Young has served as acting principal at Brent since May, when former principal Cheryl Wilhoyte stepped down unexpectedly for medical reasons. In July, after a search that involved teachers and parents,

Peter Young is new Principal at Brent

Young was named to the top post at Brent. A native of McLean, Virginia, Young comes to Brent as the school’s test scores, extracurricular programs and parent involvement are significantly on the rise. When the school opened August 22, Brent had about 350 students and 16 classrooms – the largest enrollment the school has seen in recent years. “One of the reasons I wanted to become part of Brent is ★ 135

kids&family because the school is in transition,” Young said recently as he sat in his new office, which includes framed art work and birthday greetings made for him by former students. “That was one of the lures for me, because things aren’t all hammered out, there is a lot of positive momentum and I can be part of the process.” Young says his two signature projects this year will be strengthening Brent’s museum studies program and building an exceptional accelerated learning program. While Brent has had “museum magnet school” in its tag line for several years, a group of parents and teachers say they are newly energized to create an integrated, academic program that leverages the city’s wealth of museums – an endeavor Young wholeheartedly supports. Likewise, Young is excited about recent efforts to create learning opportunities for the increasing numbers of students who are above grade level and need more challenging studies. Young holds a master’s in education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where he specialized in leadership and school administration. His undergraduate degree is from Vanderbilt University, where he double majored in education and anthropology. He says he knew from a young age that he wanted to be in education and has steadily pursued that dream since. Last year, Young served as assistant principal at Lafayette Elementary.Diana Williams Corless. 301 North Carolina Ave. SE

ents were treated to a breakfast provided by Potbelly Sandwiches and Safeway. Chair Ron McBee, ANC6D, and members of the community have spearheaded this event for the past three years. A new Library, occupying the

former 2nd floor Learning Center, has been completely made over by Heart of America Foundation and Target. A ribbon cutting was held on August 24th. The 4th and 5th grades will attend the “Spirit of America” per-

Amidon Bowen News New Year Starts With Lots of Changes Principal Izabela Miller and Vice Principal Dwayne Ham, got the year started with new opportunities for Amidon-Bowen students and their parents. On the first day of school parents bringing their students to school were welcomed on the front steps by Screech, the Nationals Mascot, members of the community and organizations that have a partnership with Amidon Bowen. As students entered their classrooms for their breakfast, par136 ★ HillRag | September 2011

Principal Albert-Garvey with students in Maury’s new school entrance.

formance at the Verizon Center on September 9th. This inspiring event takes us back to the ideals of patriots in 1776 with a presentation by U. S. Army Military District of Washington of live –action, musical performance by the 3rd U.S. Infan-

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try Regiment, “The Old Guard” and the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” Mr. Ham has reactivated the Cub Scout Pac 1029 and will take them and his former Cub Pac at Glass Manor Elementary in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Cub Pac 192, to the National Capital Area Council Cub Scout Centennial Celebration in October. On September 23rd, Pac 1029 will attend a Nationals game. - Meg Brinckman. 401 I Street SW, 202-724-4867.

Maury Elementary News New Maury Teachers! Nathan Havner joins Maury for 4th grade, and Vanessa Ford will teach Think Tank (Maury’s hands-on learning lab). Janine Levin will teach preschool, Nathaniel Rogers for Music, Lauren Bomba in Art, and Norah Mallaney for 2nd grade. Norah Rabiah (Instructional Coach), Lauren Conley in Special Ed, as well as new office and custodial staff will all be welcome additions to the growing Maury family!

New & Improved Maury Building! The DCPS demo crew dug in at 3:16 pm on the last day of school, and put the finishing touches on the brand new hallways, offices, and classrooms with not a day to spare. Come by to see what a great job they did!

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Sept. 18 is Maury Day at Nationals Park. For tickets ($10), visit or ask your favorite Maury family. Kids 4 and older run the bases after the game! Game starts at 1:35 p.m. Sept. 24 is Maury’s annual yard & bake sale in the triangle at the 1300 block of N. Carolina Ave. NE, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.! If you needed a reason to enjoy great Mexican food and drinks, the second Monday of each month is Maury Night at La Lomita, 1330 Pennsylvania

Ave. SE. Mark “MAURY” on your receipt and a percentage of the proceeds will go to the PTA. –Heather Schoell. 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. 202- 698-3838 or

Friendship PCS News Friendship Plays Taft Friendship Public Charter School is proud to announce the Friendship Collegiate Academy Knights will play Taft Tech in Cincinnati, Ohio on ESPN U. The game will be shown at 11 am on August 28 and is part of the second annual ESPN High School Football Kickoff. “We are honored to be invited to participate in this exciting event. This is a chance to show the country Friendship’s great tradition of student athletes,” said Donald Hense, Chairman of Friendship Public Charter School. “Our goal for the football team, and all of our student athletes, is to make sure they are prepared to be stars on the field and leaders in the classroom.” Friendship Collegiate Academy is striving to once again make Washington, DC a leader in developing scholar athletes. Last February fourteen Friendship students signed full college football scholarships. Students signed with leading colleges and universities including Columbia, Pitt, Morgan State and Ohio University. Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS is a college preparatory high school serving students in grades nine through 12. Challenging and relevant, the school’s comprehensive curriculum prepares students for college and the world of work in a global economy.

Nine New Principals to Lead Area Catholic Schools This Fall When the doors open for the new school year, nine Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will be led by new principals. The new principals are:

Washington, DC: St. Anthony School, NE WashingtonMr. Michael Thomasian takes over as principal after serving at the school since 2000. Montgomery County: Shrine of St. Jude School, Rockville- Glenn Benjamin is a local resident who attended St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School , St. John’s College High School , and Catholic University . “Mr. Benjamin has been twice honored as Teacher of the Year. St. Mary School, Rockville- Debra Kennedy, long time teacher at St. Mary School, is now St. Michael the Archangel School, Silver Spring – Larry Savoy comes to Saint Michael School after serving for 14 years at his alma mater - Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC, where he was a teacher, assistant dean of students, dean of students, and most recently. St. Andrew Apostle School, Silver Spring- Susan Sheehan begins her new career as a principal at St. Andrew Apostle School in Silver Spring where she has served for twelve years. Southern Maryland: Little Flower School, Great Mills – James Moorhead has spent the past 32 years working in Catholic education. Mother Catherine Spalding School Helen- Jessica Bowles is an alumnae of Mother Catherine Spalding School. She has taught fifth grade at MCSS for six years prior to being hired as principal. Archbishop Neale School, La Plata- Margaret “Peg” Howard has been at Archbishop Neale School for 30 years. St. John School, HollywoodJ.B. Watters is the product of 12 years of Catholic elementary and secondary education. The Archdiocese of Washington serves nearly 30,000 students in 98 elementary, secondary, special schools, and early learning centers in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. Please have submissions for the October issue in to schools@ by Sept. 15. –sbj. ★

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I realize that this missive will be severely criticized but I am willing to take the heat. It may be fortuitous that the MLK Memorial dedication was postponed because it will give DC organizers a chance to get their act together. In my opinion, the major organizers were never on the same page at the same time. It appears that the organizing that was being done by the folks meeting at the ACLU was absorbed into some last-minute arrangements made by the DC government, which resulted in dysfunction. The brochure did not come out on time and the DC government did not use everything at its disposal to assure effective organizing. Also, for all practical purposes the DC Voting Rights Coalition was of minimal utility. In my opinion, things were a mess. We will never effectively communicate to the nation our need for statehood as long as the leaders and organizers of the movement cannot agree on simple things like uniform nomenclature and the need to meet simple deadlines. Also, the efforts over the past five months have been disjointed, incoherent and dissonant. In my opinion, there should be no more civil disobedience until a strategy of sustained actions is developed. These sporadic arrests of small groups of demonstrators are not resonating at the grassroots level and are receiving little national attention. Again, I recommend that the DC government use all of its cable television stations to broadcast a town meeting that will be devoted exclusively and entirely to developing a strategy that will involve more grassroots residents in the struggle. It is critical that more DC residents (particularly students and the faith community) be involved and sustained efforts must be made to make this happen. It has been agonizing to receive weekly e-mails about meetings at the ACLU, DC VOTE, the Wilson Building and other venues involving basically the same people. This surfeit of meetings cries out for the need to get everyone in the same room at the same time with the same agenda. Let us be honest, there is no Dr. King on the horizon to lead us to statehood and no Bayard Rustin to organize the effort. However, in the absence of a savior, this atomization of activity is not the best use of time and resources. Personally I am tired of attending meetings that basically result in the planning for future meetings. Maybe if lavish buffets were served at these meetings then I and others would look forward to attending them. I sincerely hope and pray that when the King Memorial is dedicated people throughout the nation will turn on their televisions to see tens of thousands of people in the crowd waving signs and banners for DC statehood. We have been given a second chance to organize effectively for that occasion. Can we share that dream, accept the challenge and make it happen? Yours in the struggle, Philip Pannell

The Hawk’n’Dove is Closing! a Capitol Hill landmark since 1967

Partake of This Unique Capitol Hill Tradition One Last Time Come Down for Your Last Hawk Burger. Say Goodbye to Your Favorite Waitstaff! Enjoy a Round at the Hawk’s Famous Bar! Cheese Heads! Watch a Wisconsin Game! Trade Sports & Political Gossip! Listen as Paul Regales The Crowd with Tales of Yesteryear! If You Haven’t Experienced The Hawk, It’s Time!

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A Little Objectivity Please My name is a Jim. I’m a HillEast resident and a reader of the Hill Rag. I thank you and the whole team at Hill Rag for the valuable contribution you all make to our community each month in the Rag. May I give a little constructive criticism? I give this as a friend and neighbor. I just finished reading the August edition, and I have an observation and recommendation. When it comes to politicians, the Hill Rag really does seem to need a bit more objectivity. I appreciate the fact that you guys like Tommy Wells; that’s great. But a journal needs to be objective as well. August’s edition was piece after piece praising our Councilmember and criticizing his committee demotion. Baloney, you say? Look at The Nose. There’s no objectivity with that column. Look at the piece by Mr Austermuhle. Nothing stated the Chairman’s position or suggested that maybe Tommy has trouble working his colleagues. Look, there’s nothing wrong with stating your position on politics, but a little balance would be nice. Jim Abely

A King for Washington and DC Perhaps others have already pointed this out to you re: the opening paragraph of Professor Derek Musgrove’s feature article, “A King for Washington and DC” (page 17), in which Professor Musgrove suggests that Dr. King gazes “toward the Jefferson Memorial, seemingly challenging the man how drafted the Constitution to resolve the racial contradictions at the core of American democracy.” I think we all agree that Jefferson had his flaws and that he drafted the Declaration of Independence; James Madison was the primary drafter of the Constitution. If you Google the National Archives’ website, you will find that they plan a September celebration of both our constitution and it principal drafter, James Madison. Richard Busch Caroline Street, NW

Thank You Hill Rag I want to thank Heather Schoell for doing such a nice article about me (Deborah Edge) in the August issue. It was a pleasure to meet her and I really appreciate what an excellent job that she did. Thanks also to the Hill Rag for publishing my letter to my patients and Joan Schwarz’s letter, which was very, very touching. My entire experience working with the Hill Rag was really positive and I am most grateful to them. Deborah Edge

Thank You Hill Rag Thank you for the article on Dr. Deborah Edge. I am one of Dr. Edge’s patients, thus effected. The explanation of her departure offered healthy closure for me. I wish herwell and applaud her courage for her initial decision to go part time. Margaret ★

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the NOSE

August: A Real Snooze by Anonymous


ugust offers many of the rare, carefree moments in a scribbler’s life. It is a period of slow news cycles and physically, as opposed to mentally, absent politicians. Reports of mayoral hiring incompetence receive short shrift. The Mayor for Life’s traffic escapades creep into metro section leads. Here is The Nose’s paean to this seasonal snooze: Summertime, And the Council is in recess. News is scarce And the scandals are nigh Your column’s light And your Blackberry is quiescent So, drink up fellow scribblers Don’t you cry. One of these mornings A source will whisper to you Then you’ll write your article And blow the politicians up high But until that morning There’s nothing to trouble you With those nitpicking editors standing by. Summertime, And the Council’s in recess. News is scarce And the scandals are nigh The Nose looks forward to a lively fall, chock full of Machiavellian intrigue and juicy scandal. Have a pithy comment for The Nose? Email thenose@ ★

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