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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Vol. XLV, No. 34

The NorThwesT CurreNT

Sibley, GU aim to expand cancer centers

Maintenance troubles plague Wilson facility

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■ Pool: Issues include broken to the pool say they experience a

whirlpool, low water pressure

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Two Northwest hospitals are preparing to seek D.C. government permission to add costly new cancer treatment facilities, which may force the city to choose between two health-care giants. Georgetown University Hospital, part of the MedStar Health group, and the Palisades’ Sibley Memorial Hospital, owned by Johns Hopkins Medicine, filed letters of intent 10 days apart earlier this summer with the D.C. Department of Health to construct proton therapy centers on their respective campuses. Proton therapy is designed to target cancer cells more selectively than other cancer treatments, causing less damage to nearby healthy cells. But it requires bulky and complex specialized equipment — and adding the system to either Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center or at Sibley in a new building off Little Falls Road would require extensive renovations. The project at Georgetown would likely cost $33 million and would be See Therapy/Page 22

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The Wilson Aquatic Center, which reopened in 2009 as a stateof-the-art facility after a $34.7 million overhaul, continues to be plagued by a number of maintenance issues, according to some of the pool’s users. The center’s hot tub has been out of service for more than three weeks, water pressure in the locker rooms’ showers is extremely low, and resi-

Cheh visit reveals issues at updated Janney building ■ Schools: Council member

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tours ward before school year

Antwon Bailey, who graduated from St. John’s in 2008, is hoping to make the Washington Redskins’ roster. The former Cadet had his first NFL carries against the Chicago Bears Saturday. See story, page 11.

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Residents call for traffic fixes on Van Ness By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Residents who live along Van Ness Street from American University Park to North Cleveland Park are growing increasingly concerned about traffic issues there, and two advisory neighborhood commissions are now putting pressure on the D.C. Department of Transportation to make improvements. The Transportation Department has already conducted a traffic assessment in North Cleveland Park, making recommendations to ease traffic on Van Ness between Wisconsin Avenue and Reno Road. Included measures would aim to

NEWS DDOT to expand visitor parking pass program citywide

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drop in water pressure when the pool is serviced, apparently because pipes used at the facility are too small. Neighbors and patrons of the facility — which features an Olympic-size pool — raised those concerns and more last week at the North Cleveland Park/Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commission’s monthly meeting. “The list of things that are wrong is appalling for a pool just a few years old,” said one resident. “It’s a nice facility — and it’s a new facility — but there are persisSee Wilson/Page 12

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Commuters are known to use the street as a cut-through.

curb speeding, enforce truck restrictions and reduce cut-through traffic on the residential street. The problem, residents say, is that the agency made those recommendations back in February, but

has yet to implement them. The area’s advisory neighborhood commission last week unanimously passed a resolution urging the Transportation Department to take the action it proposed “on an accelerated time frame.” “We’re not asking DDOT to come up with anything they didn’t already suggest,” commissioner Bob Summersgill said in an interview. “The resolution asks them to implement the recommendations they already came up with.” American University Park residents also have lodged complaints about traffic along Van Ness Street — in their case, between Massachusetts and Nebraska aveSee Van Ness/Page 22

SPOR TS Wilson running backs explosive as Tigers prep for season

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As she made her annual end-ofsummer tour of Ward 3 schools, the last place D.C. Council member Mary Cheh expected to find problems was Janney Elementary. Janney, at 42nd and Albemarle streets, underwent a nearly $30 million renovation and expansion a year ago. But Cheh, who visited the school twice last week, found some “issues that still haven’t been finalized.” In an interview, Cheh said the big problems at Janney, as the fall semester approaches, are “floor tiles that keep cracking” and a poorly insulated gym that creates a noise nuisance for the library beneath it. “It’s a little unsatisfactory, I would say … that you would spend all this money and you have these problems,” she said. The council member visited Janney last week as part of her sixth annual “school readiness” tour. Each year, she stops by each of the

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A major renovation wrapped up at Janney a year ago.

10 public schools in her ward, inspecting the buildings and talking with teachers and administrators to identify potential problems. She then sends that information on to the D.C. Department of General Services or other relevant agencies to push for solutions in time for the start of classes. Overall, Cheh said, this year’s issues in Ward 3 are “relatively minor” compared to some of the problems she’s seen over the past See Janney/Page 10

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DCPS cuts librarian positions at nearly 60 schools amid parent protests By ALLY MUTNICK Current Correspondent

D.C. public schools reopen for students on Monday — and almost 60 of them will do so without librarians, according to data from the school system’s website. Since Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced in May that the school system would be scaling back funds for librarians, there has been widespread outcry from school

communities and parent groups worried about the effect the move will have on literacy. Under the proposed cuts, schools with enrollments under 300 will have no librarian position funded by the school system. Schools with larger populations must pay their librarians out of “flexible funding,” meaning that principals can elect not to fund the position. The Francis-Stevens and Takoma education campuses, Hardy Middle and Coolidge High are among those schools that are losing a

librarian this year. The Capitol Hill Public School Parents Organization has been at the forefront of the protest movement, holding rallies and gathering 1,600 signatures on a petition to reinstate librarians in every school. Peter MacPherson, a leader for the organization, said members fear the cuts will negatively impact students. “There have been 60 studies since 1965 that have shown a clear correlation between a

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trained librarian and a properly stocked library and student achievement in schools and overall rates of literacy,” he said. The organization met with Henderson last week to discuss its concerns. MacPherson called the meeting a “mixed bag”: Though librarians will still not be funded in many schools, the chancellor vowed to create a task force to look into the development of school libraries, he said. Henderson also told the See Libraries/Page 27

Residents object to DDOT New Hampshire Ave. plan By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

A presentation last week on the planned New Hampshire Avenue Reconstruction/Resurfacing Project drew concerns and complaints from residents of Foggy Bottom/West End. The work, which will take place from early next month through spring 2014, aims to improve conditions for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. The agency will repair and replace the road and sidewalks, install new lighting and bike lanes, modify crosswalks and pavement markings, and upgrade storm pipes, storm drains and fire hydrants. Work will also involve converting New Hampshire Avenue between Washington Circle and M Street from one-way to two-way traffic. Early into the Transportation Department’s remarks, shared at the Aug. 15 meeting of the Foggy

Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission, residents began raising objections. “It’s an accident waiting to happen,” one person said of the one-way to two-way conversion. “And the people are going to have road rage. … You need to look at it from our standpoint.” Residents repeatedly said that the team members could observe and understand their concerns by simply standing briefly at the circle during the morning rush hour. “Do you have any mechanism to go back to your team and say you hit a minefield on this issue?” one woman asked. Transportation Department communications specialist Alberta Paul said the team would discuss the issues, and she asked residents to write their concerns on notecards she provided. “We’re going to sit down as a team when we go back to the office,” See New Hampshire/Page 22

Neighborhood sees less crime with private patrols By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

For years, residents of Ward 3’s Woodland Normanstone neighborhood seeking to deter criminal activity pooled their money to fund a security service that kept tabs on the community’s streets. Neighbors formed a volunteerled organization to coordinate billing. But in fall 2010, residents said, the burdens of managing the finances grew too great and they dropped the service — and crime in the community, though still rare, more than doubled. The neighborhood, which comprises roughly 160 homes mostly located between Massachusetts and Cleveland avenues, averaged four reported crimes per month during the year it had no security patrol, according to data compiled by a resident. In November 2011, residents turned to Urban Alarm, a Chevy Chase firm that offered to bill individual households for the patrols. According to the resident’s data,

crime promptly fell to an average of 2.3 reported incidents per month, even as the level of incidents in the surrounding areas held steady. “Mere presence of patrol car driving around our streets prevents crime,” the resident, who declined to be interviewed, wrote in a report recommending that neighbors continue contracting with Urban Alarm. Each household pays roughly $75 per month for the base service, but that increases if residents want additional monitoring of their own property or other services. The security officers don’t have police powers but can observe and report suspicious activity. Urban Alarm founder Miles Fawcett said a patrol officer was also able to get the license number of a delivery truck that caused property damage. Urban Alarm’s primary business is security alarm systems, Fawcett said in an interview, and Woodland Normanstone is the only area it’s now patrolling. But Fawcett, who launched the See Security/Page 27


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Planned Adams Morgan hotel to be shorter

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Developers of a planned hotel in Adams Morgan have relented on the project’s longtime sticking point: its height. The hotel is now designed as one story shorter than the originally conceived 90-foot, nine-story building, development partner Matt Wexler told The Current yesterday. To make the change to an 81-foot building, he said, developers tweaked the design of the hotel’s parking area. The updated application for the

project, couched as a planned-unit development, is available at adamsmorganhistorichotel.com. The height reduction and other changes come as the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission prepares for a special forum and vote on the project next Monday. Wexler said he and developer Brian Friedman have “responded to the various pressures we’ve been getting from the community, the [Historic Preservation Review Board] and the Office of Planning.” He said the hotel’s parking area will now be “less efficient” than

originally planned, but changes to that space allowed the developers to retain the number of rooms — around 227 — that will keep the project “economically viable.” The boutique hotel is planned for the corner of Champlain and Euclid Streets, incorporating the First Church of Christ, Scientist building. That neighborhood commission’s forum on the project will take place Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the 3rd District Police Headquarters, 1624 V St. NW. Members of the public who wish to make comments are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m.

Visitor parking permits to roll out citywide By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Residents in all sections of the city will next year join the District’s visitor parking pass program, in which each household on a Residential Parking Permit block receives a placard that waives two-hour parking limits. D.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson Monica Hernandez said that the passes will become available citywide on Oct. 1, 2013. The agency’s director obtained the authority to expand the program under recent emergency rulemaking, which also renewed the permits for areas already participating. Wards 3, 4 and 5, along with portions of wards 1 and 6, have already been using the visitor passes, and the program expanded to include all of Ward 1 this month. The passes supplement those available at police stations, which are designated for specific cars at specific times.

Though generally popular for their convenience, visitor parking passes have been controversial in some neighborhoods. Residents’ concerns have focused on potential abuse of the passes, and their ability to increase parking congestion. For instance, Ward 1 got parking passes only as part of D.C. Council legislation, with advisory neighborhood commissions granted the right to opt out. The Adams Morgan area joined the program only after heated debate and a nearly split vote from the neighborhood commission in April. Hernandez said she didn’t know why there was no public deliberation about expanding the visitor parking pass program citywide, but she emphasized that the agency will seek input on its implementation from residents and other stakeholders over the coming months. In June, Transportation Department officials had asked the D.C. Council to hold off on other changes to See Parking/Page 22

The week ahead Thursday, Aug. 23

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will hold her annual Jobs and Opportunities Fair for D.C. residents. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 800 Mount Vernon Place NW. Job seekers must bring a photo ID, utility bill or other proof of District residency. ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a “leash cutting” celebration for the renovated S Street dog park. The event will begin at 11 a.m. in the park, located near 17th Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. ■ The D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel will hold a hands-on energy efficiency workshop, which will include information on programs available through the D.C. government to help residents conserve. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. For details, contact Pamela Nelson at 202-727-3071 or pnelson@opc-dc.gov. ■ 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. ■ The Corcoran College of Art + Design will hold a community meeting to discuss upcoming decisions about the institution’s future. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Reservations are suggested; visit getinvolved.corcoran.org/college_community.

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, visit dcps.dc.gov, email dcps.beautificationday@dc.gov or call 202-724-4881.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold the first in a series of “Parking Think Tank” meetings to obtain public input on the future of parking in the District. The agency plans to use the information in developing a comprehensive curbside parking management plan. The meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. For details, visit ddot.dc.gov/parkingthinktanks.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

The D.C. Department of Transportation will attend a community meeting to discuss the New Hampshire Avenue streetscape project between Dupont Circle and H Street. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Flats at Dupont Circle, 2000 N St. NW.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 The Current

District Digest Cathedral celebrates progress since quake The Washington National Cathedral will host a ceremony tomorrow honoring the one-year anniversary of the damaging Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake and highlighting the restoration progress since, according to a news release. The Cathedral suffered an estimated $20 million in damage, and most of the efforts since the quake

have focused on preventing further damage, developing restoration plans and raising funds for rebuilding, according to spokesperson Meredith MacKenzie. As part of the ceremony, masons will install the first replacement stone on the Cathedral tower’s southwest pinnacle, and its bell will ring at 1:53 p.m. — the hour the 5.8-magnitude quake struck last year. About $3 million has been raised so far, MacKenzie said.

The other prominent structure damaged in the quake — the Washington Monument — is expected to remain closed until 2014, the National Park Service has said.

Group pursues appeal on ballot initiative Activists seeking to place a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot for a ban on corporate campaign contribu-

tions have appealed a decision that invalidated nearly 9,000 of the signatures collected on their petitions. The D.C. Public Trust group needed more than 23,000 signatures of registered voters and delivered more than 30,000. But a D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics review said only 21,000 of those were valid. The group filed its appeal with the D.C. Superior Court on Monday, according to a news release; the appeal states that at least 24,645 of the signatures are from registered voters.

Power line task force to meet tomorrow

The city’s new Task Force on Power Line Undergrounding will hold its first meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday in Room G-9 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. The group, convened by Mayor Vincent Gray and co-chaired by city administrator Allen Lew and Pepco Holdings chair Joseph Rigby, is intended to develop ways to reduce power outages in the District. Matt Frumin, chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E, is one of two community members on the task force. The public meeting will include a comment period. Residents are asked to register in advance by contacting Phyllis Love at 202-4789200 or phyllis.love@dc.gov.

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City to fix sidewalks along Water Street

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Officials fete project at site of Hurt Home

Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans joined developers yesterday to break ground on The Montrose, a public-private condominium project in Georgetown that will include a few affordable units. The project involves redeveloping the Hurt Home, a former assisted-living facility at 3050 R St. NW, as 15 for-sale units, with 20 percent set aside for those with gross annual income up to 80 percent of the area’s median income. Argos Group and Potomac Investment Properties are leading the effort. “This public-private collaboration reflects my administration’s commitment to ensuring that properties throughout the District contribute positively to the neighborhoods in which they are situated so that a high quality of life continues to thrive,� Gray said in a release.

Correction

An article in the Aug. 15 issue about squash player Camille Lanier mistakenly stated that she had earned a scholarship to play squash at the University of Pennsylvania. She is attending without one, as the Ivy League does not issue athletic scholarships. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202-2447223.


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ANC potentials prepare for November elections

Current Staff Report This fall will see many advisory neighborhood commissions in flux as they lose old members, gain new ones and in some cases change geographic boundaries. Aug. 8 marked the deadline for potential neighborhood commissioners to file their petitions to run in the Nov. 6 election. By The Current’s count, approximately 390 candidates citywide had filed petitions with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, with only a few spots remaining vacant. A full list of the candidates is available online at tinyurl.com/anc2012. To run, candidates had to collect 25 signatures from registered voters in the single-member district they intend to represent. Neighborhood commissioners are elected for two-year unpaid terms. This year some commissions are absorbing or losing geographic areas based on population counts

from the 2010 U.S. Census. Among the larger changes happening in The Current’s coverage area: • Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, which represents the Adams Morgan area, will be replacing five former commissioners. Wilson Reynolds, the current chair, remains on board and uncontested. • Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B, which represents the Dupont Circle area, is losing four longtime members: Bob Meehan, Jack Jacobson, Ramon Estrada and Phil Carney. All four seats have replacement candidates in line, and Jacobson’s post in single-member district 2B04 has drawn three contenders. • Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F, which represents the Logan Circle area, will be replacing four members, including longSee Election/Page 10

             

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

School board leader optimistic on D.C.’s path Current Staff Report In a recent interview, State Board of Education at-large member Ted Trabue discussed his generally optimistic view about the long-term outlook for the District’s public schools. The system, he said, “has laid a solid foundation for success. More than just modernizing the schools, we’re modernizing the curriculum. That will lead us down the successful road.� Trabue, who is not running for re-election this fall, said a major advantage right now is that “school will open with the same core administration as in the past four years. There is more stability than in a generation.�

He also noted that test scores are improving, even if in small increments, and that more residents are interested in sending their kids to the city’s schools. “There is an attraction to the public schools now that may not have existed 10 to 15 years ago. People are having more faith with charter schools and some DCPS schools. We have graduates who are getting fabulous college scholarships,� he said. Yet, he still sees major problems. Trabue is concerned that about 40 percent of D.C. Public Schools graduates who go to college don’t finish within six years. And he agreed with many who say that D.C. middle schools need improvement. See Trabue/Page 10

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Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  700 block, 6th St.; sidewalk; 9:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  800 block, G St.; office building; 10:50 a.m. Aug. 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  500 block, H St.; street; 1:43 a.m. Aug. 15. Burglary â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 8 a.m. Aug. 17. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  8th and H streets; street; 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  800 block, 8th St.; office building; 3:56 p.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 10:04 a.m. Aug. 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:10 a.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  9th Street and New York Avenue; sidewalk; 6 p.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; store; 5:40 p.m. Aug. 17. â&#x2013;  500 block, 8th St.; sidewalk; 7 a.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 6:22 a.m. Aug. 19. â&#x2013;  500 block, K St.; government building; 8:31 p.m. Aug. 19. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 1:20 p.m. Aug. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; parking lot; 4:26 p.m. Aug. 17.

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Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  6400 block, Barnaby St.; parking lot; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Legation St.; street; 12:01 a.m. Aug. 19.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  Belt Road and Davenport Street; street; 3:44 p.m. Aug. 17. Burglary â&#x2013;  4300 block, Nebraska Ave.; residence; 5:32 p.m. Aug. 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Fort Drive; unspecified premises; 5:53 p.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 3:10 p.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Fort Drive; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Aug. 18. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:20 p.m. Aug. 15.

Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Windom Place; street; 7:31 a.m. Aug. 19. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Windom Place; unspecified premises; 8:03 a.m. Aug. 19. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Windom Place; street; 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19.

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Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:40 p.m. Aug. 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 10 p.m. Aug. 15.

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heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  3600 block, 38th St.; residence; 7:42 p.m. Aug. 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; bank; 2:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2900 block, 34th St.; street; 6:12 p.m. Aug. 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 2 a.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:02 p.m. Aug. 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:26 a.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 38th St.; unspecified premises; 6:15 p.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  3600 block, Calvert St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Woodland Drive; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 17.

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â&#x2013;  palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  4400 block, P St.; alley; 3:56 p.m. Aug. 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, MacArthur Blvd.; unspecified premises; 11:43 p.m. Aug. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, Reservoir Road; parking lot; 9:48 a.m. Aug. 19. â&#x2013;  4800 block, Reservoir Road; parking lot; 11:17 a.m. Aug. 19.

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â&#x2013;  georgetown / burleith

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  3500 block, T St.; sidewalk; 1:11 a.m. Aug. 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 1:34 p.m. Aug. 17. Burglary (attempt)

â&#x2013;  2900 block, O St.; residence; noon Aug. 13. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3300 block, O St.; street; 3:15 p.m. Aug. 12. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:10 p.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:17 a.m. Aug. 14. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 6 p.m. Aug. 14. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:44 p.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 3:50 p.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; medical facility; 9 p.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  M and Thomas Jefferson streets; street; 12:10 p.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:55 p.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 1:09 p.m. Aug. 17. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 2 p.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 34th St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 7:55 p.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; restaurant; 9:53 p.m. Aug. 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, N St.; street; 5:40 p.m. Aug. 16.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013;  foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 1:23 p.m. Aug. 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; restaurant; 12:14 a.m. Aug. 19. Burglary â&#x2013;  2200 block, F St.; hotel; 7:17 p.m. Aug. 13. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; office building; 10:28 a.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 22nd St.; parking lot; 4:45 p.m. Aug. 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 19th St.; office building; 11 a.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  600 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 10:35 p.m. Aug. 14. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 9:25 a.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  1600 block, M St.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; sidewalk; 2:26 a.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; office building; 8:01 a.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  100 block, Raoul Wallenberg Place SW; sidewalk; 1 p.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  25th and N streets; sidewalk; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 17. â&#x2013;  900 block, 26th St.; bank; 9:59 p.m. Aug. 17. â&#x2013;  800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 11 a.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Virginia Ave.;

parking lot; 6:59 p.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  1600 block, K St.; restaurant; 11:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  H Street and Vermont Avenue; unspecified premises; 12:55 p.m. Aug. 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; hotel; 7:26 p.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 14. â&#x2013;  800 block, 21st St.; unspecified premises; 4:26 p.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  15th and L streets; street; 3:07 a.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  2400 block, L St.; parking lot; 10:30 p.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; parking lot; 11 p.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; parking lot; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 19. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; street; 2:10 a.m. Aug. 19.

psa 208

â&#x2013;  sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 5:35 a.m. Aug. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 2:20 a.m. Aug. 18. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 12:40 p.m. Aug. 16. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Riggs Place; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; office building; 11:20 a.m. Aug. 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:10 p.m. Aug. 14. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; restaurant; 6:45 p.m. Aug. 14. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 15. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11:07 a.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3 p.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 5:19 p.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 9:30 p.m. Aug. 16. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 2 a.m. Aug. 17. â&#x2013;  2100 block, California St.; unspecified premises; 1:38 p.m. Aug. 19. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 8:02 a.m. Aug. 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; alley; 10:56 p.m. Aug. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  17th and O streets; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Aug. 13. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:30 p.m. Aug. 18. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 17th St.; street; 4:45 p.m. Aug. 19.


The Current

ANC supports Akridge to redevelop Stevens School By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

Struggling to decide among various proposals to redevelop the old Stevens School building and grounds — plans that chair Florence Harmon described as “all outstanding choices” — the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission last week threw its weight behind multiple options, with developer Akridge winning top support and three of five school concepts drawing written praise. All four development teams that submitted options for Stevens said they would construct high-end glassy office buildings with groundfloor retail on the empty space on the Stevens site. The commission’s resolution says it would prefer Akridge and Argos’ proposal, with Donohoe Development Co. and Decca Development Corp.’s plan as a second choice. It specified, however, that the support of Akridge is contingent on the developer not removing any portion of the old Stevens building — a proposal that Akridge had floated but said was not crucial to its plan. From the five separate proposals to return the historic school building to educational use, commissioners said they liked three: a pre-kindergarten charter school from the AppleTree Institute; preschool through fifth grades from the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School; and a special-education school targeting students with autism from private institution Ivymount. Though many mentioned AppleTree as a favorite, the commission opted not to put the three in any order. “We have a really hard decision,” Harmon said of all the proposals at the meeting’s start. “Quite frankly we’d be thrilled with any of them.” The 1858 Stevens building,

located near the corner of 21st and L streets, was the first school in Washington established for freed slaves. City leaders closed it in 2007, citing a lack of enrollment, and officials have been working to redevelop the site since, with an initial plan for housing scuttled by community opposition. Commissioners said last week that the city has been much more community inclusive on its second go-round. “We were definitely included this time,” Harmon said. “I can’t say enough about how well the process has gone.” In choosing among the various proposals, Harmon said she liked both Akridge and Donohoe’s plans but leaned toward the former because of its proposed community amenities. She said she slightly preferred AppleTree over the other school options because of honors the organization has won from the U.S. Department of Education. Most other commissioners agreed with her stance, though commissioner Graham Galka and a resident in the audience noted that they would prefer a public school that would directly serve the local community. Resident Tim Ryan said he has a child entering preschool this month at the nearby Francis-Stevens Education Campus, where he said many view the preschool and pre-k offerings as solid but see first grade as a “cliff.” “We all see the cliff, and we’re all gonna leave,” he said. “Hopefully if [it’s] possible you could think of configuring some preferential opportunity.” A representative from the D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education explained, however, that no charter school can prioritize neighborhood residents over any See Stevens/Page 12

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Taxing questions

We’re pleased that Mayor Vincent Gray has appointed former Mayor Anthony Williams to chair the city’s reconstituted Tax Revision Commission, which held its first meeting this month. The group will study possible tax code changes that could increase the District’s tax revenues by lowering certain rates and thus encouraging businesses and individuals to move to D.C. It’s clear that some firms and people are willing to move for tax reasons. For instance, the Washington Business Journal recently reported that Evolution Finance Inc., a 16-employee high-tech firm based in Arlington, is moving to D.C. to take advantage of a five-year corporate franchise tax waiver for firms in “High Technology Development Zones.” But anecdotal examples are not sufficient bases for changing our tax rules, and therefore the commission’s research will be invaluable. One issue the commission must assess is Mayor Gray’s proposal to offer tax advantages to high-tech companies that locate anywhere in the city, not just in designated zones. While the move could entice more companies like Evolution Finance, the result could be a net loss for the District, so a careful look is crucial. The mayor has also asked the commission to assess whether lowering commercial property taxes to Maryland or Virginia levels could entice firms to move here. Another possibility might be offering lower rates just in areas of high unemployment. He also asked whether the city could legally tax unincorporated businesses operating in D.C. but owned by suburbanites, as well as whether the city could legally give higher wages to city employees who live in the District and whether it would be beneficial to do so. These and a host of other questions need serious study. Tales of single successes — such as Evolution Finance’s move — do not mean that larger tax incentives are worth the effort. But they do suggest the worth of further investigation.

Girls for the gold

It’s been widely reported that the United States sent more women than men to the Olympics this summer, earning the American squad the early nickname “Team Title IX.” And when the games wrapped up this month, only two countries had won as many gold medals as the 29 taken by U.S. women, according to bleacherreport.com. With the games and their notable gender stats still in our rear-view mirrors — and the school year on the near horizon — now seems a good time to consider the state of girls’ sports in D.C. As in much of the country, D.C. is not perfect in its compliance with the U.S. law prohibiting sex discrimination by any school or university that receives federal funds. The Washington Post reported this past spring that during the 2010-2011 school year, girls made up only 39 percent of high school athletic participants in the D.C. Public Schools system, yet they comprised 51 percent of enrollment. The National Women’s Law Center has been looking into the issue, posting notices on various listservs earlier this year seeking participants for a survey on girls playing D.C. Public Schools sports. We’re eager to learn what the organization finds. As council members noted at a 2010 hearing on Title IX observance, sports translate to more than just improved coordination and better health — which are superior achievements in themselves. Research also shows that participation leads to higher graduation and college acceptance rates, as well as lower truancy, dropout, drug use and pregnancy numbers. We’re interested to hear an update on the extent to which girls in D.C. Public Schools participate in sports today. The school system launched a female flag football program in the spring to increase such participation, according to The Post, which wrote that six schools were fielding teams, with a total of nearly 70 girls playing. This is a great move, but we hope there’s more to come. Our local young women deserve nothing less.

Power, parking and speeding …

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f you’re not already exhausted from complaining about Pepco or, on an entirely different subject, parking and parking tickets in Washington, we have a few outlets where you can complain some more. Mayor Vincent Gray recently created a task force on Pepco, its power outages and the possibility of putting more power lines underground. It will hold its first meeting Thursday. Starting later this month, the D.C. Department of Transportation will hold several public hearings on what should and could be done about parking on city streets. And there is also a task force working on the effectiveness and fairness of speed cameras. The Pepco task force will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the John A. Wilson Building. Organizers had asked the public to sign up by Monday if they wanted to speak, but registration is still open. Residents may also have a chance to comment without advance registration if time permits. We’re not sure the task force is expecting many members of the public, because the ground-floor room G9 is not very big. But the task force is. City Administrator Allen Lew, who, if memory serves, hates meetings that last more than a few minutes, is co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force of Power Line Undergrounding. The other co-chair is none other than Joseph Rigby, chair of Pepco’s holding company. The mayor also appointed Matt Frumin of Ward 3 and Herb Harris of Ward 7 to be citizen members of the task force, because a lot of power outages occur in those two wards. Other government members are drawn from the mayor’s cabinet, along with Public Service Commission chair Betty Ann Kane and People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye. Ward 7 D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander is also serving, even though her Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs is the very committee that’s supposed to monitor such activities. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi also is a member, but he, too, has a lot more to do than attend task force meetings. Two other utility executives round out the membership. One of them is Donna Rattley-Washington, a Comcast vice president in charge of government and regulatory affairs. The other is Karen Campbell, a Verizon vice president for government affairs. And what will all these public, private and government officials do on their task force? According to Gray, the group “will finally develop long-term solutions to these all-too-frequent dis-

ruptions.” It was also told to gather information “to develop plans that will, over time, greatly reduce the impacts of severe weather on our power grid.” Some might wonder if that isn’t the routine job of the Public Service Commission and all of the utility companies, but we digress. The task force has until Jan. 31 to report its findings. ■ Parking think tanks? Well, that’s what the Transportation Department is calling its planned series of public meetings on street parking issues in Washington. The first will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at One Judiciary Square. The Transportation Department says its “series of community conversations” could guide a citywide parking plan, something that hasn’t been updated since the department itself was formed 10 years ago. The transportation agency wants to know how it can strike a better balance of parking needs “of everyone — employees, residents, and visitors,” all of whom compete daily for space. If you can’t make the first meeting, the schedule for other sessions will be available at ddot.dc.gov. Again, like the task force on power lines, it seems like figuring out how to address routine parking needs might be a normal part of the department’s mission. But it never hurts to solicit public comment, as long as someone listens to it. ■ Speed camera review. It is too early to know what conclusions may be reached by either the parking or Pepco group. But another task force — this one on city speed cameras — is expected to come out swinging just after Labor Day. Put together by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, this citizen panel has been studying the city’s growing use of speed cameras and the fines associated with them. Fines are now as high as $250. Some motorists complain that there’s not enough warning that cameras are present. (Of course, if you’re not speeding, it’s not an issue where the cameras are.) Wells says he’s looking for a variety of things, including “immediate adjustments to certain automated enforcement fines.” Many people believe the city is using cameras to rake in money, not improve safety. Wells says he wants any camera revenue to go solely to road-safety activities. On Monday, Wells was just returning from a brief vacation. He told us he hopes to have legislation ready to go when the council holds its first meeting in mid-September. If that happens, it’ll be a bright feather in Wells’ political cap that might get some attention should he wind up in a race for mayor. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Notebook

Letters to the Editor Klingle trail would waste tax money

In the Aug. 15 article “Court dismisses Klingle Road lawsuit,” The Current notes that the Federal Highway Administration and D.C. Department of Transportation’s environmental assessment found no significant impact for building a bike trail. I’m not surprised; years earlier, the environmental assessment to repair Klingle Road to motor vehicles also found no significant impact. But the real issue here is money. The Sierra Club’s website states that Transportation Department director Terry

Bellamy, in a meeting with D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and club representatives, said that this so-called “bike trail” will cost $12 million. Of course, this includes work that is required to sustain the utilities and repair the infrastructure — work that is required whether a road or trail is built. But no matter how you slice it, or how you dice it, at the end of the day if the city spends $12 million in tax money and ends up with a trail, then that is the cost of the trail. The real solution here is to build both a road and a trail that everyone can use. Otherwise, the city would be foolishly spending $12 million on a four-block trail. Currently, there is a magnificent trail maintained by the Tregaron Conservancy alongside

the closed portion of Klingle. Isn’t that enough? Laurie Collins Cleveland Park

D.C. summers make Olympics unwise

Whoa! [“Olympic fever ... 2024?” Tom Sherwood’s Notebook, Aug. 8.] This has been the hottest summer on record in this area, with more violent storms than I care to contemplate. Scientists agree our summers are only going to get warmer in the years ahead and storms more frequent and violent. Is this the kind of climate to which we want to subject the world’s best athletes? I say, no. Janet Trowbridge Bohlen Spring Valley


The Current

Letters to the Editor Washington Latin left out of DC-CAS article

I read with interest The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 1 article on the results of the DC-CAS scores but was disappointed to see that it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include Washington Latinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle school as one of Ward 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public schools recognized by the mayor as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rewardâ&#x20AC;? school. Washington Latin, as a public charter school, is open to all students who live in the District of Columbia. Washington Latin is the only charter school in wards 1, 2, 3 or 4 to be a reward school. In fact, we were delighted for the third year in a row to have the highest proficiency rate in reading of any D.C. charter school. Martha C. Cutts Head of School, Washington Latin Public Charter School

Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redo project is environmental win

I read with dismay The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 15 editorial on the planned 60-unit rental building at the former Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site on Wisconsin Avenue because it promotes the fallacy that new development must attract people with cars. This view is stated notwithstanding the measures taken by the developer to discourage car ownership, discussed below, and the very close proximity to the Tenleytown Metro station. This project presents a win-win scenario environmentally. In addition to reducing vehicle use (simply put: less parking equals less cars), the development being considered will not have to demolish the existing foundation for building. Eliminating the need to dig a new foundation and dispose of the remnants from the existing structure is the most environmentally responsible use of the site possible. Asking the developer to dig a deeper foundation to create additional parking would be an environmental lose/ lose situation: more landfill/more traffic. It would also make the units more expensive, which would be a shame in a neighborhood in which housing is already very expensive. Keeping the existing footprint of Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presents a choice unique to this property, an aspect that was not addressed in the editorial. Due to grade changes around the building, the basement area is accessible from Brandywine Street and can either be used to add some parking or to provide a retail space, perhaps a nice family restaurant. Yes, that is what it amounts to in this case: Would the neighborhood rather have more parking spaces for rental tenants or would it prefer having a

better streetscape that will help promote the quality of life in the Tenley area? I am not alone in being strongly in favor of the latter, something lacking in our area. A few additional points about the need for parking. First, while acknowledging that the tenants may not apply for Residential Permit Parking, The Current ignored that tenants will have quite a walk to find on-street parking, a not-insignificant obstacle for those wanting to own a car. Second, the developers plan to offer free membership in Capital Bikeshare and car-sharing services, to discourage car ownership for renters. Finally, there will be a new law school on American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tenley Campus, and the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site will be the closest rental property. In sum, the developer recognizes something that The Current did not â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there are people who want to live in our neighborhood who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own cars. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to encourage them to live in the upper Wisconsin Avenue corridor. Any perceived parking issue is vastly outweighed by the benefits of this project to this neighborhood. Steve Seelig Chevy Chase

Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan needs to include parking spots

Tenleytown welcomes mixeduse development at the former Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site at 4600 Wisconsin Ave., but the plan to provide no parking spaces for up to 130 tenants, retail staff and customers should not be approved. This arrangement would place an unacceptable burden on current residents and retail establishments. Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development Corp. is seeking approval for zoning exceptions that would allow a six-story building up to 70 feet tall with 55 to 65 residential units and 13,985 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and in the basement. Most apartments would be one-bedrooms and junior one-bedrooms, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;someâ&#x20AC;? twobedroom units. The estimated number of residents would be 55 to 130 plus children. Based on this plan, current zoning would require inclusion of 86 onsite parking spaces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 53 for retail and 33 for residential. The D.C. Office of Planning is suggesting that the developer not include any parking spaces for residents, business proprietors or customers; in fact, the plan would eliminate parking that is currently located in the basement. One onsite parking space would be provided for a car share, and there would be no dedicated spaces for people with disabilities. The developer also proposes no Residential Parking Permits for the tenants. Jemal has made a mitigating

offer to explore renting parking for tenants in the Ace Hardware/Best Buy or Whole Foods parking lots. This offer acknowledges the unmet parking demand. Even if spaces can be rented offsite temporarily, such an arrangement is not enforceable or sustainable. Tenleytown, even under current zoning, is likely to experience increased density, which will bring more customers to Whole Foods, Ace, the Container Store, Best Buy and other existing establishments. They will need to get their parking spaces back for their own patrons. The Zoning Commission must require the developers to comply with existing zoning by providing the 86 required onsite parking spaces for residential and retail tenants and customers. It is the only feasible solution that is fair to the residents and neighbors of Tenleytown. Members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E have erroneously said that they have not heard from neighbors regarding this project. As recently as last week, although Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was not on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda, I attended and spoke out regarding the lack of parking, as did several others. When Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is officially placed on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda, I am confident other neighbors will express concern. It is the residents living on streets that juxtapose Wisconsin Avenue who will be most impacted, and this impact will only be exacerbated when combined with the move of American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law school to the Tenley Campus no later than 2014. Juliet G. Six President, Tenleytown Neighbors Association

Plans for Waterside Drive require change

I was perplexed to find that the National Park Service options for improving the merge of Waterside Drive traffic onto southbound Rock Creek Parkway do not include one solution that can be implemented immediately with minimal cost and disruption: Merge the two southbound lanes of Rock Creek Parkway into one right lane, before Waterside Drive, in order to allow Waterside traffic to flow into the left southbound lane unhindered. Similar solutions are used successfully on National Park Service roads in the Washington area, including westbound Clara Barton Parkway at I-495 and George Washington Parkway at Route 123/ Chain Bridge Road. I urge readers to submit comments by Aug. 30 at tinyurl.com/ waterside-nps (not the previously published link) so that the Park Service may consider this option. Mike Wexler Friendship Heights

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ELECTION: ANC races on ballot TRABUE: Board leader praises school progress From Page 5

time commissioner and former chair Charles Reed. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair, Mike Benardo, is also not running for re-election. One of the most crowded races in the city will be for single-member district 2F02, with four candidates vying for the seat. The commission is also absorbing a new single-member district, 2F08, with three candidates now seeking the position.

â&#x20AC;˘ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D, which represents the Foxhall, Palisades, Wesley Heights and Spring Valley areas, is losing four commissioners: Deon Jones, Lee Minichiello, Ann Haas and Penny Pagano. There will be contested elections for three seats, but no one will be on the ballot in single-member district 3D06 (Paganoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat) or 3D07 (encompassing the bulk of American University).

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of great elementary schools,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the middle schools where kids are getting lost in the system. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where we should make the greatest efforts at improvement.â&#x20AC;? On the high school level, Trabue called School Without Walls â&#x20AC;&#x153;exceptionalâ&#x20AC;? and said he is pleased with the quality of Wilson High School. When asked about the problem of people moving to Fairfax or Montgomery counties when their children reach school age, he answered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get my kid into School Without Walls or Wilson, it would cross my mind to consider

relocating.â&#x20AC;? But he said the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high schools are becoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;much strongerâ&#x20AC;? and praised the potential of both McKinley Technology High School and Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School. Trabue was appointed to the D.C. Board of Education in 2007 and then elected to the reconstituted State Board of Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at-large seat in 2008; he twice served as board president. He decided not to run again because of his responsibilities as the new managing director of the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility and as leader of a booster club for St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School.

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half-decade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unlike in years past, the staff is there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including teaching staff and supporting staff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the books are there,â&#x20AC;? and some schools, like Deal Middle and Wilson High, â&#x20AC;&#x153;had no facility maintenance problems at all,â&#x20AC;? she said. The problems she did find this year included a drainage issue at Murch Elementary; a missing snow blower at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School; the absence of a school nurse at Key Elementary; and malfunctioning handicapped-accessible doors at Stoddert Elementary, which she says the city has since fixed. But Janney stood out as the school that needs the most attention. Cheh said frequently cracking floor tiles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she saw 30 or 40 of them on her tour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; suggest the need for large-scale replacements. And the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gym, which was built above the library during the recent modernization, has so far failed to offer enough insulation to block out noise, Cheh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone described the effect as listening to a herd of buffalos going across the gym floor.â&#x20AC;? Darrell Pressley, spokesperson for the D.C. Department of General Services, said the contractor for last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovation, Winmar Dustin, remains responsible for resolving these types of ongoing issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks likes theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still within the warranty,â&#x20AC;? he said. Pressley said his agency is â&#x20AC;&#x153;looking at the flooring and insulation issues and ... actively working both on long-term and short-term plansâ&#x20AC;? for both problems. According to Cheh, a consultant will come in soon to investigate noise-abatement solutions for the gym, but a fix realistically canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen until winter break. Some smaller issues, she said, include a broken air conditioner, electronic glitches, low water pressure, dying trees and chipped paint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is it a tragedy, is it terrible? No,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said of Janneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can we fix it? Yes.â&#x20AC;? Janney principal Norah Lycknell did not respond to an inquiry from The Current yesterday. According to Cheh, the principal has reported slow response times from the city on facility maintenance issues.


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Former Cadet vies for job with Redskins

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Growing up in Landover, Md., Antwon Bailey was always a football fan. But he wasn’t a Washington Redskins loyalist, the St. John’s College High School alum admitted in a recent interview, and cheered instead for a rival team. And although the Redskins hopeful wouldn’t name the Dallas Cowboys as his erstwhile favorite, he smiled and said “maybe” as Redskins fans looked on at training camp last Tuesday. Despite his childhood allegiances, Bailey recently signed on with the Redskins after going undrafted in the NFL last April. The former Cadet is fighting for a roster spot and his dream job as a running back as the team goes through training camp and preseason games. “It’s big,” Bailey said after practice last Tuesday. “It’s amazing … just being here and having this opportunity in the NFL. With it being at home, I couldn’t ask for anything better.” Bailey racked up a slew of accolades while in high school at St. John’s. The runner grabbed the District Gatorade Player of the Year award, was named first-team AllMet once and first-team All-WCAC twice, and was deemed the Cadets’

most valuable player three times. All told, Bailey racked up 2,878 yards and 45 touchdowns during his high school career. “Antwon was a dynamic playmaker,” said St. John’s football coach Joe Patterson. “He outworked everyone and knew the playbook inside and out. He was a true joy to coach. He made everyone around him better.” Bailey then moved on to Syracuse University and the competitive Big East Conference. As a junior, he rushed for 554 yards and two touchdowns. Then as a senior, he went for 1,051 yards on 240 attempts and scored six touchdowns. His strong senior campaign wasn’t enough to entice an NFL team to use a draft pick on him, perhaps in part because, at 5 feet 7 inches tall and 195 pounds, he is considered small for a pro running back. But he has good burst, vision and balance, which made him an undrafted prospect that the Redskins pounced on. So far this summer, the Redskins have had an open competition for starting running back. Last year’s starter, Tim Hightower, tore his anterior cruciate ligament and is still working his way back into form, while veterans Evan Royster and Roy Helu, as well as sixth-round pick Alfred Morris, are vying for

carries. Bailey is working his way up from the bottom of the running back depth chart after he received no carries during the Redskins’ preseason opener Aug. 8 in Buffalo. But he got three touches in the next game, against the Chicago Bears last Saturday. He ran for 10 yards on three tries. While the lack of chances has been tough, Bailey has remained upbeat and is determined to stand out when given the chance. “When I get my opportunity, I have to shine. I have to wow people,” said Bailey. “That’s the nature of it with me being an undrafted guy with the amount of backs we have on the roster.” One of the ways Bailey can catch the Redskins coaches’ eyes is to play well on special teams — kick coverage and return units. “I have to excel at special teams,” said Bailey. “It was something I haven’t really done. But it’s coming along, and I’m getting more and more comfortable with it. I’m definitely seeing some progress.” As the preseason continues and teams near cut-day on Aug. 31 — when squads narrow their roster to 53 players each — Bailey’s goals remain simple: “to have a job, make some big plays and turn some heads.”

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Antwon Bailey, a 2008 grad from St. John’s, signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in April. The running back, who is fighting for a roster spot, saw his first NFL carry Saturday against the Bears.

Tigers look to rush to success on the gridiron in 2012 By BRIAN KAPUR

Northwest Little League tops New Jersey on the diamond

Current Staff Writer

When rising senior running back Jeremy Dixon came to Wilson’s preseason practices three days late, he saw Friendship Collegiate transfer running back Vernon Shepperson taking snaps with the starting offense. Dixon quickly realized he had to make up for lost time to regain his spot. “When I saw him running up and down the field, I was like, I have to turn it up because they have somebody there now,” said Dixon. The competition between the two wasn’t divisive; rather, it helped them form a close bond in just two weeks. “We’ve only known each other for a few weeks, but now we’re like brothers,” said Shepperson. “We complement each other. … Things I lack, he’s tough at,” Dixon added. During a scrimmage at Falls Church High School Friday, the duo was explosive. Shepperson continually attacked the edges of the defense with his speed. Not to be outdone, Dixon did his work inside and showed good burst and cutback ability. Both scored touchdowns during the session. “We’re just getting started,” Shepperson said with a smile. “We’re about to turn it up.” Aside from the dynamic running back duo,

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Jeremy Dixon, left, and Vernon Shepperson give Wilson a dynamic rushing attack. the Tigers offense brings back last year’s quarterback, Scott Beumel, now a rising junior, who will share snaps with fellow rising junior Reggie Robinson. On defense, the squad has a trio of rising seniors who will be expected to make an impact. Defensive tackle Javon Haines was disruptive during Friday’s scrimmage and is expected to be “one of our keys,” according to second-year coach Mark Martin. Defensive backs Cedric Curry-Walker, who is being recruited by several Division I schools, and Micah Harris are expected to anchor the back end of the defense. Overall, the team played well against Falls Church, with the sheer number of players

serving as one of the most noticeable changes from last year. Wilson athletic director Mitch Gore noted that he had to order 20 extra helmets to accommodate all of the students who were interested in joining the team. “I think they’re buying into the program,” said Martin. “A lot of kids are on the honor roll now, [with a] 3.0 grade point average. We’re trying to build it up academically and then athletically so we can try to bring a championship to Tenleytown.” While Martin wouldn’t say what his expectations for the season are, his dynamic running duo made its goals clear: “Turkey Bowl,” said Dixon, but Shepperson corrected him, saying, “City Champions.”

The Northwest Washington Little League squad recently stunned New Jersey 8-2 in pool play. New Jersey took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Northwest responded by ripping off six runs in the second inning to make the score 6-1. Making the win more impressive, New Jersey went on to win the Little League Mid-Atlantic championship Aug. 12 and advance to the Little League World Series tournament following pool play. The D.C. team finished with a 1-3 record in pool play.

Wilson hires new coaches

The Tigers recently added two new coaches to their staff. Desmond Dunham will coach the track and field team after working at the University of Maryland at College Park and Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George’s County. Karina Bond, who worked in Montgomery County, will coach the junior varsity basketball team and the softball squad.


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STEVENS: Foggy Bottom ANC backs Akridge to develop historic Stevens School

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other students, due to federal charter laws. Charters offer admissions based on lottery when there are more applicants than spaces. Three of the five proposals are for charter schools, while two are for private schools. The

two options the commissioners did not highlight in their resolution were a plan for child care, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten from the Eagle Academy Public Charter School, and a private kindergarten-through-fifth-grade offering from the GEMS team. The two development teams that did not

win specific support were Lincoln Property Co. and Mosaic Urban Partners, and MRP Realty and CGS Urban Partners. Commissioners said they were not backing MRP because it would likely combine the available space with a K Street site, allowing it to build a 130-foot-tall building instead of the

110 feet cited by the others, as K Street properties have a higher height limit than do those on L. They did not mention Lincoln. The public comment period on the issue ended Friday, and the choice goes next to a coalition of city agencies, which will make a recommendation to the D.C. Council.

WILSON: Pool users complain of maintenance, safety and staffing issues

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tent problems at the pool,â&#x20AC;? said another. John Stokes, spokesperson for the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, said the agency is addressing the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DPR and the Department of General Services will continue to work hard to handle all maintenance and upkeep, and will resolve all maintenance issues that are happening at the Wilson Aquatic Center. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see these maintenance issues happen either,â&#x20AC;? he said. Stokes said the hot tub will be fixed this week, and that the delay is

due to a back-ordered part. A recent incident inside the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locker room also prompted questions about the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security. Earlier this month, a nude adult male accosted three boys inside the locker room. Staff called police immediately, and the next day a suspect was arrested on the 4800 block of 36th Street trying to offer a young boy a ride in his car. Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. James McRae said detectives believe the suspect committed both crimes. According to neighborhood commissioner Roman Jankowski, the parks department will direct staff to monitor the locker rooms more

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closely. Jankowski said in an interview that his first priority is ensuring that there are enough lifeguards to keep swimmers safe. At the Aug. 13 meeting, commissioners unanimously asked the D.C. Council to allocate funding for more lifeguards. According to Jankowski, the poolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s management recommends that five lifeguards be on duty at all times. During the summer months, staffing levels have been adequate thanks in part to lifeguards hired through the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer work program. But starting next month, the poolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff will be down to 15 total guards: 11 full-time, two part-time and two who are on military reserve and are periodically away. Jankowski said pool managers suggest hiring three more guards, bringing the total to 18, though they

said 21 would be ideal so that more programming can be incorporated. Other issues aired at the meeting included the high humidity inside the facility, which Jankowski said could adversely affect the HVAC system if untreated. The swimsuit spinner inside the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locker room is broken, and some complained that the odor of chlorine can be detected blocks away from the indoor pool, prompting questions about whether staff overuse chemicals. The pool will be closed for two weeks starting Aug. 26 for repairs and cleaning, according to the parks department website. Jankowski noted that when the pool reopens, there could be some minor adjustments to its programming, but that the public would have an opportunity to weigh in. The pool is set up with 50-meter, Olympic-

length lanes about 60 percent of the time, but to accommodate residents who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t swim that far, it is divided into 25-yard lanes for the remainder of operating hours. Debate over the lane lengths persisted after the pool first opened, but it has quieted down. One initiative thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on tap for Wilson is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Generation Swim,â&#x20AC;? a pilot program run by the parks department in partnership with D.C. Public Schools. It aims to teach every student how to swim. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years, and it is the fifth leading cause for people of all ages, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stokes says the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to make sure all kids in the District know how to be safe and secure in the water.

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August 22, 2012 ■ Page 13

MPD sheds pounds in ‘Biggest Loser’ contest By ELI OKUN

Current Correspondent

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errick Johnson had just arrived home in Charles County, Md., after a long shift at work, and he lay down in his bed. He was tired. As a senior hostage and crisis negotiator for the District’s Metropolitan Police Department, he was also on call, 24/7. And after 10 minutes in bed, a call came in. He got back up and soon was off on the highway again. It was Christmas Eve. That evening in 2010 wasn’t atypical for Johnson, who — at 47 and nearing the end of his police career — has seen his fair share of unorthodox hours. Redeployment, when police officers are called on to help out with situations beyond their usual jobs, is one of the biggest culprits. But for all their unpredictability, such missions often end up in the same spot. “You go for redeployment, all hands on deck, and then next thing you know you’re at Burger King, or you’re at McDonald’s,” said Johnson. “When you have all that stuff in play, you’re not eating, you’re not sleeping right — all of that stuff plays a part on your health.” So when the police department kicked off the fifth round of its “Biggest Loser Fitness Challenge” in June, the weight-loss competition held a dual appeal: better health and, for the winners, no redeployment for a year. Johnson signed up with three fellow officers. They decided to call themselves the Over the Hill Gang, because most are close to retirement. Over the past few months, the team members have served as both competition and motivation for one another. They keep a blog in which they write each day about their exercise routines and eating habits,

often sending pictures of meals to each other. If someone is feeling too tired to work out, the others encourage him or her to do something, even if it’s just walking. For Johnson, the program is potentially life-changing. In the past year and a half, he has had a cardio stent inserted to clear blocked arteries, suffered from prostate problems, and received a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. “Because of my health problem that’s already there, I knew I had to make a change, and this here was the jumper cables to get started,” he said. Phase V of the Fitness Challenge kicked off June 5 and came to a close this month. It’s part of a voluntary program that Police Chief Cathy Lanier began in 2009, attracting between 300 and 1,100 officers during each phase. Police officers have lost more than 1,500 total pounds since the program’s inception. And though the prizes will go to the team with the highest weightloss percentage, the challenge is “more an overall wellness program,” Lanier said in an interview. “The goal is preventing predictable health-related issues from being overweight,” with a particular emphasis this summer on diabetes and hypertension. When officers first begin, they fill out a “complete wellness pro-

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Members of the Metropolitan Police Department participated in a kickoff for a “Biggest Loser” program early this summer. The effort, launched by Chief Cathy Lanier, far left, just ended, but officers continue to exercise.

file” that Providence Hospital, a Fitness Challenge partner, analyzes to provide information and warnings about potential diseases or conditions, Lanier said. “I think a lot of people get real serious when they get that profile back,” she said. And when they do, the Biggest Loser program offers plenty of help. Many Wednesday evenings, officers can participate in team sports from dodgeball to whiffleball at the Metropolitan Police Academy in Southwest. In the goodie bag that participants receive are a jump rope and a pedometer, with instructions to aim for 10,000 steps a day. Johnson’s had diabetes-specific recommendations. Trainers are available through the program as well. On his own, Johnson has started seeing a dietician. He’s stopped skipping meals. And though his work hours often impede him from attending the program’s activities, he has remained committed to working out independently, bolstered by his teammates’ support. Among them is Tonia Jones, the only member of the Over the Hill Gang who’s not quite over the hill (she’s mid-career). “They wanted a female,” she explained. She also wanted to help Johnson, given his recent diabetes diagnosis. In turn, her teammates have supported her. Jones recently found out she has a hyperactive thyroid — it runs in the family — which makes

it difficult for her to lose weight. “The toughest part for me is not losing as much as I know I could” because of that problem, she said. “It’s difficult because you work so hard and you don’t see the results you want to see.” Despite the challenges, she’s seen some changes. Though she said her eating habits were decent before the Biggest Loser program, she has stopped chewing tobacco, which is common among police officers. And having workout partners has been a major boon for Jones, who often had trouble knowing where to start in the past. Usually, she begins with a mileand-a-half run — which, at the beginning of the summer, was more of a walk. Then it’s a whole-body workout at the gym. Over time, the exercise has gotten easier. “It used to be difficult to walk up a flight of stairs, and now when I’m going up stairs — no problems,” Jones said. Increased mobility is crucial, possibly life-saving, for a police officer on the streets, Johnson said. Many recently incarcerated people are in top shape from having worked out in jail — so much so that Johnson said he can tell just by looking whether somebody is newly released. “And just think: If you’re overweight, out of shape ... what’s gonna happen if you have to struggle with that guy right there who’s just getting out of jail?” he said.

“But we become complacent and we take for granted nothing’s gonna happen to us.” Johnson has seen co-workers his age or younger have strokes and die of heart attacks. It’s a fixable problem that needs to be addressed, he said. “What are we doing wrong with the police department? ... We’re not dealing with our health, and now I think someone up at the top is coming around to saying, ‘Let’s get a healthier police department.’” That person is Lanier, who says her goal is to slash the rates of health problems among her ranks. “Because of the lifestyle that we have to lead ... we’re starting to see people that are pre-diabetic in their physicals; we’re starting to see people with hypertension,” she said. “I want everybody to collect their retirement.” Lanier hopes that by the end of the Fitness Challenge, when the officers look at before and after photos, they’ll see a noticeable change — despite the obstacles. “We’re pretty competitive people anyway, so we sabotage each other by dropping goodies in other people’s workspace,” she said. Johnson has done a good job of steering clear of such temptations. “I really see a change when I go put my pants on,” he said. And Jones vows to continue with her new exercise regimen even once the competition is over. “I refuse to start over again,” she said.


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GEORGETOWN $2,500,000

BETHESDA $359,000 GORGEOUS newly renovated 2BR, 1.5BA in the Hearth of downtown Bethesda. Call for more details.

ARLINGTON

$3,650,000

FT WASHINGTON

TURNBERRY TOWERS - Architecturally designed corner Penthouse Condo with panoramic views and over 3000 SF of elegance incl priv elevator. Elegantly appointed full svc bldg with valet PKG, concierge, pool, spa, fitness ctr and social room. Cheryl Kurss 301-346-6615 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

Sintia Petrosian Friendship Heights Office

GLOVER PARK

LEDROIT PARK

$689,000

4BR, 2.5BA ROW HOUSE with much character. Across from Stoddert field with open views front and back. Parking for up to 7 cars! www.ChrisJonesHomes.com. 2509 39th St NW. Chris Jones Georgetown Office

202-441-7008 202-944-8400

ADAMS MORGAN $650,000 LAST ONE!!! Stunning all new 2BR, 2BA TH style condo! 1300 SF of huge luxurious space. Top of the line finishes, gleaming solid oak flrs, grand gour KIT, high ceilings w/ crown molding, custom builtins, limestone BAs, frplc, outdoor deck, & PKG avail. Steps to shops, bars, restaurants & only a 10 minute stroll to Metro! www.RobyThompson.com. Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 BETHESDA $1,795,000 PRICE REDUCED $100,000! Absolutely stunning new home on double lot. 5BR, 5BA, FR, LR, fin bsmnt. High end finishes & detailing. 2-story grand entry, walls of windows, 2 balconies, deck & terrace. Professionally landscaped, 58,219 SF lot. Ingrid Suisman / Tatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

CLEVELAND PARK $275,000 RENOV 1BR Condo across from Natl Cathedral! SS/gran KIT with gas range, ceramic tile bath. HWFs, WIC in BR, extra storage. Rental PKG available. SO CLOSE

$435,000

FHA APPROVED!! Like new 2BR condo w/all “the bells and whistles” Corner unit, tall windows, fab light. Impressive KIT w/gran, ss appl & ctr island. W/D. Up to 3 pets! Walk to Shaw/Howard Metro. EZ PKG. www.TheChampionCollection.com. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

LYON VILLAGE ARLINGTON, VA

$950,000

PRIMED FOR RESTORATION, grand dame 1920’s manor style on 6,200 SF corner lot, 2 blocks to Courthouse Metro. 6BR, 2BA. Estate, “As-Is”. 1732 Veitch St N. Denise Warner 202-487-5162 McLean Office 703-790-1990

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$1,750,000

AN ENTERTAINERS DREAM…with an awesome fully appointed chefs KIT, grand adjoining FR and home office/den, sumptuous Mste w/sitting rm, stunning BA, 2 frplcs, elevator & addl bonus rooms thruout! www.RobyThompson.com. Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 WIC, full BA & priv balc. 2nd BR, hall BA, W/D, wood flrs, central air/heat. Pets ok. Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

BRINKLOW / BROOKE GROVE $1,299,900 THIS 7BR, 4.5BA exciting and immaculate-superior setting on 6.2 acres is surrounded by picturesque water view of pond features hotel sized D, marble flr, heated pool and so much more. Tim Gallagher 301-537-8464 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777 to shops, restaurants, transportation. Petfriendly building with private dog park! CHEVY CHASE $295,000 Susan Fagan 202-246-8337 SITUATED on the 1st flr of a residential Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 bldg w/front desk, this unit is configured as 2 office spaces. Attractively updtd CLEVELAND PARK $275,000 w/built-in bookcases, enhanced lighting, WONDERFUL, renov 1BR condo ideally etc, it is a stylish, comfortable space that located steps to Glover Pk, public transp, works well for all professional groups. restaurants & shops. Features a renov KIT Pat Gerachis with gran counters & ss applcs, sep dining Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 area, HWFs, large MBR with large closets, CHEVY CHASE $699,000 updated BA. Rental PKG avail. 3010 GREAT CHARACTER, charm & sun- Wisconsin Ave NW Apt 304. 202-256-5460 filled!! Inviting 3BR, 2BA townhome with Scott Polk 202-944-8400 orig moldings & details, curved doorways Georgetown Office & built-ins, huge windows, HWFs, closets galore, renov KIT, finished bsmt w/den & office nook, storage, and more! Elaine Conroy 202-744-6291 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

301-395-8817 301-652-2777

$219,000

NEWLY RENOVATED 4BR home with 3 full BAs on a settled street. Enjoy bright open spaces with windows galore. Fully-applianced KIT w/granite & stainless. Separate DR, HWD flrs, lots of closets and so much more! Maria Hardy-Cooper 202-302-2225 Friendship Heights Office 301-652-2777

FABULOUS price for sun-filled Grand Victorian. Recently updtd with superb 1st level perfect for large scale entertaining. Wow KIT w/ butler’s pantry opens to FR next to garden. Charming MBR suite w/frplc & alcove. High ceilings thruout. Upper level is like studio apt. Leased PKG at Georgetown Inn, 1/2 block away. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

MARSHALL HEIGHTS $150,000 PRICE REDUCTION! Great starter home in mint condition. SS & Ready to Move into. Off-street PKG/shared driveway, nice lawn space - low maintenance. Mins to Metro & shops. Must see. Seller is ready!! Betty Scott 202-365-3020 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 PETWORTH $99,000 BIG SPACE! Large unit loaded with character! KIT, sep DR, big LR, HWFs, high ceilings, 3 closets. Priv courtyard. Pet friendly includes dogs (20 lb). Walk to Ft Totten Metro! In "BEST ADDRESS BOOK". www.TheChampionCollection.com. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 SW / WATERFRONT $339,000 FANTASTIC renovation on this 2BR, 1.5BA, 1,142 SF + table space balcony and garage parking. Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

condo with townhouse feel. Priv entry on gas-lit alley. Newly renov KIT w/gran & built-ins. Beautiful spiral staircase to BR with updated bath and large closet. Pet friendly building. 2 blocks to METRO. Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 GEORGETOWN DC $945,000 BEAUTIFULLY maintained 1900 Victorian on one of Gtown’s quaint cobblestone streets. Recently renov 2BR, 2BA. Steps to all the conveniences of Historic Gtown. 3417 O St NW. Margaret Heimbold 202-812-2750 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

MT PLEASANT $299,998 VERY COZY 1BR condo in Mt Pleasant / Columbia Hgts. Near new developments of Columbia Heights Metro. Great location close to Metro and shops. Seller will offer Home Warranty with full price offer. Payam Bakhaje Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

MT PLEASANT $479,000 JUST LISTED!!! Sundrenched & spacious 2BR+ penthouse unit w/3 exposures! Warm HWFs, new open KIT in 2010 w/butcherblock counters, SS appls, sep Din area, a wonderful solarium & W/D. Walk to METRO, shops, & all that Columbia Hts & Mt Pleasant offers! View COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $375,000 $2,950,000 at www.RobyThompson.com. SOPHISTICATED 1BR offers 10’ ceiling, KENT 202-255-2986 large closets, great light, gorgeous gourmet SPECTACULAR updated contemp on 1/2 Roby Thompson 202-483-6300 acre with INDOOR HEATED POOL in Woodley Park Office kitchen & beautiful dark HW flooring. coveted neighborhood. Exciting 3 story Daryl Laster $520,000 Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 atrium, skylights, "green roof", 5BR, MT PLEASANT Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 4.5BA, garage. 5400 SF of comfort & soli- SPACIOUS, handsomely renov 1000+ SF condo in grand semi-detached TH. Open tude! 2724 Chain Bridge Rd NW. 202-607-7737 gran/ss KIT w/brkfst bar, dining area, sunDUPONT $319,000 Terri Robinson 202-944-8400 filled LR w/bay window. Lovely Mste with NEW PRICE! Chic 2-level, 1BR, 1BA Georgetown Office

TENLEY / AU PARK $925,000 OFFERED FOR SALE! Terrific 2-unit TH w/sunny & sleek 1st floor 1BR, 1BA unit w/LR, galley KIT & large patio. Spacious 2nd & 3rd floor duplex unit with 2BR, 2.5BA, LR w/wall of sliding doors, eat-in KIT & 2 car PKG! 4226 River Rd NW. Stephen Vardas 202-744-0411 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 TRINIDAD $299,900 4 UNIT bldg. Well maintained, separate metered units, $2600 monthly income, large lot, potential condos. In sought-after Trinidad, close to H Street corridor. Ruth Eden Sullivan 202-255-4562 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 WESLEY HEIGHTS $399,000 A ROOM WITH A VIEW of TREES, TREES, TREES from spacious 2BR, 2BA condo. Wall of windows overlooking parkland, unusual floor plan, near American U, shops, restaurants & Wis Ave. Margaret McLaughlin 202-297-3914 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700


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Storybook 1920s home gets modern update

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traditional, heavy look. But the owners of 5901 Nevada Ave. chose instead to thoroughly modernize the property, and the result is an airy, bright home that nevertheless nods at its 1920s roots. A large â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly for the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; living room is sunny, thanks to light that streams in from two exposures, including through large casement windows. A wood-burning fireplace is a hefty focal point, and built-in bookcases on the two shorter walls add more visual weight to the room. But an airy George Nelson saucer pendant, which will convey, balances the space. Beyond a pair of French doors, modern pendants also bring the dining room up to date, while a built-in china cabinet is a remnant of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past. The renovated kitchen will likely be a top selling point for the property. A curving wall of win-

dows defines a lofty-ceilinged casual dining area and brightens up the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooking area. There, naturalhued maple cabinets get a jolt of color from cobalt blue in the backsplashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subway tiles and in a support column for the breakfast bar. Another dose of unexpected design waits in the ground floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half-bath. There, a 3-D, rubberized wallcovering is a surefire talking point for guests; a mod light fixture enhances the look. Beyond the kitchen, an outdoor deck means that parties here can flow easily between indoors and out. Hardwood floors flow seamlessly throughout the ground floor, including in the adjacent family room, where another arcing window wall opens the inviting space to views of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tree-shaded

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Built in the 1920s but modernized in an extensive renovation, this four-bedroom, 3.5-bath house in Chevy Chase is priced at $1,490,000. rear yard. Through this roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side exposure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to spy paths flanked by mature perennials. On the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second level, four bedrooms and two baths wait. The largest, naturally, is the master suite, which runs the depth of the home and features three exposures. A renovated bath is white and tidy, and buyers interested in expanding that space have a clear path to do so, thanks to a nook next to the bath. In one of the other three bedrooms, built-in shelves and desk are perfect spots to display books or a

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childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collectibles. Another bookcase is located in the hall and would easily house siblingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shared reads. The bottom level is large and multipurpose. A sizable rec room has ample light and tons of storage, as well as an exit to the rear yard. A renovated full bath and laundry room mean that the spot can also house overflow guests. A former one-car garage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ample parking on neighborhood streets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is partially finished.

The space could accommodate a host of uses, including, as now, wine storage and table tennis. Beyond that spot, a fully finished office includes built-in shelving. This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 5901 Nevada Ave. is offered for $1,490,000. For more information, contact Tim and Jean Hanan of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at 202-3331212 or jeanhanan@comcast.net.

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Simply Elegant

Chevy Chase, MD. 1918 beauty w/6 BRS, 3 BAs & 2 HBAs. Large kitchen open to family rm. Finished walk-out LL. Screen porch, deck & patio. Lge lot less than a mile to Metro & shops. $2,080,000 Marcie Sandalow   301-758-4894 Catarina Bannier  202-487-7177 sting

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Chevy Chase, MD. Warm & charming 3 BRs, 3 BA home on tranquil tree lined street. 1st flr den & full ba. LL w/kitchenette & sep. entry. Off-street pkg. Steps to shops & Shepherd Pk. 7007 Georgia St $739,000 Ellen Abrams   202-255-8219 Anne-Marie Finnell  202-329-7117

CHEVY CHASE 4400 JENIFER STREET NW 202-364-1700

Exquisite Style

Kalorama. Grand sun filled upper level apt w/4 BRs, 4 BAs. Extraordinarily spacious public rms, bookcase lined library. 2 pkg spaces, sweeping views from roof deck. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Addressâ&#x20AC;? bldg. $1,850,000 Penny Mallory 202-251-6861

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Chic & Stylish

Columbia Heights. Townhouse style 2 level condo w/1450 sf. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths + den. Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen w/granite & SS. Skylight, 2 balconies, spiral stairs to roof deck. Pkg space included. $614,900 Thomas Welch 202-422-6500

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 15 meeting: â&#x2013;  during the public forum, residents and commissioners discussed plans to redevelop the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site at 4600 Wisconsin Ave. as a mixeduse building, focusing particularly on whether the developer will be required to provide parking for residents. Commissioners said they are working on a memorandum of understanding with the developer that would address community concerns, which they hope will be available for public review ahead of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s September meeting. â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Alan Hill reported that crime is down in all categories except for theft compared to this time last year. Hill noted that locker room thefts at local pools and gyms are up, and that perpetrators are using a tool that can open combination locks without

damaging them. He said the breakins havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affected lockers secured with padlocks that use keys. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to ask the D.C. Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study on Van Ness Street between Nebraska to Massachusetts avenues. Commissioner Sam Serebin, who authored the resolution, said traffic has increased on the residential street and that commuter vehicles and through-traveling trucks, which are restricted on Van Ness, are cutting through the neighborhood. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to support an application from Kitty Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sheaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 4624 Wisconsin Ave. to amend its liquor license. Pending a voluntary agreement, commissioners backed the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to expand hours of operation on its outdoor cafe to 1 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends, and to permit live music inside until 12:30 a.m. on weeknights and 1:30 a.m. on weekends. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to join other advisory neighborhood commissions in asking city agencies to provide more timely and complete notification to commissions on matters for which they need to weigh in. Commissions are asking that communications be improved to include both hard copy and electronic notification in order to expedite receipt of time-sensitive information. â&#x2013;  Debbie Lyle of the Lisner-LouiseDickson-Hurt Home at 5425 Western Ave. requested a $1,307 grant to help pay for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art supplies for the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Zoo Day event, which will take place Oct. 13. Commissioners will vote on the grant application at their September meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioner Tom Quinn proposed a resolution recommending that commissioner Sam Serebin be appointed to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Task Force on Power Line Undergrounding. But at Serebinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request, Quinn withdrew his resolution. Serebin said the mayor was already considering commissioner Matt Frumin and that it was unlikely two representatives from the same commission would be appointed to the task force. Serebin said he would instead focus his efforts on transportation issues. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANC 3F Forest Hills â&#x2013;  Forest hills / North cleveland park At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 13 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Karen Perry and Karen Beiley absent, to send a letter to Hearst Elementary School administrators and the architects of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modernization plan outlining residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about the impact of upcoming construction on the neighborhood. Among the key issues are parking, the desire for a buffer

between the new school building and adjacent residences, and the design for a new service road to go from Idaho Avenue to the rear of the school property. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to urge the D.C. Department of Transportation to quickly implement traffic-calming measures on Van Ness Street as recommended in the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own study of the connector road, published earlier this year. Commissioners are requesting measures like speed-enforcement cameras, improved traffic signage and enforcement of restrictions on large trucks. Residents and commissioners also want the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to minimize the number of out-ofservice buses that idle along Van Ness and other residential streets. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to ask the D.C. Council to fund additional staff at the Wilson Aquatic Center, the public pool at 4551 Fort Drive. Chair Roman Jankowski, who authored the resolution, said the pool needs at least three additional lifeguards, citing safety concerns. Residents and commissioners have additional concerns about the facility but want to address those in separate resolutions at a future meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to ask the D.C. Department of Transportation to install â&#x20AC;&#x153;continuous sidewalksâ&#x20AC;? on one or both sides of Brandywine Street from 30th Street to an alley near Connecticut Avenue. The request specifies that the new sidewalks should be built in the existing parking lane. Commissioners noted that there are no sidewalks in this area, except for the south side of the street from 30th to Connecticut. Pedestrian safety is a particular concern, given the Forest Hills playground north of Brandywine. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to send a letter to the D.C. Department of Transportation requesting morning rush-hour parking restrictions at Albemarle Street and Connecticut Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to restore the chairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authority to decide which speakers will be included on meeting agendas. Fellow commissioners retain the right to vote to change a meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to allow political candidates to speak during the public forum portion of meeting, with a predetermined time limit. The commission had a longstanding practice of not allowing candidates to speak at meetings, but decided that candidates have the right, like any other citizen, to speak during the public forum. However, collection of signatures for petitions must take place outside the meeting room so as not to disrupt the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proceedings. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit anc3f.us.


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who has a lifetime of experience in the restaurant business and comes most recently from managing the beth cope bar at Chef Geoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in nearby Wesley Heights. issues,â&#x20AC;? she said. Krieger has taken charge of the Along with a seasonally changing menu of 20 glasses and 40 to 50 food, which Banker says she views bottles, Slate will offer a chalkboard in two parts: snacks like charcuterie, antipasto and Mediterranean of about six daily specials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That platters, and a full dinner menu with also gives us a platform where we salads, soups, sandwiches and tradican offer things â&#x20AC;Ś that are maybe tional entrees. too obscure to Banker told end up on the Krieger her by-the-glass idea for what list,â&#x20AC;? she said. would become While Slate several Banker has her years back. favorite wines Eventually, she and regions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; called him up pinot noirs, parto tell him she ticularly from wanted to make Oregon and the it happen. Burgundy â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the bill petros/the current region of things [that France, to name Elizabeth Banker is working with a few â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Noah Naft, left, and Mark Krieger. spurred her action was that] vino at Slate both my parents died within a very will come from all over the world. Some of the choices will even come short period of time,â&#x20AC;? she said, noting that they were both in their midaccompanied by representatives 60s, and each contracted a different from their vineyards, visiting for type of cancer. She said it was one special events with food pairings of those â&#x20AC;&#x153;life is shortâ&#x20AC;? moments for and seated tastings. her, inspiring her to seize the day, But on an average day, Banker and serve the wine. aims to run an operation where the Slate replaces Kitchen 2404, waiters can find an appealing glass which closed last month, at 2404 for anyone. She wants Slate to be a Wisconsin Ave. It will be open from â&#x20AC;&#x153;really comfortable environmentâ&#x20AC;? 4 to 11 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. for both wine lovers and novices. Helping her in the endeavor will to midnight on weekend nights, but closed Mondays. be general manager Mark Krieger,

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Events Entertainment

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Wednesday august 22 Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concert ■ The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Phil Kominski. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures ■ The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ “Earthquake Days 2012” will feature a talk on “Seismic Assessment of the Washington Monument and National Cathedral.” Noon to 1 p.m. $10; registration required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. aiadc.com/calendar. ■ A staff member will discuss artists’ books. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. ■ Jennifer Close will discuss her book “Girls in White Dresses,” and Rebecca Harrington will discuss her book “Penelope.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.

Films ■ Goethe-Institut will present Wim Wenders’ 2011 film “Pina.” 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Mushon Salmona’s 2007 film “Vasermil,” about three teenagers from marginalized communities who pin their hopes on soccer as a way out. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. ■ The U Street Movie Series will feature an outdoor screening of Rob Reiner’s 1995 film “American President,” about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love, and the 2012 documentary “Into the Lime Lite” (shown), about a D.C. boxing champion as he prepares to face a tough opponent from Northern Ireland in the Belfast-Beltway Classic. 8:30 p.m. Free. Harrison Recreation Center, V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. movies.ustreet-dc.org. Meditation ■ The Divine Science Church will offer

a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630.

$10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

Performance ■ Israeli choreographer Rachel Erdos will present a dance performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will host a “Send Off Party” for D.C., Maryland and Virginia delegates to the Democratic national convention. 6 to 8 p.m. $15. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ The National Portrait Gallery will present “Pop Quiz: Olympians,” featuring a collection-inspired Olympic trivia night. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, a Columbia Heights vegan bakery and cafe, will present “Sushi Raw Night” as part of a series of Wednesday night suppers featuring organic ingredients from local farmers markets. 6:45 and 8 p.m. $28; reservations required. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, 1370 Park Road NW. 202-2999700. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Chicago Fire. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Tour ■ Nate Cromley of the U.S. Botanic Garden will lead a tour of his favorite spaces in the National Garden. 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Thursday, Aug. 23

Thursday august 23 Concerts ■ The Singing & Praying Bands of Delaware and Maryland will perform an African-American style of a cappella sacred music unique to the Delmarva region. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. loc.gov. ■ The Singing & Praying Bands of Delaware and Maryland will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Singer and pianist Michael Kaeshammer will perform. 7:30 p.m. $17.50. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. thehamiltondc.com. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Celtic Aire will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S.    

Performances ■ “Words Liive” — a literary arts fusion program that compares historical poetry with hip-hop songs in an analysis of their respective literary devices — will feature performances by Carolyn Malachi, D. Noble, DJ King 13 and the Wisdom Speeks Band. 6 to 10 p.m. $12. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-3933000.

Friday, august 24 ■ Concert: The “Jazz in the Garden” series will feature pianist Tony Nalker. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Demonstration ■ 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. usbg.gov. Discussions and lectures ■ The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ “Earthquake Days 2012” will feature a talk on “Learning From the 2011 East Coast Earthquake.” Noon to 1 p.m. $10; registration required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. aiadc.com/calendar. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Around the World Through Artists’ Eyes,” about the bold aesthetic choices in subject matter and style made by globe-trotting American artists such as Louis Eilshemius, John La Farge and Maurice Sterne. 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ Caleb A. Scharf, director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center, will discuss his book “Gravity’s Engines: How BubbleBlowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Beyond the Vote: Post-Suffrage Strategies to Gain Access to Power” will feature panelists Page Harrington of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Joy Kinard of the National Park Service and Jennifer Lawless (shown) of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Renée Maurer, assistant curator of the Phillips Collection, will discuss Jasper Johns’ printmaking legacy, from his iconic subjects of targets, flags and numbers to examples of his new work. 7 p.m. $12;

Tours ■ U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a walking tour of the National Garden and offer gardening tips. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. ■ A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 6:30 p.m. $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Friday, Aug. 24

Friday august 24

Concert ■ The Somali Sunrise Concert Tour for Peace 2012 will feature performances by Shiine Akhyaar Ali of the hip-hop collective Waayaha Cusub, Somali-style R&B/ soul artist Hodan Abdirahman and singer Dalmar Yare. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Anthony Pitch will discuss his book “The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Dan Krokos (shown) will discuss his book “False Memory,” and Elizabeth Norris will discuss her book “Unraveling.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. Films ■ As part of a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and its iconic Mies van der Rohe building, a 1970s film festival will feature classics such as “Car Wash,” “Cornbread,” “Earl & Me” and “Cabaret.” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Busboys and Poets will celebrate historian Howard Zinn’s birthday with a screening of “The People Speak.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. ■ The “Beat the Heat: Creature Feature” series will present “Little Shop of Horrors.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. ■ The sixth annual African Diaspora See Events/Page 19


Continued From Page 18 International Film Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Washington DC will open with the local premiere of Menelik Shabbazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Story of Lovers Rock.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $15. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. nyadiff.org/adiff2012DC.html. The festival will continue through Sunday with several films each day. â&#x2013;  Hill Flicks will present Jonathan Demmeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful,â&#x20AC;? about a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five-year crusade to rebuild her beloved house and community after Hurricane Katrina. 7 p.m. Free. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202549-4172. Performances â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;2012 Dance DC Festival: City Rhythmsâ&#x20AC;? will salute the drum with an evening of rhythmic percussive foot performances from countries across the globe. 6 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. dcarts.dc.gov. The festival will continue Saturday with events at various venues. â&#x2013;  As part of the Fresh Produce festival, EMP Collective will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genesis,â&#x20AC;? a multimedia theater piece about storytelling. 7 to 10 p.m. $5. The Fridge DC, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. freshproducedc.tumblr.com. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Atlanta Dream. 7 p.m. $17 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. 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. usbg.gov. The tour will repeat Monday and Wednesday at noon. 25 Saturday, SaturdayAug. august 25 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about artist Georgia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe 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. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The National Postal Museum will present an all-ages workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make a Topical Stamp Collection.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 3:30 p.m. Free. National Postal Museum, 1st Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE. 202-633-5533. â&#x2013;  The 2012 Dance DC Festival will feature interactive workshops on Bharatanatyam, tango and capoeira. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. dcarts.dc.gov. Concerts â&#x2013;  Violinist Winston Yu and cellist Amy Domingues will perform compositions inspired by the work of artist Richard Diebenkorn. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  Local coloratura soprano

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Events Entertainment Alessandra Rossi-Filippi (shown), pianist Adela Peeva and trumpeter Fred Marcellus will perform works by Handel, Scarlatti and Mozart. 8 p.m. $25 donation suggested. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. 202-363-7106. Demonstration â&#x2013;  In honor of the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Founders Day, visitors will have a chance to watch Peirce Millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water wheel turn as a miller grinds grain and to hear about some of the millâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballet in Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Paris Opera Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Source.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-4193456. The film will be shown again Monday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michelangelo Antonioni Centenaryâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Italian directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1955 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Amiche,â&#x20AC;? preceded by his 1949 short â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superstitions.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  As part of the 2012 Dance DC Festival, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance Asia 2012: Asia in Maskqueradeâ&#x20AC;? will highlight the jovial, forbidden, divine and sanguine masks in many folk and traditional ceremonies, rituals and traditions. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Salon of Poetry, Music and Theatre in Toronto will performâ&#x20AC;?The Tales of Pola Negri,â&#x20AC;? about one of the first Polish-American movie stars. 7 p.m. $20; $10 for students. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. lmf_polanegri. eventbrite.com. Special events â&#x2013;  The Textile Museum will host the Quarterly Knitting Circle, an opportunity for participants to work on their latest yarn creations in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stately program rooms or gardens while meeting other local knitters. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202667-0441. â&#x2013;  Anne Browning Walker will sign copies of her contemporary romance novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Booby Trapâ&#x20AC;? at a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock Your Red Heelsâ&#x20AC;? champagne and dessert reception in honor of National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Equality Day. 3 to 5 p.m. Urban Chic Boutique, 1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW. urbanchiconline.com. â&#x2013;  The 2012 Dance DC Festival will feature an â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-Out Hand Dance Party,â&#x20AC;? led by the National Hand Dance Association. 7 p.m. Free. Twelve Lounge, 1123 H St. NE. dcarts.dc.gov. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strategic Civil War Crossings of the Upper Potomac,â&#x20AC;? an all-day bus and walking tour led by military historian Gregg Clemmer. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ent a bike tour of the National Mallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memorials. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Meet at the Jefferson Memorial. 202-438-3456. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Live the Revolution,â&#x20AC;? a walking tour about the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Meet at the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro station, 22nd and I streets NW. 202-438-6670. Sunday, Aug. 26

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Monday, august 27 â&#x2013;  Discussion: Selden Edwards will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lost Prince.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.

$166. Meet at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St. SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile interpretative â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humungous Fungus Hikeâ&#x20AC;? and point out Rock Creek Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild mushrooms and colorful fungi. 10 a.m. Free. Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service will present a two-hour walking tour of Massachusetts Avenue from Union Station to Thomas Circle as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Avenuesâ&#x20AC;? series. 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free. Meet at the Columbus statue in front of Union Station, Massachusetts and Delaware avenues NW. 202-4266841. 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;  Mary Fitch, executive director of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, will lead a walking tour of historic Penn Quarter. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10; registration required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. aiadc.com/calendar. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service will present a two-hour walking tour of Massachusetts Avenue from Thomas Circle to Florida Avenue (originally known as Boundary Street) as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Avenuesâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6 p.m. Free. Meet at the Columbus statue in front of Union Station, Massachusetts and Delaware avenues NW. 202-4266841. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Right to Have an Opinion About Washington â&#x20AC;Ś The City, Not the President,â&#x20AC;? a walking tour of Freedom Plaza with a focus on the carved quotations of many previous visitors to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. 3:30 p.m. Free. Meet at the fountain in Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202606-8691. â&#x2013;  The National Park Service will pres-

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. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The National Building Museum and the Washington Performing Arts Society will present student performers from the Capitol Jazz Ensemble, along with Jeff Antoniuk and The Jazz Update. 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Chorus will perform a program of pop, Broadway, folk and classical music. 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;  Local coloratura soprano Alessandra Rossi-Filippi, pianist Adela Peeva and trumpeter Fred Marcellus will perform works by Handel, Scarlatti and Mozart. 7 p.m. $25 donation suggested. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. 703-867-9524. Discussion â&#x2013;  Lorena Baines, education assistant for high school programs at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating the Legacy of George Bellows: The Artist and His Critics.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michelangelo Antonioni Centenaryâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Italian directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Avventura,â&#x20AC;? preceded by his 1948 short â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nettezza Urbana.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue

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NW. 202-737-4215. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Tour guide Dwayne Starlin will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown History and Cupcake Tour,â&#x20AC;? with stops at three shops (and a cupcake from each). 10 a.m. to noon. $20. Meet at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 2 p.m. $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Monday, Aug. 27

Monday august 27 Concerts â&#x2013;  Singer and guitarist James Durbin, known for his fourth-place finish on the 10th season of â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idol,â&#x20AC;? will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village Life and Learn Seminar will present a talk by lawyer Myrna L. Fawcett on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Insight Into Estate Planning.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Scion Restaurant, 2100 P St. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Susan Naimark will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling With Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  A foreign film series will feature Eytan Foxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk on Water,â&#x20AC;? about an Israeli intelligence agent assigned to befriend the grandchildren of a Nazi war criminal. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seize the Day: Outstanding German See Events/Page 20

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Continued From Page 19 Films You Might Have Missedâ&#x20AC;? will feature Werner Herzogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cave of Forgotten Dreams.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  A classic film series will feature John Hustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1941 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Maltese Falcon,â&#x20AC;? starring Humphrey Bogart. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Tuesday, Aug. 28

Tuesday august 28 Classes â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Kids Series will feature Oh Susannah! 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Douglas Wolters performing solo masterworks for cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635, ext. 18.

â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Current ensemble will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-7675658. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The West End Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bluest Eye,â&#x20AC;? by Toni Morrison. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Investigative journalists Donald Barlett and James B. Steele will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Betrayal of the American Dream: What Went Wrong.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Medical Center Graduate Student Organization will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Topics in Health Science.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic British Novels on Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Joe Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pride & Prejudice,â&#x20AC;? starring Keira Knightley. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Meeting â&#x2013;  Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from

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Tuesday, august 28 â&#x2013;  Film: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companionâ&#x20AC;? will feature Billy Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1959 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some Like It Hot,â&#x20AC;? starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3642680. The group meets every Tuesday. Performances â&#x2013;  Local performer Wayne Manigo will host a weekly comedy show. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-291-2906. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. 29 Wednesday, WednesdayAug. august 29 Class â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Impact ensemble will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The New Orleans-based band Caddywhompus will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Airmen of Note ensemble will perform. 6 p.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. 202-767-5658. â&#x2013;  The weekly Harbour Nights concert series will feature Men With Two Glasses. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A staff member will discuss Chakaia Booker. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. â&#x2013;  The Tenley Library Book Discussion Group will delve into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stuck in Neutral,â&#x20AC;? by Terry Trueman. 2 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Co-editor Andrew Boyd and local contributors Nadine Bloch and Michael Beer will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful

Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Jenne Glover, artist-in-residence at the Gallery at Iona, will discuss her figurative art style, which incorporates images of masks, musicians, athletes, lovers, women, children and angels. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9407. â&#x2013;  Ro Khanna, a former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department and a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing Is Still Key to Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Special event â&#x2013;  Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, a Columbia Heights vegan bakery and cafe, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mediterranean Nightâ&#x20AC;? as part of a series of Wednesday night suppers featuring organic ingredients from local farmers markets. 6:45 and 8 p.m. $28; reservations required. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, 1370 Park Road NW. 202299-9700. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the New York Red Bulls. 8 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Tour â&#x2013;  The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earthquake Days 2012â&#x20AC;? will feature a tour of the Washington National Cathedral, including the Central Tour. 8 to 9:30 a.m. $10; registration required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. aiadc.com/calendar. Thursday, Aug. 30

Thursday august 30

Concerts â&#x2013;  Zongo Junction will perform its blend of West African rhythms, funk, jazz and soul. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Rodriguez will perform original folk music. 8 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800745-3000. 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. usbg.gov. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;International Expressions,â&#x20AC;? about how expressionist artists such as Oskar Kokoschka, Franz Marc and Vincent van Gogh used bold brushwork and spirited colors to translate their personal experiences onto the canvas. 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st

St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  DC Net Impact will host a panel discussion on sustainable real estate options in the Washington area. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. dcni-greenrealestate. eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Dan Klaidman, a Newsweek special correspondent, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performance â&#x2013;  Artists Colin Beatty and Craig Smith will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;FireSale ŠTM,â&#x20AC;? in which a gun is reassembled from original pieces and 3D-printed replica parts. Afterward, a panel discussion will feature Beatty, Smith and Sarah Frost, whose work is also featured in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manifest: Armedâ&#x20AC;? exhibition at Gallery 31. 6 p.m. Free. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the St. Louis Cardinals. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Friday and Saturday at 7:05 and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Tour â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a walking tour of the National Garden and offer gardening tips. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov. Friday, Aug. 31

Friday august 31

Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Dixie Power Trio performing zydeco, Cajun and Louisiana funk. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Annie and the Beekeepers will perform experimental riffs on Americana and folk traditions. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Film â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beat the Heat: Creature Featureâ&#x20AC;? series will present Gary Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hunger Games.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. The Current welcomes submissions for the Events & Entertainment calendar, although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event and include a summary of the event and its date, time, location with complete address, and cost to attend (indicate â&#x20AC;&#x153;freeâ&#x20AC;? if there is no charge). Also, please list a phone number for publication and a phone number for an editor to reach a contact person. Entries may be sent to calendar@currentnewspapers.com or The Current, P.O. Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.


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Folger to host Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Globe production of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hamletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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olger Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamletâ&#x20AC;? On STAGE Sept. 8 through 22 in the Folger Elizabethan Theatre. Performances will run from 1 to 10 p.m. This is the first American stop for this Saturday, 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 10 p.m. London-based Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Globe producMonday. Limited seating is available starting tion, described by The Daily Telegraph as a 30 minutes before each event on a first come, â&#x20AC;&#x153;stripped-down â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hamletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that is fast, fresh, first served basis, with no tickets required. and lucid.â&#x20AC;? The production features a cast of Parking is not free. 202-467-4600; eight and a running time of only 2.5 hours. kennedy-center.org. Performance times are 7 p.m. Sunday; â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatre 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through will present Spanish playThursday; 8 p.m. Friday and wright AgustĂ­n Moretoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday desdĂŠn con el desdĂŠn/In Spite and Sunday. Tickets cost $60 of Loveâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 13 through to $85. Folger is located at Oct. 7. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202 A count and princess have 544-7077; folger.edu. vowed never to fall in love â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will and then they meet each present the 11th annual PageShakespeare Theatre other! In order to win the love to-Stage Festival Sept. 1 of the indifferent princess Company will stage â&#x20AC;&#x153;The through 3. Diana, the Count of Urgel The festival will feature Government Inspectorâ&#x20AC;? feigns disdain, thus setting off more than 40 area theater Sept. 13 through Oct. 28. a series of comical situations. companies presenting free In one of the most popular comedies to come readings and open rehearsals of plays and out of Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Age, this contemporary musicals.

of Lope de Vega portrays colorful characters that move among Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lavish aristocracy of the 17th century. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, along with student matinees at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14, 21 and 28 and Oct. 4 and 5. Tickets cost $20 to $40. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; galatheatre.org. â&#x2013;  Shakespeare Theatre Company will present Nikolai Gogolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Government Inspectorâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 13 through Oct. 28 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Government Inspectorâ&#x20AC;? satirizes corruption and self-deception. In Gogolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lampoon of provincial bureaucracy, Hiestakov, a civil servant who is running out of money, travels from St. Petersburg to a small Russian town where his imagination runs rampant. When bumbling town officials mistake him for an incognito inspector, a comedy of errors unfolds. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and

Michael Benz stars in the London-based production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamletâ&#x20AC;? visiting the Folger Elizabethan Theatre Sept. 8 through 22. Sunday; and noon Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tickets cost $43 to $95. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. â&#x2013;  Arena Stage will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,â&#x20AC;? starring Kathleen Turner, Aug. 23 through Oct. 28 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $46 to $94. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE From Page 2 Paul said. But some were skeptical that any major changes could be made at this point, as construction is scheduled to begin Sept. 4. “This is awfully late for us to be finding all of this out,” said commission chair Florence Harmon. Residents also objected to plans to install bricks on a portion of the street’s sidewalks. Resident Barbara Kahlow said the community had long asked that no brick sidewalks be installed, as they frequently pose a safety hazard to pedestrians. Transportation officials respond-

ed that the bricks would sit on top of a bed of concrete, stabilizing them. Neighborhood commissioners voted unanimously to make note of the community’s concerns, which also included requests to maintain the existing number of parking spaces along the road and to give input as the agency chooses new street trees. Transportation officials said they can be reached at newhampshireinfo@ddotprojectdc.com or 202563-5033. They are working to establish an on-site office. The Transportation Department will provide more details at a meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Flats at Dupont Circle, 2000 N St. NW.

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parking policies, such as parking passes for contractors, pending a comprehensive review of the visitor pass program. Newly hired “parking czar” Angelo Rao also said then that the agency was preparing to study the city’s entire parking inventory and collect public comment from a series of “think tank” meetings, which kick off Tuesday. Hernandez said the citywide expansion of the visitor passes doesn’t mean the details of the program are settled. “At this point, we’re exploring things,” she said. “We’re certainly looking for people to voice their thoughts, opinions, questions, about this and the whole

parking program.” Among the items that remain undetermined is whether advisory neighborhood commissions, like in Ward 1, will be able to vote to opt out of receiving the passes, Hernandez said. Andrew Huff, spokesperson for Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, wrote in an email that “as seems to be the protocol citywide, we would look to the ANCs in Ward 2 to gauge interest and support” for visitor passes. Hernandez said now that the agency has the authority to send out the passes, it can work on improving the program. “The idea was, let’s have a tool in our box that we can tweak if and where necessary,” she said.

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operational by next summer, according to the hospital. Sibley is planning for a $121 million project that could begin construction next year for a 2016 opening. Because there aren’t any other centers in the D.C. metro area — one is under development in Baltimore and another is in operation in southern Virginia — there has been little doubt that the District will allow at least one such facility. But according to Leonard Arzt, executive director of the Silver Spring-based National Association for Proton Therapy, the nation’s 10 existing centers are all located in different cities, and other states have denied requests for competing facilities. As is common nationwide, the District requires hospitals to apply for a “certificate of need” that’s designed to ensure that there isn’t excess capacity of costly medical equipment. Application criteria include the size of a patient base, a site’s accessibility to patients and a demonstration that the services would be high-quality. “Would there be enough cancer patients in the Washington, D.C., area to support one facility? Yes,” Arzt said. “Would there be enough to support two? I would question that.” Health Department spokesperson Najma Roberts declined to comment because the full applications haven’t yet been submitted. Arzt added, though, that depending on the two hospitals’ specific plans, it’s possible they could both find enough of a market. The hospitals have so far offered few details about their plans, except to say they have been developing them for more than a year. Both reported to their respec-

tive advisory neighborhood commissions last month that they hope to add proton therapy, and filed brief letters of intent with the Health Department. Georgetown University Hospital spokesperson Marianne Worley wrote in an email that the hospital isn’t concentrating on a competition with Sibley at this stage. “We are focused on our own CON process and believe that this is a natural progression for MedStar Georgetown as the area’s only [National Cancer Institute-]designated Cancer Center, as well as a teaching and research institution,” Worley wrote. Sibley spokesperson Sheliah Roy declined to comment except to say that the hospital’s full certificate of need application will likely be filed in October. Sibley’s letter of intent, though, states that it hopes to challenge the Lombardi Cancer Center’s dominance. “We feel this proton center is imperative to the regional community and to Sibley as it strives to be the premier oncology center in the area,” the letter reads. Although Arzt emphasized that it’s too early to judge the proposals, he said Sibley has one practical advantage over Georgetown: Proton therapy is 98 percent outpatient treatment, and Sibley is easier to access by car or transit. “Parking’s a nightmare at Georgetown,” he said. “Sibley’s a lot easier to get to and they have a lot of space there — parking lots and all that kind of stuff. That’s an important factor.” The Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission has already voted to back its local hospital’s application. “We are committed to supporting this hospital when it comes before us for a certificate of need,” Georgetown commissioner Ed Solomon said in July. The Palisades commission has yet to take a stance on Sibley’s proposal.

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nues. Similarly, they want to alleviate the heavy volume of commuters and trucks that cut through their neighborhood streets. For the North Cleveland Park portion of Van Ness, the Transportation Department’s recommendations include installing photoenforcement cameras and signs that show the driver’s speed; ensuring that signage and traffic signals are adequate; and asking the Metropolitan Police Department to place more officers along the street to enforce traffic violations and ticket trucks. The agency also recommended restricting left turns from Wisconsin Avenue onto Van Ness during evening rush hour and rerouting out-ofservice buses from Van Ness to arterial streets like Connecticut, Western or Wisconsin avenues. The department defines Van Ness as a “collector” road, which means it was designed to take neighborhood residents to arterial roads, like Wisconsin and Connecticut; it wasn’t built to accommodate heavy traffic from commuters using it as a cut-through between arterials. Formal requests for traffic-calming measures on Van Ness Street in North Cleveland Park date back to April 2011, when residents petitioned the transportation agency for a traffic study on the three blocks from Wisconsin Avenue to Reno Road. Approximately 85 percent of residents in the area signed that petition, according to Adam Tope, the advisory neighborhood commissioner who represents those blocks.

Ten months later, in February 2012, the Transportation Department presented its recommendations to the public. “We’re concerned about pedestrian safety,” Tope said in an interview. “There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, and Hearst [Elementary] is right there. There could be more traffic on Van Ness

❝Van Ness is turning into a de facto artery. It’s not designed as such.❞ — ANC commissioner Sam Serebin once construction at the school begins this fall.” At last week’s meeting of the commission representing North Cleveland Park, commissioners and residents also expressed concerns about the possible impact of two local universities’ plans on Van Ness Street traffic in coming years. American University is moving its law school to its Tenley Campus on Wisconsin Avenue between Yuma and Warren streets, and the University of the District of Columbia is expanding its Connecticut Avenue campus. Commissioners urged residents to continue to document traffic now, in anticipation of future conditions. Last week, the Tenleytown/ American University Park advisory neighborhood commission also took action on Van Ness Street, unanimously voting to ask the Transportation Department to conduct a traffic study along the stretch

from Massachusetts to Nebraska. The goal is to alleviate pressure on the residential portion of Van Ness and to improve traffic flow on the main corridors where commuters and trucks belong. Cars regularly back up on Van Ness from Nebraska through 43rd and sometimes 44th and 45th streets, according to commissioner Sam Serebin, who represents that area. Serebin says the disproportionately high volume of Maryland and Virginia tags during rush hour indicate that much of the traffic is from commuters looking for ways to get around backups on arterials like Massachusetts and Wisconsin. “Van Ness is turning into a de facto artery,” said Serebin. “It’s not designed as such, it’s not wide enough — and it’s becoming a real problem.” Serebin thinks fixes that could make Van Ness less attractive to commuters could include four-way stop signs at the street’s intersections and restrictions on turns from River Road and Massachusetts Avenue during rush hour. Serebin said it’s critical that the transportation agency study the area holistically, rather than fixing problems on one street only to shift them to another. “We don’t want to pit one street against another — that doesn’t do the community any good,” he said. The North Cleveland Park commissioners expressed the same sentiment. Representatives from the Transportation Department did not respond to The Current’s request for comment by deadline.


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Chevy Chase-based firm in 2003, added that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now hearing interest in the security patrols from residents in Cleveland Park, Foxhall, Kalorama and Woodley Park. He said the company needs a â&#x20AC;&#x153;critical massâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least a third of an areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that the more people who participate, the more patrol hours provided on their streets. Some 55 percent of Woodland Normanstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents are buying his service, said Fawcett, and an officer is on duty roughly 12 hours daily, on average, in a mix of daytime and overnight patrols. Officers drive up and down the streets in their black Nissan Xterra SUVs, which are covered with splashy logos and topped with a flashing yellow light. Resident Nina Benton said she

appreciates the visibility of the Urban Alarm vehicles compared to the previous security patrol company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their car was white and had, very small, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;securityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; written on it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looked like a parking enforcement vehicle.â&#x20AC;? But the crucial advantage, Benton said, is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;seamlessnessâ&#x20AC;? of being able to pay Urban Alarm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or drop its service â&#x20AC;&#x201D; individually. Although some other residents and community associations in the city fund private security patrols, Fawcett said his company is the only one that offers to bill individual residents. Long-term, Fawcett said, he hopes to find enough interested residents to fund broader security patrol operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to grow from Georgetown to Friendship Heights, D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where we have 24/7 coverage of that entire stretch.â&#x20AC;?

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group that all librarians who consistently receive high evaluations would remain in the school system as librarians rather than switching to other positions. The chancellor, however, also told the Washington Examiner that the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investment in librarians had not had the â&#x20AC;&#x153;kind of payoff weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have pulled away from programs where we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a return on our investment,â&#x20AC;? she told the newspaper. But members of the Capitol Hill parents group argue that the school system has invested little in school libraries. MacPherson used the Freedom of Information Act to request documents detailing how the school system used the $727,000 set aside for library and media services in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. According to the documents, $300,000 was spent on the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills program, a set of assessments that identifies children who need extra work on literacy. MacPherson calculated that $250,000 was used on maintenance in school buildings, $80,000 went to a consultant to develop a strategic plan for a department in the central office, and other expenditures covered apparel for individual schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact is the library hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been invested in at all,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to invest before you have any right to expect a return.â&#x20AC;? MacPherson showed some of his findings to Henderson, and she told him she was unaware that the money had been spent that way and promised the funds would go only toward libraries in the future, he said. MacPhersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group also notes that all of the D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;reward schoolsâ&#x20AC;? that demonstrated proficiency and growth in standardized testing scores this year had at least a part-time librarian. The Capitol Hill parents have calculated that about 16,600

students will be without a librarian this year. Parents also attest to the positive effect of librarians in schools. Carrie Tiller, vice president of the parent community organization at West Educational Campus, said the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part-time librarian was helpful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was great this year,â&#x20AC;? Tiller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My kids knew their library day, and they looked forward to it. They brought books home.â&#x20AC;? At West, Tiller said, the librarian was able to catalog books, work with teachers to update the collection and help kids with research and homework. A stronger library program led to increased excitement about reading in the school, she said. With a student population of around 250, West lost funding for its librarian this year. The school is looking for volunteers, possibly students from a local university, to help staff the library. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Catch-22,â&#x20AC;? Tiller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need more kids, but how can we attract more kids and more students to come if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have things that are enticing to parents like extracurriculars and libraries?â&#x20AC;? MacPherson argued that in addition to decreasing enrollment, a lack of libraries can hurt the achievement gap. Libraries can help â&#x20AC;&#x153;level the playing fieldâ&#x20AC;? between students in the various wards. He cited a study by the University of Southern California that found, through examining national standardized test scores, that strong libraries can negate the effects of poverty in low-income neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact is that they are incredibly important, especially when you start getting into the wards in the city that are more disadvantaged,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way the absence of a librarian is going to be made up at home.â&#x20AC;? A spokesperson for the school system did not respond to questions for this article.


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