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Zoo to debut American Trail exhibit

Commission irons out glitch in housing rules


change approved last week aims to

■ Inclusionary zoning: First straighten out this situation, which

two condos are still unsold

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Come Labor Day weekend, the seals and sea lions will be back at work — and play — in a new, more eco-friendly space at the National Zoo. And the beavers, river otters, bald eagles and gray wolves will join them on the Zoo’s new American Trail. Workers are now finishing up the trail, which stretches from elephant exhibits on the west side of the Zoo to Amazonia on the east, an area formerly known as Beaver Valley. It’s been closed during two years of construction, with some animals off exhibit. The otters were moved to an exhibit area behind the small mammal house, and the sea lions were relocated to the Pittsburgh Zoo, where old-timer Calli gave birth to her first pup in 2011. The American Trail is the latest improvement under an ambitious and still unfolding master plan that constructed the Asia Trail in 2006, and is currently creating a new elephant habitat and trails. The idea, like other recent projects, is to build See Zoo/Page 10

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The first two condo units produced under the city’s inclusionary zoning program helped reveal a fundamental problem: People can’t buy them. Due to a clash between local and federal affordability laws, the two units at 2910 Georgia Ave. have sat on the market for more than 14 months now. An emergency zoning rule

Agency plans redesign for Waterside Drive entrance ■ Parks: Mix-up on retaining

wall delayed construction

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An “Arts for Families” session at the Textile Museum on Saturday taught participants how to dye a pillowcase using shibori, the Japanese art of shaped resist dyeing.

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Grant funds green landscaping projects By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

The Rock Creek Conservancy is targeting the Chevy Chase and Petworth neighborhoods as part of a new landscaping program that aims to reduce stormwater pollution. Through a $418,000 grant from the D.C. Department of the Environment, the conservancy is installing technology in driveways and creating gardens that will allow the ground to absorb more stormwater, thereby reducing pollution in Rock Creek. Though the District is tackling runoff in public spaces by installing permeable materials on some streets, alleys and sidewalks, conservancy

NEWS Giant project expected to break ground this fall

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threatened to tangle up many of the affordable for-sale units in the District’s development pipeline. Cheryl Cort, policy director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, said the change is a good solution for now to give buyers access to affordable condos. “We look forward to seeing [inclusionary zoning] continue to work out its glitches in administration and start running smoothly,” she said. National mortgage trends made last week’s zoning change necessary, according to a report from the See Housing/Page 27

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A local company is installing the permeable pavement in Petworth and Chevy Chase.

program manager Heather Phipps said this effort is the first of its kind to target private property in residential areas. “It’s kind of a unique project,” she said. “This type of work hasn’t

been done on a neighborhood scale basically anywhere in the country at this point.” The conservancy hired local companies to install three different types of green landscaping in about 50 properties throughout the two neighborhoods. Using a technology called PaveDrain, contractors replace concrete-paved surfaces with a permeable pavement that has layers of gravel under it, allowing one to three inches of rain to sink into the ground. The program also installs gardens with a special soil-sand mixture and deep-rooted plants to help absorb rainwater and reduce runoff. Phipps said the goal is to move See Landscaping/Page 10

SPOR TS New St. Albans lacrosse coach aspires to revamp program

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The National Park Service hopes to begin a project to redesign the merge area from Waterside Drive onto Rock Creek Parkway as early as next month, pending public comment. The Park Service’s “preferred alternative” is to add a 150-foot merge lane to replace the current stop sign. Agency spokesperson Nick Bartolomeo said the change will make it safer and easier for cars to access the southbound parkway from Massachusetts Avenue. This seemingly straightforward proposal comes after work was halted for more than a year because the Park Service’s contractor began construction of a retaining wall that should not have been allowed, according to Bartolomeo. Before the project was suspended in July 2011, the contractor had already driven pilings into the creek bed to support the new wall — contributing to erosion and other disruptions to the creek

PASSAGES Chief Lanier touts program for District’s teen parents

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The Park Service proposes to add an acceleration lane.

— and removed 14 trees. The original plans for the site’s redesign were developed in 2005 as part of a broader project to improve a large section of Rock Creek Parkway between Calvert and P streets. These plans called for shifting the roadway closer to the creek to make room for the merge lane, rather than widening it on the other side. Work on the retaining wall began after the contractor and the Park Service realized that the ground was less stable than originally believed, and the wall would be necessary to support the roadway there. See Waterside/Page 17

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Mayor asks new panel to consider tax code revisions to boost economy Current Staff Report Mayor Vincent Gray has asked the District’s newly formed Tax Revision Commission to look at a host of changes in the tax code that could possibly increase tax revenues while lowering certain rates. In an Aug. 3 letter to former Mayor Anthony Williams, who chairs the commission, Gray said he’d like to use the tax code as a tool to “allow the District to attract and retain a critical mass of emerging businesses in the

New Economy we are seeking to build.� Gray’s aim is to offer certain forms of tax relief and reduced rates in order to encourage development and reduce unemployment in District — a strategy that would help build the city’s tax revenues over time. Among the tax code changes he asked the commission to investigate are tweaks to attract and retain technology businesses, lower rates for commercial properties and corporate profits, tax credits for locally owned Certified

Developer prepares to tear down Newark Street Giant

Business Enterprises, relief for retirement income and estates, and tax exemption rebates to D.C. government employees who live in the city. He also wants reviews of a property tax “circuit breaker,� which limits property tax exposure for low-income, elderly and disabled residents and has not been adjusted for inflation since 1977. Gray believes tax code revisions could help the District work around some of the peculiar constraints it now faces.

Park Service removes Fort Reno flower bed By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Several months after the Giant at Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street closed in April, the Bozzuto Group is preparing to tear down the old store in September to make way for the Cathedral Commons mixeduse project. The Cleveland Park community listserv has lit up with complaints in recent weeks that the store was closed needlessly early; Giant had said in December 2011 that construction would begin this spring. As part of the two-year construction project, two blocks along Wisconsin Avenue will be transformed into 128,000 square feet of retail, including a new Giant store; 137 apartment units; and eight town houses. After more than a decade of planning and community and legal battles, Bozzuto was cleared in December to proceed with the project. Giant Food spokesperson Jamie

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Interior demolition is under way at the shuttered Giant.

For example, since the District can’t have a commuter tax, it can’t tax some city businesses that are owned by suburbanites. The mayor wants the new commission to explore legal alternatives on that issue. And if the District can’t tax city employees who live elsewhere, Gray suggested that the tax code could reward the ones who choose to make their homes in the District. He asked the commission to explore the possibility of the See Taxes/Page 27

The National Park Service’s grounds crews inadvertently removed a volunteer-maintained flower garden along Chesapeake Street near Belt Road last month, neighbors said they learned Monday after complaining about the action. Inspired by the “guerrilla gardening� movement that spruces up neglected spaces, Ray Natter planted the garden in spring 2011 outside a long-vacant, government-owned building, and he said other Tenleytown residents have helped maintain it since then. Natter had not sought Park Service permission to use its property, but he thought the agency would appreciate the donation of the 25-foot-long flower-

bed. “I assumed they’d be just as pleased as everyone else to see someone make [the area] look beautiful,� he said. “[The garden] was such a beautiful thing, ... and I got so many compliments from people about how it brightened their day on the way to work.� “It’s an abandoned building, a real eyesore,� Natter said of the Chesapeake Street structure, “and people said they were glad to have something to look at besides this building.� The garden was “mowed to the ground� on or about July 28, Natter said. Jane Waldmann, president of the Tenleytown Historical Society, wrote a letter to the Park Service protesting the action, and said she heard on Monday that the Park Service had not See Garden/Page 17

Miller wrote in an email that in the time since the store closed, work has been going on out of sight inside the supermarket building. “We are on track with site mobilization efforts including utility shutoffs and interior demolition and anticipate exterior demolition to begin in the coming months,� she wrote. “We are looking forward to a groundbreaking event in the near future.� See Giant/Page 25

The week ahead Thursday, Aug. 9

Casey Trees will hold a class on how to identify and control species of nonnative, invasive plants found in the area. Ken Ferebee and Ana Chuquin of Rock Creek Park and Mary Farrah of the University of the District of Columbia Cooperative Extension Service will lead the two-day class, which will also include a Rock Creek Park field session on Saturday. Thursday’s session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. The class is free, but registration is required by visiting ■The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a community meeting to present preliminary design plans for the proposed reconfiguration of the intersection at 37th Street and Tunlaw Road. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW.

Saturday, Aug. 18

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will hold a “Community Conversation� for Ward 4 residents as part of its Quality Schools Community Engagement Initiative. The meeting is intended to identify and discuss strategies to improve access and quality of education for D.C. students, particularly in areas identified as having a high need for additional seats at quality educational programs. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. To RSVP, visit

Thursday, Aug. 23

The Hearst Elementary School Improvement Team will meet to discuss planned renovations at the school. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the library of the school, 3950 37th St. NW.

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Saturday, Aug. 25

D.C. Public Schools will hold its annual Beautification Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help ensure that schools are ready and welcoming for the first day of school. For details, call 202-724-4881, visit or email



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District Digest DCPS alters teacher evaluation system

D.C. Public Schools has made several changes to its “Impact� teacher evaluation system, including decreasing the weight of student test scores in an instructor’s score from 50 to 35 percent. Student performance will still count for 50 percent of a teacher’s score, but 35 percent will come from test scores, while 15 percent will be based on an assessment developed collaboratively by the teacher and principal. Another change makes it harder for instructors to earn the secondhighest rating — effective — but also adds a new category — developing — that will provide extra help to those who fall just short of the effective rating. The five categories on the 400point scale are now: ineffective (100 to 199), minimally effective (200 to 249), developing (250 to 299), effective (300 to 349) and highly effective (350 to 400). Teachers are subject to dismissal if

they are deemed ineffective or minimally effective for two years in a row. The school system says it restructured the scores because the old “effectiveâ€? category was too broad: For instance, instructors scoring “at the low end of the old effective category ‌ produced 8 fewer months of learning in math and 6 fewer months of learning in reading than did teachers at the top end of the category,â€? according to a news release. Other changes include providing teachers with an informal administrator observation before the formal observations begin in January; dropping an instructor’s lowest evaluation score if it is notably lower than the others; allowing consistently high-performing teachers to opt out of some of their observations; increasing teacher training; and providing the top amount of bonus pay only to teachers working in the lowest-performing schools. The school system says the changes, which will go into effect at the start of this school year, will



Transportation work gets federal funding

A $1 million revitalization project for Kennedy Street is one of four local projects to win funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a D.C. news release. Work along the Kennedy Street corridor will include upgraded streetlights, sidewalks and landscaping, as well as safety improvements at key sites like the street’s intersection with Kansas and Missouri avenues. Local dollars will supplement the federal funding. Federal funds will also provide a $1.09 million grant for a pilot parking program in the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. The multimodal, dynamic-pricing model will include a reservation system for tour buses and other commercial vehicles. The District also received more than $6 million to undertake infra-




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Feds examine effects of heating plant sale

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City agency to present plans for reconfigured 37th, Tunlaw intersection By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Plans to redesign the intersection at 37th Street and Tunlaw Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a longtime safety concern of Glover Park residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are moving forward. The D.C. Department of Transportation will host a public meeting Thursday to present preliminary design plans for the intersection and take input from residents. Once plans are approved, construction there could start as early as this fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is one of Glover Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busiest inter-

sections. But it is confusing and poorly designed, making it a hot spot for pedestrian and auto safety problems,â&#x20AC;? advisory neighborhood commission chair Brian Cohen wrote in an email to The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that Glover Park residents find out about DDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans and take this opportunity to provide feedback and comments.â&#x20AC;? The problematic intersection became more congested when the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project began in March, and drivers looking for a way to avoid construction delays began cutting through the neighborhood.

A Transportation Department traffic study conducted in April estimates that an additional 2,480 vehicles traveled on 37th Street daily in order to bypass slowdowns on the commercial corridor. A recently formed residential group, Glover Park Residents for Pedestrian Safety, has expressed concern that even after the Wisconsin Avenue project is complete, the traffic on neighborhood side streets wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decrease. They say drivers have established new patterns and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go back to Wisconsin Avenue, especially when the corridor has fewer travel lanes. A traffic-calming plan calls

Ward 1 discussion focuses on access to quality schools By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shawn Wright has launched a series of five â&#x20AC;&#x153;community conversationsâ&#x20AC;? to discuss improving access to quality education within the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public school system. At the first session, hosted July 26 by CentroNĂ­a in Columbia Heights, conversation among some participants quickly turned to the continuing tensions between the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional public schools and its charter schools. Attendees at the Ward 1 meeting questioned how well D.C. Public Schools officials are handling what some perceive to be alarming growth in the charter school sector. Some expressed concern that charter schools could take over the entire system, dissolving traditional neighborhood schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not saying itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about char-

ters versus traditional schools,â&#x20AC;? said one participant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The discussion should be about how DCPS and charter schools can co-exist and coordinate together to build a stronger system.â&#x20AC;? Remarking on the D.C. Charter School Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July proposal to allow experienced charter operators to open new schools on an accelerated timetable, one participant asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How many high schools do we actually need? If a new charter school wants to come in, we should be asking why, where should they go, does the community need it, and is it sustainable?â&#x20AC;? She also questioned the cost implications of having two separate school systems that she said donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to communicate. Another participant said there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;too much instability in the system around these issues,â&#x20AC;? and suggested that the city impose a moratorium on closing any traditional schools and See Schools/Page 17

Hardy PTA organizes effort to apply for available grants By ALLISON GOLDSTEIN Current Correspondent

Hardy Middle School parents believe their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school can get even better, said PTA president Brian Cohen. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why a newly organized committee is looking into how grants can help the school expand its offerings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are all kinds of exciting things going on [at Hardy],â&#x20AC;? Cohen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the PTA we felt one of our jobs was to give more support to those activities and find new ways to support those activities.â&#x20AC;? At the end of July, Cohen and Hardy PTA member Marcio Duffles reached out in search of grant writing volunteers. Feedback for the effort has so far been positive, Cohen said. While many of the prospective volunteers are parents of current Hardy students, willing helpers have also turned up from the wider community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see people in

Georgetown, Glover Park and the neighborhoods surrounding Hardy reach out and get involved,â&#x20AC;? said Cohen, whose son will enter Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh grade in the fall. The new committee will likely need the extra hands to tackle the list of 14 grants itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seeking. With more than 500 students, Hardy is the largest middle school in Ward 2. Its size and diverse student population mean Hardy fulfills â&#x20AC;&#x153;certain grant award criteria based on diversity and socioeconomic status that other schools may not meet,â&#x20AC;? Duffles said. The Georgetown school therefore is in the running for a grant from Mr. Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opus Foundation, a nonprofit that donates musical instruments to underfunded school music programs. In order to apply for this grant, a school must have either a Title I designation or at least 50 percent of students must qualify for subsidized meals under the See Hardy/Page 10

for reducing the avenue to one lane of through traffic in each direction during off-peak hours between Calvert Street and Whitehaven Parkway. Paul Hoffman, the Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ward 3 program manager, disagrees with the claim. He predicts most traffic will return to Wisconsin, particularly after the redesign of the 37th Street and Tunlaw Road intersection. He said that intersection is likely to look â&#x20AC;&#x153;very different,â&#x20AC;? and that traffic-slowing measures there would make drivers feel that â&#x20AC;&#x153;staying on Wisconsin is easier.â&#x20AC;? See Traffic/Page 27




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Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 1300 block, K St.; sidewalk; 1:10 a.m. Aug. 5. Burglary â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; public housing; 9 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 5:48 p.m. Aug. 5. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 4 p.m. July 31. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 3:51 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 4:02 p.m. July 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, 9th St.; unspecified premises; 11:50 p.m. Aug. 4.

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Penn Quarter

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 600 block, Indiana Ave.; restaurant; 6:59 p.m. Aug. 5. Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  1000 block, New Jersey Ave.; bus stop; 7 a.m. Aug. 1. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  600 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  900 block, 4th St.; sidewalk; 1:49 a.m. Aug. 2. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  7th and K streets; street; 6:28 a.m. Aug. 4. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; sidewalk; 5:29 a.m. July 30. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; residence; 1 p.m. Aug. 4.

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2800 block, Northampton St.; residence; 6:26 a.m. Aug. 5. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  6300 block, 32nd St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Military Road; alley; 1 a.m. Aug. 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  6200 block, 29th St.; street; 4 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Military Road; alley; 9:15 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Military Road; street; 10 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Military Road; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Military Road; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Stuyvesant Place; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  6600 block, 31st St.; street; 6 p.m. Aug. 4.

â&#x2013; 6300 block, Utah Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:49 a.m. Aug. 5.

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Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:52 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:55 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  5200 block, 39th St.; residence; unspecified time Aug. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Yuma St.; residence; 2:24 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Yuma St.; residence; 2:25 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  5100 block, 41st St.; residence; 7 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  5400 block, Fort Drive; unspecified premises; 6:12 p.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  5300 block, 42nd Place; street; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:27 p.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Fort Drive; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Aug. 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, Belt Road; street; 7:18 p.m. Aug. 3.

psA 203

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3900 block, Reno Road; residence; 6:58 a.m. Aug. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 7:08 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Porter St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; medical facility; 8:56 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:40 p.m. Aug. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Tilden Street; street; 7:30 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 3200 block, Garfield St.; unspecified premises; 7:28 p.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  3100 block, 38th St.; residence; 10:26 a.m. Aug. 3. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Calvert St.; school; 8:50 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; hotel; 5 p.m. Aug. 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 4:05 p.m. July 29. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 2:21 p.m. Aug. 1.

â&#x2013; 2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 10:25 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Cathedral Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:26 a.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 3:45 p.m. Aug. 4.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 1700 block, Surrey Lane; unspecified premises; 9:42 a.m. Aug. 5. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5200 block, Loughboro Road; medical facility; 3:34 p.m. July 31. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Potomac Ave.; street; 1 p.m. July 31.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; P Street and Wisconsin Ave.; store; 11:04 a.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  Grace Street and Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 3:30 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Water St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:19 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St. restaurant; 1:43 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 3:09 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; restaurant; 3:58 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 5:15 p.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 7 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 34th St.; alley; 1:44 p.m. Aug. 5. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 2:59 p.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4:25 p.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4:26 p.m. Aug. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 9 a.m. July 30.

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Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 25th and K streets; sidewalk; 10:35 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  2100 block, M St.; sidewalk; 12:16 a.m. Aug. 2. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 1:35 p.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 1:39 p.m. Aug. 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, I St.; office building; 10:26 p.m. July 31. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 2:45 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; residence; 1:59 p.m. Aug. 4. Theft (below $250)

â&#x2013; 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; government building; 5:30 p.m. July 30. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; office building; 5 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; street; 6 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 2 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1800 block, I St.; street; 6:23 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:50 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:05 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; store; 7:20 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  700 block, 15th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 12:56 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  2400 block, N St.; street; 12:10 p.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:53 p.m. Aug. 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 9:25 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1500 block, M St.; street; 11 p.m. Aug. 3.

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Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 2200 block, California St.; church; 1 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  16th and Church streets; street; 2:20 p.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  New Hampshire Avenue and Q Street; sidewalk; 6:49 a.m. Aug. 4. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 2:14 p.m. Aug. 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  1900 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and N Street; street; 12:05 a.m. July 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 8:30 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 9:17 a.m. July 31. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Florida Ave.; sidewalk; 1 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:54 p.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:38 p.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Scott Circle; residence; 3:11 a.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 6:54 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 6:16 p.m. Aug. 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, S St.; unspecified premises; 5:55 p.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 8 p.m. Aug. 3.

The CurrenT

Council considers role of business groups By DEIRDRE BANNON current Staff Writer


n the first oversight hearing on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business improvement districts since the original ones were established in 1995, testimony focused on how these and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Street organizations are helping to promote economic development and ways the city can improve its assistance to local businesses. Legislation that authorizes the business improvement districts is scheduled to sunset in 2016, and atlarge D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, who heads the Committee on Small and Local Business Development, sought suggestions for possible enhancements in anticipation of that date at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing. Business improvement districts and Main Street organizations have similar purposes: Both focus on a specific neighborhood or set of blocks along a commercial corridor, where they oversee programs that work to improve appearance and economic development. Workers who help maintain the streetscape are also trained to assist visitors needing directions or suggestions to access a neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amenities and activities. The big difference between the two is their funding source. Business improvement districts are nonprofits established by member businesses, which choose to self-tax in order to pay for the initiatives and programs. Main Street organizations, on the other hand, do not have the same stable influx of revenue. First established in 2002, most of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Street organizations rely on D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Small and Local Business Development for a majority of their annual funding. While each organization typically receives $100,000 each year, funding is allocated from the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget, so it can differ from year to year, cre-

ating a sense of instability for the organizations, according to testimony from some Main Street organizations. Kristen Barden, executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District, said at the July 12 hearing that her district, one of the smallest in the city, assists a number of sole proprietorships whose owners live above their storefronts. In general, she said, the organization bolsters member businesses so they can grow, creating jobs and tax revenue for the city. Among the challenges for businesses in her area this year was surviving the reconstruction of 18th Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roadway and sidewalks, which wrapped up in late July. Barden noted that there are a number of commercial vacancies along the corridor. Barden and others testified that one of the benefits an improvement district can offer is serving as a liaison between business owners and the city government. But in an interview, Barden said that the city is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not doing enoughâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;attract and retain small entrepreneurial businesses.â&#x20AC;? She said more should be done to let business owners know about available resources and to help people navigate the process of starting a business in the District. Developing something as simple as a checklist of various licenses and permits a new business owner might need, Barden said, would make a huge difference in retaining the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrepreneurs. Anne-Marie Bairstow, executive director of the D.C. Business Improvement District Council, which represents all of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s improvement districts and facilitates collaboration among them, testified that she frequently gets requests from representatives of smaller commercial corridors that want to start their own districts. Since they often donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough members to sustain one, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiating efforts to start a â&#x20AC;&#x153;BID Expressâ&#x20AC;? program, modeled after one in New York See Businesses/page 25

Boutique readies for expansion in Petworth


ulie Wineinger, 33, says the aesthetic behind her Petworth clothing store Willow is simple: She sells things she likes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Essentially what I have in here are things that I would wear,â&#x20AC;? she said. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also â&#x20AC;&#x153;at a price that I would want to pay. â&#x20AC;Ś The most expensive dress is $60.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notable for a small boutique in a big city, where Wineinger said customers often come in expecting her store to be much more expensive. The choice was deliberate: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to dig for thingsâ&#x20AC;? as you often have to do at discount stores like Marshalls and Fileneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basement, so â&#x20AC;&#x153;my idea was to have really cute things at affordable prices where you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to dig,â&#x20AC;? she said. She stocks clothes that are slightly funky and certainly fashionable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though not too fashionable, as she wants her customers to find many non-intimidating options on her racks. And she says they do, with many telling her that they would wear most or all of the items she sells. Though Wineingerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background is in business, not fashion, she has a bit of experience selling clothes. Her first job â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in high school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was at a clothing store, and a couple

expand and get my own space,â&#x20AC;? she said. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently working with the beth cope city to change the new siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use designation from office to retail. years ago she and her sister opened She hopes to be open there by late the original Willow, in their homeAugust; Willow will close at 825 town, Arkansas City, Kan. Upshur on Aug. 15 to prepare. She said that shop is similar to In the new shop, Wineinger will D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Willow, though some items add housewares are better suited and gifts to her to one locale inventory, than the other. which also â&#x20AC;&#x153;We go to includes jewelmarket together. ry and accessoSheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I ries. She said canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell this in many locals Kansas,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll who stop by are say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, I can â&#x20AC;&#x153;on their way sell this in D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; to housewarmâ&#x20AC;Ś I sell more bill petros/the current ings, birthday dresses. She Willow owner Julie Wineinger will parties,â&#x20AC;? so sells more move her shop a few doors down sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking to shirts.â&#x20AC;? better serve The Petworth on Upshur Street. them with a Willow opened back in December in a space at 825 selection of gift items. A friend joining the effort this summer will Upshur St. shared with artist James be in charge of buying the items for Kerns, who peddles his work along those departments. Willow will also with furniture in part of the space. expand its currently small selection But Wineinger will move soon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of vintage clothing in the new probably next month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to a spot space. three doors down, at 843 Upshur. The shop is open from 11 a.m. Sharing â&#x20AC;&#x153;was an easy way for me to get started. â&#x20AC;Ś [But] itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. going so well that I decided to


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the Current


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Go underground

Like many District residents, we believe that the answer to the misery that followed this summer’s “derecho” storm is clear: Bury the wires, Pepco, whenever and wherever possible. The D.C. Council will soon consider legislation that would speed along that process, and Mayor Vincent Gray has appointed a task force to look into the possibility of underground power lines. It’s interesting, then, that Pepco can point to specific examples where it has tried to do just that, and failed. Pepco has permits in hand to begin work to underground troublesome feeders in two spots, along Oregon and Michigan avenues. The project along Oregon from Nebraska Avenue to Beech Street makes particular sense to us: With Rock Creek Park on one side of the road, downed tree limbs — and therefore power lines — are a given during storms. The projects are expected to cost $1.3 and $4.6 million, respectively — and that is where the rub lies. The Public Service Commission isn’t satisfied with the Pepco’s methodology in selecting sites to bury lines, though the panel raised no specific problem with either location. The commission’s objection doesn’t rule out the work, but it does make it less likely that Pepco could raise its rates to recoup the investment, according to utility and commission officials. We appreciate that the commission must be cautious, and that it is working to protect ratepayers from potentially costly mistakes by Pepco. But given that the commission hasn’t objected to the locations of the work, we think both parties should be able to agree on a way to move beyond the red tape to get the projects done. Perhaps the mayor’s task force could be a helpful liaison here, either encouraging Pepco to act quickly to resubmit its request, or asking the commission to revise its original order — with the requirement that Pepco must submit better guidelines for any future projects.

Keep the libraries open

We’re inclined to agree with Robin Diener of the Library Renaissance Project regarding Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans’ new bill to permanently establish expanded library hours. Like Ms. Diener, we have “no idea where the bill is coming from,” but we’re happy it’s on the table. If passed, the measure would cement extended hours for libraries — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, as well as weekend hours on both Saturday and Sunday — into law. The change would be a vast improvement over the current situation, which has libraries closed most evenings and only the central downtown library open on Sundays. The existing schedule cuts down dramatically on access for many would-be library patrons who work 9-to-5 jobs. That’s a shame, particularly considering the many millions that the city has spent on modernizing existing libraries and building new ones. Estimates put the yearly cost of the additional hours at around $10 million — hardly a small sum, but doable in the context of the city’s $10 billion budget, Council member Evans argued. We agree, though of course we’re anxious to see the budget tradeoffs that this move might trigger. And that process won’t happen for a while. Because of the bill’s timing, funding for the expanded hours won’t likely be available until fiscal year 2014. But there’s an upside to the odd timing as well: When that budget process commences, this measure will be factored in from the beginning. And that funding must be forthcoming — now as well as in the future — if the bill becomes law. The one thing that troubles us is the possibility of insufficient cash to pay for the staff and facilities costs for the extra hours. If the city doesn’t fund the system appropriately, we can imagine library officials forced to raid the book fund or maintenance dollars to comply with the law. And that, like the limited hours now in place, would be a shame.

Olympic fever … 2024?


ormer D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams — and, no, he’s not running for mayor again, so stop asking — knows something about the Olympics. Williams helped promote the 2002 WashingtonBaltimore bid to host this year’s games. The region lost out to New York City as the representative city from the United States. New York subsequently lost to London. “I supported our bid, I was hugely behind it,” Williams said this week in his offices at the Federal City Council. “It’s an enormous amount of work, and it does require a lot of lead time.” But what does he say about a nascent effort to reunite the region to bid on 2024? Dan Knise, who was president of the 2012 bid for this region, floated the idea in The Baltimore Sun. But Williams says not so fast. “This is a different story,” he said of the intervening years. “We want to talk to our business leaders and our community before we step behind something like that. But it’s worthy of consideration.” Williams only recently became head of the Federal City Council, an influential business group. He was careful to embrace the idea of an Olympics bid, but also to draw a sharp line on whether it would be pursued. A similar tone of cautious inquiry came from Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. “The Olympics are really the granddaddy of all the sporting events,” he told NBC4 Monday, “and there’s no better region in the United States, certainly maybe in the world, than the greater Washington region with Baltimore — wonderful partners, great venues, Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay, so much going on around here.” But like the former mayor, Dinegar knows the hurdles involved. “It would be a wonderful place … to host this event. Having said that, it’s an enormous undertaking, and it’s a marathon, not a sprint. The business community is well aware of the opportunities associated with it, but we don’t underestimate the challenges associated with putting on such a spectacle.” DC Chamber of Commerce president Barbara Lang echoed the other leaders. “I think that would be cool having the Olympics in Washington,” Lang said, noting she was the new leader of the Chamber when it helped support the 2002 bid. “It was a major undertaking. It would be nice if

the regional partners came together, but we can only do this if it is a regional initiative.” And this being the nation’s capital, what of the tremendous security concerns? Given the day-to-day security presence, that might not be a huge problem. “If anybody can handle the security and all that kind of preparation, it’s certainly this region, certainly this city,” Williams said. Keep in mind that the bids to host the 2024 Olympic Games will be reviewed beginning in 2015, and the host city or country will be chosen in 2017. ■ Commuter tax time? If we could, we would have positioned ourselves simultaneously in each of the Maryland and Virginia suburbs recently to see and hear the gasps when someone dared mention the words “commuter tax” for our region. The congressional delegations from Maryland and Virginia, regardless of party, were apoplectic at the thought that the District might tax the workers who stream in from the suburbs every day. That’s about 400,000 workers, according to the city’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In simple language, Maryland and Virginia have been draining billions of dollars from the nation’s capital. The suburban states made sure the city’s Home Rule Act in the 1970s banned a commuter tax. If the city — like any other jurisdiction in America — were able to tax commuter earnings, then the city would be in a position to lower the overall tax burden for everyone. But that means commuters would deduct from their state tax returns the 1 or 2 percent paid to the city. And that would mean the states of Maryland and Virginia would lose huge sums. It’s been a hopeless battle for D.C. to even think about changing the Home Rule Charter, until now. California Republican Darrell Issa, who chairs the U.S. House committee that oversees District matters, surprised everyone recently by saying he wants to revisit the issue after the summer recess. Here’s the only argument he has to make: Why do the other 48 states allow Maryland and Virginia to use the nation’s capital as their own piggy bank? As one regional official said, it’s not fair, it’s not right and it’s not defensible. To sweeten the deal, the District could agree with Congress to use all of the commuter tax revenue for roads and Metro. Something like that would make sense. Stiffing the District doesn’t. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the eDitor electrical system can’t cope with heat Since the heat waves started about three weeks ago, we’ve been experiencing very low voltage coming into our electric system. This becomes very acute when the temperature goes up, as has been the case lately. There seems to be a perfect inverse correlation between temperature and voltage. Some days the refrigerator does not cool at all and the oven does not go beyond 200 degrees, obviously not enough for any type of cooking. For the last three weeks, we have been calling Pepco to no avail. No technician has been available to take a look or to

explain the causes of the problem. It is understandable that Pepco has to give priority to major problems like outages, but it is also obvious that the worst problems have been resolved. This situation is quite annoying and apparently implies that Pepco’s capacity is limited during certain weather conditions — that is, above a certain temperature, don’t expect your refrigerator or oven to work. Cristina S. Ortiz Georgetown

Letter was spot-on about aging trees

Bravo to James and Deb Florczyk [Letters to the Editor, July 18] for their comments about the District’s trees: They’re absolutely right! Our misguided zeal to preserve D.C.’s tree canopy has allowed the oldest, weakest,

most-disease-prone trees to be saved — at enormous cost when they come down in storms. Every time we have a serious storm, we lose power, property and perishables. I counted more than a dozen cars demolished in my Northwest neighborhood by the “derecho” of June 29. The D.C. Council needs to review and revise the laws and regulations that make it difficult to remove the oldest, largest trees, and the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration urgently needs funding to undertake a much more aggressive policy of taking down problem trees and replacing them with “younger, safer trees — before anyone [else] gets killed or any more of our property gets damaged” (the Florczyks’ accurate words). David Passage The Palisades

the Current

Criticism of Carson over DDT unfounded VieWPoiNt Diana POST


he Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 1 issue carried a letter opposing naming a nature trail in Glover Archbold Park for Rachel Carson. Without citing any support, the writer stated: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s misguided and poorly researched fight against DDT has cost the lives of millions in the Third World and sickened and impoverished even more who live there.â&#x20AC;? This presents an opportunity to correct misconceptions concerning Rachel Carson, DDT and malaria. Rachel Carson did not call for the banning of the insecticide DDT in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Spring.â&#x20AC;? In fact, she wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not my contention that chemical insecticides must never be used. I do contend that we have put poisonous and biologically potent chemicals indiscriminately into the hands of persons largely or wholly ignorant of their potentials for harm.â&#x20AC;? A year after the 1962 publication of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Spring,â&#x20AC;? there was a recommendation to ban DDT. It came from the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Science Advisory Commission, an independent body appointed by John F. Kennedy. At his request, the members collected information from the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading scientists on the benefits and hazards of pesticides. The committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, a vindication of the thesis of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Spring,â&#x20AC;? included the recommendation to phase out DDT and similar chemical pesticides. In 1972, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT for most uses in our own country. Decades later, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty, created in 2001 as a result of the Stockholm Convention, established a list of persistent organic pollutants, including DDT, as eligible for banning. Nonetheless, DDT has always been available abroad, and it has never been banned worldwide. Furthermore, DDT continues to be allowed for treating the inside walls of houses for control of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Today, a country can apply for permission to use DDT under special guidelines established by the World Health Organization, and a number of countries are using DDT in malaria-control programs. In examining malaria eradication and DDT use from the 1960s to 1990s, a key factor in the repeated resurgence of malaria in developing countries is resistance by malaria-carrying mosquitoes, along with regional

Letters to the eDitor Van Ness complex shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be model

As someone who worked for 10 years in the shadow of the Van Ness embassy complex, I was stunned to read that Patrick Kennedy, the State Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undersecretary for management, cited it as a model for the proposed development of the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portion of the former Walter Reed campus [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feds plan embassy complex at Walter Reed,â&#x20AC;? July 25]. It is hard to drive on Reno Road past that enclave without feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the McMansion-style buildings that sit cheek and jowl with each other â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hardly blending in with the neighborhood, as the undersecretary asserted. If anything, the Van Ness model is an example, in my opin-

economic and political factors. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;resistanceâ&#x20AC;? can occur over time when a particular mosquito population is continuously exposed to DDT (or other insecticides) for 10 or more generations. It results in loss of effectiveness of DDT and can mean that a greater dose or an alternative method of mosquito control is required. No one can be certain of what Rachel Carson would support today with respect to the use of DDT. We believe, however, that the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Springâ&#x20AC;? would strongly recommend (as we do) that any individuals exposed to or applying DDT be given full disclosure of this chemicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential human health problems. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;right to knowâ&#x20AC;? recommendation is supported by the following: â&#x2013; As noted in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pine River Statement: Human Health Consequences of DDT Useâ&#x20AC;? (2009), DDT has been associated with serious adverse effects in humans, including reduced sperm production in men, shorter lactation times and increasing numbers of pre-term births in women, learning disorders in children, immune system damage, diabetes, primary liver cancer, breast cancer and non-Hodgkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lymphoma. Data also suggest that DDT could play a role in pancreatic cancer. â&#x2013;  The long environmental persistence of DDT means that the chemical could impact future generations in addition to those exposed at the time of application. â&#x2013;  The populations most vulnerable to DDTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adverse effects are the very young and those whose bodies are in critical stages of development. â&#x2013;  Awareness of potential problems by those who apply DDT would make it more likely that they would observe all label precautions and recommended safety measures. If the applicator mistakenly believes the product to be without any harmful effects, there is no incentive to be properly cautious. During this 50th anniversary of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silent Spring,â&#x20AC;? we note that Rachel Carson devoted her life to giving ordinary people access to the knowledge of science. That an undeserved, hostile attack against Rachel Carson would be launched without any regard for accuracy or scientific facts indicates, sadly, that bringing such information to the public remains unfinished work. This task is one that Rachel Carson Council gladly performs for both educational and corrective reasons. Diana Post is president of the Rachel Carson Council.

ion, of what would not work for the green space at the northwest corner of the Walter Reed campus. Yes, the embassies at Van Ness are inward-looking and may not cause traffic problems for residents in the area. What those neighbors see, however, are the backsides of those buildings, which to me resemble components of a shopping mall more than they do sections of a residential neighborhood. And given that â&#x20AC;&#x153;someâ&#x20AC;? of the foreign governments expressing interest in the Walter Reed site are looking for more space than they currently have downtown, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d emulate the oversized facilities in the Van Ness complex. A year or so before Walter Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closure was first announced, the Shepherd Park community organized in response to a similar proposal: The Department of the Army intended to lease the same northwest corner of its campus to a developer to build a commercial

office park, which would have destroyed the tree canopy that has long formed a boundary for that portion of the campus and would have paved over nearby green space. The community was successful in thwarting that plan, but the size of the proposed office park pales in comparison to the thought of 15 to 20 embassies. This is not to say that the embassies of foreign governments would not be welcome in our community. (Full disclosure: I worked at the State Department for 11 years before retiring in 2010.) But it is important that those governments and the State Department recognize the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in protecting the northwest cornerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s park-like environment and adjoining open spaces. Preserving Walter Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic structures wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean much if they are no longer visible past newly constructed embassies. Ralph A. Blessing Shepherd Park

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exhibits that are more natural and stimulating for the animals, and also offer an improved, “multi-sensory” experience for their human visitors. The new trail, on the Zoo’s steep south slope, focuses on habitats where land and water meet, replicating both a forest stream and rocky coastline. It features falling water, an underwater sea cave and an artificial tide pool where visitors can get their feet wet. Seals and sea lions will experience the most dramatic changes, with their former flat, somewhat artificial habitat transformed into a wave pool that will keep the water moving, with underwater features for the marine mammals to explore. Viewers will get many new vantage points for observation, below and above the water. “It’s a totally redesigned area, more realistic, and reflecting natural habitat,” said Zoo spokesperson Jen Zoon. But the stretch of trail will see other changes, including more ecominded habitats for all the animals. The wolf yard has been enlarged and

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The Zoo’s new “American Trail” includes a space for bald eagles, among other species. Exhibit areas will offer varied vantage points. flattened for better viewing, though the wolves will still have places to hide and rest, Zoon said. Zookeepers have also added a raven exhibit, behind the otters. The design is similar to the outdoor flight cage further east in the Zoo, with a mesh cover so it is not perceived as cage. The National Zoo’s website,, features a virtual tour of the new trail. Zoon said members of the Friends of the National Zoo, which helps fund Zoo improvements, will be offered the first tours. Part of the Smithsonian

Institution, the Zoo is funded by both private and public dollars. The next big project is renovation of the birdhouse at the west end of the Zoo, off Connecticut Avenue. And bigger changes are still off in the future. Although the master plan includes construction of a large garage to address perennial parking shortages, and of an overhead tram to help visitors traverse the Zoo’s steep slope, those projects are “a few years down the line,” Zoon said. “Like everybody else, we’re watching the federal budget.”

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National School Lunch Program. Among the other funding sources the committee is pursuing is a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, which focuses on facility and building enhancement projects, and a Target Foundation grant that supports arts and culture programming. While many local schools’ PTAs apply for grants, Cohen said he believes the extent to which Hardy’s committee has focused the application effort is a unique approach. The effort is taking off from previous grant successes at the school. Last year, Hardy received the River Smart Schools grant from the D.C. Department of the Environment for a new wetland, gardens and outdoor

learning area. The school also received a grant from the Target Foundation to support a drama production — a student poetry slam likely to happen this fall. Cohen said the PTA has received full support for the grants committee from Hardy administrators, including principal Mary Stefanus, who joined the school last year. “I’m so impressed with the work that our PTA has done and is ready to do for the upcoming school year.” Stefanus said in an emailed statement. “They’re so vested in our students, in our teachers and in D.C. public schools.” The grant committee will be working closely with school staff, Cohen said. Volunteer grant writers will be required to meet with teachers or administrators on proposed projects before completing their grant applications.

LANDSCAPING: Chevy Chase, Petworth targeted From Page 1

cities away from “gray infrastructure,” in which storm sewers collect rainwater as well as sanitary waste. During periods of heavy rain or snow, these sewers are designed to overflow directly into bodies of water instead of sending their contents to a water treatment plant. When rain overwhelms the sewer — as has happened frequently during recent summer storms — local waterways such as Rock Creek and the Anacostia River receive stormwater combined with untreated waste because the sewers are overflowing. “The [sewer] systems can get easily overwhelmed,” Phipps said. “Rock Creek has been suffering for probably about 100 years now.” But more recent developments are driving the latest efforts to clean up local waterways. In 2005, the federal government ordered the city

to reduce raw sewage in its creeks and rivers. The agreed-on solution, three huge tunnels to hold tainted stormwater until it can be treated, relies on residents paying higher water bills to cover the $2.6 billion project. With one tunnel already under construction, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority is considering low-impact technologies such as permeable paving and more in order to fulfill the federal mandate without the two additional tunnels. As of late last month, 16 properties throughout Chevy Chase and Petworth received permeable pavement and 30 have received rain gardens. Phipps said it was a “long process” to find owners interested in participating in the program. Following a 2010 survey of the two neighborhoods, the conservancy worked with advisory neighborhood commissions to reach out to residents. If a home or business owner

expressed interest, the District’s environmental agency audited the property, and contractors were allotted up to $5,000 of grant money to install the green landscaping. The Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative recently received permeable pavement in the parking lot of its building on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Allison Street. The conservancy’s contractor is in the process of planning a rain garden as well. James Cunningham, the collaborative’s community resource director, said the program has worked well. After the Georgia Avenue installation, the District Department of the Environment organized a demonstration in which 390 gallons of water were dumped on the new parking lot. “No water ran off the pavement,” Cunningham said of the demonstration. “No puddles or anything. It just went right though.”


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New head coach looks to rebuild lacrosse program at St. Albans By BRIAN KAPUR current Staff Writer

Robby Walsh has a big task ahead of him this year. After five years as St. Albans’ lacrosse defensive coordinator, he snagged the top spot after head coach Malcolm Lester stepped down at the end of the last season. Walsh, 27, has more of an uphill climb than many new head coaches. Since Lester had guided St. Albans to the Interstate Athletic Conference title in 2007, the program has fallen on hard times. The Bulldogs have not won an conference game since 2010, and the league features a slew of squads — including Georgetown Prep, Bullis and Landon — that regularly rank among the top teams in the area. But it’s a challenge that the new head coach welcomes. “The IAC is a really tough conference,” said Walsh. “Every game is going to be a battle. We have a great group of guys returning and a lot of talent all over the field. We’re only losing two starters off the team. We should be able to make an impact this year and compete at a very high level. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think we could.” A Gonzaga alumnus, Walsh went on to play lacrosse at Lehigh

University before joining the Bulldogs coaching staff five years ago. Although he hopes to put his own stamp on the program, Walsh still plans to honor the foundation and image that Lester built at St. Albans. “Malcolm ran a great program,” said Walsh. “He instilled values and a culture that can be successful the right way. He emphasized not taking shortcuts and doing the hard work that it takes to win.” But Walsh said his coaching methods will be a change for the Bulldogs. “I’m a little more intense than Malcolm in some ways,” he said. “We have different personalities. … Our styles are different.” The new coach also plans to emphasize the little things. “I’m very big on details,” he said. “I think the smallest things make the biggest difference. When you build those small blocks, it comes together and makes something pretty good.” Walsh sees that new emphasis, along with more aggressive scoring, as the keys to pulling the squad out of the IAC cellar. “You need to play fast, you need to get going up and down, but it’s going to come down to the smaller aspects of the game,” he said. “[Strategy] depends on who you’re

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In the years since St. Albans won the conference championship in 2007, the program has won just eight IAC games. New head coach Robby Walsh hopes to return the team to its former glory. playing. We don’t plan to sit on the ball and not try to score. The last couple of years we have played some really low-scoring games. I think we need to score a little more often to win and be successful.” Walsh’s Bulldogs will also focus on situational lacrosse and good ingame decision-making. “[We need to] know when to push the ball and take chances and know the moments to settle down and collect ourselves,” he said. “More than playing a style, it’s teaching kids to manage time.” Since he took over at the end of last season, Walsh hasn’t had much of a chance to work directly with his

players because of IAC regulations that limit coach and player contact during the summer and fall. But that hasn’t stopped the players from working with each other and following the training regimen their new coach has outlined. “We’re definitely engaged in some form or another,” Walsh said. “Doing chalk talk, workouts … it’s just a matter of how much we’re allowed to do [by the IAC].” The players also got the chance to work together as a team with two practices earlier this summer when they prepared for a camp at the University of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill. Despite Walsh’s limited interaction with the squad, the new coach has faith in a culture change for this year. “I think people believe when people have a reason to believe,” said Walsh. “A winning culture occurs when you go out and you expect to win and you do the things necessary to win. It comes by what you did in the offseason and what you do all fall to put yourself in a situation to be successful. I don’t doubt that our guys are coming back with confidence this year that we expect to win.”

Potomac Boat Club rowers fall short of medals at London Olympic Games By BRIAN KAPUR current Staff Writer

Potomac Boat Club rowers Sarah Trowbridge and Margot Shumway are the picture of perseverance. Taking advantage of extra chances, the duo was able to make it to the medal race of the women’s double sculls event in the Olympics. But in the women’s double sculls finals in Eton Dorney last Friday, the two came in at sixth place with a time of 7:10.54. That time was roughly three seconds shy of the bronze medal and 15 seconds short of gold. “I think what we did speaks a lot to who Sarah and I are as athletes,” Shumway told “We came from outside the system, had a pretty lucky break after trials and we took it and made the most out of it.” Despite falling short of the podium, the pair’s very presence in that final race in London was remarkable. After finishing third in the race to make the

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Potomac Boat Club rowers Sarah Trowbridge, left, and Margot Shumway were unable to reach the medal stand. The duo finished roughly three seconds shy of the bronze. U.S. Rowing team in Chula Vista, Calif., this spring, they thought their run was over. But when the other two boats passed on their bids to try to qualify for other events, Trowbridge

and Shumway were able to head to Lucerne, Switzerland, for the Olympic qualifier on May 23. “We carried a very distinct sense of urgen-

cy through the next five weeks of training,” Shumway told The Current before the games. “When we got to the qualification regatta, we came full circle from this very low place to this very high place.” That effort was on display as they reached the finals by racing in the initial heat and finishing with a time of 6:55.25 — forcing them into a last-chance repechage race to qualify. They took advantage of the extra chance once again, finishing in second place with a time of 7:10.37, just a second behind China to earn a berth in the finals. “I think we had nothing to lose in the race and I just wanted to walk away from this Olympic regatta knowing I had nothing left in the tank, nothing else to give,” Trowbridge told the rowing website. “Margot and I went out there looking for a fight, looking to push us way past any limit that we’ve ever had, and so although that’s not the finish that we wanted, I’m very proud of our race,” she continued.

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In The Spotlight Senior wins chance to visit South Korea

Georgetown Day School rising senior Kathryn Finley is one of 100 U.S. high school students spending this week in South Korea thanks to the Council on International Educational Exchange. Finley won a full scholarship from the organization to spend two weeks on an exchange program at Yonsei University in Seoul. She and other participants will attend lectures, tours and other excursions â&#x20AC;&#x153;with the intention of fostering understanding and diplomacy between the U.S. and South Korea.â&#x20AC;? The Council on International Educational Exchange is a nonprofit founded in 1947.

She comes to the Cleveland Park congregation from Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, where she taught in the religious and day school and prepared more than 500 students for Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nai Mitzvah. She is fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish, and she has performed in off-Broadway productions as well as at Carnegie Hall and Dodger Stadium, where she sang the National Anthem. Adas Israel has scheduled a series of events to welcome Brown, including a welcome Kiddush following Saturday morning services on Aug. 4 and a barbecue and Friday night service on Aug. 31. Installation will come after the High Holy Days.

2008 with a degree in educational theater, and she is currently pursuing a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in arts management at American University. She also teaches theater arts at the River School, which caters to children with hearing loss. At the Kennedy Center, Russell is researching potential childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work for adaptation into shows and assisting with negotiating union contracts, among other tasks. She is one of 21 interns selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants. The DeVos Institute is an experiential training initiative at the Kennedy Center aimed at teaching arts management.

nized internship program at the Kennedy Center this summer. From June through August, she is serving as the theater for young audiences intern as part of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Russell graduated magna cum laude from New York University in

Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s VSA & Accessibility Department, as its new director of education. Hoffman, who has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in flute performance from Duquesne University, began her work with the performing arts society in late July. The nearly 50-yearold nonprofit presents classical music, jazz, gospel, contemporary dance, international music and more at various venues in the D.C. area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am impressed by Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellence in artistic programming, its commitment to education, and the sincere dedication of the staff, and I am thrilled to be part of the team,â&#x20AC;? Hoffman says in a news release. Hoffman performs in a classical trio and teaches flute to private students. Before working at the Kennedy Center, she served as a

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New Heights helps teen parents remain in school

By DEIRDRE BANNON current Staff Writer


s a teen mom, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier was told she would never amount to anything. When she got pregnant at age 14, school administrators “wanted me out,” Lanier told an audience last week that included expecting and parenting teens. “They wanted the pregnant students away from the other students — they thought we were a bad influence.” Once a straight-A student, Lanier dropped out at age 15. But she proved her doubters wrong. She worked multiple jobs while caring for her infant son before earning her GED and later bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, she became the District’s first female police chief. But, Lanier said, she doesn’t want today’s teen parents to experience the same obstacles she did. “I wish they had a program like this when I was in school.” The chief was referring to the New Heights program, a recently expanded D.C. Public Schools initiative that aims to help parenting teens — both girls and boys — graduate from high school while also helping them prepare for higher education or to join the work-

force. Lanier spoke Aug. 3 during a summit at Eastern High School to highlight and promote the program. More than 600 students participated in New Heights programs last year at 15 D.C. public and charter schools, including the Columbia Heights Educational Campus and Next Step Charter School as well as Cardozo, Coolidge, Dunbar, Roosevelt, Washington Metropolitan and Wilson high schools. At each location, a program coordinator provides academic guidance and sets up workshops on topics like infant care, managing finances and nutrition. Coordinators also serve as advocates, working with school staff to make sure expecting and parenting students don’t face discrimination, and that their rights under Title IX — which include special accommodations to complete schoolwork after a maternity leave — are honored. While the program’s school offices are generally staffed from 8

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier (above) shared her own experiences as a teen mom during a summit last week on the New Heights program. lunch period. “We don’t want anything we do to take away from our students’ academic time,” said Kathleen Sheridan, coordinator of Coolidge’s New

a.m. to 4 p.m., workshops and other scheduled events take place either before or after school or during

Heights program. A $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services in 2010 allowed New Heights to expand from its first two programs, started in the mid-1990s at Anacostia and Cardozo high schools, to 13 more D.C. public and charter schools. But the program’s future is in jeopardy: Federal funding will run out in August 2013, and it’s unclear whether the government will appropriate additional funds. “We’re really not sure what’s going to happen,” said Andrea See New Heights/page 25

Study break: D.C. Council member visits Mexico City By ALLy MUTNICK current correspondent


ard 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh went from lawmaker to student last month when she traveled to Mexico for a two-week language immersion program during the council’s summer recess. Cheh got the idea while scanning The Washington Post and coming across an ad for a studyabroad program in Mexico City, where her daughter is currently working with a human rights nonprofit. “An almost serendipity thing happened,” she said. “I thought, my daughter is going to be in Mexico City, and one of the places they offered it was in Mexico City.” Cheh last took Spanish in college, and said she’d been wanting to refresh her skills. Through the Spanish Abroad program of the Frida Spanish School, she signed herself up for a home stay with a woman who lives in

Mexico City. After four hours of Spanish lessons a day for two weeks, Cheh said her command of the language had “magnified five times.” But before she left for the trip, the parttime George Washington University law professor was nervous about going back to the classroom at her age. Cheh said her daughter, who is fluent in Spanish, offered her help. “I had some anxiety,” Cheh said. “[My daughter] says ‘Mom, don’t worry, but I’ll help with your homework.’” Her “a-ha” moment in the classroom came one day when she felt her skills kicking in. “The teacher would talk about various things like history,” Cheh said. “At one point, I was sitting there and I realized that I understand what she’s saying!” She was also able to become comfortable in Mexico City — by the end of the two weeks, she said, the nearby Starbucks baristas had already memorized her regular order.

While she was there, Cheh also did some unofficial work for the D.C. Council, meeting with Mexico City transportation officials to get ideas for D.C. She came back with a few suggestions for the D.C. Council Committee on Environment, Public Works and Transportation, which she chairs. Mexico City, for example, provided some inspiration for new bike programs. The city hosts official “bike” days when main roads are closed to car traffic and residents are encouraged to cycle. “They gave me one idea and that is to have the government or Washington Area Bicyclist Association sponsor family rides on a more regular basis so people can get in the habit of bike riding around the District,” she said. Cheh was also impressed with Mexico City’s wide main avenues, some of which include a designated bus lane that ensures faster service. Studying this infrastructure could be helpful for D.C. as it implements its streetcar program, she suggested. Now home in D.C., the council member is concerned her improved Spanish skills could have “a short shelf life” unless she’s able to

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Cheh traveled to Isla Mujeres (above) with her daughter after an intensive two-week language program. use them regularly. She hopes to practice with her Spanish-speaking friends or possibly take a class at the University of the District of Columbia. Cheh also hopes her experience in Mexico will help her skills as a professor. “I found it refreshing because I like people to teach me things, too,” she said. “They say you’re a better teacher if you’re sometimes on the other end of things.”

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FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

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CHEVY CHASE $1,029,000 OUTSTANDING 2BR, 2.5BA Condo on the 7th Floor w/ 2064 SF of Living Space! Gracious Marble Foyer w/ 2 Closets. A must see!! Call for more details!!! Ron Sitrin 202-321-4677 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777

CHEVY CHASE, DC $745,000 STATELY BRICK COLONIAL! Broad front porch (with a great swing!) leads to LR w/fieldstone FP. Wainscoted DR, updtd ss KIT, light-filled FR/Office. 3BR up, including large master. Beautiful HWF! Deep backyard w/brick patio. Detached garage. Orysia Stanchak 202-423-5943 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

CAPITOL HILL $749,000 SUSTAINABLE SOLAR ECO-FRIENDLY! Live in energy efficient sustainable environment. Open floor plan, 3 levels, 3BR, 2.5BA, 4 zone HVAC, radiant heated & cooled flrs, tankless hot water heater w/ 90 gal back up, some recycled materials, fresh air system. Landscaped rear yard & possible PKG. Great for the environment. Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

CHEVY CHASE $1,390,000 HUGE PRICE REDUCTION on stunning 2BR, 2FBA condo with loft & upgraded roof terrace with gas grill. Gourmet KIT with Viking ss appliances. 4 garage spaces convey, extra-large storage space. In the heart of upscale shopping, theater, restaurants, PLUS Metro at your door. Kent Madsen Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

CHEVY CHASE, MD $845,000 INTO THE WOODS! Classic Center Hall brick Colonial on quiet cul-de-sac in the Martin’s Addition section of Chevy Chase. 3BR, 2BA, Sun Rm, fin LL, FP, HWs. Yard w/ priv slate patio & grape garden! 301-346-6615 Cheryl Kurss Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

CATHEDRAL $2,925,000 CATHEDRAL AVENUE’S GRAND DAME Built in 1928, transformed in 2012. Visionary design. State-of-the-art materials. 4BR, 5BA masterpiece for the 21st century family. Call for private tour. Kathleen B. McGovern 210-833-6156 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

CHEVY CHASE, DC $349,900 CHARMING 2BR, 1BA condo, w/ Balc & French doors. EZ Walk to 2 Metros, ALL Chevy Chase & Cleveland Pk Action! Low Fee $425/includes ALL Utilities & Taxes. 5112 Connecticut Ave NW #111. Victoria Hall 202-213-3525 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $429,900 REDUCED BY OVER 10K!!! Beautiful 2BR, 1BA condo in the heart of Columbia Hts! Gorgeous gour KIT w/island, large built-ins, spacious BRs w/ walk out balcony. Steps to Col. Hts Metro, convenient to restaurants & nightlife. Just blocks to DC USA shop-

MT PLEASANT $299,998 VERY COZY 1BR condo in Mt Pleasant / Columbia Hgts. Seller wants to sell! Fab location near the Columbia Hgts Metro and shops. Priced right to sell. Payam Bakhaje Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PETWORTH $289,900 OPEN & AIRY! 2BR + den Colonial with front porch, deep yard and PKG!!! KIT with loads of cabinets, breakfast area with bay window, Brazilian flrs in LR & DR. Powder rm. Newer windows! Don’t miss! Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

PRINCE GEORGES CO. $1,250,000 "SUNNYSIDE" Living history on 22 gorgeous acres, fenced pastures, woodlands, stream & 900 SF guest house. Graceful & elegant historic (c1780c1844) estate, immaculately maintained & meticulously preserved while updated ping complex! Close to Adams Morgan w/luxury conveniences for the modern lifestyle. Formal rooms, chef's KIT for and U Street Corridor! Jennifer Bernard 202-640-8887 large scale entertaining or intimate gathWoodley Park Office 202-483-6300 erings. 16005 Dr Bowen Rd, Aquasco MD 20608. 202-412-8885 GEORGETOWN, DC $945,000 Daniel R Lusk 202-944-8400 BEAUTIFULLY maintained 1900 Georgetown Office Victorian on one of Gtown’s quaint cob$299,000 blestone streets. Recently renov 2BR, TRINIDAD 2BA. Steps to all the conveniences of 3BR HOME in developing community is close to Metro, shopping & dining. Sold Historic Gtown. 3417 O St NW. Margaret Heimbold 202-812-2750 “AS IS“ Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Daryl Laster Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 MCLEAN, VA $12,500,000 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 CASTLE ON THE RIVER! 7BR each with $1,695,000 attached BA & 6 ft spa tub! Glass walled WESLEY HEIGHTS elevator, grand ballroom, indoor pool, $200,000 PRICE REDUCTION! Rarely full sauna, 1.2 acres and water accessible! avail true 3BR + library at the prestiPerfect for entertaining! 612 Rivercrest gious Foxhall. Over 3200 SF of bright, light space, 3 balconies. Svcs beyond Dr, McLean VA 22101. Fouad Talout 703-459-4141 compare with gatehouse entry, doorGeorgetown Office 202-944-8400 man, 24-hr desk, onsite mgr, indoor pool, tennis, exercise room & conferMT PLEASANT $247,000 ence room facility. CHARMING, light-filled Jr 1BR is per- Nancy Itteilag 202-363-1800 fectly located in boutique pet friendly Foxhall Office

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temporary parking restrictions. The Citi Open â&#x20AC;&#x201D; formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; took place at the nearby Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, prompting the city to limit parking to residents and their guests only. But that and the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other offerings, including trails for running and biking, a golf course, and shows at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, are only some of the draws to this established, leafy neighborhood. Others include a mix of longtime and newly arrived residents and expanding retail offerings, such as an on-the-horizon Walmart. One just-opened establishment, Second Wind Training, sits across the street from an example of why buyers should look here: a large, renovated single-family home built in the 1920s and priced under $800,000. Sitting at one end of a deep front

porch, even the gracious double front door got an update from the current owners. Custom ironwork adds a decorative touch to glossy black wood, which pops against the exteriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light palette. Owners also added a clever feature here: Glass inserts open to let in breezes, but preserve privacy. The interior palette here is as warm and spicy as the exteriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is cool. The result is an inviting ground level thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural for entertaining. A living roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two exposures are clad in plantation shutters, which heighten the casual-but-chic vibe. A large wood-burning fireplace is outlined in new marble and a white mantle that echoes the ample moldings owners added during renovations. Hardwood floors are a must in a home of this vintage, and these run throughout the ground level as well as the second floor. A dining room is also sizable and sunny, opening into the nerve center of this home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a renovated kitchen. Cherry cabinets, some with seeded-glass fronts, are dotted with stainless steel appliances. Granite forms a seamless line from countertop to backsplash â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a touch that

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This four-bedroom 16th Street Heights house is priced at $789,900. will draw buyers who are interested in kitchen aesthetics. But function is paramount here: A very long island includes a downdraft gas cooktop and wine fridge and offers loads of prep space. During parties, guests may perch here or head through French doors to a deck and backyard, where a three-bay garage also waits. A half bath on the ground floor has also been renovated and sports a vessel sink. From this level, head downstairs to find a thoroughly renovated area that includes a bedroom suite, a private exit and a large living space with a wood-burning fireplace.

Slate tiles run throughout and are a welcome alternative to the ceramic tile found in many basements. Owners wisely continued the natural stone into the full bath here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a seamless transition that makes the space look more expansive. On the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second level are three bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two with ensuite baths â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a third hall bath. All bedrooms here have two exposures. The roomy master bedroom leads through a large closet to a sunny, renovated bath. A double vanity sits in one half of the bath,

while an open shower shares space with a roomy spa tub. An attic level has been finished and would be ideal as a playroom, home office or more. An oversized skylight keeps this level open and bright. This four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home at 5508 14th St. is offered for $789,900. An open house will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Marilyn Charity of Washington Fine Properties at 202-427-7553 or


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Kalorama. The bustle of Dupont & the elegance of Kalorama in this sweeping 5000 sf mansion. Stunning, sun-drenched & urbane. 6 BRs, 5 frpls, pkg for 3 cars. $2,150,000 Lucinda Treat 202-251-4000 Penny Mallory 202-251-6861

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Columbia Hgts. Rare 3 BR 2.5 BA condo in renovated 2 unit TH. Open floor plan, 2 levels. Lge renov. chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen w/French drs to deck & patio. Bamboo flrs, built-ins. Walk to Metro, pets allowed, low fee. $674,000 Andrea Evers  202-550-8934 Melissa Chen 202-744-1235

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Takeateasy, 1990 M St., for a new restaurant-class license (casual restaurant with gourmet sandwiches and salads; hours of alcohol sales 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday). â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Heritage India, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave., for a new restaurant-class license (Indian fine dining; occupancy 250; hours of sales and operation 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and entertainment hours 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday). â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Teddy, 1200 19th St., for a new restaurant-class license (American fine dining; occupancy 317; seating occupancy 244; hours of sales and operation 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday and, on a sidewalk cafe, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and entertainment hours 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday). â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 1300 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application for a sidewalk cafe at Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application on behalf of CSIS Inc., 1616 Rhode Island Ave., for paving, repair or replacement of alley, driveway, curb and gutter, and additions of fixtures such as a flagpole, a planter box, bike racks and benches. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe by Mari Vanna DC, 1141 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application at Waffle, 1721 I St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public space permit application for DGS Deli, 1317 Connecticut Ave., for a rear

sidewalk cafe on 18th Street (correction of a prior application). â&#x2013; consideration of a public space permit application by JBG for Whitman Walker. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013; Glover Park / cathedral heiGhts The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit anc3b. org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland Park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heiGhts Massachusetts Avenue Heights cathedral heiGhts The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  sPrinG valley / wesley heiGhts Wesley Heights Palisades / kent / Foxhall

The commission will not meet in August. Its next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Room B108, West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university Park American University Park

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; open forum. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of a proposed memorandum of understanding and possible resolution relating to the proposed project at the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site (tentative). â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution relating to traffic planning and traffic conditions on Van Ness Street between Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Kitty Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sheaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, at 4624 Wisconsin

Ave., to expand hours of operation. â&#x2013; consideration of and possible vote on a resolution seeking improvements to the procedures used by D.C. agencies to provide notice to advisory neighborhood commissions. â&#x2013;  presentation of a grant application by the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home to support its Zoo Day event. For details, visit ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding the results of a trafficcalming study for Van Ness Street between Reno Road and Wisconsin Avenue. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding a request to increase staffing levels at the Wilson Aquatic Center. â&#x2013;  discussion of an initiative to have sidewalks constructed within the parking lane on the north side of Brandywine Street between 30th and 32nd streets where no sidewalks now exist on either side of the street. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding preliminary issues with respect to the renovation and expansion of Hearst Elementary School. â&#x2013;  consideration of a letter asking the D.C. Department of Transportation to install morning rush-hour parking restrictions at Albemarle Street and Connecticut Avenue. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution restoring the chairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authority to set invitations to speakers for the agenda. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to allow all political candidates to speak during the public forum portion of the meeting and collect petition signatures so long as it does not interfere with the meeting. â&#x2013;  consideration of a letter to the D.C. Department of Transportation to move the bus stop on the east side of the 5000 block of Connecticut Avenue southward so it is farther away from previously approved sidewalk cafes. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to support Initiative 70, the Prohibition on Corporate Campaign Contributions Initiative of 2012. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  chevy chase

The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. The chair will call a special meeting if action is needed prior to then. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803.

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GARDEN: Agency mows flowers From Page 3

intended to remove it. A crew had been dispatched, Waldmann said she was told, when neighbors asked the Park Service to clear up some overgrown bushes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a basic insensitivity, but if you say to some people â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;clean up everything,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;oh, but the flowers are there to be pretty,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Waldmann said. The Park Service will work with interested neighbors in the spring to plant an officially sanctioned garden at Fort Reno, Waldmann said she was told. Spokespeople from the National Park Service couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t confirm

Waldmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account yesterday, but spokesperson Bill Line wrote in an email Friday that the agency has sanctioned â&#x20AC;&#x153;community gardensâ&#x20AC;? in Glover Archbold Park and elsewhere. He cautioned, though, that residents should seek approval when they hope to plant on national parkland â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially on historic resources like Fort Reno. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope you can see and understand that what may appear to be a well-intentioned person believing that his or her beautification effort is a good idea, I also hope you can see what would happen to Fort Reno if, say 50 or 60 residents of that neighborhood just went ahead and did the same thing as this one person did, all

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with the same well-intentioned belief,â&#x20AC;? Line wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would happen is the nature and character of Fort Reno Park would change considerably.â&#x20AC;?

WATERSIDE: Comments sought on merge lane From Page 1

But the Park Service halted the project after an observant passerby noted that the agency had earlier ruled out a retaining wall, deeming it too environmentally disruptive, according to Bartolomeo. He said the agency is now reviewing how construction of that wall was allowed to start in the first place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at that. A panel has been convened to look at what actually occurred, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make recommendations to make sure that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen again,â&#x20AC;? he said. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now up for public comment is a new draft environmental assessment in which the Park Service is seeking feedback on four potential ways to address the Waterside Drive exit onto Rock Creek Parkway. The possibilities include leaving the road as-is; undoing the work that began last summer and otherwise leaving it as-is; constructing something not unlike the abandoned project with a retaining wall; or â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preferred method â&#x20AC;&#x201D; adding the merge lane on the opposite side of the roadway from the creek.

The Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preference stems from balancing a desire to improve traffic safety in â&#x20AC;&#x153;an accident-prone areaâ&#x20AC;? with minimal impact on the creek and parkland, said Bartolomeo. Seven trees would be removed under this plan, which would cost just under $1 million. The proposed 150-foot full-width merge lane â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would then taper gradually for 270 additional feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would also give drivers a 410-foot sight distance of the traffic on the parkway rather than the existing 180 feet. Also, drivers would no longer have to accelerate into the left lane of traffic from a dead stop. Additionally, the project would include restoration of the stream bank near the project site, and efforts upstream to slow the water flow and reduce erosion. Under the Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, the southbound parkway would be reduced to one lane during parts of the three-month project, and the Waterside Drive exit would face overnight and weekend closures. The draft environmental assessment describing the project and the four alternatives is available at tinyurl. com/waterside-ea. The Park Service is accepting comments through that web page through Aug. 30.

SCHOOLS: Community discusses Ward 1 programs From Page 5

allowing the opening of any new charter schools until officials come up with a better plan to coordinate and support the two systems. The concern that some expressed over possible school closures has roots in a controversial report released by the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in January. Conducted by Chicagobased group IFF, the study evaluated all D.C. public schools and suggested that 37 be closed based on low test scores. Some attendees called into question the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s methodology, but they also drew attention to a perceived conflict of interest: IFF lends money to charter schools and consults on real estate deals in which charters purchase former public school buildings. Participants expressed concern that the IFF study is too influential in the offices of the deputy mayor and schools chancellor. In comments to deputy mayor Wright, they urged him to â&#x20AC;&#x153;repudiateâ&#x20AC;? the study. In a brief interview at the meeting, Wright, who began his tenure as

deputy mayor in January 2011, said the IFF study was not the driving force behind possible changes to the school system. He said the report instead served as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;starting point to identify needs in the system.â&#x20AC;? Wright declined to talk about specific school closures, which, he said, are â&#x20AC;&#x153;not the focusâ&#x20AC;? of this series of meetings. Instead, he said, he wanted to hear from community members what programs or services should be increased or expanded, and where there are unmet needs in the system. One participant said the impact of the IFF study is already deeply felt. He noted that some students and faculty started calling their institutions â&#x20AC;&#x153;dead school walkingâ&#x20AC;? after seeing the list of potential closures. He said that whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worse is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in his opinion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that neither Wright nor D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has directly addressed community questions about possible school closures. During breakout discussions at the meeting, organizers asked participants to indicate which approach

to school improvement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; providing stable learning environments, expecting academic excellence or improving parent and community involvement in the schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they liked best. Attendees commented that it was hard to understand why they were being asked to choose among them. The deputy mayor will hold additional meetings throughout the summer in wards 4, 5, 7 and 8. Asked why wards 2, 3 and 6 were not included, Wright said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not because there is no need in those wards; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just less need.â&#x20AC;? And all meetings are open to the general public, he noted. Group leaders recorded participant comments from the meeting and breakout sessions, which will be compiled for the deputy mayor. Responding to multiple requests at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forum, Jessica Sutter, an adviser in Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, said the comments from Ward 1 and all other â&#x20AC;&#x153;community conversationsâ&#x20AC;? will be made available for the public to review before they go to the deputy mayor.






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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; The International Child Art Foundation will present an art workshop in celebration of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts Olympiad Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Class â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Indian Summer Showcase concert series will feature violinist and flutist Arvel Bird, who combines Celtic and Native American traditions. Noon and 5 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. â&#x2013;  French-Canadian fiddler Patrick Ross will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium

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Events Entertainment Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The weekly Harbour Nights series will feature singersongwriter Jason Masi. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Mike Lofgren will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Biographer Bob Spitz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Child, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-6333030.

Mimi Lederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1998 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deep Impact,â&#x20AC;? starring Robert Duvall, TĂŠa Leoni and Elijah Wood. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. â&#x2013; The Lions of Czech Film series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eighty Letters,â&#x20AC;? about a Czechoslovakian woman who trudges from one government office to another as she tries to get permission for herself and her teenage son to join her husband in Great Britain. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Meeting â&#x2013;  The group Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a monthly meeting of its Northwest DC Support Group. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW.

Films Performance â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoMa Summer Screenâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x2013;  As part of the National Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Vaudevilleâ&#x20AC;? program, entertainer Keith Fulwood will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Laughs and Heart-Warming Insights.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 2033 M Street, NW | 202 530 3621 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400.





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Sale â&#x2013; The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host a summer book sale, featuring used books in good condition as low as $3 and new books as low as $5. 4 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, a Columbia Heights vegan bakery and cafe, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian Nightâ&#x20AC;? as part of a series of Wednesday night suppers featuring organic ingredients from local farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; markets. 6:45 and 8 p.m. $28; reservations required. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, 1370 Park Road NW. 202-2999700. Thursday, Aug. 9 Thursday auguSt 9 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Blue Sky Puppets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japan-in-a-Suitcaseâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to learn about Japanese culture, try using chopsticks, play traditional games and see and touch clothing from Japan. 1:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Blue Sky Puppets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goldy Bear and the Three Locks.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Concerts â&#x2013;  The 27th annual International Young Artist Piano Competition will present a concert by prizewinners Syon Kim, Irwin Shung, Samuel Barham, Jason Solounias and Samuel Barham. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Strings will perform works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Leroy

Thursday, auguSt 9 â&#x2013; Discussion: Lori Smith will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Anderson as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunsets With a Soundtrackâ&#x20AC;? series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703-696-3399. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Demonstration â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden staff members will show carnivorous plants in the collection and explain how they have adapted to their environments. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Wendy Gadson, community liaison for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Wishes: End-of-Life Planning and Care.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Simon J. Bronner, professor of American studies and folklore at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Campus Traditions: Folklore From the OldTime College to the Modern MegaUniversity.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss the evolution, history, ecology and physiology of the sticky trap group of carnivorous plants. Noon and 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. The lecture will repeat Saturday at 10:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  T.P. Sreenivasan, former ambassador and senior foreign service officer of India, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Indian Perspective on U.S. Strategic Goals in Asia.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picturing Paris,â&#x20AC;? about depictions of street life, the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio and beyond by artists such as Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy. 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Vesela Sretenovic, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the Phillips Collection, will discuss artist

Antony Gormleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s figure and abstract drawings and prints. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013; Tanner Colby will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Esa Nickle, general manager of Performa, will discuss the work of her New York-based organization, which sponsors an internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performances. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Patricia Bonnard will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help Yourself to a Good Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sleep,â&#x20AC;? including a brief aromatic relaxation exercise. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, Suite 217, Georgetown Plaza, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  Dance Place will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Camp Concert 2012,â&#x20AC;? featuring performances by students at the Energizers Creative Arts Camp. 7 p.m. $10; $5 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10

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Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature guitarist Dave Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz ensemble. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  Listen Local First DC will present a concert supporting its mission to build awareness and create opportunities for local musicians and venues. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Performer Paige Hernandez and the Corner Store Jazz Trio will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liner Notes.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $15. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussion â&#x2013;  Cheryl Strayed will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beat the Heat: Creature Featureâ&#x20AC;? series will present Matt Reevesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloverfield,â&#x20AC;? about a monster attack in New York. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The 17th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made in Hong Kong Film Festival: Hong Kong Classicsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mabel Cheungâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1987 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Autumnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Reel Affirmationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; monthly film series will feature Ira Sachsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep the Lights On,â&#x20AC;? about the emotionally and See Events/Page 19


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 18 sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship and addiction. 7 and 9 p.m. $12. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. reelaffirmationsaugustxtra-eorg.eventbrite. com. Meeting â&#x2013; The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Performances â&#x2013;  The 10th annual Metro DC Dances performance will feature the Silk Road Dance Company in a festival program with other local dance artists. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. â&#x2013;  Comedians Maysoon Zayid and Kareem Omary will perform at a benefit for Palestinian children with disabilities. 8 to 10 p.m. $25. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. tour â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunchtime Tour of the Conservatoryâ&#x20AC;? will explore the links between the exotic plant world and everyday life. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. The tour will repeat Monday and Wednesday at noon. Saturday, Aug. 11

and Independence Avenue SW. 202-6331000. Films â&#x2013; As part of a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic Looney Tunesâ&#x20AC;? will feature animated shorts such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Froggy Evening,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tweetie Pieâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opera, Doc?â&#x20AC;? (for ages 6 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Belliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Normaâ&#x20AC;? from the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Italy. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202419-3456. The film will be shown again Monday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;1940: America Goes to the Moviesâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Preston Sturgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great McGinty,â&#x20AC;? starring Brian Donlevy and William Demarest. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michelangelo Antonioni Centenaryâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Italian filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1950 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story of a Love Affair,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and his 1952 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Vinti,â&#x20AC;? at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Musical Summer at TenleyFriendshipâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Muppets.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225.

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Performances â&#x2013; The Edge of the Universe Players 2, a new theater company, will present a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Atheistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paradise,â&#x20AC;? about two college students in the midst of crisis and their nonconformist mentor, a professor under pressure to change identities. 2 p.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-355Class 6330. â&#x2013;  Participants will tour the exhibition â&#x2013;  Culture Shock DC will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park ninth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;East Coast Dance Concert,â&#x20AC;? Seriesâ&#x20AC;? and then create their own works of featuring professional, collegiate and art using cigar boxes and mixed media. youth hip-hop dance teams from all over 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $10; reservathe world. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron tions required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado 500 17th St. NW. Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. Book signing â&#x2013;  Sandra Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Family in World War II.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Indian Summer Showcase concert series will feature the group Pauyua presenting a fusion of traditional Inuit music and Yupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ik dance performance. Noon and 5 p.m. Free. Outdoor Welcome Plaza, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. calendar. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Blessing Offor will perform soul and R&B selections. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Festival â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspired by Asia: A Family Celebration,â&#x20AC;? featuring Indian stories, hands-on activities, demonstrations, curator-led tours, kathak dancing by Prashant and Prachi Dalal, and Indian flute and tabla music by John Wubbenhorst and Samrat Kakkeri. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. 12th Street

Special event â&#x2013; The Washington Animal Rescue League will hold its second annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adopta-Thon,â&#x20AC;? featuring more than 150 rescued cats and dogs available for adoption with regular fees waived in favor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;pay-what-you-canâ&#x20AC;? donations. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. tours â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor

Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Class â&#x2013; Local butchers Pam Ginsberg and Brian Fuchs will lead a hands-on class on how to prepare different cuts of meat and how to cook the perfect steak and burger. 5 p.m. $18 to $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-435-9849.

Monday, auguSt 13 â&#x2013; Discussion: Claire Vaye Watkins will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battleborn.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital and the residences of military leaders, at 1 p.m. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. Sunday, Aug. 12

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Children will hear a story about sculptor Patience L. Wright and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Steel Drum Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  M.A.K.U. SoundSystem will perform its mix of traditional Colombian rhythms and punk-jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. â&#x2013;  The Songwritersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association of Washington will present its monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Singer+Songwriter Open Mic.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and    


Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The U.S. Navy Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202433-2525.

Special event â&#x2013; Art Soiree will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream,â&#x20AC;? featuring live music, video installations, a fantasy runway show and a performance by Synetic Theater. 7 p.m. to midnight. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. artsoiree-midsummernight2012.

Films â&#x2013; A foreign film series will feature Nikita Mikhalkovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;12,â&#x20AC;? a Russian adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;12 Angry Men.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  A Nora Ephron Film Tribute will feature Rob Reinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Harry Met Sally â&#x20AC;Ś,â&#x20AC;? starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Looking at You, Bogartâ&#x20AC;? will feature Billy Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sabrina,â&#x20AC;? starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  A classic film series will feature Billy Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1950 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunset Boulevard,â&#x20AC;? starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seize the Day: Outstanding German Films You Might Have Missedâ&#x20AC;? will feature Tom Tykwerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three (Drei).â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160.

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Musician Mauricio Salguero will present an interactive program of Latino dances and bilingual songs (for children ages 3 through 8). 10:30 a.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139.

Book signing â&#x2013; Loren Steffy will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man Who Thought Like a Ship,â&#x20AC;? about his attempts to reconstruct an ancient vessel from its sunken fragments. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

Discussion â&#x2013; Julie Springer, coordinator of teacher programs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art in the Gilded Age.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michelangelo Antonioni Centenaryâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Italian filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lady Without Cameliasâ&#x20AC;? and his 1949 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lies of Love.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  Local students participating in the Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Stepsâ&#x20AC;? camp will perform with the Step Afrika! dance troupe. 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

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Concerts â&#x2013; The New York-based ensemble Sefira will perform its blend of jazz, North African and Latin American sounds. 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 15, 7 p.m. +?LSCJ0MGE $P?LXG? 2FC0GQCMD+?PAM0S@GM (Simon & Schuster, $25) In his thorough portrait of the Florida Senator, RoigFranzia, a Washington Post â&#x20AC;&#x153;Styleâ&#x20AC;? reporter, presents a politician with the knack for finding the right mentor at the right time and for turning challenging tasks into opportunities. He also delves into Rubioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family history, including his Cuban grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brush with deportation, and sketches the possible political future of this Tea Party favorite. Monday, August 20, 7 p.m. (?KCQ1PMBCQ -L"SNMLR!GPAJC (Counterpoint, $25) Always a lively part of D.C., Dupont Circle in the years just before the First World War was home to a remarkable group of up-and-coming world-shapers. One house was home to the future Supreme court Justice Felix Frankfurter and the rising political writer Walter Lippman. The Dulles siblings lived nearby, as did Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the writer William Bullitt, and Herbert Hoover. Srodes, author of books on Benjamin Franklin, Allen Dulles, and John Z. DeLorean, paints a vivid picture of this confluence of talents. Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m. !?JC@ 1AF?PD %P?TGRWÂ&#x2022;Q#LEGLCQ (Scientific American, $26) Black holes have been presented as dense cosmic sinkholes, from which not even light escapes. But have they gotten a bad rap? Scharf, director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center and author of Scientific Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life, Unboundedâ&#x20AC;? blog, reports on recent findings that indicate black holes may also spew back beams and clouds of matterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; something like blowing bubbles, bubbles that rearrange the universe around them. !MLLCARGASRTC,55?QFGLERML "!  z  z  D?V @MMIQNMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMKzUUU NMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMK

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Continued From Page 19 present an interactive program of Latino dances and bilingual songs (for children ages 3 through 8). 11 a.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. ■ Musician Mauricio Salguero will present Latino dances and bilingual songs (for children ages 3 through 8). 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Concerts ■ The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Crooked Landing. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the early music ensemble Illuminare. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ The Amsterdam-based group Kuenta I Tambú will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The U.S. Navy Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ The U.S. Army Band will present its “Annual Overture 2012 Concert.” 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 703-6963399. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Air Force Strings will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Discussions and lectures ■ Iona Senior Services will present a seminar on “How to Age in Place: Tips for Renters and Homeowners,” featuring senior housing advocate Barbara Kline, Kristen C. Barry of the Equal Rights Center


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Events Entertainment and Jean Bethel of the D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202895-9425. ■ Monica Wood will discuss her memoir “When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine,” about the sudden death of her father and the assassination of the president. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Maritime artist Patrick O’Brien will discuss the research that goes into his paintings of war at sea in the American Revolutionary era. 7 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Performances ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Baked: Stories about summer.” 8 p.m. $15. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. ■ Busboys and Poets will host “Tuesday Night Open Mic,” a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Wednesday, Aug. 15

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Children’s program ■ Musician Mauricio Salguero will present Latino dances and bilingual songs (for children ages 3 through 8). 5 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local

investigate his new wife’s activities. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Performance ■ Story League’s monthly storytelling contest will focus on “‘Excuse Me!’: Things That Slipped Out.” 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Wednesday, auguSt 15 ■ Discussion: Actress Kathleen Turner will discuss her role as legendary newspaper columnist Molly Ivins in the play “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” opening Aug. 23 at Arena Stage. 7 p.m. $20. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. Concerts ■ The D.C.based indie rock band Young Rapids will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Josh Burgess. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures ■ A staff member will discuss women silversmiths. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. ■ Independent scholar, collector and fashion historian Mary D. Doering will discuss a bandana purported to have been worn by an enslaved worker at James and Dolley Madison’s Montpelier. 12:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. ■ Manuel RoigFranzia will discuss his book “The Rise of Marco Rubio.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ “Spies on Screen” will feature Daniel Mann’s 1966 film “Our Man Flint,” followed by a talk by International Spy Museum executive director Peter Earnest on how pop culture affected his CIA career in the 1960s and 1970s. 6:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-397-7798. ■ “NoMa Summer Screen” will present John Badham’s 1983 film “WarGames,” starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. 7 p.m. Free. 2nd and L streets NE. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature André Téchiné’s 2011 film “Unforgivable,” about a successful crime writer who hires a young ex-convict to

Special events ■ “Happy 100th Julia Child!” will feature signings by authors of books on Child, screenings of episodes of WGBH’s “The French Chef” and a birthday surprise. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Dinner,” a benefit for the National Museum of American History’s new exhibition on “Food in America,” will feature items created by chef Ris Lacoste for Child’s 90th birthday, including a rack of lamb with mustard crust and a peach cobbler with honey almond ice cream. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $250. RIS, 2275 L St. NW. 202730-2508. Thursday, Aug. 16

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Concerts ■ Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor (shown) will present “Flatpick Guitar and Fiddle Music From Kanawha County, West Virginia.” Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. ■ Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor, three of the Kanawha Valley’s best-known traditional musicians, will perform as part of the concert series “Homegrown: The Music of America.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

documentary “Beny, Back to the Wild,” about a young bonobo’s rescue and return to life in the wild in Africa. 6:30 p.m. $20. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. event/259971. ■ Friends of Mitchell Park will present George Lucas’ 1977 film “Star Wars” as part of its Films in the Field summer series. 8:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. Performance ■ Austrian comedians Peter Moizi and Christian Schwab will perform as part of their “Moizi and Schwab Rock the US Tour.” 8 to 10 p.m. $30. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 914-934-0111. Special event ■ A “Summer in Style” fashion show will feature clothing and accessories for seniors. Noon. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Friday, Aug. 17

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Concerts ■ The “Jazz in the Garden” series will feature jazz violinist Susan Jones. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The acoustic, song-based group Veronneau will perform its distinctive blend of Latin jazz, Gypsy swing and more. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.

Films ■ The “Beat the Heat: Creature Feature” series will present “Drag Me to Hell.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, Discussions and lectures ■ Biochemist Beth Burrous will discuss 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282“Caffeine: Friend and Foe to People, 0021. Plants and Insects.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; ■ The 17th annual “Made in Hong reservations required. Conservatory Kong Film Festival: Hong Kong Classics” Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 will feature Chor Yuen’s 1976 film “Killer Maryland Ave. SW. Clans.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Painted Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Love Letters,” about the ways that artists Independence Avenue SW. 202-633like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Amedeo 1000. The film will be shown again Modigliano and Edouard Manet immortal- Sunday at 2 p.m. ized their favored subjects in paint. 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, Special event 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ “A Cheetah Celebration” will feature ■ Mickey Edwards will discuss his a chance to see the adult cheetahs and book “Parties Versus the People: How to cubs on view in their yard; to speak with Turn Republicans and Democrats Into scientists, animal keepers, vets and aniAmericans.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and mal nutritionists; to hear a talk by Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202Adrienne Crosier on the cubs’ dramatic 364-1919. birth; and to enjoy complimentary appetiz ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss ers, beer, wine and soda. Proceeds will “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell. 7 p.m. benefit improvements to the Cheetah Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Conservation Station and efforts to bring new African wildlife species to the Zoo. 6 202-347-0176. to 8:30 p.m. $25. Visitor Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Films ■ The Environmental Sporting event Film Festival in ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Nation’s the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Capital, Friends Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. of Bonobos 888-632-6287. The series will continue and La Maison Saturday at 7:05 and 1:35 p.m. Française will present Alain Tixier’s 2011


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heater Alliance will present the world premiere of Gwydion Suilebhanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Realsâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 25 through Sept. 16 at the H Street Playhouse. D.C. has Stormbringer, Captain Prospect and the Batman of the Beltway: real-life superheroes (aka â&#x20AC;&#x153;realsâ&#x20AC;?) who put on disguises, do good deeds and, in some cases, fight

On StagE crime. Nightlife is an earnest â&#x20AC;&#x153;realâ&#x20AC;? launching his own heroic career, complete with an origin story, cape and tough partner, Belt. When he meets a new real whose methods are a bit darker than his, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forced to grapple with the subtle shades of justice, what it really means to do good in this city, and the truth behind his secret identity. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $35. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202241-2539; â&#x2013; As part of the Fresh Produce festival,

Impossible Theater Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;[missed connections]â&#x20AC;? Aug. 8 through 19 at The Fridge DC. This devised theater piece incorporates scripted dialogue, poetry, song and improvisation to explore a perplexing question: If you had one chance to be the person youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to be, what would you do? Performance times generally are 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10. The Fridge DC is located at 516 1/2 8th St. SE. â&#x2013; Rorschach Theatre will present the area premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Maze,â&#x20AC;? Rob Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labyrinthine tale that explores the interconnectedness of life, art and obsession, Aug. 10 through Sept. 9 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday except Sunday, Aug. 12, when the show will be at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $25. The Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; â&#x2013;  The GLBT Arts Consortium and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will close Gilbert and Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gondoliersâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 11.

Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $20. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. 202547-6839; â&#x2013; Scena Theatre will stage George Taboriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mein Kampfâ&#x20AC;? through Aug. 19 at the H Street Playhouse. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $35. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824; â&#x2013;  Studio 2ndStage has extended emo rock musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloody Bloody Andrew Jacksonâ&#x20AC;? through Aug. 26. Performance times are 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $38 to $43. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202332-3300; â&#x2013;  Keegan Theatre is presenting Tracy Lettsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;August: Osage Countyâ&#x20AC;? through Sept. 2 at the Church Street Theater. A vanished father, a pill-popping mother and three sisters harboring shady little secrets

theater allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Realsâ&#x20AC;? will run aug. 25 through Sept. 16 at the H Street Playhouse. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. 703-892-0202;

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On ExHiBit the Corcoran Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free exhibit space, Gallery 31, and continue through Sept. 2. The exhibit features four artists â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sarah Frost, Julian Oliver and the collective SmithBeatty (artists Colin Beatty and Craig Smith) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; artists Colin Beatty and Craig Smith, who comprise the collective whose work deals with issues surSmithBeatty, are participating in the Corcoran gallery of artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rounding American gun culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manifest: armed.â&#x20AC;? Smith and Beatty will â&#x20AC;&#x153;performâ&#x20AC;? their work Aug. 30 at 6 p.m.; two shows Saturday with a recepLocated at 545 7th St. SE, the a panel involving â&#x20AC;&#x153;Armedâ&#x20AC;? artists gallery is open Monday through Smith, Beatty and Frost will follow tion from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue them through Sept. 22. Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., at 7:30 p.m. The 2012 Summer Sculpture Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. gallery is open Wednesday through Show features work by Richard Binder, Alonzo Davis, 202-547-6839. Sunday from 10 a.m. Dalya Luttwak, â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Frolic,â&#x20AC;? presenting to 5 p.m., Thursday Barbara Liotta, Pat works by Andrei Grossitsky, until 9 p.m. 202-639McGowan, Adam Leonid Lamm, Victor Razgulin, 1700. Nelson, Sam Noto and Yevgeniy Fiks, Lev Saksonov and â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nomads and Alfredo Ratinoff. Yuri Kokoyanin, opened recently at Networks: The Ancient â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portraits for SelfGalerie Blue Square, where it will Art and Culture of Determining Haitiâ&#x20AC;? continue through Sept. 5. Kazakhstan,â&#x20AC;? featuring presents photography Located at 1662 33rd St. NW, gold objects and other by Regine Romain. the gallery is open by appointment artifacts recently Located at 2552 in August, and otherwise unearthed from burial Virginia Ave. NW, the Wednesday through Saturday from mounds that date to gallery is open Monday noon to 6 p.m. 202-957-1401. between the eighth Dalya Luttwakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through Friday from 10 â&#x2013;  International Visions Gallery and first centuries a.m. to 6 p.m. and will continue its annual summer â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are No Black B.C., will open Saturday at the Flowers #2â&#x20AC;? is at the Saturday from noon to sale daily through Saturday. 5 p.m. 202-338-4488. Featured are sculptures, paintings, Arthur M. Sackler Watergate gallery. â&#x2013;  Capitol Hill Arts drawings, prints and photographs at Gallery and continue Workshop will open an exhibit of reduced prices by artists from through Nov. 12. photography by D.C. native around the world. Located at 1050 Independence Kristoffer Tripplaar with a recepLocated at 2629 Connecticut Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily Ave. NW, the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633- tion Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Aug. Wednesday through Saturday from 1000. 31. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112. â&#x2013;  Watergate Gallery will open






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City, which could look to larger improvement districts to help fund programs in smaller areas. Funding has been a problem for some existing business organizations. Ruth Davis, new executive director for the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, testified that her transition into the position has been difficult, noting she felt a lack of support from the Department of Small and Local Business Development, which provides a majority of the organization’s funds. The Department of Small and Local Business Development is working to address these issues, according to Harold Pettigrew, the

agency’s director. The office has worked over the past several months to streamline its services to support Main Street organizations and other local businesses, and has overhauled its grant-making processes. Pettigrew noted that while one of the agency’s goals is to assist grant recipients, those entities must also do their part and demonstrate progress from the funding. He said the agency is working to put in place a more transparent process for following up on grants. While the business development agency supports small and local firms citywide, and works on supportive legislation and commercial revitalization efforts, Pettigrew testified that he would like to expand the services offered by his department.

Noting that there are 45 identified commercial corridors in the city but only seven Main Street organizations and nine business improvement districts, Pettigrew said he’s looking to identify ways to help more small businesses across the city. In an interview, Pettigrew said that the “BID Express” idea is one he is considering. Legislation to reauthorize the improvement districts is expected to be drafted this summer and could come before Orange’s committee in September after the council’s recess. Pettigrew testified that he would evaluate current standards for funding Main Street organizations and would work with Orange to improve the processes.

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Bozzuto spokesperson Lauren McDonald wrote in an email that Bozzuto is still securing financing for the $125 million project. “We anticipate closing on our financing in late summer and will commence construction immediately after,” she wrote. Neither McDonald’s nor Miller’s emails addressed whether the Giant store could have stayed open longer or provided a specific start date, but Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Nancy MacWood said Bozzuto told her last week that construction would likely begin next month. According to MacWood, the neighborhood commis-

sion and Bozzuto have nearly reached consensus on a construction management agreement, a voluntary document that will state how the company plans to mitigate impacts on the community. The commission may hold a special meeting this month to vote on the agreement if the parties complete it before the body’s September meeting, she added. The new 56,000-square-foot Giant, which will be nearly three times the size of the one it is replacing, is scheduled to open in 2014. Some neighbors had battled the scale of the project based on concerns about overdevelopment and traffic congestion; others maintained that the neighborhood would benefit from more activity and an upgraded supermarket.

NEW HEIGHTS: Program helps teens stay in school From Page 13

DeSantis, program manager for New Heights, in an interview. In addition to federal grants, she said New Heights is exploring local funding possibilities from a variety of sources to help the program survive and become self-sufficient. While the District’s teen pregnancy rate has slowly declined in recent years, in 2010 more than 1,200 pregnancies were reported among females 19 and younger, according to data from the D.C. Department of Health. “I don’t want to think about where I would be without New Heights,” said Jennifer Hernandez, a program participant with a 3-yearold daughter. Hernandez’ parents kicked out her out when they found out about her pregnancy, but she was able to secure her own housing with guidance from New Heights. She recently graduated from Columbia Heights Educational Campus, and with the help of her New Heights coordinator she won $10,000 in college scholarships, though she hasn’t yet decided where she will attend. Hernandez plans to become a counselor and work in the community when she finishes school. Another student at the summit, a rising junior at Coolidge with a 1-year-old son, said she wouldn’t be on track to graduate without the program.

“People kept telling me I wasn’t going to make it, that I was going to fail,” said the student, who asked to remain anonymous. “But Kathleen [Sheridan, Coolidge’s coordinator] would talk with me and give me advice about school — she inspired me to keep going.” At Coolidge, 25 students participated in the program last year, and

❝New Heights needs to be here. It was the one place I could go and not be put down or judged, where I felt safe and secure.❞ — Tanicka Smith Sheridan said an important part of her work was role-playing tough conversations students need to have with adults, like teachers, caseworkers at public assistance offices or even their parents. “Sometimes even the most basic conversations with adults can be very overwhelming for teenagers,” said Sheridan. “They don’t know what to say or how to say it, or they’re not comfortable asking for a favor even if it’s within their rights, so we try to empower them.” At Wilson, New Heights coordinator Beth Perry had 12 students in

her program last year. “Our numbers are smaller, and that presents a challenge at Wilson — teen pregnancy is not as prevalent here as it is at other schools,” said Perry. She said her New Heights students have created a “real sense of community” with each other, and that their informal conversations have proved to be just as important as the more formal workshops and presentations. Helping the greater Wilson community understand the New Heights program is also important to Perry. “My job is to be an advocate and to help the school community understand the rights these students have,” she said. “I help facilitate communication between students and teachers with the understanding that the goal is to help New Heights students graduate and go on to higher education or prepare them for a trade.” New Heights participants are quick to advocate for the importance of continuing the program. “New Heights needs to be here,” said Tanicka Smith, a graduate of Anacostia High School who spoke at the meeting. She’s studying criminal justice in college, just as Lanier did. “It was the one place I could go and not be put down or judged, where I felt safe and secure. After New Heights, my vision for the future is so much more than what I thought it could be.”




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TRAFFIC: Plan will redo 37th, Tunlaw intersection From Page 5

Glover Park’s advisory neighborhood commissioners have stated their support for the streetscape project on Wisconsin, citing improvements for pedestrian and driver safety. They note that some of the features — like a painted median and the lane reduction plan — could be revised or reversed if they don’t work. The project, which is now slightly ahead of schedule, is expected to be complete in September. Glover Park commissioners have also pushed for improvements to 37th Street and Tunlaw Road. Though

it’s separate from the streetscape project, the Transportation Department agreed to look at the intersection after residents’ complaints grew louder during the Wisconsin Avenue construction. At tomorrow’s meeting the department will also give information on potential changes to other intersections adjacent to Wisconsin Avenue. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. The Transportation Department will also make its information available at

TAXES: Gray asks commission to look at changes From Page 3

District’s “providing an income tax credit to [city] employees who live and pay taxes in the District.” If legally possible, such a credit could be offered in lieu of wage hikes. Gray’s letter highlights areas of the District’s economy he’d like to strengthen. The mayor has already proposed major tax incentives for high-technology companies; he’s now asking the tax commission to explore other changes that could help the District be more competitive in that sector. Other changes could help the District bolster its competition against the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, Gray suggested in his letter. Currently, the District’s commercial property tax rate is by far the highest in the metropolitan area. Gray asked the commission whether

a lower rate could generate higher values for downtown office buildings, thereby making up the difference in city coffers. And a lower rate, the mayor noted, could “provide tremendous tax relief for small businesses and spur economic development in neighborhood corridors ... like Georgia Avenue.” An alternative approach, he wrote, might be to lower the rate only in areas “that are most in need of business development.” The District also tops the region in profit tax rates for corporations. Gray wrote that “many have labeled this high tax rate an impediment for attracting and retaining businesses in the District and have suggested that by lowering the rate, the District would eventually increase its tax revenue.” The letter also includes an item of particular relevance to the city’s

senior residents. The mayor charges the commission to look at the pros and cons of taxing out-of-state municipal bonds, a thorny issue that has angered some retirees who rely heavily on the financial instruments. Gray said he has heard arguments for and against lower taxes on retirement and estate income, and he wants the commission to play referee. Some argue that the city could “actually recoup more from the investment income of seniors who would otherwise relocate to another jurisdiction as their principal residence,” Gray wrote. But others say the change would simply drain the city’s coffers, Gray noted, since many “high-income seniors elect to keep the District as their primary place of residence for reasons other than taxes.”

HOUSING: Panel OKs inclusionary zoning change From Page 1

D.C. Office of Planning. With less mortgage assistance available from lenders like Fannie Mae, the Federal Housing Administration has picked up much of the slack. But in the District and other jurisdictions, federal laws have conflicted with local affordability agreements, which haven’t yet addressed what happens to an affordable condo if the lender later forecloses. Legally, the housing administration can’t assist with bank loans for affordable properties unless their terms of affordability would expire with foreclosure. In D.C., ASL Development Corp.’s four-story condo building at 2910 Georgia helped magnify this problem. The building went up in 2010, with market-rate units going for $342,211. The project also offered two affordable two-bedroom units — one at a low-income price of $124,900; the other for a moderate-income price of $235,800. Federal financing “has certainly been a complicating factor” in the sale of those affordable units, said Art Rodgers, the city’s senior housing planner. “They had some people who were interested in buying them who were denied FHA financing.” These two units were the very first produced under the District’s inclusionary zoning program, which took effect in 2009 after years of wrangling. The program requires developers to set aside a share of new units to be sold at below-market rates, in an attempt to maintain the city’s affordable-housing stock. And to date, the two Georgia Avenue units are the only ones made available for either sale or rent through mandatory inclusionary zoning, Rodgers said. One major reason for the program’s slow start, said Cort, is that it was finalized right at the time “the economy started to go bust [and] … housing construction had come to a standstill.” Those impacts are still felt today — a lot of the city’s current construction projects were

conceived years ago, so they’re exempt from inclusionary zoning. But Cort said “the pipeline is about to explode” with new projects. The D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, in a report this spring, found that 930 inclusionary zoning units were under development. Though many of these are rental units — for which financing issues wouldn’t come into play — the problem with the Federal Housing Administration would have complicated the process for a number of for-sale units. In voting unanimously last week to approve an emergency amendment, the D.C. Zoning Commission allowed the city to sync its rules with the housing administration’s procedure. Generally, the changes mean that affordability provisions will expire when a foreclosure occurs. Rodgers told zoning commissioners at their July 30 meeting that the change should help “broaden the availability of credit,” allowing more low- and moderateincome buyers to get federal assistance with loans. In an interview, Rodgers described how the new system attempts to prevent foreclosure before it can even happen. “It allows an early-warning system,” he said, triggering the city to intervene in at-risk cases. The city is also looking at the problem long-range, Rodgers said — for example, investigating why Fannie Mae isn’t helping with loans for affordable units. Officials are also looking at setting up a reserve fund that could help create protections for foreclosure risk, he said. For the short term, Cort said, zoning commissioners took the right action. “These units have been on the market for far too long; we need to just move them out,” she said. “It’s far better to prevent foreclosure than to be caught up in the conflict that’s happened with FHA.” A public hearing will take place on the amendment before the commission adopts a permanent rule change.

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