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Serving Chevy Chase, Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, Crestwood, Petworth & 16th Street Heights

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Parents question boundary changes


■ Education: 16th Street

Heights, Crestwood affected By BRADY HOLT, KAT LUCERO and GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writers

As parents and policymakers alike absorb and debate the farreaching proposals for reforming D.C. Public Schools boundaries and feeder patterns, many are also look-

ing at impacts proposed at their specific schools. This month, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith released three possible outlines of the school system’s future. Two — dubbed options A and C — reduce the link between students’ addresses and which schools they are guaranteed seats in; the third, Option B, redraws boundaries and makes other policy changes within the existing structure.

Boundary reform was initiated to address the city’s current situation, in which high-performing schools burst at the seams in some parts of the city while struggling schools elsewhere continue to spiral and lose students. But options A and C have sparked an outcry from many residents, particularly those who live near successful Northwest elementary schools and fear that their children won’t be able to attend school See Boundaries/Page 2

ANC seeks trailers for Stoddert crowding By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Ten-month-old Anna Marcella was one of the children attending Saturday’s “Eggstravaganza” at the Takoma Park Library. Activities included an egg hunt, games and springtime stories.

Less than four years after the city expanded Stoddert Elementary to replace the “demountable” trailers that housed overflow students, the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commission says it’s time for the trailers to come back. Stoddert’s $34 million modernization debuted in 2010. Student capacity increased from about 220 to more than 300, a recreation center was co-located at the site, and the school removed trailers that had been in place for 19 years. But since the facility at 4001 Calvert St. was upgraded, enrollment has soared — from 285 in the 2009-2010 school year to more than 400 today. Classrooms have taken over space originally allocated to the Department of Parks and Recreation for the community center, and the student waiting list stands at over 150. See Stoddert/Page 5

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Stoddert Elementary’s popularity soared after a 2010 modernization and expansion. The school again faces capacity pressures.

Final scene playing out for once-vigorous chain

Agency draws flak over plan to shutter Shaw fire station


■ Public Safety: Chief eyes

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Justin Dillon, his wife and their two young children have a Friday night ritual, a sacred schedule that holds a place in all of their hearts. “For the last two to three years — probably even all their lives — we do the same thing: We both pick them up at daycare, and we then drive to Connecticut Ave.,” Dillon said. “The first thing we do is we drop off the dry cleaning and they each get a lollipop. Then we go to Potomac Video.” They browse the store’s 75,000 titles, and each child picks a DVD for parental approval. “There are certain DVDs that don’t work in our DVD player,” Dillon said with a laugh. “Surprisingly, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ doesn’t work.”


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Potomac Video has been on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase for 28 years.

The elder Dillons get to pick a disc too, and then it’s off to Magruder’s, “where there’s always a wine and beer tasting.” And finally they head home for a weekend of relaxing. But last week, they learned that their regular routine would be no more: Potomac Video is closing. Justin’s kids’ reaction was so strong that he recorded it. It starts See Closing/Page 7


Planned dock would boost kayak, canoe access to canal — Page 3

Girls lacrosse gets jolt at St. John’s with new coach — Page 11

By GEORGE ALTSHULER Current Correspondent

The prospect of decommissioning the Shaw neighborhood firehouse — an idea D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson called a “bomb” — stole center stage last Friday at a round table on increasing ambulance service during peak hours. D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe defended the proposal to close the

New Jersey Avenue station, saying the move would increase emergency medical services because the centrally located site could be used to house additional ambulances. “Out of the blue, we’re closing [the Shaw firehouse],” Mendelson said during a tense exchange with Ellerbe. “There’s been no discussion of that, and I’m not aware of any analysis of it.” Shaw advisory neighborhood commissioner Rachelle Nigro expressed frustration that she had heard about the plans only days before the hearing. She said she was See EMS/Page 5



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BOUNDARIES: Proposed changes debated at various schools across Northwest

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there and that their property values will suffer. “They’re going to wind up ruining Ward 3 schools,â€? Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh said of those two options in an interview with The Current. “We’ve taken a lot of time to restore confidence in the school system, and what’s happening is parents are coming back because they have that confidence. And that confidence will be shattered if we go to some kind of crazy, unpredictable lottery system. “It’s a formula that will result in ruining Ward 3 schools and not improving others,â€? continued Cheh. “They think they’re going to fix the schools by moving kids around. I think that’s probably folly, instead of fixing the schools by fixing the schools.â€? Accordingly, Cheh said that these options should be a “non-starter ‌ out of the picture.â€? But she and some parents have also criticized some of the particular boundary changes envisioned under Option B. Cheh said there needs to be a clearer vision for why boundaries should be in certain locations, and that the school system should look for alternatives to changing boundaries. “I would like to explore whether more space at the schools would resolve the problem,â€? said Cheh. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser — the Democratic nominee for mayor — also said school assignments should be based in geography. “I will only support neighborhood school assignment. This means that students must have by right, as opposed to lottery, an assignment to a school at the elementary, middle and high school levels in their area,â€?

she said in a news release this week. At-large Council member David Catania, head of the council’s Education Committee and an independent candidate for mayor, also objected to the deputy mayor’s proposals, including Option B as drafted. “I will stand against any plan that removes students from a higher performing school and forces them into a lower performing one,� he said in a release. He urged a focus instead on improving schools across the District. Among other changes, the Option B proposal: ■reduces the southern boundary of Murch Elementary, sending several blocks of North Cleveland Park to Hearst Elementary. ■ reduces the southeastern boundary of Janney Elementary, sending an eastern portion of Tenleytown to Hearst. ■ expands the boundary of Georgetown’s Hyde-Addison Elementary, taking Burleith from Stoddert Elementary and Foxhall from Key Elementary. Hyde-Addison is slated for expansion, and Stoddert and Key are over capacity. ■ removes Eaton Elementary from the Deal Middle feeder system, sending all students there to Hardy. ■ calls for considering a new high school in Ward 2 or Ward 3, as well as two stand-alone middle schools in Ward 4. ■ expands Oyster-Adams Bilingual School’s southern boundary in Adams Morgan and makes Cardozo the by-right high school for OysterAdams graduates. ■ expands the northeast boundary of Petworth’s Powell Elementary to take some students from West Education Campus and Clark Elementary, and sends students along the



western boundary to West. ■removes the cross-boundary feeder patterns for Crestwood and 16th Street Heights students, sending them to West Education Campus instead of schools west of Rock Creek Park. In northern Ward 3, parents expressed frustration with proposed changes affecting Murch, Janney and Hearst at public meetings on Thursday. Murch parents were upset about having been drawn into Hearst’s boundary under the proposal. One mother said she had chosen to live at her address for the explicit purpose of ensuring her children access to Murch, Deal Middle School and Wilson High School. “I live in an apartment here rather than living in a house somewhere else in the city — solely because I care about education,� she said. She later drew nods and murmurs of approval from the crowd when she added, “If there’s a lottery, honestly, I will move.� Many parents in the room suggested they wouldn’t feel comfortable sending their children to Hearst because they believe Murch’s programming to be superior. Similar concerns came from Janney parents who had been drawn into Hearst’s jurisdiction. One mother expressed bewilderment at having been drawn out of Janney’s boundary despite living “500 yards� from the school. Cheh said some changes are inevitable at Janney, where even two recent expansions haven’t kept pace with in-boundary demand. “With the new building and the new changes to the building, I think we’re pretty much at capacity. Some adjustments will have to be made there,� she said.

Meanwhile, the proposal would send Eaton Elementary students to Hardy Middle instead of the higherperforming Deal. Brian Cohen, a Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioner and Hardy PTO member, said in an interview that

â??They’re going to wind up ruining Ward 3 schools.â?ž — D.C. Council member Mary Cheh feeding more students to Hardy will help cement its progress. “In the last five years there’s been too much change at Hardy — too many different principals — and now I think Hardy’s in a better place with a committed principal and a real vision, and parents are buying into that vision,â€? said Cohen. “Hardy is a good alternative for schools that are now feeding into overcrowded Deal.â€? At Key Elementary, parents say that although the school uses two trailers — “cottagesâ€? — to meet its capacity needs, they’re comfortable with that continuing. “We as a school have very much adjusted to the existence of the cottages, and it doesn’t feel like overflow like it did when it was first built,â€? said Tricia Braun, co-president of the Key PTA. Braun said she and other families who live outside of the smaller proposed Key boundary don’t want to trek into congested Georgetown or give up what they consider to be their community school. “They want to stay in the Key School boundary; that part of the neighborhood feels very much that it’s part of the Palisades and not part of Georgetown,â€? said Braun. Some parents have also said that the Foxhall and Georgetown Reservoir area brings economic and racial diversity to Key, which the school could lose if those students are sent to Hyde-Addison.

Stoddert PTA officers said they weren’t yet ready to comment on the proposal to shift Burleith to HydeAddison. Cheh and Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Joe Fiorillo said expanding Stoddert’s capacity is a better solution. John Lever, a Hyde-Addison parent and member of the school improvement team, said he’d welcome Burleith and Foxhall students, and he said the neighborhoods feel very close to Georgetown. “Hyde has been converting towards in-boundary slowly, and I think ultimately neighborhood schools are stronger if we have more in-boundary kids instead of out-ofboundary kids. It gives the community more ownership of the schools,� said Lever. In Ward 4, most of the concerns have come from families in Crestwood and 16th Street Heights. Some of the ward’s most affluent areas, these communities are currently part of a cross-boundary zone, in which students feed into several better-performing schools across Rock Creek Park. Crestwood advisory neighborhood commissioner Gale Black said the neighborhood is unique because there are no schools between 16th Street and the park. Many years ago “residents opted to not have public schools� in the immediate neighborhood, she said, adding that the pattern for families was generally to cross Rock Creek Park. The proposed new boundaries, however, would end this pattern, an idea strongly opposed by these parents. “All three proposals shut us out for an out-of-boundary lottery,� said Jeff Steele, who runs the website DC Urban Moms and Dads. Black said families continue to move to the neighborhoods because of its school boundaries. “What we have is working for us,� said Black. Middle schools, which are lacking in the ward, are a primary concern for parents. Currently, students in these neighborhoods head to Deal See Boundaries/Page 5

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A year later, School Without Walls merger still divides two campuses By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Stakeholders at School Without Walls High School are calling for changes to the school’s merger with the former Francis-Stevens Education Campus, a facility now offering prekindergarten through eighth grade under the Walls banner. Rallying outside the John A. Wilson Build-

ing last Tuesday afternoon, more than 100 students, parents and community members called for a full-time high school principal, separate budgets for the two campuses, and a guarantee that high school students never be required to take classes nearly a mile away at the lower school facility. Rally attendees then delivered a petition with these requests to representatives of Mayor Vincent Gray, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and at-

large Council member David Catania, the council’s Education Committee chair. Their petition also appears on the website change. org, with 1,100 signatures as of this week. In an interview this past weekend, rally organizer and high school parent Michael Cervino said School Without Walls has already suffered since the merger took effect last year. He explained that Principal Richard Trogisch oversees both campuses, but many high school

parents believe he devotes the vast majority of his time to Francis-Stevens. As a result, ninthgrade students like Cervino’s son haven’t gotten to know their school’s top administrator. “Morale among the teachers and the students at the school is low,� Cervino said, adding that he is frustrated by implementation of the merger up to now. “The current state of affairs is simply See Walls/Page 7

Dock plan would aid C&O kayakers, canoeists By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

Kayaks and canoes may become common sights along Georgetown’s stretch of the C&O Canal. The Georgetown Business Improvement District and the National Park Service are evaluating locations along the waterway to install a dock, which would allow people to easily transfer their small boats to and from the water. “The water sits down pretty deep from the edge. ‌ Right now there’s no easy way to get down to the canal,â€? said John Noel, a spokesperson for the Park Service, which manages the C&O Canal National Historical Park. “That’s the hope of this project — to install a dock that would be more easily accessible for kayakers and canoeists.â€?

One of the sites being considered is near the vicinity of Fish Market Square, located south of and below Dean & DeLuca, a high-end grocery store at Potomac and M streets. The proposed area offers one of the few access points between the canal and the main commercial strip of M Street. “We’re very focused on doing things to enhance the use of the canal,� said Joe Sternlieb, CEO of the business group. The canal has been losing visitors, and a boat that once carried them up and down the waterway no longer operates. So the BID has been brainstorming with the Park Service for more than a year on ways to revitalize this well-preserved waterway, which contributed to the commercial growth of Georgetown in the 19th century. The group included work on the C&O Canal in its See Canal/Page 7

The week ahead Wednesday, April 16

The District will commemorate the 152nd anniversary of D.C. Emancipation Day with a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue at 11 a.m. Afterward, an open house will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Events will include educational workshops led by former D.C. Council member Frank Smith; political commentator and statehood advocate Mark Plotkin; Howard University history professor Elizabeth Clark-Lewis; and Peter Hanes, the son of Loretta Carter Hanes, who pushed for the revival of D.C. Emancipation Day events. For details visit ■The official D.C. Emancipation Day Concert will begin at 4 p.m. at Freedom Plaza, 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Performers will include Brian Lenair, Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaughn, Arrested Development, Black Alley Band, MC Lyte, Doug E Fresh and others. A fireworks finale will take place at 8:30 p.m. ■ Georgetown University will host the first of two community forums on its master planning process. The agenda will include updates on the university’s construction projects slated to begin this summer. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium on the campus at 37th and O streets NW. A second session will be held Thursday, April 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall.

Thursday, April 17

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 3 town hall meeting on the proposed budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW.

Monday, April 21

A community meeting will focus on proposed redevelopment at St. Thomas’ Parish. CAS Riegler and Hickok Cole will discuss revisions to the residential sche-

matic plans based on community feedback. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the School of Ethics and Global Leadership, 1528 18th St. NW.

Tuesday, April 22

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will host a Ward 1 town hall meeting on rates, construction projects and other issues. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, 800 Euclid St. NW. ■The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold its regular meeting, which will include a talk by D.C. Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt on the state of the District’s fiscal health. The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church Hall, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its annual “green� meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Wednesday, April 23

The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate will hold a stakeholder meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. in the agency’s conference room, Suite 300 North, Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. A panel discussion and Q&A session will focus on the housing provider hardship petition and its impact on affordability. Reservations are requested; call 202-719-6560 or email ■The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a meeting to hear public comment on the deputy mayor for education’s feeder pattern and boundary proposals. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chamber, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will host a Ward 3 town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ward Circle Building at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Thursday, April 24

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■The D.C. deputy mayor for education will hold a community working group session to get public input on student assignment and school choice policies, including the current D.C. Public Schools boundaries, last revised in 1968. The “Upper NW & NE� session will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the armory at Coolidge High School, 6315 5th St. NW. The event will include an information fair, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; a presentation and facilitated Q&A session, from 6:15 to 7 p.m.; and working group discussions, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ■ The D.C. Public Library will host a round-table discussion on the planned renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. ■ Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets will hold its annual “Spring Fling� silent auction and buffet dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets cost $15 to $20; visit ■ Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 2 town hall meeting on the proposed budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW.

Saturday, April 26

The D.C. deputy mayor for education will hold a community working group session to get public input on school boundaries and student assignment policies. The “Center City� session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at Dunbar High School, 101 N St. NW. The event will include an information fair, from 9 to 9:45 a.m.; a presentation and facilitated Q&A session, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.; and working group discussions, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.









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District Digest Agency begins annual pothole repair blitz

The District launched the sixth annual “Potholepalooza� effort last week, with Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Department of Transportation encouraging residents and commuters to report pothole locations. Through May 9, the Transportation Department will have extra crews on the street, aiming to fill potholes within 48 hours of a report, rather than the usual 72 hours, according to a news release. Crews fill the holes with either a cold patch — a quicker fix for a small hole in a low-traffic area — or hot asphalt, which takes longer but holds more effectively. Some roads may need to be resurfaced. To report a pothole, call 311, go to, send a tweet to @DDOTDC, send an email to or use the city’s new DC311 smartphone app. Identify the location including quadrant and provide as much detail as possible, including approximate size and depth. Repair status can be seen at “We’ve had several large snow storms and a lot of extremely cold

weather this year, and this has taken a toll on our roads,� said Gray. “We’re grateful for the continued assistance of District residents in identifying potholes during this annual campaign so that we can make sure that our streets stay in good shape.� Department crews have already filled more than 25,000 potholes. “Our street and bridge maintenance crews have already been canvassing District streets for a couple months filling thousands of potholes,� said Transportation Department director Terry Bellamy. “With warmer temperatures, we’re accelerating our efforts and making an increased push to restore our roads.� The agency has also partnered with local utilities to make repairs to more than 3,000 utility cuts, which sometimes look like potholes, during Potholepalooza.

D.C. re-establishes schools ombudsman

D.C. has recently re-established its Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, choosing Ward 8 resident Joyanna Smith to lead the “clearinghouse for addressing concerns� raised by public school stu-


dents and their families, according to a news release. The ombudsman position was created in 2007, but funding was eliminated in 2010. The D.C. Council voted last year to restore the office. Smith has experience as a mediator with the city’s public works and disability services agencies, and she has worked as the director of finance and operations at the allgirls D.C. charter Excel Academy. She has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from George Washington University. The D.C. State Board of Education, with the help of a community review panel, picked Smith for the job, which will also involve reporting on trends in student and parent complaints. She will report to the board but operate independently. “Ms. Smith is a committed public servant [who] brings a wealth of expertise in mediation, and the capacity to leverage the work of the office to support education reform efforts,� said board president Mark Jones. “Ms. Smith fills a much-needed role for families,� said board vice president Mary Lord. “We hear from students, parents, and teachers that when they encounter an issue they don’t know where to start to have it addressed. Now there’s a way to address the needs of our students, together, as a community.�

Dumbarton Oaks Park group fetes progress   

The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the park’s opening with a cleanup and ceremony last week-

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end. Volunteers worked to clear invasive species from the Georgetown park, located at 31st and R streets, and then a group including officials from supporting organizations celebrated the restored American Beech Grove. The grove’s 19th-century pump house has been repaired, stormwater damage has been stemmed and invasive trees and ground vegetation have been removed. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express, the National Park Foundation, the Georgetown Garden Club, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, J&G Landscaping, EcoDepot, EGI, Standard Restoration, North Creek Nursery, Student Conservation Association, Montgomery County Conservation Corps, DC Green Corps and many other volunteers contributed to the effort.

Local resident wins Alice Paul award

The New Jersey-based Alice Paul Institute honored Chevy Chase resident Carolyn Cook last month with an award named after the suffragette and author of the Equal Rights Amendment. The Alice Paul Equity Awards go to individuals who capture their namesake’s spirit, according to the organization’s website. As the founder of United 4 Equality LLC, Cook is pushing federal legislation to remove Congress’ deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which passed the House and Senate in 1972 but expired a decade later before garnering the requisite support of 38 states. The amendment would change the Constitution to explicitly state that all women are entitled to the same inalienable rights as men. “Under current constitutional

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Fort Totten drop-off adds weekly hours

Residents may take hazardous waste and e-cycling to the Fort Totten Transfer Station every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. (except holidays), as of April 5, according to a news release from the D.C. Department of Public Works. In the past, the station was open for such drop-offs only one Saturday a month. Under the new schedule the station will also be open the first Thursday of the month, in order to accommodate residents whose religions prevent them from coming on Saturdays. Thursday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. The agency will still only accept documents for shredding on the first Saturday of the month, up to five boxes per person. Hazardous waste items that can be taken to Fort Totten include pesticides, batteries and cleaning fluids. The list of electronic equipment that can be recycled there includes computers and televisions. A full list is available at Fort Totten is located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive NE.

Furniture store opens in expanded quarters Furniture store Nadeau has moved its Georgetown location from Cady’s Alley to a larger space at 1065 Wisconsin Ave. A grandopening celebration Saturday will feature light refreshments. Nadeau offers “unique, handcrafted and affordable furniture� that the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company travels the world to find or have made, according to its website. The store’s inventory can be seen at

Library adds section on Tenleytown history The Tenleytown Historical Society has created a local history reference section on the second floor of the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The non-circulating collection includes the historical society’s 2003 survey of the area, a composite of the DC Heritage Trail brochures (in English and Spanish), and archaeological reports, books and articles about Tenleytown’s history, including the Civil War era.

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EMS: Paramedic plan debated From Page 1

concerned about losing a firehouse in the growing neighborhood. “If a truck and ladder has to respond from farther away, those extra minutes could cost lives,” she said. Under the fire department plan, six additional advanced life support units would be on duty throughout the city during peak hours, and coverage would remain the same at other times. Ellerbe also touted a program that would allow ambulances to move to different neighborhoods as needed. Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, who oversaw the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety round table, pressed Ellerbe about whether his department could go ahead with the plan to increase service without decommissioning the Shaw station. Ellerbe was noncommittal, saying such a scheme would be “possible” but that the ambulances would meet a valuable need. Wells said that he supports increasing emergency medical coverage but that closing the firehouse would require a separate process. “I want to recommend that we move forward with the legislation, but I want to be clear that it does not

authorize you to close the firehouse,” he said. This leaves the fire department with the options of adapting the emergency services plan without closing the firehouse, or going through the process of community outreach and legislation required to close a firehouse. D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations president Anne Renshaw questioned whether working on the legislation now is wise given that the two mayoral frontrunners have vowed to appoint a new fire chief. “This is much too big a question to rush into, and we believe stakeholders have been ignored,” she said. Wells also addressed the politics surrounding recent hearings on emergency services. “The political reality is that we want increased coverage at peak times; there’s no disagreement about that,” he said. “What we don’t want is to have the city council, my colleagues, vote against this because of what Council member Mendelson said was a bomb in the implementation plan.” Last year, the D.C. Council voted down a fire department plan that would have reassigned the night shifts of 14 medical units to day shifts.

STODDERT: Crowding weighed From Page 1

“It’s like ‘if you build it they will come,’ and that’s exactly what happened,” said Joe Fiorillo, a Glover Park neighborhood commissioner and the community representative on Stoddert’s local school advisory team. “The school was packed at the gills back then, and we didn’t have the resources that we have today. ... And here we are three years later and we’re out of space again.” To address the issue, the neighborhood commission voted last Thursday to request that D.C. Public Schools “expeditiously” bring demountables back to Stoddert. The commission didn’t specify a location except to say that the trailers can’t encroach on the athletic field. Fiorillo said that both students and the community are suffering under the current conditions. The rec center’s classrooms now exclusively serve Stoddert students, leaving just the facility’s gym, library and computer room to the public — and the latter two will soon be merged to make more classroom space. A preschool co-op moved from Stoddert to Guy Mason Recreation Center. Parks department spokesperson John Stokes said in an interview that Stoddert’s extra enrollment has pluses and minuses for his agency. “The good news there is another 140 kids we can offer DPR programs to. The downside is we lose the shared classrooms,” he said. “Anything that can have more room would be greatly appreciated, as long as the demountable classrooms didn’t have any effect on the

programs … on the field,” he added. Installing trailers has been discussed over the last couple of years, but the concept fell through the cracks as the school changed principals, Fiorillo said. D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz didn’t return messages about the trailer proposal. But elsewhere in the city government, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith recently released her own option for addressing crowded conditions at schools including Stoddert. Smith proposed redrawing the Stoddert boundaries to accept fewer students, sending Burleith children to Georgetown’s Hyde-Addison Elementary instead. Fiorillo said the simple fact is that there are many school-age children living in the area around Stoddert, and shrinking the boundaries would just harm the school’s place in the community. “The solution is build it bigger, add to it,” he said. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh echoed those remarks. “There are different ways to handle the problem — for instance we could create more space,” said Cheh. “I don’t know why we wouldn’t be willing to do that before we disrupt the neighborhood school.” In the meantime, Stokes said the parks department will continue to fit in its programs at Stoddert, including adult poetry classes in the school library and a “homework club” for fourth- to eighth-graders planned for this fall. “It’s kind of like pieces of a puzzle, but we try to make it work with the space we do have available,” said Stokes.



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BOUNDARIES: Parents, leaders raise concerns From Page 2

in Ward 3, which feeds into Wilson High. One alternative would be to send students to West Education Campus, a smaller school in 16th Street Heights that serves a total of 258 students from preschool to eighth grade. While parents like West, they have a strong preference for Deal, which has far more programs for its 1,248 students. Steele, who has a son at Deal, said smaller schools like West don’t get a lot of funding because of their size. “That’s what kills these middle school programs,” he said. Joe Maloney of the Petworth/16th Street Heights advisory neighborhood commission said the proposals are “not providing an equal or better option” for middle school. Asked about West, Maloney said that “the standing middle schools have a far greater level of enrichment programs,” adding that “without a separate middle school, what you lack is a lot of specific programming — everything from bilingual to athletic programs.” The other option, but a longer term one, would be to build two new middle schools in Ward 4. Some parents are supportive of the idea, especially those whose children are not yet teenagers. This was one of the positive aspects of the proposals to Andy Rowe, a 16th Street Heights resident who has a young child attending Powell Elementary in Petworth and wants his children to continue in a neighborhood school. As for elementary schools, families in 16th Street Heights would have to send their kids to West, rather than Powell, which has become a popular option.

In the past, few families from these western parts of Ward 4 sent their children to Powell, which was once a low-performing school. That changed in recent years as the ward’s demographics changed. Parents became active in the school, working with current Powell principal Janeece Docal to improve operations, even attracting a March 4 visit from President Barack Obama. The bilingual school also received more funding from the mayor for its school modernization project. Under the new proposal, students west of Arkansas Avenue would no longer go to Powell. That plan also expands the school’s boundaries northeast to Decatur Street and Illinois Avenue, capturing more of the Petworth neighborhood. If the new boundaries for Powell move forward, Rowe is hoping that grandfathering exceptions would allow his son — and the daughter he expects next month — to stick with Powell. In a news release, Bowser states that “the proposals fail significantly in two notable ways: first, they limit cross-boundary feeders, and second, they severely decrease predictability for parents of students at the middle and high school levels.” In Adams Morgan, home of the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School’s upper campus, the deputy mayor’s proposals are getting mixed reviews. Advisory neighborhood commissioner Brian Hart said in an interview that he had received positive community feedback on the proposed expansion of the OysterAdams boundary. The expansion would incorporate several streets immediately adjacent to the Adams campus at 2020 19th St., guaranteeing admission for about 75 additional students who live in its imme-

diate vicinity. “I think parents in my area are happy about that,” Hart said. “It’s fair. It’s the right thing to do.” But some of deputy mayor’s other proposals are causing consternation. In her weekly newsletter, OysterAdams principal Monica LiangAguirre wrote that numerous parents are upset at the idea of making the Cardozo Education Campus, instead of Wilson High, the school of right for Oyster-Adams graduates. LiangAguirre acknowledged that Cardozo is “a logical high school for us geographically ... and it has just had a fabulous modernization,” but she wrote that the school is “not an acceptable option for us at this time.” She explained that she has yet to see the kind of programmatic reform at the high school that would make her comfortable. Similarly, Hart said “Cardozo has a less-proven track record,” although he sees it as a school on the rise. The Oyster-Adams Local School Advisory Team will be formally reviewing the deputy mayor’s proposals in the coming weeks, according to co-chair Esperanza RománMendoza. In addition to the boundary and feeder changes, the deputy mayor has also suggested setting aside 10 percent of seats for out-of-boundary students whose assigned school doesn’t perform as well, and for guaranteeing prekindergarten access to 4-year-olds at a neighborhood school. Cheh said she supports both proposals. Cheh also said education officials should wait an extra year before implementing any changes, and to ensure that there are “liberal” grandfathering protections of existing students and their siblings.


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psA PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Burglary â&#x2013; 900-999 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 5:32 a.m. April 10. Theft â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 6 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, New York Ave.; 11:12 a.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 4 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, F St.; 10 a.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, E St.; 3:27 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, F St.; 7:20 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, G St.; 7:27 p.m. April 12. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 13th St.; 2:05 a.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, K St.; 11:36 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 12th St.; 11:05 p.m. April 11.

psA PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Theft â&#x2013; 5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:41 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:47 p.m. April 13. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3000-3020 block, McKinley St.; 11:52 a.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Tennyson St.; 6:50 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, Jenifer St.; 12:14 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  3700-3741 block, Kanawha St.; 9:35 a.m. April 11.

psA 202

â&#x2013; friendship heiGhts PSA 202

tenleytown / au park

Burglary â&#x2013; 4300-4310 block, Chesapeake St.; 4:06 p.m. April 13. Theft â&#x2013;  4700-4799 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:42 a.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 12:29 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, Veazey St.; 6:28 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  3805-3899 block, Fort Drive; 11:10 p.m. April 11. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4400-4421 block, 45th St.; 8:25 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Windom Place; 6:55 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  4500-4515 block, 44th St.; 12:25 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  4100-4149 block, Livingston St.; 7:23 p.m. April 12.

psA 203

â&#x2013; forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park


â&#x2013; 4800-4899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:45 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  4800-4899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:45 p.m. April 10. Theft â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Upton St.; 12:14 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 2:57 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, Albemarle St.; 9 a.m. April 12. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  Nevada and Linnean avenues; 3:30 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  Yuma and 35th streets; 6:26 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, 37th St.; 12:39 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  Quebec and 37th streets; 9:53 a.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, 37th St.; 10:32 a.m. April 12.

psA 204

â&#x2013; massachusetts avenue

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

Burglary â&#x2013; 3000-3199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:15 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  2700-2799 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:15 p.m. April 10. Theft â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:12 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  2500-2599 block, 39th St.; 11:11 a.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  2400-2798 block, Calvert St.; 8:23 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  2400-2798 block, Calvert St.; 8:23 p.m. April 9. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3000-3199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9 a.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  3400-3499 block, Woodley Road; 5:08 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  3200-3299 block, Woodland Drive; 9:03 a.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  Upton Street and Wisconsin Avenue; 8:04 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, Woodley Road; 7:44 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  2200-2299 block, Hall Place; 8:21 a.m. April 10.

psA 401

St.; 10:09 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013; 7000-7299 block, 16th St.; 11:21 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  200-399 block, Carroll St.; 8:30 a.m. April 13. â&#x2013;  100-199 block, Carroll St.; 4:12 p.m. April 13. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  500-599 block, Whittier St.; 12:38 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  Aspen Street and Piney Branch Road; 5:05 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  7400-7599 block, Georgia Ave.; 11:40 a.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  7400-7499 block, Eastern Ave.; 8:19 p.m. April 13.

psA PSA 402 402

â&#x2013; briGhtwood / manor park

Robbery â&#x2013; 6500-6599 block, Piney Branch Road; 6:45 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  6200-6299 block, Georgia Ave.; 4 a.m. April 12. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  5900-5999 block, 8th St.; 3:55 p.m. April 9 (with knife). Theft â&#x2013;  5900-5913 block, 13th St.; 5:58 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  5910-599 block, Georgia Ave.; 3 p.m. April 9. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rock Creek Ford Road; 7:17 a.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rock Creek Ford Road; 9:15 a.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  1401-1599 block, Somerset Place; 8:10 a.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  1400-1599 block, Sheridan St.; 2:18 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rock Creek Ford Road; 6:30 a.m. April 13. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Rock Creek Ford Road; 6:30 a.m. April 13. â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Fort Stevens Drive; 3:17 p.m. April 13.

psA 403

â&#x2013; briGhtwood / petworth

PSA 401

briGhtwood park PSA 403

Burglary â&#x2013; 402-499 block, Cedar St.; 3:11 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  6600-6699 block, 7th Place; 4:22 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1400-1599 block, Aspen St.; 4:25 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, Butternut St.; 4:28 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, Butternut St.; 6:39 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1400-1599 block, Whittier Place; 9:45 p.m. April 7.

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 5300-5399 block, 5th St.; 5 a.m. April 13 (with knife). â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 10:50 a.m. April 13 (with knife).

â&#x2013; colonial villaGe

shepherd park / takoma

Theft â&#x2013; 1600-1649 block, Portal Drive; 6:29 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  6658-6799 block, Georgia Ave.; 4 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  7300-7399 block, Georgia Ave.; 7:40 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, Butternut

16th street heiGhts

Burglary â&#x2013; 5200-5299 block, Georgia Ave.; 2:10 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  5400-5499 block, 8th St.; 11:30 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  5400-5499 block, 8th St.; 11:21 p.m. April 10. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  5401-5499 block, Georgia Ave.; 4:54 p.m. April 10. Theft â&#x2013;  5500-5599 block, 14th St.;

2 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013; 1300-1399 block, Hamilton St.; 9:43 p.m. April 11. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  5100-5199 block, 13th St.; 9:50 a.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  5200-5299 block, Georgia Ave.; 9:44 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  720-799 block, Gallatin St.; 4:38 p.m. April 12.

psA 404

â&#x2013; 16th street heiGhts PSA 404


Robbery â&#x2013; 3700-3799 block, 14th St.; 4:45 a.m. April 11. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, Georgia Ave.; 12:30 p.m. April 13. Burglary â&#x2013;  900-999 block, Shepherd St.; 9:03 p.m. April 12. Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Decatur St.; 4:41 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  4840-4919 block, 16th St.; 9:45 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  1500-1527 block, Buchanan St.; 11:10 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  1700-1799 block, Crestwood Drive; 10:35 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  4100-4199 block, Georgia Ave.; 11:45 a.m. April 11. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  821-899 block, Rock Creek Church Ford Road; 8:04 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, Decatur St.; 10:02 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  4900-4999 block, Georgia Ave.; noon April 11. â&#x2013;  920-999 block, Quincy St.; 7:30 p.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  4500-4599 block, Iowa Ave.; 9:09 a.m. April 13.

psA PSA 407 407 â&#x2013; petworth

Robbery â&#x2013; Taylor and 8th streets; 2 p.m. April 7 (with gun). â&#x2013;  7700-7799 block, Georgia Ave.; 6:15 p.m. April 12 (with gun). Burglary â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Decatur St.; 3:02 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  4820-4899 block, Kansas Ave.; 9:10 p.m. April 13. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  500-699 block, Farragut St.; 7:16 a.m. April 8. Theft â&#x2013;  800-899 block, Delafield Place; 2 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Varnum St.; 5:43 p.m. April 8. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4100-4199 block, Georgia Ave.; 2:35 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, 8th St.; 8 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  500-699 block, Randolph St.; 8:05 a.m. April 10.

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CANAL: Park Service proposes dock for boat access From Page 3

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown 2028â&#x20AC;? plan, which aims to enhance the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial district over the next 14 years. The dock was â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the many ideas that came out of the Georgetown 2028 planning process that we liked,â&#x20AC;? said Sternlieb. Kayaking and canoeing are popu-

lar farther north, in the more wooded parts of the canal. There are no functional docks, but the Park Service has created access points. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put some steps in, for example, and created some paths that kind of wind down to the edge of the water where [people] can easily put their canoe or kayak in,â&#x20AC;? said Noel. In Georgetown, these activities are permitted in the canal, but access

to the water is a hurdle. Boating is popular nearby on the Potomac River, where facilities such as Fletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boathouse and Thompson Boat Center rent out watercraft. Sternlieb said the BID plans to see if these vendors will allow customers to carry their rental equipment to the canal, which could be an alternative when boating in the river is not advisable.

CLOSING: Residents lament loss of area video store From Page 1

with tears, and then Justin asks his son why heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upset. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the video store is closing,â&#x20AC;? the 4-year-old chokes out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My kids will never again in their lives go to a video store and pick out a movie,â&#x20AC;? Dillon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And neither will I. ... It is literally unreplaceable.â&#x20AC;? For 28 years, the commercial stretch of Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase has hosted a Potomac Video: first within the Avalon Theatre in the 5600 block; later just a block south, in the same building as Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Play; and, more recently â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in an effort to cut costs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tucked into the basement below the toy store. But even the move down under couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep the shop in the black, and a few months back, owner Ben Fogle and his managers acknowledged â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least to themselves â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that they would have to close. They announced the plan to the community last week. Nearby resident Aviva Kempner was one of the several to announce her dismay on the local listserv, calling it â&#x20AC;&#x153;awful news.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, like, definitive?â&#x20AC;? she asked upon hearing from a reporter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just devastated.â&#x20AC;? Kempnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attachment to Potomac Video is partly emotional, like Dillonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also professional. A documentary filmmaker, she used her membership to check out titles she would watch for research, searching for scenes to use in her own movies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after getting permission from distributors, of course. Over the years, clips from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raisin in the Sun,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matchmaker,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Frisco Kidâ&#x20AC;? and more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all checked out from Potomac â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have made their way into her work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I needed some humor in a factory scene, there was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Modern Times.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;Ś If I needed the peddler visiting the town â&#x20AC;Ś there was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dr. Quinn, [Medicine Woman]â&#x20AC;&#x2122; right there,â&#x20AC;? she said. The store had â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve needed in terms of old films. And the staff is fabulous. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like going to a film library.â&#x20AC;? The Connecticut Avenue Potomac Video was the only full-service movie rental shop left in the District. The last Blockbuster in the city, at 400 8th St. SE, closed in 2011, and Potomac â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which once had seven locations in Northwest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; closed its second to last, on MacArthur Boulevard, last year. A Washington City Paper story reporting last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closure of Lamont Video in Mount Pleasant said the city had three remaining stores: Woodner Video, a small store within a 16th Street apartment building; Dupontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capitol Video Sales, which rents out only adult videos; and Potomac. The cause of the closures is probably obvious to anyone with an Internet connection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, as you know, the electronic means of delivery with Netflix, of course, and the Redboxes out there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of new ways of delivering movies to the customer, and the electronic means have taken a big slice of our business away,â&#x20AC;? said Potomac Video owner Ben Fogle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a function of time, as the competition got stiffer â&#x20AC;Ś weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to close our stores sequentially.â&#x20AC;? Fogle launched the business in Potomac, Md., more than three decades ago. He was working for the National Science Foundation and making occasional trips to stations the organization ran in Antarctica. On one such trip, in December 1980, he picked up a weekend edition of The New York Times to read on the long flight, and came upon an article about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;coming revolution in home video entertainment.â&#x20AC;? His interest was piqued. Then, at the station itself, he found that the workers had a small

collection of Betamax tapes obtained from Hollywood distributors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They raved about it,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You suffer sensory deprivationâ&#x20AC;? on the long winter nights down there. By the time he got home, he was ready to set up shop. A recent investment return â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about $100,000 from selling defunct gold mines in Colorado â&#x20AC;&#x201D; provided his startup capital. He opened his shop in Potomac, and the business took off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got that store opened and operating, and it was so successful I bought a building down on MacArthur near the reservoir. â&#x20AC;Ś It was a great success,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were all very successful.â&#x20AC;? Until they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. While a few stores shut down or moved while others were still opening, most of the closures came between 2005 and 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Netflix didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a big impact on us initially, but â&#x20AC;Ś as its customer base grew â&#x20AC;Ś it made progressively more impact on us,â&#x20AC;? said Fogle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then the Redboxes came into existence and started showing up across the street from our stores â&#x20AC;Ś and that sort of aggravated matters.â&#x20AC;? Fogle said reaction to the last closure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;biggest and bestâ&#x20AC;? store in the chain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been near-universal dismay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost everyone who came in through the doors in the time I was there yesterday and the day before [would say], â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re closing,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why are you closing?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a loss. â&#x20AC;Ś The customers [in Chevy Chase] really appreciate the fine collection that we had.â&#x20AC;? Fogle tried to maintain it for them. Along with his efforts to keep the store running, such as reducing the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space to decrease its rent in 2011, he sought salvation through the neighborhood. He spoke to the nonprofit Avalon Theatre and even the Chevy Chase Library across the street about taking over his DVDs. But understandably, he said, the Avalon staff â&#x20AC;&#x153;seemed to have its hands full,â&#x20AC;? and the library has neither the staff nor space to manage the major collection. And so last week, the DVDs went on sale. The staff selling the films has been sorry to seem them go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sign of the times, I guess, which I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like,â&#x20AC;? said general manager Matt McNevin, who studied film at American University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just seems like not enough people care. â&#x20AC;Ś As long as they can see â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gravity,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really care whether some obscureâ&#x20AC;? film is lost to the public forever. McNevin said Potomac provided those obscure flicks, offering films that viewers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stream online and even keeping a small collection of VHS cassettes in order to offer out-of-print titles. And he said the customers appreciated that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The great thing about this neighborhood is that people do care â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not enough of them.â&#x20AC;? Justin Dillon was one of those who did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did not help contribute to Potomac Videoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demise,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did not have Netflix. And every movie that we watched, we rented. â&#x20AC;Ś It was a conscious decision.â&#x20AC;? He said he and his wife were planning to have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer of Thronesâ&#x20AC;? this year, watching the first three seasons of the hit show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game of Thrones.â&#x20AC;? As they mused about their plans some time ago, he mentioned that a friend might lend them the discs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And she said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No honey, we have to support Potomac Video.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Last week, they bought all three seasons. Potomac will continue selling off its inventory through the end of next month.



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unworkable,â&#x20AC;? high school parent Terry Lynch said in a separate interview. Lynch said that Trogischâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absences from school functions like sporting events are probably the biggest problem, but nevertheless he believes the school needs new leadership. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this point, Principal Trogisch has done what he can for Walls High School,â&#x20AC;? Lynch said. A school system spokesperson did not respond to a request to interview Trogisch. But at Francis-Stevens, parents are skeptical that the merger is adversely affecting the high school in any significant way. In an interview, Tania Shand, the lower schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home and School Association president, sounded fairly bewildered by high school parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and particularly perplexed by the idea that Trogisch should leave the high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure there are plenty of schools that would love to have a blue-ribbon principal,â&#x20AC;? she said, ref-

erencing the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 National Blue Ribbon School designation by the U.S. Department of Education. Shand defended Trogisch for investing time in Francis-Stevens. Asked about high school parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns more broadly, Shand suggested she would want to see concrete evidence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as lower levels of academic performance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before she would believe the upper school was truly suffering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about how a principal is not there in the morning,â&#x20AC;? she said. Shand also said too much attention has been paid to controversy over the merger, as opposed to positive changes that are taking place, such as increased enrollment and the use of the District as a classroom through educational field trips. Many Francis-Stevens parents are impressed by Trogisch. In an interview, Chris Sondreal, a leader of the Ward 2 Education Network lauded the principal for his ability to attract teaching talent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For FrancisStevens, I think the merger was a lifesaver,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Predictability and access

The idea of changing the way students are assigned to public schools is enough to strike fear in the hearts of parents who live within the boundaries of a high-performing school — or even a campus on an upward trajectory. Thus, it’s no surprise that an outcry has arisen over the three “policy examples” that Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith recently rolled out for altering feeder and boundary systems. The concern is understandable: Two of the three would eliminate a child’s guaranteed spot at a local school, either in the upper grades or in all grades. We understand the reasoning behind the concept. Deputy Mayor Smith said on The Kojo Nnamdi Show Friday that there’s an “inherent tension … between predictability and access to high-quality schools.” Parents with access to a high-quality school want predictability; those assigned to a poorperforming school want access to a better one. The latter parent is surely no less deserving. Still, we’re skeptical about inserting more uncertainty into a school system that’s already so often tumultuous. Doing so would surely increase suburban flight — or add to the hordes applying to charter schools. So let’s not throw the concept of local schools out the window. Some proponents note that only a quarter of D.C. students attend their in-boundary school. That may sound low, but that’s a lot of people to displace. We’re unconvinced of the benefits of “choice sets,” which would guarantee families access to one of a set of nearby schools. This system would be more predictable than a free-for-all, but not enough, and it wouldn’t bring about the diversity that some seek through the overhaul. Perhaps a pilot project in one or two areas could show whether the concept has promise in D.C. We do like a few concepts. First, adding specialized offerings at schools that currently lack much appeal, or creating new specialty programs — such as a selective-admission middle school east of the Anacostia River — could benefit everyone. We also support having schools admit a certain percentage of out-of-boundary students, though implementation in some Ward 3 schools would require measures to mitigate overcrowding. Clearly, those overstuffed schools are a big reason for taking a comprehensive look at boundaries and policies, as are the patchwork approaches in some areas where the city has shuttered underutilized campuses over the years. It is undoubtedly necessary to redraw lines so every school can accommodate all of its assigned students. Should the city proceed with one of the decreased-predictability options, there should be grandfathering of current students and their siblings, as well as some preferential access for children currently younger than school age. Above all else, however, this effort must not detract from the need to create more quality seats throughout the city, with bolstered offerings such as reduced class sizes in schools with a high proportion of at-risk students. Ultimately, all D.C. parents should have a local school where they’re enthusiastic to enroll their children. Since any proposals Mayor Vincent Gray adopts this fall could be dismantled by the next mayor — and since both leading candidates have expressed support for guaranteed access to neighborhood schools — it seems foolhardy to embrace major changes now.


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The nonsense continues in the case of Medric Mills Jr., who died Jan. 25 after collapsing near a fire station but receiving no help from its staff. The lieutenant on duty at the station, where she and other firefighters ignored in-person requests to come to Mr. Mills’ aid, was granted retirement Thursday, just hours before a disciplinary board was set to announce its verdict on the squad’s actions. And that verdict? It hasn’t been made public. Even if Lt. Kellene Davis had been found guilty of the six charges of neglect of duty before her retirement kicked in, her pension of about $70,000 per year would likely have remained largely intact, according to The Washington Post. The paper reports that a demotion and pay cut would not have significantly altered her pension, which is based on a 36-month average. And to directly cut or eliminate a pension requires conviction of embezzlement. That seems far too narrow a provision, though we appreciate the notion that only a significant crime should warrant elimination of a pension. But a pension reduction and demotion of rank could well be the right penalties for the lieutenant’s alleged inaction. No firefighter should be allowed to retire while facing penalties for such behavior — the disciplinary decision should come first. That should be the standard for all government employees. Finally, holding these hearings in private hardly helps restore the confidence of an already shaken public. While it seems reasonable to maintain privacy for hiring or other everyday personnel decisions, secrecy is not justified where staffers have committed egregious acts against the community.

‘Security’ in the news again …


here’s good news about how the nation is keeping watch over the growing security bureaucracy in this country. But there’s bad news about what you’re going to have to do to make sure your District of Columbia driver’s license conforms to new federal security requirements. If you ignore those requirements, you could have trouble getting into federal buildings this fall or getting on an airplane in 2016. First the good news. The Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize for public service this week for disclosing secret operations of the National Security Agency. The Pulitzer board said the Post helped “the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.” The Post shared the award with Britain’s The Guardian. Here in Washington, Post executive editor Martin Baron was a bit blunter about the Post’s reporting. Being quoted in his own newspaper, Baron said, “We never would have known how far this country had shifted away from the rights of individuals in favor of state power. There would have been no public debate about the proper balance between privacy and national security.” Baron said the journalists’ work was a true public service. “In constructing a surveillance system of breathtaking scope and intrusiveness, our government also sharply eroded individual privacy. All this was done in secret, without public debate, and with clear weaknesses in oversight.” The Pulitzer-winning report, based in part on documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, follows a 2010 special series by The Post on the huge security bureaucracy that has emerged since the terrorist attacks of September 2001. That series, Top Secret America, compiled hundreds of thousands of documents and identified 45 government agencies with 1,271 “sub-units” making up the security bureaucracy. In addition, it identified nearly 2,000 private firms as part of that bureaucracy. The full-throated debate over how much secrecy is necessary and appropriate is far from over. But the journalism work helps inform the debate. That’s the worldview of secrecy. Now, the bad news. Check your wallet and purses for something more concrete you might soon have to worry about — your driver’s license. The District government said Monday it finally is embarking on a plan to require that all 541,000 licenses and special identification cards issued by the

Department of Motor Vehicles be changed to meet federal security standards for what are called “Real ID” licenses. DMV director Lucinda Babers disclosed the depth of the program Monday. “If you have our existing driver’s license, eventually you will have to come back in — in person — because you’ve going to have to bring your proof of residency, your proof of identity” for DMV to validate it. Babers, who has helped lead a significant improvement in DMV services since taking over seven years ago, said this is not just another way for the DMV to aggravate drivers — it’s a federal law. She said as of May 1, anyone changing an address, replacing a lost card, making a name change or just getting a new D.C. license will have to show documented proof of citizenship — a federal passport, a birth certificate or similar document. (A list is at The new license will be marked with a “star” to show that you’ve proved who you are. Even if you have no reason to change your license and it isn’t due to expire — the Notebook’s doesn’t expire until 2020 — you’re still going to have to make a trip to a DMV office for the federal security upgrade. And you can’t do this upgrade online. You have to go in. Babers said her office will soon begin sending postcard notices to those with current licenses that are valid. The notice will invite you to come in for the change and tell you what documents you can use. She’s urging everyone not to ignore the postcards. “And if you look at it and say, ‘Uh, none of this could possibly apply to me so I’m just going to show up with nothing in hand,’ … please, please, please, it WILL apply.” ■ Undocumented licenses? The District, along with many other jurisdictions, has passed a law allowing undocumented workers to obtain driver’s licenses. Such workers already were driving, but without licenses or insurance. The new program finally begins on May 1. However, despite many complaints, the District’s new licenses for undocumented workers will be clearly marked “not for federal purposes.” That’s also a requirement of federal law. And you can’t just walk in to get one of the undocumented licenses. You have to call ahead to make an appointment — and be prepared to show you actually have lived in the District at least six months. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the eDitor Catania incorrect on voting rights claim

In The Current’s March 19 editorial “A vote for voting rights,” at-large D.C. Council member David Catania was quoted discussing a resolution he obtained from the New Hampshire House of Representatives: “This is the first time in nearly 30 years that legislators from another state have raised their voices to affirm the rights of District residents to be fully represented in the United States Congress.” That statement is not correct. From 2001 to 2007, Raymond F. Browne served three full twoyear terms as the D.C. shadow representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. The primary purpose of that office is to gain

full representation for the District of Columbia in the U.S. Congress. While in office, he used his personal funds and a volunteer staff to advance the cause of voting rights for D.C. residents. One of his strategies was to obtain tangible support from across the country, which he took to members of the U.S. House of Representatives to prove to them that the citizens of their states support full voting rights for D.C. By the end of his last term, he had secured resolutions from six city councils — Cleveland, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Additionally, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a resolution in August 2002, and the governor of Hawaii declared August 2002 to be District of Columbia Voting Rights Month. These documents were displayed in Ray Browne’s office. Support from several other states

was pending when he left office. Samuel N. Gough Jr. Northwest D.C.

Palisades site needs archaeological study

I second Doug Dupin’s letter of March 26 on the merits of an archaeological survey of the Palisades Safeway property in the course of any redevelopment. The front of the site is a filled stream valley, with the original elevation at the kiosk some 10 to 15 feet below street level. It is along such watercourses that most prehistoric artifacts have turned up in recent years, generally related to tool-making. The layer of fill will have preserved the underlying area as the neighborhood has grown up around it, and we would be mistaken to let this opportunity slip away. Dan Dalrymple The Palisades

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Letters to the eDitor D.C. janitors deserve better treatment

For those unfamiliar with the insurance industry or corporate financing, “janitors insurance” or “dead peasants insurance” are policies corporations buy on their employees whereby the corporation is the named beneficiary. Beyond the moral objection of profiting from an employee’s death, even in instances where the person dies years after leaving an employer, these policies perversely incentivize companies to compromise on ensuring employee health and workplace safety. Among others, these life insurance policies have been bought in bulk by one of D.C.’s most recent corporate arrivals. Welcome, Walmart. There’s another, more literal, form of “janitors insurance” that’s just as morally objectionable and perverse — perhaps more so — if for no other reason than in this case there are no third-party stockholders

to satisfy. Along upper Connecticut Avenue, where average annual household incomes substantially exceed $100,000 (more than twice the District’s average), my condo board at 4707 Connecticut Ave., not unlike many others in the area, intentionally does not employ our full-time, six-days-a-week janitor. He has not been our employee for the 23 years he has been polishing our brass, vacuuming our carpeted halls, watering our costly landscaping and hauling our considerable trash to the curbside. He’s instead employed by a cleaning service company. This decision is a way to avoid paying for his health care. Our janitor’s employer does provide him some amount of health insurance, but of what quality is completely unknown (and is not our concern) since, again, he’s not our employee. Our form of janitors insurance is morally abhorrent: We don’t price his death, we just devalue his life. We do this of course in a jurisdiction that ranks absolutely first among states in income inequality and where there also exists the greatest disparity in male lifespan.

Our janitor is an African-American man, and this demographic dies, on average, 15 years younger than white men. Even dispensing with moral duty, ours remains a fool’s errand. We’ve been paying for his health care insurance all along since assuredly the cost has been embedded in our cleaning service contract. It only gets worse when you realize that the board could readily ensure our janitor obtains quality, substantially subsidized health insurance via the Affordable Care Act and easily pay the balance of his premium with money saved from our canceled cleaning service contract. You might think in a wealthy, solidly left-learning neighborhood we’d be at least marginally enlightened. We’re not. We have no mutual or shared obligations. We face no “defining challenge.” There are no moral questions, just economic ones. We’re a market society. However unintelligible, our raison d’être is cost efficiency. We do not value a human life — certainly not our janitor’s; we commoditize it. David Introcaso Forest Hills

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chool Without Walls is one of the undisputed success stories of the D.C. Public Schools system, providing a strong education to D.C. children in a system that has historically struggled at that task, especially at the middle school and high school levels. Unfortunately, academic success does not inoculate a school from political predation. With the knowledge of no one at School Without Walls but the principal, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that it was to “merge” with a struggling elementary/middle school, Francis-Stevens. The merger process was unusual, even for D.C. Public Schools. School Without Walls and presumably Francis-Stevens were neither asked for input into the decision nor given forewarning of it. Even after the fact, school system officials have not explained why the parents and children of these schools were felt unworthy of consultation nor given a clear account of why officials felt the hasty merger was necessary. The merger itself is an object of wonder. School Without Walls is a magnet high school with access by application, and Francis-Stevens is a neighborhood school available to all. The eighth-graders at FrancisStevens will not be routinely promoted to Walls in the ninth grade. Unless they apply and are admitted, they will go off to the neighborhood high school or other schools of their choice. The merger, then, is a facilities merger, not an academic one. Alas, a facilities merger is hard to conceive. The School Without Walls High School building is on the George Washington University campus in Foggy Bottom, a brisk 15-minute walk from the Francis-Stevens building, which is tucked into the edge of Rock Creek Park near the P Street Bridge. It’s a fine walk on a pleasant day, but that is not the usual measure of a unified campus. Were the two schools next door to each other, the possible gains are evident — School Without Walls

High School is popular and full; Francis-Stevens is not popular and largely empty. Pressed to imagine how such distant schools could “merge,” the principal of the newly unified schools can do no better than propose that the entire 11th grade be exiled on alternating days to Francis-Stevens each year (my daughter, now a freshman, could be subject to this in the 2015-2016 academic year). Beyond the transparent lack of sense of such an arrangement, internal exile of a “grade” raises obvious logistical problems. High school classes are often composed of students from many grades. Teachers also teach more than one grade, which will require that they too must shift between campuses. The nearest Metro stop, which the high school students use heavily to access learning opportunities around the city, remains “Foggy Bottom/GWU”; for the exiles, it would now be a mile away, rather than two blocks. Will students and teachers have to make more than one half-hour round trip a day between the two schools? How will time between classes be lengthened to accommodate transit? And what of clubs, sports, tutoring, and teacher and counselor meetings that take place before and after school or at lunch? To maintain the pretense that the merger was about something, D.C. Public Schools decided to assign the current principal of School Without Walls to FrancisStevens as well. How likely is it that an urban high school principal has sufficient spare time to administer as well a programmatically unconnected elementary and middle school at a location a mile away? A School Without Walls parents committee has now had time to consider the merger proposal at length and can find only disadvantages to Walls students. If there are advantages, D.C. Public Schools has yet to share them. High school students at Walls were apparently meant to facilitate the Francis-Stevens plan, not to benefit from it. So much for the returns to academic success in the D.C. public schools. Donald O. Parsons, a Foxhall Village resident, is a parent at School Without Walls High School.

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ecent news articles have highlighted improvements in high school graduation and college enrollment rates among Hispanics/Latinos, including a historic spike in graduation rates in Maryland. But Hispanics/Latinos, who make up a quarter of all grade-school students in the U.S., still trail behind all other ethnic groups in academic achievement. These families value education but typically lack the resources to ensure that their children get the instruction they need to make it into college. Even if an aspiring student is able to stay afloat in high school until graduation, he or she must navigate a herculean set of obstacles in applying to, paying for and succeeding in college. These include persistent poverty, a lack of information about different college programs, and on top of it all, a lack of resources to obtain college financing. A woman from Nicaragua named Liliana was typical of the countless immigrants who had been swept out of Latin America by revolution and civil war in the 1980s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s only to find themselves trying to make a living in places like Washington. Lilianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles to obtain residency, bring over her three daughters and get them a decent education might have been forgotten had she not confided in the right person. Rosalia Miller, a Nicaraguan-born executive at the International Monetary Fund, was moved by Lilianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story and decided to do something about it. Ms. Miller connected with likeminded D.C. professionals to found the Latino Student Fund. The nonprofit, based at the National Cathedral School, is dedicated to providing families with the help and resources they need for educational success. With the help of Latino Student Fund, Liliana has seen her daughters grow into successful women. Meanwhile, the organization she helped inspire is celebrating

Letters to the eDitor District must protect housing affordability

Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, who was not our choice in the Democratic primary for mayor, won a large and convincing victory this month. We extend our congratulations and pledge our wholehearted cooperation to help solve the problems of this city, and assist all of its citizens to the maximum extent possible. Those problems are many, varied, long-standing and very serious. Principal among them is the growing unaffordability of the District for all but the wealthy, especially in the area of rental housing. Related issues are the pressing need for reform and strengthening of rent control and increased tenant rights in a city overwhelmingly populated by tenants. Critically needed are controls on exploding development and redevelopment, gentrification and unrestrained market forces, geared to the affluent and excluding the poor. Opponents of such restraint would cheerfully see the city converted into an â&#x20AC;&#x153;instant Georgetown.â&#x20AC;? Becoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hottsville USAâ&#x20AC;? may be fine for new arrivals, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problematic for longtime residents. Housing is not a commodity. We are not talking â&#x20AC;&#x153;pork belliesâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;oil futures,â&#x20AC;? but the roof over peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heads. A welcome sign for the rich

its 20th year of providing free tutoring, college prep courses and scholarships to underserved Hispanic/Latino students in the D.C. metro area. Over the years, the group has tutored more than 1,000 Hispanic/Latino students in the Washington area and helped more than 2,000 in all of its programs. One hundred percent of students who have participated in the Latino Student Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tutoring program have graduated from high school, and more than 90 percent have gone on to college. By comparison, 85 percent of Hispanic/Latino students nationally graduate from high school, and about half of Hispanic/Latino high school graduates enroll in college. A report released in September 2013 by the U.S. Census Bureau found that for the first time since records have been kept, the proportion of Hispanic high school graduates enrolling in college in 2012 outpaced that of white or black graduates who enrolled in college that year. Though this statistical milestone likely can be partly attributed to the increasing presence of Hispanics in the population, it is nonetheless a sign that the Hispanic/Latino community is taking advantage of the multitude of services offered by local organizations such as the Latino Student Fund. Still, data show that Hispanic/Latino students desperately need help in accessing the resources and developing the skills to not just enroll in college, but to succeed in college. The same year they were leading whites and blacks in college enrollment, only 14.5 percent of Hispanics/Latinos had completed a four-year degree, less than half the rate of whites receiving a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that groups such as the Latino Student Fund have much work to do before all the other Lilianas out there can ensure their children succeed academically and perhaps even realize the American dream. Maria-Fernanda Borja is executive director of the Latino Student Fund.

is also fine, but not if it accompanies an exit sign for the poor. James McGrath Chair, D.C. Tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Advocacy Coalition

Widespread dog poop is a people problem

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the latest poop in the Palisades? Well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poop. Poop here, poop there, poop everywhere. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pooped out just thinking about it, and I am enraged! Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t people pick up after their dogs? Some 25 years ago, dog poop was designated an environmental pollutant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Contrary to what some may believe, it is not a good fertilizer. Indeed, it is actually toxic to lawns. It is unsightly and odorous, and a pain to get off the bottom of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoes. Worst of all, it is a health hazard. Poop transmits bacteria, viruses and worm-causing diseases. Unfortunately, many dogs like the smell and taste of poop, their own and others, and will readily eat it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the detriment of themselves and their owners. I confess. I have a dog in this fight, a 6-month-old black and white Portuguese water dog. I walk my dog Buddha at least twice a day in the Palisades, Kent, Spring Valley, Wesley Heights and/or Battery Kemble Park. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m appalled by how much dog poop there is on the sidewalks, in the tree boxes and grassy areas, along park trails, and near the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools. The problem does not lie solely with dog walkers,

who walk numerous dogs at a time and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep track of the poop. It is caused by lazy, irresponsible and uncaring pet owners. Civic responsibility aside, we must remember that poop removal is the law, with fines of up to $2,000 per poop! The D.C. municipal regulations governing animal control state: â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;No person owning, keeping, or having custody of a dog, except a seeing eye dog, shall allow or permit the dog to defecate or urinate on public parking or any sidewalk ... and each such person shall immediately remove dog excrement from any curb, gutter, alley or street.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;No person owning, keeping, or having custody of a dog, except a seeing eye dog, shall permit the dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excrement to remain on private property without the consent of the owner or occupant of the property.â&#x20AC;? The city and/or the community should install anti-pet-waste signs, at least along MacArthur Boulevard and at the entrances of Key Elementary School and Battery Kemble and Palisades parks. Please contact Diane M. Davis, the Chesapeake Bay coordinator at the D.C. Department of the Environment, at and tell her of your support. Such signs will remind our neighbors of the adverse health and legal consequences of their inaction, and hopefully reduce the proliferation of dog poop in our community. Gordon Kit The Palisades


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New coach bolsters Cadets

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Over the last few years, the St. John’s girls lacrosse program has taken steps forward while competing in the top-heavy Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. But when coach Aubrey Andre took over the program last summer, the Cadets made a leap. “It’s been awesome,” said senior midfielder Nicolette Crisalli. “She’s totally kick-started our program and pushed it 20 times faster than we’ve ever seen before. In one season our team has gotten so much better.” Andre brought instant credibility to the Cadets after coaching Visitation the past two seasons. She led the Cubs to an Independent School League regular-season title in 2012 and two championship game appearances during her tenure, earning a Coach of the Year honor. “Having her be the No. 1 coach definitely makes us know that what she’s saying is right,” said Crisalli. For Andre, taking over the Cadets’ program allows her both to coach lacrosse and to work at the school full-time in the tech department and communications office — an opportunity that wasn’t available at Visitation. But joining St. John’s lacrosse program has been a very different experience than starting at Visitation in 2012, after serving as an assistant at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes in Alexandria. At Visitation, Andre had some highly recruited players who just needed to be integrated into a program with a rich legacy. But at St.

John’s, she takes over a program looking to build a tradition. “It’s been a stronger focus on fundamentals and building a team,” said Andre. “In the past, St. John’s was just a run-and-gun style of play. Now we have a system.” The cupboard is hardly bare at St. John’s. Crisalli enters the season as one of the area’s most prolific scorers, giving the team a dynamic threat. “Nicolette is a strong player and a great athlete,” said Andre. “She has the mind of an athlete. She has raised the number of assists that she’s had and just her movement has created space for other players to get a goal in as well.” Andre’s offensive scheme, which relies on cutters and assists, has relieved a lot of pressure for Crisalli, who carried the scoring load in the Cadets’ previous offense. “[Andre] is more about getting the transition and setting up plays and using everybody’s strengths,” said Crisalli. “This year we try to use

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Aubrey Andre, above right, took over the Cadets’ girls lacrosse program after leading Visitation to consecutive ISL AA championships. St. John’s has relied on Nicolette Crisalli, far left, for leadership on the field. With Andre’s new schemes, Crisalli has developed into a strong scoring and passing threat. everybody on the attack.” The senior, who has scored 45 goals so far this season, is now committed to play lacrosse next year for Catholic University after an exhaustive recruiting process. “I wanted to be close [to home],” said Crisalli. “I had gone through so many schools, and it never felt like the right one. I was thinking that maybe I shouldn’t play lacrosse. But when I stepped on Catholic’s campus I was just so excited about it.” The Cadets have also relied on junior midfielder Maggie Williams — who will play at High Point Uni-

versity — to be a playmaker on both ends of the field. The junior leads the team with 14 assists and 21 goals this season. Sophomore attacker Madalyn Flood, who will play for Manhattan College, is a talented maestro who creates plays from behind the goal. She has scored 10 times this season. “She is our crease roller and our girl making all the assists from behind the cage,” Andre said of Flood. “She’s a solid player.” The team has also looked to seniors Molly Flores, Raley Hinton and Colleen Jackson and junior Syd-

ney Shiver as productive players. In goal, the Cadets are solid with a pair of keepers between the pipes — senior Laura Naccarato, who leads the team with 48 saves, and sophomore Joanna Fisher, who has 31 stops. With a talented nucleus and a winning coach in the fold, St. John’s hopes to build something special this season. “[We want to have] a better record than last year and strong wins,” said Andre. “St. John’s can compete at a high level in the WCAC.”

Young Eagles lacrosse team nets critical WCAC victory By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Gonzaga comes into this season seeking a fifth straight WCAC championship.

After a rough 17-2 loss to the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland last month, Gonzaga’s lacrosse team had to make a choice: Would they fold after the disheartening blowout, or regroup to move forward? The Eagles chose the latter, and it has worked. Of the past six games, the team has won five. “We’re young and it’s going to sound corny or cheesy, but you can tell the character or the sign of a true man by how you handle adversity,” said Gonzaga coach Casey O’Neill. “Boys’ Latin was some adversity. You just move on. Because of those games it’s going to make us a better team.” The Eagles proved they can handle a big game situation recently when they knocked off Paul VI in a 10-7 decision on April 5. It was a rematch of last year’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game. “Any league game is a big one,” O’Neill

said afterward. “Our goal this whole year with a young team has been to try to get back to the championship and to win the league. We certainly know our league has some great teams.” Against Paul VI, junior attacker Timmy Monahan led Gonzaga with an explosive game-high five goals. Monahan was especially focused on cutting to the cage to create shooting space and holes in the Panthers’ defense. He leads the Eagles with 30 goals this season. “He’s a scorer. What I loved about him is he rode well,” said O’Neill. “We ask our attackmen to ride harder than they would dodge or shoot. That’s one of the little gritty things we want them to do. I’m proud of him.” The Eagles raced out to a quick 2-0 lead by the end of the first quarter on a pair of Monahan goals. But Gonzaga showed its youth — the team relies heavily on its sophomore and junior classes — as Paul VI rallied to tie the game at three. “It’s give-and-take with these kids. It’s a younger team,” said O’Neill. “They stuck to it.”

During halftime, O’Neill gave a passionate speech, imploring his team to put forth championship-caliber third and fourth quarters. The Eagles heeded his words and put the game away by building a 9-7 lead. Then they held Paul VI scoreless in the fourth period to hang on for the win, which pushes their record to 9-4 overall, including a 5-0 mark in WCAC games. The pivotal victory was a confidence boost for the reigning WCAC champions as they seek a fifth straight crown. “It was huge to get another WCAC win,” said Monahan. “There’s nothing better. We have so much firepower and depth at attacker and at middle. Everybody can move the ball and share the ball. Everything will add up to another WCAC championship.” The Eagles followed up that victory by knocking off Bullis 11-4 on April 8. Monahan was again the go-to guy with six goals in that contest. Gonzaga travels next to play WCAC foe Bishop O’Connell at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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Petitbon will roll with the Crimson Tide By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Some families are lucky enough to have one Division I college football player. The Petitbons now have three. Gonzaga junior Richie Petitbon followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both of whom share his first name â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on April 4 by committing to play football at the collegiate level. He will join the University of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team after he graduates from Gonzaga in 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a long time coming,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known for a long time that Alabama was the place I wanted to play college football â&#x20AC;&#x201D; beautiful campus, great degree, beautiful facilities, Coach [Nick] Saban and obviously one of the best football programs in the country.â&#x20AC;? The left tackle was scheduled to make a quick unofficial visit to Alabama on April 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he would have to quickly head back to the District to play in an important Gonzaga game the next day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but he decided to tell Saban that he had selected the Crimson Tide that day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to wake up really early because we had to come back for the lacrosse game,â&#x20AC;? said Petitbon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went into Coach Sabanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and we were speaking and I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Coach, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to commit to the University of Alabama and come play football.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He got up and he was happy and gave me a big hug. It was great.â&#x20AC;? Petitbon began to fall in love with the campus during a visit to Tuscaloosa last fall to see Alabama play the University of Mississippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was my first time In Tuscaloosa for game day.â&#x20AC;? Petitbonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Richard Alvin Petitbon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; played at Tulane and then in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins and the Rams, who were locat-

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Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Richie Petitbon, right, will suit for the Crimson Tide in 2015. ed in Los Angeles at the time. He earned four Pro Bowl appearances during his professional career and went on to serve as an assistant coach for the Redskins and as the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head coach after Joe Gibbs retired in 1993. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I called my grandfather right afterwards and gave him the news,â&#x20AC;? said the youngest of the three Petitbons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was excited for me. He thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really great place for me.â&#x20AC;? Petitbonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Richie Michael Petitbon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; played for the University of Maryland at College Park and professionally for the New York Jets. Although the youngest Petitbon decided not to attend his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alma mater, his dad was still thrilled with his decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Maryland, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very happy for me and supportive of me,â&#x20AC;? Petitbon said of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Richie you have to own

Sports Desk St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grad plays in NCAA title game

Lindsay Allen, who led St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls basketball title last year, helped the University of Notre Dame reach the NCAA womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball title game last week. Allen earned a starting role in the game as point guard for the Fighting Irish, which fell to the University of Connecticut Huskies 79-58. The former Cadet dished out five assists and scored two points in the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Notre Dame finished the season with a 37-1 record, losing only in the title game.

Free baseball clinic coming in May

Giant Food and Ripken Baseball, which offers youth camps and clinics, will host a free clinic in D.C. on May 14 at the Dwight Moseley Field Complex in Northeast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to open the 2014 baseball season by partnering with Giant Food to host youth baseball clinics throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,â&#x20AC;? Colin

your decision. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your decision.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? While the Gonzaga junior still has a ways to go if he is to become a third-generation NFL player, he will have an immediate opportunity to play for Alabama, which has won three of the last five Bowl Championship Series college football national titles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They said I could play any position on the line â&#x20AC;&#x201D; guard, center, tackle, right or left,â&#x20AC;? said Petitbon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Saban] said I have a great opportunity to come in there as a freshman and compete for a spot. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great because if guys go down, I can go into any position thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed.â&#x20AC;? Before Petitbon heads to Tuscaloosa, he hopes to help Gonzaga capture an elusive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference crown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was selected as a captain for the football team, and we are going to end with a WCAC championship,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Locals earn spots in the Capital Classic

Several local hoop stars have earned roster spots in the 41st annual Capital Classic all-star showcase at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria April 26. Two of the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three all-star games will include talent only from the region, and the other will pit the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best players against a squad composed of the top national high school stars. Three locals will play in the main event of the evening for the Capital All-Stars: Coolidgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jamall Gregory, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; James Palmer and Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Johnnie Shuler. Meanwhile, a slew of local talent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jordan Abdoor-Raâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oof; St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Darian Anderson, Mike Morsell and Darian Bryant; Coolidgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sam Briggs; Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steffen Davis; and Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jibreel Faulkner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will represent the East team in the Metro All-Star matinee game.

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Spotlight on Schools Blessed Sacrament School

Recently, two of our seventhgrade students, along with students from other schools, went to an event to discuss the issues of our school and how they can be improved. The event was a chance to talk about how to deal with some reoccurring issues in schools, such as bullying, problems with teachers and the large amount of homework middle school students often receive. Students got into groups to learn a little about the other schools in attendance. The groups were given topics to talk about, including the electronics and iPad systems that schools have started to introduce to their student bodies. They discussed how several of the schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; problems could be solved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was interesting to hear about the other schools, and good to be able to relate to them,â&#x20AC;? says Hayes Anderson, one of the two students who attended the event. Each student who was at the event was able to take part in something that could solve and remove some of the challenges facing middle school students today. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Orem, seventh-grader

British School of Washington

As part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, students are required to participate in a Group 4 project that relates to the sciences such as biology, chemistry,

School dispatches physics, sport science, or design and technology. Four to five students work individually to investigate an aspect of a particular science. The work is collaborated to allow each student to broaden their scientific understanding. Then, members of the group present each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to an audience. On Monday, the Year 13 students presented their investigations arising from a visit to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Apeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an obstacle course on trees of varying height. For example, one of the sport science students explored the heart rate before and after a zip line, and another student looked at the kinetic energy generated. Prior to the evening, members of each group shared their acquired scientific knowledge. The presentations were very successful, and the overall experience was an incredible opportunity that allowed students to improve collaborative skills and self-confidence. As part of the project ourselves, we consider this experience a definite highlight of the IB curriculum. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Woolf and Aina Serratosa, Year 13 Princeton (12th-graders)

Deal Middle School

This week, after DC CAS testing, sixth-graders participated in a marshmallow-spaghetti construction

contest. We were in groups of four students with one marshmallow and 20 spaghetti sticks and had to build the tallest structure. We had to learn to work together and try to find out how to make the tallest structure without it falling down. We also watched a TED talk about the marshmallow and spaghetti contest. It was a fun way to learn about teamwork. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Leidy Guevara, sixth-grader

performance for our parents at the end of this month. We are also learning about African culture in class by reading books about Africa. We get to take the books home to read and we get stickers when we bring them back. Everybody has a passport to keep track of the African books that we read. When we fill up our passport we will know a lot about Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Hiemstraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-graders

Eaton Elementary

Edmund Burke School

We are taking African dance classes in first grade at John Eaton. For most kids, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first time to learn this kind of dancing. We have two different teachers that come from an African dance school to teach us. They told us that we are learning dances from West Africa. The music is from drums that the teachers play while we dance. Sometimes, they do the beats with their voices too. We learned that there is a special beat that they always play when we have to stop, start or change moves. So far, we have had two classes and we already know three dances! The teachers are very talented! All the first-graders think African dance is fun, especially when we do funny exercises to warm up. Some kids think it can get a little tiring and some of us have sore legs. Some kids say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun because we take off our shoes and socks when we dance. We are excited about doing a

Fourteen years ago, Stacy Smith, our current health, values and ethics teacher and department chair, and Jeremy Edwards, a former faculty member, founded Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership program. The first retreat, in the spring of 2000, had eighththrough 12th-graders on it. On that retreat, the first Founders Day was created. Stacy says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through the years, we challenged ourselves to do more and more, specifically in terms of giving our students actual tools and actually having them lead our program.â&#x20AC;? The program now consists of a compulsory retreat for all ninth-graders, and two retreats for members of the program: one in the fall for year one, and another in the spring for all members. This year, the fall retreat took place at Camp Letts in Edgewater, Md., outside of Annapolis. There was a record-breaking number of students; 49 new leaders came on the 27-hour trip, along with eight

student and five adult facilitators. The spring retreat this year was held at Camp Wabanna, and the 54 students again set a new record. We divided the students into two groups; one half was working on the Legacy Project, and the other half was planning Founders Day. Each of the three teams competing to win the Legacy Project designed a middle school leadership program curriculum from the ground up. However, when the Middle School Leadership Program is rolled out next year, we will use ideas from all three teams to create the best program possible. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gabe Scribner, 11th-grader

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This past week was the first week back from spring break, which included Monday, meaning we had only a four-day week. During lunch on the first day back, we had special guests come to speak to us. These guests were kids with autism. Also on Tuesday, the middle-schoolers found out the theme for our annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Middle School Idolâ&#x20AC;? event: movies. We were divided into our advisory groups, and each one chose a song to perform that was from a movie. During the block advisory students had the chance to practice. On Thursday during lunch and our activities period, two men named David and James came to talk to the sixthSee dispatches/Page 16

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Georgetown Day School

The high school used last Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assembly period to focus on drug and alcohol education. Each grade split up and convened in different areas of the school to listen to special speakers. The freshmen class welcomed Matt Bellace and his presentation titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting High Naturally.â&#x20AC;? Bellaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program combined comedy, interactive demonstrations and motivational anecdotes that inspire students to take the reins of their lives and make changes to

their environment. The sophomore class welcomed Ty Sells, who presented â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Acceptance.â&#x20AC;? The presentation is a comical discussion that influences students to make positive changes to themselves, their schools and communities. The junior class assembled in the wrestling room to absorb a presentation by Dean of Students Bobby Asher, which focused on the neuroscience behind decision-making. Lastly, the senior class welcomed Maura Lynch, who discussed the implications of drug and alcohol abuse. Georgetown Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first schoolwide spelling bee was held last Thursday. Four individuals, two from the senior grade and two from the junior grade, qualified for the finals on Monday. The round will be an oral knockout and will hopefully spark interest in the event, which might become an annual occurrence. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

Hearst Elementary

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seeds and plants. So in case you are thinking about planting a garden, here are some tips from our kindergarten class. Natalie, Eddie and Rachel want to make sure that â&#x20AC;&#x153;you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give them too much water. â&#x20AC;Ś There are also lots of different gardens. â&#x20AC;Ś A water garden can have a lot of water.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your garden needs to be in a sunny place,â&#x20AC;? Gael says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A vegetable garden needs water and ladybugs, and butterflies will help to keep your garden healthy,â&#x20AC;? says Aminyah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let too many bunnies in your garden, they may eat all the carrots, â&#x20AC;Ś deers, too,â&#x20AC;? says Clara. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earthworms can smooth the soil and it keeps the soil healthy because they loosen the soil when it is too tight so the water can go in the roots,â&#x20AC;? say Reva and Neko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put too many seeds because it will grow giant and giant and giant until you cannot see anymore,â&#x20AC;? says Betiko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeds also need air and love â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because [our class song], â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Love is in the air, everywhere you look around,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? says Maeve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bees are good because it can take pollen and give it to another flowers and birds can move seeds,â&#x20AC;? say Trent and Finn. But Thomas, Amaya, Mia, Amani, Hassan, Luqmann, Maurice, Kiyla, and Khalil want you to also know that keeping a garden healthy helps our planet Earth too. Happy planting! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Prince and Mrs. Whittakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kindergartners

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a great last week before break! Earlier this week, on Wednesday, our Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;etzet HaTalmidim (Student Council) went on a field trip. They went to the National Hunger Seder, sponsored by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. This is a Passover Seder hosted in the Capitol building, made to fight hunger. There are ones like this all across the country in a joint effort to end hunger in the U.S. This year, the sixth annual Hunger Seder was focused on fighting hunger among seniors. These Seders are made to â&#x20AC;&#x153;educate and empower members of the Jewish community, interfaith partners, antihunger leaders, and elected officials to take action to protect and strengthen anti-hunger and nutrition programs.â&#x20AC;? The Seder was a very enlightening experience. Did you know that nearly five million of our senior citizens struggle to put food on the table? This is because of many things â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not enough planning for retirement, increased cost for medicine, bad investments and more. Also, just one in three seniors eligible for SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps) actually apply. A few reasons are that they do not understand the application process or they have technological barriers or decreased mobility. The National Hunger Seder changed my view on hunger and motivated me to reach out to help those in need of some-

thing that we are likely to take for granted: food. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Beri Gershwind, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

At Key, grades three to five have finished taking the DC CAS, which is a very important test that reviews everything that you have learned throughout the year. This year is the first year that second grade has not taken this test. Two years ago, when I was in second grade I took it and had experience for third grade. I think that second grade should take the DC CAS so that they will have more experience for third grade and the grades above. Outside of school, the weather has changed. For several weeks it did not feel much like spring at all. But now, the cherry blossoms and flowers are waking up. Kids and grown-ups are coming out of their houses and playing sports, running and just hanging out outside. So get on your T-shirts and shorts and start running! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Daniella Nichols, fourth-grader

Mann Elementary

The first-grade classes at Horace Mann went to the National Zoo on April 10. We saw some amazing stuff like the baby panda, Bao Bao. We saw him resting and he was so cute! We also saw the bald eagle and learned that it swoops down to get its food. We saw bears, wolves, sea lions, seals, river otters, lions, tigers, cheetahs and zebras. When we left people were tired and so excited that we went to the Zoo! Also on April 10, we had a bake sale for Operation Smile at Mann. Operation Smile is a charity that helps people who have cleft lips or palates. We sold blueberry muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispies treats and earned $400 for Operation Smile! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ava Serafino, first-grader; and Madeline McGuire and Anna Lane, second-graders

Maret School

This week the first- and thirdgraders went to GALA Theatre in Columbia Heights to see a bilingual play. The two languages were Spanish and English, but there was also an interpreter doing sign language. The play was called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Platero y yo.â&#x20AC;? It was based on a hundred-year-old book about a poet and a donkey. One of our favorite scenes was the race between the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise was funny because she talked so slowly. The rabbit made faces at her when she talked like that. Then the two of them raced through the area where we were sitting. The tortoise won in the end because the rabbit had to rest from running too fast. We had many other favorite scenes. In one, the beautiful girls with baskets of flowers sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;De Colores.â&#x20AC;? In another there was a carnival with everyone wearing masks. Finally we laughed the most when the donkey and the poet went underwater using long blue ribbons to show the water. They splashed each other and the donkey splut-

tered the water out of his mouth. We liked all the acting because even when we did not understand all the words we knew what the characters were thinking and feeling. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Tomasi-Carrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-graders

Our Lady of Victory School

On April 6, my OLV friends and I took our moms to see a Washington Nationals baseball game. We had 100 seats all together. That day, the Nationals played the Atlanta Braves and the Nationals won the game. This was the first time that I had ever been to a baseball game. It was an awesome day! During the game we cheered for the team, danced to music, and ate cotton candy, popcorn, Dippinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dots and other treats. I was happy that I could take my mom to the baseball game. Usually, when I go to sports events, I go with my dad. This time, it was nice to be able to go with my mom because we got to spend time together. I hope that all the boys and their moms who went to the game enjoyed it as much as I did. After the game the coolest thing happened. My friends and I got to run the bases. Running the bases made me feel like I was in the Major League! It was an awesome day! I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to see where we will go for our next Our Lady of Victory Mother and Son Outing. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isaiah R., third-grader

Ross Elementary

The third- and fourth-graders went to a field trip to the Lincoln Memorial to learn about opera singer Marian Anderson. Many thirdgraders sang, too. One singer, Sky, played Marian Anderson. She explained how Marian felt since she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perform in the places she wanted to perform in. Third-graders sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;He Got the Whole World in His Hands.â&#x20AC;? Jada Mitchell, a thirdgrader from Ross, said she learned who Marian Anderson was and about her career. We also finished our DC CAS and enjoyed a cookout to celebrate. We got to eat, sing, dance and enjoy time with our friends. The food was delicious and the songs were good too. I feel it is a good idea to have a cookout after two weeks of testing. Also, we got to get our faces painted! It looked liked many students enjoyed it and there were many colors and designs to choose from. Ms. Lee, a preschool teacher, made an exhibit that shows our teachers as students like us. It was really funny to see teachers as kids. Some were easy to know who they were, but many were harder. To show how we love school libraries, Mr. Flanagan, our librarian, had many students write how they like school libraries. If you come to our school, you can see how we feel. Some of the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; writings will also be in our newspaper, The Ross Roadrunner Post. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Velasquez, fifth-grader

St. Albans Lower School

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Manse boasts Cathedral views, Spanish style


Cleveland Park manor is among the homes that witnessed the decades-long construction of the Washington


National Cathedral. And to this day, the dwelling continues to boast unobstructed views of the Gothicstyle landmark. Built in 1917, this manse at 3201 36th St. is a well-preserved remnant of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storied history. The terra-cotta roof tiles and stucco facade mark an architectural influence from the Spanish colonial revival, a popular style in the early 20th century. Past renovations have also kept many of the vintage details inside and outside. Now, this six-bedroom, six-bathroom and three-half-bath property is on the market for $3,495,000. With its grand common rooms and the lush wraparound terrace garden, this elegant residence would be worthy of royalty. In fact, the 6,360-square-foot home was once the residence of a count and countess, and it was designed for hosting fetes. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural flow on the main level that brings guests and

hosts to the entertainment areas. Stepping through the arched portico with French doors is a highceilinged receiving hall, which connects the two common areas. The south side has a bright double salon with chandeliers, coffered ceilings and hardwood floors. This connects with a wide space that was used as a music conservatory, where walls of windows bring in plenty of southern light exposure, as well as views of the Cathedral. A marble fireplace serves as the centerpiece of the salon. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flanked by two tall French doors on each side that lead to the manicured gardens. Off to the side is a library with built-in shelving, access to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-level elevator and one of the powder rooms, which features an intricate Sherle Wagner sink. On the north side of this level is the dining room, which has room for a table seating 20 guests. A French chandelier also hovers from

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With a design inspired by the Spanish colonial revival style popular in the early 20th century, this six-bedroom Cleveland Park house is priced at $3,459,000. the coved ceilings. This room connects to a well-lit area that serves as a service wing, with room for informal dining. And just around the corner is the large, attractive kitchen, with Corian counters, double Dacor ovens, two dishwashers and a custom double-door Sub-Zero refrigerator. The second floor houses three of the six bedrooms. On the south side is the master suite, which is comprised of five rooms: a sleeping area with a marble fireplace and a chandelier, a dressing room, a solarium surrounded by walls of windows facing the National Cathedral, a study and a bathroom. On the other side of this level

are two other bedrooms with private baths. A solarium with a kitchenette connects these two rooms. The hallway offers access to another powder bath, the elevator and stairs to the third floor. The top level opens into a hallway filled with built-in shelves. The fourth bedroom has a study area and a bath with skylights and additional storage. The bottom level offers an inlaw suite with a kitchen, bath and separate entry. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a multi-

purpose room, utility room with double water heaters and a wine cellar that can store thousands of bottles. The laundry room has a half-bath, and a potting area includes a sink. This six-bedroom, six-bathroom and three-half-bath property at 3201 36th St. is on the market for $3,495,000. For more information, contact Jeanne Livingston at 202321-2600 or Susan Stead Daves at 202-236-5958, both of Long & Foster Real Estate.








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ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heiGhts Massachusetts Avenue Heights cathedral heiGhts The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  discussion with D.C. Department of Public Works officials regarding trash collection during inclement weather. â&#x2013;  consideration of an application for raze and new construction at 3070 Porter St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding zoning regulations involving tree protection issues. For details, visit

This graceful home is situated on a large corner lot with a beautiful yard and perennial garden. It offers a large living room and fireplace, and a dining room that can formally seat the whole extended family. A well designed kitchen connects to the dining room and a bright family room with space for informal eating. The family room opens to a spacious, private deck thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideal for relaxing or entertaining. Completing the first level is a shaded screened porch, and a powder room. The second floor offers a large master bedroom with a separate sitting room, three comfortable bedrooms, and two baths. A partially finished lower level provides a large wooden paneled family room with full windows and southern light. A powder room and laundry complete the basement. A large detached garage is on the side yard on the alley. $1,050,000


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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the Commons at the Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013; american university park American University Park friendship heiGhts / tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest â&#x2013;  forest hills / north cleveland park

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. The regular meeting date was changed so it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall during Passover. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; police report. â&#x2013;  open forum. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding an application by BreadFurst to open a sidewalk cafe at 4434 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  grant presentations. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding 37th Street traffic and a proposal to prohibit parking on one side of the road during weekdays. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding proposed changes to D.C. Public Schools boundaries. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution to oppose an application to designate the Intelsat Building as a historic landmark. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution regarding funding for the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sidewalk capital investment backlog. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit

Chevy Chase Citizens Association

Join us Tuesday for the Chevy Chase Citizens Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? meeting, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Please note that the meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday of April, instead of our usual third Tuesday. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting will feature a discussion about innovative initiatives by public agencies and private businesses that improve the environment in our neighborhood. First, a representative from the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will discuss its $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project and new biofuel wastewater treatment plant. Then, a representative from the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Transportation will provide an update on the Capital Bikeshare program, as well as bike lanes and trails. Finally, representatives from Riide and Car2Go will describe alternatives to owning a car. Riide is a new electric bicycle company, and Car2Go offers convenient access to private transportation. On another subject, mark your calendars for our annual public safety meeting, on May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center. Following the brief annual election of our officers, the meeting will be devoted to crime prevention. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. As part of the meeting, Neighborhood Watch program director Samantha Nolan will present a one-hour crime prevention training session. More than 80 percent of the crimes in D.C. are â&#x20AC;&#x153;crimes of opportunityâ&#x20AC;? that are preventable through education and behavior changes. The training, which is open to anyone, includes crime prevention tips, as well as photographs of actual crime scenes that help illustrate behaviors that are particularly vulnerable to criminal activity. In other news, on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be free on-site shredding of personal documents (limit of five boxes of paper, please) hosted by PNC Bank at 5530 Connecticut Ave. NW. The event, which will take place in the branchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot, is held in partnership with the Chevy Chase Citizens Association. For more information, contact PNCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wayne Fortune at wayne.r.fortune@pnc. com. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor

Shepherd Park Citizens Association

Work is progressing on the project to replace the storm-damaged culvert on Kalmia Road over a Rock Creek tributary from West Beach Drive to East Beach Drive NW. The cross-town passageway has been closed to vehicular traffic since construction began in October 2013. (A temporary pedestrian bridge along the road has provided pedestrian access during the construction.) Residents on both sides of the culvert have had to take long detours to get across Upper Northwest throughout the winter. Construction crews are focused on the task. Over the past few months, the construction management team and the contractor have coordinated with Pepco and Verizon for their overhead cable relocations; installed a new 12-inch-diameter water main and a 60-inchdiameter sewer main; and replaced the old culvert with a wider concrete culvert, along with wingwalls and headwalls. Workers also have prepared the roadway base and curbs above the newly installed culvert and installed a manhole, drainage inlet and pipes. During the coming weeks the contractor plans to complete installation of the concrete curbs on both sides of the street, remove any temporary supports, install upstream wingwalls and backfill, and place the asphalt base for the roadway over the culvert. A permanent path above the newly installed culvert will replace the temporary pedestrian bridge. Repairs and improvements are slated to be completed by May 10 or sooner, weather permitting. Email to request regular project updates. Also, you can visit, call the project team at 202-723-1497 or follow @DDOTDC on Twitter. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cynthia Prather Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803.

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Wednesday aPRil 16 Classes â&#x2013; The Pan American Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Tango Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will present an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Tango Dancingâ&#x20AC;? class for couples. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The class will repeat April 23 at 6:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257. Concert â&#x2013;  The bands Kung Fu and Second Self will perform. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Get a Job in the Obama Administrationâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mekell Mikell, a senior administration employee, and Niara Phillips, a small business liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.

Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Presented in conjunction with â&#x20AC;&#x153;K@20: The Kreeger Museum 20th Anniversary Exhibition,â&#x20AC;? the panel discussion â&#x20AC;&#x153;Insights Into Contemporary Artâ&#x20AC;? will feature experts Angela Anderson Adams, George Ciscle and Henry L. Thaggert. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10; free for members. Reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. â&#x2013;  The American Goethe Society will present a lecture by George Mason University philosophy professor Martin J. De Nys on the idea of faith in the work of Paul Tillich, a German-born philosopher and theologian who immigrated to the United States in 1933. 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Ezekiel Emanuel will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Esther Brimmer, former U.S. assis-









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tant secretary of state for international organization affairs, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of the United States in International Organizations.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; The Atlanticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s James Fallows and his wife Deborah will discuss what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned in the past few months on their â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Futuresâ&#x20AC;? project of exploring Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heartland by small plane. 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tango Night at the Moviesâ&#x20AC;? will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Astor Piazzolla in Portrait.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  ZAMI and Tagg Magazine will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thick,â&#x20AC;? a dramatic tale about Theresa James, a burgeoning apartment complex magnate with a fledgling criminal empire; her wife Roni; and their young son Trevon. A post-screening Q&A will feature the filmmaker and actors. 7 to 9 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature SĂŠbastien Betbederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;2 Autumns, 3 Winters.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Press Play Improv: Laugh Through Lunch!â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center American College Festival will feature the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase, with scenes from a range of award-winning plays. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The American Ballet Theatre will present Michel Fokineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Sylphides,â&#x20AC;? Marcelo Gomesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aftereffectâ&#x20AC;? and Sir Frederick Ashtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dream.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  LYGO will present a comedy show featuring Petey Steele, Simone Shif, Jason Saenz and host Rich Bennett. 8:30 p.m. $10. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Tucker will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Readings â&#x2013;  In celebration of National Poetry Month, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rising Stars: Four Poetsâ&#x20AC;? will feature readings by a quartet of award-winning poets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julie Kane, Shelley Puhak, Maureen Thorson and Louisiana state poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Lives in Language,â&#x20AC;? a PEN/ Faulkner Fiction event, will feature Amy Tan and Deborah Tannen discussing how they draw on conversation and storytelling to explore family relationships

Demonstration â&#x2013; Writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present ideas on how to cook spring shoots and seeds. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Thursday, aPRil 17 â&#x2013; Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Nikolai Lugansky will perform works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. (rescheduled from the original date due to snow). 7:30 p.m. $15. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. SE. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corcoran Uncorked: Best & Brightestâ&#x20AC;? will feature a tour of the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring exhibitions, a talk by graduating seniors about their work, and live music performed by three local bands on the rise. 5 to 9 p.m. $12; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Thursday, April 17 Thursday aPRil 17 Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Vaudeville Program will present bass soloist Michael Consoli performing opera arias, devotional songs of the season, show tunes and singalongs. 10:45 a.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of Mugham: Mystical Music of Azerbaijanâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jeffrey Werbock performing on the oud, tar and kemancha. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room B120, Phillips Hall, George Washington University, 801 22nd St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made in the U.S.A.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about how artworks by prominent American artists are mirrored and enhanced in the musical stylings of various composers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Matthew Morris pairing works in the current exhibition with musical excerpts evocative of similar moods. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third annual Overtures Spring Concert Series will feature Trio+ performing works by Chopin, Ravel and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. $65. Evermay Estate, 1623 28th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Blues Alley Jazz Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Band Jam!â&#x20AC;? will kick off with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triumph of Trumpets,â&#x20AC;? featuring musicians Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff and Terrell Stafford. 8 and 10 p.m. $35. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 and 10 p.m.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Rashid Khalidi, professor of Arab studies at Columbia University and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington and the Peace Process: Assessing Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Role, Past and Present.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. â&#x2013;  Alison Brysk, professor of global governance at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a fellow at the Global Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stopping Violence Against Women: Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rights as Human Rights.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of a celebration of the struggles and achievements of the civil rights movement, Hasan Kwame Jeffries of Ohio State University and Thomas Jackson of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Localizing the Movement: Comparative Perspectives on Alabama and Mississippi.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7302. â&#x2013;  Kathleen Thelen, professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Scholar Natalie Rouland will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazons in Paris: Ida Ruebenstein and the Art of Travesty.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Room A-113, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Social Role of the Theaterâ&#x20AC;? will feature Ari Roth, playwright and Theater J artistic director; Serge Seiden, producing director at Studio Theatre; Paata Tsikurishvili, founding artistic director of Synetic Theater; and Anu Yadav, an actress, playwright and educator. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Craig Symonds, professor of history emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It Strikes Me Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Something in Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Abraham Lincoln and Naval Technology.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women as Leaders and Agents of Change: A Panel Discussion on Women in Public Affairsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Christina Bellantoni, editor in chief of Roll Call; Frances Colon, deputy science and technology adviser to the U.S. secretary of state; Hannah Kim, press secretary to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; Angela Rye, director of strategic partnerships at IMPACT; Gigi Scoles, director of human rights at vital voices; and Anna Tunkel, vice president of strategic initiatives at APCO Worldwide. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; See Events/Page 21


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 reservations required. Room 113, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; Experimental geochemist Dionysis Foustoukos will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey to the Extreme Depths of the Ocean.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Broad Branch Road Campus, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Broad Branch Road and 32nd Street NW. â&#x2013;  Jack Horner, curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies, will participate in a panel discussion on a dig near the Fort Peck Reservoir in Montana that yielded a nearly complete skeleton now known as the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s T. rex, which will go on display in the National Museum of Natural Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new dinosaur hall in 2019. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20 to $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Historian Edward Bonekemper will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;1864: The Civil Warâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Year of Decision.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emancipation and Home Rule: A Dual Struggle for Equalityâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; commemorating the 40th anniversary of Home Rule and the 152nd anniversary of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature panelists Virginia Howard, professor of education at the University of the District of Columbia; Jerome Paige, economist; Miles Mark Fisher, former president of University of the District of Columbia; Sharon Pratt, former D.C. mayor; and former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Miriam Pawel will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Classics Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Light in Augustâ&#x20AC;? by William Faulkner. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Author Corey Recko will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; tickets required. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Jewish Literature Live will feature Fran Lebowitz, an American author, actor and public speaker known for her witty, often acerbic viewpoints on life, culture and politics. 7:30 p.m. Free. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Helene Weckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golem and the Jinni.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  The Tenley-Friendship Library will present a Jim Henson Movie Marathon. 1:15, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Law Center will host the D.C. premiere of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Complicit: The Untold Story of Why the Roosevelt Adminis-

tration Denied Safe Haven to Jewish Refugees.â&#x20AC;? A post-screening discussion will feature filmmaker Robert Krakow and Human Rights Institute director Andrew Schoenholtz, visiting professor of law at Georgetown University. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Hart Auditorium, Georgetown Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. 202-662-4043. â&#x2013; The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library will present a horror film series. 6 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Filmfest DC 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring features, documentaries and shorts representing the best in new cinema from around the globe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature an opening-night showing of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grand Seduction,â&#x20AC;? with director Don McKellar as the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special guest. A reception will follow. 7 p.m. $40. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The festival will continue through April 27 at various venues. Performances â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center American College Festival will feature national finalists for the Ten-Minute Play Award. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  LYGO and Students for Sensible Drug Policy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legalize It!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a marijuana-friendly comedy show featuring Jamel Johnson, Sean Joyce, Tyler Richardson, Becca Steinhoff and Herbie Gill. 8:30 p.m. $10. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. â&#x2013;  The American Ballet Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Don Quixote.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $25 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Department of Theatre & Dance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring DanceWorks 2014,â&#x20AC;? featuring student choreographers Ian Ceccarelli and Sophie Moyer and guest artists Tish Carter, Chriselle Tidrick and I-Fen Tung. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-0995. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The dance company force/collision will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jarman (All This Maddening Beauty),â&#x20AC;? inspired by the life and work of filmmaker Derek Jarman. 8 p.m. $10 to $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Performances will continue through April 27.


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ington Sculptors Group president Mariah Josephy, will open Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at 410 GooDBuddy gallery. The exhibit will close May 31 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. On ExhiBit Located at 410 Florida Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday by appointment only. 202-362Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luther W. Brady art Gallery. Included are works 7707. â&#x2013; The Corcoran Gallery of art by Isabelle de Borchgrave, Michelle opened several exhibits recently. JaffĂŠ, Laura Peery, Amalie Rothschild, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rineke Dijkstra: The Krazyhouse,â&#x20AC;? Barbara Segal, Diane Simpson, Mandy on view through June 15, is a 30-minCano Villalobos, May Wilson, Susie B. ute four-channel video made by Dijkstra Woods and Joyce Zipperer. The show at a dance club in Liverpool, England. will continue through June 27. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next at the Corcoran 2014,â&#x20AC;? conLocated at 805 21st St. NW on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday tinuing through May 18, presents the thesis work of graduating students of through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Corcoran College of Art + Design. 202-994-1525. Sol LeWittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face Value: PortraiDrawing #65â&#x20AC;? is ture in the Age of installed in the Rotunda Abstraction,â&#x20AC;? presenting in anticipation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;From more than 50 portraits Experiment to Experiby mid-20th-century artence: Modern and Conists who were reinventing temporary Art From the portraiture at a time National Gallery of Art,â&#x20AC;? when figuration seemed opening Nov. 15. An artobsolete as a progressive ist representing LeWittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art form, will open Friday estate worked with at the National PorCorcoran College of Art + trait Gallery and contin- â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackie iâ&#x20AC;? by andy Warhol is on display Design students to exeue through Jan. 11. at the National cute the huge drawing The gallery has also based on the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hung a portrait of Mickey Portrait Gallery. instructions. On view for Rooney and Judy Garland a year, the work is described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;at by Harold E. Edgerton in memory of Rooneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent death. It will remain on once sensuous and precise, simple and highly complex.â&#x20AC;? view indefinitely. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the galLocated at 8th and F streets NW, lery is open Wednesday through Sunday the gallery is open daily from 11:30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday until a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. 9 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aviary,â&#x20AC;? highlighting bird-themed sculpture and drawings by former Wash- and $8 for seniors and students; it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Not to Wear,â&#x20AC;? featuring sculpture in the form of clothing by 10 women sculptors, will open today with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at George

the St. Louis Cardinals. 7:05 p.m. $10 to $90. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Friday, April 18

Friday aPRil 18 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; The seventh annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eggstravaganza!â&#x20AC;? at Tudor Place will feature an egg hunt, an egg roll contest, other games from the past and a chance to take photos with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. to noon. $5 to $10. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.

Special event â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hats in Fashion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Millinery Magic, 1900 to Nowâ&#x20AC;? will feature a display of designer hats from 1900 to 1965 and a chance to browse the creations of Melissa Vap in an exclusive hat sale accompanying the exhibition. 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $10. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Vocal Arts Society will present a concert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orchid Symphony: A Little Night Musicâ&#x20AC;? will feature solo harpist Laura Stokes. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  Recording artist Keller Williams will perform with musical collaborators Gibb Droll and Jeff Sipe. 8:30 p.m. $30. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The band Yarn will perform. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW.

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Reading â&#x2013; A National Poetry Month event will feature readings by Julie Enszer, Katherine Young and Dan Vera from their recently published books. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188.

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Enterprise Summit will feature keynote speakers Seth Goldman, founder and CEO of Honest Tea, and Aaron Hurst, CEO of the social benefit corporation Imperative and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Purpose Economy.â&#x20AC;? 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required by April 16. University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave.

Diane Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Box Pleats,â&#x20AC;? stain and colored pencil on MDF and wool, is part of an exhibit at the Brady art Gallery. free for children under 12 and military personnel. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circulation II,â&#x20AC;? featuring installations and depictions of plants by KoreanAmerican artist Seung Lee, opened last week at the Korean Cultural Center and will continue through April 23. Located at 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. koreaculturedc. org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cost of Making Her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom,â&#x20AC;? featuring portraits of women and photographs by Jamea Richmond-Edwards about identity, racial discrimination and subjugation, opened recently at the DC arts Center. The exhibit will conclude April 20 with a gallery talk and reception at 5 p.m. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jeffrey Sammons will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harlemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National See Events/Page 22



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Continued From Page 21 Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ National Museum of Women in the Arts associate curator will discuss the content and themes of the exhibit “‘Workt by Hand’: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Research services librarian Rachel Jirka will discuss 18th-century political cartoons and caricatures and how they amused and informed the Revolutionaryera public. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ The Q&A Cafe series — now in its 13th year — will feature Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan of EPSN’s “The Sports Fix.” 3 p.m. $35. The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-9330. ■ In honor of the International Day on Monuments and Sites, Martin Perschler of the U.S. State Department will discuss the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation & Support for World Heritage and its work in more than 125 countries. 3:30 pm. $10 to $15. Heurich House

Films ■ The West End Library will host a “Friday Matinee Movie!” series. 2 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202724-8707. ■ The National Gallery of Art’s “On the Street” series — about the spectacle of New York street life as inspiration to filmmakers and artists — will feature Charlie Aheam’s 2013 film “Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer.” 7 p.m. Free. Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202737-4215. Meeting ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6; free for first-time players. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances ■ The Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival will feature the Irene Ryan National Acting Scholarship Auditions. 7:30 p.m. $20. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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ent a production of “Juliet & Romeo,” featuring music by Tchaikovsky. 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-4193456. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Victor Seastrom’s 1924 film “He Who Gets Slapped” with live accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

■ The DC Arts Center will host an improv comedy show by Huggy Spreadums, at 7:30 p.m.; and by Chinese Menu Comedy, at 10 p.m. $7 to $8. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Reading ■ Argentine-Spanish author Andrés Neuman will read from his work and discuss his forthcoming novel “Talking to Ourselves.” Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Saturday, April 19

Saturday aPRil 19 Children’s programs ■ “Shakespeare in Action,” a family workshop in honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, will offer a chance to learn stage combat and perform on the Folger Theatre stage (for ages 7 through 14). 9:30 a.m. to noon. $35 for one adult and child; $10 for each additional child. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. ■ A park ranger will teach participants how to make a terrarium. Noon to 12:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Alliance Française de Washington will present “Pâques: Storytime and Egg Painting.” Noon to 2 p.m. $5 to $8; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about spring’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about “Planet Earth: Adventures of a Blue-Green World” (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes and workshops ■ Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations at Hillwood, will lead a floral design workshop. 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. $35 to $45; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. ■ Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Concerts ■ Pianist Matthias Fischer, the firstplace winner at the 2013 Festival of Music and 11th Washington International Piano Artist Competition, will perform. 1:30 p.m. Free. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-785-2320. ■ The Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ will hold its annual Easter Vigil Jazz Vespers. 7 p.m. Free. Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202-723-3953. ■ The Blues Alley Jazz Society’s 10th annual “Big Band Jam!” will feature “Triumph of Trumpets,” featuring musicians Jon Faddis, Tom Williams and Terrell Stafford. 8 and 10 p.m. $35. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ Cloud Cult, an eclectic art indie rock band from Minneapolis, will perform. 8 p.m. $18 to $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. ■ Atlas Road Crew and Alex Vans & the Hide Away: Mega Band will perform

Saturday, aPRil 19 ■ Performance: Comedians Gary Gulman (shown) and Nik Oldershaw will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. 1970s and Americana rock. 9 p.m. $12 to $15. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Ranger Scott Einberger will discuss “Rock Creek Park: Environmental Problems and Prospects,” about efforts to deal with issues such as exotic plants invading the park on all sides and a mix of sewage and stormwater dumping into the creek several times each year. The event will culminate with a walk out to the newly constructed Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances off of Oregon Avenue. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. ■ Glover Park Village’s “Artists in the Afternoon” series will feature a talk by poet, novelist, playwright, journalist and professor Alessandra Gelmi. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Family events ■ Stead Park will host its ninth annual Easter egg hunt, accompanied by face painting, balloons, toys, candy and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Stead Park, P Street between 16th and 17th streets NW. 202-904-4888. ■ The Tregaron Conservancy will host an Easter egg hunt with more than 1,500 treat-filled eggs around the estate’s historic landscape, with one area for toddlers and another for bigger kids. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet on the side of the property near the lily pond, accessible from 3029 Klingle Road NW. Festival ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the group Earth’s Natural Force Connections will present an environmental festival “One City Celebrating a Green Lifestyle,” featuring performances, fitness instruction, sports activities, games, gardening workshops, art displays, demonstrations, vendors and giveaways. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th St. NW. Films ■ The Ballet in Cinema series will pres-

Performances ■ Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his dance company will present the premiere of their second original dance work in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s “Dancing the Dream” exhibition. A Q&A session will follow. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Theater Alliance’s second annual Hothouse Reading Series will feature “Pecan Park” by Lee August Praley. 7 p.m. $5 for reservations; pay what you can at the door. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. ticket. ■ Scena Theatre will present a staged reading of Lydia Stryk’s “Lady Lay,” set in 1989 Berlin. A Q&A session will follow. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. ■ Capital Funk’s 10th-anniversary Hip Hop Showcase will feature dance crews, spoken word artists, singers and rappers. 7 p.m. $15 to $20. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. Special event ■ Local poets Regie Cabico (shown), Philip Clark, Wayson Jones and Michelle Parkerson will present a tribute to the life and work of Essex Hemphill, a poet and performer known for his political edge and willingness to openly address issues related to race, identity, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and the family. 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Sporting event ■ A live Showtime Championship Boxing event will feature IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins squaring off against WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov. 5 p.m. $25 to $300. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. teen programs ■ Girl Scout Troop 560 of the Nation’s Capital will present “Global Warming: The Role That You(th) Play,” an environmental workshop for tweens and teens. The event will include speakers, exhibits, science demonstrations, refreshments and giveaways. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ DC Youth Slam Team coach Jonathan B. Tucker and team members will host a youth open mic event for student poets, singers, musicians and actors. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. tours and walks ■ Writer Rocco Zappone will present See Events/Page 23


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 22 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? a look at downtown Washington filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013; Washington Walks will present a walking tour of Woodley Park and the Washington National Cathedral. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the Woodley Park-ZooAdams Morgan Metro station. â&#x2013;  National Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson will lead a tour of the special exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing the Dream.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Gary Sikora and Peg Shaw, longtime environmental protection volunteers in Rock Creek Park, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Environmental Protection and the Black Forest,â&#x20AC;? a walking tour of their work area with a focus on some of their unique projects. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required by April 17. Meet at 23rd and P streets NW. Sunday,aPRil April 20 20 Sunday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about distant galaxies, nebulas and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley will present an Easter Day recital with trumpeter Chuck Seipp. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. â&#x2013;  The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Family event â&#x2013;  An outdoor Easter celebration will feature an egg hunt for ages 12 and younger, as well as craft activities, games, music, a puppet show and food. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Washington International Church, 4420 River Road NW. 202-8959060. Films â&#x2013;  The Palisades Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic Movies in the Afternoonâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jerzy Kawalerowicz and Tadeusz Konwickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1961 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Joan of the Angels,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and Konwickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1965 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salto (Jump),â&#x20AC;? at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Your Earâ&#x20AC;? will feature avant-garde poetry curated by Buck Downs and Maureen Thorson. 3 p.m. $5; free for members. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a monthly

event with emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature Sarah Browning, Katy Richey, Elizabeth Acevedo and Pablo Miguel MartĂ­nez. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013; Scena Theatre will present a staged reading of Deborah Brevoortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Velvet Weapon,â&#x20AC;? set in 1989 Czechoslovakia. A Q&A with Brevoort will follow. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. â&#x2013;  A Dose of Dupas, a four-woman troupe from Baltimore, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come on Son!,â&#x20AC;? an improv variety show featuring poetry, comedy and song. 7:30 p.m. $18 to $20. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. â&#x2013;  In honor of National Poetry Month, Busboys and Poets will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry Concert @ 14th & V,â&#x20AC;? featuring hosts of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly open mic events. 8 to 10 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013;  Restore Together and a coalition of area churches will host a Prayer and Worship Service to End Poverty and Oppression in the 21st Century, led by Dr. Louis Hutchinson III, senior pastor of Restoration Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, Md. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Franklin Square Park, 13th Street between K and I streets NW. â&#x2013;  An Easter Sunday Buffet will feature custom omelets, a carving station, desserts and more, followed by an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts Are for All Agesâ&#x20AC;? program. 1 to 3 p.m. $5 to $10; reservations required. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. Monday, April 21

Monday aPRil 21 Classes â&#x2013; The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will host a weekly yoga class led by instructor Francesca Valente. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-686-2210. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. â&#x2013;  Instructor Susan Lowell will lead a tai chi class. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note will perform as part of the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blues Alley Big Band Jam!â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Fortas Chamber Music Concert series will feature violinist Augustin Hadelich, pianist Joyce Yang and guitarist Pablo Villegas presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tango, Song, and Dance,â&#x20AC;? a multimedia recital featuring works by Previn, Rodrigo, Falla, Piazzolla, Ginastera, YsayĂŤ and Villa-Lobos. 7:30 p.m. $32. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  World Projects Corp. will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington, D.C. International Music Festival,â&#x20AC;? featuring high school and communi-


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On StaGE June 8 in the Fichandler Stage. The show, a Grammy Award-winning tribute to the songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, transports audiences to the golden age of rock music and rhythm and blues. Featured songs include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hound Dog,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jailhouse Rock,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stand by Me,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Potion #9â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Broadway.â&#x20AC;? Randy Johnson directs a cast that includes Tony Award winner Levi Kreis and local favorites E. Faye Butler and Nova Y. Payton. Tickets cost $55 to $99. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013; Gala hispanic theatre will present Lisa Loomerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Out/Cama Afueraâ&#x20AC;? April 24 through May 18. Ana, an undocumented Salvadoran mother of two, is hired as a nanny by Nancy, a rising entertainment lawyer and new mother struggling to fulfill her personal and professional goals. As these two working mothers strive to provide a better life for their children, the play explores their shared humanity and the differences wrought by race, class and immigration status. The play will be performed in English with Spanish surtitles. Tickets cost $26 to $42. GALA Theatre is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 800-494-8497; â&#x2013;  Constellation theatre Company will present Timberlake Wertenbakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Love of the Nightingaleâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a retelling of ty ensembles from El Monte and Concord, Calif.; Martinsville, Va.; Chicago; and Heidelberg, Germany. 7:30 p.m. $30. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Conferences â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youth in Kazakhstan: Societal Changes, Challenges and Opportunities.â&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The National Civil War Project Conference will feature talks, workshops and performances by artists, scholars and students, including a reading by James Swanson, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Killer.â&#x20AC;? 9:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marvin Center, 8001 21st St. NW. CivilWarMarvin. The conference will contin-


Nova Y. Payton (left), levi Kreis and E. Faye Butler star in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smokey Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;? at arena. Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mythical tale of family loyalties, passionate desire and devastating betrayal, with original live music by Tom Teasley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; April 24 through May 25 at Source. Against a backdrop of war, two sisters are separated by a marriage and a vast ocean. Ever curious about the world, the young Philomele bravely takes a voyage on the high seas in hopes of a reunion. Tickets cost $15 to $45. Source is located at 1835 14th St NW. 202-204-7741; â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swing Time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Musical!â&#x20AC;? will open April 17 at the Naval Heritage Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burke theater. The musical revue, created and produced by Mike Thornton of the satirical group Capitol Steps, will continue indefinitely on select Wednesday and Thursday evenings. In a World War II-era radio studio, three men and three women work together to put on a live broadcast featuring a big band in an effort to encourage listeners to buy war bonds. Tickets cost $19 to $39. The Burke Theater is located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

ue Tuesday from 9:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; The group 40Plus of Greater Washington will present a talk by Gar Young and Rand Cheadle on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passing the Interview: What Job Seekers Should Know.â&#x20AC;? 9:45 a.m. to noon. Free. Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â&#x2013;  As part of AIA/DC Architecture Week 2014, James Oles will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art and Architecture in Mexico,â&#x20AC;? the first comprehensive survey covering the colonial through contemporary periods published in almost 50 years. Noon to 1 p.m. Free except for $10 fee for Architecture Week registration. District Architectural Center, 421 7th St. NW. Events will continue through May 1 at various venues. â&#x2013;  Rebecca Prime, professor of arts and humanities at Hood College, will discuss

her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Historiography.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013; The World Affairs Council will present a book talk by Shadi Hamid, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Mathematical Association of America Carriage House, 1781 Church St. NW. 202-293-1051. â&#x2013;  The West End Library Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; monthly series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes Strange Meetings: Visual Art in Western Literatureâ&#x20AC;? will feature Georgetown University theology See Events/Page 24

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Continued From Page 23 professor Ori Z. Soltes leading a discussion on Kurt Vonnegutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bluebeard.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013; The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club will discuss Maya Angelouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom & Me & Mom.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Popular Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â&#x2013;  Matt Taibbi will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Friendship Hospital for Animals Client Education Series will feature Dr. Ashley Gallagher discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canine Behavior, Training and Enrichment.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  Moderator Michael Fitzgerald and panelists Rusty Hassan, Willard Jenkins and Blair Ruble will explore D.C. jazz history. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Recital Hall, Performing Arts Building 46-West, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will host the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fantasy Flicks: Lost in the Gameâ&#x20AC;? series. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Retro Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a 1960s classic starring Sidney Poitier. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Hand Paulâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Robert Rossenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1961 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hustler,â&#x20AC;? starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie and George C. Scott. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before the screening. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets and the group United for a Fair Economy will present the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inequality for All,â&#x20AC;? featuring economic poli     


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Tuesday, aPRil 22 â&#x2013; Discussion: Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.

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Tuesday aPRil 22 Classes â&#x2013; Vajrayogini Buddhist Center resident teacher Gen Kelsang Varahi will present a weekly class featuring guided meditations and teachings. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10 per class. Third-floor lounge, Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library will present its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take an Om Breakâ&#x20AC;? lunch-hour yoga series. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  VIDA Fitness will present a class combining cardio, strength, balance and flexibility elements as part of the monthlong â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toned Up Tuesdaysâ&#x20AC;? exercise program. 6 to 6:45 p.m. Free. Park at CityCenter, 10th and I streets NW. â&#x2013;  Food for Life instructor Kara BlankGonzalez will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Controlâ&#x20AC;? as part of a program on how to avoid complications from the disease and reduce or eliminate the need for medications. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Suite 400, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-527-7314. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Levine Music faculty members Hye-Jin Kim and Carlos Rodriguez performing English music by Holst, Vaughan-Williams and Rebecca Clarke. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635. â&#x2013;  The Blues Alley Jazz Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Band Jam!â&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by George Mason University students, at 11 a.m.; a master class with saxophonist Bob Mintzer, at noon; a performance by Bowie State University students,

at 1 p.m.; a performance by University of Maryland Eastern Shore students, at 2 p.m.; a performance by George Washington University students, at 4 pm..; and a performance by Northern Virginia Community College students, at 5 p.m. Free. Pershing Park, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. â&#x2013; As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project, students from the Northwestern University Beinen School of Music will perform works by Schumann, Respighi, Carter, Liszt, Mozart, Handel and Messiaen. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will perform a spring concert. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Blues Alley Jazz Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Band Jam!â&#x20AC;? will feature saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Andrew White. 8 and 10 p.m. $30. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a visiting research scholar at Princeton University, will discuss the prospects for resolving the crisis over Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuclear program through diplomacy and improving U.S.-Iran relations. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Jane Rigby of NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goddard Space Flight Center will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnifying the Universe.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Pickford The-

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ater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5664. â&#x2013; Philippe Leroux-Martin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diplomatic Counterinsurgency: Lessons From Bosnia and Herzegovina.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Nancy Newman of the University at Albany will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Program Not Greatly to Their Creditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Finding New Perspectives on the Germania Musical Society Through the American Memory Sheet Music Collection.â&#x20AC;? Free. Noon. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Hovann Simonian and Peter Hrechdakian, administrators of the Armenian DNA Project, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;DNA and the Origin of Peoples: The Armenians.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Northeast Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5680. â&#x2013;  Anne C. Richard, assistant U.S. secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humanitarian Assistance and the Syria Crisis.â&#x20AC;? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. â&#x2013;  Alia Hatoug Bouran, ambassador of Jordan to the United States, will discuss his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s politics, economy, foreign policies and U.S. relations. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Library and Quality Trust for Individuals With Disabilities Inc. will present a talk by Yolanda Mazyck of Shared Horizons, Phil Fish of Sandy Spring Bank and Tanya Harvey of Loeb & Loeb LLP on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Special Needs Trustsâ&#x20AC;? as part of an informational series. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of AIA/DC Architecture Week 2014, Texas A&M University professor Phillip Tabb will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greening of Architecture.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free except for $10 fee for Architecture Week registration. District Architectural Center, 421 7th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Be an Effective 2014 Midterms Campaign Volunteerâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jonae Wartel, training director for the Association of State Democratic Party Chairs; Dave Mills, regional political director for the Democratic National Committee; and Kiara Pesante, Southern regional press secretary and national director of African-American media for the Democratic National Committee. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon Clearyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life and Art,â&#x20AC;? a talk by the late artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, F. Steven Kijek. 6:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  Maria T. Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Moon, New Moon,â&#x20AC;? about our evolving understanding of the moon as a result of a dual-spacecraft mission that mapped the lunar interior from crust to core. 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  Participants in World Book Night this year and in the past will discuss the effort and meet volunteers who will be giving out books this year on April 23. 7 p.m. Free.

Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013; National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Threatened.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books That Shaped Americaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a discussion of Ayn Randâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Atlas Shruggedâ&#x20AC;? led by Nimai Mehta, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Room B60, Bender Library, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3847. Films â&#x2013;  The Tuesdays at Noon film series will feature the premiere of the 2014 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Coast,â&#x20AC;? about the haven of biodiversity both underwater and on dry land along the coast of Gabon. Noon. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Library will present a sci-fi movie in honor of Earth Day. 3:15 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  The West End Library will present a Dr. Seuss-inspired film in celebration of Earth Day. 3:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  The Egyptian Contemporary Film Series will feature the 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Night, They Dance,â&#x20AC;? about a family of belly dancers. A discussion will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly April film series will feature the work of British director Mike Leigh. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Takoma Park Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book to Film Club will discuss the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Gatsbyâ&#x20AC;? and watch the Baz Luhrmann adaptation. 6 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Performances â&#x2013;  LYGO will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gentleman Callers Comedy Tour,â&#x20AC;? featuring Derek Minto, Molly Sharrow, Day Bracey, Krish Mohan and Isaac Kozell. 6:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington Improv Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature performances by Spirit Bear and Breaker Breaker, followed by an improv jam. 9 p.m. Free. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Reading â&#x2013;  Writers Dinaw Mengestu and Azir Nafisi will read from the work of Vladimir Nabokov as part of the Literary Birthday Celebration series at the Library of Congress. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. tours â&#x2013;  A guided garden tour will trace the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and English boxwood. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place See Events/Page 25


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 24 Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013; As part of AIA/DC Architecture Week 2014, architect William P. Lecky will discuss the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial on a walking tour. 2 to 4 p.m. Free except for $10 fee for Architecture Week registration. Meet at the Albert Einstein Memorial Stature, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Wednesday, April 23

Wednesday aPRil 23 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event â&#x2013; James Howe will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also Known as Elvisâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 10 through 14). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga in the Galleriesâ&#x20AC;? class. 10 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8851300. â&#x2013;  Science of Spirituality instructors will present a class on Jyoti techniques to deepen and stabilize meditation practices. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  Experienced career mentor Joe Ryan will lead a workshop on self-assessment as part of a seven-session series on job seeking skills. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. â&#x2013;  Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. â&#x2013;  Theater Alliance will present a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a Physical Ensemble,â&#x20AC;? led by Nathaniel Mendez. 7 to 10 p.m. $10 per day. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. ticket. The workshop will continue Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Blues Alley Jazz Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Band Jam!â&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by Xavier High School of New York, at 11 a.m.; a master class with saxophonist Bob Mintzer, at noon; a performance by Georgetown Day School, at 1 p.m.; and a performance by Edmund Burke School, at 2 p.m. Free. Pershing Park, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. â&#x2013;  Soprano Alessandra Marc and pianist David Chapman will perform works by Maria Bach. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman series will present winners of the Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feder String Competition for sixth- through 12th-graders performing classical works. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. â&#x2013;  As part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project, students from the Eastman School of Music will perform works by Balakirev, Ravel, Puccini and others. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Department of Music will present a camerata recital. 7:30 p.m. Free. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, George

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Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-6245. â&#x2013; The Blues Alley Jazz Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Band Jam!â&#x20AC;? will feature Nasar Abadey & Super Nova. 8 and 10 p.m. $20. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The bands Dopapod and Moogatu will perform. 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  In honor of Earth Day, National Museum of Women in the Arts associate educator Addie L. Gayoso will discuss selections from the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection that reflect on humanityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delicate and complicated relationship with nature. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  Mark Perry will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Michael Knipmeyer of the Health Insurance Counseling Project will discuss cost-saving programs available to Medicare beneficiaries in the District. 2 p.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Continuity and Change in the Modern Papacyâ&#x20AC;? will feature Georgetown University professors Gerard Mannion and the Rev. John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley discussing the impact of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II on the modern Catholic Church and the world. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Education and School-related Gender-based Violence.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Real Estate Luminaries Series will feature a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Estate Investment: A View From the Topâ&#x20AC;? by Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Phillip Tabb, professor of architecture at Texas A&M University, will discuss the Serenbe Community, a 1,000-acre development he designed south of Atlanta to demonstrate successful utilization of sustainability and sacred space principles in planning, place making and architectural design. 6 p.m. Free. Koubek Auditorium, Crough Architectural Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Michael Olmert, professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Architecture and Meat: Building, Working In, and Living With the 18th Century Smokehouse.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 to $20; free for Landmark Society members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Watertown, Mass.-based landscape

Wednesday, aPRil 23 â&#x2013; Concert: The Blues Alley Jazz Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Band Jam!â&#x20AC;? will feature the U.S. Air Force Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Airmen of Note ensemble and saxophonist Bob Mintzer. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Atrium Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

architects Douglas Reed and Gary Hilderbrand, founding principals of the 2014 recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Firm Award, will discuss their work and the legacy of modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; free for students. Registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013; Poet Edward Hirsch (shown) will discuss his work in conversation with Ron Charles, fiction editor of The Washington. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  Ian Morris will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization From Primates to Robots.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Marcus Sedgwick will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Is Not Invisibleâ&#x20AC;? (for ages 15 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Sigrid Fry-Revere, ethics consultant for the Washington Regional Transplant Community and director of the Center for Ethical Solutionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Solving the Organ Shortage (SOS) Project, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books & Barsâ&#x20AC;? modern-day book club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prisonâ&#x20AC;? by Piper Ierman. 7 p.m.

Films â&#x2013; The K-Cinema series will present Choi Dong-hoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Thieves.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  George Washington University will host the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assignment China: Tiananmen Square,â&#x20AC;? a behind-the-scenes story about the reporters who covered the dramatic events in Beijing in spring 1989. A post-screening discussion will feature Dan Southerland, executive editor of Radio Free Asia; Jim Mann, former Beijing correspondent for the Los Angeles Times; and Edward McCord, director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 108, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will host a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Next 1000 Days,â&#x20AC;? about the collapse of old, centralized infrastructures and the emergence of a new, local, do-it-yourself, sustainable economy. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Performances â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homegrown Concerts in the Pavilionâ&#x20AC;? will present flamenco guitarist Torcuato Zamora of Almeria, Spain, and dance company Furia Flamenco in a performance melding flamenco, ballet, modern and tap dance. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0213. â&#x2013;  The Happenings Happy Hour series will feature Aether Art Projectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; presentation â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triptych,â&#x20AC;? an experimental performance inspired by Hal, Falstaff and Hotspur of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IV, Part 1.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. â&#x2013;  LYGO will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;First, Worst, Best,â&#x20AC;? a comedy show featuring Jessica Brodkin, Mike Finazzo, Jimmy Merritt and Herbie Gill, at 6:30 p.m.; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sadness Town,â&#x20AC;? a comedy show hosted by David Tveite with Matty Litwack, at 8:30 p.m. $10. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington Ballet will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tour-de-Force: Balanchine!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a gala-style program of classical and contemporary ballets. 7:30 p.m. $35 to $125. Eisenhow-


er Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. The performance will repeat Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Readings â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? series will feature poet Grace Cavalieri reading from and discussing her poetry. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required by April 22 at 3 p.m. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3. â&#x2013;  A National Poetry Month event will feature poets Dan Brady, Michael Gushue and Chloe Miller reading selections from their recent chapbooks. A Q&A will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;April in Paris,â&#x20AC;? an Activities to Go program, will offer a chance to take in the famous sights and enjoy a French pastry during an interactive tour of the City of Lights. 10:45 a.m. Free. Seabury at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Yiddish Poetry Gameâ&#x20AC;? with guest poet Yermiyahu Ahron Taub will offer a chance for participants to play a word game, learn some words and write a short poem in English with Yiddish words (ability to speak Yiddish isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t required). 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. 202332-1221. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time for Taiwan,â&#x20AC;? featuring an armchair tour of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauties, customs and traditions with Pauline Frommer, a syndicated travel columnist; a performance of classical Taiwanese folk songs performed by Juilliard graduate Wei-Yang Andy Lin and other musicians; and a tasting of Taiwanese treats and bubble teas. 7 to 9 p.m. $30 to $40. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  D.C. restaurateur Mike Isabella, runner-up on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Chef All-Stars,â&#x20AC;? will team up with seven other acclaimed culinary talents to host a five-course James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour dinner. 7 p.m. $200; reservations required. Kapnos, 2201 14th St. NW.



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DISPATCHES From Page 16 al Food Week. Every day at lunch we have food from somewhere different. So far we have had food from Germany, India, Korea and Central America, and so far all of the food has been great. Prior to the prayer that always precedes lunch, we have been given a two- to three-minute introduction to the food: where it is from, a little about its origins and the ingredients that are in it. These small speeches are given by prefects like Christian Potter and Michael Jones, and we also heard from Mr. Johnsen (the C-Form teacher). To bless the food, a prayer from the same tradition as the food is given, though not many students have been able to understand the prayers, as they are in a different language than their own. Lunch then begins, and while some students decide to make sandwiches or just have a salad, those who do try the food find themselves going back for seconds, thirds and even fourths. This has truly been an enjoyable week, and I can’t wait to see what we have today! — R.C. Walbrook, Form II (eighth-grader)

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Last week, St. Albans students returned to school from the sevenday spring break. Both the varsity and the junior varsity baseball teams got their first wins of the season this week, beating Wilson High School with scores of 6-5 and 9-5, respectively. The varsity teams now have two wins and no losses and the junior varsity team has one win and no losses. Both teams look to be prime contenders for their respective IAC championships. On April 2, an assembly was held after lunch where Headmaster Wilson explained to the Form III, IV and V students the new block schedule that will be put into effect next year. Classes will change from 50 to 65 minutes long for the upper school; spring break will be extended, giving the students 10 days instead of seven; and St. Albans will now have one class after lunch which has been moved to earlier in the day. The schedule will rotate on a seven-day format. On April 3 members of the St. Albans community were invited to hear Dr. Anthony Fauci speak as part of the second annual Headmasters Lecture Series. Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health. He is a leading contributor in research in the areas of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Fauci spoke about scientific and health challenges at mid-century. — Sterling Myhre, Form III (ninth-grader)

School Without Walls High School

The Flightless Bird Squad, School Without Walls’ Ultimate Frisbee team, has begun the season


already with two wins. Yes, Walls does have an Ultimate Frisbee team; yes, it does compete against other schools in the area; and yes, Ultimate Frisbee is a sport. Although images of college students throwing the Frisbee on the quad, or just the ’80s in general, may come to mind, the Flightless Bird Squad does take its stuff seriously, while still having fun. The team, made up of over 20 players from all four grades, and international students, has been practicing consistently throughout the spring. This year many students who have never played before have joined the team, which hopefully means that the Ultimate Frisbee team will continue to be strong. The team was formed two years ago and has enjoyed considerable success. It plays in various tournaments featuring teams from throughout the area, as well as regular games against local schools. This year the team has already taken on Washington Latin Public Charter School and Edmund Burke School, winning both games, 11-7 and 15-8, respectively. The Flightless Bird Squad — which receives it name because penguins, Walls’ mascot, do not fly — will continue to waddle, leap, and dive (but not fly) around the National Mall, where it plays its home games. — Delmar Tarragó, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hey Mustangs! A couple of weeks ago, our school had a pep rally to get the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders ready for the DC CAS. What I liked most about the pep rally was when they played the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams; it’s my favorite song. They also played “Gangnam Style.” We just had Spirit Week. My favorite day was Wacky Wednesday because my hair was wacky and my clothes, too. We also had a Sports Day and College Day. My fourth-grade class had a party on the Friday before spring break because we did a good job on the DC CAS. My teacher, Ms. Charles, thinks that we should have really big party for doing our best on the test. Spring break is coming up and is for one week, but I really want it for two weeks! I hope everybody has a fun and safe break! — Lauren Curtis, fourth-grader

Sheridan School

Our fourth-grade class is learning about life in ancient China, which is centered around a complex social class system that was very difficult to live in. Among the different groups there were peasants, nobles and the emperor. The peasants were the lowest social class. They tended to be the poorest people, and their jobs centered around farming. Most of the crops they raised went to the nobles and emperor. Their life was especially hard and dictated by what the upper classes said they should do. The nobles were the middle class. The

emperor normally told the nobles to send a message to the peasants about what they had to do. The nobles acted as the boss of the peasants and messenger to the emperor. The emperors were the rulers at the top. They controlled the land and the people. Life as the emperor was pretty easy compared to being a noble or peasant. In our fourth-grade class we did a simulation of this type of society. The peasants had to cut out cards that represented crops that would feed the emperor and pay taxes. The nobles delivered the “crops” to the emperor and acted as the boss of the peasants. The emperor was the boss at the start of the simulation but was eventually overthrown by the nobles because she was too lenient. The simulation gave us a chance to see what it was like to live in this society and be thankful that we have more freedom. — Alex Rubinson, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We’re in Ms. Choi’s third-grade class and we made a video called, “Test Me Baby” for the DC CAS testing. Our class kept it a secret until the pep rally on March 28. Our principal didn’t even know about it and neither did Ms. Choi’s boyfriend! It was our class secret. We practiced the words and the moves. The message in the video is for people to feel better about themselves, because they’ll do awesome on the test. It’s about being excited about taking the test. The song actually made us pumped up to take the DC CAS. It tells us not to worry and to stay calm. It’s about being happy in showing your work, and about never worrying about something you can do and never feeling bad about trying. Our song is about never letting go of what is better for your life. I loved the “Test Me Baby” part where we circled our arms, and it was fun to make the crazy sign. The words say it all: “I took my time with a prep, I always know my next step.” We made our musical video to the song “Call Me Maybe.” The video helped a lot of people, I think. When I thought about it during testing, it helped me power through those last few questions: “Hey, we can do this.” — Marie Evrard-Laurent, Adelaide Pfeuffer and Sophie Orlando, third-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

This year for the first time, Washington Latin has its first Dragon Boat Racing Team. Dragon boating is a Chinese tradition similar to crew in the United States. The team, Long of Latin, will be competing in the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival on May 17 and 18. Two members of the team are Latin’s Chinese exchange students, and Chinese teacher Christina Stouder is the club adviser. All team members are excited for the opportunity. — Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader

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