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1610 6th Street, NW

1518 Potomac Ave., SE $850,000 – SOLD

Genie Hutinet


1432 Taylor Street, NW

$739,500 – SOLD

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1225 5th Street, NW

1615 H Street, SE $789,500 – SOLD

Colin Johnson

$679,500 – SOLD




COMING SOON! 2 Unit Building – $700s Pete Frias 202-744-8973


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BRIGHTWOOD 321 Madison Street, NW $568,500 – SOLD

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38 Longfellow Street, NW $629,500 – CONTRACT

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530 5th Street, SE

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SHAW 77 P Street, NW COMING SOON! Mid-$500s Pete Frias 202-744-8973


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CAPITOL HILL 1730 E Street, NE COMING SOON! Fern Pannill 240-508-4856

20 5th Street, SE

Renovated 4BR/3.5BA detached home exudes elegance. Fabulous light, Heart Pine floors, 4-Zone HVAC & fully finished bsmt or 1BR in-law suite.

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Victorian Arch. 2 story facade with prestigious Pa Av presence next to Historic Hill Center. Current c/o for 2 family flat. Renovated TWO-2BR/ 1BA/ LR&FPLC self contained apts 925 SF each. Grand windows on elegant facade, antique heart pine floors, sought after charm. Large 2317 sf lot offers parking & possible future addition. C2A/CHC zone allows resid, office&retail use.Owner 1 unit and rent out other. Great 2 unit close to Est Mkt Metro.

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Prestigious location on Historic Capitol Hill at Senate, across from US Judiciary Bldg & Union Station. 2 story + English Basement brick bay front townhouse office of approx 2214 sf well designed offices for lobbyist, non profits, law firms etc. Property zoned C2A & Certificate of Occupancy for office use. Flexible floor plan offers large reception/entry lobby, 7 offices, conference room, 2.5 baths, 2 kitchenettes, gas fireplace, exterior flagstone patio for entertaining. This kind of property so close in is seldom on market. Metro, rail, & 15 min. to National Airport.

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GO.SEE.DO. NoMa Fall Festival and Market

The NoMa Farmers Market has been re-invented as the NoMa Fall Festival and Market! Join them on Wednesdays, October 17 and 24, 3:00-7:00 p.m., for a fall festival and harvest farmers market. They’ll have pumpkin carving and face painting for children, plus workshops and specialty food vendors for the adults. Dip your apple in caramel and join them at Second and N Streets, NE, at the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro entrance.

Stop by the NoMa Fall Festival and Market for fun, artisanal food, samples, giveaways, face painting, and to reserve your Thanksgiving turkey from local farmer Groff’s Content.

Hilloween at Eastern Market

The Capitol Hill tradition Hilloween continues this year on Wednesday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eastern Market on Seventh Street, SE. There will be hay rides, moon bounces, carousel rides, toys, balloons and candy. This muchanticipated, free Halloween event is sponsored by the Von Schlegel Realty Team and Tunnicliff’s Tavern. Afterward don’t miss the spiders, coffins, ghosts, skeletons and witches on East Capitol Street between Third Street and 11th Street. Find more Halloween events and adventures in town and in the region in our Calendar section. 16 H HillRag | October 2012

City Council At-Large Candidates Debate

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Gospel Brunch at Howard Theater

Every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at noon) hear The Harlem Gospel Choir in the glorious setting of the newly restored Howard Theater. The choir brings its experience of the Black Church to the U Street District in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style “all-you-can-eat” southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the gospel performances will have you dancing on the stage. All-inclusive tickets are $35 in advance and $45 day-of. Most people arrive early to eat and then listen to the music. The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street, NW. 202-803-2899.

On Saturday, Oct 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Mary Brooks Beatty, Michael Brown, David Grosso and Vincent Orange will answer probing questions from Mark Segraves, WTOP’s lead investigative reporter and Mark DeBonis, local politics reporter for The Washington Post at a debate sponsored by Ward 5 Heartbeat, the League of Women Voters of DC, WTOP, The Washington Post, and Catholic University. The debate will take place in the Great Room of the Pryzbyla (pronounced “Priz-BULL-a” or “the Priz”) Center at Catholic University. There is seating for 450. From Michigan Ave NE, enter at the Basilica and bear right, keeping the Basilica on your left. Past the Basilica, bear right into the large parking lot. Plenty of free parking is available. The Pryzbyla Center is just a few steps away from the parking lot. Closest Metro is Brookland/CUA on the Red line. Questions? Call 202-255-2065 or go to

Ghost Story Tour of Washington, DC

Meet the ghosts of Lafayette Square. For over two hundred years, Washingtonians have been encountering strange things in their historic homes. Historic Strolls brings you the tales of Lafayette Square, long said to be the most haunted of all the City’s squares. The tour includes local ghost lore and more recent eyewitness accounts of hauntings. Fridays and Saturdays in October (rain or shine) at 8:00 p.m. The tour meets at 1400 I St. NW, the intersection of Vermont Ave and I (eye) St. NW which is the exit for the McPherson Square Metro Station on Vermont Avenue NW. $12 adults, $6 under 16, recommended for ages 8 and up. 301-588-9255. On October 21, 5:00 p.m., there is a Childrens Ghost Story Tour. This tour includes a scavenger hunt (which may lead to a National Treasure!) and is for all ages. Civil War tour guide ghosts Elise Webb and June Schmitz. Photo: Courtesy of Historic Strolls H 17




Boo! Run for Life 10K and 2 Mile Fun Walk. Oct. 14, 8:00 AM. The Halloween-themed Boo! Run for Life 10K is a seasonal favorite of many runners. Run the 10K in costume, or enjoy a scenic 2 mile walk around the Tidal Basin! West Potomac Park, Washington DC. $29-$32. 703-786-8581. Mid-Day Tour in the Garden of Good and Evil-Medicinal and Poison Plants at the USBG. Oct 15, noon-1:00 PM. Many important medicines are derived from plants, but too much of a good thing can be dangerous. During a walking tour of the Conservatory, Beth Burrous will feature poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the USBG. She will talk about famous, interesting and sometimes fatal cases of poisoning by plants. You will also see and learn about plants used to make life-saving medicines. Free. No Pre-registration required. US Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW.

Capitol Hill Haunts at Ebenezers. Oct Oct 17, 6:30-7:15 PM at Ebenezers Coffee House (2nd and F Street NE) local author Tim Krepp will read from his recently published book Capitol Hill Haunts, a “true” history of ghosts and hauntings on Capitol Hill. The event is free and handicapped accessible, and the public is encouraged to attend. The Preservation Café series is a forum with topics of interest to the greater Capitol Hill community. Boo at the Zoo. Oct. 26, 27 and 28, 5:30-8:30 PM. Enjoy tasty candy, delicious snack foods, and other special treats from more than 40 treat stations. This family-friendly event offers animal encounters, keeper talks, and festive decorations. Proceeds support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the National Zoo. $30. nationalzoo.

Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin in the Cleveland Play House production of One Night with Janis Joplin written and directed by Randy Johnson, which comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater September 28-November 4, 2012. Photo: Janet Macoska. 18 H HillRag | October 2012

One Night with Janis Joplin Through Nov 4. Packed with classic songs (“Piece of My Heart, “Summertime,” “Mercedes Benz”), the show also shines the spotlight on trailblazers who influenced Janis-like Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Now, in a new musical event featuring more than a dozen singers and band members, playwright-director Randy Johnson creates “a compelling portrait of an artist” (Culturemob) through the words, inspiration and music of one of America’s greatest rock ’n’ roll originals. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300.

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Hot Yala Night Oct 27, 5:00-7:00 PM. People come dressed to sweat, mingle, sip on a Yalatini which is made of a blend of fruit juices and do the Yala workout to great music and amazing light show. Throw in a few acrobats and hip hop dancers and you got yourself a whole new fitness experience. $15. $20 at the door. Open to everybody. No alcohol is served. Kids welcome. 301-367-3234. Congressional Cemetery Ghosts and Goblets Soiree. Oct 27, 6:00-8:00 PM. Billed as a gruesome benefit for Historic Cengressional Cemetery featuring torchlight graveyard tours, organ music, hauntings, and visits from some of their 55,000 residents. $75. Costume or casual attire. 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Halloween Party at Labyrinth. Oct 27, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM. Join them for a day full of scary fun. They’ll be playing great board games and roleplaying games with scary themes all day long. Win a prize for best costume! Kids can stop by for a Halloween treat, too! Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-1059. Air and Scare at Udvar-Hazy Center. Oct 27, 2:00-8:00 PM. Their annual Halloween event, Air & Scare, features the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center! Each year, people arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. They participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. They can even pose for a photo with their favorite Star Wars character! Free. $15 to park. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located a few miles south of Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA.

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Capitol Hill Haunts. Oct 30, 7:00 PM. From the Demon Cat that stalks the Washington crypt to the restless spirit of John Quincy Adams in Statuary Hall, it is no wonder that in 1898 the Philadelphia Press declared the Capitol to be the most thoroughly haunted building in the world. Free. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Drag Queen High Heel Race. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9:00 PM. Always fun, always outrageous and always held on the Tuesday before Halloween, this annual event features elaborately costumed drag queens racing down 17th St. NW from R to Church St. It attracts large crowds to cheer them on so don’t expect to park in the area. The race begins at 9:00 PM but come early because the real fun begins before the race. An informal block party follows. Ghost Story Tour of Lafayette Park. Oct 31, 7:30 PM. The tour meets at 1400 I St. NW, the intersection of Vermont Ave and I (eye) St. NW which is the exit for the McPherson Square Metro Station on Vermont Avenue NW. $12 adults, $6 under 16, recommended for ages 8 and up. 301-5889255. National Building Museum Halloween Ghost Tour. Oct. 31, 8:00-9:00 PM. Explore the haunted past of the National Building Museum. See a different side of the Museum on this lantern-light tour led by the ghost of

Our deepest sympathy to friends Mary Surratt. Who are the irritable rider on horseback and the footless figure? Why are there mysterious faces swirling in the 75 foot Corinthian columns? And, why do these ghosts (and more!) call the National Building Museum their home? All will be revealed on this behind-thescenes tour of the mysteries of the Museum. $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

& family of our close friend, Thom Burns (former co-owner of Burns & Williams Real Estate). We will miss his

Hilloween. Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 PM at Eastern Market on Seventh Street, SE. There will be hay rides, moon bounces, carousel rides, toys, balloons and candy. This much-anticipated, free Halloween event is sponsored by the Von Schlegel Realty Team and Tunnicliff’s Tavern.

quick smile and cheerful presence. – Bob and Brenda

Campbell Family Haunted House. Enjoy their haunted front porch and yard on Halloween evening starting at dark. 1800 Burke St. SE. CHECK Walter Street at Halloween. Walter Street, between 12th and 13th sts, SE (south of Lincoln Park), is a little oneblock street that hosts hundreds of kids every year. They even close-off traffic. East Capitol Street at Halloween. Between Third St. and 11th St. is THE place to be on Halloween night. Where to Get Halloween Costumes. Backstage, 545 Eighth St. SE, is DC’s theatrical superstore, with costumes and accessories for all ages. 202-5445744. Find Pumpkin Patches in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Also find hay rides, pony rides, corn mazes and more.

SPECIAL EVENTS To the Brink-JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Oct 12-Nov 11. The Cuban Missile Crisis-13 days in October 1962-when the world teetered on the edge of thermonuclear war, is the subject of this new exhibition coming on the 50th anniversary of that historic time. National Archives, Constitution Ave. at 9th St. NW. Surplus Koi Sale at Arboretum. Oct 13, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. Preview at 8:009:00 AM. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to purchase the National Arboretum’s koi. Most of them must be sold so that the pool may be drained and renovated. Terms of sale: Cash or check with ID (no credit cards); all sales final. Purchasers should assure they know how to properly care for these outdoor fish. For more information, go to usda.usda. gov or call 202-245-4521. 3501 New York Ave. NE. First-Ever Community Day at the Corcoran. Oct 20, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The Corcoran is dedicated to art, and they want you to be, too! Come gather, create, and be inspired at this day-long celebration of art and creativity. Try

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your hand at printmaking and bookbinding during art-making workshops, make a hand-crafted, ceramic bowl to be donated to SOME (So Others Might Eat), participate in hands-on pottery wheel and papermaking demonstrations, and shop at their Community Art Fair, featuring fine arts and crafts made by DC-area artists. Free. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. George Washington’s Copy of the Constitution Unveiled. Through Feb 18. On the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Mount Vernon unveils George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress. This rare volume garnered world-wide attention this summer when it was offered for sale and broke auction world records for an American historical document. The remarkably well-preserved book includes Washington’s copy of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress, complete with his personal annotations. This significant piece of American history will be on view in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center through the national observance of George Washington’s birthday on February 18, 2013. Washington International Horse Show. Oct 23-28. An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October more than 500 of the top national and international horses and riders, including Olympic veterans, come together in Washington, DC, to compete in six days of thrilling competition. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW.

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Hub, Home, Hearth-Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail. The trail invites you to follow the tracks of history through the working-class neighborhoods that formed around Washington’s Union Station. Take in the Beaux-Arts grandeur of Union Station and the National Postal Museum, then wind your way through the row houses that sheltered railroad porters and engineers, community and spiritual leaders, and immigrant entrepreneurs. See the place where the football huddle was invented and witness H St.’s most recent renewal, spurred by the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The self-guided tour treks east from Union Station along F St. NE before turning north up Third St. It then follows Florida Ave. before looping around to H St. Walkers are encouraged to follow the trail at their own pace, sampling businesses and restaurants along the way. 202-661-7581.

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD JP Jofre, Bandoneonist with Steven Beck, Pianist & Christiana Liberis, Violinist. Oct 9, 7:30 PM. JP Jofre, Argentinian Bandoneonist and Tango Composer. JP

Jofre is now based in New York City, and performs with orchestras worldwide. He frequently appears with the great Cuban virtuoso Paquito D’Rivera, and performed at the Blue Note in NYC and the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. $15. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202549-4172. The Mercy Alliance at Ebenezers. Oct 11, 7:30-10:00 PM. The Mercy Alliance is a Washington DC based band led by songwriter Joe Rathbone specializing in emotive, melodic indie rock with an aggressive rhythm section featuring longtime DC drummer Scott Manley who’s lyrical playing provides a great foil for Rathbone’s raw baritone and gritty guitar playing. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Justin Trawick, Jon Paul, Cariad Harmon, & Natalie York at Ebenezers. Oct 12, 7:00-10:00 PM. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Prism Saxophone Quartet at Atlas. Oct 12, 8:00 PM. Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles, presenting the saxophone as a serious concert instrument while embracing its rich history in jazz and popular music. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Harmonious Wail at Corner Store. Oct 13, 8:00 PM. This terrific Gypsy jazz band takes their love of Reinhardt’s Quinette du Hot Club de France and fuses it with their appreciation of other artists such as Tom Waits and The Velvet Underground. $20 advance, $25 door. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Nick Driver at Ebenezers. Oct 14, 4:00-6:00 PM. Nick Driver is a singersongwriter from Zebulon and Raleigh NC. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Red vs. Blue Karaoke Showdown. Oct 18, 6:30 PM. Karaoke and politics... an unlikely pair, but they have more in common than meets the eye. Recently, the e.politics blog breakdown of what politicians can learn from belting-out a Celine Dion melody got us thinking “what is more bipartisan than music?” $5-$10. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Great Noise Ensemble at Atlas. Oct 19, 8:00 PM. As one of Washington’s most ambitious new music ensembles, Great Noise Ensemble fights for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music. $15$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Being in the Moment-A Vocal Perfor- H 23

mance. Oct 20, 5:00 PM. A performance and benefit for children through the Peter Fox Project with the Sitar Arts Center. $75-$100. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Taylor Berrett, Hannah Miller, & SIRSY at Ebenezers. Oct 25, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900. Sue Terry & Peggy Stern at Corner Store. Oct 26, 8:00 PM. Dynamic improv jazz duo, not to be missed. $15 advance, $20 door. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-5445807. Special Consensus at Corner Store. Oct 27, 8:00 PM. Bluegrass music. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Carolina Story with Star & Micey at Ebenezers. Nov 1, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Newspeak Ensemble at Atlas. Nov 2, 8:00 PM. Comprised of violinist/composer Caleb Burhans, composer/drummer David T. Little, singer Mellissa Hughes, clarinetist Eileen Mack, guitarist Taylor Levine, cellist Brian Snow, pianist James Johnston, and percussionist Peter Wise, Newspeak is actively committed to the music of its time, creating a mysterious, nuanced, and compelling sound. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. High Street Hymns CD Release with Timothy Brindle at Ebenezers. Nov 2, 7:30-10:00 PM. $15 (includes CD). Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions (new location). Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. (Tuesday, draft beer $3.) 1007 H St. NE. 202-253-0044. Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Every Friday night. Expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. 202-484-7700. Blue Monday Blues. Mondays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry from 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/general; free/children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but an offering will be taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635.

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THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHAW Film Festival Celebrating its 40 Years. Oct 13, 10:00 AM. Featured films include “Attack of the Giant Pants” and “Alien Invasion,” short films made by CHAW students, and “CHAW@40,” a 15 minute film stitching together vintage footage, video interviews, historical and contemporary photographs, bulletins, flyers, and more. The event will also include a red carpet, string music, refreshments, and a toast to CHAW’s past, present, and future. $5 suggested donation. Reservations encouraged at 202-547-6839 or CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins Arena. Through Oct 28. Academy Award and Tony Award nominee, Kathleen Turner, brings her sizzling blend of sensuality and intelligence to the bravado of newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. A dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas, Ivins’ rapier wit made her one of America’s highestregarded columnists, satirists and beloved rabble-rousers. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange at SCENA Theatre. Oct 6-Nov 19. “What’s it going to be then, eh?” Droogs, devotchkas and ultra-violence open SCENA Theatre’s historic 25th season with Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange – A play with music based on the novella. Since 1989, it has been the goal and mission of SCENA Theatre to bring this modern classic to DC audiences. Continuing a tradition of provocative theater, SCENA Theatre premieres the complete musical production of A Clockwork Orange using Burgess’ own adaptation including the author’s original lyrics and musical selections. The original lyrics are set to the music of Beethoven, with addition original scoring composed by Eric Trester for this production. Appropriate for audiences 16, up. H Street Playhouse. 703-683-2824. My Fair Lady at Arena. Nov 2-Jan 6. When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. Lerner and Loewe’s sparkling score includes such enduring favorites as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You live,” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Based on Shaw’s most incisive social satire, My Fair Lady is a joyful, crowd-pleasing celebration for the entire family. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300.

EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Double Exhibit at The Fridge. Oct 6-28. Featuring ULTRA’s quiet walks in dangerous places and The Mini-Fridge Inaugural Show Laura Elkins’ Packin’ HeatTalkin’ Dirty with an all-vinyl set by DJ Oso Fresh.

The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. 202-664-4151. Pottery on the Hill Show and Sale. Oct 26-28. Show features work of fifteen nationally-recognized ceramic artists. Find your choice of ceramics early at the Special Items Preview Reception with these artists Friday, Oct 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Reserve those tickets online. The public show and sale continues that weekend with free admission both Saturday Oct 27 at 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday Oct 28 at noon-4:00 p.m. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment. Through Mar 23, 2013. Throughout his 72-year career, Herblock, the award-winning cartoonist at the Washington Post, revealed a concern and passion for the environment. His cartoons, along with photographs on environmental issues by 12 American photographers, will be showcased in a new exhibition at the Library of Congress. Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert Exhibition. Through Jan 26. While Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein have more immediate name recognition, their musicals would not have been possible without the pioneering work of Victor Herbert, who almost single-handedly moved Broadway into, through and out of its operetta phase. Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery in the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. Through Jan 6, 2014. This innovative new exhibit will bring together two marvels of transportation. Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555.

LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Southeast Library Book Sale. Oct 13 (monthly on the 2nd Saturday), 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Beltway Poetry Slam. Oct 30, 7:30 PM poet sign-up and doors open. 8:00 PM, show. The last Tuesday of each month, The Fridge is home to the Beltway Poetry Slam, DC’s leading source for slam poetry. Beltway features a new nationally acclaimed poet poet each month in addition to the ongoing competition. Poets are competing for a chance to represent the DC area at national and international events. The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. 202-6644151.

TOURS, TALKS AND LECTURES AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD 2nd Annual Home Boat Tour. Oct 20, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Boat owners at the Gangplank Marina will host the Home Boat Tour where houseboats, housebarges, sailboats, trawlers, office barges, and more will be opened to the public. Tickets cost $20, but residents of the 20024

ZIP code receive a $5 discount. Also on the same day, DC Harbor Cruises will offer discounted 60-minute cruises for $15. Like last year, Cantina Marina will offer a 10% discount to tour-goers. A portion of proceeds from the event will go towards local charities in Southwest. dchouseboat. org Folger Shakespeare Library Elizabethan Garden Tours. First and third Saturday of every month, Apr-Oct, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Visit Folger Shakespeare Library’s intricate knot garden, filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works, as well as herbs popular in his day. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5444600.

MARKETS Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:007:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-6985253. H Street FRESHFARM Market at New Location. Saturdays, 9 AM-noon. 1300 H St. NE. The market is a producers-only outdoor market offering fruit, vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheese, flowers and more for sale. NOMA Farmers Market. Wednesdays, through Oct 31, 3:00-7:00 PM. 1200 First St., NE. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253. 9th and U Flea Market. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 9th and U sts. NW. Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889. 14th and U Farmers Market. Saturdays. 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, until Thanksgiving. Producers-only market. 14th and U sts. NW, in front of the Reeves Building. Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The crowd is as diverse as the items for sale! Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs are an example of the available items. 1819 35th St. NW. 202-775-3532. or

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Washington Wizards Preseason. Oct 11 vs. Charlotte; Nov 3 vs. Boston. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. H 25 Washington Capitals Ice Hockey. Oct 12, 15, 17, 19, 31 and Nov 2; 7:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. Law Enforcement Run to Remember 5K. Oct 14, 5:00 PM. Starting and finishing at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in downtown DC, the Run to Remember 5K is a fun, community-oriented athletic event designed to honor the contribution and sacrifice law enforcement officers make every day and encourage community support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. 4th and F sts. NW. support. DC United Soccer Home Matches. Oct 20, 7:30 PM. Vs. Columbus. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. Audi Best Buddies Challenge. Oct 20, 8:00 AM. Support Best Buddies and help create one-to-one friendships between volunteers and people with intellectual disabilities. Select from a 62 or 20 mile bike ride, or join our 5K run/walk led by Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis! After the challenge, grab your gift bag, refuel with a luncheon/pizza party, and enjoy incredible musical performances! 1-800718-3536. Stepping Out for the Homeless 5K. Oct 27 (rain or shine), 7:00-9:30 AM. Walk to prevent and end homelessness for individuals and families with children. All event participants will receive a help the homeless t-shirt. To have your shirt for the event your registration must be received by Oct 19; after this date, you can pick-up your shirt at the Coaltion’s main office. Register at or call Sheila Baker at 202-347-8870 ext 314. Rock Creek Park, Picnic Grove # 24 neaer the Carter Barron Amphitheater on 16th and Colorado Ave.

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AIDS Walk/5K Run. Oct 27, 8:30 AM. AIDS Walk Washington is a fundraising walk and 5K timed run benefiting and produced by Whitman-Walker Health, a non-profit community-based health organization which provides dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Freedom Plaza. 202-332-9255. Marine Corps Marathon. Sunday, Oct. 28. Registration is closed out but you can watch along the course. MCM 10K Run. Oct 28, 8:00 AM. Event is part of the Marine Corps Marathon Race Series. The 10K corse begins on the National Mall and finishes with the marathoners at the iconic Marine Corps War Memorial. National Mall, 12th St. and Jefferson St. SW. 800-786-8762. H 27

Sunday, October 21, 2012 • 11-4pm Brent School Neighborhood at 3rd & D Street, SE


The Ward 6 Fall Safety Festival is your day for community building and improvement. This annual event will unite neighbors, business, schools, DC Government agencies and civic groups for one purpose – promoting the quality of our lives and neighborhoods through the promotion of safety. The day will be full of fun for families and children. There will be a moon bounce, face painting, antique fire trucks, and a fire truck demo. Look for a kids’ Olympics including: egg carrying races, a skating race and other competitions. The event also features live kids music and an adult DJ. There will be a used book sale. Chef Bonk from Sonoma will be providing food. The American Legion will have a beer and wine garden. Partners Celebrate Capitol Hill, a 501c3 foundation affiliated with CHAMPS and Brent Elementary School are coordinating this event for your entire family. DC Council Member Tommy Wells is the Honorary Chair. The day will feature activities and contests for all ranging from the Bike Rodeo to the Ward 6 Olympics. There will be over 30 informative tables and organizations, fun food and refreshments. An interactive day for for all! All tax deductible donations from the event will be distributed by Celebrate Capitol Hill for the benefit of Capitol Hill’s Maslin family, a recent crime victim. WE invite you to join us!

Capitol Hill Tai Chi Study Group. Saturday mornings (except when it’s below zero or very inclement weather), meeting to teach and practice Tai Chi, 8:00-10:00 AM. All styles and abilities welcome. First hour form practice, second hour the martial practice of Push Hands. Lincoln Park. Dr. David Walls-Kaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. E. Capitol St. between 11th and 13th sts. 202-544-6035. Pick-up Field Hockey on the Mall. Every Monday at 6:00 PM. Meets at the fields in front of the Smithsonian Metro stop for males and females who have a passion for field hockey. No experience necessary. Bring water, shinguards, mouthguard, cleats, a field hockey stick, and either a reversible jersey or a light and dark shirt - no grays please. Free. Free public tennis courts in Ward Six. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third and G sts. SE; Randall Park First and I 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. dpr. Rumsey Pool. Public swim, Monday-Friday, 6:30-9:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM. Public swim, Saturday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Public swim, Sunday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Please note that Rumsey is closed for scheduled maintenance and repairs through Oct 6. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-7244495.


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Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday in Southwest at Channel Inn; third Thursday on H St. NE at Sova; fourth Thursday in Shaw. Please call the councilmember’s office for Shaw location as it varies. 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Councilmember Wells and members of his staff. 202-7248072. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-5477168. ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-554-1795. H

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1st Annual Coat Drive Sponsored by: Soapy Joes & Boy Scout Troop 500

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Talking About Faith and The Wizards


by E. Ethelbert Miller

everal weeks ago before summer decided to close its door, I paid a visit to Dr. Bernard Richardson, Dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University. I was not in need of prayer or counsel, but instead I was seeking a better understanding of what I could expect from the Washington Wizards this season. Should I look up or down? There have only been three other people who have held the position that Richardson does today. One was the great Howard Thurman, a mystic and a major influence on many black ministers. Thurman was appointed dean in 1931. Richardson often quotes Thurman, but he’s also quick to talk about hoops. I wonder at times if our friendship revolves around the bible or the ball. It was still warm outside as I sat listening to the Dean talking about how the Wizards were going to be much better this year. Better than the Miami Heat? I doubt it. What can we expect from this team? Playoffs? I have no idea. I came to basketball late. In my neighborhood in the South Bronx, the kids who had basketballs spent their time shooting through the space of pulled down fire escape ladders. They perfected their dribbling on narrow sidewalks. It wasn’t until I was blessed with having a son that I became aware of the beauty of the game. Many of the “Father Joy” moments in my life were spent watching my son play in Pierce Park in Adams Morgan, Fort Stevens Recreation Center in Brightwood, and those great games when he was on the varsity at Gonzaga. Today my son lives in Philadelphia and is a men’s head basketball coach at a community college in New Jersey. So I’m home alone – with the Wizards. Dean Richardson often invites me to attend a game with him at the Verizon Center. I did once – going to see Golden State, so I could see Stephen Curry play. Have you ever gone to a game with a man of God? I admire Richardson for his deep faith. But how many prayers can one say for the Wizards year after year? When we are not talking about the Wizards, Richardson will talk about the Lakers. Too often this is what many of us do in this city. We talk about other teams. We wait for distant heroes to arrive. Should we change the name of our basketball team? Reload with the Washington Bullets? When conversations and discussions turn to a team’s name or uniforms, that’s a strong

indication that the numbers are big in the loss column. What might change things here in the District of Columbia? For starters, three future hall of famers would do just fine. Look at the Wizard’s current roster and ask yourself one question – who on this squad will have a legacy? Who might a young kid imitate on the playground? Do we need more “walls” in this city? We’ve already been going in circles. When John Wall was chosen by the Wizards in 2010, it was like electing and expecting President Obama to fix the economy overnight. How much can you expect one player to do? You can’t solve the world economy by yourself or win a basketball championship with just a point guard. Saviors don’t come every day and maybe we should accept that hell is hot. I want to be a believer, and somewhere the words of the poet Margaret Walker keep dancing in my head: Where are our gods that they leave us asleep? Surely the priests and the preachers and the powers will hear. Surely now that our hands are empty and our hearts too full to pray they will understand. Surely the sires of the people will send us a sign. Do you believe in Wizards? The novelist Charles Johnson nicknamed me “Wizard” after I was able to place him and eleven other African American writers on postage stamps coming out of Uganda and Ghana. I didn’t find this to be too difficult. I simply had to push the idea down the court. I had people who thought it was a good idea and so the project soon came together and the entire thing seemed magical. Maybe the Washington Wizards just need to find the wand and the magic. Maybe we need to first embrace the “idea” of winning and hug it close to our flesh. Months from now a team of basketball players will clutch the NBA trophy and raise it above their heads. Some will kiss it like a lover. Can you imagine that ceremony taking place in Washington? Now is the time for storytellers to step forward. We need hoop dreams. Once in Chicago, people knew a man could fly. Is it not asking too much for this city by the Potomac to discover someone with wings? The next time I see Dean Richardson I’m going to ask him if God is praying for us. H H 31

bulletin board Rollergirls in action. Photo: James Calder

DC Rollergirls Season Opens

The District’s all-female roller derby league brought its hard-hitting, rough and tumble skate action back to the DC Armory on Sept 22, and concludes its season with the league championship on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The league’s four teams--the Cherry Blossom Bombshells, DC DemonCats, Majority Whips and defending champion Scare Force One--play each other twice during the regular season. Each event night consists of a doubleheader, so DCRG fans get to see two bouts for the price of one all season. Future matches are on Oct 13, Nov 17, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 2, Mar 9, Mar 30, Apr 27 and May 18. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the action begins at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets are available at or at the door on bout day. Accessible by Metrorail on the Blue and Orange lines (Stadium-Armory station) and numerous bus lines. Onsite parking is also available. The DC Rollergirls are a 501(c) (3) non-profit roller derby league. A completely volunteer-run organization founded in 2006, they are the premier women’s flat track roller derby league in the National Capital Region. 32 H HillRag | October 2012

Capitol Hill Group Ministry to Provide Thanksgiving Holiday Meals

Each fall Capitol Hill Group Ministry hosts a Thanks-Giving Food Basket Drive throughout Oct and Nov. Families throughout the area are provided a Thanksgiving Day feast with all the trimmings. Last year CHGM and their donors surpassed all of its prior food basket distributions and provided 1,540 meals for homeless and low-income families on Capitol Hill and greater Ward 6. CHGM estimates that this year’s demand will come close to 475 baskets and that they will need new sponsors to help pick up the demand. Each Thanksgiving Day Basket typically costs around $50 and feeds a family of four. Families in need of a Thanksgiving basket are asked to make an appointment with CHGM’s by calling 202-544-3150 by Oct 31. Individuals and groups interested in making donations are asked to email Shelah Wilcox at For more information about how to register to donate a Thanksgiving Day Basket or for detailed instructions regarding what items go in a thanksgiving basket, visit

Atlas Wins 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award

In a ceremony held at the historic Lincoln Theatre, the Atlas Performing Arts Center received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts.

On Wednesday, Oct 17, 6:307:15 p.m. at Ebenezers Coffee House (2nd and F Street NE) local author Tim Krepp will read from his recently published book Capitol Hill Haunts, a “true” history of ghosts and hauntings on Capitol Hill. The event is free and handicapped accessible, and the public is encouraged to attend. The Preservation Café series is a forum with topics of interest to the greater Capitol Hill community.

Bank collects diapers to provide to families in need in our community. Your donation will help babies and families in a simple, but essential, way. You can donate new or open packages of diapers. Please label open packs with the size and number of diapers. The Diaper Bank is always in need of larger sizes (4 and up) and Pull Ups. The Diaper Bank also accepts formula, diaper wipes, and diaper cream. All those items must be unopened. Diapers can be dropped off, Sept 8-22, at Metro Mutts (508 H St. NE), the Playseum (545 8th St. SE) or ShawaFel (1322 H St. NE). Each of the sponsors is offering a reward for donating a package of diapers. ShawaFel, a Lebanese restaurant, will give free fries and a soda with a meal purchase. The Playseum, a children’s activity center, will give a bubble bath-making activity including a bottle of bubble bath to take home. Metro Mutts, a pet boutique, will give a 15% discount (excluding food and Frontline) on a purchase. To learn more about the DC Diaper Bank, go to

Capital Hill Diaper Drive to Benefit the DC Diaper Bank

DCRA Accepting Applications to Vend During the 2013 Inauguration

The award was shared with Washington Performing Arts Society. Atlas Executive Director Sam Sweet accepted the award on behalf of founder Jane Lang, the Board of Directors, the staff and artists. Other highlights from the evening were: Atlas Resident Arts Partner Step Afrika! received the award for Excellence in Artistic Discipline. Jazz at the Atlas curator Brad Linde accepted the award for Outsanding Emerging Artist for the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Preservation Cafe

How do diapers make a difference? When a family cannot afford enough diapers, a baby may wear one diaper all day long, putting the child at risk of infection. The DC Diaper

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2013 Inauguration. Vendors who want a chance to vend on Inauguration Day

only or for the entire Inauguration weekend need only do three things to qualify for the December Inaugural Lottery including: (1) registering with the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), (2) obtaining Clean Hands from OTR and (3) submit a completed application by the deadline of 5:00pm Friday, October 26th. Details on what constitutes a completed packet and where to make payments can be found at: htt p://dcr a.dc.go v/D C/ DCRA/About+DCRA/ News+Room/Street+Vending+ Details+for+2013+Inauguration

A Bee’s Eye View of Native Plants

Native and non-native bees thrive on Capitol Hill, and on Oct 9, 7:00 p.m., Sam Droege will describe how the plant choices of Hill residents can either augment the number of wild bees or provide only empty promises. Droege will explain the intertwined lives of plants and wild bees and how the flower features we most treasure were created to meet the specialized needs of pollinators rather than the esthetic of our manor gardens. Droege of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will illustrate the bee’s eye view with the results of bee studies at the Botanic Garden, DC neighborhoods, Rock Creek Park, Haines Point, and the Potomac Gorge. All are welcome to attend Capitol Hill Garden Club meetings, held on second Tuesdays. For more information, call 202-543-7539. Capitol Hill Garden Club meeting is at the Church of the Brethren Corner of 4th St. SE, and North Carolina Ave. (enter by 4th St. door).

Sounds of H Street Benefit for Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus

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foreclosure process, please call Housing Counseling Services, a HUD approved non-profit counseling organization, at 202-667-7006.

CHNNA Community Yard Sale

Are your closets full of items you no longer need? Are you looking for gently used toys or housewares? Join your neighbors for the Capital Hill North Neighborhood Association 2nd annual sale! Oct 13 (rain date Oct 20), 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 300 block of M St. NE (one block from NoMA Metro station). Contact Mark Kazmierczak at or 617-314-0124 to register or for more information. CHNNA is a non-profit organization comprised of residents and businesses that seek to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood.

Courses on the Jewish Holidays and Challah Baking

The Hill Havurah and the Jewish Study Center present two exciting courses: (1) Receiving Holiness: Jewish Holidays and Practice. The course explores the cycle of Jewish holidays and the Sabbath and looks at their origins, observance, meanings, and contemporary practice. Instructor: Dr. Jay McCrensky, Professor of Judaism at St. Mary’s College. Thursdays, Oct 18 and 25 and Nov 8 and 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $50. Hill Havurah members, $20. JSC members, $40. (2) Challah-Baking. Longtime homebaking challah enthusiast Susan Finston will teach this one-session workshop with tips on braiding and baking challah. Nov 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25. Hill Havurah and JSC members, $20. Class limited to 12 participants. Both courses will take place at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Pre-registration and prepayment required. Register through or email at or

Library of Congress Main Reading Room Open House on Columbus Day

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special public open house. The fall open house will take place on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and photogra34 H HillRag | October 2012

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The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress. Photo: Michael Dersin

phy will be allowed. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Reference librarians will be available to demonstrate the Library’s online resources and discuss access to the Library’s vast onsite collections, including services and collections for use in family history research. No other reference services will be available and all other Library of Congress reading rooms and buildings will be closed. The Jefferson Building, which will be open to the public between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., also features the incomparable Great Hall and the Library of Congress exhibitions, which include “Exploring the Early Americas”. Included in this exhibition are Columbus and Explorers; Columbus’s Voyage and the New World; Columbus’s Book of Privileges; and Columbus and the Taíno displays. Unreserved guided tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building will be offered at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Each tour is limited to 40 people. More information about the Library, the exhibitions and tours is available at the orientation desks at visit or by calling 202-707-8000.

Foreclosure Mediation Now the Law

Mortgage lenders are now legally prohibited from foreclosing on residential properties in Washington DC without first offering property owners the option of mediation. This means that if you own a home in Washington DC and have defaulted on your mortgage you have the right to meet face-to-face with a representative from your mortgage company to try to negotiate an alternative to foreclosure. Mediation is designed to provide an alternative to the often frustrating process of trying to get answers from your lender over the phone and to ensure that all foreclosure prevention options are explored. To find out more about mediation and your rights during the

The American Legion on Capitol Hill and renowned Mixologist Gina Chersevani will host an era-themed USO Boogie Woogie Dance Party with all proceeds to benefit the United Service Organization (USO). The event will be held on Saturday, Oct 13, 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the Kenneth Nash American Legion, 224 D St. SE. All-inclusive tickets are $35. Tickets are available at the American Legion, Hanks on the Hill (633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) or online at

Second Annual Southwest DC Waterfront Boat-Home Tour

In celebration of the yearly “Liveaboard Boater Day,” Southwest DC’s colorful liveaboard community will open its doors to visitors on Saturday, Oct 20, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The self-guided tour at Gangplank Marina takes visitors inside at least 20 of the most fun and unique homes (and offices) in Washington DC. Owners and docents will also be available to answer questions about the boat-homes and the liveaboard and workaboard lifestyles. This is only the second time that the homes of Gang-

plank Marina have been open to the public, and the chance to tour this unique community is not to be missed. Gangplank Marina is a 309 slip marina just steps from the National Mall and its many monuments and museums, and is the largest liveaboard community on the East Coast. For over 30 years, it has been home to a diverse group including professionals, families, artists, retirees, scientists, congresspeople, members of the military, and many more. Advance tickets ($20) are strongly recommended as the tour is expected to sell out. Purchase tickets online at They’re also offering a discounted ticket price of $15 to their Southwest neighbors in the 20024 zip code. A portion of the proceeds from the tour ticket sales will benefit local charities in Southwest DC.

Frederick Douglass Statue Headed to the Capitol Visitor’s Center

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce that plans are underway to place the statue of famed abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass’ Statue in the United States Capitol’s Visitor Center’s Statuary Hall, thanks to the signing of a Bill (H.R. 4021) by President Barack Obama on Sept 20, 2012. The Douglass statue has been temporarily housed at DC’s Judiciary Square Building (441 4th St. NW) since 2007 and was originally commissioned by DC Arts Commission in 2006 through the DC Creates! Public Arts Program. The Douglass statue was selected as the result of a popular vote of DC residents. The statue was created by sculptor Steven Weitzman who portrayed Douglass in bronze as an orator and writer of the North Star publication. Born a slave in Maryland, Douglass made Washington DC’s Anacostia neighborhood his home in 1877 until his death in 1895. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides

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CHGN BackPack Drive Results

Each August, hundreds of children throughout our Capitol Hill community begin the school year unprepared due to their family’s financial difficulties. To help, Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) hosted its annual Back-To-School BackPack Distribution on Aug 18. This year, CHGM partnered with local schools, recreation centers, and churches to identify families in need. Thanks to the generous support of local organizations, churches, and individual donors, CHGM was able to supply 278 fully loaded backpacks to children in our community. That is 125 more backpacks than those provided in 2011.

Circulator Route Changes Near Union Station

Beginning on Oct 1, Union Station-Navy Yard buses will detour westbound around Columbus Plaza, make a left on E Street NE, right on North Capitol Street, and right on Massachusetts Ave NE. The shared stop will be on eastbound Massachusetts Ave. NE, just before E St., where the current Union Station-Georgetown route stops now. The Union Station-Navy Yard bus will proceed from this shared stop back towards the Navy Yard via 2nd St. on its normal routing. This change is necessitated by the fact that Columbus Plaza construction will eliminate the current Navy Yard route stop at the Thurgood Marshall Building in the fall. A stop will be added on westbound Massachusetts Ave. before Columbus Circle for the convenience of those who wish to exit the bus before entering the Plaza. More information about the routes and schedules is available at

City-owned Art Gallery Opens at Canal Park

On Sept 7, Mayor Gray along with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new District Government-owned art gallery at 200 I (Eye) St. SE in the new Canal Park development. The Gallery at 200 I Street is the first and only District-owned interior space created solely for the exhibition of fine art. Located within the former Washington Star printing plant, this civic space is part of the renovated industrial facility housing new headquarters for several District agencies. The gallery features three tiers of wall space, soaring ceilings, and a

plinth for site specific sculptural installation. A rotation of fine art exhibits will be curated by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, with opportunities provided throughout the year for artists and organizations to submit exhibition proposals. All exhibits will be open to public view each day during normal business hours.

DDOT Receives Overwhelming Response to 22-Mile Priority Streetcar System RFI

The District Department of Transportation received 20 responses to the June 26, 2012, issued Request for Information asking for industry feedback on the development of a local transportation system. Response packages came in from around the world including firms based in the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, China, and Japan. In an effort to explore the potential of entering into a public-private partnership, DDOT sought input on the design, construction, finance, maintenance and operations of a 22-mile priority streetcar system and the operations of local bus service within the District. Submissions were received from some of the world’s leading engineering, rail construction, vehicle manufacturing, transit operating and project finance companies. DDOT review teams will evaluate the submissions over the next 60 days. For more information about the DC Streetcar, visit

Union Vet Clinic Celebrates 10 Years

On Saturday, Oct 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Union Vet Clinic, 609 2nd St. NE, is holding a client appreciation day. They will have food, gifts, and fun for the whole family. The Washington Animal Rescue League will be there with dogs and cats to adopt. If you adopt a pet and purchase a kitten or puppy plan, you will receive 20% off. If you have questions, call 202-544-2500 or email

DCRA Corporations Workshop

If you are interested gaining an in-depth knowledge of the services offered by DCRA’s Corporations Davison we invites you to attend this small business workshop. Also during this workshop subject matter experts from DCRA’s Corporations Division will provide updates regarding corporate filings dates and timelines, non—profit regulations and on-line filings. October 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 1100 4th Street, SW, Room E-4302 (4th Floor). Metro Station: Waterfront-SEU (Green Line). To register for this free event wplease go to: H H 37


Issues and Issues by Martin Austermuhle


t a press conference outside the Wilson Building in early September, Councilmember Michael Brown (I-At Large) laid down a challenge to his opponents in the November 6 race. “Now it’s time to talk about issues,” he said. “For folks that have been playing around in the sandbox, it’s time to step up and grow up. I look forward to talking about issues that matter in the District of Columbia that residents really care about.” It was clear that he was talking about substantive issues like affordable housing, economic development, crime, and education. Who could blame him? Brown is reliably progressive, and voters want to know where the candidates stand on the issues, especially in one of the races that’s shaping up to be surprisingly competitive. But despite his pleas, Brown’s primary challengers—independent David Grosso and Republican Mary Brooks Beatty—haven’t been willing to indulge the troubled incumbent. (Independents A.J. Cooper and Leon Swain and Statehood Green Anne Wilcox are also running.) To them, after all, the issues defining the At-Large race are Brown’s issues themselves. And who could blame them? Given the troubles faced by some of the city’s most famous legacy politicians over the last year, making Brown’s personal problems the focus of the campaign is both good strategy and fair game. Separating the political from the personal simply isn’t something that D.C. incumbents can be afforded any longer. 38 H HillRag | October 2012

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells endorses Independent At-Large candidate David Grosso. They were joined by Grosso Campaign Chair, former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose at a Grosso fundraiser at Cafe 8 on Capitol Hill.

Brown’s Troubles

Brown has helped make the case against his own re-election. First he came close to getting knocked out of the race altogether when the D.C. Board of Elections voided 1,500 of the 4,700 signatures he handed in, leaving him within 200 signatures of the minimum. Next, he announced that a former staffer had allegedly stolen money from his election account—$113,000 worth, all told. Then came a Washington Post revelation that Brown’s drivers license had been repeatedly suspended over the last decade for unpaid traffic citations, and a more recent report that staffers from his 2008 campaign broke with him over his inability to manage his run for council that year. Added to past stories of unpaid taxes and late

mortgage payments, the revelations painted Brown as not only bad with details, but spectacular bad—and repeatedly so. Maybe he just had a tough few weeks, right? Maybe, but when everything is added together, it becomes hard for Brown to separate his issues from the issues. And while he’s wanted to pretend that his issues aren’t weighing on his campaign and his candidacy, his opponents have wanted voters to think just the opposite. “No one should be surprised by the disclosures of money being mismanaged by Michael Brown,” intoned Grosso. “He has been plagued with fiscal mismanagement issues during his entire career.” “Throughout his time in office, Councilmember Brown has demonstrated a loose commitment to

professional ethics and accountability. This week’s news on his voided petition signatures and poor management of campaign finances is no exception,” said Beatty in a statement. She didn’t stop there—the GOP contender asked Brown to drop out of the race and launched a website listing five reasons why he should do so. To Grosso and Beatty, that Brown has had trouble paying his taxes, settling his traffic citations and even managing his own campaign account is a larger indictment of his capabilities as a legislator and steward of the public’s money. If he’s able to lose $113,000 of his own money, they’re hinting, what’s to stop him from losing a bunch of yours?

Brown’s Troubled Future

But will any of this matter come Election Day? Brown is an incumbent, and he won’t have to fight to get people to the polls—it is a presidential election, after all. Brown has also nailed down the support of nine local unions, which ensures that he’ll have at least some organized support come November 6. His name and family history still carries some weight, too—many people fondly remember his father, Ron Brown, so much so that Shadow Senator Michael Brown has regularly tried trading on the fact that some people think he’s the other Michael Brown. Still, his persistent troubles and the theft of his campaign funds are certain to hurt him. His staff is small, his re-election website devoid of content and there’s much less

visual evidence around town that he’s actually running. While Grosso’s staff says it has printed and hung some 4,000 campaign signs and Beatty’s staff can account for 300 of its own, Brown’s have seemed almost nonexistent. Additionally, unions don’t necessarily decide elections: a number of unions backed Tom Brown against Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), only to see her win in April’s Democratic primary. Additionally, Brown has lost support—and what support he has is much less willing to go to bat

our elected government. I have no doubt David will bring integrity and honesty to the Council. To get good government, we have to vote for it,” he said. Given Brown’s weaknesses, Grosso has a good chance to take this one. He’s been campaigning for a year, has a strong base among the progressive voters in his home base of Ward 5 and will perform strongly in Ward 6, especially with Wells’ endorsement and the fact that his campaign is chaired by former Ward 6 councilmember Sharon Ambrose. Many Ward 4 voters could have soured on Brown over his support for the disastrous online gambling proposal, and they could see Lightfoot’s switch as a sign that Brown’s local political career should be brought to an end. Wards 2 and 3—which regularly see the highest turnout—could well be swayed by whomever the Washington Post decides to endorse. Given its criticism of the online gambling bill and his recent financial troubles, it’s a safe bet that it won’t be Brown. And while Grosso still runs the risk of losing votes to Beatty—it wouldn’t be the first time that two wellAt-Large Incumbent Michael Brown (I-At Large) meaning challengers split support and let a troubled incumbent back into offor him the way they might have fice—he still benefits by how the under other circumstances. For- November 6 ballot will be strucmer Brown supporter and council tured. Given that the two top votealumnus Bill Lightfoot has jumped getters will win the available Atto Grosso’s side, and Councilmem- Large seats, Grosso has been able to ber Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) sell himself as a challenger to both may have given the most tepid en- Councilmember Vincent Orange dorsement when he said, “Michael (D-At Large) and Brown, both of Brown is not that popular, but he is whom have faced ethical and politinot unpopular either.” cal troubles in recent months. Grosso, on the other hand, is An important milestone will be backed by former Ward 3 council- the October 10 campaign finance member Kathy Patterson, former report, which will determine both council candidate Bryan Weaver how much people are willing to and activist Marie Drissel. He has open their wallets for the troubled also picked up a key endorsement incumbent—and whether he’ll be from Councilmember Tommy able to run an effective get-out-theWells (D-Ward 6), who touted vote operation on Election Day. Grosso’s ability to help clean up Martin Austermuhle is the Editor-inthe city’s government. of and a freelance writer. “We have a crisis of ethics in Chief He lives in Columbia Heights. H

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Making Obamacare Happen in DC: Key Steps Ahead by Wes Rivers

ealth care reform is not a new thing for the District. For more than a decade, our city has been in the forefront of innovative health care policies. The city provides health insurance to a broad range of families with children, and it created the DC Healthcare Alliance to offer locally funded health care coverage for our low-income neighbors who don’t qualify for programs such as Medicaid. Now DC officials are using the same proactive approach to tackle national health reform – the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” Full implementation begins in 2014, but the District is facing a few big decisions this fall that will determine how health reform will play out here. Compared to many other states, the District starts in a strong place. DC has a low rate of uninsured residents and a high proportion of employers providing health benefits, due to the large presence of the federal and local governments. But these statistics don’t tell how well insurance plans are actually meeting the needs of residents or of small businesses trying to provide benefits for employees. For many, full and affordable access to essential services does not easily happen even if they have health coverage. The District is weighing three major pieces of federal health reform: the “health insurance exchange, which is the regulated market individuals and small businesses will use to shop for insurance; the package of what will be considered “essential health care benefits,” the minimum floor of services that plans must offer in the market; and the way in which low-income residents can access coverage.

Making the Exchange

One of the biggest tasks the District must complete is to set up a health exchange. According to the DC’s proposal, any insurer that wants to operate in the District would have to do so through the exchange starting

in 2014. Products offered on the exchange would have to meet minimum quality standards set by the exchange’s governing board – such as an adequate number of physicians in the area and offering plans that meet higher levels of need. This will improve the quality of health insurance plans and help consumers, since currently it is hard to compare insurance plans when the costs don’t necessarily correlate with the quality of services received. The District has already appointed an executive board to govern the exchange, which will be tasked with making many of the decisions about exchange design and operation. Recently, DC was one of a handful of states to receive an advanced exchange-establishment grant, a sign that the District is already making a lot of progress. The District will also take steps to standardize costs across health plans, which should make them more affordable. Premium costs will not vary based on pre-existing conditions, demographic characteristics, or whether it is an individual or a small business that is purchasing the plan. Instead, the pricing of plans in the exchange will only change based on the age of the consumer and the scope and depth of services provided. The exchange also will improve affordability through significant subsidies for individuals and small businesses that meet certain income requirements. Some small businesses are concerned about the impact of health reform on their bottom line, but the law actually has several provisions to help small businesses with the transition. The so-called “employer mandate” will result in fees for businesses that do not offer minimal health coverage for their employees, but businesses with fewer than 50 employees will be exempt. The District’s implementation plans will likely lead to a small increase — about 3 percent — in the premiums small businesses pay, but for the first couple of years, most small businesses with less than 25 employees can apply for tax

credits in the exchange that cover up to 50 percent of premium costs. And while some small businesses are afraid that they will have to abandon the trusted health plan they have been using — and be forced to pick a new plan from the exchange — the law allows small businesses to keep their current plan, if it was purchased before March 2010 and does not change drastically. And in fact, it is expected that many small businesses will opt for a new plan in the exchange, because they will get a better deal.

Deciding What’s Essential

The District is in the midst of deciding how it will define the minimum floor of services that will be required of nearly all plans sold to individuals and small businesses. The federal law allows DC to select a typical employer plan already sold in the District as a model, but it must cover 10 essential categories of service. The District has already chosen a plan — one offered by CareFirst — and it will go to the health exchange board in the following weeks for a decision. There will be many things to consider and revise before the list of essential benefits is finalized. Consumer groups will likely point out gaps in the services covered by the benchmark plan — it doesn’t cover hearing aids, for example — and mental health advocates will scrutinize it closely to ensure there is parity with physical health services. Another concern is that the benchmark plan includes limits on duration for certain services – such as caps on the number of visits and the ages at which some services are available. In sum, the District will need to add on to the current benchmark to make sure that the minimal benefits offered in DC provide adequate health coverage.

Filling The Affordability Gap

The District is very committed to providing insurance for low and moderate-income families. The Affordable Care Act expands eligibility for Medicaid—the health insurance program for low-income residents jointly paid by federal and local governments—to all residents with incomes up to a level

just above the poverty line. Taking the proactive approach, the District expanded eligibility four years before it was required and increased eligibility even further – covering everyone under 200 percent of the poverty line. This action saved the District money, because federal dollars helped pay for people that the District was already covering through local dollars. Beginning in 2014, the District will have to scale back eligibility, which means some residents receiving Medicaid today will no longer be eligible. However, DC officials have made it clear that they plan to continue aiding these residents. One option is to use local funds with a program that looks a lot like DC’s Healthcare Alliance program which has operated for more than a decade. But this option will be costly. Instead, the Affordable Care Act allows DC to design a “Basic Health Plan” offering similar coverage but using federal funding to partially offset the costs. For low and moderate income residents who do not qualify for Medicaid or the Basic Health Plan, the exchange will offer subsidies for both premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Families below 400 percent of the federal poverty line will have a cap on premiums they are required to pay. Subsidies will be provided using tax credits or upfront payments that go directly to the insurance company. Residents will use the exchange to claim these subsidies or to apply and enroll in Medicaid if they are eligible. The District will release a final blueprint for the exchange in November, and the floor for essential health benefits could be decided within weeks. Compared to other states, DC is making considerable progress toward achieving some of the goals of health reform. The commitment to getting it right and quickly is largely thanks to the Districts officials and community leaders that have made the health of residents and access to essential care and services a priority. Wes Rivers is a policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. H H 41

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The Saturday Flea Market in the Hine School parking lot. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Whither The Flea Market by Andrew Lightman


ost visitors hardly give a thought to the complex arrangements that undergird the wonderful weekend arts and crafts market at Eastern Market. However, the development of the Hine School property is fast approaching. Once the fences go up, a significant portion of the space now occupied by weekend vendors will disappear. What is the best strategy to preserve this unique Capitol Hill institution in the interim and long term, many ask.

The Three Flea Markets

The term “The Flea Market at Eastern Market” is a bit of a misnomer because there are actually three distinct flea markets: two private and one public. Barry Margeson, the Eastern Market Manager appointed by the DC Department of General Services (DGS), manages the vending on the grounds of the Eastern 42 H HillRag | October 2012

Market, on the 200 Block of Seventh St. SE and on the plaza of the adjoining Natatorium. The remainder of the weekend vending occurs on the parking lot of the old Hine School. On Saturdays, the vending operation at Hine is managed by Carol Wright of Washington Arts, Antiques, Crafts & Collectible Associates (WAACA). On Sundays, Michael Berman organizes vendors under the auspices of Diverse Markets Management (DMM). Both these private corporations rent the parking lot under contracts originally negotiated with the DC Public Schools to provide funding for the Hine School Marching Band. These arrangements have continued on a month-to-month basis in the wake of the property being surplused by the school system and eventually sold for development. Both WAACA and DMM are private, for-profit corporations. Their

managers, Wright and Berman, quite understandably would like to continue their concessions during the construction of the Hine School development; and, after completion, on the newly reconstructed blocks of C Street SE.

What About The Construction?

If all goes according to plan, Stanton-EastBanc will commence construction on the Hine School Development in July of 2013. While there will be no displacement of the vending operations conducted by the city around the Market and on the 200 block of 7th Street, both WAACA and DMM will lose their operating space. On August 27, 2012, Wright and Berman wrote the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. They asked the Mayor to close the 300 block of 7th St. SE by executive order on weekends, and permit them to relocate there during the pe-

riod of construction. They attached a letter from Stanton-EastBanc in support of their missive. The Deputy Mayor sent a letter to ANC 6B asking for their advice on the matter. The ANC is set to consider the issue at their October meeting. There is no time-line for DMPED’s consideration of Berman’s and Wright’s request. Wright and Berman’s request for the road closure by executive order is not without precedent. The 200 block of 7th was closed on weekends by executive order in the wake of the Eastern Market fire, and remains so today.

How to Close a Public Road?

According to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), public roads may be closed by private individuals or District agencies either for Special Events or Public Markets by either application or by executive order. To close a street under a spe-

cial event closure, the applicant must make his/her case 120 days prior to the Mayor’s Task Force for Special Events. The event is vetted through 13 different agencies and reviewers that include among others Metropolitan Police (MPD), DC Emergency Medical Services, DC Fire Department, DDOT, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, DC Housing Authority, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Secret Service and others. Deliberations deal with requirements for a police presence, bus re-routing and any other public safety considerations. Once the event is approved, the applicant has to obtain a Special Event License from DCRA, Public Space Permits from DDOT, crowd control from MPD... etc. A second type of road closure is used for Farmers and Public Markets. This permit is issued by DDOT alone. The applicant submits a street closure request for review. The application is sent for review by MPD, DDOT traffic engineers, the relevant ANC, DDOT inspectors and the Fire Marshall. In the case of Public Markets, i.e. non-food vending, the applicant must obtain the support of 90% of the adjacent business owners. DDOT makes a decision on the permit only after all these hoops are jumped. A Special Event can also be designated by a Mayor’s Order. Such an executive order can be used to designate a street for vending or any other activity. This short circuits the usual process. In such cases only DDOT and MPD get involved to address traffic and public safety concerns. Mostly importantly, no consultation of neighboring brick and mortar businesses is required. So, it is clear that a private party could apply for permission to close a street in several different ways. However, the situation in the area surrounding the


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capitolstreets news Eastern Market is further complicated by a 1999 law governing commercial activities in its proximity.

The Eastern Market Special Use District

Title 37 Chapter 1 of the DC Code begins by defining the “Eastern Market Square” as the area between the south curb of North Carolina Avenue, S.E., and the north curb of C Street, S.E., and between the west curb of 7th Street, S.E., and the building line with the Capitol Hill Natatorium.” Continuing, it creates an “Eastern Market Historic Special Use District” out of the “public land near Eastern Market Square including but not limited to the playground and parking lot of Hine Junior High School and the Capitol Hill Natatorium Plaza.” Arguably, the streets abutting the Market are certainly such public land. “In order to maintain the theme and character of Eastern Market,” the law states: “Any District of Columbia agency having jurisdiction over public property, including, but not limited to, the property under the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Department of Recreation and Parks, in the Eastern Market Special Use Area shall not permit retailing on such public property, except as generally is consistent with the activities at Eastern Market and with the prior written consent of the CPMO, after the review and comment of the market manager and the EMCAC.” All “contracts in place on August 1, 1997,” however are exempt from this provision. (To clarify matters, it is important to note that the “CPMO” (Chief Property Management Officer) refers to the agency director of an earlier incarnation of the now DC Department of General Services (DGS). “EMCAC” is the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee established by that same statute as the consultative body of market stakeholders.) So, while a private party may usually apply for a street closure, in the case of the Eastern Market Special Use Area, matters must come before 44 H HillRag | October 2012

the EMCAC and the current Director of DGS retains what is in essence a veto. An exception might be made if the contracts between the DCPS and the private markets meet the provision’s exemption, certainly a task for lawyers. It is important to note that this article does not take into account any statutory changes contemplated under the proposed Eastern Market Legislation introduced by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. The fate of this bill at time of this article remains uncertain. If the laws governing the relocation of flea market operations during construction appear convoluted, their complexity is dwarfed by the overlapping agreements that will govern activities on the reconstructed C Street once the Hine project is complete.

Arrangements for the New C Street

Under its Land Disposition and Development Agreement (LDDA) with the District, Stanton-EastBanc has agreed to rebuild C Street along the lines envisioned in the L’Enfant Plan, and maintain said roadway during the terms of its lease with the city. Under the agreement’s term sheet, “C Street, SE: the District will ground lease to the Developer under D.C. Code 10-801(b)(8)(C) the former 700 block of C Street, S.E. to enable the Developer to reconstruct C Street, S.E. for the benefit of the South Parcel and North Parcel.” In other words, C Street is a private street. The developer is on the hook to build it, maintain it and pay rent on every square foot. Once it is completed, the usage of C Street and adjoining adjacent pedestrian plaza is the subject of a complex set of agreements. To begin with, the new C Street clearly resides with the Eastern Market Special Use District as originally envisioned, since the Hine School is explicitly mentioned in the statute. However, unlike most District roads, the reconstructed C Street will be privately owned. It is therefore unclear whether EMCAC or DGS will retain any authority over vending on its surface or that of its adjoining pla-

za; because the statute clearly limits their control to retail activities taking place on public property. [Updated] Activities C Street are also mentioned in the LDDA: “(the) Developer agrees to enter into the mutually acceptable leases with market managers to operate weekend public markets on New Street for as long as such markets are practical for, and desired by, the community, District and Developer.” The LDDA does not define the term “market managers,” nor does it establish any exclusive role for either DGS or particular private interests The usage of the new C Street is additionally the subject of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Stanton-EastBanc and ANC 6B. This MOU was negotiated as part of the process of rezoning the Hine parcels, the so-called Planned Unit Development (PUD), which has not yet been finalized. Under the section of the MOU entitled “Weekend Vendors Market, the usages of C Street are established as follows: “SEB [Stanton-EastBanc] will make portions of C Street and the plaza…available to the Manager of the Eastern Market Trust, or another market manager to operate Saturday and Sunday vendors markets from 8:00 am to 6:00 PM every weekend day of the year that such manager desires to operate a market there. SEB shall negotiate a reasonable rental fee to the Market Manager to help defray SEB’s costs associated with maintenance, repair, and replacement costs related to the space used by the market.” In the absence of legislation establishing an Eastern Market Trust, Stanton-EastBanc retains the right to contract with a private market manager to run the weekend flea markets on its property. In is important to note, Stanton-EastBanc’s arrangements are not be subject to either review by EMCAC or DGS approval, because the new C Street is a private street. Moreover, the city is required under the LDDA to facilitate the permitting of activities programmed by Stanton-EastBanc on the premises of its new development. On August 22, Stanton-EastBanc signed a Letter of Intent with

Berman and Wright. Under its terms, the managers of the current private flea markets are granted the first right to negotiate a three-year lease with the developer to rent its space for the operation of their markets. The parties have agreed to use “commercially reasonable expectations” in their negotiations. The talks are limited to no more than six months beginning any time after January 2, 2013; after which the developer will be permitted to seek other partners. The letter also contains a provision that voids the agreement in the event an Eastern Market Trust is established by the DC Council prior to July 1, 2013. The agreement also obliges Stanton-EastBanc to support Berman and Wright’s application for an interim street closure of the 300 block of 7th Street during construction. In return, Berman and Wright dropped their very vociferous opposition to the Hine PUD.

Towards a Future Market

In the absence of new legislation, authority over the future of private markets remains at best unclear, and at worst the grist of future law suits. While Stanton-EastBanc has thrown its considerable weight behind the suit of the current private market managers, Berman’s and Wright’s operations will find no temporary home on lower 7th Street without clear action on the part of the District executive in consultation with the EMCAC, since any private application for a road closure would have to weather considerable bureaucratic and community hurdles. As for the longer term, the rules of the Eastern Market Special Use District do not appear to apply to C Street SE, because it is a private thoroughfare. Vending on the Hine site is therefore unlikely to be subject to DGS veto or EMCAC consultation. Hence, provided agreement can be reached with the developer and in the absence of new legislation, Berman and Wright’s future prospects appear rosy. Again, this is likely to be a matter of ongoing disputation. Needless to say, this will not be the last story the Hill Rag prints on the subject. H

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Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project Shows Its Alternatives


he CSX Railroad Company held its last meeting before the release of the draft environmental impact statement that would outline the full scope of the project in late fall. The meeting presented several construction alternatives and the impact that they would have on the surrounding Southeast neighborhood. As the inevitable construction comes closer, the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) review process is slowly revealing to residents what can be expected during and after construction. The current tunnel is a 108-year-old single track tunnel that runs from 15th and M St. SE to 2nd St. and Virginia Ave. SE. CSX plans to put in two tracks while raising the height of the tunnel to accommodate trains with double stacked containers. The tunnel is a part of the National Gateway project throughout the Eastern corridor that updates infrastructure for these taller, but more efficient, trains. By enlarging the tunnel and adding another track, CSX will be able to increase freight while also eliminating a choke point in this route.

The Alternative Plans

by Dana C. Bell 66 months. An important distinction between the alternatives (besides cost and duration) is the location of the active train during construction. Alternative 2 is a single tunnel with two tracks. During construction, the train would run in an open trench while the larger tunnel was being constructed. Alternative 3, however, would result in two separated tunnels. The

Rebuilding a working tunnel in a residential neighborhood will take multiple phases of construction. CSX will build raised cross streets across the construction going over Virginia Avenue that will be fully functional, multi-modal streets for cars, bikes, and pedestrians. Alleys, town-home driveways, and the senior center, will also see construction of curbside access from the cross streets so that cars and emergency vehicles can get through to these residential areas. Curb access will also be constructed for businesses facing the construction. The ramp from 395 will also be directed under the highFROM TOP way onto the north side of Virginia Avenue. 1. Project Officers and Residents Look Over a Map of the Potential Once the pre-construction phase is com- Alternative Construction. Photo Credit: Dana Bell plete, one of three alternatives will be impleAlternative 3 Offers Two Tunnels with No Trains Running through an mented. There are technically four construction 2. Open Trench. Photo Credit: DDOT and CSX alternatives, but Alternative 1 is “no-build” and is included as a mandatory consideration of the first step in this alternative is to build a new, covered NEPA process. The three building alternatives range in price tunnel for the trains while a second tunnel is conand length, although both are still subject to review structed. Alternative 4 also builds two tunnels, but and are likely to change. Currently Alternatives 2 separates the construction from the running train and 3 cost $175 million and $168 million, respec- using “movable shield over portion of existing track tively, and will take 30-42 months. Alternative 4 is and construction,” according to CSX’s presentation. Alternative 3 appeals to many residents because, projected to cost $208 million and would last 5446 H HillRag | October 2012

as one CSX presenter pointed out, “some people perceive it as a benefit because the trains are never in an open trench,” prompting one resident to yell out, “I perceive it as a benefit!” But the choice among the options is not always so clear. “I have no idea what to think,” says Ben Martin, a resident of a new town home off I Street, right across from the scheduled construction. Martin bought his home a year ago, and learned about the construction right after signing. “I have dogs with health problems, so I’m just concerned about them.”

Historical Impact

The impact of this project also means that CSX and partners must consider the impact not just on residents but on historic buildings and landmarks over fifty years old in the area—which includes the tunnel itself. There will need to be some mitigation measures taken into account that will document the importance of the tunnel before it is destroyed to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Conclusions about noise, traffic, and potential archeological sites will dictate how the project will respond. If the study shows that the construction has adverse effects on the characteristics of a particular historical site, CSX must consult to determine ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the effects.

After Construction

CSX offered up a glimpse of the streetscape after construction: bike and pedestrian paths; a redeveloped I street that would connect to another I Street development further west; a park. “There can be new street infrastructure from what you have today,” said Steve Flippin of CSX. “You’re adding parks, you’re adding options.” Martin was skeptical. “I’m a cynic by nature, so I see it as a bit of a public relations move,” he said. But David Garber, an ANC Commissioner for the neighborhood, was more optimistic about the possibilities after construction. “Down the road we want to be left with a Virginia Avenue that works better than it does today,” he said, “ and if this is the way to get there, we’ll use [the construction] to do whatever we can to improve it.” H H 47

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What’s in a Name?

After Its Move, H Street Playhouse Will Morph Into Anacostia Playhouse


ust as the H Street Playhouse name emerged as the most simple, straightforward and honest name to represent the community where it lived, so, too did the name for the Anacostia Playhouse,” says Adele Robey, owner of H Street Playhouse, the new, soon-to-be opened Anacostia Playhouse. The change in name and relocation to Anacostia from H Street will happen over the next few months – as the lease for H Street Playhouse with Century Associates wraps up in January 2013, and the recently signed lease for the space in Anacostia with Curtis Properties begins. In early October, the permit process for 2020 Shannon Place in Anacostia will trig-

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by Annette Nielsen ger demolition with removal of some temporary interior walls, bringing the building down to four walls, a ceiling and a floor. Once empty, construction will begin on the approximately 2,000 square foot theater space that will include flexible seating. Architectural designer, Sean Pichon, of DC based PGN Architects, has the drawings nearly finished. Two floors at the back of the building will house dressing rooms, green room, production booth and theater offices and in the front of the building, planned rehearsal space, classrooms, reception and meeting spaces will provide the bookends to the performance space. The building’s front will also sport a new entrance

with lobby, and audience services such as coat check and box office. Phil Hutinet, Chief Operating Officer of Anacostia-based community partner, ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) states that since their July press conference announcing the Playhouse’s move to Historic Anacostia, he’s experienced a definite uptick in queries about potential retail projects – from a bicycle shop, and yoga studio to many restaurant concepts. “Based on the multiple inquiries we’ve had since the announcement of the Playhouse moving here, I would anticipate the spaces filling quickly as we see regular performances taking place and an increase in the number

of people coming into the neighborhood each night.” Easily accessible, the Anacostia Playhouse location is an easy walk from the Anacostia Metro stop or Capital Bikeshare station, the Circulator transports riders from Barracks Row to Anacostia in approximately five minutes, and if starting from Frager’s Hardware on Capitol Hill, you could stroll there in about 20 minutes. Hutinet says that there has been a really nice collaborative effort with other soon-to-be Anacostia neighbors. “There is plenty of on-street parking, but the Curtis Properties parking lot adjacent to the Anacostia Playhouse is being made available during

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performances, and a block away on MLK, Jr. Avenue, PNC Bank has offered the use of its parking lot for evening theatergoers.” Hutinet also mentioned that there are so many opportunities for businesses looking to have an Anacostia presence. “We’re located in a Federal Small Business Administration HUB Zone and ADC has also been awarded a Housing and Community Development grant for storefront improvements – for up to $27,000 in building façade work for qualifying businesses. Grants are available for 80% of the façade project cost, while ADC offers very low business loans (at 3% to 5 %) for the remaining 20% of the façade renovation.” Historic Anacostia has witnessed increased economic growth as evidenced by the HIVE incubator – a creative and shared workspace for freelancers and small businesses, another project of ADC. Hutinet states that with the opening of HIVE II in October (a larger space to keep up with the demand for more offices and meeting rooms located at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE), HIVE I may see more music and theater focused tenants who would benefit from the proximity to the Anacostia Playhouse and a growing creative community – literally in their backyard. Robey says that the Anacostia Playhouse upcoming season is likely to have a mix of booked-in productions where different theater companies rent the space for the show’s run, and events and other productions produced directly by the Anacostia Playhouse. “We’re a work in progress,” says Robey, and states that they’re hopeful for an opening date in March with an event similar to how they opened the H Street Playhouse – a ‘Raise the Roof ’ party – and continues, “We had a fun evening of song and performance, all donated by local theater and music professionals

ranging from gospel to blues, show tunes to rock and roll – plus lots of great food.” Robey says that it will be key to also showcase friends who have supported H Street Playhouse over the last decade, as much as the new friends they’re making as they settle into their new neighborhood. The last show at the H Street Playhouse will be Theater Alliance’s “Wonderful Life” running with the late-night “Night Before Christmas.” Performances will end this year on December 31. January of the new year will be spent transitioning across quadrants, overseen by Managing Director Julia Robey Christian (Adele Robey’s daughter). In the interim, the Anacostia Playhouse leadership has submitted an application for IRS approval for status as a not-for-profit under the name of DC Theater Arts Collaborative. This designation will offer the opportunity for them to have a fundraising arm under which to raise money to support youth programming, provide an after-school arts curriculum, offset rental costs for emerging artists and more. Hutinet states that working with the Anacostia Playhouse has been truly collaborative, “We believe that the arts and the creative economy can be employed as part of a comprehensive approach to community revitalization. Adele and Julia have been tremendous partners for ADC and for further economic development in Anacostia. They bring a vibrancy to the project, and continue to engage people, bringing these important resources to the table to ensure its success.” “We’re most excited about the fact we’re being welcomed so warmly and that there are so many offers of help and creative ideas being thrown our way,” says Robey, and adds that the new name truly reflects the idea to “honor the community which has been so welcoming to us and to have the name make that statement.” H ANC 6A, 2nd Thursday, October 11, 7PM Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, October 16, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Adam Healey, 556-0215 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, October 15, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Sts. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee Special Meeting Thursday, October 4 , 7 PM and 3rd Wednesday, October 17, 7 PM • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Streets, NE • Chair, Drew Ronneberg, 431-4305 Community Outreach Committee 3rd Monday, October 15, 7:30pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

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DC Streetcar Looks East


he DC streetcar still has about a year before it is up and running along H Street, but the streetcar team is starting to look into the feasibility of expansion across the river. Eventually, DC will have a citywide system, and the next stops could be across the river along Benning Road. Earlier this month, the DC Streetcar team held a meeting in

by Dana C. Bell DC Streetcar team are now entering into a more formal phase where they will be publishing a feasibility study on the potential installation tracks to the Minnesota Avenue Metro station or the Benning Road Metro Station. The meeting consisted of a presentation, breakout sessions, and productive discussions that, according to Dara Ward, a consultant for the DC Streetcar Com-

are answered, the streetcar offers the potential of economic development and a supplement to transit-oriented development already being considered.

For nearly one hundred years, from 1862 to 1962, a streetcar ran through the vibrant Benning Road corridor, connecting the main street

Plan for different areas of Ward 7, including the Benning Road Corridor. According to the plan, at the turn of the century “increased connectivity to other areas within and around DC, via railroad and cable car lines, made this area a natural magnet for residential development.” The Small Area Plan aims to reinvigorate that residential development and create a more pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.

to the rest of the city. But like the rest of DC, the 1968 riots and the economic depression that followed destabilized the neighborhoods. In 2008, the DC Office of Planning published a Small Area

The extension of this line across the river could link the two parts of Ward 7 previously separated by the river, the historic Langston golf course, and Kingman Island. These could be great attractions

Streetcars along Benning Road Corridor

The Potential Path to Minnesota Avenue or Benning Road. Photo credit: DDOT

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munications Team, “went exactly the way we hope public meetings go.” Like its H Street counterpart, concerns about traffic, noise, and overhead wires came up at the meeting. But once those questions

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for the rest of the city were they more easily accessible—and the streetcar could facilitate that. According to their presentation, the streetcar also offers a way “to connect Ward 7 with employment and activity centers” as well as to “support neighborhood plans for activity centers at the Minnesota Avenue/Benning Road intersection and elsewhere on corridor.” By facilitating a more direct exchange with the neighboring H Street, Union Station, and (eventually) the rest of the city, the streetcar system can encourage economic growth. The study notes that the area has many of the same advantages as H Street.


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Building a Streetcar

The segment of the streetcar line that should be up-andrunning by late 2013, according to DDOT, runs from Hopscotch Bridge at 1st and H Streets to Benning Road and Oklahoma Avenue. The line terminates at Spingarn High School, which is also the future site of the car barn and

training center. Bringing the streetcar across the river raises certain technical questions that will be addressed in the upcoming feasibility study. For example, could the bridge over Kingman Lake and the bridge over the Anacostia River hold the increased weight from a street car? How would the on-street parking be affected? According to Ward, the study will answer some of these questions. “The team will look at the technical feasibility for going to either, and from an engineering standpoint what the road will look like, what bridge structures can be used, and the geometry of the streets,” she said. Attendees at the meeting were concerned with many of the complications that come with a streetcar, such as the overhead catenary wires, parking, and the right-of-way. Like the H Street line, the extension will use overhead wires, and would require an examination of how to maintain on-street parking. The feasibility study would also consider whether to go to Minnesota Avenue Metro or Benning Road Metro. “If it goes to Minnesota Avenue it’s a much shorter line,” Ward said. “Going to Benning Road would provide more stops.” The study will be completed later this fall. H

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by Emily Clark


fter an August break, ANC 6B had a full agenda in September, with issues ranging from parking and speeding to housing and crime, not to mention what appeared to be a turf war between the ANC and EMCAC. All commissioners were present.

Zone 6 Parking Expansion

Relief may be on the way for Capitol Hill residents weary of looking for parking close to home, especially on the weekends. The transportation committee introduced a resolution supporting expansion of a pilot program to extend areas of Zone 6-only parking north of Pennsylvania Avenue. Commissioner Oldenburg said the resolution was drafted following discussions over the summer between commissioners and constituents whose districts would be affected. The plan also includes higher parking meter rates that would protect businesses and promote other forms of transportation to relieve congestion, especially around the Eastern Market. In an area stretching from 3rd to 11th Street SE and from the north side of Pennsylvania to, but not including, East Capitol, one side of residential streets will remain as resident parking from Monday through 52 H HillRag | October 2012

Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a two-hour grace period for non-residents. The other side of the street would be designated Zone 6 parking only, with no grace period, from Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. On Eastern Market adjacent streets, one side maintains the Monday-Friday restrictions and grace periods, while the other side would be Zone 6 only, seven days a week. Commissioner Garrison said the proposal was particularly urgent regarding Eastern Market, because of upcoming construction on the Hine School project. Joe Snyder, an Eastern Market artist and resident of the 700 block of 10th Street voiced his “wholehearted support” for the new restrictions. “Sometimes on Sundays I run out for a few errands, and all the parking spaces are gone when I return. I end up lugging heavy bags of dog food for several blocks.” The resolution passed unanimously, and the entire proposal will go to DDOT upon completion of a map of the newly-designated area.

“Gotcha” Cameras vs. Pedestrian Safety

Lisa Sutter of the Metropolitan Police Department unveiled a pilot program that will use video analytics at stop signs and crosswalks on the Hill, to help detect drivers who don’t stop completely. Along with portable speed cameras set up along Pennsyl-

vania, the program’s goal, according to Sutter is “to provide consistent enforcement so people can improve driving safety and awareness.” Although Commissioner Flahaven said residents were somewhat uneasy with the idea of camera enforcement as speed trap, Sutter countered that her division is “trying to change the culture and make the streets safer for pedestrians.”

Crime Wave

During community speak out, Hill resident and neighborhood business owner Nathan Berger noted a string of recent attacks and expressed a desire for business to be kept in the loop as to steps that might enhance neighborhood safety. He proposed that the ANC cooperate with local business owners to place cameras and/or lights outside of area businesses and that street lights be placed along Pennsylvania Ave and other high traffic late night zones to illuminate the sidewalks and protect pedestrians. Berger, who co-owns several restaurants in the area, also wondered why there are so many police cars clustered around the Southeast substation, yet so few patrolling the neighborhood. “They never move and patrol the streets, and certainly not at night when they are most needed,” he said. Commissioner Oldenburg announced a scheduled meeting on the issue.

Affordable Housing

Elizabeth Falcon, campaign organizer for Housing for All, announced that her organization would hold a Ward 6 housing town hall meeting on October 11 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 19 I Street NW. Housing for All is part of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development. The coalition, which wants DC government to invest more in affordable housing, seeks to preserve and expand affordable housing, help first time homeowners, make it easier for tenants to purchase their buildings and address the needs of the homeless and returning veterans. For more information contact or call Elizabeth Falcon at 202-745-0902 x 205.

Barracks Row Row

The Commission voted unanimously to protest the application for a Balkan cuisine restaurant on 8th Street, saying it needed more time to work out an agreement and study the neighborhood impact of an establishment that would include live entertainment and remain open until 3 a.m. on the weekends. Commissioner Pate said the protest was “not substantive as much as it is a procedural matter,” while Commissioner Garrison noted that “We need to help this applicant work through the process and get into the mix with everybody else.” Helene Quick, who lives on G Street behind Barracks Row, said there

could be strong disagreement regarding an entertainment endorsement and that neighbors would “protest what could be a club atmosphere,” that could be disruptive to residents.

Turf Wars

Commissioners were surprised when former DC Council member Sharon Ambrose and EMCAC chair Donna Scheeder showed up to challenge the ANC’s authority to debate closing the 300 block of 7th Street during Hine School project construction. The motion failed to pass through committee because of questions about market management, and Commissioner Pate moved to postpone the issue until the October ANC meeting. But Ambrose claimed that ANC “has no status in the matter” and referred commissioners to the DC code. “The process is laid out in the DC code,” Ambrose said. “Eastern Market is a city asset, a taxpayer asset and EMCAC takes precedence in any consideration of enhancement of the area.” Commissioners Frishberg, Pate and Garrison defended ANC’s role, with Garrison insisting that “we’re on solid ground to opine in this matter.” EMCAC Chair Donna Scheeder said ANC has a role, but that “EMCAC has primary jurisdiction,” and she asked ANC to “respect our role and respect the process.” Commissioner Frishberg noted that the 300 block of 7th Street is included in the Eastern Market trust and Eastern Market legislation. “We need a diversity of opinion and more time to develop a consensus on market management,” he said. “But we can’t just let stuff happen. We need to play an active role, coordinated with EMCAC.” The matter was postponed by unanimous vote. H

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1. Daunted 6. Shot 10. Oenophile’s concern 15. Diploma word 18. + end 19. Chemnitz mister 20. Lord’s residence 23. ABCs 26. What’s left 27. Smart ___ 28. Its capital is Port Moresby 29. Western or eastern 34. Insults 35. Clip 39. Persian Gulf emirate 40. Red ___ 42. Overhangs 44. Galba’s predecessor 45. Actress Bloom 48. Gathered dust 51. Go back to the drawing board 55. “Do the Right Thing” pizzeria owner 56. Free radicals 57. Auspices 58. Party offering 59. Little bird 60. Rope factory employee 62. Bank claim 63. Evil 70. Golf accessories 72. Except 73. Telephone part 75. Use 76. Condé Nast magazine 78. Sing softly 79. Tiny part 82. Constrictor 85. Gym, e.g. 89. Traffic stopper 90. Not standing 91. Clear 92. Australian marsupial 93. In stitches 94. Fertilizer ingredient 96. Sit (down) 97. Unbroken 100. Underlying layer 105. Pool 106. Miss in Paris 107. Grinder 112. Thinking 118. Loud

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119. ___ hall 120. Weight units 121. Appetite 122. Went weak 123. Gym site 124. Perspicacity


1. ___ noir 2. Burden of proof 3. Custom 4. Mythology anthology 5. Life partner? 6. 1967 Monkees song 7. Jack’s inferior 8. Verb with thou 9. Support system? 10. Copious 11. Pinker 12. In abeyance 13. Brother 14. Hyperbola part 15. Mea ___ 16. Deplete 17. They have flat tops 21. Cats 22. Milky gems 24. Recompense 25. ___-di-dah 30. Low-grade wool 31. Steel girder 32. Agra attire 33. Subatomic particle 35. British tax 36. Figure in Maori mythology 37. Elliptical 38. Part of a price 40. Many a snake 41. Tolkien beast 43. Nirvana tune 45. Serves on a sloop 46. Fuzzy ___ 47. Kind of group, in chemistry 48. Way up 49. Took steps 50. If-____ (computer routines) 52. Web site? 53. Like Falstaff 54. Quiet 59. Venerated symbol 61. Force back 63. Endow

64. Lebanese president Lahoud 65. Stuck 66. Mathematical function 67. 200 milligrams 68. Esteem to the extreme 69. Bridges in movies 71. Horologe, e.g 74. “Star Trek” rank: Abbr. 77. Cancel data, on a PC 79. Word with high or arm 80. Place for a valve 81. “Haystacks” painter 82. Canaanite deity 83. Quisling’s city 84. Quickly, quickly 86. Without precedent 87. Red coin? 88. Slice 93. Audited, with “on”

95. Essen’s river 97. Chubby, in London 98. Related, in a way 99. Stopped lying 100. Magical image 101. Long bones 102. Dazzle 103. Sink 104. States of feeling 106. ___ song 108. One to grow on? 109. Sweet cherry 110. Theories 111. They, in Trieste 113. Bluecoat 114. Slick 115. Animation 116. Mail Boxes ___ 117. Myanmar monetary unit


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Community Life Spotted on the Hill

The Red-tailed Hawk


ow that it is fall, Capitol Hill denizens can look forward to seeing the annual raptor invasion when hawks take up residency for the next several months. You may see them gliding and soaring in the air or perched in trees and on the large buildings of the Capitol complex and Smithsonian Institute. One species you will no doubt see is the large Redtailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), hereafter we’ll call them Red-tails. As you can deduce from its name, they are identified by a uniform reddish to pink tail. Note however, depending on lighting conditions, the tail may sometimes temporarily appear very pale or even whitish. Red-tails are the most common hawk in North America with an estimation of about two million individuals. Their range is throughout North America where there are open areas interspersed with woods. As winter approaches, many of the far northern birds will migrate south to areas such as the DC region which has suitable habitat. This movement is based on weather conditions, food supply and amount of snow on the ground. Many individuals, nevertheless, are hardy birds. When I’m on one of my many road trips from Maine to DC in the winter, I always see several perched along 95 or near the Amtrak rail line in trees or soaring in the air. Red-tails are primarily a sit-and-wait hunter which

text and photo by Peter Vankevich explains why you may see them in a tree or on a building. Their main source of food consists of small mammals, birds, snakes and large insects. Red-tails have a distinctive loud and long call that can be described as keee-errr. It is a sound that you may expect in a prehistoric or science fic-

tion movie. Be aware that Blue Jays can do a decent imitation. Their aerial courtship performed by both the male and female can be spectacular. One reported description of a matched-up pair in 1937 is as follows: they soared in great circles, crossing and recrossing each other’s paths, sometimes almost touching, and mounting higher and higher until al-

most out of sight; finally one partially closed its wings and made a thrilling dive from a dizzy height, checking its speed just before it reached the wood. Red-tails have on rare occasion selected artificial structures such as buildings on which to nest. Several years ago, Wall Street Journal nature columnist Marie Winn wrote a best seller called “Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park” (Pantheon Books). The book chronicled the lives of two hawks that took up residence on a high rise ledge near Central Park. In the spring of 2009, Redtails started a nest on the Rayburn House Office Building just above the entrance on Independence Ave, SE. I became aware of it in late April, but was never able to confirm whether they had offspring. You may still be able to see the remnants, some protruding sticks still there. Interesting Visitor. On September 11, 2012 a Barred Owl showed up in the 600 block of South Carolina Ave. SE and was also seen the following day. The bird was observed by Ed & Margaret Missiaen. Ed took some great photos of it. Barred Owls prefer riparian (i.e. river) habitats and can be seen along the CO Canal. Perching on a tree on Capitol Hill even for a brief period is quite extraordinary. Feel free to send me any comments regarding birds on Capitol Hill, petevankevich@gmail. com. H H 55

communitylife Capitol People

Barbara E. Joe

Former Peace Corps Volunteer Continues Her Work in Honduras by Pattie Cinelli


arbara Joe has lived on Capitol Hill since 1969. She was a wife and mother, an accomplished professional and a community leader, and a founding member of Capitol Hill Amnesty International Group 211, to which she still belongs. She is one of those people who faces life’s challenges with determination and tenacity. First a divorce left her a single parent, then the tragic death of her oldest son in 1994 followed by the death of her Cuban foster son knocked the wind out of her. “I was a basket case for quite some time,” she admits. It took her a few years to recover—“and never completely,” she says-- but, at 62, she left her job at the American Occupational Therapy Association to join the Peace Corps. “Ever since President Kennedy first announced the Peace Corps in 1961, I always had the desire to serve in the back of my mind.”

Peace Corps

Honduras I had a website. Every month I went to an internet café and wrote a letter to my daughter which is the substance of my book.” Her book’s title is a tribute to the two towns where she served. She also has a blog: http://honduraspeacecorps.blogspot. com.

Medical Brigade

Barbara E. Joe on a recent trip to Honduras to provide medical services.

Assigned to Honduras, Barbara’s main duties as a health volunteer were training midwives and local health advocates about HIV prevention, child survival (main killers of children being respiratory and intestinal illnesses), safe birthing (she helped deliver a few babies), nutrition, and prevention of dengue, malaria, and TB. She trained village women to carry

on as volunteers after she left. Barbara is also fluent in Spanish and had been in Honduras as a small child where her father, an architect, worked in the Mayan ruins. Barbara served an extended term of 3 ½ years as a health volunteer in El Triunfo and La Esperanza. Her Peace Corps years are documented in her book, Triumph & Hope: Golden Years with the Peace Corps in Honduras, (on in print and on Kindle, and on B & N’s Nook). “When I was in

Medical Personnel Needed for Volunteer Missions to Honduras

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The following is a request for volunteers from International Health Service of Minnesota ( organizer John Kirckof. “We need more physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs for the February 15- March 1 trips. We also need a few more pharmacists, radio operators, engineers, and general helpers. That may seem like a ways off but careful planning now is essential for a successful mission. We have started to collect supplies and meds. We have done this for 30+ years so we have all the logis-

Barbara has returned to Honduras eight times since 2004 as part of an all-volunteer medical brigade organized by International Health Service of Minnesota (IHS, ihsmn. org), serving villages around La Esperanza. “The towns where we work have no electricity. At night village people entertain us using battery-operated lights. We set up our clinics in classrooms, depending mostly on daylight. People are so grateful and the work is so rewarding.” During her trip last February, she says her “heart melted” when a family showed up at her medical brigade with their son, now able to eat and talk normally, a child she had taken years before for cleft palate surgery. Barbara first discovered the IHS brigade while serving in La Esperanza with the Peace Corps. “IHS provides only general medical help, not surgery, except for minor wound suturing and cyst removal.” Where the brigade travels, there are no phones or internet. “People are delighted to have visitors.

tics planned out. This includes a container shipment to send supplies, meds, radio gear, and any personal items of yours (if you want) ahead of time. We are a totally volunteer group but IHS does help cover many of the expenses. Our purpose is to go to the poor remote locations of Honduras where there are no medical or dental services for the local people. It would be a sad thing if a team did not go to a very needy village simply because we lack a person to complete a team.” To volunteer contact:, Phone: 320-634-4386, or email Barbara Joe at:

We sleep in tents and travel on recycled American yellow school buses from village to village.” She laughs, “Last year, one bus was labeled Alexandria, VA, School District.”

Capitol Hill Life

Between her trips to Honduras, Barbara works as a Spanish interpreter in the Washington area, mostly in hospitals, schools, and social service agencies. She is on the board of three non-profits and is writing another book about her Cuba and other Latin America experiences. What does she do to relax? “I hardly ever relax, although I consider interpreting work enjoyable.” The book she read most recently is a memoir, Two Years in West Africa in the Peace Corps, that she was reviewing for a website. At 74, Barbara is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Because of the tragic loss of her sons, she belongs to a support group for bereaved parents, The Compassionate Friends. She also attends masses presided over by priests from Catholic Univer-

sity held at the Dignity Center on 8th St. SE. Barbara has no car so her main form of exercise is walking. Her 100-year-old Capitol Hill townhouse is three stories so climbing stairs also keeps her in shape.

Donations Needed

Apart from her participation in the medical brigade, on her annual trips to Honduras Barbara also visits a residential school for

the blind, a rehabilitation center, and a local health center where she once worked as a Peace Corps volunteer. She would welcome donations of used canes, folding walkers, crutches, splints or braces for children or adults, eyeglasses, unexpired medications, and items for the blind such as folding white canes, Braille paper, slates and styluses, and Braille watches. Contact her at

How to Volunteer for the IHS Medical Brigade

“I serve as a medical assistant and interpreter and others have already volunteered to be general helpers for February 2013, but we really need basic medical folks first and foremost and, so far, almost no one has stepped forward,” says Barbara. Despite the name of the organization, it’s not limited to Minnesotans. Barbara has served before with people from Canada, Argentina, and Honduras, as well as other U.S. states. IHS is a non-profit organization with no paid staff, overhead, or office, only a website. Volunteers must not only donate their time, usually 10 days, but pay their own air fare and an additional amount for food incountry and supplies and medications for patients. IHS volunteers also need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags and be prepared to live for a few days in primitive conditions (the way local people live all the time). Barbara points out that although there has been recent publicity about the dangers in Honduras, the instability there applies only to cities and drug routes, not to the villages where the brigade serves, where she says, people are very friendly and grateful for the help. Pattie Cinelli, a fitness coach on the Hill, has been the health/fitness columnist for Hill Rag for more than 20 years. Please email her your story ideas or fitness questions to: H H 57


In Memory

Thom Burns

Born July 26th 1945 - Died Aug. 24th 2012


by Melissa Ashabranner

hom Burns was a true Capitol Hill aficionado. Arriving on the Hill in the mid-1970s, he began a 25-year career in real estate. A diminuative man and fastidious dresser, Burns was known for his trademark bow tie. Most mornings, Burns could be found having breakfast and chatting with Cindy at Jimmy T’s. In evenings, one might encounter him at Mr. Henry’s, his regular watering hole; or tooling about the Hill in his Jaguar. Friends remember Burns for his wry sense of humor infused with a Southern gentility, and his intelligent bon mots.

tional Security Agency (NSA). In the Navy, one of Burns’s roommates and good friends was Robert

Southern Born

Thom Burns was born on July 26, 1945. He grew up in Winston Salem, N.C.; the only child of Thomas J. Burns, Sr and Elizabeth Sain McDaniel Burns, both deceased. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1967; and received a Master’s degree in Sociology in 1970 from University of South Carolina. Burns was drafted towards the end of the Vietnam War in 1970. A five-year tour in the Navy brought him to the DC area to study Russian at the World Institute of Translation. Burns then served in the Navy as a Russian cryptologist in Misawa, Japan, and Guam. Upon his return to civilian life, he settled in DC, working as a research analyst for the Na58 H HillRag | October 2012

Thom Burns with Mr. Dulles. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Hughes. Hughes along with his wife, Ruth Ann Overbeck, lived on Capitol Hill. It was they who persuaded

Burns to move to the neighborhood after leaving the military. “While working for the NSA, I experienced what I now regard as a series of fortuitous events, although I did not recognize them as such at the time,” Thom said in a 2007 Hill Rag interview. “Ruth Ann told me that it looked like I was just going to have to stay here in DC. In July of 1977, I enrolled in the real estate licensing class and began as a realtor full time after Labor Day.”

Founding a Firm

In 1978 Burns met his future business partner, Bob Williams, then working for Rhea Radin Real Estate on 7th Street across from the Eastern Market. They became fast friends, and decided to work as a team. They opened up Burns & Williams Real Estate in 1984; and had many very successful years in the business. “It gave us a great deal of independence, to be able to run an office the way we saw fit,” said Burns in the aforementioned interview. Twelve years later, when the real estate market plummeted, the pair sold the company to Coldwell Banker. Selling the real estate firm was a difficult decision for Burns. However, he had been dealing with early onset diabetes since the age of 32. The stress of the business had begun to impact his health.

After the sale of his firm, Burns’s health declined. He eventually moved from the Hill to Thomas House downtown. Burns remained in touch with many freinds, including Dave Alter, Helen Fiori, Jim Scovern and Wayne Pritchard – all of whom spent much time with him in his last years. He often visited Bob Williams and Brenda Phillips at their beach house. “Patience and a certain amount of tenacity come with time in the business,” Burns once said. “It is a wonderful profession insofar as you meet many wonderful and fascinating people – politicians, scholars, ambassadors…The Hill has traveled a long way in a positive direction since 1977, and I think it is long overdue. It has become a very fashionable place to live. The popularity and desirability have increased. I think the local market will only go upwards.” He proved to be right.

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A Famous Love of Felines

Burns was known for his great love of his cats. His longtime companion was Lady Tallulah; and he is survived by Mr. Dulles. Dulles was found wandering aboard an airplane bound from Cairo to Dulles, loose in the cabin. A woman on the plane took him in. Her friend, knowing that Burns was grieving after the recent demise of Lady Tallulah, brought him to Burns attention. They were the perfect match. Mr. Dulles has since found a wonderful home in northern Virginia.

A Final Remembrance

”Thom enjoyed life and people and would not want any of us to be sad,” eulogized Bob Williams at Burns’s funeral service. ”Just think of him next time you hit a tennis ball, jump into the ocean, bite into a crab cake sandwich from Jerry’s Seafood, or have breakfast at Jimmy T’s. Or maybe just wear a bow tie every July 26th in his honor.” On Sept. 11, 2012, Burns was buried in Winston Salem next to his parents. H

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by Elise Bernard

s October begins, I’m still reeling from sensory delights of the H Street Festival. But before I know it, it will be Halloween season. Halloween season is big on H Street NE. We are well known for outdoor performances of Thriller, and some great parties.

H Street Festival 2012 Draws Record Crowd

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society delighted festival goes of all ages

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This year’s H Street Festival was bigger and better than ever before. Many restaurants had outdoor beer gardens where they served a wide variety of food and drink. The early numbers place attendance at between 65-75,000. There is talk of expanding next year’s festival past 8th Street NE in order to better accommodate the crowds. The District has traditionally opposed such a move because it considers 8th Street NE to be a major artery. The crowds for this year’s festival were as diverse as its offerings. People came from across the region, and there was something for attendees of all ages. Even the dogs got in on the action with a doggie beach from Metro Mutts, 508 H Street NE), and Spot on Training. Perennial favorite the Baltimore Rock Opera Society was on hand to make sure all festival visitors had a good chance to rock out with the heavily costumed group. As in the past, the group based their operations around their art car, a heavily tricked out 1988 Saab 900, that they refer to as the BROthership. Other art cars, some of which traveled some serious miles to attend the Festival, were scattered about the 1300 block of H Street NE. The art cars come

every year courtesy of our friends over at Gallery O/H (http://galleryoonh. com, 1354 H Street NE). This year the gallery was also kind enough to give a little love to their neighbors to the north, and allowed several artists from Trinidad’s Art in the Alley ( to show their work inside the gallery during the festival. Tacos Impala staged a hugely popular return for the festival. They parked their booth outside 1358 H Street NE, where they will open Impala Catina y Taqueria in the coming months. Apparently the crowds either remembered the flavors of their much discussed pop-up, or had simply heard the buzz, because the line stretched clear across the street. Parents of entrepreneur Troy Hickman reportedly made the trek up all the way from Tulsa, Oklahoma to help serve food for the event.


Biergarten Haus (1355 H Street NE) is teaming up with City Dogs Rescue ( Tuesday October 17th from 7-9pm to raise funds for the non-profit. Tickets are $25 in advance (, and $30 at the door. That gets you unlimited half-liters of select draught beers. The event also features a cash raffle. Costumes are encouraged. Though the event raises money for your four legged friends, they will need to stay at home for this event.

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Joy of Motion (1333 H Street NE) will once again be giving dance lessons for an outdoor production of Thriller in the AutoZone parking lot on Friday October 26th. In addition, the Washington Savoyards ( will have several performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, including two on Halloween night. I’m sure that, as in years past, several bars will get into the act as well. Red Palace (, 1212 H Street NE) has a spooktacular burlesque event planned for October 26th. I have also heard rumors of scary movies being shown at multiple local restaurants.

in a laid back atmosphere. They managed to largely fly under the radar until the H Street Festival, when they welcomed curious visitors with a short menu of appetizers. Offerings at the festival ranged from steak and cheese spring rolls, to crispy shishito peppers with lemon salt, to edamame hummus, to jerked skewered quail, to pickled shrimp. I was lucky enough to sample each dish, and I was very impressed. The clear standouts to me were the quail and the pickled shrimp. If these tastes were typical of the whole menu, I imagine that Newsom will quickly become a favorite along the H Street Corridor.

Trinidad’s Art in the Alley Returns October 27th

Diva’s World Launches on H Street NE

Trinidad’s own twice annual arts event returns for its third iteration Saturday October 27th. The event began small in the fall of 2011, but has grown larger each time. Art in the Alley is a chance for local artists, both amateur, and professional, to display their work in a casual outdoor setting. Anyone can submit work, and it can run the gamut from spoken word, to musical stylings, to photography, to painting, and beyond. More information can be found at

Newsom Heading to H Street Corridor

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Diva’s World (1244 H Street NE) recently began offering vintage clothing and accessories on H Street. The store sells a wide variety of women’s clothing items, and also accepts items on a consignment basis.

Le Grenier Launches Brunch

The newly opened French restaurant Le Grenier (502 H Street NE) began brunch service (both Saturdays and Sundays) in late September. Brunch items run about $15 and include the standard eggs benedict, and well as multiple French offerings. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog http://frozentropics.blogspot. com. You can send me tips, or questions at H H 61


Happening at Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill by Sharon Bosworth


long time resident of the Barracks Row neighborhood, Joe Snyder is a watercolor artist, gifted at capturing the quirky, colorful architecture around us. He’s a regular vendor at Eastern Market. On September 22, 2012, Joe participated in the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill and stopped us afterwards to report on the day. “First it seemed like a normal street fair– then I realized I was having a really great sales day – and then it dawned on me that I had not sold a thing to anyone from this area -- everything I sold was to people who live in Northwest. For me that’s a first!” Barracks Row Fall Festival 2012 was a first in many ways. Our neighborhood is shifting from being an undiscovered treasure hidden deep in the shadow of the US Capitol to becoming a well

regarded metro area destination with its own identity. The 2012 Fall Festival further reflected our emerging sense of place by attracting a new festival partner/ sponsor, the DC State Fair. Just days before the festival, DC State Fair’s press release went viral. It seemed everyone in town wanted to view the winning entry for the best new bike accessory contest (a green child seat) as well as witness the judging of the funkiest vegetable grown in DC. That turned out to be Thurgood Marshall High School’s Thai pumpkin. And no one could miss the moment when the best fruit pie in DC was revealed: Emily Dalphy’s Fig and Grape Pie with Cognac and Orange.

Circus Acts - Fire House Olive Oil – Balloon Crowns

Trapeze School New York changed things up, too. This year they brought 62 H HillRag | October 2012

in not only aerialists on “silks” but a complete circus trapeze apparatus and performers. By afternoon the fully costumed troupe was performing one trapeze routine after another as the hushed crowd marveled. Even with the colorful history of 8th Street, SE, there probably has never been a show quite like it in front of Senart’s Oyster and Chop House. This year families with children, National’s fans, foodies, couples on day dates, attendees at the book fair on the Mall and anyone who was checking Twitter figured out by mid afternoon that something unusual was going on here and got themselves to 8th Street, SE, for a visit. Many were immediately met by a donkey on a leash. The famous Barracks Row Petting Zoo had stepped out – no political statement intended. Kids discovered Chesty, the fierce looking Marine Corps mascot, who loves to be petted. After the pumpkin seed spitting contest, Sidney, the Playseum’s (545 8th Street, SE) wizard-on-stilts spent the afternoon creating balloon crowns that dreams are made of. Free tastings on the midway ranged from Scratch DC’s samplings of home

delivered organic meals to Sapore’s booth where owner Renee Farr served a newly created Fire House dipping oil in honor of 8th Street, SE’s, finest, Engine 18(the store is the olive oil emporium at 605 Pennsylvania Ave, SE). Spring Mill Bakery sampled breads, cookies and cakes to appreciative new customers at its booth right in front of their bakery at 701 8th Street, SE.

Barracks Row Volunteers – The Secret Sauce

The United States Marine Corps has had its home here at 8th and I Streets, SE, since 1801, before Bar-

racks Row, the corridor, existed. At Fall Festival 2012, Marine Barracks Washington sent in twelve Marines attired in regulation uniforms representing different conflicts from the long history of the Marine Corps. At the festival Marines stepped out of recent and past wars including the Korean War, World War II, World

War I, the Civil War, War of 1812 and the Revolutionary War to visit with fair goers. At the stage, Batala, an African-Caribbean female drumming group, performed to a crowd ten deep. Then Big Sky, a 40’s era swing band delivered the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey as dancers filled the intersection of 8th and G Streets, SE. Blue-blazered college boys, the Georgetown Chimes, harmonized classic oldies barbershop style. Emcees for the day, Beth Fluto and Alex Espinosa kept things moving announcing acts and contest winners as Barracks Row volunteers on the midway sent tweets and texts of breaking news back to center stage. Unseen by fair goers, Barracks Row Main Street volunteers are the secret sauce behind Fall Festival!

The Pentagon Won!

For many years The Military Chef ’s Alliance has been a sponsor of our festival, hosting a black box cook-off on the midway. This year the trophy for the Best Chefs in the US military was claimed by the Pentagon chef team. Both General Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Redskins Cheerleaders were there to congratulate the winning team. At next year’s Fall Festival the Military Chefs Cook Off is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an appearance by Emeril and a parachute jump into Marine Barracks Washington. Along with the DC State Fair and the Military Chef ’s Alliance Fall Festival sponsors include CSX which linked up this year with the Capitol Hill Garden Club for bulb planting. At the CSX booth kids and adults planted bulbs into large cups of nutrient rich soil. Those cups of bulbs will be planted in

Barracks Row tree boxes later in the fall to beautify our street this spring.

Shout Out For Our Men in Blue

The Capitol Hill BID and the Capitol Riverfront BID were also both event sponsors along with National Capital Bank, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America and the Department of Small and Local Business Development. The Fall Festival foot print falls entirely within the Capitol Hill BID. Special thanks go to our “men in blue” from the Capitol Hill BID for returning the festival midway back into a sparkling urban corridor in record time. From the earliest fall festival in 2002 until today we have partnered with United States Marine Corps. As true believers in this neighborhood they preceded us by centuries. We thank General and Mrs. Amos and Colonel Christian Cabaniss, commander of Marine Barracks Washington, for hosting tours of the Home of the Commandants and Marines Barracks Washington during the festival. And, as ever, we extend our heartfelt thanks and admiration to the Marine Corps volunteers who every year perform the true miracle of set up and tear down. Next year’s Fall Festival is September 28, 2013. Mark your calendars and see you then! H H 63



SOUTH by William Rich

Sky House I, located next door to Town Center, is a little less than a year away from completion. Photo: William Rich

The Densification of Waterfront Metro

Over the next several years, the immediate area surrounding the Waterfront Metro will see an influx of development, mainly in the form of multifamily housing. Already, crews are working on Sky House at Waterfront Station – the conversion of two former office buildings that once housed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to more than 500 apartment units. Eventually, two more residential buildings will be constructed along 4th Street, SW, which will bring an additional 700 units to Waterfront Station. To the 64 H HillRag | October 2012

west, a Planned Unit Development (PUD) was approved several years ago for two new buildings with approximately 300 units on the parking lots of The Vue at Waterfront apartment complex; however, the original developer went bankrupt and the property is now owned by a different company. Now, plans are moving forward on the other side of Waterfront Station to bring more housing to the area. A new three-building infill residential development just to the east of Sky House I is planned at Town Center. The Bernstein Companies is moving forward with plans to build

on their parking lots that currently serve Waterfront Tower condos and 1001 @ Waterfront apartments, which were designed by famed architect I.M. Pei. According to the Zoning application that was submitted in August, there will be two new 11-story buildings flanking both M Street, SW and K Street, SW and a 4-story building between the two existing towers on 3rd Street, SW. In addition, 1001 @ Waterfront will be renovated. Maurice Walters Architect, PC has designed the new buildings. After the renovation, 1001 @ Waterfront will remain as apartments. Once completed, the pro-

posed development at Town Center will yield 401 new multifamily units with a mix of studio, 1BR, and 2BR units, 128 renovated apartment units, 289 below-grade parking spaces, approximately 32 surface parking spaces, and 2,940 square feet of retail on M Street, SW and K Street, SW. In addition, 20% of the housing will be set aside as affordable (5% to households making 50% or less than Area Median Income, 5% to households earning 60% or less than Area Median Income, 5% to households making 70% or less than Area Median Income, and 5% to households earning 80% or less than Area Median Income). Here is part of the description of the new buildings from the PUD application: The new North and South Towers will include a two-story high base that will be enclosed but will feature large expanses of glazing that relate to the open ground floor of the Pei Towers. The main massing of the new towers will rise to a height of 90 feet (9 stories), which is approximately the same height as the Pei Towers. The remaining two stories of the building will taper with setbacks and terraces to a height of 110 feet (11 stories). The new North and South Towers will replace existing surface parking lots, creating a more pedestrian friendly experience on both M Street, SW and K Street, SW. The new fourstory Center Building will replace an existing brick wall along 3rd Street, adding new stoops and entry doors to 3rd Street. These doors and entries from 3rd Street, along with large expanses of fenestration above on the building, will help to activate 3rd Street. All of the parking and loading will be accessed from an alley to the west of the site off of K Street, SW

Photo by Judith May

“It’s important to join Capitol Hill Village now, so that it’s there when we need it.” - Jon G., member The parking lots facing M Street, SW and K Street, SW to the east of Waterfront Station will soon be replaced with multifamily buildings. Rendering: Maurice Walters Architect, PC

and a circular drive on M Street, SW that is being created in conjunction with the development of Waterfront Station, with only one curb cut on K Street, SW. The other curb cuts that currently exist on the site (including M Street, SW) will be removed. Attitudes about parking have changed somewhat in the city over the past few years, but that change has been slower in Southwest, which is more carcentric in nature than downtown or Dupont Circle. The proposed parking ratio of approximately 0.5 spaces per unit at Town Center is half of what was approved for the infill development on the west side of Waterfront Station back in 2007 where one parking space was allotted per unit. Other recent PUDs have also reduced the number of parking, including The Wharf and St. Matthew’s on Delaware Avenue, SW and M Street, SW. Town Center will aim for LEED-Silver and will have environmental enhancements such as green roofs, underground cisterns for collecting storm water runoff, and energy efficient lighting. Some of the public benefits included in the PUD application include a capital contribution to the SW Library, restoration of the north Pei building, tree planting on both sides of 3rd Street, SW, and creation of angled parking on 3rd Street, SW. There is no construction timetable yet for the Town Center project and each building will be done separately, not concurrently. If the consolidated PUD application is

approved, it will be valid for two years, but the developers can apply for an extension if building permits have not been secured within the two-year window. Once all of these buildings are complete, the area bounded by 3rd St, SW, K St., SW, 6th St, SW, and M Street SW will have over 2,400 residential units with more than 3,700 residents, a significant increase in population for the neighborhood which will bring both positive and potentially negative impacts. There is a concern about an increase in vehicular traffic. A transportation study is currently underway by the District Department of Transportation and their consultants for the M Street SE/ SW corridor, which carries tens of thousands of vehicles daily. Although there will be an increase in vehicular traffic, the increase in foot traffic will help attract more retailers to Waterfront Station, which has found some difficulty signing leases for the remaining vacant spaces. An increase in foot traffic can also help with reducing crime, since the area will be less desolate and there will be more “eyes on the street” from the new housing units, as theorized by Jane Jacobs in her groundbreaking book The Rise and Fall of Great American Cities. Either way, the increase in building density and population will forever change the look and feel of the neighborhood. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest…The Little Quadrant that Could ( H


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Capitol Riverfront BID Approved for 5-Year Renewal Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary


usiness Improvement Districts (BIDs) have been in operation in the District since 1997 and eight BIDs are currently fully functional with a ninth BID approved for operations in the historic Anacostia commercial district. The Capitol Riverfront BID was approved by the Executive Office of the Mayor and the DC Council in the summer of 2007, so we have just celebrated our fiveyear anniversary and the approval of our application to be renewed for another five years of operations. It is hard to believe that we are embarking on another five years of management activities and strategic planning initiatives here in the Capitol Riverfront. I want to thank our BID Board of Directors for their vision and confidence in the idea of establishing a BID for the neighborhood. I also want to thank my dedicated team who have helped grow the organization and its operations with me – they are talented professionals who are committed to our vision of a high density, mixed-use, transit oriented community on the Anacostia River…a new city within the city. But I really want to take a moment and publically thank our Clean & Safe Team members who began operations in the neighborhood in late September of 2007. For five years these “Men in Blue” have been out in the public realm six days a week keeping our streets, sidewalks and parks clean, free of trash and debris, and safe. Our BID Clean & Safe Team Operations Manager, Leon Johnson, has done an outstanding job of building a team that has very much improved the cleanliness, look and feel, and safety of our public realm. Most residents and businesses of Capitol Hill are familiar with these teams and what they can accomplish through the example set by my colleagues at the Capitol Hill BID. However, I would like to 66 H HillRag | October 2012

by Michael Stevens, AICP

reiterate the tasks our team members undertake in their day-to-day activities: • Trash and debris pick-up in the public realm, including emptying and re-bagging of trash cans throughout the BID, • Cutting of grass in the parkways and edges of vacant lots from April through October, • Planting of flowering bulbs in tree boxes and planter beds, • Raking/bagging leaves and snow removal from sidewalks and intersection crosswalks, • Greeting people and answering questions at both Metro entrances, • Assisting residents, visitors and employees with a variety of tasks –recovering lost items, giving directions, changing tires, answering questions about the neighborhood, and more, • Power washing sidewalks for stain and gum removal and removing hand bills and graffiti, • Cleaning up illegal dumping in some of the more remote areas of our BID, • Cataloguing and submitting problems in the public realm to the Mayor’s Hot Line or the DDOT service request line. Our Clean & Safe Teams have made enormous progress in establishing a baseline of Clean & Safe in the

Capitol Riverfront and this success has been confirmed through our BID’s annual public perceptions survey. Our first survey in 2007 asked a variety of questions regarding the quality of the public realm and the results were a realistic assessment of those conditions. • Do you consider the Capitol Riverfront clean or very clean – 6% replied yes. • Do you consider the Capitol Riverfront safe or very safe – 6.1% replied yes. What a difference five years of Clean & Safe operations have made in the reality and perceptions of the neighborhood! Our 2011 survey indicated that 91.2% of all respondents felt that the neighborhood was clean or very clean, and 76% of all respondents felt that the neighborhood was safe or very safe. While we still have work to do, these most recent survey results confirm the hard work that our Clean & Safe Teams do throughout the BID. Our team also has a partnership with the District’s Department of Employment Services whereby we utilize participants in their “First Offender Program”. We work with these gentlemen for 6-week periods to provide job training and they leverage our resources in the busiest months. Over the 5 years we have hired 13 of these men and three have won the employee

of the year award given at our Annual Meeting and General Membership Luncheon. We have also expanded the role of our Clean & Safe Team when we agreed to provide maintenance services and operational oversight of Yards Park. For the past two years, two Clean Team Members have been assigned to Yards Park to provide the same “public realm” services and ensure that it remains a high quality and enjoyable public park and community gathering space. So what is on the agenda for the next five years of our operations? Clean & Safe Programs – we will expand our coverage to include Sundays, with longer hours on weekdays and Saturday. We will also increase coverage in certain activity centers as they are fully developed and functioning. • Transportation & Access – we will continue to advocate for the street car line being implemented on M Street, SE/SW with access points north to Union Station and downtown, while advocating for funding and construction of the South Capitol Street bridge, memorial ellipse, and the urban boulevard. • Public Realm – we have hired a firm to prepare an Urban Design Framework Plan for our neighborhood that will make recommendations on connections, a hierarchy of streets, gateways and underpass treatments, connections to the river, opportunity sites, community amenities, and streetscape and landscape systems. We will also work with the Canal Park Development Association for a successful opening of Canal Park and its ongoing operations, maintenance and programming. • Economic Development – we will continue to market and promote

the Capitol Riverfront as an investment opportunity and the smart location for office tenants, retail stores and restaurants, and residents. • Marketing & PR – we will continue to position and brand the Capitol Riverfront and its opportunities in the regional market so that the region will understand where we are, what we are, and what our vision will be at build-out. • Community Building – we will continue to promote our riverfront and world class parks as places for special events and community building for individuals and families from across the region, as well as an opportunity for recreation on the river. • Infrastructure – we will continue to monitor future and ongoing infrastructure projects such as the CSX VA Avenue Tunnel Project and the DC Water Long Term Control Plan for their impacts upon our neighborhood and the adjacent neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and the SW Waterfront. We at the Capitol Riverfront BID hope you have enjoyed seeing our neighborhood evolve and grow over the past five years. The next 5-years will be pivotal for our neighborhood with the opening of Canal Park in November of 2012, 10 new restaurants opening over the next 1214 months, the opening of the new Harris Teeter grocery store and a 30,000 SF health club in the 1st quarter of 2014, and the construction of an additional 1,000+ units of housing. Once again, many thanks to my board of directors, our Clean & Safe Team members, my talented BID staff, and all of our property owners and stakeholders for supporting our journey over the past five years. And thanks to the District Government for approving our 5-Year Reauthorization and Business Plan, we look forward to collaborating with numerous agencies over the next 5 years as we implement the vision and grow the neighborhood. H H 67


Half a Century of the Dream

Capitol Hill Residents Plan Commemoration of 1963 March on Washington


by Claire Brindley

ust as they gathered 50 years ago to join ing the spirit of remembrance further, into the the March on Washington for Jobs and March’s 50th anniversary in 2013. Freedom, Capitol Hill neighbors are again The memories brought back to life at the Hill coming together for a day commemorating the Center gathering were electrifying – stories of marchers and their stories. On August 28, 1963, standing close to Dr. King at the Lincoln MeWashington and the nation converged to hear morial as he delivered his hymn-like, eloquent the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. address speech, watching well-dressed marchers set out an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 marchers with his “I Have a Dream” speech. Now the voices of memory and personal experience will converge to bring impressions, emotions, and implications of that day to a wider audience. Hill residents are organizing a multifaceted remembrance of the event, to be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013. “Were You There? Remembering the 1963 March on Washington,” presented during Black History Month, aims to preserve and share the history of the March and involve younger generations in Dr. King’s monumental voice. Capitol Hill Village and The Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project are co-sponsoring the comA view of the March on Washington (photo archive). memoration, which will include a keynote speaker, moderated panel discussion, and student for the protest in heels and gloves in the Auspeech contest. gust heat, manning a lemonade stand for thirsty marchers, feeling a collective optimism beaming among the masses of peaceful protestors. But Passing on the Dream The discussion started earlier this year at the Capitol Hill also remembered the reality of 1960s Hill Center, where Hill residents shared their Washington—being warned not to go into work memories of August 28, 1963. Those present re- that day for fear of violence, and standing on the membered a day defined both by the simmering Mall as white police aired racist sentiments. Even late summer heat and a pervasive sense of hope. if you were nowhere near existence in 1963, the The memory session sparked interest in carry- memories of the March on Washington still seep into everyday life in America, 50 years on. 68 H HillRag | October 2012

“Always March Ahead”

So how can you be a part of the dream? The February 2013 event offers myriad ways to keep the story going. To that end, neighborhood students will be invited to write an updated version of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The winners will present their speeches at the event, counterpointing the personal experiences of those present in 1963. To archive these individual stories from the March, the Overbeck Project is dedicating a new section of its website to their preservation. If you have a story about that day in August 50 years ago, or wish to keep alive the story of someone who was there, keep checking for the new link to be announced. The organizers would also like to hear from teachers or principals who would like their students to participate in the “I Have a Dream contest.” “Were You There?” has been a volunteer-led effort from the start and is recruiting more to work on two committees—one to select the panel of speakers, and one to manage the student speech competition. The stories of August 28, 1963 need to be heard and discussed anew, furthering the dream that carried the nation through half a century of both confusion and uplift. To share your story, participate in the “I Have a Dream” contest, or volunteer for the “Were You There” event on February 23, 2013, contact Pat Brocket by e-mail: pbrockett@, or by phone: (202) 546-0598 H H 69


@ Your Service


by Heather Schoell

eople, my friends. People make the places. Each one of this month’s @ Your Service featured businesses has one person at the helm.

Eddie Construction Ilir “Eddie” Rexhepi (202) 247-0104

There are many construction workers, but how many of them do you know who are invited to keep the keys? That is what happens with Eddie Rexhepi – with 95% of his work on the Hill (the other 5% are customers who moved from the Hill), and much of it repeat business, he has a lot of keys. (Don’t worry – they are coded for security.) He attributes the loyalty of his customers to the quality of his work, as well as how he and his team are respectful of the home – he has a cleaning crew in when he’s done. When he’s not working, Eddie is spending time with his wife and 3 boys, ages 5, 3, and 2. Hill Rag readers, take 15% off of any job until Dec. 1. Seniors are always 15% off with Eddie Construction.

Moonlight Interiors Ebonee Bachman, ASID (202) 617-6209

Ebonee Bachman, the lovely, soft-spoken and polished interior designer, spends one weekend a month as Sergeant Bachman with the Army Reserve in an airborne division. She’s got airborne training coming up (learning how to jump from planes), she’s working on a master’s degree, and practicing for the NCIDQ exam (design certification). As she says, if her right brain is in charge of her creative design, her left brain is in charge of time management! Ebonee describes her own style as eclectic, but her clients’ taste is reflected as she gets to know them, “internalizing” them when she’s considering their needs and shopping for their spaces. Look for Ebonee winding down in her favorite H St. haunts, like the Queen Vic, Argonaut, Pug and Liberty Tree. Talk to her about a complimentary consultation, and Moonlight Interiors always offers a military discount!

Cole Stevens Salon Diane Cole Stevens 1210 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (202) 547-4444

Diane Cole Stevens of Cole Stevens Salon is busy – she has a thriving 30-employee salon in Greenbelt, is in her 3rd year of leading the hairstyle team for Korto Momolu (Project Runway Season 5 runner-up) 70 H HillRag | October 2012

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at NY Fashion Week, and is a cut and color methodology expert for Nioxin (meaning she and her team are experts in maximizing the appearance of thinning and curly hair). As if this wasn’t enough, Diane founded The Cinderella Foundation 10 years ago, and works with her sister to bring change to girls’ lives through mentoring and exposure to such things as piano lessons, etiquette training, and personal grooming, and provides scholarships (their first two protégés are now at Howard and King’s College). What you should expect from Cole Stevens is, according to Diane, appreciation for who you are as a woman, and an active-listening consultation on how to get your hair where you want it to be. (Did you see them in the Sept. Washingtonian?) Stop in for treats and samples on Oct. 7, 11am to 4pm – you are invited to Cole Stevens’ grand opening celebration of the DC location!

The Knitting Loft Cheryl Steplight 1227 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (202) 544-0702

You know that fantasy where you quit your job to what you love for a living? Cheryl Steplight is living the dream. Cheryl, a Hillcrest resident, graduated from Georgetown Law and was a trademark lawyer, but quit to homeschool her three Diane Cole Stevens – the standout lady with the distinctive door.

kids. She put her daughter in a knitting class, fell in love with it herself, and here she is today, perched on a seat in her knitting store perpetuating the craft. She seeks to both serve the need for the local fiber arts community, but also to bring people together. That’s why Cheryl hosts a FREE Stich Night every Wed. from 5-8pm for all skill levels. She’s got all you need to create your product, including Japanese hand-dyed Noro yarn, and for the garment workshop (Oct. 6, 1-4pm) she has alpaca yarn for a cozy quick-knit shrug. Check out her website for a list of classes and events – including classes for kids and guys – at The Knitting Loft!

Knit yourself silly with Cheryl Steplight at the Knitting Loft!

F&C Home Improvement Francisco Correa (202) 492-9513

Francisco Correa of F&C – it’s all about the details.

Francisco Correa considers himself a “details guy” – he loves to figure out the measurements and layout of a newly designed kitchen or bath, or installation of a pocket door – the kinds of things that require precision. Francisco is also flexible when it comes to reworking plans and making payments, citing his understanding for homeowners who have been burned by unscrupulous construction companies. He’s a DC resident, bonded, and gets most of his work by referral, including a couple of top local real estate agents on the Hill. The biggest project he’s done is a $189,000 Kosher kitchen installation for a fancy couple of guys in NW – they called him back for the powder room. F&C invites readers to take 18% off jobs over $500 through 2012. H H 71

Real Estate New Jersey Avenue

The Tumultuous Life of a Capitol Hill Road


hen the federal government moved to its new city in 1800, little was ready for the incoming politicians. In spite of the care Peter L’Enfant had taken in drawing up its map, the reality looked more like a random accretion of buildings scattered willy-nilly across the landscape. Except for one road: New Jersey Avenue, in particular the stretch from the Capitol down to the Eastern Branch, as the Anacostia River was called at the time. Here, a group of investors led by Thomas Law had built numerous houses, homes for the new workers of the city. Further down the road, where it joined the river, there was a wharf, and even a sugar refinery, signaling the industrial future of the nation’s capital. New Jersey Avenue was, in short, the harbinger of great things to come for this new city. Today, this stretch of New Jersey Avenue is one of the least attractive and coherent streets in all of southeast DC. Although it starts off fine, flanked by two imposing House office buildings, it soon degenerates into a series of industrial sites with only a few new projects that give hope that the blighted landscape will, once again, be appropriate for a site with a view of the Capitol. So, what happened? How did this important avenue turn into this? It all started with the L’Enfant plan. Scattered about his map are open areas – reservations, he called them – that were to be kept by the government for their own use, whether for a mile marker, or a statue to George Washington, or for a series of five fountains.

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The last were to be installed in the land referred to as Reservation 17, an area bisected by New Jersey Avenue about halfway between the Capitol and the Eastern Branch. Needless to say, these fountains, along with many other of L’Enfant’s flights of fancy, were never built. Instead, the ground remained unused, and eventually, part of it was snipped off to allow trains to pass through DC. The train line went along the southern border of the park, severing its connection to the Anacostia. Some attempt was made to rebuild New Jersey Avenue: In the early 1880s, the roadway was properly paved all the way through the park. A few years later, however, this work was deemed inappropriate, and the stones were again removed. In the following years, the two halves of New Jersey Avenue developed quite differently. While the northern end was filled with mod-

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Removal of trash transfer station. In background the Capitol Hill Tower.

ern brick houses, the southern end, clearly on the wrong side of the tracks, contained a motley collection of wood-frame houses. As the 19th Century became the 20th, further blows fell. The train line was now a large marshaling yard. The southern end ran into the new sewer pumping station, that, while an attractive building, cut off any connection to the river. At the same time, New Jersey Avenue was truncated, with its end now being M Street. A garbage transfer station had been built just a few blocks south of Reservation 17 by the Washington Fertilizer Company, who owned the contract to remove all garbage, and deceased animals, from the District. The only positive move that had been done was to turn the reservation into a park. It was named for James Garfield, who had been assassinated in 1881. But then, in a final indignity, the section of Garfield Park west of New

Jersey Avenue was snipped off in order to build a power plant for the Capitol. Around this time, New Jersey Avenue was reconnected, with a bridge crossing the railway tracks, but by then, the damage had been done. The two pieces of the road continued to develop in remarkably different ways, and even as the northern end found itself more and more subsumed by the Capitol and its office buildings – and allied parking lots – the southern end turned into a series of semi-industrial vistas. The final blow came in the 60s, when the southeast freeway was built. While it crossed over the Avenue on an elevated roadway, it finally and irrevocably severed the two pieces of the avenue,


In spite of the bleak landscape presented by the southern portion of the avenue, one thing could not be denied: Its proximity to the Capitol. As real estate prices on the Hill rose, so did the value of land south of the freeway. Especially enticing to the developers was the fact that the land here was available in large chunks, appropriate for the building of condos. Numerous projects have already been completed, and more are in the pipeline, including one on land where the remains of the trash transfer station are being removed prior to the building of a 335-unit apartment complex. At the southern end, which still dead-ends into the sewer pumping station, the roadway has been extended past M Street again, and there fronts the new Department of Transportation building. With the rebirth of this area, anchored by the stadium and the Navy Yard projects, this section of New Jersey Avenue will be just as vibrant as the area near the Capitol. Most important to the rebirth was the Navy Yard metro stop, which for the past 20 years has ensured that those living in area have a connection with the rest of the city, a connection as important as the one this road once had to the Capitol. H

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Changing Hands

Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. 4719 7TH ST NE 144 WEBSTER ST NE 2711 NORTH CAPITOL ST NE 724 TAYLOR ST NE 5050 6TH PL NE 3308 18TH ST NE 219 HAWAII AVE NE 3119 18 ST NE 204 ADAMS ST NE 2333 3RD ST NE 1507 MONROE ST NE 1930 SHEPHERD ST NE 3508 18TH ST NE 2809 NORTH CAPITOL ST NE 2319 NORTH CAPITOL ST NE 3220 15TH ST NE 2525 NORTH CAPITOL ST NE

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One Night, Three Restaurants, and an Unbelievable Piece of Pie by Jonathan Bardzik, photos Andrew Lightman


Street’s proud rebirth as the epicenter of DC’s hipster culture has been borne on the backs of pub fare establishments like Granville Moore’s, Argonaut and BIergarten House. While the cuisine has grown more diverse, Asian on H calls to mind cashiers behind bulletproof glass and lo mein fried up alongside cheesesteaks. However, a year after Eric Bruner-Yang’s successful opening of Toki Underground, just half a block up from Sticky Rice, it seemed time for a second look. My husband, Jason, and I picked out our most ironic, graphic tees and mapped a route from Sticky Rice to Toki Underground, ending at Pho Bar and Grill. Japanese sushi, Taiwanese ramen and Vietnamese bánh mì aside, our quest for the evening was a great dumpling, my Asian first love.

Happy Hour: Sticky Rice

Joined by two friends, we arrived at Sticky Rice on a Wednesday night to kick off happy hour with a couple of cans of Tsing-Tao -- China’s answer to Natty light -- and a bucket of Sticky Rice’s reputation-building tater tots with “secret dipping sauce” (which tastes a whole lot like Sriracha and mayo. Just sayin’...). At the recommendation of our bartender,

The Godzirra roll paired crispy shrimp, creamy avocado, crisp cucumbers and salty tobiko. 86 H HillRag | October 2012

we paired a Godzirra roll (“can they say that?” we whispered.) with Sticky Balls (“could we order that with a straight face?”). We also ordered the steamed chicken dumplings. Everything was great. While straying from several hundred years of Japanese tradition, for American-palate friendly, Asian bar food, it was perfect. The Godzirra roll paired crispy shrimp, creamy avocado, crisp cucumbers and salty tobiko. The Sticky Balls were fried morsels of crab, shrimp and rice goodness with a wasabi dipping sauce. The fish surprised us with its freshness, firm textured and clean flavored. The tater tots were everything you loved about school lunch and more. The dumplings fared worse. They tasted handmade by someone’s Chinese grandmother in the frozen-bagof-dumplings factory. Questioning whether their fish could hold up under a brighter light, I returned for lunch and ordered sashimi, which did not disappoint, along with a figure-friendly side of tater tots. I mean, after all, I was already there.

Reservations: Toki Underground visit #1

Our next stop was half a block away at Toki Un-

I coughed at the first sip of the Toki Monster, bourbon, Scotch and honey pepper liqueur,pepper liqueur; but with one bite of the crispy, salty porkbelly it went down smooth and easy.

The banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich built in a baguette, acquired from the countrys French colonial day.

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202-543-5906 • 500 8th Street, SE Lured by nothing more than a large bowl of the broth, we orded the Kimchi Ramen. Deep, rich and complex, we wondered how they got so much perfectly balanced flavor in that bowl. The pork belly was, again, divine.

derground. Underground, we assume, referred to the lack of a sign on the door, which we passed right by before turning around, iPhones in hand, tracking each step on the pre-iOS6 Google maps app. Discovering the restaurant above The Pug, we learned the wait for a table, at 7:30, was over an hour. Undeterred, we gave them our name and cell phone number and headed two blocks to Pho Bar and Grill for a bowl of steaming soup.

Soup and sandwich: Pho Bar and Grill

At first glance, Pho lacked the hipster charm and irreverent menu of Sticky Rice. Agreeing we had arrived in a Vietnamese Chipotle, we ordered a bowl of steak pho, a grilled pork bánh mì, and a plate of steamed dumplings. The bánh mì, a Vietnamese sandwich built in a baguette, acquired from the country’s French colonial days, arrived first. It was rich with pâté, and the cucumbers and cilantro were fresh and crisp. This, we agreed, was quite possibly the perfect late-night, stumbling home from Rock and Roll Hotel, prehangover food. The pho, Vietnamese noodle soup, served with meat, and fresh chiles, Thai basil and crisp bean sprouts, arrived next, seriously in need of Sriracha and salt. Third were the dumplings. They met our low expectations. Returning to the restaurant’s Vietnamese namesake specialty, we got a pleasant surprise. Allowed to rest, the flavors of the Pho had developed, delivering satisfying complexity and depth. It’s no food truck pho-piphany, but it will certainly scratch your pho itch when it arises.

Soup and pork belly: Toki Underground

Beckoned by a text message we returned to Toki. Upstairs we were treated to bar seating, which is the only option in the restaurant. We started with drinks.

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Sam ordered the Jaded cocktail. Calloused by contrived cocktails, my expectations were not high, but I was pleasantly surprised by the light, clear taste of Sapphire gin, lemon juice and a complex cucumber foam. Helpless to resist a beverage garnished with pork belly, I ordered the Toki Monster. I coughed at the first sip of bourbon, Scotch and honey pepper liqueur, but with one bite of the crispy, salty pork belly it went down smooth and easy. Getting full, we ordered a bowl of the Kimchi Ramen with pork belly, sides of pickled cucumbers and two kinds of dumplings, pork and seafood. Without a doubt, the Taiwanese soup was the best thing we ate all night. We all agreed that we would return lured by nothing more than a large bowl of the broth. Deep, rich and complex, we wondered how they got so much perfectly balanced flavor in that bowl. The pork belly was, again, divine. The cucumbers were cold and lightly acidic (“aren’t pickled cucumbers just pickles?” Jason asked) and a perfect balance to the rich ramen. We watched the kitchen individually fold our dumplings, a recipe inspired by those Chef Yang’s mother and grandmother would hand shape when he was a boy. They were okay, certainly the best of the night, but while I’m hoping Jason will turn his back right now so I can grab the AmEx and head out for another bowl of that ramen, I wouldn’t go back for the dumplings alone.

Dessert: Dangerously Delicious Pies

Stuffed, and at the end of our Asian on H restaurant crawl, Sam mentioned seeing a pie shop on the other side of the street. Needing no additional food, we loosened up our belts a notch and headed to Dangerously Delicious Pies. I ordered a slice of Blackberry and Jason ordered the Cinnamon Apple. Sam asked for some advice and our personal pie consultant recommended the night’s last slice of Baltimore Bomb. The Blackberry and Cinnamon Apple were delicious, but not dangerously so. The Baltimore Bomb however, a custardy chess pie with Baltimore’s Berger cookies, deserved flashing lights and police tape. If 88 H HillRag | October 2012

there was more available we would have each taken home a full pie. I’m pretty sure that when I ask Jason to proofread my writing he just skims the first paragraph, so I feel safe telling you that I’ve been back twice already. Next time I’ll even bring home a pie for him. While H didn’t deliver on dumplings, we discovered some new Asian indulgences. All bets are off when the Asian market Maketto, a retail/dining partnership between Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang and Durkl-retailer Will Sharp, opens in 2013. Google it for more info. I can’t wait!

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Prohibition is returning to Capitol Hill. Don’t worry–a hatchet-wielding Carrie Nation won’t be smashing up any bars along the “Avenue.” Instead, look for the return of Beuchert’s Saloon at 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE this fall. Modeled after a speakeasy which occupied that site a century ago, Beuchert’s is the brainchild of Acqua Al 2 partner and former bar manager Nathan Berger, former set designer August Paro and PS7 bartender Brendan McMahon. The Beuchert’s site formerly housed Capitol Hill Art & Frame. Beuchert’s menu will be “modern and eclectic,” with ingredients gleaned from the

owners’ farm in Poolesville, Maryland. The pub is named after John J. Beuchert, who opened the original saloon in the late 1800s. During Prohibition (which began a few years later), his son, Theodore I. Beuchert, managed to keep the business going as a speakeasy. It closed in the 1930s after the nation’s “noble experiment” was repealed.

Asian on H

Tariq Hussain, who operates Capitol Hill Tandoor and Grill on Barracks Row, has expanded into the Atlas District. Last August, Hussain unveiled Cusbah South Asian Spice Bar, 1128 H St. NE, which specializes in Pakistani and Punjabi cooking. Cusbah–which means “little village”--is normally open for dinner only, but was serving lunch during the lively H Street festival last month. We sat on the spacious corner patio and ordered an Abita Amber Ale and a Kingfisher (Indian) beer. From the appetizer menu we chose a sampler with chicken tikka (rather dry), vegetable samosa, a somewhat soggy pakora (fritter), and a Kathi roll–roti filled with chicken, onions, lettuce and tomatoes. Peter’s flavorful salmon tikka masala was the better option. We prudently opted for “mild” rather than “authentic” spicing. Cusbah is open Sunday and Monday from 5 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday until 10:30 p.m. Call 202-506-1504 or Customers browse the fall farmers market across from Watkins school, 13th and E streets SE. The market operates Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine, as long as the weather holds. 90 H HillRag | October 2012

Catfish row

On Barracks Row, Lavagna Ristorante Italiano has branched out into American culinary territory, as chef Darren Maas introduces fall menu additions: pan-seared Chesapeake channel catfish with maitaki mushrooms; mascarpone-deviled freerange eggs; line-caught rockfish (striped bass) with garlic spinach, potatoes and tomato ginger reduction; Papa Weaver’s pork chop with polenta and honey sage sauce; pappardelle (pasta) chicken breast with white wine and cream. There’s more: Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. until closing, Lavagna’s upstairs bar offers $5 wines-by-the-glass; $5 for most appetizers; $4 Peroni beer. Saturday brunch brings $10 Unlimited mimosas (11a.m. to 3 p.m.). For Sunday dinner, all bottles of wine are half price. Open daily, Lavagna is at 539 Eighth St. SE; call 202546-5006.

New on the Row

As summer faded and many of us were lounging at the beach or packing kids back to school, Barracks Row was hopping. At 410 Eighth St. SE, Yes! Organic Market quietly unveiled its spacious, sparkling store. The space seems bigger than its former digs at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Bright, roomy aisles are filled with everything healthful you can imagine. I was particularly impressed with the wine selection (organic and regular), with some favorites, including the bargainpriced Cupcake line. Yes! Organic is open daily. Across the street, as we reported last month, the long-awaited Chipotle arrived at 413 Eighth. Husband Peter braved the long queue and came home with a plump barbacoa burrito stuffed with spicy beef, cilantro rice, corn relish, pinto beans, salsa and a side of guacamole. Price for all that was just $9.75. Call 202-464-3390. And, Nooshi Sushi was due to debut in late September at 524 8th St. SE, upper level. Downstairs will house Tash, an upscale kebab eatery. The decor will be pretty; I peeked in recently and glimpsed colorful Turkish tiles lining the walls and a spacious bar area flooded with natural lighting.

Watch this space

It looks like Barracks Row is acquiring an Eastern European restaurant at 523 Eighth St. SE, the slot vacated by Jordan’s 8. Ivan Iricanin, a partner of restaurateur Richard Sandoval (who operates El Centro and Masa 14 on 14th St. NW) is unveiling Ambar later this fall. The 3,000 square foot

establishment’s Balkan cuisine will showcase dishes from Iricanin’s native Serbia. The moniker “Ambar” refers to a storage bin for corn. Ambar will serve dinner and brunch, but may eventually expand its hours.

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Fresh from the farm

Hill East welcomes a new farmers market: Stocked with organic produce and baked goods from local farmers, the market operates Wednesdays in October (possibly longer if the weather holds out), from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. The small, compact market is hosted by Watkins Elementary School and operated by Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative, a Pennsylvania wholesale distributor of organic vegetables and New Morning Farm, a 95-acre certified-organic farm also in the Keystone State. Our early foray revealed colorful peppers, eggplants, broccoli, apples, pears and other fall produce. Watkins school is located at 13th and E Streets SE.

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Bookish culinary experience

As always, we are eagerly looking forward to the Literary Feast, an annual fundraiser presented by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. This year’s date is October 20, and 34 households across the Hill are hosting themed dinner parties. Each repast features dishes and ambience representing a specific book, chosen by the host. A list of titles is available, from which attendees may choose six favorites. A week before the dinner, you learn your book title and party address. You don’t have to read the book, but it enhances the fun, and might even inspire you to dress up as your favorite character(s) like we did a few years ago. Our book choice was “The Other Boleyn Girl”, an historical novel by Philippa Gregory. I dressed as the title character, Mary, while Peter made an impressive Henry VIII, complete with beard. Mary was the Boleyn sibling and royal paramour-- who kept her head. Literary Feast tickets are $75 per person. For this year’s list, registration and more information go to Deadline is October 5. This sells out fast, and for good reason.


Crepes on the Corner, the appealing little café at 257 15th St. SE (Hill East), has departed. We will miss those savory crepes and dynamite pimento cheese...and Park Café, 106 13th Street SE–off Lincoln Park– is shuttered temporarily for renovation, says Chilean-born owner Alcione Vinet. For updates call 202-543-0184. H H 91

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Ghosts of Capitol Hill

Don’t Listen To Your Parents, They’re Real!


by Tim Krepp

here are many reasons to be excited by the return of fall to Capitol Hill. Cool, crisp weather is giving us a welcome break from oppressive summer heat. Kids are (for now) eagerly returning to school and parents are perhaps even more eagerly sending them off. But surely one of the best things about fall is that we can seriously begin preparing for what may be the greatest holiday of the year: Halloween! And what would the Halloween season be without ghosts? So gather round kiddos (adults feel free to listen in as well), while I share some tales of Capitol Hill haunts.

Haunted Treasure

We’ll start with one of the oldest institutions on the Hill, the Marine Barracks at 8th and I SE. Sure, you’ve seen the Marines, but did you know the Barracks is completely and thoroughly haunted? And not just haunted, but home to buried treasure? It all starts way back in 1814, almost two hundred years ago during the War of 1812. The British had landed in Maryland, intent on burning Washington, and were marching towards the city. Local militia hurriedly prepared to defend the nation’s capital in Bladensburg, Md, just outside the District. Among the local forces were nearly 500 sailors and Marines from the Navy Yard who hastened to the area. Among them were two Sergeants who had been ordered to stay behind at the Barracks. Back then, the sailors and Marines were paid in silver coins and the pay was held in a thick, wooden chest until payday. The Sergeants were told to guard the coins and being good Marines, at first they did as they were ordered, but they 92 H HillRag | October 2012

The Parade Deck of the Marine Barracks (seen here in 1917) may be home to buried treasure. But don’t expect the ghosts to help you find it! Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

couldn’t quite handle the idea of missing the fight. They hid the chest somewhere in the Marine Barracks and joined their comrades in Bladensburg, where both were killed in

the battle. Of course, with the British burning the Capitol and White House, no one really cared about the lost money at first, but years later, people began

Stuart-Hobson Middle School is one of Capitol Hill’s many historic schools. But is it haunted? Photo: Tim Krepp

reporting the two Marine Sergeants were still guarding the lost money at the Barracks. At first, young Marines thought these ghostly specters were leading them to the treasure, but eventually it became apparent they were leading them on wild goose chases. The Sergeants are still following their orders, guarding the payroll even after death. Which isn’t to say that some haven’t tried finding the money. In the 1930s, the granddaughters of the current Marine Commandant were staying at the Barracks. They heard the story, and decided to sneak out at night and find the treasure. Their grandfather and other Marines were in for a bit of a shock the next morning; when they discovered the parade ground had been dug up by the young ladies!

A Single White Pearl

Leaving the Barracks, we’ll go a few blocks over to the oldest house on Capitol Hill, the Maples. On the 600 block of South Carolina Ave, SE, the Maples is currently empty as it awaits being turned into new homes. It certainly looks haunted, and it may very well still be, but its best known ghost left years ago in a dramatic fashion. Our story starts with Major Augustus Nicholson and his family moving to the house in the early 1800s. The Nicholsons were a large and unhappy family. His wife Helene suspected the Major was unfaithful, and shortly after the birth of their 11th child, she tragically took her own life. The Major maintained his innocence, but it is hard to believe him when he married the supposed object of his affections only six months after his wife’s death.

All this was forgotten until the wonderfully eccentric Emily Edson Briggs purchased the house with her husband after the Civil War. Her husband soon passed away, and Emily became a fixture in the neighborhood. At a time when women were often overlooked, Emily became one of the nation’s first female journalists and was the first woman given press credentials in the House of Representatives. While she would throw huge parties and entertain lavishly, she often found herself often quite alone. Over time, she began to notice that she wasn’t, not really. At first it was subtle, more of a sense someone was there. She would hear quiet sobbing from another bedroom. Then, from the downstairs ballroom came a strange, haunting music of an instrument she could not identify. Eventually, she reconciled herself to sharing the house with “a most genteel and benign female ghost”. Mrs. Briggs and the lady ghost lived together for quite some time, and the sadness gradually disappeared. The sobbing stopped, and the ghost, in some undefinable way, was happier. Now, you know that feeling when you lose a tooth? Running your tongue over

ed ghost. It would be the last Mrs. Briggs would ever hear of the presumed spirit of Helene Nicholson.

Is Your School Haunted?

Finally, let’s turn our attention to where our young residents spend the most waking hours: our schools! Capitol Hill schools date back decades, if not centuries, and quite a bit of history has walked down their halls, so why not a ghost or two? Stuart-Hobson Middle School would be well placed to relate such tales. Among there many excellent programs is an impressive archive project, collecting records, oral histories, and other data from their history. Student archivers were a bit startled to hear a 1965 graduate of then-Stuart Jr. High relate this tale: You know you have a ghost in this building, right? Especially when it rains and is foggy, down in the basement. We always would be scared to death, especially when it started raining because we would hear this noise, but you see it was really just the heat. But you couldn’t tell us there wasn’t a man that hid down in the basement, and that made all this noise and you could hear all this “ooooh”, and we swore that he was coming to get us. No one would go down to the basement on a rainy day, especially during the winter, because it was cold and it was dark. So if makes you more comfortable to think that it’s just pipes or whatever haunting the basement of Stuart-Hobson, go right ahead. But WE know the truth, right? These tales and The Maples certainly LOOKS haunted. But the last known ghost may have left in more are available in peace some time ago. Photo: Maria Helena Carey. my new book Capitol Hill Haunts. From the many, many ghosts the spot and your brain tells you something of the Capitol Building, to the lost souls should be there when it isn’t? That’s just who restlessly stir at Congressional Cemwhat mrs. Briggs felt one morning when etery, Capitol Hill may be one of the most she woke up. Without being able to put her haunted neighborhoods in the country. finger on it, she sensed something was gone. Naval officers still on watch, a vampire on She wandered about the house uncer- what’s now Gallaudet University, and mystainly. Some presence, some sense, drew her terious theater ghosts all make their appeartowards the room the ghost had “occupied”. ance in Capitol Hill Haunts. Further inforAs she opened the door and looked in, she mation can be found at www.Facebook. knew this was the place. The bed covers com/CapHillGhosts were rumpled and there was a depression in the pillow, all as if someone had recently Tim Krepp is a local tour guide and author. His recent laid there. And in the depression lay a single book, Capitol Hill Haunts, explores the ghostly history of one of America’s most historic neighborhood. He can white pearl, a gift from a grateful, depart- be contacted at H

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Unleashing the Monster Within “Jekyll and Hyde” Spins an Epic Battle with Evil


by Barbara Wells

ow is your chance to leave.” The staticky voice, emanating from a grainy video image, opens Synetic’s “Jekyll and Hyde” with an ominous and edgy warning. Be assured, murder and mayhem are in store, and the level of depravity in this production’s Mr. Hyde is difficult to describe. Suffice it to say that in their depiction of a personal war between unadulterated good and unbridled evil, director Paata Tsikurishvili and choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili have left little—but just enough—to the imagination. And in a Dr. Jekyll (Alex Mills) marvels at his discovery. Photo: Johnny Shryock startlingly versatile and uninhibited young actor named previous Synetic productions, they “Macbeth” and a demon in “Dante.” Alex Mills, they have captured in a have used Mills’ boyish looks and In the dual role of Jekyll and Hyde, single performance an excruciating slight physique to advantage as a Mills draws on both personas to not tension between humane intentions romantic Romeo and impish Puck, only show Jekyll’s metamorphosis and murderous impulses. but he has also managed to conjure from sweet to satanic, but also shift The Tsikurishvilis are experts danger and menace as a killer in back and forth from one to the othat adapting horror stories—such as “Dracula,” “Frankenstein” and “Kafka’s Metamorphosis”—to their unique brand of wordless productions built on movement, dance and evocative music. But even more than the rest, “Jekyll and Hyde” explores the dark side in a plot squarely focused on the dichotomy of good and evil. Jekyll, a scientist dedicated to eradicating evil from his personality through technology, inadvertently accomplishes the opposite, unleashing the most base human instincts in Hyde, his alter ego, and waging a losing battle to suppress them. As Mills’ tour de force unfolds, it seems the Tsikurishvilis must have created this role for him. In Mr. Hyde (Alex Mills) emerges from the crush of human-machine hybrids. Photo: Johnny Shryock 94 H HillRag | October 2012

er as his character struggles to free himself of wickedness. But Mills brings more than the ability to embody both Jekyll and Hyde—one a classic geek, giddy over his scientific experiments and impending marriage to his angelic betrothed, and the other a hypersexual killer bent on seducing and torturing women. In a 90-minute performance, Mills barely leaves the stage, tapping unfathomable reserves of energy, strength and flexibility. Whether carrying a victim off to her doom, performing a robust ballet, or flipping, beating and slashing the countless men who attempt to subdue him, Mills is a riveting revelation of physicality. Under Tsikurishvili’s direction, Jekyll’s downfall unfolds in carefully measured steps, beginning with scenes of this serious and shy young scientist working in his lab, sharing discoveries with his best friend Lanyon (Peter Pereyra) and proposing to his fiancée (Brittany O’Grady). His descent is set in motion with a visit to a strip club with Lanyon to celebrate his engagement. Jekyll is immune to the temptations of the club, but after he comforts a stripper (Rebecca Hausman) following a robbery on the street, he is inspired to return to his lab and test his evil-eradicating technology on himself. From the beginning, there’s no doubt Jekyll is playing with fire in his tiny laboratory. He is just barely managing to control a pack of “human-machine” hybrids—creatures sporting gas masks and outfits borrowed from an S&M shop that periodically and convulsively

spring to life. They writhe, dance, slither and skulk around the stage in response to Jekyll’s, and later Hyde’s, manipulations of electric switches and injections from an enormous syringe. Based on their reactions, it’s hard to believe anyone would want to turn those devices on himself. Jekyll does, and as his life unravels other characters can only react. Pereyra’s Lanyon is suitably loyal, confused and clueless in the face of his friend’s transformation, while O’Grady as his fiancée is oblivious to his peculiarities but ultimately resilient in grappling

sibility. But by the play’s end it has become a trap, where Jekyll himself is imprisoned behind the screen, able to only watch in horror as Hyde takes over his life. Every other element of the production underscores the sense that Jekyll’s world teeters on the edge of chaos. Chelsey Schuller’s costumes are Victorian with a twist—all buttoned up and corseted, but with Goth accents of leather pants, gauzy skirts and black boots that signal chinks in the armor of society. Resident composer Konstantine Lortkipan-

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Mr. Hyde (Alex Mills) and human-machine hybrids terrorize Dr. Jekyll’s fiancée (Brittany O’Grady). Photo: Johnny Shryock

with them. Hausman, playing the stripper who elicits Jekyll’s compassion and Hyde’s deadly lust, is convincingly attracted to both sides of the man. Her impeccable dancing stands out, first in portraying a would-be seductress and finally as a victim who is by turns attacked, pursued, dragged and practically tossed about the lab. On a tiny stage with limited options, Tsikurishvili uses a video screen, created by multimedia designer Riki Kim, to great effect. Beyond functioning as a mere visual embellishment to the set, it is practically a main character in the story. It first evokes high-tech equipment in Jekyll’s lab—the object of his intense fascination and symbol of infinite scientific pos-

idze’s mesmerizing score continually shifts the mood, from the prim civility of a posh celebration to the reckless debauchery of a strip club. In their brilliant fusion of story, movement and sound, the Tsikurishvilis entice their audience to not only confront but actually enjoy this ghastly tale. Disturbing as it may be, “Jekyll and Hyde” is truly a guilty pleasure. Jekyll and Hyde is performed Wednesday through Saturday at Synetic Theater at Crystal City through October 21 Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill. H H 95

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Wines for the fall

What to Drink While the Leaves Are Changing by Josh Genderson


or me, as for most people I assume, the change in seasons brings about an emotional feeling that I have never really been able to express in words. When the weather and the scenery start to change, when the daylight hours are gradually growing shorter and the nights cooler, when there is a new smell in the air, when Capitol Hill starts bustling again, I know that fall is arriving. I guess I get emotional because it is a reminder that time really does fly by. The change in climate also brings about a change in my palate. I stop craving roses and crisp mineral driven whites and start craving more full bodied, spicy reds. When talking about full bodied reds, lately the first thing I think about (and start to taste) is Syrah. Depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made, the variety has two names. In France, where it goes by Syrah, it makes a huge contribution to the red wines of the Rhone Valley. In the southern Rhone villages of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras, it is blended with a number of varieties, but mainly Grenache. It is in the northern Rhone, including Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Cote Rotie, St. Joseph, where it most often stands out on its own, and is only occasionally blended with the region’s white grapes. More recently, in the late 20th Century, Shiraz has put Australian producers such as Penfolds and d’Arenberg on the fine wine map, with cult wines like “Grange” and “The Dead Arm”. Generally speaking, the style from the old world is more savory, expressing aromas of pepper, cured meat and leather. The hotter climate experienced in Australia results in more upfront, dense and even jammy fruit. The grape has also taken off with rapid success in California and Washington, as well as South Africa and New Zealand. Producers in these regions often name their varietal wines according to the style they intend. 96 H HillRag | October 2012

At Schneider’s, there is no better deal than the Barrique Cellars Syrah (our private label) from Sonoma County. For only $19.99, this classic Sonoma Mountain Syrah with big and chewy flavors of dark plums, blackberries, black pepper, spices, licorice and flowers is not to be missed. This is a soft, round and plush wine with balanced acidity and the backbone to pair beautifully with a wide range of foods. And as I mentioned, it also happens to be a stunning value. Under a different label, this wine sells for $50! Another stunning Syrah albeit completely different than the big jammy Syrah’s of Sonoma County is the 2009 Chapoutier & Pic Crozes-Hermitage from the Northern Rhone Valley. For only $19.99, this delicious 100% Syrah exhibits attractive notes of licorice, black olives, creme de cassis, forest floor and roasted herbs as well as zesty acidity and impeccable balance. Another reaction I get when the weather starts to cool and the sun starts to set early is my craving for richer, heavier foods starts to kick in. I guess there’s just something comforting about having a big warm meal on a cool night. As the readers get to me, I’m sure they realize that if I having a big warm meal, I’m probably having a big red wine to wash it down. Now Syrah is definitely a big red wine, however, there are some other amazing varietals that fall in to this category and that should not be missed! Cabernet Sauvignon – probably the most popular of the full bodied reds (maybe the most popular overall) is another amazing, versatile grape that goes so well with a big rich meal. Cabernet is one of the most prominent dark-skinned grape varieties in terms of popularity and area under vines, but which comprises our largest selection of wines. Grown in just about every wine producing region and

climate, Cabernet Sauvignon can express a huge range of aromas, from green peppers in cool climates through to dark jammy fruit in hot regions. Common aromas include blackcurrants, mint, graphite, and forest floor, to name a few. Maturation in small oak barrels can develop a complex range of aromas from cedar wood, cigar box and tobacco to eucalyptus and undergrowth. Cabernet Sauvignon’s success is partly due to its ability to adapt to a range of soils and climates. It is the main constituent of the Bordeaux blend in the revered communes of Pauillac, St. Estephe and St. Julien, and has achieved equal success in California’s Napa Valley. It is grown extensively throughout Southern Australia, with some outstanding examples from the Terra Rossa soil of Coonawarra. Cabernet Sauvignon also plays an increasing role in Tuscany,Italy, where it is blended with native varieties such as Sangiovese to produce the Super Tuscans. My favorite new cabernet this fall is definitely the 2006 Broman Cabernet from Napa. While this wine is not cheap (retails for $49.99) it is simply AMAZING. It is a rich, extracted, decadent wine. Dark, brambly fruit like blackberries and black cherries abound in this special wine. These flavors are enhanced by cocoa and leather aromas, spice, and a lush mouth feel. Typical of all Broman Cabernet’s, this wine ends with finely integrated tannins and a long, lingering finish. In my opinion, as good as any of the $300-$400 cult cabs that are so prevalent in the market today. In short, I love the fall and all it has to offer. Especially the food and wine because of the immense pleasure it gives me. And hey, this is my world! H

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Tales of Two Causes

One Life-Defying and One Life-Affirming


by Mike Canning

The Master

So why would Hollywood finance a film as strange and singular as “The Master” (opened in DC on September 21)? It can’t be the sex (though there is nudity in the film), or the violence (little blood spilled), or the special effects (there are no significant ones). It must be because of Paul Thomas Anderson, the 42-year old American filmmaker (“Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “There Will Be Blood”) who is a darling of critics worldwide. He is one of those serious US cineastes (to use the French term)—e.g., Stanley Kubrick, Terence Malik—whose work is both so unpredictable, idiosyncratic, and well-crafted that it draws a critical

consensus even when it doesn’t deliver the big bucks (the film runs 137 minutes and is rated “R”). Major Hollywood studios continue to underwrite pictures such as Anderson’s also because they confer prestige to the company even if they don’t explode at the box office. “The Master” is essentially a tale of complex bonding between two men of radically different natures told in the context of a mysterious movement in 1950’s America. It opens with the hapless Freddie Quell ( Joaquin Phoenix) wrapping up service as a Navy seaman at the end of World War II. The post-war Freddie, is a drunk and a lout, floundering through life in as a department store

Joaquin Phoenix (left) and Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master.” © The Weinstein Company. 98 H HillRag | October 2012

photographer, as a worker in a cabbage field, then stowing away on a yacht where he first meets the Master, Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman, an Anderson favorite), and is hired on, on a whim, as a seaman. Dodd, in mentor’s guise, sees Freddie as a specimen, a beast who both needs a cage and discipline and who serves as a test case for Dodd’s exotic life theories. It’s 1950, and we follow Dodd, his dedicated wife Peggy (Amy Adams) and family and a few acolytes as he moves around the country trying to gain new adherents to his grandiose theories. Freddie is allowed to hang around, serving as both a kind of useful stooge and as Dodd’s muscle, especially when his ideas need defend-

ing (as in beating up one skeptic). The film focuses principally on Freddie, trying to gain enlightenment from Dodd but always making a hash of it. His core “animal” nature ever reveals itself and lands him in prison, garners skepticism from Peggy, and even has him wrestling with the Master. Much has been commented about this film being a cinematic version of L. Ron Hubbard. Clearly Anderson has absorbed the biography of the controversial founder of “Dianetics” and the Church of Scientology and appropriates elements of the Hubbard legacy. Dodd quizzes potential converts with his “processing” rather than Hubbard’s “auditing”; his crusade is the “Cause,” rather the “Church.” Dodd’s cosmology mimics Hubbard’s theories of time travel and man’s “trillion-year” history. But the doctrinal details aren’t Anderson’s real point: it is the relationship between his two protagonists. This is, however, no bromance, but a fight for one man to capture a soul and for another to fully find one. That relationship is especially limned in intense processing sequences where Dodd questions Quell on things mundane and deep, with Anderson holding a tight two-shot on them as they memorably try to either plumb (Dodd to Quell) or succumb (Quell to Dodd). Anderson, known for his fluid camera moves, here is strenuously, tenaciously fixed on his protagonists. And the two protagonists are compelling portraits. Phoenix’s Freddie is the showier performance. He is on screen much more and, with a crumpled body and a pitiful yet menacing visage, he is ever a mix of the pathetic and the savage, though still riveting to watch—just to see what he might do next. Hoffman’s Dodd, on the other hand, balances cool condescension and forced bonhomie with

A protest scene from “How to Survive a Plague.” Copyright © Donna Binder; a Sundance Selects release.

an eruptive temper when his vision is questioned. The viewer may struggle to understand exactly what Dodd wants out of the forlorn Quell—and the other way around—and the film, frankly, doesn’t really make that clear. Still, it is a fascinating face-off to witness. The look of “The Master” (from cinematographer Mihai Malaimare, Jr.) is both lush and dramatic and never less than well composed. Some wide shots (done with 65 mm film) are breathtaking—like Quell’s race across an open field--while some cuts are stunning—like one that shifts from a calm interior to a blue-black flashback of seaman Freddie in close-up. As I have remarked about a number of other movies, “The Master” is not a film to “like,” but one to appreciate. Its potent and confounding American theme (we can always remake ourselves, have do-overs), its stellar look, the two diametrical performances at its center—all give it real force and power, even if you are scratching your head coming out.

How to Survive a Plague

The plague is AIDS, and this documentary is perhaps the definitive film version of how a group of its victims-cum-activists turned their fight against AIDS/HIV into a national crusade. The story, at times poignant, at times blaring, at times thrilling, is told by filmmaker David France in a forceful chronology. The film begins in 1987, with the epidemic still largely ignored both by government and health organizations, when the activist group ACT UP, largely made up of HIV-positive participants from Greenwich Village, emerged. Energized by both fervor and fear, these activists took on the chal-

lenges that public officials had ignored, raising awareness of the disease. Further, within the TAG (Treatment Action Group), they researched their own malady to become experts in virology, biology, and drug chemistry. The movement pushed, at times raucously and viscerally, to make officials pay attention and to place the AIDS topic on to the national agenda (one sequence depicting the period shows the AIDS quilt on the National Mall in 1992). Their efforts led to the discovery of effective AIDS drugs, what has become known as the “combination therapy,” that stopped an HIV diagnosis from being an automatic death sentence. First-time director France (who has covered the AIDS crisis for 30 years) culls his film from a massive amount of archival footage— much of it shot by the ACT UP protestors themselves. With no voice-over narration, the narrative is at first difficult to follow, loaded with protest meetings that seem merely chaotic. Eventually, however, the principal players appear, and the movie achieves a sense of momentum in the desperate search for a vaccine. This is, finally, a very American success story of how grass-roots activism and dogged protest can achieve grand objectives, but a story that has, in the last decade or so, been somewhat forgotten as AIDS/HIV has morphed from fatal into semi-controlled. It’s good to be reminded of its triumph. (The film, which opens in October, runs120 min. and is not rated.) Long-time Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. His reviews and writings on film can be found online at H

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ou hear the music…the laughter… the shouts. You inhale the wild aromas of the food booths and flowers and feel the vibrations in the bright hot air. For 22 years, Marsha Stein lived and painted in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. She was widely known there for her carnival scenes—stilt walkers, in particular. The island and its people demand a looseness of form and composition that is fitting of the uninhibited joy of the street festival. They were very popular and her paintings are in the collections of Annie Liebowitz, the photographer, the governor of the Virgin Islands, and many officials and visitors. You look at those canvases now, and you are back there with her. Marsha was always drawing and painting. She was the class artist, winning the competitive elementary and high school prizes and then regional awards, leading to early acceptance to American University where she majored in art. Her principal professors greatly influenced her attitudes and art education, directing her firmly into the grasp of abstract expressionism. In St. Thomas, she was drawn to realism as a way of making the sights around her come to life in a new way. Her emotion-fueled expressionism easily morphed into the carnival scenes. To add to those disciplines of reality, she turned to classical drawing, studying in Florence for six months to discover the techniques of the Italian masters. Back in Washington, Marsha has expanded her themes and techniques. She looks to combine the disciplines of classical drawing with the looseness of the Caribbean works in her portraits and landscapes. For several years, she sold her work at the historic Eastern Market and her paintings can still be seen at the Bravado Hair Salon across the street, where she applies the principles of portraiture to cutting and coloring hair.

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art

There is a physicality that comes with painting. Of course, the subject you’re painting makes a difference. It’s hard to get physical with a still life—you have to bring your own energy. A portrait is better, but decorum demands restraint. 100 H HillRag | October 2012

Even then, visual interactions, and talking, add a physical reality that is evident in the painting. You can’t get that working from a photograph—there’s no life to it. Landscapes give you the most physical connection if you actually get out in the real place. Even now, my painting, Sunrise Over Washington, has me shivering in the early darkness on the Virginia bank of the Potomac. The tension grows until the April sun surprises a cold gray mist, and ignites a chorus of audible sounds and colors. At first, the monuments shine across the rippling water like lanterns, and an aurora of purple floats above the city. As the air brightens by degree, wedges of geese move downriver to catch the warmth, and solitary gulls fly the high currents, alone in their expectations. Agitated crows voice resentment at my invasion of their shoreline domain. And there it is! Coming right up over the Capitol building, a majesty in blinding glory as I race its progress with great sweeps of mixed colors from old tin cans, throwing myself into


Artist Portrait: Marsha Stein

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the landscape. The shivering stops and I warm with the glow. A single rower skims over the glistening surface like a human dragonfly and gets caught up in my frenzy of strokes. The river gets restless and small waves move the dancing light in my direction. I may never finish that painting. I’m reworking it with a memory that’s as much physical as it is visual.

At the Museums

“The Serial Portrait” “Shock of the News” “Renaissance Prints and Drawings” National Gallery of Art 3rd and Constitution SW

The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years, shows how making multiple pictures of the same subject resulted in some of the most remarkable photos of the century. It includes photographs by the masters of the 20th century: Stieglitz, Strand, and others who photographed the same subjects numerous times over extended periods to create portrait studies. Shock of the News takes a look at all the ways major 20th Century artists “co-opted, mimicked, defused, and memorialized newspapers.” Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540, celebrates the artistry and craftsmanship of an incredible time and place... www.

At the Galleries

“European Adventure” American Painting Fine Art 5118 MacArthur Blvd., NW Oct. 13 – Nov. 10

Eleven members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters are exhibiting paintings done on site, in countries throughout Europe from England to Ukraine. These are some of the most accomplished “plein air” painters in the country. Most of the artists work

in oils, but you will also find watercolors and acrylics. The opening reception is Sat., Oct. 13, 5-7.

The Art League 105 North Union St. Alexandria, VA Oct. 4 – Nov. 5

Juan Hernandez paints life…life in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as he knew it growing up. These are strong, well painted depictions of ordinary life in the streets. The opening reception is Thurs., Oct. 11, 6:30 – 8. www.

Ai-WenWu Kratz Rhona LK Schonwald Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Ave. NW Oct. 3 – 28

Ai-WenWu Kratz’s, To Plant Flowers While Waiting, is an exhibition of her subtle, nuanced flower compositions that counterbalance the anguished philosophical views of Existentialism. Rhona LK Schonwald’s color-saturated and high energy paintings flow in the direction of the lyrical, and look to capture the passionate relationships of color, a metaphor for human relationships. The opening reception for both shows is Fri., Oct. 5, 6-8:30.



Nancy Donnelly Foundry Gallery 1314 18th St., NW Oct. 5 – 28

Nancy Donnelly, glass artist, opens her show, New Glass, with Drawings, with a reception on Fri., Oct. 5, 6 – 8. This solo show brings together new directions and concepts, including sculptural pieces and drawings in glass that depend on both color and light for effects. She is also bringing in works on paper and letting loose with humor and other emotional explorations. H H 101



A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

by Karen Lyon

Our Unquiet Neighbors

Do you believe in ghosts? Ask Tim Krepp and he’ll likely demur that he “maintain[s] a studious neutrality on the topic.” But the leader of ghost tours of Capitol Hill confesses to an enjoyment of “delving into tales of ghostly lore.” Happily for those similarly inclined – and who doesn’t love a good ghost story? – he shares a wealth of these tales in his new book, “Capitol Hill Haunts.” In a sprightly, entertaining style (with plenty of comic asides), Krepp tells of the spooks and specters that haunt the US Capitol, the Marine Barracks, and other sites and homes on the Hill. Odd doings abound in these pages. Items go missing and turn up years later right where they were supposed to be. Eerie violin music issues from empty rooms. Doors slam. Beds move across the floor. At the Capitol, a demonic cat terrorizes the night watchmen. And at the The Maples, a spectral visitor leaves behind

A local writer shares ghost stories in a new book about Capitol Hill’s ‘return visitors.’

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a single pearl on an indented pillow. In addition to goosebumps, “Capitol Hill Haunts” also delivers insights into our shared history. “These ghosts do more to tell us what life was like back in the day than any number of history textbooks can,” writes Krepp. And where the ghosts aren’t talking, Krepp fills in with succinct historical summaries and astute and sensitive social commentary, as in his brief but enlightening paragraphs on the decline and rebirth of H Street. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, “Capitol Hill Haunts” is a wonderful way to get to know more about our neighborhood and our neighbors, both seen and unseen. A former naval officer, Tim Krepp lives on Capitol Hill with his wife and two daughters.

A Mecca for the Republic

When “a Library for Congress” was mandated in 1800, it was more of a philosophical vision than a reality. By 1801, it contained a mere 740 books and three maps; then in 1814, these meager holdings were destroyed by the British in retaliation for the US burning of the Parliamentary Library of Canada. Undaunted – and badly in debt – Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his collection of 6,487 books to Congress in 1815. While subsequent fires (of our own doing) destroyed two-thirds of his personal library, Jefferson’s philosophy of universality and the belief that a legislative body should be concerned with all subjects continues to inform the policies of what is now the Library of Congress. A new revised guide, The Nation’s Library, co-authored by Alan Bisbort, Linda Barrett Osborne, and local

A handsome new guide to the Library of Congress makes edifying reading.

music, media, and photographs. In keeping with “the spirit of inquiry” fostered by a former Librarian of Congress, “The Nation’s Library” includes an extensive chapter on programs and services offered to the public. From author talks, concerts, exhibitions, and film showings to the Children’s Literature Center and the National Book Festival, the library strives to make the contents of it its 745 miles of shelf space accessible to all of us, living up to an early Librarian’s goal of making it “the mecca of the young giant Republic.” The book also contains a timeline, bibliography, helpful appendices, and a fold-out schematic of the Jefferson Building, and is available at the Library of Congress shop. Hill writer Sharon Hannon has worked on various projects for the library and is also the author of “Women Explorers” and “Punks: A Guide to an American Subculture.”

writer Sharon M. Hannon, presents not only a history of the library and each of its buildings, but also a lushly illustrated glimpse at some of the 147 million items it now holds. Beginning in the magnificent Jefferson Building, the authors provide a virtual tour of its art and architecture, readings rooms, galleries, general collections, special divisions (such as Asian, African and Middle Eastern), and American Folklife Center. The Adams Building, built in 1930s Art Deco style to echo the lines of the nearby Folger Shakespeare Library, is dedicated to federal research, science, technology and business. Across Pennsylvania Avenue, the James Madison Building welcomes visitors with its distinctive “Falling Books” sculpture. Inside, they will find collections devoted to geography and maps, law, manuscripts, films and recordings, It’s not easy being a pint-sized celebrity fashionista. Just ask Suri.

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Early Music Festival

Recreating the Real Golden Oldies

by Emily Clark


f you’ve ever sat through a music performance in an ancient church or castle in Europe, you know the power of acoustics in recreating the sounds of a particular period in history. It seems only logical that a festival showcasing early European music should find its home on Capitol Hill. A number of late-19th-century churches on the Hill provide a nearly perfect, pre-amp, pre-electronic acoustic for performing music from an era that began in the 1100s and continued until 1750. In fact, the Washington Early Music Festival—which completed its sixth round of performances in June—began at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 3rd and A Streets SE in 2004. The neo-Romanesque style of the church, which dates from 1894, offers what former music director Keith Reas calls an almost ideal acoustic for early music. And even though the festival has expanded its size and scope beyond the Hill, most of the concerts still happen here.

Evolution of a Festival

In 2004 Reas—who had already been hosting early music concerts at St. Mark’s—was approached by Constance Whiteside, along with other devotees interested in starting DC’s first-ever early music festival. Whiteside—who had started her own group, Armonia Nova-- asked if St. Mark’s could host, and Reas made it happen. “The first year, we did the whole festival over two weekends,” Whiteside recalls. “Now the festival takes the whole month of June.” This year’s festival featured more than 30 performing groups from all over the country, workshops on everything from Baroque dance to improvising Medieval melodies to a “petting zoo” for early instruments like the viol da gamba, harpsichord and fortepiano. There was a National Gallery tour 104 H HillRag | October 2012

Last year’s early music festival at St. Mark’s, 3rd and A Street, SE. Photo: Chuck Divine

emphasizing the connection between art and music, as well as a talk by an art historian. A live score of medieval French music accompanying Lon Chaney’s silent classic “The Hunchback” brought the festival to a smashing close. Festival enthusiasts-- whether performers or fans-- are a passionate lot. They came to their love of early European music for many different reasons, whether by instrument, country or time period.

Diverse Paths to Early Music

Constance Whitehurst is a physician by training and now works for the European Union Commission. After studying piano for years, she became enchanted by the pedal harp, which she took up as a young adult. It was a short leap from that instrument to earlier harps, and Whiteside became fascinated by the connections between early and modern music. “The early musicians went back to the ancient Greek modal system,” she says, noting that jazz often works off the modes. “Everything was related to religion and numbers. There was no chord system, but it was more about moving through time and space.” Whiteside also says that early mu-

sicians “loved dissonance, and they loved to improvise.” Reas—now music director at a church in Chattanooga-- was drawn to early music as a student at Oberlin in the 1970s, studied in Germany and became fascinated by early forerunners of modern instruments. “Early instruments include the viol da gamba, harpsichord, traverse flute and period harps,” Reas says. “There’s also an early version of the oboe, as well as an early trumpet called a cornetto and the crumhorn, a double reed.” Reas noted that the fortepiano was designed for churches and small parlor spaces, and that pianos evolved as the spaces got larger, developing a bigger range and bigger sound. “When approaching early music, we ask these questions,” he says. “How did it sound? How did the performers perform it? We try to recreate the sound.” Raiford Gaffney, a Hill resident and former IRS staffer, discovered that Gregorian chant was a great stress reliever at work. When the festival started in 2004, she wanted to help. “I coordinate rehearsals, and I know how to organize things,” she says. “I go to every concert and help with tickets and publicity. This festi-

val is so much a Hill thing, because of churches like St. Mark’s and St. Peter’s,” she says.

Home on the Hill

Other Hill churches that have served as festival venues include the Church of the Reformation, Christ Church, St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s, according to Constance Whiteside. “We’ve always found a home on Capitol Hill,” Whiteside says, adding that, in addition to the churches, the Folger has been supportive, the Library of Congress has expressed an interest, Capitol Hill Suites has offered discounts to performers in the past and Hill businesses have been happy to post festival flyers. The Washington Early Music Festival is now a biennial event, with the next scheduled for 2014. “We did the festival annually in ’04, ’05 and ’06, to establish that we’re here to stay,” Whiteside says. “Now it’s every other year, alternating with the Boston early music festival. On alternate years we have one big gala concert with lots of groups.” To learn more about the Early Music Festival, or early music in general, visit these websites: and www.earlymusicdc. org. H




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Live ••• Nik Bartsch's Ronin, ECM

This is a double-album of the last live recordings of Ronin with guitarist Bjorn Meyer performed in Germany, Austria, Holland, England and Japan. Featured musicians include Nik Bartsch (piano), Sha (bass and contrabass clarinets, alto saxophone), Bjorn Meyer (bass), Kaspar Rast (drums), Andi Pupato (percussion), and Thomy Jordi (bass).

Indicum ••• Bobo Stenson Trio, ECM

This new album from the Bobo Stenson Trio offers some fine interpretative collaboration with highlights on "Your Story," written by Bill Evans, "Event VI" from "Living Time " by George Russell, and finally a piece from Danish composer Carl Nielsen's "Oft Am I Glad," a Norwegian hymn. Performers include Bobo Stenson (piano), Anders Jormin (double bass), and Jon Falt.

Manu Katche ••• Manu Katche, ECM

French-Ivorian drummer Manu Katche offers us his fourth ECM album with some refreshing and exciting new music from a great line-up of talented musicians including Nils Petter Molvaer (trumpet), Tore Brunborg (tenor and soprano saxophones), Jim Watson (Hammond B3 organ, piano), and the man himself Manu Katche on drums.

Hayley Sings ••• Rachael MacFarlane, Concord Records

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ie" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Ms. MacFarlane voices the beloved animated character of Hayley Smith on the Emmy-nominated television show American Dad!

Esprit de Four •••

Fourplay's new recording, Esprit de Four, is another fine example of contemporary jazz. This is the kind of music that connects with its soul-searching passion and its sweetness of heart. Among the more notable tracks is the Bob James’s composition “Put Our Hearts Together,” which he wrote for a concert in a region of Japan severely impacted by the tsunami of 2011. It appears as both an instrumental and vocal version on the CD. Japanese pop star Seiko Matsuda lends her voice to this moving tribute.

Transparent Heart ••• Animation, RareNoise Records

Saxophonist Bob Belden offers three provocative jazz compositions that cast a spellbinding world of rare insights of how music can help us think and live our lives. In a sense, this kind of music offers us a deeper understanding of how we are connected to our universe around us. Try listening to "Terra Incognito," "Urbanoia," and "Provocatism" and see for yourself.

Blues Is A Feeling ••• Elliot Sharp's Terraplane

The phrase "blues is a feeling," is a known fact for many of us blues lovers. Try and catch a fire when you listen and watch Elliot Sharp's Terraplane live at Etnafest 2007 on YouTube. According to Elliot Sharp, "the emphasis is on the songs – concise, focused, emotional and memorable, both drawing on the blues tradition and looking towards a futuristic sound."

Be Still ••• Dave Douglas, Green Leaf Music

The new album from Dave Douglas (trumpet) featuring hymns and originals with vocalist Aoife O'Donovan is dedicated to Mr. Douglas's late mother, Emily Douglas. Be Still, according to Mr. Douglas, simply "came about because all these hymns and songs were songs that my mother recommended that I play." Visit YouTube for "Be Still My Soul" and enjoy the power of love and gratitude of being born and becoming a part of this beautiful world of ours.

Questionable Creatures ••• Matthew Silberman, DeSoto Sound Factory

Tenor saxophonist Matthew Silberman dedicated this debut album to his parents, Charles and Arlene Silberman, and it is a memorable tribute especially with "Breathe" and "The Battle At Dawn." Featured guitarists include Ryan Ferreira and Greg Ruggiero, as well as bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Tommy Crane.

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ove More. Eat Healthy. Don’t Smoke. Love Responsibly. Reduce Stress. See Your Doctor. Wash Your Hands. Be Prepared. Make Peace. Read More. These 10 healthy living tips are the tenets of the District’s Live Well DC initiative sponsored by the DC Department of Health. The city wants to educate and increase public awareness of the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices. Live Well DC encourages those who live, work and play in the District to live longer, more productive lives. The campaign is in its second year

by Pattie Cinelli and is led by 11 local residents known as Live Well community coaches who volunteer their time to coordinate and/or publicize their activities and free events through Facebook, Twitter, email and texting. According to Georgette Walker, a Live Well DC spokesperson, the program is launching metro ads this year to remind people about the four tenets: move more, don’t smoke, go to see a doctor regularly and eat healthy. “These are easy for anyone to address without financial expenditure.” Georgette explained how the program works. The volunteer coaches,

who are not professional health and fitness people, do whatever activities they like most and solicit others to join them. They support each other’s events and solicit city businesses and organizations to partner with them in creating fun events. They meet face-toface in quarterly meetings where they brainstorm about how to keep things fresh and how to support each other. Former Olympic skater Nat Mills is Ward 7’s community coach. The following is one of his tweets last month, “ 2nd favorite way to keep it moving on a beautiful day: 18 holes sans cart at #LangstonGolfCourse - that’s over

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tion, learned about Live Well DC last year through a city-wide casting call search for community coaches. “I missed the live casting call because of work travel, but I sent in an email and they liked it.” She said her first year was exciting. “I learned about so many free resources available in the city. I especially enjoy shopping at local farmers markets.” She also has taken advantage of the free exercise classes offered

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Claire P. Cargill, DDS throughout the District. Christina said she wants to help others in her community, while helping herself, as she set out on her lifestyle change last year. The softball-loving Ward 6 resident’s goal is to lose pounds and to maintain a healthy weight with physical activities like boxing, which she calls “more fun than work.” To support her efforts, Christina strives to avoid fried foods and opt, instead, for lean protein and vegetables. This past summer Live Well DC partnered with the chef from the restaurant, Busboys and Poets, to present a live cooking demo. “We wanted to teach how to make dishes that people are familiar with more healthful. Chef Gomez taught us how to make a vegan tuna casserole.” Live Well DC led residents in several activities from the Live Well stage at the National Park Service’s 4th Annual “Feet in the Street” in Fort DuPont Park last month. Attendees of the event enjoyed Zumba and Yoga classes as well as a live concert featuring Secret Society. The next Live Well DC event, Yoga in the Park, will take place at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park on Saturday, October 6th from 9a.m.-noon. Christina said she is working on partnering with a business in Ward 6 to create an event that engages the community in southwest, where she lives. She has reached out to Tommy Wells, Ward 6 councilman, and the Navy Yard. You can follow Christina on her Live Well DC account on Twitter (@Christina.LWDC) or keep up with her activities through the main Live Well DC account (@LiveWellDC). To learn more about Live Well DC and upcoming events log onto: Pattie Cinelli is a personal trainer, yoga and Pilates instructor who specializes in fitness for weight loss, pre/post natal and core/balance training. She has been writing her health/fitness column for more than 20 years. Email questions and column suggestions to: H

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hen swim coach Rodger McCoy stepped up to the microphone at a surprise luncheon given in his honor, he responded to the afternoon of accolades by saying to his swimmers, “I reflect what I see in each and every one of you. I try to find the best in you and instill that in you as your mantra for your daily use.” Coach McCoy’s generous spirit and dedication have drawn a loyal following of even the most reluctant swimmers for nearly 30 years, inspiring one young swimmer named Blake to thank Coach McCoy, “from the bottom of my heart to the top of my brain.” In February, he was the honored for his service to the community during the DC Parks and Recreation Department’s (DPR) 26th Annual Black History Invitational Swim 112 H HillRag | October 2012

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Despite his years of service as a senior coach for the DPR, Coach McCoy prefers to talk about his swimmers rather than about himself. On a bright Tuesday morning, Rodger was at Hains Point, coaching several swimmers from the Water Wizards, a dedicated group of about 100 novice and experienced swimmers, ages 50 and up. While we talked, Rodger kept his eyes on his swimmers and checked in with one man, asking, “How’s your lower back today?” and questioning another swimmer’s kicking style, asking “Why are your hips that far under the water? You’re working hard and

you should be hardly working!” Coach McCoy believes that part of his job is to remind swimmers to “Relax and enjoy swimming,” knowing that, if something is amiss with their strokes, they are probably thinking too much and not relying enough on their muscle memory. Surprisingly for a swimming coach, McCoy first learned to swim when his children were also learning. Although he grew up in Virginia Beach, McCoy said he had very basic swimming skills when he, his wife, and their oldest child learned to swim. Within a month, however, Coach McCoy

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Confronting Despair

Facing the Consequences of Climate Change


ou might wonder why two therapists are writing a column about climate change. Perhaps it is because we can bring our skills of facing difficult problems to the challenges and fears many people experience when confronting our global environmental problems. The well known psychotherapist Mary Pipher - author of the bestseller Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls - recently published an article entitled “Global Warming and Visions of a Sustainable Planet”. Pipher believes that we are living in a culture of denial - that the evidence for global climate change is solid and the scientific community is united and yet we citizens remain powerless and virtually immobilized in the face of the evidence. She points to a Pew Research Center poll of September 2011 showing that, despite increasing evidence, belief in climate change was at its lowest level since 1997. In fact, belief in climate change had decreased from 71 percent to 57 percent in the previous 18 months. Why is this? Does the enormity of the problem as well as our fears about the future drive us to denial, dissociation, apathy, and despair? Psychosocial researcher Renee Lertzman, who consults with organizations and individuals about taking action on environmental issues and teaches about psychology and sustainability, says that what appears to be apathy is really a “‘tangle’ of confusion, emotions and desires.” While the overwhelming majority of people are in favor of saving the environment, Lertzman maintains that many of the habits they consider integral to their well-being and comfort actually contribute to the problem of climate change. This, 114 H HillRag | October 2012

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“Treat the Earth and all that dwell upon it with respect.” - Native American Commandment Lertzman says, is the paradox at the center of ecological consciousness, and one that runs to the heart of why people may do nothing to help save or protect our environment, despite our best wishes, hopes, desires and dreams to do so. Here is Lertzman: “We love our cars and flights and pineapples in the winter, we love the heating cranked up, the long hot showers and the convenience of disposables. We also may love our rivers and seas, our wetlands and Arctic ices, the idea of our children having a healthy planet to enjoy and discover. This doesn’t make us bad or crazy, it makes us human. However, we must find the capacities to support one another in making changes that will, in

the long run, benefit all of us.”

Confronting Despair

Mary Pipher notes that we all have a healthy and understandable desire to avoid pain. We want to be able to enjoy our daily lives without worrying about imminent environmental disaster. And yet, it is not possible to solve a problem that we will not face. This is as true in psychotherapy as it is in everyday life. The climate crisis appears so overwhelming and it’s implications so vast that it can be difficult for us to grasp its reality. Pipher says that its scope exceeds our human and cultural resilience systems. And because we don’t know how to respond - we don’t re-

spond. We develop “learned helplessness” and our sense of being powerless becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Lertzman notes that responses to fear and despair vary - often people will swing between two poles of a spectrum – from being overly positive and unrealistically optimistic - to a more fatalist and cynical view. The problem, she points out, is that neither of these poles is either accurate or constructive. We have both an abundance of creativity, innovation and solutions, she says -- and we are also in deep trouble. The more that we are all able to hold these truths together, the better we will be able to address our problems. One way we can learn to do this, is by drawing on the tradition of “engaged Buddhism” which teaches us both to acknowledge our fatalism and our despair, while at the same time remain active and engaged. This is similar to the process of psychotherapy, where difficult challenges can call forth our capacity to imagine and create new and different ways of acting and engaging in order to make constructive changes in our world. Lertzman notes that there are several ways we can respond. First and foremost, we must face the hard truths about climate change - both the scope and seriousness of the problem. We also need to learn to think differently - that means recognizing that environmental sustainability is about more than changing our light bulbs and making tiny changes; ultimately, it is about reframing how we see ourselves in relation to our work, our life, and our broader environment. It means integrating sustainable practices into our everyday lives. It is also about talking - one of

the most powerful behavior tools for change. Rosemary Randall, a U.K.based psychotherapist and founder of Cambridge Carbon Footprint, found that the simple act of bringing people together to talk about their relationship with becoming more carbon-neutral can be quite profound. She developed a conversation-based program that combined education about carbon reduction and an informal place to talk about what it would mean, for example to drive or fly less, to begin shopping more locally or to walk more. After hundreds of meetings, she observed that people may often be pulled in different directions and feel quite frustrated; but in the act of talking with others, they could quickly come to creative solutions. Similar programs are now showing up around the U.S.

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Once we are able to face the hard truths about our environmental situation, we can begin the process of addressing the problems with both urgency and creativity. Mary Pipher notes that the next great “rights” battle will be a fight to rescue our beleaguered planet. We all have a right to a sustainable planet and a future for our children and our grandchildren. We may never know the significance of our individual actions, but we must act as if our actions are significant, says Pipher. Besides, she asks - what is our alternative? 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, hypnosis, meditation, visualization, and creative, non-verbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202-544-5050 or at www. David P. Fago is a licensed psychologist practicing on Capitol Hill. He works with children, adults, couples and families. He has been in practice for 30 years, approaching therapy holistically, giving equal attention to the psychological, biological, social and spiritual aspects of life. He can be reached at: 202-441-8823. H

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“Framed” at the National Gallery of Art

The Gallery presents the premiere of the play Framed!, written and directed by Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by the art of Roy Lichtenstein, Framed! introduces audiences to the ideas behind pop art through an engaging story of two characters exploring the language of art. With live jazz music, this dynamic show will delight children (ages 6, up) and adults. Surface, a Helen Hayes Award recipient, is an internationally recognized playwright and director specializing in theater for families. Approximately 60 minutes. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis; doors will open 30 minutes before each performance. The auditorium seats 450 people. Saturday, Nov 3, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov 4, 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Theatre for the Very Young Mouse on the Move

Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice, ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is reportely made of delicious, mouth-watering cheese. There are many opportunities for audience participation in the highly interactive play. Oct 17-22. Ages 1-5. $8. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

Southwest Library Costume Swap

Southwest is hosting a costume swap this year! Bring in a clean, gently used costume anytime in Sept or Oct. For each costume, you’ll receive a ticket. Come back for a party on Oct.

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“My Fair Lady” Family Fun Pack

When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. Lerner and Loewe’s sparkling score includes such enduring favorites as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You live,” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Based on Shaw’s most incisive social satire, My Fair Lady is a joyful, crowd-pleasing celebration for the entire family.

Bring the whole family to Arena Stage to see My Fair Lady, Nov 2-Jan 6. They have brought back the Family Fun Pack: four seats for $125. Must include a minimum of two patrons between ages 5 and 17 per Fun Pack; cannot be combined with any other offer or applied to previously purchased tickets; limit two Fun Packs per household. All standard fees apply. Must be purchased by phone or in person.

Capitol Hill Day School Admission Events

Open houses (no reservations) are on Oct 16, 9:00 a.m.; Nov 15, 7:00 p.m. and Jan 8, 2013, 9:00 a.m. Small group tours are Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. with reservation. Middle School Information Night (for H 117

applicants to grades 5, 6, and 7), Dec 6, 7:00 p.m. with reservation. Students Welcome! Meet the Head of School-Small Group Discussion and Tour, Oct 10, 9:00a.m.; Nov 14, 9:00 a.m.; Dec 12, 9:00 a.m.; Jan 9, 2013, 9:00a.m. Contact Priscilla Lund, Director of Admissions at 202-3869920 or Capitol Hill Day School is an independent, nondenominational school serving approximately 215 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. Their extensive Field Education program engages students in the rich community that surrounds us, building confident learners able to navigate their community, their learning, and ultimately, their lives.

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Troop 380 Heritage Island Trail Restoration and Beautification at Simón Bolívar Park

Eagle Candidate Drew Rivera led a group of volunteers from Troop 380 and others from the neighborhood on April 21 to make improvements in the trail through Heritage Island. Heritage Island is an island in the Anacostia River and has been closed to the public for a while due to construction on neighboring Kingman Island. The eastern trails have become wet and marshy due to the tidal flow of the Anacostia River and the need for maintenance. The volunteers restored, graded and built natural trail improvements on key sections of the trail. In partnership with the National Park Service, Eagle Scout Candidate Patrick B. Merkle organized a volun-

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Eagle Scout Candidate Patrick B. Merkle organized a volunteer crew to remove non-native plants from the triangular park surrounding the equestrian statue of the Venezuelan leader Simón Bolívar. Photo: Leslie Merkle.

teer crew to remove non-native plants from the triangular park surrounding the equestrian statue of the Venezuelan leader Simón Bolívar, and then re-landscape with plants native to the area. The goal was to beautify the grounds of the National Mall with plants native to the region. The triangular park, located near the United States Department of Interior, has lingered on the Park Service’s list of long-term projects awaiting available resources. Drew Rivera and Patrick B. Merkle are members of Troop 380, which is chartered to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Any boy age 11-18 interested in joining Boy Scout Troop 380 should contact Helen Haislmaier at 202544-1311 or Troop 380 meets on Wednesday evenings at St. Peter’s Catholic Church hall, 2nd and C sts. SE.

Hispanic Innovators in Aerospace Family Day at Air and Space

Hear about Latin Americans’ contributions to aviation and space exploration. Take part in bilingual story times and hands-on activities presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center. Saturday, Oct 13, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum.

Hill Center Concert Series: Pamela Ferguson and Alouette the Dragon

Pamela Ferguson and Alouette the Dragon are known for their appearances at the National Zoo and the Kennedy Center. Pamela is a fine violinist who is equally at home in jazz, classical, gypsy, and folk music. Alouette is , well, a dragon. $15 collected at the door but register to reserve your seat. Oct 20, 11:00 a.m.-noon. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

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Shake Up Your Saturdays! Very Like a Whale

These family workshops provide a morning of history, activity, performance, and fun! Explore the Folger’s exhibit Very Like a Whale to learn how the human mind can extrapolate details to turn a cloud into a camel, then a weasel, then a whale. Recommended for ages 6-12. Free but reservations required. Saturday, Oct 20 at 10:00–11:00 a.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202544-7077.

Today in History

Go to today to find out what happened today in American history. For instance, on the Oct Hill Rag publication date, Oct 6, we learn that on Oct 6, 1866, thieves boarded an eastbound Ohio & Mississippi Railroad passenger train near Seymour, Indiana, and entered an Adams Express Company car. Pointing guns at Adams Express employee Elem Miller, the masked bandits demanded keys to the safes. Miller held keys for the local safe only, so the robbers emptied that safe and tossed the other off the train intending to open it later. Signaling the engineer to stop the train, the robbers, later identified as the infamous Reno brothers, made an easy getaway. Unaware of what had happened, the engineer sped off into the night.

Pumpkin Panache Family Festival at Brookside Gardens

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painting craft in the Visitors Center, an illuminated stroll to the conservatory featuring Brookside Gardens Fall Chrysanthemum and Harvest Display, an apple cider press and the chance to taste a few pumpkin treats! Participate in a fun scavenger hunt to learn about different pumpkins and gourds throughout the Conservatory. Register (required) children ages 2, up at $8. Parents are free. Friday, October 19, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, MD. For more information, call 301-962-1400 or visit

Student Art Exhibit Program Awards

The Student Art Exhibit Program at the U.S. Department of Education, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers present the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, featuring a selection of artwork from student winners. Free to the public. Oct 12, 11:00 a.m.-noon, Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. RSVP requested but not mandatory. 202-453-5585. Had you walked by Garfield Park on Saturday, September 29, 2012, you might have thought a carnival was in town. It was not. No, it was MoTH Family Fest 2012 and a gathering of Capitol Hill Village!

Air and Scare at Udvar-Hazy Center

Their annual Halloween event, Air & Scare, features the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center! Each year, people arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. They participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. They can even pose for a photo with their favorite Star Wars character! Free. $15 to park. Saturday, Oct 27, 2:00-8:00 p.m. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located a few miles south of Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA. H

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hildren jumped out of the moon bounces sponsored by H&Pizza only to run to the back of the line to re-test their balance. Magicians, puppeteers, and clowns entertained and children took on new roles through the talents of face painters. The raffle table was abuzz with ticket buyers looking to win a $400 Fete package from Sweet Lobby, Redskins tickets donated by National Capital Bank, gift certificates to Atlas Room or Pacifico Cantina, tickets to Ford’s Theatre, or packages from Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill and many, many more. Parents and children tasted cupcakes from Sweet Lobby and Hello Cupcake and they listened to perennial favorites, CrashChord and Free Lobster Buffet. Capital City Church was on hand to offer eventgoers popcorn and smiles and Doug Menorca and Lee Murphy ensured balloons bedecked every tot’s hand. Backdropped by comfortable temperatures, bakers watched judges taste their desserts and little ones exercised their creativity at the Little Lofts craft table. In short, the day was full of activities and moments to remember. And, if you were part of this scene, thank you for coming! Photo: Nicole Harkin Photography

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School Notes Compiled by Susan Braun Johnson campus was sparkling thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, including Ludlow Taylor students and famiTyler families and 50 marines who lies, volunteers and staff kicked off the were recruited to help by Captain school year by giving the school a mini Jack Norton. The start of the school makeover as part of DCPS’ School year also marked the launch of a new Beautification Day. A special thanks initiative at Tyler called the Learnto volunteers from the Congressional ing Extended All Day (L.E.A.D.) Hispanic Caucus and to our very own program, which includes book clubs, custodial team. Out came the weeds Spanish instruction, GeoPlunge, stuand in went the bright geraniums, dent government, yoga, tennis, dance, ready to welcome students, and gear lacrosse, cooking, gardening, and up for another winning year at LT. much more. From last year’s outstanding DC In the 2012-2013 school year CAS test scores to a Phase I renovaTyler will also continue their parttion on the horizon in 2013, the ennership with the Phillips Collection, ergy at this neighborhood school is which includes field trips to the muhigh. Ludlow Taylor students, teachseum to explore the collections and encourage student creativity. They are also thrilled to continue working with Turning the Page, an organization that hosts a series of evening events that include parent workshops, child mentoring, and book giveaways. The new school year will bring a Ludlow Taylor students participate in Save the Librarians pop up library new before-school at H Street Festival, Photo: Kennedy/Kai/Graciela fitness program for the Tyler comers, and parents took this energy munity. The BOKS program, which to the streets – literally – at the H stands for Build Our Kids Success, Street Festival. With the support of is founded on the powerful link beANC Commissioner David Garber tween physical activity and increased and Toki Underground Restaurant, academic performance. It’s going to over 600 signatures were collected be a great year at Tyler Elementary! and 2000 books donated to our pop Colleen Cancio, 1001 G St, SE. Tyup library in support of the Save the Librarians effort. - Angelica Alfonso. Ludlow Taylor, 659 G St, NE, www.

Ludlow Taylor School News

Tyler Elementary News

Last month Tyler Elementary welcomed nearly 500 Tyler Tigers to the 2012-2013 school year! The

On October 3 -Walk to School DayCHML@L will formally kick off their Activity Burst contest to get kids moving! They’ll hold the monthly nutrition/wellness club meeting, where kids and parents will harvest fruits and veggies from our gardens and learn delicious ways to prepare them (thanks to the $17,000 grant received from OSSE and United Way). Students will learn about water pollution from Living Classroom educators, and proudly spending much time sprucing the gardens for Growing Healthy Schools Week. We can’t wait! - Sandra Moscoso-Mills.

St. Peter School New Back and Raring to Go!!

Students have settled in to the new school routine at St. Peter School and began the school term with the annual school blessing by Father Byrne and Father Griffin. Students then marked the end of back-to-school week with the annual St. Peter School summer reading celebration. Students in grades three through eight were challenged to successfully read and prepare reports on at least four books during the summer break. Students who met the reading goals then were assigned to one of the five U.S. military branches to compete in word scrabble; water bucket relays; a letter writing campaign to U.S. soldiers; camouflage face painting; and so much more! The winning branch was awarded “free

dress” for the remainder of the day! Rounding out the back-to-school activities was a school-wide picnic at which families and students celebrated on a gloriously sunny afternoon of food, friends and fun—topped off by a massive water balloon battle! The 2012-13 school term is off to a stupendous start! Students are embracing high academic expectations and enthusiastically participating in community service projects. New student council representatives have been elected, members of the 6th-grade safety patrol have assumed responsibility, band has started rehearsals, Confirmation and First Communion preparations have begun, and CYO soccer and track athletes have started practicing. It is promising to be another great year at St. Peter School!

Fall Open Houses

Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan

In October, CHM@L will celebrate Healthy Harvest Month, with gardening and physical activity events throughout the month.

8th graders during school reading celebration. Credit: Megan Wurm

Two happy tots enjoying last year’s CHM@L Haunted Harvest. The event took place on Oct 2 this year.

St. Peter School Fall Open Houses will be held on Nov 7 from 6-8 p.m. and Nov 8 from 9-11 a.m. Prospective families are invited to tour the school and meet with faculty and parents. If you are interested in learning more about the school, please contact the school office at 202-544-1618 or visit St. Peter School, 422 Third Street, SE; 202-544-1618. H 121

Brent Elementary News New After School Programming


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Brent Elementary launched a new After School Program, partnering with Springboard After School to provide students with a high quality after school experience. “I am excited to partner with Springboard to provide our students with high quality after school programming. Brent students have access to a wide variety of arts, music, sports and other activities. Combined with Springboard’s academic support and Brent mathematics academy, the Brent experience for students extends well past the end of the school day,” said Peter Young, Principal of Brent Elementary. Springboard After School has sites all over the United States with several schools in the DC area. “Springboard seeks to raise the bar for extended day programming. Programs are designed to be exciting, captivating and fun for children.” says


Brent’s Afterschool Program Kicks Off

Dr. Brett Prilik, PhD– Executive Officer of Springboard After School. “The Brent community has been very welcoming to us and the program has gotten off to a great start.” Springboard has also been able to integrate PTA enrichment programs into their core programming. “I am thrilled that Brent students can continue taking Taekwondo, Chess Challenge, drama and many other popular classes Brent has offered for a number of years. Springboard has also added new classes at Brent 122 H HillRag | October 2012

Band and Percussion. Families have the flexibility to participate in elective classes only or sign up for the comprehensive after-school program,” explained Meagan Berg, former director of the PTA after-school enrichment program and now the Springboard site coordinator for Brent. “Brent families can select daily or monthly participation options giving families more flexibility after-school.” Brent Elementary is a DCPS public school located at 301 North Carolina SE. Visit for more information or contact Denise Diggs, Business Manager / Registrar at

Amidon-Bowen News Year Starts With A View of the Future

“This looks like the future!” exclaimed one 3rd grader when he walked into the newly renovated lobby of Amidon-Bowen Elementary. Larger classrooms, bright colors, built in technology, a commitment to renovate the playground this fall, and support by an impressive group of community organizations gives rise to a view of the future that Southwest can embrace with pride. Opening day was celebrated with visits by Mayor Vincent Gray, Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Tommy Wells, Lt. Colonel Jennifer Blair, Command Master Sergeant Richard Jessup from Ft. Myer-Henderson Hall, MPD Assistant Chief Diane Grooms, MPD1D Commander Hickson, ANC6D Commissioners Rhonda Hamilton and Ron McBee and to the delight of kids and parents alike, the National’s mascot Screech. Parents and Staff were treated to the traditional “First Day Breakfast” due to the generous donations of Potbelly Sandwiches and Safeway. Volunteers from Christ United Methodist Church helped make it a success. The remarkable changes in the building, made in 60 days over the summer, were introduced at an Open House in September co-sponsored by Amidon-Bowen PTA and the staff. The ceremony was highlighted

Former Principal Almeta Hawkins at the Open House. Credit: Perry Klein

by presentation of the colors by the U.S. Army Color Guard Color, from Delta Company, 3d US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). Former Principal Almeta Hawkins was a special guest. Among the features that members of the community saw was a beautifully equipped music room, a dance studio, a computer lab outfitted by 25 computers donated by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and refurbished by SWNA’s Technology Task Force. Classrooms are fitted with technology suitable to grade level. Materials to support the teaching of Mandarin Chinese were already in place. - Meg Brinckman. Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, 401 I Street SW. Phone: 202724-4867.

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River ParkNursery School

River Park Nursery School will be holding its annual Yard Sale on October 13 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in front of Rumsey Pool. Arrive early for fresh baked goods, coffee and deals on clothes, toys, and all sorts of family items. Proceeds support River Park programs. The River Park Nursery School, 212 East Capitol St, NE. It operates with 3, 4, or 5 day programs from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. from September through May. - Jonathon Leavitt. www., 202546-7767. H 123

problem someday.) My students’ learning experiences are also mine. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in this editorial cartoonist convention. In what other profession can you learn and experience the world with others every single day? From the blog of CHDS Social Studies Teacher Beth “Mrs. Mrs. G, who blogs about her class, works with CHDS 8th graders on G” Gryczewski. bgryinterpreting and creating political cartoons., *“Ink and Pixel: A Cartoon View of Campaign 2012” at Capitol Hill Day School, 210 South Carolina Avenue, SE. Adapted by CHDS Gets Out Into The Jane Angarola,, 202-386-9919. Real World…Often!

Capitol Hill Day School News

having completed her Master’s degree in Education. Both Mr. Tome and Ms. Birney are enthusiastic about guiding students to think and express themselves in multiple ways, as well joining SWS as it expands into a full elementary school. Ms. Bassler (Science Atelierista) taught at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia for the past 14 years. She hopes to inspire students to discover their own love of science and excitement for learning. Ms. Dunne joins SWS as our new Movement Atelierista.

Upcoming Open House

Do you want to learn more about SWS and the Reggio Emilia approach? SWS will be hosting an open on Oct 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by to tour the facilities, meet the principal, and talk to some teachers and parents. SWS, 215 G St. NE,

Maury Elementary News

This week I was reminded of how important real world experience is, Maury Think Tank – GAMES! and not just for our children. I took Think Tank teacher Vanessa Ford my 8th grade students to the open- The 100 Languages has partnered with Maury parent SWS utilizes a Reggio Emilia ap- Kathleen Donahue, owner of Labying panel discussion of the annual proach to educate students in a sup- rinth Games & Puzzles (645 Penn. Association of American Editorial portive and enriching environment. SE), and through a grant from the Cartoonists Convention at the LiPart of this approach is to encourage Capitol Hill Community Foundabrary of Congress, with cartoonists students’ use of symbolic “100 lan- tion (capitolhillcommunityfoundarepresenting the full political specguages”, such as sculpture, writing and, to bring Maury students a trum. My students enjoyed seeing movement, to express themselves and library of games! These games, which excellent editorial cartoons; experiinvestigate the world around them. may be checked out by families and enced a lively, intelligent, and civil This spirit of discovery and exploration teachers, were thoughtfully chosen to debate; and participated in Q&A is fostered further with the addition of hit different multiple intelligences and with leading editorial cartoonists. In four new teachers: Ms. Hannah Birney, support different habits of mind (habaddition to a lesson in history, civics, Mr. Maurice Tome, Ms. Michele and politics, they also learned about That means they profollowing your passion and the im- Bassler and Ms. Shannon Dunne. mote logic, language, math, and spatial Mr. Tome (First Grade) has been reasoning, as well as problem-solving portance of being informed citizens. I am so lucky to be at a school teaching for 12 years, most recently at skills and exercise in self-control, that values field education as a Sidwell Friends School in DC. Ms. which come from focus and thought. primary avenue to learning. Our Birney (PK-4) has 15 years’ experience, philosophy is that doing (not test- the last five as an assistant teacher at SWS. She joins this year as a teacher Aftercare Options @ Maury taking) is learning. We are fortuWith all of DCPS’ changes to nate to live in a city where many aftercare, Maury is fortunate to ofeducational experiences are free; fer both VanNessa Duckett’s Polite but learning by doing is not limPiggy’s Day Camp (before and afited to lectures or museums. At ter school) and Nathan Havner’s CHDS, teachers create hands-on Alegría Aftercare. adventures in and around their Ms. Duckett, who is a teachclassrooms. We make maps and er at Tyler (PP is also there), has solve historical problems; invite gardening, Cooking Thyme, art, speakers to discuss, demonstrate lacrosse, HoopEd, double-dutch, and experiment with us; and read musical theater and building adand solve real-world math and ventures with Adventure Theater, science problems. We step outside Legos and robotics, Engineering to smell the roses and to count is Elementary, Story Tapestries, cars on our overcrowded highdance, soccer, yoga, story time, and ways. (Yes, I believe our students New SWS teachers Ms. Bassler, Mr. Tome and Ms. Birney Ms. Levin. will solve the beltway congestion (left to right) outside the Logan Annex.

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Mr. Havner, Maury’s 4th grade teacher, focuses Alegría Aftercare on Spanish language instruction, using the Sonrisas curriculum and an immersion approach (90 percent Spanish spoken by adults during the 45 to 60 minute lesson time) Alegría Aftercare gets kids outside every day and teaches chess, as well as doing excursions for all neighborhood kids, such as Bike Day at Lincoln Park. See and for more information. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. 202-698-3838 or Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. - Heather Schoell.

J.O. Wilson Elementary Great School; Great Partners

J.O. Wilson Elementary School is off to a wonderful start for the 2012-13 academic year. In addition to signature programs such as the Tools of the Mind early childhood curriculum and our award-winning French language program, our students are busy at work both in and outside the classroom. Our strong academic offerings are augmented by our valued community partners which include the Friends of J.O. Wilson, Starbase Atlantis STEM program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington School of Ballet, National Gallery of Art, Joy of Motion, DC United Soccer, U.S. Court of Appeals, H Street Community Development Corporation, Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church, Girls on the Run, City Dance, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and others. This year our school motto is “Together, We Can.”

Taste of H, Oct. 14

Join us for the Taste of H Auction for J.O. Wilson Elementary School on October 14th, 6pm-9pm at the Atlas. Enjoy music, food, libations & an exciting auction in H Street’s iconic arts center. The evening will include food tastings from local restaurants, a silent auction, and a live auction hosted by Ward 6 councilman Tommy Wells. Additionally, we will honor four J.O. Wilson students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and citizenship, and vote on the best food from participating restaurants. Please bring your friends and family and join us for the Taste of H, an outstanding collaboration of a DC

public school, local government, businesses and the community--all for a great cause. www. Samantha Caruth, J. O. Wilson Elementary School, 660 K St. NE, 202-698-4733,,

Miner Elementary Newes Museums at Miner

Miner becomes a museum every semester, and the students are the curators. Museum Day, is a key component of “Project Based Learning,� where the lessons, from art, to history and even math, are an extension of an idea the kids have connected to. On October 18, our student curators will present Colors All Around.

Men of Miner

Miner kicks off its Colors All Around projects with Men of Miner reading days where volunteers read aloud to students while providing positive male role models.

Dancing Classrooms

Dancing Classrooms, an organization started in a New York City school almost 20 years ago to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance, is partnering with several D.C. schools including Miner and bringing the benefits of high quality arts education to our kids.

Social Work Interns

Miner welcomes three Howard University social work interns to our Child Wellness team. The interns will work with teachers and parents to assist children with disabilities and address challenges such as behavior concerns, truancy, trauma, grief and loss, self esteem, anger management and childhood depression. They also may teach workshops in the classrooms on topics like empathy, bullying, conflict resolution, and social skills. We are glad they are a part of our team! - Lauren Kabler. Myrtilla Miner Elementary School, 601 15 th St, NE. LaVonne TaliaferroBunch, Principal. 202-397-3960 H 125

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Friends Community School Fall Fair and Admissions Open Houses

Friends Community School’s annual Fall Fair will take place October 28, 2012 from Noon – 4 p.m. at the school. There will be a haunted house, an obstacle course, a moon bounce, a toy and book sale, face painting, a strolling circus performer and plenty of good food prepared by local restaurants and school families. The fair will take place rain or shine and all are welcome. There is no charge for admission. In addition, Friends Community School will host several admissions open house meetings throughout the fall. The first will be held October 18 at the school. The deadline for applications for the next school year is January 28, 2013. Friends Community School is a small Quaker kindergarten to 8th grade school that educates children of all beliefs. It has a student-teacher ratio of 8:1 and an average class size of 12 in kindergarten and about 15 in other grades. Over the next year, FCS will expand its facilities modestly to create ad- Gregory May, a circus performer and teacher, as well as a former Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey clown, will perform at Friends ditional space for music and performing arts, visual Community School’s Fall Fair on Sunday, October 28, 2012. arts and science. More information about the school and the adlike to see their children emulate as well as to emmissions process is available by contacting Connie Belfiore, Director of Admissions and Outreach, at brace the various educational opportunities so or 301-441- readily available in the D.C. area. Students attend 2100 x129 or at classroom-based school for three half days a week, Eric Rosenthal. Friends, 5901 Westchester Park Drive, and parents are guided by their child’s teacher with regard to lessons completed at home. College Park, MD. The CHLG Hybrid Academy is a faith-based, Christian organization where a spirit of love, respect and service is fostered among the students, staff and participating families. If you’d like to find CHLG Hybrid Academy

Capitol Hill Learning Group

In September of 2011 Capitol Hill Learning Group embarked on a mission to provide local families with a new educational opportunity on the Hill. Joining the best aspects of home education and classroom-based education, the new Hybrid Academy was piloted with a kindergarten class of six students. Nine students now make up the inaugural First Grade Class and CHLG hopes to add a grade level per year (up to at least 4th grade) with small classes of 8-10 students per grade level. The Hybrid Academy emphasizes high academic rigor while also encouraging hands-on discovery and creative learning opportunities. As a parent cooperative, family members volunteer in the classroom several times throughout the year, assisting the teachers in exploratory endeavors such as science experiments, interactive math games and the interpretation of poetry and reading selections. The Hybrid Academy’s alternative structure and schedule allows families more time to instill the values they would 126 H HillRag | October 2012

out more about the Hybrid Academy please plan to attend an informational session on Nov 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the school. - Martha Hernon. www. 433 9th St, NE.

$1.1 Million Awarded to Chavez Schools Will Improve Student Achievement in D.C. Public Schools

Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy (Chavez Schools) is the recipient of a $1.1 million grant through the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Race to the Top (RTTT) program to engage educators in professional development and collaborate to positively impact student success. The Professional Learning Communities of Effectiveness (PLaCEs) Grant Award provides an incentive for public schools to establish consortia with the goal to improve student achievement. Chavez Schools will lead the PLaCEs grant effort, in partnership with Paul Public Charter School and DCPS elementary schools – Kenilworth and Neval Thomas, to ensure success in four critical areas: 1. Teach school leaders (principals, coaches, lead teachers) to provide timely and meaningful feedback to instructors 2. Train teachers in the best pedagogical practices 3. Coach teachers and school leaders to support students with learning disabilities to access the standards in a meaningful way 4. Develop a resource portal containing curriculum exemplars and quarterly teacher training based upon the Common Core Standards “We are thrilled to be chosen to lead this consortium of schools,” said Tracy Wright, Chief Academic Officer for Chavez Schools. “We have a strong partnership with Paul, Kenilworth and Neval Thomas and we are excited to deepen the knowledge sharing between all the schools in the consortium.” Chavez Schools is currently reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates to assume the role of Senior Project Manager of the PLaCes Grant. Interested persons should submit their resume and cover letters to With campus locations in Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights, and Parkside communities, Chavez Schools currently serves over 1,400 students from grades 6-12. For additional information, visit www. - Christine Lai;, 202-547-3975, x: 34. The CHLG Hybrid Academy’s 1st Grade Class conducting a Science lab about living and non living things. H 127


With phase one of the renovations complete, Stuart-Hobson Middle Schoolers explore their new school.

Capitol Hill Cluster School Check out the Renovations!

After three months of renovation, Stuart-Hobson Middle School opened August 27 without a glitch. According to Principal Clemens, “The students looked fantastic in their red and khaki uniforms, and there was a feeling of excitement and new beginning at every turn.”

About the Modernization Plan

The full modernization plan will be implemented in phases over the next couple of years. The plan includes not only substantial renovation to the existing building, but the addition of an arts wing. The arts wing is critical to the success of Stuart-Hobson’s revamped and reimagined museum magnet/arts integration program and will include: • Art studios and project rooms. • Exhibition space for flat and 3-D display • Rehearsal and performances spaces for music, dance, and drama • Spaces for storing, maintaining and growing collections such as digital archives; images and objects; specimens; photographs • Working gardens and other outdoor classrooms

New Garden Program

Stuart-Hobson’s garden program

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is the Cluster School’s newest, but it is no less ambitious than those at Watkins and Peabody. The Nancy Cunningham Memorial and Native Plant Garden is a habitat for native birds and insects and includes a monarch butterfly habitat. Parents, students, and teachers are currently working on creating the Bird Walk, which will incorporate a studentmade fused-glass birdbath, bird feeders and houses, and a patio and bench, all nestled among native plantings. The tile mosaic overlooking the garden was created by students as a part of an arts integration project. In addition, a sloping concrete wall was replaced by a Terraced Garden helping prevent storm water overflow, a major cause of pollution in the Anacostia River, and teaching students about the ways to better manage storm water in urban areas. If you are interested in helping to grow the Stuart-Hobson gardens, please contact Suzanne Wells at - Chris D’Alessandro and Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt. Peabody Early Childhood Campus – 425 C St NE. Watkins Elementary Campus – 420 12th St SE. Stuart-Hobson Middle School Campus – 410 E St NE,

sible” grant from DCPS, the students at Eliot-Hine are creating their own radio shows that will “air” (streaming audio) on the school’s website, beginning in mid-October. All aspects of the project (writing, creating, producing, uploading) are done by the children themselves. It’s impressive to visit their classroom where all the complicated electronics are arrayed, cables, mixing boards, microphones, PCs and stuff thats hard to recognize – and the kids are completely comfortable using it. It’s equally impressive to witness their teacher, Mandrell Birks’, classroom management skills. Everyone is on-task all the time, super-excited about what they are doing – and Mr. Birks is clearly as fascinated with them as they are with the new skills they are learning. Under his leadership, they are training as engineers, producers, announcers, technicians and talk show hosts. They are also learning about the business aspects of the communications industry including writing and producing commercials. Mr. Birks is not only the computer technology teacher at Eliot-Hine, he is also a media professional, the host of “The Sighlent Storm” which airs on WHURWORLD 96.3 FM HD-2 and Sirius XM Channel 141 HUR Voices every Saturday at 10 am. This connection has proven extremely useful, as the station’s general manager, Jim Watkins, has generously provided his considerable technical expertise – to say nothing of the example of community involvement he provides. Please log onto our website, www.eliothinemiddleschool. org/, to hear the students’ work – or download an app from More information about Mr. Birks and his radio show can be found at www. and – Elizabeth Nelson, Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave NE. Tynika Young, Principal, 202-939-5380.

Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy Opens

On Sept. 22, Children of America Educational Childcare & Academy had a grand opening and tour of their new facility in the Bull Run Plaza at 11730 Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas, Va. The 12,808 square-foot facility will serve 248 children of all ages, from infants up to the fifth grade, and is equipped with an Interview video surveillance program that allows parents to monitor their children and classroom activities throughout the day. The school also has a registered dietician on staff to advise parents through a nutrition blog, consultations and on-campus meal plans. For more information: www., 703-335-7700. H

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Homes & Gardens the hill gardener

A Labor of Love

13th Street Community Garden and Park


article and photographs by Rindy O’Brien

he new community garden and park at the corner of 13th and C Streets, SE is one of Capitol Hill’s most promising garden success stories. The corner park is stunningly landscaped and has become an oasis for people in the neighborhood to enjoy on many different levels. If you haven’t had a chance to sit under the shady pergola and listen to the sound of the water fountain or bees buzzing nearby, then you need to drop by and zen out for a little while. Colleen Garibaldi, is one of the original Community Garden board

members, and she described the five years plus effort “as a labor of love.” The garden story is full of twists and turns. But, the garden exists as a result of productive collaboration between lots of neighborhood volunteers, the DC Public Housing Authority, City Councilman Tommy Wells, Casey Trees, many businesses, and you, the taxpayer.

The 13th Street vacant lot gets transformed

For years, a lone dumpster sat in

the middle of a vacant lot at the corner of 13th Street and C Street, SE. The property is owned by the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), and is part of the Kentucky Courts Housing Apartments. From the very start, the Kentucky Courts public housing project with its neglected corner attracted illegal activity of all kinds, including an active drug market. Jim Myers, an activist and Hill resident, wrote in an article for The Atlantic Monthly magazine that he calculated 23 fatal shootings from 1992 to 2000 occurred in the blocks around Kentucky Courts. The

from 13th Street Community Garden and Park Archives, “The corner of 13th and C Street, SE before the park was developed.” H 131


“The park received $650,000 in stimulus funds to fund the construction and plantings and a sign now commemorates the effort.”

“Colleen Garibaldi and Barb Lavens are volunteers in the 13th Street Community Garden and Park, and both enjoy being part of the revitalization effort.”

“The park was designed to encourage families to picnic and enjoy meeting neighbors.”

murder of police officer Jason White was one of those 23 deaths. Kentucky Courts was finally closed, in part, due to a plague of pigeons that had taken over the building. In July 1997, 30 residents were evacuated due to health hazards associated with the cleanup. When Mayor Tony Williams took over, he tried to pour development money into the site by offering mixed housing. But his efforts met with little success. Finally, in 2007, Mayor Fenty joined the head of DCHA and Councilman Tommy Wells in breaking ground on a project to develop the park and garden. It is a tribute to the tenacity of the neighbors and the insight of city leaders and staff that, after such a violent past, the garden now serves as a beautiful and peaceful gathering place.

A park designed by committed neighbors

“Timing is everything,” said

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“The fountain in the center of park provides a zen feeling to the park.”

Colleen Garibaldi, “and we were lucky to have a group of neighbors and Hill residents that had a variety of skills to help plan the park. We were seeking help from the city at a time when the city was ready and in a position to help us.” Colleen is a landscape architect who saw a notice in the then new Hill East web list that a group was getting together to transform the vacant lot into a garden. So she volunteered and five years later says she has learned so much from being a part of the project. Along with Colleen, Liz Guthrie, another landscape architect, leant her expertise to the project. “Eric Schwalb and Richard Luckas brought to the committee urban planning and legal experience,” Colleen noted, “that helped us with permitting and starting the 501c-3, nonprofit organization. Our Hill neighbors really have a wide array of backgrounds and skills that make a project like this work.” The

land is still owned by DCHA but, through a Memorandum of Understanding, it is managed by the garden nonprofit group, the 13th Street Community Park and Garden. “We wanted to make sure that the design we presented to the DCHA was well thought out and, most importantly, reflected the views of all the neighbors including the residents that moved back into Kentucky Courts after it reopened,” said Colleen. Today, the apartment complex is made up of 45% seniors and 59% disabled residents. DCHA provided buses to take the residents to the one-day public design planning session, where members of the community talked about what they desired in the garden. Colleen said the meeting really helped the committee fine tune the design to include some community vegetable garden plots, incorporate areas where families can picnic, and walking paths that can accommodate wheelchairs. It was also important that the park be sustainable and made use of state-of-the art environmental design and stewardship. Barb Lavens, the current green guru in charge of the plants, said that all the plantings are native to the area, and were selected for easy maintenance. Barb has a long history in working in public gardens along with her own personal gardening interest, and has organized a monthly weeding day for volunteers. She said that Casey Trees and the DC Urban Forest Department have also been helpful in donating and providing dayto-day advice. “Except for a redbud tree that is just not doing well,” Barb declared, “our plants are really doing well in the new setting, and in fact, we are probably going to have to thin some of the plants out this fall.” The park was designed with built-in irrigation, along with a community rain barrel H 133

Look no further... * Yarn * Classes * Community

Bean Hyacinth At the corner of 5th and Independence, SE grows a bean hyacinth plant that appears to be taking over the corner. The maroon colored vine origins go back to Africa, and the plant has been an heirloom vine at Monticello for years. The castor bean is edible if taken when it is young and boiled.

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Luckily, the neighborhood committee and DCHA have been on the same page from the start, and worked hand in hand to find the funding. But, before DCHA could put money into the park construction, it had to relocate

the dumpster and provide handicap accessibility for the Kentucky Courts residents. “This turned out to be more costly than any of us realized,” said Colleen, “and there was a brief time when we were ready to go but the city didn’t have the money.” Along came the 2009 Stimulus Funding otherwise known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and DCHA was

rewarded more than $34 million in competitive grants by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for seven projects, including over $650,000 for the 13th Street Community Park and Garden. The availability of guaranteed funding shows in the final product. The very best materials have been used, and the park looks not like your standard public park, but more like a fancy garden in your backyard. The future looks bright for the troubled corner. On May 20, 2011, over 100 neighbors and city officials gathered to cut the ribbon on this special park. Since then, the plants have been putting down roots, and the neighbors have been enjoying the space, and getting to know each other better. “We are now moving into a new phase of the park,” Colleen said. “We are looking for a new generation of volunteers to take over, and we are especially looking for folks with IT skills to help with the website and social media, and someone to be an event coordinator. We hope to have yoga and other classes here in the garden to teach gardening techniques to children and adults.” Colleen describes the park is “growing a mindful, diverse and connected community through gardening and passive recreation in a beautiful and shared setting.” It is such a remarkable story. If such a violent place can turn itself around into this peaceful green space, then there is so much hope for our community. If you are interested in getting involved, the website is a good place to start, or email barbraruth@ Tim Childress is the current chair of the nonprof it and he can be reached at tim-childress@ Rindy O’Brien lives and photographs on the hill. For comments or ideas contact her - rindyobrien@gmail. com. H

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he DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) is helping DC residents and businesses go green by making energy efficiency upgrades affordable for all. With a $15M annual budget that may be increased in FY13, the DC SEU helps District households, businesses, and institutions save energy and money through energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Ted Trabue, Managing Director of the DC SEU notes, “Our programs allow homeowners and businesses of all income levels to make changes in their buildings that result in significant savings while reducing energy use and carbon footprints.” Created by the DC City Council as part of the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008, the DC SEU is overseen by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).

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Depot and Safeway are already participating in this program, and Frager’s Hardware on Capitol Hill began offering the discounted CFLs in mid September. The DC SEU hopes that YES! Organic will be able to join the program in the near future (stores need special permits to be able to sell light bulbs in DC).For a list of all District retailers participating in this program, check out home/lighting/find-a-retailer.

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The DC SEU also offers rebates to residents who complete energy efficiency upgrades through certified District contractors. The DC Home Performance Program offers a $500 incentive to households that successfully complete a qualifying home energy upgrade of at least $1500. To qualify for this incentive, you’ll first need to need to have an energy audit on your home through a qualified DC SEU contractor. The audit will evaluate the amount of air leakage in your home, the effectiveness of your insulation, heating system, lighting, appliances, and windows and provide professional advice on ways to lower your energy bills. You’ll then need to contract with a Participating Contractor and complete a minimum of $1500 worth of approved improvements that will reduce your air leaks

by at least 10%. Go to www.dcseu. com/for_your_home/dc_home_performance/general_info/overview for an overview of the program. Lower income households (families of four with incomes of $70,250 or less) can qualify for a 5 year forgivable loan through the DC SEU’s Federal Home Loan Bank Program. Households undergoing these improvements reduce their energy consumption by as much as 30%!

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By 2014, all District buildings (commercial and multi-family) over 50,000 square feet must benchmark their energy efficiency and report that score to the City. The DC SEU can help building owners establish their baseline and determine effective improvements that can save money – and energy - through a resource hotline at 202-525-7036 or The DC SEU also provides technical assistance to improve energy efficiency in DC businesses and institutions by providing reduced up-front costs for upgrading to new energyefficient technologies and equipment that reduce electric and gas consumption. The DC SEU also provides rebates to businesses for HVAC and refrig-

eration as well as other equipment. Check out for-your-business/business-rebates for more specific information. T 12s fluorescent tube lighting was banned for manufacturing by federal mandate on July 14, 2012. The DC SEU is replacing T12 fluorescent tube lighting with more efficient High-Performance T8 (HPT8) lighting in qualifying businesses, institutions and multifamily residential buildings in DC at no cost. Ben’s Chili Bowl is a recent recipient of these funds. The restaurant had been using T12 lighting for years. The new lighting will reduce energy use by up to 50 percent over the old lighting; the bulbs will last 4,000 to 10,000 hours longer, translating to reduced maintenance costs; and the quality of light will improve. The projected annual cost savings is $1,200! DC SEU’s contract with DC DDOE must be approved annually by the City Council. While some rebates expired on September 30, 2012, the DC SEU has every indication that the program will be reauthorized by October 1 to coincide with the District’s Fiscal Year. For more information on the DC SEU’s Programs, check out their website at or contact them at or 202479-2222. Catherine Plume is the blogger for the DCRecycler. H Helping Buyers. Helping Sellers. Helping Our Community! Jackie VonSchlegel 202.255.2537 Peter Principe 202.297.5586 Mark Spiker 202.341.9880



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he homes of Capitol Hill, in fact the overall feel of the Hill, are largely due to the varied mix of styles. From block to block, and in many cases home to home on individual blocks, there is a diverse mix of architecture that is wonderfully diverse. Distinction and individuality runs the gamut on the Hill, from quaint single story former factories that lie on the southwest corner of Kentucky and Independence avenues, to the towering repurposed Pierce School building, the Hill has a style that is unique and eclectic. Gardens on the Hill are also charming and synonymous with what a well-tended neighborhood should look like. In fact the gardens of Capitol Hill are the welcome mat to one of the best neighborhoods in the country. Varied and distinctive, classy and rigid, sprawling and cottage like, well you get the point, as different and precious as the homes who give them easement to grow here. Thank goodness there is no guideline to the creative sprit that has inspired hundreds of Hill residents to be ingenious, original, and prideful with the gardens they grow.

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The Garden Lush but not staid. Photo: Derek Thomas

garden is landlocked and has no entry from an alley or rear footpath. A tall Ivy covered brick wall to the east keeps the gardens quaintness in tact. The ivy and wisteria that covers the fences on all remaining sides make for a comforting space. Hardy says, “the garden is used for 9-10 months a year, it is our outdoor room where we come to unwind after a long day”. However the space was not always this nice, formerly a law office the rear garden had a imposing rear stair and deck area, broken old patio and was “utterly uninviting” says Hardy. The pair have called the converted Law office home for the past 10 years and during that time have brought in collections of plants and adornments to make the rear garden feel like a San Francisco enclave, complete with all the artistic elements that a gardeners garden needs.

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There are plants that are interlopers from all over the country. The Euonymus that was Hardy’s grandfather’s shrub is at home climbing and spreading out on the fence. The Brazilian Pepper that grows in one corner was a gift from Rick’s cousin. A wonderful broad leaf Succulent that has provided them with offspring comes from Newport Ritchie Florida. A old Southern Pine was transplanted from Charleston. And a lush Acuba is a Bethesda native that now calls their Hill garden home. The hanging baskets are filled with plants from Fregars and spill over and add pops of H 139

Foliage combinations blend in un-inhibited contrasts in the lush private garden. Photo: Derek Thomas

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If you are looking for the contrived, staid, rigid garden you will not find it here. The garden furnishings are varied and complementary. There is a metal style rocker bench, a pair of antique daisy inspired bent metal chairs and matching table, a set of diamond pattern metal lawn chairs and a matching side table, and a aluminum

accent chair. The garden art and planter further push the eclectic envelope. The Planters on the patio and in the garden are a mix of glazed and shiny planters, terracotta and clay like pots, and collectable and decorative vessels. The Fish planter that shows off a towering Persian Shield, the pig planter with a Geranium spilling over, the hanging Roseville pottery collection with mixed flora in each, and the plethora of garden art each with a sense and sensibility that make this garden a bohemian bliss. The stonework that was installed by the pair and their kids is a wonderful random pattern flagstone with solid brick border. In the corner tucked behind the menagerie is a black lantern that is perhaps the only piece in the garden that screams massmarket. Hardy says “it was once on the side of the stairs and they left it there and built the garden around it”. The garden that Hardy and Rick have built is at once reminiscent of a stroll through the rear garden enclaves of Grove St. in San Francisco, a day spent wandering through the private gardens of Key West Florida, and still thoroughly a part of the varied unconstructed beauty of the gardens of Capitol Hill. Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV ’s Curb Appeal, and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/ Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at or 301.642.5182. You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. Follow us on Twitter @ ThomasGardenGuy For Great Garden Tips. H H 141

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and red berries. Cotoneaster is evergreen, drought tolerant, low maintenance, interesting all year, and also has red berries in the fall. What if any flowers should I think of leaving as the autumn unfolds (a) for birds who might like their seeds; and (b) for socalled “winter interest”, of which our garden has so little? Ornamental grasses look beautiful in winter. So do dried hydrangeas, and the fluffy seed pods of Japanese anemone. Birds appreciate the seeds of annuals like sunflowers, zinnia, dill, snapdragon, cleome, batchelor’s button, calendula, nicotiana. They also love coneflower seeds, yarrow, butterfly weed, spiderwort and helianthus. I brought home a chestnut from under the treet at the Northwest corner of East Capitol Street at Fifth. The prickly shell had cracked, revealing a perfect, gleaming brown seed. How should I plant it? The beautiful tree you mention is a Buckeye, not a chestnut . The seeds are alike in size, shape and color. Plant now about two inches deep in good soil, a bit of mulch, water, and allow to overwinter. Cover with a rock until the ground freezes so squirrels will not eat it. It needs cold (known as ‘stratification’) in order to germinate.

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thelastword I Endorse Grasso

Dear Ward 6 Neighbors, I am proud to announce my endorsement of David Grosso to serve as your at-large member of the D.C. City Council. I hope you will join me in giving this proven public servant your support and your vote. David will be an effective champion for a livable and walkable city, and I look forward to working with him on three critical issues: Public Transit Connecting Neighborhoods: David supports building a new generation of public transit that works for everyone, providing safe and reliable access to jobs and amenities. Great Neighborhood Schools: Now that Ward 6 has a quality elementary school in walking distance to almost every family, David will work with me to be sure we have the same for middle schools. The Highest Ethical Standards: At a time when we are experiencing a crisis of ethics in our elected government, David will strengthen integrity and honesty on the Council. To get good government, we have to vote for it. I urge you to cast your ballot for David Grosso on November 6. Sincerely, Tommy Wells Ward 6 Councilmember

Vote Grasso

Dear Friends, We have important votes to cast on November 6th. While interest has been intently focused on the presidential election, we have had little attention directed to critical local races. Here in Ward 6, we will be voting for two At-Large City Councilmembers, as well as a new City Council Chair. We will vote as well for those neighbors who will represent our views on the Advisory 152 H HillRag | October 2012

Neighborhood Commissions. Our city government has been shaken by a cascade of revelations concerning ethical lapses (to put it as kindly as possible) by city officials. Some of these allegations have resulted in criminal sanctions and resignations from office; others remain under investigation. It is time for strong new voices and ideas in city government. It is time to stop the hand-wringing and make some changes. While we don’t have the authority to tinker with our ethics laws, we have the power to change the law-makers. We can vote for honest, smart, hardworking candidates who know what’s right and do it because it is right. I urge you to vote for DAVID GROSSO for City Council AtLarge. David Grosso is running for City Council because he loves our city. David is a DC native who lives in Ward 5, is a member of the DC Bar (Georgetown Law grad), and is ready to move DC forward on its current successful trajectory. David has held a responsible position in the private sector for the past four years, worked for Eleanor Holmes Norton for two years previously to that, and served as a critical member of my Ward 6 City Council staff for six years before I retired. I am very grateful that David Grosso is willing to step up and put his considerable experience and thoughtful commitment to work building a new city government. David Grosso will be a new voice for a new DC. Make your vote count in this election. Study the candidates, attend the forums, talk to your neighbors, check out candidate web sites and pay attention to what folks say about candidates in the social media. I was proud to represent Ward 6 for 10 years as part of a strong and progressive City Council. DAVID GROSSO can help make

Ward 6 and the whole city proud of DC government again. Vote DAVID GROSSO for City Council At-Large. Sincerely, Sharon Ambrose

Of Parks, People and Bridges

Often people see green space in the city and think Sunday picnics, tag football or perhaps enjoying an evening concert. But developers and city officials are seeing a different kind of green. Parks are increasingly viewed as an economic anchor, bringing neighborhood benefits for new and existing residents. In a recent report, the Trust for Public Land suggests using several economic indicators to determine the value of green space: potential health benefits, increased property value, tourist income, the ability to build a community’s social capital, and the value that comes from helping to clean the water with storm water mitigation and the air by planting trees that scrub the air of pollutants. These are the goals for a new 11th Street Bridge Park that will span the capital’s cityscape. As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, the District government and a local nonprofit organization, THEARC, are planning to transform the aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts. If we are successful, this park can significantly increase foot traffic along both lower 8th Street and historic Anacostia which in turn, can support new businesses along these vital commercial corridors. But noted urban planning author Jane Jacobs tells us “parks are not automatically anything.” For the 11th Street Bridge Park to become a true

destination we need to ensure that the Bridge Park will engage the local community and bring residents together from across the city. Through a series of public meetings, residents of Ward 6, 7 and 8 have shared amazing programming ideas with us. They suggest outdoor performance spaces, playgrounds for all ages and abilities, fruit orchards, classrooms to teach students about watersheds, and kayak and paddle boat launches on the river below. Bound by the Washington Navy Yard on one side and the National Park Service’s Anacostia Park on the other, the Bridge Park will be a destination for some, a pedestrian or bicycle route for others linking to the existing network of riverwalk trails and, for the city, an iconic architectural symbol across the Anacostia River. We are proposing to create a place unlike any other in Washington, DC – one that supports the community’s physical, environmental and economic health. The Danish planner Jan Gehl tells us, “We shape cities, and they shape us.” Let’s work together to shape a more vibrant city by providing economic opportunities, a healthier population and cleaner Anacostia River. If you would like to be involved in leading transformational change in the nation’s capital, join us. Contact Scott Kratz, project director, 11th Street Bridge Park at skratz@ or by phone at 202669-0951. Scott Kratz is the project director of the 11th Street Bridge Park.

Dangerous Intersection

The intersection of North Carolina Ave, 7th Street, and Independence Avenue, SE is a very dangerous intersection for pedestrians. Speeding cars, red light runners, u-turners, crosswalk parkers, and vehicles purposely going the wrong way on In-

dependence taking a short cut to 7th are among the many constant daily violations. The offending vehicles include some MD commuters but based upon my observations, the major offenders are DC residents are including many Capitol Hillers, DC police cars (not on emergency runs),transit police vehicles, and other DC government vehicles including trash trucks and parking enforcement vehicles. I have been corresponding with Councilman Tommy Wells and Police Commander Dan Hickson for a couple of years regarding this problem and it is fair to say that absolutely nothing has been done. No police presence to speak of, no ticketing, no traffic cameras. Nothing at all. Why? The day a pedestrian is injured or even killed at this intersection the community will be up in arms and Wells and Hickson will move quickly to take action BUT why not do it now before tragedy occurs? My answer to that question is quite simple: they just don’t seem to care. Mac Hansbrough 800 Block of North Carolina Avenue, SE

ReDiscover Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan Main Street hosted the 34th annual Adams Morgan Day Festival on Sept 9, 2012 with more than 25 different cultures represented in art, food, music, and dance. The Festival theme, “Rediscover Adams Morgan,” invited all to experience both the Cultural Street Festival and what Adams Morgan in general had to offer. Lisa Duperier, Chair of Adams Morgan Main Street and the AMDay Festival under-

scored the “unique local shopping and dining in all price ranges, and especially the new streetscape. The Festival allowed locals and patrons to get reacquainted with the area and choose old and new favorites for year round visits.” “Adams Morgan Day is known for its live music, cultural, and dance performances, Kid’s Fair and popular “Arts on Belmont,” noted Janet Lugo-Tafur, Executive Director of Adams Morgan Main Street and the AMDay Festival. “Janet has done an outstanding job for 7 years and brought innovations such as the Health and Green Pavilions, and expanding the Kid’s Fair to be one of the best of any Festival,” said Duperier. “She organizes 100 plus volunteers, the logistics, vendors, a myriad of details, all while being the sole full-time employee of Adams Morgan Main Street year round.” Janet has also worked with media partners generally and Capitol Community News in particular. Lisa Duperier, as the head of Adams Morgan Main Street, has organized the Festival for nine years since 2004. “It’s time for others to continue this notable city tradition ongoing since 1978,” said Janet who thanked Lisa for her overall dedication, and long hours put in on overall organization, fundraising, DC government liaison. Both Lisa and Janet are making the successful 2012 Adams Morgan Day their last one. Jesus Aguirre, Director of Parks and Recreation, lauded them saying, “DPR and its staff has enjoyed working with this professional duo on the Festival and other Main Street activities.” Lisa Duperier, President H H 153

How to Succeed in Politics Without Really Trying

the NOSE


by Anonymous

olitics is not a very difficult game, in the Nose’s sage opinion. Raise a little money. Schmooze a few voters and donors. Kiss a couple of babies. Grease a few palms on election day. Pet the odd cute dog, and you’re in like Flynn. Being the scion of a distinguished Democratic operator, of course, does not dim one’s prospects. Councilmembers do have their crosses to bear. Anyone who has attended one of those endless hearings can only wonder at their seemingly limitless ability to endure the drone of whining lobbyists. However, on the bright side, none of that prevents our legislators from earning the odd buck consulting on the side, or throwing the occasional elaborate birthday party for fawning donors. So, why is it so difficult be Michael A. Brown? Most members of the public, such as The Nose, spend their lives focused on the difficult details of daily drama. We put the rent in the mail, or work hard to make sure the mortgage gets paid. We balance our checkbook. (Now much easier in the world of electronic banking.) We pull our hair out filling out federal and state tax forms. If we are smart, we hire an accountant. In any event, Uncle Sam always gets his cut. For Brown the Younger, these life details are seemingly so unimportant. Miss a few mortgage payments. Neglect to file returns on a six-figure income. Why even pay the landlord on time? No one really minds the occasional rubber check. Life is too hectic to sweat this small stuff. So, Michael, straight from the mouths of the muppets, here is a tune for you:* It’s not that easy bein’ Brown Having to spend each day the color of ---When I think it could be nicer being Gray or Orange Or something much more Democratic like that It’s not easy bein’ Brown Life is so expensive Running for every office is so complicated Can’t keep my checkbooks straight That’s why my rent is always late. And the press dogs me cause of my high-end suits They question my foundational aspirations And complain that I don’t pay taxes like the little people. Neither Mendo’s old car Nor Wells’s two pedaled machine Will fit my lanky frame So, I drive an SUV But Brown’s the color of leather and cigars smoked in dimly lit rooms where my luckiest deals are made by fellow lawyers in thousand dollar suits who work for K Street firms. When Brown is all there is to be It could make you wonder why But why wonder, why wonder? I am Brown and I’m stay’in in the game The voters remember my dad! After all, it’s all in a name! As Mark Twain sagely observed, “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.”

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