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Commission OKs AU campus plan

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■ Development: Neighbors

fear impact of new buildings By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Following more than two years of contentious community meetings and public hearings, the Zoning Commission last week unanimously approved American University’s 10-year campus plan, giving the go-

ahead for the school to begin a series of development projects. Zoning commissioners have said for several weeks that they support most of the university’s proposals, and on Thursday they signed off on the last remaining details: noise suppression at the Jacobs athletic field and a community liaison committee to help resolve future disputes. The university had scaled back aspects of its development plans over the course of the approval pro-

cess in response to strong neighborhood opposition, and officials had also made changes to planned operations. But community leaders said the approved plan will still allow visually overwhelming buildings, exacerbate parking shortages and traffic congestion, and otherwise disrupt neighborhoods surrounding the university. “We appreciate the hard work invested and the different perspecSee Campus/Page 31

Firm scales back Tenley Safeway proposal By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Spencer Davis, 4, participated Saturday morning in the fourth neighborhood tree planting in Crestwood sponsored by Casey Trees and the Crestwood Citizens Association.

Developers of a planned mixed-use building on the site of the Tenleytown Safeway have eliminated the proposal’s top story and 13 of its apartment units in response to community objections, but some neighbors said the changes don’t go far enough. Clark Realty Capital presented its revised plans at Thursday’s Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting. Many residents at the meeting said the revised design is a step in the right direction, but that 189 apartment and town-house units would overwhelm the neighborhood’s traffic and street parking. Plans call for tearing down and replacing the existing Safeway at 42nd and Davenport streets with a newer one encompassing both the shop’s space and its adjacent surface parking lot. Four stories of apartments, to be See Safeway/Page 5

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Clark Realty Capital proposes replacing the old store with a new Safeway topped by housing. An updated plan eliminates one floor and 13 units.

Park Service sidelines damaged canal boat

‘Shadow’ candidates face off on how to achieve statehood



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The mule-drawn canal boat that has taken visitors up and down the C&O Canal in Georgetown for decades is now beached indefinitely near Lock 4, riddled with cracks and beyond repair. This spring, a smaller, batterypowered boat will try to take its place. National Park Service officials say it would simply cost too much to repair the bigger canal boat, called The Georgetown, although they’re making efforts to help raise the several million dollars they say it would cost to build and operate a new replica. Kevin Brandt, superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and Matt Logan, president of the park’s fundraising arm, the C&O Canal Trust, began discussions last week with the Georgetown Business

Michael D. Brown and Pete Ross agree on the main point: The District needs statehood, and the best way to achieve it is informing Americans nationwide about the issue. But the two Democratic primary candidates for the post of D.C. shadow senator differ on how that office can best raise awareness that District residents lack voting representation in Congress. In interviews with The Current, Brown said the best path is to continue his work in hosting statehood

NEWS ■ City pitches new speed camera types. Page 3. ■ Ward 4 challengers blast incumbent at forum. Page 2.

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The Park Service says repairs to The Georgetown, which has “significant structural deficiencies,” would be more expensive than a new boat.

Improvement District about raising private funds to build a new canal boat. Logan told The Current Monday that “there is interest on all sides” to explore the idea. “There’s no doubt it’s an important component of Georgetown.” See Boat/Page 28

SPOR TS ■ School Without Walls girls lax readies for first season. Page 9. ■ Visi senior wins Gatorade player of year award. Page 9.

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events and incorporating the issue into school curricula, while Ross called for more dramatic protests to attract greater media attention. Michael D. Brown — not to be confused with at-large D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown — was elected to the shadow senate seat in 2006. He pointed to his experience in this position, as well as his previous work on political campaigns and as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in his American University Park neighborhood. “I’ve worked in politics for a very long time, and I’ve worked in See Senators/Page 31

INDEX Business/11 Calendar/12 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/15 In Your Neighborhood/30 Opinion/10

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Lamond-Riggs group hosts Ward 4 council candidates Current Staff Report Candidates for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council blasted incumbent Muriel Bowser on a number of issues at a forum hosted by the Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association last week. Bowser, who had another engagement that evening, arrived only for the final question. Renee Bowser (no relation) introduced herself as a union lawyer who served three terms as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. She said there is mold and asbestos in local schools and that Ward 4 has received less in school modernization funds than any other ward. Calvin Gurley, in his introductory statement, claimed the ward has lost its vision under the incumbent and that high residential property taxes are causing people to lose their homes. He blamed the incumbent for supporting Police Chief Cathy Lanier even as she posts officers in wards 1 and 2 that ought to be in Ward 4. Baruti Jahi said that if elected, he would fight for local residents. He claimed credit for repealing a law that would have allowed the city to withhold taxes from retirees when they receive distributions from retirement accounts. He added that he has fought against Walmart’s planned locations in the ward. Judi Jones, a four-term advisory neighborhood commissioner, took credit for helping close a poorly performing charter school and said 80 percent of the city’s public schools are failing. She said that if elected she would invest in fighting crime in the area and that she favors “smart development� rather than Walmarts. Max Skolnik said he wants his son to have the best education in the world, “but no better than any other kid in Ward 4.� He said he understands small businesses, as his wife owns one. After the introductions, each can-

didate got a different question to answer. Gurley was asked what he would do to get rid of the signs saying “$300 for a used vehicle.� He responded, “I am against that type of advertising� and would get them taken down. When Renee Bowser was asked about the problem of homeowners receiving real estate tax bills just days before they are due, she said she would first try for a temporary restraining order. Then she would try to get the D.C. Council to change the law so there would be more notice. Skolnik was asked how he would deal with gasoline contamination originating in nearby Montgomery County and wafting into the neighborhood. He said he would get the city to provide safe temporary housing for those affected. Jahi interjected that when such an incident occurred several years back, he got The Washington Post to do a story about it. He said he would get compensation for those who had been affected. “I’ve smelled that vapor. It is a safety hazard,� he said. When Jones was asked how to improve education on environmental issues, she turned to the vapor question, saying that the problem originated from a Maryland gas station and that D.C. must work with its neighbor. “It shouldn’t just be the homes affected. If the problem is not solved, the affected property owners should receive fair market value,� she said. The candidates — including incumbent Muriel Bowser, who had just arrived, were then asked how they would work with the public school system to improve education. Skolnik answered that he had worked with both phenomenal schools and troubled schools. “We need leadership. School reform is not working,� he said. He said the See Forum/Page 5

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Police say efforts curbed Tenley robberies By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

After a series of robberies this year, police have “successfully changed the tide on the street crime” in the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights area, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Alan Hill said Thursday at a meeting of the local advisory neighborhood commission. In recent weeks, police have stopped groups of people — many of them Wilson High School students — whom detectives believe were involved in robberies and thefts from parked cars in the upper Wisconsin Avenue corridor, according to Hill. Although few have been charged in connection with particular incidents, police actions have deterred them from committing crimes in the neighborhood, he said. On Feb. 13, officers conducting surveillance overheard a teenager say, “Do him,” Hill said — which they understood to be the selection of a robbery victim. Police searched the teen and his several companions and found that they had a BB gun, but because the would-be victim ran away and didn’t later report the issue, officers couldn’t issue a robbery charge, said Hill. “However, since they did not all go to jail that night, some went home to talk amongst their peer group,”

Cameras slow down Porter Street drivers By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

When the Metropolitan Police Department installed speed cameras on Porter Street over Rock Creek Park in December, the devices made headlines for racking up hundreds of violations a day — an average of around 15 an hour. By the end of February, according to automated enforcement program manager Lisa Sutter, the number of speeding citations issued on that stretch had dropped to two to three an hour. “That’s the kind of thing we want to see,” Sutter said at Monday night’s Forest Hills/Van Ness advisory neighborhood commission meeting. She said the city now wants to replicate that success for a wider set of violations and at more sites. This summer, police hope to begin installing long-planned cameras to fine drivers who don’t stop at stop signs or for pedestrians, those who speed through intersections or on winding roads, and those who drive prohibited trucks on small streets, said Sutter. Commissioners voted 4-1 to support the expanded program. Although many residents oppose the cameras, Sutter said they’re an excellent way to change drivers’ behavior. Police can’t be everywhere, and officers sometimes issue tickets more subjectively. “The whole idea behind photo enforcement is consistency,” Sutter said. “If you know that every time you drive down Porter there’s going to be a camera, at some point you’re going to put on the brakes and not speed past that camera.” See Cameras/Page 5

warning their friends of the police presence, Hill added. “We’ve had no more street robberies of the nature we’ve been having after that in [Police Service Area] 202.” A March 6 robbery attempt in the 3900 block of Morrison Street, in which a masked man allegedly tried to take a bag from a pedestrian walking from the Friendship Heights Metro station, occurred just outside that patrol area’s boundaries. Hill said other recent incidents involving student victims and perpetrators didn’t fit the typical profile of this year’s street robberies. A different group of robbery suspects — older than those stopped Feb. 13 — remains at large but appears to have moved to other parts of the city, according to Hill. Police also recently stopped a group of three Wilson students believed to be responsible for a string of thefts from autos, and they have a warrant for another suspect, Hill said. He said those crimes have also declined. Hill warned, however, that residents need to stay vigilant, because a new crime wave can begin quickly. “We catch a group, the word gets out for a while, then somebody else decides they’ll give it a try,” he said. Police devoted extra resources to the area early this year, including plainclothes officers from the narcotics division, according to Hill.

The week ahead Thursday, March 15

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a forum for candidates in contested primaries. The meeting will also include a report on demographic changes in Cleveland Park from 2000 to 2010. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A will host a candidates forum for the Ward 4 D.C. Council race. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. NW. Residents are invited to submit potential questions to

Tuesday, March 20

The Crestwood Citizens Association will hold its regular meeting, which will feature a talk by Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at 1950 Upshur St. NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and Northwest Neighbors Village will host a program on “Elder Issues: Facilitating Difficult Family Conversations.” Speakers will include Myrna Fawcett, an elder-law attorney; Steve Altman; a practicing commercial mediator; and Carolyn Rodis, a specialist in elder-care mediation. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C will sponsor a community meeting with representatives from Giant and Buzzuto Development to discuss construction plans for Cathedral Commons at the current Giant site at Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

Wednesday, March 21

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed renewal of the Glover Park liquor license moratorium for three years. The hearing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the board’s fourth-floor hearing room in the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. To testify, contact Martha Jenkins at 202-442-4456 or

Thursday, March 22

The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a “community dialogue” with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. In conjunction with the meeting, committee delegates will hold an endorsement vote in the atlarge D.C. Council and shadow senator races.

Tuesday, March 27

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting, which will include a review of graduation requirements in art and music. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 412 at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G and the Chevy Chase Citizens Association will host a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council race. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW.

Wednesday, April 4

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



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District Digest Cleveland Park Giant to close on April 12

Giant Food will close its Cleveland Park supermarket next month in preparation for the longplanned Cathedral Commons project, which includes a larger Giant store, the company announced yesterday. The current Giant at 3336 Wisconsin Ave. will close at 6 p.m. April 12, and a free thrice-weekly shuttle service to the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Van Ness location will begin April 15, according to a company news

release. The shuttle will leave Cleveland Park at noon Sundays and 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and return two hours later, the release states; pick-up locations arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet available. When the Giant reopens in 2014, it will have grown from 16,000 square feet to 56,000, the release states. The project will also include additional retail space and 137 apartment units. The D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the Zoning Commission approval for the project in December after years of opposition

from some in the community.

Brightwood residents oust commissioner

Brightwood residents have voted to recall advisory neighborhood commissioner Douglas Smith, according to results certified yesterday by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Residents of single-member district 4B04 voted Feb. 28 on whether to oust Smith, whom some accused of being unresponsive to his constituents. Smith has said residents want him to be more vehemently opposed to a planned Walmart. In the final tally, 83 residents voted to recall Smith, and 64 voted to keep him in place, according to a news release from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Board spokesperson Alysoun McLaughlin said Smith has seven days to request a recount. Unless the count is reversed, prospective candidates for the seat will be able to collect petitions to run starting March 23.

Democrats announce delegate selections

Fifteen of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delegates to the Democratic National Convention have been identified after this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-primary caucus. According to the D.C. Democratic State Committee website, the delegates representing wards 3, 4, 5 and 7 are James Bubar, Irma Esparza, Mark Long, L. Jeanette Mobley, Mary Terrell, Romaine Thomas and Brandon Todd. The delegates representing wards 1, 2, 6 and 8 are Marion Barry, Sheila Bunn, Gregory Cendana, Jack Evans, Denise Lopez, Susan Meehan, Jeffrey

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Ex-mayor Williams to chair tax commission

Tony Williams, who served as D.C. mayor from 1999 to 2007 and chief financial officer before that, will chair the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new ninemember Tax Revision Commission, officials announced yesterday. The commission, which had been dormant since 1998, will review and recommend changes to D.C. tax policies, according to a news release from Council Chairman Kwame Brown. The other members of the commission, nominated by Brown and Mayor Vincent Gray, are David Brunori, Catherine Collins, Tracy Gordon, Ed Lazere, Teresa Hinze, Pauline Schneider, Stefan Tucker and Nicola Whiteman, the release states.

Sheridan-Kalorama voting site to change

The Precinct 13 polling place will move to the auditorium of Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, 2200 California St. NW, starting with the April 3 primary, according the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Sheridan-Kaloramaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current site, St. Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be available for upcoming elections, the notice states. The board approved the change yesterday after taking a preliminary vote last month.

City plans to install more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;red-topâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meters

After installing 400 new â&#x20AC;&#x153;red topâ&#x20AC;? parking meters reserved for cars with disability license plates or placards by March 1, the D.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it will put another 1,100 such meters in place by April 17. With the installation of the red tops, the city ended its longstanding practice of allowing disabled drivers to park free and for twice the posted time at any parking meter. Motorists with disabilities can still have the extra parking time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with payment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until April 17, according to an agency news release. By that date, 9 percent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking meters will be red tops, which explicitly allow for twice the parking time of other nearby meters, the release states. Cars without handicap placards or plates can receive $250 tickets for parking at a red-top meter. The Transportation Department

launched the red-top program earlier this year as an effort to reduce opportunities for parking with fraudulent disability credentials.

Dupont leader seeks school board spot

Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Jack Jacobson will challenge Mary Lord for Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Board of Education seat in the Nov. 6 general election, he announced Monday. Jacobson wrote in a news release that he would prioritize improving neighborhood schools, reducing attrition and ensuring a rigorous curriculum. In addition to his time on the neighborhood commission since 2008, Jacobson has helped organize the 17th Street Festival and a consumer group focused on taxicab regulations, according to another release from his campaign.

D.C. students invited to global discussion

Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in an event to discuss their own efforts to deal with world issues, according to a news release from co-sponsor Washington International School. Attendees at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Issues Networkâ&#x20AC;? event, co-sponsored by the School Without Walls, will be asked to host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;breakout sessionâ&#x20AC;? that includes a 15-minute presentation on the activities theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve undertaken regarding world issues, the release states. For more information and to register for the March 16 event, which will be held at George Washington University, visit

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city should establish â&#x20AC;&#x153;community schoolsâ&#x20AC;? with 24-hour wraparound services such as mental health assistance for those in need. Renee Bowser pressed for more Ward 4 school modernizations and for engaging parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rate schools just on test scores,â&#x20AC;? she said. Jahi said Ward 4 is last in the city in school modernization funding.

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called The Terraces at Tenley, would sit atop the new 58,000-square-foot grocery, bringing the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s height to 65 feet. Also, 14 small town houses would line the rear of the building. Besides making the building one story shorter, developers decided to put a roof over a walled area off Davenport Street where delivery trucks would turn around to load and unload, as some residents had requested. Clark also added apartments over that section of the building to offset most of the 40 lost by removing the top floor. When Clark presented its plans at the neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s January meeting, several residents said they would support the proposal if the top floor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including all of its apartment units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were removed. Yet the elimination of the extra height didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t silence community objections last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done is theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve shifted the density from one part of the development to another,â&#x20AC;? said one resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen improvements and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great, but what would also be great would be â&#x20AC;Ś something more in the neighborhood of 150 units, maybe 55 feet in the front,â&#x20AC;? another resident said. The project includes 142 free underground parking spaces for Safeway customers, but residents of the new building would have to pay

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why is it going to 3, 7 and 8? I see rodents in halls.â&#x20AC;? He also called for a wardwide PTA to help parents. Jones called for changes on how the city reaches out to parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our teachers are under siege. ... The community must be involved.â&#x20AC;? Muriel Bowser said the schools â&#x20AC;&#x153;are moving in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go. ... Now the adults are held accountable.â&#x20AC;? She called for more modernizations, noting that Ward 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turn is fast approaching. for one of 160 spots. Neighbors said they worry that the new residents would instead compete for free parking spaces on nearby streets. Although the neighborhood commission took no formal vote last week, commissioners generally agreed with neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns. The project has continually improved following meetings in October and January, they said, but there could still be adverse impacts. Blocking residents from acquiring residential parking permits would ease many traffic and parking fears, commissioners said, but developers havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet said whether they plan to do so. Clark representative John Sunter said at the meeting that the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity to two Metro stations will attract people who prefer transit to driving. In an interview, Sunter said Clark will use the comments from last Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting to improve parking and traffic plans, just as discussions at previous meetings shaped the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revised design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was encouraged to hear that a lot of people acknowledged that,â&#x20AC;? Sunter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, I think the discussion can move beyond the height and mass issues and look into how we manage the impacts.â&#x20AC;? Safeway and Clark will need Zoning Commission approval to rezone a portion of the property for higher-density use and to build taller than the 50 feet allowed as a matter of right. A project timeline, including a date for filing plans with the Zoning Commission, hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been developed, according to Sunter.


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The city is asking residents to contact their neighborhood commissioners to suggest locations with frequent violators where the new equipment could be installed. Within the Forest Hills commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries, Sutter said Reno Road is a likely location for high-tech new speed cameras, since the road is too curvy for existing equipment. At the meeting, Sutter also rejected the common claim that the enforcement is more about revenue

than public safety. The city heavily publicizes the location of its cameras, both online and on the streets, and is planning a media blitz before the new cameras go live, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve reduced fatalities; crashes are down,â&#x20AC;? said Sutter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel very comfortable about where we are for red lights and speed.â&#x20AC;? Although the Forest Hills neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution endorses the cameras to â&#x20AC;&#x153;address some long-term safety concerns on Wisconsin Avenue, Connecticut Avenue and on our neighborhood streets,â&#x20AC;? it also calls for officers to give traffic enforcement a higher

priority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I drive around my neighborhood, I drive as I wish because I know nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to pull me over,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Adam Tope. Commission chair Roman Jankowski, the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only opponent of the resolution, did not discuss his vote during the meeting. In a subsequent interview, he said simply: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just against photo enforcement. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it works very well.â&#x20AC;? The Cleveland Park/Woodley Park neighborhood commission has passed a similar resolution.

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Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser is facing five opponents in the April 3 primary. Of the challengers, we think Renee Bowser, Baruti Jahi and Max Skolnik are most worthy of serious consideration. Renee Bowser struck us as a capable contender, but we have a serious disagreement with her over income taxes. She strongly favors increasing taxes on the wealthy, while we fear doing so would probably reduce the city’s revenue, with some residents fleeing the District for Virginia or other states with lower tax burdens. Renee Bowser also told us she favors prohibiting corporations from making political donations, but that she would not extend that ban to unions. We feel strongly that if corporation contributions are eliminated, union donations should be banned as well. In terms of Mr. Jahi, we believe he would be a particularly aggressive council member — and perhaps overly so. We also think he is excessively Ward 4-centric when it comes to development issues, ignoring the benefits that growth elsewhere in the city can provide, through taxes and jobs, to his ward’s residents. Mr. Jahi acknowledges that charter schools do not receive as much funding as regular public schools, but he supports prioritizing the traditional schools. We think some charters do a better job than the public school system and should be encouraged. When it comes to Mr. Skolnik, we agree with him that funding vocational education and magnet programs is worthwhile, but again, we disagree on tax issues: Mr. Skolnik believes the city should increase income taxes for wealthy residents. Muriel Bowser, on the other hand, says the newly reconstituted D.C. Tax Revision Commission should conduct a rigorous study on the results of increasing taxes on the wealthy before city leaders consider changing the rates. The incumbent also wants the commission to study business tax rates, which many claim are too high to compete with neighboring jurisdictions. Ms. Bowser also does an excellent job of making herself available at public meetings to hear about problems affecting local residents — far more consistently than other ward council members with whom we are familiar. And she has the wisdom to realize that she cannot get everything she wants in a piece of legislation: She knows that politics is the art of the possible. Recently, we were impressed with her effort in shepherding ethics legislation through the council. The resulting measure was far from perfect, but it was a good start. She recognizes its deficiencies as well, saying she plans to work on supplemental efforts. Some of her opponents have complained that Ward 4, so far, has not received its full share of school modernization funding. But Ms. Bowser steadfastly opposes mayoral proposals to delay the start of renovations at Roosevelt and Coolidge high schools. And she pushed for the funding necessary to renovate Takoma Education Campus two years ahead of schedule — a fiscally sound response to the devastating fire there in December 2010. The ward has also seen tremendous investment in its parks, recreation centers and libraries over the past several years. The work included the opening of a $10 million recreation facility at Riggs LaSalle — a project that, as her campaign website notes, she first pushed for when she was an advisory neighborhood commissioner. Finally, on a hot-button Ward 4 issue, we would have preferred a bit more clarity from the incumbent on issues surrounding Walmart’s arrival to the ward — which all five of her challengers oppose. Though we do not have strong objection to the store, and in fact envision some benefits from its opening, we wish the council had held hearings on the subject to give a formal voice to the concerns of critics. Still, given Muriel Bowser’s track record, strong abilities and impressive commitment to local residents, we urge voters to give her four more years on the council.

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A new budget spring … ? Advocates for more spending on social services in the city are stepping up appeals to the mayor and council, with a protest held Monday. Although your Notebook was sidelined by a bad knee, media reports described a “one city” appeal that was quite different from the $600,000-plus extravaganza Mayor Vincent Gray held a few weeks ago. The D.C. Fair Budget Coalition drew about 100 or so folks to the steps of the John A. Wilson Building for its “One City (in Crisis) Summit.” The organization represents about five-dozen social service providers and affiliated organizations. DCist, a newsy blog, noted that several D.C. Council members stopped by the event. It quoted Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham as cautioning that the 2013 budget proposals expected soon are not going to be brimming with new money. Graham noted that Mayor Gray has made a career of social services, but that his background won’t necessarily translate into spending initiatives or program-saving maneuvers. “We’re always concerned until we see the product,” DCist quoted Graham as saying. The coalition cites some pretty grim statistics: • 1 in 10 residents are unemployed. • 1 in 5 residents are on the waiting list for public and/or subsidized housing. • 1 in 3 residents over 16 are functionally illiterate. • 1 in 3 children are living in poverty. And a few folks pointed out that even the mayor’s super-sized event highlighted affordable housing, a key issue for the coalition. (Gray’s office has stepped up announcements about new housing in response to his summit.) Despite the budget surplus of $240 million last fiscal year and about $70 million in higher revenue being reported now, the fiscal future is still cloudy. Chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi has opined that the 2013 budget needs to include about $160 million in spending cuts or new revenue. When the mayor wrote a letter mildly suggesting that maybe Gandhi’s revenue projections were too conservative, Gandhi responded with a 10-page explanation that basically said, “Nope.” The blunt rejection surprised some who noted that Gandhi is up for reappointment this summer. While some council members — at-large member David Catania in particular — want Gandhi replaced, the mayor more recently has been hinting that he may well reappoint him. It may not be much of a choice for Gray. The mayor is under a serious legal cloud, with federal prosecutors pressing an investigation into his 2010 campaign. Meanwhile, Gandhi may have his faults, but he retains a strong reputation on Wall Street with the bond agencies that are critical to the city’s financial well-being. You might be asking a simple question: If the city has a $240 million surplus from last year, why not just spend it on the critical needs next year? The short answer is that the city promised the credit rating agencies that it would rebuild its reserve fund balance, which dropped precipitously during the city budgets guided by Adrian Fenty. It had been as high as $1.5 billion, but has fallen into the $600 million range. It’s a lot of money almost any way you look at it, except when it comes to fiscal pru-

dence. But that won’t keep social service advocates from pressing city leaders to find the money or raise revenue. The mayor’s budget is due in about 10 days. The battles are just beginning. ■ A sporting chance. One of those battles will have echoes from the city’s decisions in the past two decades to build the sprawling convention center and the Nats ballpark and to spend more than $100 million in city funds to make downtown land ready for the Verizon Center. NBC4 has reported on the Mayor Gray’s private negotiations to bring the Redskins training facility and hall of fame to the development site adjacent to the old RFK Memorial Stadium. And we’ve reported on continuing efforts to build a soccer stadium adjacent to the ballpark near the foot of the South Capitol Street Bridge. Capitol Hill East neighbors and activists already are screaming that the ’Skins training facility would eat up too much valuable land that could be used for other, more neighborhood-friendly development. Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells essentially has said he sees no way the ’Skins operation would fit into plans for the site known as Reservation 13. He and others say the acres that would be needed for training facilities — which are sparsely used part of the year — would be better suited to year-round development and riverside amenities. The mayor and Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, who has been the major force in corralling support for the city’s other big projects, have their work cut out for them when they make a trip soon to Capitol Hill to address neighborhood concerns. The mayor’s office says the ’Skins can be a catalyst for development, an instant attraction and magnet for other businesses. The preliminary proposal includes a team-oriented hotel that would draw visitors, outof-town teams and others during the season. However, given the way the ’Skins have been playing, the season is only eight home games, with playoff dates only a hope. Meanwhile, it seems most everyone, including Wells, is inclined to support a soccer stadium. The site under consideration the last two years has been in Southwest across South Capitol Street from Nationals Park. But the big if — a really big if — is whether the team ownership can come to the table with financing. Owners surely can’t expect the District to build a soccer field through city money and tax-increment financing. They have looked all over the metro region, and in Baltimore, for a possible deal. But it won’t be one-sided wherever it is. The advocates for more social service spending will raise hell if the city bends to any degree to support sports venues over social service budgets. When then-Mayor Tony Williams got approval for the ballpark, it came with promises to spend revenues on social services. Some question whether that actually happened the way it was envisioned, which brings us back to the appeals of the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Coverage helped resolve lease mess

Thank you for covering so thoroughly the city’s ill-advised plan to award a sole-source contract to Keenan Development

Ventures to build a fire station on part of the former Walter Reed campus [“City halts sole-source talks for lease of Walter Reed site,” March 7]. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development simply didn’t properly vet Keenan’s claim to the property and was willing to spend a lot of taxpayer

money (we don’t know how much) unnecessarily. It’s clear to me that Elizabeth Wiener’s articles spurred the city to act responsibly and end the contract negotiations. Again, I’d like to thank The Current for its coverage! Sara Green Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

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Letters to the Editor Too many events disrupt bus routes

Last year, events closed streets for up to 48 hours on some weekends and often detoured more than a dozen bus routes. The last thing D.C. needs is another event that disrupts transportation on weekends [“Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon plans make way through city review,” Feb. 15)]. On my weekend commutes to work, I sometimes have had to wait three times longer than normal for buses that were being detoured. Reliable Metrobus service is needed on weekends because extensive track work causes delays on Metrorail and renders it impractical for workers who must report to work on time. Riders who take Metrobus to their shopping or leisure destinations on weekends also deserve reliable service. Because buses on major routes are often crowded on weekends, I know that not only a handful but hundreds of riders are affected by event detours. (Weekend ridership counts are not available from Because Metrobus serves a critical need on weekends, events should be regulated in order to minimize impact on transportation. Specifically, on street segments that include or intersect bus routes, the city should prohibit booths and other fixtures and allow only parades, walking or running. Officials should also establish limits on the number and scope of events each weekend. Douglas Rowe Cathedral Heights

Food trucks must be closely regulated

The Georgetown Business Association was one of more than 3,000 organizations or individuals to submit comments to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs regarding its proposed rule-making related to food truck vending. We commend the department for tackling this important issue. Food trucks represent an emerging business in our city; they provide jobs and offer a range of interesting, varied culinary choices for consumers. As small businesses, they should be encouraged — but they should also be regulated in a manner that is fair and on par with existing public space oversight. Absent clearer, stronger final regulations, our association is concerned that existing businesses could find themselves overwhelmed by the presence of food trucks in

front of their businesses, blocking entryways for their customers and causing unsanitary conditions for trash and food disposal. Final regulations should permit food trucks at a specific location, within a specific block and within the designated food-vending zone. Also, there should be a limit for the number of food trucks on any given block — permitting only one or two trucks per block so as to avoid any possibility of an area becoming overwhelmed by food truck vending. While this is a potential concern for every zone throughout the city, it is particularly important for Georgetown, given the limited pedestrian sidewalk space in our community. These suggestions comport with the city’s management of public space, which delineates and limits all manner of uses and activities within public space. Our comments, therefore, effectively urge parity with current practice, something that was lacking in the proposed rule-making. Our association’s comments also support the suggestions of other Georgetown organizations in urging the prohibition of vending in residentially zoned areas and the imposition of strict waste management policies. We look forward to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ final regulations and appreciate the care the agency has taken in its attempt to address this important and emerging business issue. Rokas Beresniovas President, Georgetown Business Association

More speed cameras would boost safety

Although it took me a while to figure out the meaning of “leadfoot-nabbing device” in your editorial of March 7, I am pleased to endorse blogger David Alpert’s call for more cameras to nab speeders and others violators of traffic regulations at important intersections. I cross Van Ness Street and Connecticut Avenue on foot twice every day, and I never fail to see speeders, runners of red lights and other traffic violators. At that crossing, we pedestrians put our lives not in our hands but in our feet. Yale Richmond Forest Hills

Army project at AU needs more caution

At last month’s Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board meeting, there was some heated discussion about the location of the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit, where 20 to 30 large glass bottles of mustard agent were buried after World

War I. The board reviewed a December 2000 report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Photographic Interpretation Center and a November 2007 fence line study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which identified several possible locations of the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit on the American University campus near the Watkins parking lot — not 4825 Glenbrook Road, as had been previously stated by the Army Corps. With a 60-foot plus or minus level of accuracy, it seems likely that the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit area includes much of the Watkins parking lot and the backyard of 4825 Glenbrook Road. Last week, the Army Corps met with two advisory neighborhood commissioners, as D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton had requested. We learned the Army Corps used ground-penetrating radar on the Watkins parking lot, but not on the adjacent grassy area where the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit is believed to be located. This lapse is a serious concern because the Army Corps resumed the Kreeger/Watkins parking lot anomaly investigation on Monday. There is a slight chance that contractors will uncover the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit and release mustard agent on the campus and in the neighborhood. This chance could have been avoided by using a vapor containment structure and air filtration unit, as the Army Corps used at 4801 and 4825 Glenbrook Road. Using the vapor containment structure and air filtration unit makes sense seeing as bottles filled with chemical warfare agent were recovered on three adjacent properties — 4801, 4825 and 4835 Glenbrook Road. Two of these properties and a portion of the third were part of the American University campus when the burials took place. But the Army Corps said this is a “low probability” investigation until they find something. If a chemical-filled bottle is found, the project will likely be shut down for several months while the Army Corps revises its work plan. We asked the Army Corps to share the geophysical survey of the Watkins parking lot, to delay investigating the anomalies in the Watkins parking lot until after ground-penetrating radar is used in the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit area, and to use a vapor containment structure with an air-filtration unit when investigating the Sergeant Maurer Burial Pit area. The Army would agree only to posting the geophysical survey at the TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library. Kent Slowinski Commissioner, ANC 3D01 Former member, Restoration Advisory Board

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The Current

Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from March 4 through 10 in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 ■ downtown

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1000 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. March 9. Robbery (snatch) ■ 12th and H streets; sidewalk; 5:48 p.m. March 9. Stolen auto ■ 11th and H streets; street; 7 p.m. March 8. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 5:10 p.m. March 5. Theft (below $250) ■ 1000 block, H St.; restaurant; 9:24 a.m. March 5. ■ 500 block, 11th St.; store; 12:40 p.m. March 5. ■ 700 block, 9th St.; store; 8:35 a.m. March 6. ■ 1000 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 1:40 p.m. March 6. ■ 1300 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; government building; 2:12 p.m. March 6. ■ 1000 block, E St.; sidewalk; 5:45 p.m. March 7. ■ 500 14th St.; store; 5 a.m. March 9.

psa 102

■ Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery (gun) ■ 4th and K streets; sidewalk; 2:28 a.m. March 7. ■ 600 block, H St.; Metrorail station; 11:55 p.m. March 10. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 700 block, F St.; hotel; 5:20 a.m. March 9. Robbery (snatch) ■ 6th and H streets; sidewalk; 9:05 p.m. March 5. ■ 300 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 2:35 p.m. March 8. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 800 block, G St.; street; 7:47 p.m. March 11. Burglary ■ 400 block, K St.; residence; 10 a.m. March 7. ■ 400 block, K St.; residence; 5:40 p.m. March 10. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 800 block, 7th St.; office building; 4:58 p.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 600 block, F St.; restaurant; 10 a.m. March 5. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 10:40 a.m. March 6. ■ 800 block, 7th St.; office building; 1:30 p.m. March 7. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; drugstore; 2:58 p.m. March 7. ■ 1000 block, 5th St.; restaurant; 9:15 p.m. March 7. ■ 400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; drugstore; 2 p.m. March 8. ■ 800 block, F St.; street; 9:40 p.m. March 9. ■ 400 block, 7th St.; store;

6:40 p.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 400 block, H St.; street; 7 p.m. March 4. ■ 600 bock, E St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 5. ■ 600 block, E St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 5. ■ 700 block, 6th St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 6.

psa PSA 201 201

■ chevy chase

Robbery (attempt) ■ 3900 block, Morrison St.; sidewalk; 10:50 p.m. March 6. Stolen auto ■ 5300 block, 32nd St.; street; 7:40 p.m. March 9. Theft (below $250) ■ 6300 block, 28th Place; residence; 7 p.m. March 9.

psa 202

■ Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Robbery (snatch) ■ 4800 block, Nebraska Ave.; bus stop; 3:20 p.m. March 9. Burglary ■ 4200 block, River Road; residence; 7:30 a.m. March 5. Theft (below $250) ■ 4300 block, Chesapeake St.; residence; 6 p.m. March 6. ■ 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 1 p.m. March 9. ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:40 p.m. March 9. ■ 4000 block, Warren St.; residence; 10 p.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 4000 block, Albemarle St.; parking lot; 6:05 p.m. March 5. ■ 3600 block, Veazey St.; street; 11 p.m. March 9.

psa 203

■ forest hills / van ness PSA 203

cleveland park

Theft (below $250) ■ 4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 5:30 p.m. March 7.

psa 204

■ Massachusetts avenue

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

Burglary ■ 3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 7:45 a.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 3500 block, Garfield St.; school; 2 p.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2600 block, Woodley Place; street; 6:30 p.m. March 7.

psa 208

■ sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 10:55 p.m. March 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 1200 block, 18th St.; side-

walk; 3 a.m. March 10. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) ■ Unit block, Dupont Circle; sidewalk; 9:45 p.m. March 7. ■ 18th and N streets; sidewalk; 3:55 a.m. March 11. Burglary ■ 1800 block, Florida Ave.; residence; 3:20 a.m. March 11. Stolen auto ■ 1300 block, 20th St.; street; 11:50 p.m. March 8. ■ 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; alley; 8:10 p.m. March 10. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; office building; 5 p.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave.; hotel; 10 p.m. March 5. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; sidewalk; 8:30 a.m. March 6. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; church; 5 p.m. March 6. ■ 1200 block, 22nd St.; store; 6:45 p.m. March 6. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 5:53 p.m. March 7. ■ 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 6 p.m. March 8. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:45 p.m. March 9. ■ 1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 11 a.m. March 10. ■ 1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7 p.m. March 10. ■ 1300 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1700 block, 22nd St.; street; 6:30 p.m. March 5. ■ 2100 block, Phelps Place; street; 5 p.m. March 6. ■ 1500 block, P St.; parking lot; 12:40 p.m. March 9. ■ 1700 block, Church St.; street; 4 p.m. March 9. ■ 16th and P streets; street; 8:45 p.m. March 10. ■ 1600 block, P St.; street; 10:30 p.m. March 10. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 12:51 a.m. March 11.

psa 401

■ colonial village

PSA 401 shepherd park / takoma Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 8100 block, Eastern Ave.; street; 12:40 a.m. March 9. Theft (below $250) ■ 6800 block, 5th St.; residence; 2:10 p.m. March 7. Theft (tags) ■ 1400 block, Roxanna Road; street; 5 p.m. March 7. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 400 block, Butternut St.; street; midnight March 11.

psa PSA 402 402

■ Brightwood / manor park

Robbery (assault)

■ 6000 block, 13th Place; residence; 8:38 p.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ 8th and Oglethorpe streets; school; 10:25 a.m. March 6. Theft (shoplifting) ■ 6500 block, Piney Branch Road; store; 7:50 a.m. March 10. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 400 block, Sheridan St.; alley; 9:15 a.m. March 7. ■ 5900 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 1:50 p.m. March 7.

psa 403

■ Brightwood / petworth

Brightwood park

PSA 16th403 Street heights Robbery (snatch) ■ 700 block, Ingraham St.; sidewalk; 3:25 p.m. March 5. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1300 block, Longfellow St.; alley; 2:15 p.m. March 7. Stolen auto ■ 5500 block, Colorado Ave.; street; 8 a.m. March 7. ■ 5400 block, Illinois Ave.; street; 10:45 p.m. March 8. Theft (below $250) ■ Unit block, Gallatin St.; residence; 4:15 a.m. March 9. Theft (shoplifting) ■ 5600 block, Georgia Ave.; drugstore; 6:01 p.m. March 5.

psa 404

■ 16th Street HEIGHTS

PSA 404 crestwood

Burglary ■ 4400 block, Iowa Ave.; residence; 9 a.m. March 9. Stolen auto ■ 4400 block, 13th St.; street; 10 p.m. March 9. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 800 block, Quincy St.; parking lot; 6 p.m. March 6. Theft (below $250) ■ 1300 block, Taylor St.; residence; 6 p.m. March 5. ■ 3700 block, 14th St.; store; 9:24 p.m. March 6. ■ 4500 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; 7:50 a.m. March 9. ■ 3900 block, 14th St.; grocery store; 8:04 p.m. March 11. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3700 block, 9th St.; street; 11:15 a.m. March 6. ■ 3700 block, 14th St.; parking lot; 7 a.m. March 8.

psa PSA 407 407 ■ petworth

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 4800 block, 8th St.; residence; 8 p.m. March 9. ■ 800 block, Upshur St.; sidewalk; 1:55 a.m. March 10. Burglary ■ 4900 block, 5th St.; residence; 1:30 p.m. March 5. ■ 4100 block, 8th St.; residence; 9 a.m. March 9. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 900 block, Delafield Place; street; 11:30 p.m. March 8.


Athletics in Northwest Washington



March 14, 2012 ■ Page 9

New coach takes over Wilson baseball

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

For nearly two decades in D.C., Wilson baseball has been synonymous with winning, as the team has racked up 19 consecutive D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association titles. The Tigers come into 2012 with Jimmy Silk taking over as head coach, inheriting a loaded team and a stable program. “I’m extremely excited,” Silk said. “We have a great group of seniors. We have some underclassmen who are exceptionally talented and very intelligent. It really speaks volumes for the program that I walked into.” Silk takes over Wilson’s varsity baseball program after playing college ball for George Washington University, coaching Little League and heading Wilson’s junior varsity team. “I’ve always wanted to coach high school ball. It’s where I’ve wanted to be for the last nine years,” said Silk. “I’m thrilled to be here.”

The new skipper prefers to place attention on his players and their growth rather than records. “We aren’t focused on [wins] and [losses],” said Silk. “I want these kids to go to college and play ball. At the end of the day, as long

as these kids are getting better, that’s all I care about. The wins will come naturally as long as the kids are working hard.” Senior shortstop Robinson Mateo is the lone college recruit on the squad. The senior will play for Southern University next season. “He’s as humble as they come,” said Silk. “He’s the type of kid who shows up and works hard every

day. He sets an example for the underclassmen. He’s a tremendous player and a very intelligent guy.” Silk and the Tigers are still trying to figure out exactly who will emerge as leaders on the pitching staff, but he believes he sees several potential options. “We have five to six guys who can throw well,” said Silk. “They all throw strikes. Right now, we are going by committee, but as the season goes on the proof will be in the pudding.” On offense, Silk was also hesitant to name any standouts but believes his talent pool should provide plenty of scoring as the season progresses. “They look great,” said Silk. “It’s tough because it’s March. If you ask me in a month, I’ll have a much better idea. Hitting-wise, it’s tough because you can only get outside so often.” The Tigers opened the season yesterday against Bell. Wilson will scrimmage against Bowie at Fort Reno at 4 p.m. today, and then they will host Roosevelt on Friday at 4 p.m.

Walls preps for first girls lax season

Visi senior takes Gatorade honor

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

After leading Visitation to four consecutive Independent School League basketball championships, senior Kate Gillespie was named D.C.’s Gatorade Player of the Year last week. According to a news release, the award is given to those who display athletic excellence and high academic achievement. On the basketball court, Gillespie led the Cubs to a 25-4 record, while averaging 21 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals. At school, she has a 4.16 GPA and has participated in community service projects. Gillespie is the first Cubs basketball player to earn the award, according to the release. Former winners in the District include St. John’s’ Mooriah Rowser last year; Taylor Hilton, who won while playing for Sidwell in 2009; and Marissa Coleman, who received the honor while at St. John’s in 2004 and then led the University of Maryland, College Park to a national championship in 2006. Gillespie’s decorated career includes three all-ISL conference awards, three ISL tournament championships and four regular-season titles. The senior will play for Holy Cross next season, which competes in the Patriot League. That means Gillespie will get a chance to play in the District once a year when her school

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Jimmy Silk, above, is taking over the Wilson basebal team, which has won 19 straight DCIAA titles. Silk played college ball for George Washington University and has coached the junior varsity Tiger squad.

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Player of the year Kate Gillespie finished with a school record of 1,887 points.

competes against American University. Gillespie is now a finalist for the national Gatorade Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month. Past winners include WNBA stars Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Lisa Leslie.

Prior to scrimmages Saturday, School Without Walls coach Meg Kennedy reminded her girls lacrosse team of the rules and told the squad to ask referees if they had questions. But despite the just-starting-out pep talk, the team is leaps and bounds beyond where it was last spring, when it was first forming. Saturday was a big day for the Penguins, who participated in three scrimmages at Bishop McNamara as they made final preparations for their inaugural season. Walls spent last season drumming up interest and practicing, but on March 20 they will take on Wilson in their first game. “There’s a really steep learning curve with lacrosse,” said Kennedy. “It starts off a little slow, but once they get it you see it immediately. They’re coming along [well]. Every day, I see improvement.” Walls joins Wilson and Ballou as the only public schools in the city with a girls lacrosse program. Lacrosse is regarded as the fastest growing sports in the country; a 2011 report published by sporting goods manufacturers backed that claim. Last season, Walls played in only one scrimmage, against Wilson. The match went well for the upstart Penguins, who held Wilson to just eight goals. “We lost, but we kept the score under 10 — which is ideal in lacrosse,” said Kennedy.

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After practicing for a year, the Penguins will play their first varsity schedule.

In that past scrimmage, the Penguins couldn’t muster a goal. But during Saturday’s scrimmage rematch against Wilson, Walls scored several goals and looked primed to compete. The team will look to sophomores Christina Alcorta and Dysis Scarlett to lead the way on the field. Freshman Brett Isaacs is another player who has stepped up for the Penguins. “To be honest, they are all stepping up,” said Kennedy. “Those are just a few of the players that are getting stronger by the minute. They are all stepping up just by putting themselves out there.”

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Young Cubs look to defend championship By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

After winning the Independent School League championship last year, Visitation’s softball team enters this season with a particularly young roster that includes just three seniors. Despite their youth, the Cubs believe their team will develop into a contender. “It’s a little bit tougher this year, but we will be every bit as competitive,” said Cubs head coach Mary Colan. The toughest player to replace from last year’s championship squad will be graduated pitcher Katie Kolbe, who racked up more than 1,000 strikeouts in four years. The Cubs have a youthful pitching staff with several promising arms that will try to fill the void. The hopefuls consist of junior Kate Silk, freshman Caitlyn Fischer and a pair of sophomores, Katie B. English and Amanda Pierce. “It’s tough, but we have a lot of young talent,” said Colan. “All of our pitchers are underclassmen. They’re adequate, but inexperienced. But it’s something we are working on.” On offense, the Cubs have a slew of strong hitters. Senior Abby Peterson, sophomore Juliet Lewis and Fischer will be relied upon to lay the lumber and put up runs. “I think we have some strong bats,” said Colan. The Cubs haven’t had much practice time together this season, and it showed in their season opener Monday at Paul VI. Visitation lost 11-1 in five innings. “It’s been really tough to get practice time and to get the team playing together,” said Colan. “I think we will

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The Cubs’ young pitching staff will have to work hard to replace graduated slinger Katie Kolbe.

be ready for the ISL when the time comes.” The Cubs will open conference play Thursday at 4 p.m. at National Cathedral.

Bulldogs hope to rebound from tough year By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

After a rare losing season, the St. Albans baseball team is poised to bounce back in the Interstate Athletic Conference. “We’re looking to play in the championship of our league,” said coach Jason Larocque. “If we can make it to that championship, we’re in good shape. Anyone can win in that one game, and we are hoping to take home the banner. We just want to compete and be in games late.” The Bulldogs traveled to Potomac School for a friendly preseason scrimmage last Wednesday and ended up dominating the Panthers 4-1, which further cemented the team’s optimism. But reaching their goals will mean a lot of hard work for the Bulldogs.

“Last year was a big disappointment. … We finished up with an 11-20 year,” said Larocque. “It was our first down year in six or seven years. … It’s a gut-check time for us to see what we are teaching as coaches and to see what we are giving as an effort as players. It’s back to the drawing board.” Princeton-bound senior pitcher Danny Bodurian will lead the Bulldogs both on the mound and atbat. And St. Albans has plenty of pitching depth to back him up. Senior Danny Swad is the team’s other starting pitcher, while a pair of promising sophomore arms, Jimmy Swad and Nico Boyajian, will bolster the effort, according to Larocque. On the offensive side, the Bulldogs plan to use a small-ball style to put up runs.

“We’re going to have to execute a lot of plays,” said Larocque. “We’re going to have to move the ball around, steal and sacrifice. We aren’t going to be able to rely on doubles. “ Bodurian will likely hit third, while junior outfielder Mike McCurdy and senior outfielder John Buck will also provide strong bats in the lineup. “This year, we have a lot of really good seniors, juniors and sophomores coming back,” said Larocque. “We have some quality arms — I think we’re in good shape.” The Bulldogs will host a scrimmage Saturday against Maryland’s Whitman High School before opening the season at Musselman High School in West Virginia on March 21.

Wilson Tigers ready to pounce in girls lax By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Coming off its first winning season in a 12-year history, Wilson’s girls lacrosse team hopes to continue to build and grab more wins against private schools. “It was a good year,” said coach Mitch Gore. “We continued to improve. We beat Maret. When you can start beating some of the private school teams, [that’s a good thing].” Girls lacrosse continues to grow among public schools in the District, with Wilson leading the way. School Without Walls will compete in varsity games this spring for the first time, while Ballou is entering its second season. The Tigers hope to string together back-to-back win-

ning seasons with a roster consisting of both youth and experience. “I’m excited,” said Gore. “We’ve lost six girls to jobs and internships, but we’ve brought in about five or six freshmen who are already contributing. Lindsey Downing, who is on our basketball team, is quite a lacrosse player.” Senior Rebeca Gore is the team’s only senior who may continue at the college level. The senior has been courted by Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., but she hasn’t decided if she will play in college. “Between our strong senior leadership and good new incoming players, I feel that we will be competitive in every game,” said coach Gore. Wilson will open the season at Wheaton Thursday at 4 p.m.

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Local takes popcorn creations on the road


hen Wesley Heights resident Kristina Kern was a kid, she and her mom loved to eat popcorn â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes for dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would have popcorn dinner nights where we would hang out and chat and just bond and eat,â&#x20AC;? she said. As a mom now herself, Kern likes to continue the tradition with her daughter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though with the popcorn as a treat rather than a full meal. And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken their snacking to the next level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stella â&#x20AC;Ś and I started a tradition where we do movie night every Friday night,â&#x20AC;? Kern said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then we just started playing with infusions and olive oils.â&#x20AC;? Those infusions are now available outside the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen as well: Last month, former caterer Kern launched Stellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PopKern, a food truck selling eight varieties of popcorn. As of Friday, the choices â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which will change regularly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were dark French chocolate drizzled with sea salt, caramel, salted caramel, cheddar, cheddar with Old Bay seasoning, clarified butter and two choices with flavored olive oils. The popcorn is cooked in white coconut oil, a method that Kern said allows it to best absorb flavor. Prices range from $2.75 for a small popcorn with clarified butter and sea salt to $9.50 for a large tub with the French chocolate. Kern has long been part of the D.C. culinary world, working for years for caterers like Design Cuisine, but she recently decided to make a career change. She considered opening a â&#x20AC;&#x153;brick-and-mortarâ&#x20AC;? shop, but was concerned about how the time required would impact her daughter. Now she has a business that still takes up plenty of her time, but it can also be set aside â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or parked! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at the end of the day so she can spend the evening with Stella. And Kern has found that working a food truck involves all the aspects of

Elizabeth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She comes home about every two weeks.â&#x20AC;? Despite the geographic chalbeth cope lenge, both of the McLean-born siscatering that she enjoyed. ters have been involved in the proj â&#x20AC;&#x153;It affords me the opportunity to ect. travel around the city â&#x20AC;Ś and inter Kyle says Elizabeth is the busiact with people, which is what I ness mind, while sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the creative. love,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love watching And the idea of opening a shop people be super-excited by what came from years of sisterly imaginthey have in ing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their mouth always somebecause of me.â&#x20AC;? thing we had She seems to talked about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; be getting that but in the chance a lot abstract, not in lately. Though reality,â&#x20AC;? said Kern is modest Kyle. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only That talk as good as the began to shift last meal you toward reality serve or the last when Kyle bag of popcorn started making Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve popped,â&#x20AC;? jewelry a coushe said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she ple years back. acknowledged She was selling Bill Petros/The Current her pieces with that she thinks Wesley Heights resident Kristina customers â&#x20AC;&#x153;are ease â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so definitely hard to find Kern has opened a popcorn food pleasedâ&#x20AC;? with jewelry thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truck. her offerings. unique and Within three weeks, her Twitter interesting, and statement pieces following (where customers can that are not $400â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and she wantcheck her frequently changing loca- ed a physical space. tion) has shot up nearly tenfold, Last month, the pair opened Duo from about 40 followers the first at 1624 Wisconsin Ave. The shop day to 367 on Monday. And she offers a carefully curated selection says business is brisk at various of clothing by designers including Cynthia Cluny, The Addison Story, spots, particularly Farragut North, Amanda Uprichard, Ali Ro and Metro Center and Union Station. For more information, visit face- Dolce Vita. Tops start at about $50, or follow and dresses top out at $275. the truck on Twitter by searching Hanging throughout the store is for @stellaspopkern. Kyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jewelry. The selection includes earrings and bracelets, but New Georgetown boutique Kyle really shines when it comes to big, chunky necklaces. offers handmade jewelry The new Georgetown boutique â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to do a little bit of each,â&#x20AC;? Duo is named for the pair behind it: she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But creatively, I kind of Twenty-seven-year-old Kyle Barber lean toward necklaces.â&#x20AC;? and her younger sister, Elizabeth. The craft also gives her some But so far, Kyle is the sibling thing to do in the downtime of working the floor. manning the shop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually living in since the other half of her duo is Cincinnati for the time being, with 500 miles away. her husband,â&#x20AC;? Kyle said of For details, visit










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Wednesday march 14 Class ■ The Guy Mason Community Center and Macomb Recreation Center will host “Wednesday’s Chef: Seven Servings of Healthy Recipes and Tips,” a seven-session class featuring local chefs and other guests. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per class. Guy Mason Community Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7736. The series will continue March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 13. Concerts ■ Soprano Megan Monaghan, tenor Vale Rideout and baritone Randall Scarlata will perform Lori Laitman’s art songs and a scene from her opera “The Scarlet Letter.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ “Jazz at the Atlas” will feature Andrew Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band Unlimited. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ George Dyson will discuss his book “Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe.” 5 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Karen Stohr, associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, will discuss “Faith: Journey for a Lifetime” as part of the Lenten Reflection Series. 5 to 5:45 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-1395. ■ Stacy Cordery will discuss her book “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts.” 6 p.m. Free.


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Events Entertainment National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Arizona State University professor Daniel Childers will discuss “Urban Sustainability in the 21st Century” as part of the “On the Edge: Urban Sustainability” lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Tiki Davies and Todd Purdum will discuss their book “China Hand.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Georgetown University professor B.G. Muhn will discuss “Images of the Hidden City: Life and Art in Pyongyang,” about his recent research trip to the North Korean capital. 7:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films ■ In conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library will present the 2010 film “Water on the Table” and the 2011 film “Chasing Water.” A discussion with National Resources Defense Council senior attorney Steve Fleischli will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The festival will continue through March 25 with screenings at various venues. ■ The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Yuri Nomura’s 2009 film “Eatrip,” about contemporary Japanese food culture as seen through the experiences of people from different walks of life. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. ■ National Geographic will present the film “War Elephants,” followed by a discussion with elephant researcher Joyce Poole, filmmaker Bob Pool and National

Geographic Television senior producer David Hamlin. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Alice Nellis’ 2010 film “Mamas & Papas,” about the intertwining fate of four couples in a critical moment of their lives. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. Thursday, March 15

Thursday march 15

Book signing ■ Frances Mayes will sign copies of her book “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook.” 6 p.m. Free. Williams-Sonoma, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202237-1602. Class ■ Krista Zember of BE yoga will lead an introductory “Mixed Level Yoga” class, at 6:15 p.m.; and a “Very Gentle Yoga” class, at 7:30 p.m. Free; $125 for the rest of the 10-week session. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-689-5945. Concerts ■ Singer/guitarist Conor Malone will perform Irish melodies in conjunction with an exhibit of Pete McCutchen’s photos. 5 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Fidelio” in concert with singers and chorus. 7 p.m. $20

Wednesday, march 14 ■ Concert: Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Frank Yamma will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets, will discuss “The Role of Business in Community Building.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ Robert Paarlberg, professor of political science at Wellesley College and author of “Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know,” will discuss “The Culture War Over Food and Farming: Who Is Winning?” Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5641. ■ Amanda Smith will discuss her book “Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson.” Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Journalist and historian Paola Caridi will discuss her book “Hamas: From Resistance to Government.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Jon Schmitz, archivist and historian at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, will discuss “Women’s Roles in the Chautauqua Idea.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free. General Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1734 N St. NW. 202-347-3168. ■ Jane Harman, director, president and chief executive officer of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will discuss “Tough Foreign Policy Issues and Why Washington Can’t Solve Them.” 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Bishop Thomas J. Curry, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will discuss “Religious Liberty, Conscience, and Contraception.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Caldwell Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5683. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Photos and Kimonos.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for

seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ Rosemarie Terenzio will discuss her book “Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. ■ Ufuk Kocabas, director of Istanbul University’s Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project, will discuss “The Treasure Below: Excavating at the Ancient Port of Constantinople.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Michael Mann, lead author of the 2001 report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will discuss his book “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From the Front Lines.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Jodi Picoult will discuss her novel “Lone Wolf.” 7 p.m. $28. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ Gabriela Perez-Baez, curator at the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss “The Relevance of Language Choices Negotiated by Parents and Children for the Survival of an Endangered Language.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Steve Elkins’ 2010 film “The Reach of Resonance.” 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Friday at 12:30 p.m. ■ As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the St. Columba’s Episcopal Church Environment Committee will present Robbie Gemmel’s 2011 film “Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle,” about the 10-year struggle over a wind farm planned for Nantucket Sound. A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. $5 donation suggested. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. ■ The Embassy of Austria will present Klaus Feichtenberger’s film “Radioactive Wolves,” about wildlife in the area around Chernobyl. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Performances ■ Le Petit Cirque will present a poetic solo circus performance of objects and toys in motion, animated by French artist Laurent Bigot. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The performance will repeat Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ■ Choreographer Christopher K. Morgan will present a suite of short vignettes. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ Katona József Theatre will present “Gypsies,” about the love, tensions and conflicts that arise among Gypsy musicians and Hungarians in the countryside. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Special events ■ Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey See Events/Page 13

Continued From Page 12 will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fully Charged,â&#x20AC;? a thrill-filled circus spectacular. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $14 to $35. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Performances will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Know DCâ&#x20AC;? competition will feature three-student teams from D.C. public high schools demonstrating their knowledge of historic and contemporary D.C. elections, government and political milestones. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-387-2966. Friday, March 16

Friday march 16 Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Mozart and FaurĂŠ. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  The Morehouse College Glee Club will perform spirituals, gospel and Yoruba selections. Noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-1261. â&#x2013;  Christopher Gage, masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree candidate at the Eastman School of Music, will present an organ recital featuring works by Max Reger, C.M. Widor and Johannes Matthias Michel. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friday Music Series, the band Sahel will perform music of the African diaspora. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Johann Strauss Jr. and brother Josef, including the overture to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermaus.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform a program as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the 50th anniversary tour of The Chieftans with Paddy Moloney. 8 p.m. $28 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort and soprano Michele Kennedy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Songbird: Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Aftermath of Fukushima Dai-Ichi Reactor Accident.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Joseph Fruscione will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry.â&#x20AC;? Noon.


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Events Entertainment Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-2138. â&#x2013; Caren Pauley, a museum visitor services coordinator, will discuss an 18thcentury tankard made by prominent New York silversmith Myer Myers. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Shalini Vajjhala, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special representative to the U.S.-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability, will discuss the two countriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; partnership for green urban development. 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Studies, 1619 Massachusettts Ave. NW. saisereglobal@ â&#x2013;  David C. Schindler, associate professor of philosophy at Villanova University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom as Actuality: Hegelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Critique of the Will as the Power to Choose.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Aquinas Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259. â&#x2013;  Thomas Oatley, associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Jana Grittersova, assistant professor of political science and economics at the University of California at Riverside, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Political Economy of American Hegemony.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. event/3057108895. â&#x2013;  Mark Wilde-Ramsing, North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy state archaeologist, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;She Risesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: Archaeological Tales From Queen Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revenge, Sunken Flagship of Blackbeard the Pirate.â&#x20AC;? 2:10 p.m. Free. Room 175, Maloney Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5080. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Energy Policy: Domestic and Foreign Dimensions.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 5:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. PanelGWU. â&#x2013;  Elaine Pagels, professor of religion at Princeton University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development Bank will present the D.C. debut of Federico Veirojâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Useful Life,â&#x20AC;? about a movie-theater employee who must adjust to a new life after the cinema he worked at for more than 25 years is

Groove,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of hip-hop dance culture. 7:30 p.m. $7. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013; The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will present an all-male version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rocky Horror Show.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $20 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Saturday, march 17 â&#x2013; Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion. 3 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. forced to shut down. 6:30 p.m. Free. InterAmerican Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-6233558. â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature George Clooneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Night, and Good Luck,â&#x20AC;? about the conflict between veteran journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy. 7 p.m. $5 to $15. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Korean Film Festival DC 2012: The Art of the Moving Image From Koreaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Park Chan-Kyongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyang, Paradise City.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  BeethovenFound will present the premiere of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Bromanceâ&#x20AC;? with live symphony accompaniment. 7:30 p.m. $100. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present the D.C. premiere of Aleksei Vakhrushevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tundra Book: A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock,â&#x20AC;? about the lives of the inhabitants of a remote Russian peninsula in the Arctic Circle. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performances â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wolves in the Walls,â&#x20AC;? based on a story by Neil Gaiman. 8 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Groove Theory will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Move, One

Special event â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wine Tasting 101â&#x20AC;? series will feature a session on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mourvèdre grape: The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;red pearlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the French Riviera,â&#x20AC;? led by winemaker Count Eric de Saint Victor. 7 p.m. $70. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. 17 Saturday, SaturdayMarch march 17 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Matthew Pauli in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Treasure Quest: Pirate Comedy and Magic.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Titeuf, le film,â&#x20AC;? based on a comic character. 10 a.m. $5.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Scholar Seth Lerer will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Myths to Live By: From Homer to Steve Jobs.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  A hands-on orchid workshop will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Repot or Not?â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to noon. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The workshop will repeat March 24 at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  Suzanne Farrell will lead a master class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring Ballet.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $35. Rehearsal Room, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will sponsor â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Taste of Three Cities,â&#x20AC;? a hands-on cooking class and three-course meal featuring the cuisine of Budapest, Prague and Vienna. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $100; reservations required. CulinAerie Cooking School, 1131 14th St. NW. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A hands-on workshop will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 to 4 p.m. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. The workshop will repeat

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March 24 at 10:30 a.m. Concerts â&#x2013; Soprano Jennifer Bachitta and pianist Choochoo Hu will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within Spanish Borders: Diverse Treasures of Language and Song.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The Sixth Floor Trio will explore the connection between folk and classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven. 6 to 8 p.m. $63. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. â&#x2013;  A concert of Persian music will feature Kayhan Kalhor on kamanche and Behrouz Jamali on tombak. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The Moya Brennan Band will perform a St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day concert. 7:30 p.m. $30. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Symphony will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together Again: Mozart and Brahms.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $16 to $25. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SE. 202-5471444. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the Amerigo String Trio performing works by Beethoven and Dohnanyi. 8 p.m. $33; $29 for students and seniors. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A seminar will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The See Events/Page 14





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Continued From Page 13 Renaissance of Traditional Chinese Culture and Shen Yunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Artistry.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 703-298-4856. â&#x2013; The National League of American Pen Women, District of Columbia Branch, will present a talk by visual artist Lorraine Oerth. 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Robert Kanigel, professor emeritus of science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Island.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Expo â&#x2013;  The Travel & Adventure Show will feature hands-on activities, seminars, giveaways and a variety of destination exhibits. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15; free for ages 16 and younger. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. adventureexpo. com/washingtondc. The expo will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Films â&#x2013;  National Geographic will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Environmental Film Festival: An Animated Retrospective,â&#x20AC;? featuring popular films screened over the past 20 years. 1 p.m. $8. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Ben Riversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sack Barrowâ&#x20AC;? and John Akomfrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nine Musesâ&#x20AC;? (shown). 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-


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Events Entertainment 737-4215. â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will present Robert Bressonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Nights of a Dreamer.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. â&#x2013; The Smithsonian Chamber Players and baritone William Sharp will perform two of Schumannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrical song cycles. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $28. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

Performance â&#x2013; Jane Franklin Dance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance Sampler.â&#x20AC;? 5 and 8 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 703-933-1111. Special event â&#x2013;  Black Jack will host a pre-release event for Port City Brewing Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revival Stout, a brew created to have an affinity for oysters and seafood. 2 to 4 p.m. $55; reservations required. Black Jack, 1612 14th St. NW. blackjackdc. com/events-offers.

Sunday, march 18 â&#x2013; Concert: James Litzelman, a member of the piano faculty at Catholic University, will present a recital of works by Schubert, Chopin and Franck. A reception and the opening of a show of watercolors by Rachel Collins will follow. 4 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.

18 Sunday, SundayMarch march 18 Concerts â&#x2013; The 35th annual Bach Marathon will feature recitals by 10 organists. 2 to 6 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202363-2202. â&#x2013;  The Verdehr Trio will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms and DvorĂĄk. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The professional choir of Christ Church will perform works by Herbert Sumsion, Thomas Caustun and Orlando Gibbons. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. â&#x2013;  The Capital City Symphony will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together Again: Mozart and Brahms.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $16 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993, ext. 120. â&#x2013;  Guest organist Stewart Scharch from Oakland, Calif., will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington

National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013; A program on the Viennese Waltz will feature dance lessons taught by Donna Barker and music performed by Sidneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Viennese Waltz Orchestra and fiddler Elke Baker. Lesson at 5 p.m.; performance and open dancing at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Violinist Cyrus Forough (shown) and pianist Stephen Ackert will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Falla. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its


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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Lauren Joseph, director of development and public relations for the Hagar community in Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s southern desert, will discuss how the Arab and Jewish communities of Beer Sheva are overcoming 4,000 years of conflict. 9 to 11 a.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk by the Rev. Tom Ward on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centering Prayer.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766. â&#x2013;  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State of Political Power: How Is Leadership Exercised?â&#x20AC;? 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Craig Clunas, professor of history of art at the University of Oxford, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gentlemanâ&#x20AC;? as part of a lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinese Painting and Its Audiences.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. A video of the lecture will be shown Wednesday at noon. â&#x2013;  The Sibley Senior Association and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington Macular Degeneration Network will present a talk by Nina Glasner on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emotional Impact of Fading Sight.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Medical Building, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 301538-9358. â&#x2013;  Faye Moskowitz, professor of creative writing and Jewish American literature at George Washington University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the Bridge Is Love.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Ellen Cassedy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  Ballet in Cinema will present the Bolshoi Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staging of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Corsaire.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202419-3456. The film will be shown again Tuesday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Korean Film Festival DC 2012: The Art of the Moving Image From Koreaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kim Hyun-Seokâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cyrano Agency.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present Gary Marcuseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waking the Green Tiger,â&#x20AC;? about a campaign to stop a huge dam project on the upper Yangtze River in southwestern China. 5 p.m. Free;

reservations required. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Performance â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature emerging and established poets, followed by an open-mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The DC Rollergirls will present matches between the DC All-Stars and Queen City of New York and between the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and Scare Force One. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will offer a look at the landscape surrounding Rock Creek and point out evidence of ages gone by. 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Through Time,â&#x20AC;? about the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation over time 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202895-6070. Monday, March 19

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Westminster Schools Orchestra will perform music by American composers. 4 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The School Without Walls and Wilson High School concert choirs will perform classical, spiritual, jazz and Broadway selections. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Italian ensemble Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arpeggiata and vocalist Lucilla Galeazzi will perform Christina Pluharâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Tarantella.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Negotiating Afghanistan: The Future of Gender Equality.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Henriette S. de Bruyn Kops, exhibitions research assistant at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Generations of Movers and Shakers in the Dutch Golden Age.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will speak at a meeting of the Ward Circle Chapter of AARP. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202363-4900. â&#x2013;  Alexander Waugh, grandson of British novelist Evelyn Waugh, will discuss the positive and negative aspects of trying to pursue his own career as a writer working under the shadow of his grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation. 4 p.m. Free; reservations See Events/Page 16


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Exhibit features artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos of area forests


oods,â&#x20AC;? featuring On exhibit painterly photographs of area forests by Brightwood Park photograat the Art Museum of the pher Terri Weifenbach, will open Americas and continue through today at the Heurich Gallery and May 16. continue through June 12. An opening reception will take An opening reception will take place today at 6 p.m. place today from Located at 5:30 to 7 p.m. 1889 F St. NW, Located at the gallery is 505 9th St. NW, open Monday the gallery is through Friday open Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 through Friday p.m. 202-463from 8 a.m. to 7 0203. p.m. and â&#x2013; Studio 1469 Saturday from 9 will open an exhibit of some a.m. to 4 p.m. Nancy Tankersleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Empty 17 recent figura202-223-1626. Swingâ&#x20AC;? is part of an exhibit at tive drawings by â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;En Foco/In Focus,â&#x20AC;? present- American Painting Fine Art. Buffalo, N.Y., ing works by artist Mike photographers of Latin American, Parker tomorrow and continue it African, Asian and Native through March 31. An opening reception will take American heritage, will open today

place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m., and the artist will give a talk Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. Located at 1469 Harvard St. NW, rear, the gallery is open Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-518-0804. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering Ross Merrill,â&#x20AC;? a group show of works by Washington painter and National Gallery of Art conservator Merrill and artists who participated in a commemorative paint-out last summer in his memory, will open Sunday at American Painting Fine Art and continue through April 28. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will take place Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 5118 MacArthur Blvd. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-244-3244. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blossom DC,â&#x20AC;? featuring prints inspired by springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blossoms by local artists and others, will open Friday with a reception from 5 to 8

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he Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint and Tattooed Potato theater company will present the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nightmare Dreamerâ&#x20AC;? March 16 through April 7. Imagine a character who dreams other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nightmares for them.


What does it mean to give away the darkest parts of our selves? Those who use the Nightmare Dreamerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help get a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nightmare Dreamerâ&#x20AC;? will debut at the Mead Theatre Lab at their waking lives change in ways Flashpoint March 16 through April 7. they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagined. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $2. Arena Stage is Thursday through Saturday and 2 Sunday. Tickets cost $22.50 to $50. located at 1101 6th St. NW. 202p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 488-3300; theater is located at 916 G St. NW; 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; â&#x2013; Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre opened the Tony 202-315-1310; Award-winning musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;1776â&#x20AC;? last â&#x2013;  Shakespeare Theatre Company â&#x2013;  The all-female Taffety Punk week and will continue it through will present puppeteer Basil Twist Riot Grrrls will present staged May 19. and his production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Petrushkaâ&#x20AC;? readings of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Christieâ&#x20AC;? March With quick-witted dialogue and March 16 through 25 at the 17 and 18 as part a playful score, â&#x20AC;&#x153;1776â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; based on Lansburgh the letters and memoirs of the of Arena Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill founding fathers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; dramatizes the Three puppets impassioned debates of the Second Festival.â&#x20AC;? are at a Russian Continental Congress. Anna is back carnival: in the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Performance times are generally Petrushka, the 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through world of the clown, falls in New York water- Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. love with the front, looking for Tickets cost $44 to $60. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charming the father who Theatre is located at 511 10th St. Ballerina at first Taffety Punk Riot Grrrls will abandoned her to NW. 202-347-4833; fordstheatre. sight. The present staged readings of org. scheming and Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anna Christie.â&#x20AC;? want and abuse many years â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre 2ndStage has rich Moor loves before. Despite good intentions, extended Natsu Onoda Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Ballerina as well, and he seducâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Astro Boy and the God of thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little they have in common, es her with beautiful things. She Comicsâ&#x20AC;? through March 25. and even less on which they agree. rejects the advances of Petrushka, Performance times are 8:30 p.m. who, upset and lonely, confronts the Anna, who was forced to go into Wednesday through Saturday and Moor. Nine hidden puppeteers use a prostitution in order to survive on combination of Czech and Japanese her own, hopes that a life at sea and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $38 to $43. Studio Theatre is located at the love of a sailor will wash her techniques to bring the puppets to 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; past clean. life. Performance times are 8 p.m. Performance times are 7 p.m.

Terri Weifenbachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s images of area forests will be on exhibit at the Heurich Gallery through June 12. p.m. at the Old Print Gallery and continue through May 11. Located at 1220 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-965-1818. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instinct of Desire,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Togo-born artist Bethel Aniaku, will open Friday with a

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Continued From Page 14 required. Murray Room, Lauinger Library, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Psyche A. Williams-Forson, professor of African-American and women’s studies at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss her book “Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 220, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271261. ■ Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library and Middle C Music will present a talk by Mark Horowitz on his book “Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions.” The presentation will feature video clips of Horowitz’s interviews with composer Stephen Sondheim. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. ■ Guy Gugliotta will discuss his book “Freedom’s Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Local author Joe Howell will discuss “The Apostle Paul: His Life, Times and

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Events Entertainment Beliefs,” focusing on the letters and theology of Paul. 7 p.m. Free. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. ■ The Washington Sculptors Group will present a panel discussion on “Envisioning a Future for Public Art.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. ■ Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander will discuss “New American Haggadah.” 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ Author and monologist Mike Daisey, creator of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” will discuss “A Hammer With Which to Shape It.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 2004 film “The Motorcycle Diaries.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy

Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will present Gary Marcuse’s film “Waking the Green Tiger,” about a campaign to stop a dam project on the upper Yangtze River. 6 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ “Classic Film Night at the Library” will feature Frank Capra’s 1934 film “It Happened One Night.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ National Geographic will present the premiere of John Heminway’s documentary “Bones of Turkana,” about Richard Leakey’s decades-long search for fossils around Kenya’s Lake Turkana. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Yves Boisset’s 1984 film “Dog Day.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-4623356. Tuesday, March 20

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Concerts ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature saxophonist Noah Getz (shown) and harpist Jacqueline Pollauf presenting “Pictures on Silence.” Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3472635, ext. 18. ■ A program on the Hungarian Csardas dance will feature the Életfa Hungarian Folk Ensemble. Lesson at 5 p.m.; performance and open dancing at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The 43-member Prague Philharmonia will perform works by Mozart, Janácek and Vorícek. 8 p.m. $20 to $50. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ The West End Book Club will discuss “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath. 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ The History Book Club will discuss “And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris” by Alan Riding. 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. ■ Mike Latiff, station operation manager for Amtrak, will discuss “Managing the Second Busiest Passenger Rail Station in the Country,” about the challenges involved in coordinating the various transportation systems that call D.C.’s Union Station home. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Room A03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ Andrew Nedd, professor of art history at Savannah College of Art and Design, will discuss “A Portrait of Victory: Scenes From Russia’s Napoleonic Wars.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20; $7 for students. Reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ Kenneth Price, professor of American literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will discuss “Walt

the world’s most popular distilled spirit. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW. museumoftheamericancocktail. org/events. Wednesday, March 21

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Monday, march 19 ■ Film: “Burt Lancaster: American Classic” will feature Anatole Litvak’s 1948 film “Sorry, Wrong Number.” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Whitman and Civil War Washington.” 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Jonah Lehrer will discuss his book “Imagine: How Creativity Works.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Joshua Comenetz, a consultant in demographics and mapping, will discuss “Jewish Population: Numbers Rising or Falling? America and Israel.” 7 to 8:15 p.m. $20. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-332-1221. ■ The Palisades Book Club will discuss “Parrot and Oliver in America” by Peter Carey. 7:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ Journalist and author Marvin Kalb will interview Walter Isaacson, biographer of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, about “Leadership and Genius.” 8 to 9:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. kalbwalterisaacson-web.eventbrite. com. Film ■ The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Readings ■ First Draft at Charter Theater will present a reading of Bob Bartlett’s “Kansas,” about an Army veteran and his 13-year-old daughter as they set out on a drive from D.C. to Wichita to murder an abortion doctor. 7:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3337009. ■ Poets William Archila and Ruth Irupé Sanabria will read from their work. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294. Special event ■ The Museum of the American Cocktail will hold a seminar on “Vodka Classics,” about vodka’s emergence as

Concerts ■ A program on Czech polka dances will feature the band Czech and Then Some. Lesson at 5 p.m.; performance and open dancing at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Concert organist Charles Miller will perform a pipe organ recital featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Proceeds will benefit repairs needed to the church’s historic sanctuary due to the August 2011 earthquake. 7:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. Discussions and lectures ■ Jane Rigby of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center will discuss the James Webb Space Telescope. 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5664. ■ Author Natana J. DeLong-Bas will discuss “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: Looking for the Arab Spring.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Panelists will discuss the historical, cultural, dramatic and religious context of the years Eugene O’Neill was writing. 6 p.m. $2. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. ■ The Georgetown Day School Parent Education Series will feature a talk by sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, author of “The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn From Each Other.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St. NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Library Mystery Book Club will discuss “Last Car to Elysian Fields” by James Lee Burke. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Films ■ In conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the Textile Museum will show Pieter van Huystee’s 2002 film “Lagos/ Koolhaas.” Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Emmy-winning filmmaker Steve Sapienza, a D.C. resident, will screen his latest video documentary from South America as part of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s evening of short films on the impacts of natural resources extraction. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Root Auditorium, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. Performances ■ Local puppeteers will show examples of their work. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. ■ The Falun Dafa Association of Washington, DC, will present a new production of “Shen Yun: Reviving 5,000 Years of Civilization.” 7:30 p.m. $50 to $250. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Performances will continue through April 1.

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april 3, 2012 ■ Primary election

About the April 3 Primary

About the Voters Guide

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Voters will be able to use either paper ballots or touch-screen voting equipment at their assigned polling place. You may also request an absentee ballot by mail through March 27. Early voting will begin March 19 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, and will continue daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through March 31 except Sundays. Satellite early-voting locations — including the Chevy Chase, Columbia Heights and Takoma community centers — will be open March 24 through 31, except on Sunday. Voters registered with the Democratic, Republican or D.C. Statehood Green parties as of March 5 are eligible to vote in their respective primary; if you are not registered to vote, you may register in one of the parties at an early voting loctaion or on Election Day and cast a special ballot. The ballot will include the following offices: delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives; atlarge member of the D.C. Council; ward member of the D.C. Council from wards 2, 4, 7 and 8; U.S. shadow senator; and U.S. shadow representative. For details, visit or call 202-7272525.

The Current’s staff interviewed the major candidates in the Democratic contests for at-large D.C. Council, the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat and D.C. statehood senator. There are no contested races in the Republican Party (except for national committeeman and committeewoman), and the incumbent Ward 2 council member and D.C. delegate to the House of Representatives are uncontested in the Democratic primary. D.C. Statehood Green candidates were not included due to the limited number of party members. In the Democratic race in Ward 4, Calvin Gurley was not interviewed because he did not meet either of two threshhold requirements: having served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner or held other elected office in the District; or having raised at least $5,000 in campaign funds. In the council races, the interviews provided the basis for profiles combining candidates’ biographical information and a discussion of their top priorities, as well as charts offering brief positions on dozens of specific issues. In the statehood senator race, a chart offers the candidates’ positions on varioius matters. Photos were provided by the candidates’ campaigns.

At-large D.C. Council seat ■ Democratic Primary Sekou Biddle

Sekou Biddle served as an interim at-large D.C. Council member from January to May 2011, chosen by the D.C. Democratic State Committee to fill the vacancy created when Kwame Brown became council chairman. In an April special election to fill the seat, Biddle placed third behind Democrat Vincent Orange and Republican Patrick Mara. He is now running for that same position. While on the council, Biddle chaired the Special Committee on School Safety and Truancy. He previously served as a member of the D.C. State Board of Education and worked for the groups Jumpstart for Young Children and KIPP DC. If he returns to the council, Biddle would prioritize education, employment and ethics, he said. On education, Biddle said the council needs to insist that the school system and its chancellor state a clear objective for what the District needs to accomplish and when, but not micromanage the implementation. “If you’re the expert at doing this, you tell us what you need and we deliver the resources,” said Biddle. “But if you fail to deliver, we’re going to replace you with someone who can.” The school culture that treats some students as inevitable failures also must change, Biddle said, noting that the city should explore programs to “break the cycle” of failure in some communities. He pointed to the success of magnet and trade programs at boosting graduation and college acceptance rates, and said those models should expand systemwide. “What frustrates me more than See Biddle/Page 23

E. Gail Anderson Holness

At-large D.C. Council candidate E. Gail Anderson Holness has served on the Columbia Heights/U Street advisory neighborhood commission since 2009, and chaired the panel in 2010 and 2011. A former supporter of incumbent Vincent Orange, Holness now faults him for a lack of community engagement. If elected to the at-large seat, Holness would prioritize employment, education and fiscal efficiency, she said. On employment, Holness said she would push for tax incentives to businesses whose workforce is majority D.C. residents. She has heard from residents who are employable, she said, but who have lost out on jobs to residents of neighboring states. A “first source” requirement is already in place that requires that at least 51 percent of hires for a city contract be residents of the District, but Holness said the council needs to better enforce that rule. Holness also said the city should partner with the DC Chamber of Commerce to help residents “find creative ways to employ themselves” — forming their own businesses, for instance, which in turn could hire more District residents. The city should also establish additional workforce development training for residents who don’t yet have the skills to be employable, she said. Employment is a central issue that affects others throughout the city, said Holness. Residents with jobs are less likely to commit crimes and typically require less social services spending, she said. See Holness/Page 23

Vincent Orange

Incumbent Vincent Orange is seeking re-election to the at-large D.C. Council seat he has held since winning an April 2011 special election. He chairs the council’s Committee on Small and Local Business Development. Orange, a certified public accountant, previously served as the Ward 5 council member, from 1999 to 2007. He has also been chief financial officer of the National Children’s Center and a vice president for Pepco. He unsuccessfully ran for council chairman in 2010 and for mayor in 2006. If he is re-elected, Orange said, he would focus on education, employment and economic development. “I think education is the starting line for a life of productivity and happiness,” said Orange, citing studies that predict prison populations based on fourth-grade test scores. “And in the District of Columbia,” he said, “we have had problems educating our children.” Fourth-graders must be able to read for comprehension and do basic math to be able to progress in the educational system and ultimately prepare for the next stages of their lives, he said. “We need to ensure that we produce a high school graduate that has a diploma of value that indicates that person is either ready for college or a vocational trades job or a business opportunity,” Orange said. The school system should offer programs designed to give students a taste of different careers, Orange added, such as the wood-shop courses that persuaded him not to go into carpentry. “One of the glaring areas of See Orange/Page 23

Peter Shapiro

Peter Shapiro grew up in the District but developed his political career in Prince George’s County, first on the Brentwood town council and then as a six-year member and twoyear chair of the county council. When he returned to D.C. to live with his second wife, Shapiro saw shortcomings in accountability in the city’s government, he said. He now hopes to use his Maryland experience to make improvements in the District as an at-large member of the D.C. Council. Shapiro said his top issues if elected would be ethics, jobs and education. On ethics, Shapiro said he would push city officials to work toward excellence at their jobs. Shapiro defines “ethics” to include more than preventing illegal activity and conflicts of interest; his meaning speaks to “doing the best job you can and are supposed to do.” To achieve this, he said, the city must set clear performance goals and ensure they are achieved. “We have no system in place that ties the incentives that we offer to anything but political whim, so we don’t know what we get for our incentives across the board,” Shapiro said, adding, “I would say from Day One, let there be no subsidies, no incentives that aren’t connected to some kind of statement of performance standard.” On the more traditional meaning of ethics reform on the D.C. Council, Shapiro said he would have supported Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser’s recent bill, but he would have introduced amendments to strengthen it. Shapiro said he would like a ban on See Shapiro/Page 23

18 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 At-large D.C. Council seat Democratic Primary What would be your three major areas of concentration as a D.C. Council member? What departments or areas, if any, should be D.C.’s three top priorities in terms of any new or additional spending, once the city can afford it? What departments or areas, if any, should be the District’s three top priorities for spending reductions, given the enormous budget crunch the city may face in future years? Which taxes would you like to see increased and which decreased, given the city’s current budget situation? Tax receipts went up from the very wealthy after the District reduced its rates to below Maryland’s. Would higher income taxes for the wealthy mean less revenue, as affluent empty nesters might be less likely to settle here and some current D.C. residents might even leave? Some argue that very wealthy retired people are the most likely to leave the District due to our high income tax rates, yet they require few if any government services. Should there be a tax exemption on retirement income such as Social Security and 401(k) distributions similar to Pennsylvania’s? For commercial real estate in a highland-cost area such as the District, the price per square foot is far lower for high-rises than it is for low-rises. Some say this is one reason Rosslyn, Va., is so successful. Should parts of wards 7 and 8 be allowed under District law to have high-rises in an attempt to reduce unemployment levels there? Should the city have opposed or encouraged Walmart to locate here? Why?

What approaches, if any, should be taken to decrease the likelihood of lower-income, long-term D.C. residents being forced from their homes because of increasing real estate values and taxes? D.C.’s commercial real estate and corporate business tax rates are by far the highest in the area. In future years, should D.C. make a major effort to reduce them in order to compete better for businesses? If yes, how? The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services has been criticized over the years for alleged lax supervision of juvenile offenders. Is the department overall doing a good job? If not, what should the council do? Should juveniles who commit felonies be treated as adults in most cases? What steps should be taken to improve education?

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Sekou Biddle Education, employment, ethics.

E. Gail Anderson Holness Vincent Orange Resident employment, education, fiscal Education, employment, economic stability. development.

Peter Shapiro Ethics, jobs, education.

Getting residents back to work, charter school students, public safety.

Education, public safety and health care.

Education, employment services and public safety.

Jobs and education, assuming the funds are spent wisely. The community college could have a tremendous positive impact.

Target mayor’s and council’s offices; combine some Department of Transportation services with Public Works services; combine functions of the offices of the deputy mayor for education with the state superintendent. No taxes need increasing. Decrease income taxes on low and middleincome residents.

I don’t see any.

Look at Department of General Services and chief technology office.

Make business incentives more transparent and accountable. Defer capital spending.

Increase soda and cigarette taxes. Decrease residential real property taxes.


Offer incentives to businesses that bring quality jobs if we have firm agreements.

It could. That’s why we have a tax commission to study the issue. We should not set tax rates to adjust the current year’s budget.


I don’t buy into that premise. People are No, the city’s amenities are strong moving here. enough to overcome a small differential.

Possibly. It underscores the need for a well-researched tax commission report.

Yes, residents of a certain age should get certain privileges.

No, I think the current tax structure is adequate.


We need to consider this along with investments in job training and placement.

Yes. Those areas need all the help they can get as they have the highest unemployment rates in the District.

I would favor a comprehensive study moving in that direction, but we would need local residents’ input.

No. It would have little or no impact on the market.

Encouraged. But we shouldn’t recruit particular stores unless they bring goods and services we need and good jobs. Encouraging businesses can improve the quality of life for people while increasing sales tax revenue. We should explore caps on property tax assessments for lower-income people.

My concern is the company’s history on health care. Perhaps Walmart should be encouraged, but not as many stores as have been proposed. Walmart would take business away from longtime small businesses. We need to look at grandfathering lower-income individuals and establishing tax control for seniors that would be analogous to rent control.

Encourage, but only if Walmart agrees to a community benefits agreement. Its reputation elsewhere has affected small businesses and employee wages.

A Walmart or two could be helpful if we have strong community benefits agreements and tough development standards. They would address neighborhood needs and bring in jobs. It could hurt small local businesses. We could adjust the homestead tax credit in targeted ways.

Yes. We need to consider all options to make the District a more competitive home for businesses.


Only if it would increase our revenue and create jobs so the benefits outweigh the costs.

No major effort. The benefits of being in the city outweigh the differential.

Uncertain, but it is falling down on protecting residents from troubled youth.

In between. It’s clear there are issues somewhere. The D.C. Council should review its operational policies to make it a more effective department.

They are not doing a good job. The council should decide whether the department or the courts should be in charge of placement.

Major reform is needed, with much stricter oversight. We’re just beginning.

Juveniles are not adults and should not be so treated. Fund students more equitably and provide services commensurate to students’ needs.

In some cases, but not most.

Yes, but just in very serious cases.

Not in most cases.

Establish pilot programs for parental involvement, check new teacher qualifications better and re-evaluate curriculum.

Continue reform; train 3- and 4-yearolds for kindergarten; ensure fourthgraders can read independently and add, subtract, multiply and divide; provide high school vocational training. More for basic educational goals such as reading and math and vocational training. We should look for savings in central administration. At this point, that is a luxury we cannot afford. Successful programs for 3- and 4-year-olds must come first.

Improve teacher and principal quality; integrate wraparound services into the schools.

What line items in the school budget, if Adequately fund charter school Nothing should be reduced. We need any, should be reduced, deleted or facilities; fund more hours and weeks of more teacher training, student supplemented? school. equipment such as computers, better recreational facilities and more arts. Should the city fund pre-kindergarten We know high-quality programs bring Yes. services for very young children, academic success. We should prioritize beginning shortly after birth? it for low-income families.

Examine possibility of real estate tax breaks for low-income, long-term residents if we continue to have surpluses.

Increase principal leadership development and integrated wraparound services. If reductions required, the last place is in the classroom. Yes, especially for at-risk children.

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Do you think we have an adequate number of police officers on the force? Should the fines for bicycle riders who violate traffic regulations be substantially increased? Is the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board generally too friendly to licensees, or to local residents, or is there a proper balance? How should the D.C. Council reduce the conflicts between universities and their neighbors over 10-year campus plans?

Should the city force universities to provide more on-campus housing for undergraduate students? If so, how? Is the present open-meetings law adequate?


Sekou Biddle Our goal for all our students should be to provide an education equal to that of the best private schools.

E. Gail Anderson Holness Vincent Orange No, it would be unfair. Wealthy parents Yes, so they can be challenged and can send their children to private reach their greatest potential. schools.

Peter Shapiro We must be careful about the differentials, but having talented and gifted programs that send youngsters to the best colleges would be a real benefit for the city. Equity is a fundamental issue.

Not tough enough.

I think the District is overrun with charter schools. It requires a case-bycase analysis. In the case of Stevens Elementary, on very valuable real estate, I’d turn it over to a developer and find other real estate for a charter. Adequate.


If the city has a clear overriding rationale, then it must make the case, but the default is charters get the first crack. The community college got a closed school, and that was appropriate. Generally adequate.

Not at all.

When arrested.

If convicted of a violent crime.

Only when convicted of a major felony or violent crime.

Hold the police accountable for enforcing them.

I would eliminate jaywalking laws and look at eliminating “blocking the box” laws. Have cameras for bicycles and stricter police enforcement.

The city council should call for better enforcement.

Pressure police to enforce these laws.

We are short of the authorized level and should be there. I don’t know the fine level. They should be reviewed.

Yes, as long we have the authorized number. No, but the laws should be enforced.

Often too friendly to licensees.

They could be stricter on licensees.

Require universities to attend advisory neighborhood commission meetings to share plans and listen to residents’ concerns.

It is more a zoning issue. We can only write letters. The current rules are appropriate.

City leaders should play a role in developing city/university partnerships that facilitate ongoing communications.

No. Doing so would be too much of a strain on the universities.

Yes, if it threatens a neighborhood’s quality of life.



It depends on the university. The city could offer density bonuses or, if necessary, limit growth. The law may be adequate, but enforcement is certainly not.

Yes. No.

Yes. No.


Yes, due to unethical activities. A Yes. council member shared an office with a lobbyist. I voted for it. Yes, but it needed strengthening.

Would you favor increases in the school budget to allow gifted and talented programs for our brightest students? If yes, should the goal be to offer an education equal to that of the District’s best private schools? Should charter schools have first dibs There is nothing more valuable than our on a closed public school campus even children. We should follow the law. if it occupies exceptionally valuable real estate that would yield significant tax revenue if turned over to developers? Is enforcement for quality-of-life offenses generally adequate, too heavy-handed or not tough enough? Should D.C. turn over citizenship information to U.S. immigration officials when suspects are arrested? When they are convicted? Just when convicted of a violent crime? Or not at all? How would you get better enforcement of laws on jaywalking, bicycle riders ignoring moving vehicle laws, and drivers ignoring yield signs, using cellphones and blocking the box? Or would you eliminate some of these laws?

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Yes, but we must maintain that number No. and ensure proper deployment. The laws need to be enforced. I’ve No. never seen a bicycle rider stopped by a police officer. A proper balance, but it needs constant A proper balance. monitoring. The council should provide formal opportunities for both to voice opinions and concerns so all parties understand the others’ point of view. All council members should share information about the plans — both positive and negative. No.

No. All advisory neighborhood commission meetings should be open to the public. Should Klingle Road be reopened? No. We’ve decided it already. Compared with their counterparts, D.C. Yes. We’re not getting our money’s Council members receive among the worth. highest salaries in the country. Should their salaries be reduced? Should the council become a full-time No. Making it a full-time job and job, with a ban on legislators earning banning outside employment would outside income? limit the talent pool we need. Would you have voted for the recently No. It fell far short of the reform we passed ethics law? need today. Should subsidiaries of corporations and No. It violates the spirit of the contribution limits. other types of business entities be allowed to individually make contributions to political candidates if the parent company or other subsidiaries also make them? No. They are an opportunity for pay-toShould D.C. Council members be play corruption. allowed to keep their constituent service funds? If yes, should they be larger, smaller or left as they are now? Yes. There was a lack of faith that the Do you agree with the council’s previous structure was up to the job. decision to create the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, or should the council have given more power and staff to the Board of Elections and Ethics instead? In 20 words or less, explain why voters We deserve better than our current should elect you to the D.C. Council. corrupt council. I will serve all residents regardless of ward, income or political connections.

Yes, but I would have favored more stringent amendments. No.

Turn it over to developers if the tax revenue would allow us to give appropriate space to the charter.

Yes. No, but not raised either.

I favor banning corporate contributions but only if we ban outside employment by council members, as they can work for the same corporation.

I support banning them outright.


Yes. I voted for the reduction from $80,000 to $40,000.


The Board of Elections and Ethics should have been given more power.

More power and staff to the Board of Elections and Ethics.

Yes. I support the new entity.

Not provided.

I represent honest, effective and intelligent leadership we desperately need to address ethics, education, employment and the economics of D.C.

D.C. needs change and leadership now. I’m the only council candidate with a proven record of integrity and effective service.

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ward 4 D.C. Council seat ■ Democratic Primary Muriel Bowser

Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, who joined the council in 2007 when Adrian Fenty left to serve as mayor, is now seeking re-election for a second full term. Bowser chairs the Committee on Government Operations and recently shepherded new ethics legislation through the council. She is also the council’s voting member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board. If re-elected, Bowser would focus on public safety, government integrity and education reform. “What’s most important,” she said, “is to make our streets safe.” Bowser said she’s “strongly committed” to Police Chief Cathy Lanier, and “very proud of the reduction in gun-related crimes, but also focused on tapping down the recent uptick in robberies, vehicle theft and theft from autos.” Bowser said the key is having officers walking foot patrols and working with the community. “We leave the crime-fighting strategies to the crime-fighting professionals,” she added. “My job is to see that the 4th and 2nd districts have the number of police officers they need.” The incumbent also said she’s committed to “enhancing” fire and emergency medical services in the ward, noting that she’s proud to have secured space for Engine Co. 22 on the former Walter Reed campus. On ethics, Bowser said the council made a “great start” with the “robust” bill she recently authored. “But, what’s most important is that we elect honest leaders,” she said. “I am proud to be a strong voice in implementing solutions.” One point of contention in the ethics debate has been council members’ use of constituent service funds. Bowser said the funds need not be limited to emergency use, but there are some items that are clearly inappropriate. On the other hand, she said there’s “nothing wrong with buying tickets for kids to sporting events that they otherwise could not attend.” On education reform, Bowser pointed to various accomplishments since she See M. Bowser/Page 24

Renee Bowser

Attorney Renee Bowser, who served three terms on Petworth’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4D, is running to replace Muriel Bowser — no relation — in the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council. Renee Bowser works as assistant general counsel of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and serves as vice chair of the D.C. Commission of Human Rights. She has actively opposed Walmart’s entrance to Ward 4. If elected, Bowser would focus on education, job creation and inclusive constituent services. Bowser blames the incumbent for a “failure to get money for Ward 4 schools,” which she said has resulted in “playgrounds and buildings that are not as modernized as ... in other wards.” In Ward 3, for example, the city spent $125 million to renovate Wilson High School, while “repairing Ward 4’s Roosevelt and Coolidge [high schools] together will cost $150 million, but will be delayed to 2015 and 2017,” Bowser said. “There has been three times as much capital spending on Ward 3 schools as on Ward 4’s.” At Coolidge, “you can’t run the lights, the air conditioning and computers at the same time without tripping the power … system,” she said. “On the incumbent’s watch, there has been practically nothing done.” Bowser said the school system must improve significantly before it devotes money to gifted-and-talented programs. She also called for more wraparound services for disadvantaged students. “We cannot ignore the relationship between poverty and education the way Michelle Rhee did,” she said. On job creation, Bowser cited a lack of progress in recent years. “Ward 4 is not booming,” she said. “Unemployment is at 8 percent. We need a council member who will concentrate on job creation.” One key element of unemployment goes back to education, and the failure of D.C. schools to prepare students for jobs. She said that See R. Bowser/Page 24

Baruti Jahi

Baruti Jahi — former president of the Shepherd Park Citizens Association, co-founder of the antiWalmart “Ward 4 Thrives” group and captain of a local Orange Hat Patrol — is running again for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council. Jahi recently resigned from his job as a records manager for NASA to work full time on his campaign. The Shepherd Park resident ran and lost in 2008 to Muriel Bowser. If elected, Jahi would focus on crime, education and economic development. Jahi pointed to a recent increase in Ward 4 crime — with upticks in sexual assault, theft and homicide — as evidence that more officers are needed. “We need money in the budget to hire more police officers and then place more of them on foot patrol,” he said, noting that a stronger presence is particularly needed in Petworth and near Georgia Avenue. “A lot of these crimes are coming from juveniles,” Jahi added. “We need more programs ... to steer them in the right direction: trade, mentorship and preventative types of programs to try to address this systemic crime problem.” He also wants more Neighborhood Watch and Orange Hat programs, and he called for tougher punishments for gun-related crimes. Asked how to improve education, Jahi said the city should reconsider how we choose a leader for D.C. Public Schools, looking at the list of qualifications that were eliminated “so we could hire Michelle Rhee.” He noted that Ward 4 schools, in particular, are underperforming. “Fifty percent of the kids attend schools outside the ward. Sixty-two percent of the seats in [the ward] are in underperforming schools. Enrollment and test performance are well below where they should be.” Jahi also raised concerns over delays to planned modernizations to two Ward 4 high schools. “School modernization funds that were allocated to Coolidge and Roosevelt high schools were taken away and given to other wards.” See Jahi/Page 24

Judi Jones

Judi Jones, who is serving her fourth term as an advisory neighborhood commissioner, is seeking to replace incumbent Muriel Bowser in the race for the D.C. Council Ward 4 seat. A former business and computer teacher for both Montgomery County and D.C. schools, Jones said that if elected she would concentrate on education, D.C. statehood and smarter economic development. “Better education is the root of our solutions to a lot of our social ills,” Jones said. “We need to restructure the education process to make it more inclusive and invest the money upfront to reduce the emergency costs at the back end.” Jones said she is especially concerned about the achievement gap between black males and other students, and between blacks and whites in general. As a fix, Jones suggested developing individualized education plans for all D.C. students. That blueprint could include three credits in a certified skill as a condition for high school graduation, she said. That way, “if I don’t want to go to college, I can still have success and earn a living,” Jones said. Such a requirement would “make our students employable and have skills so they can go anywhere and get a job,” Jones said. But she emphasized that the system need not burden students who do plan to attend college. “Having certification in an area such as computer programming, web design, graphic arts, plumbing or bookkeeping does not reduce eligibility for any college campus,” she said. As for the statehood question, Jones said she would approach that issue in a different way than some others have. “I don’t like the attitude of people who say we shouldn’t strive for statehood because it is not going to happen in our lifetime,” she said. “We’ve got to start the process somewhere.” Jones said the District’s past opportunities to get a vote in Congress failed due to mismanagement. “Eleanor Holmes Norton turned down a vote on the floor because of some gun laws that we will have anyway,” she said. See Jones/Page 24

Max Skolnik

Max Skolnik, a former advisory neighborhood commissioner in Southwest who now lives in Petworth, is running for the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat. He runs Kid Power Inc., a nonprofit that operates afterschool programs for 350 young people with 25 full- and part-time employees. Should he win, Skolnik would concentrate most on education and youth development, small-business development and government ethics. “The District has some of the worst indicators when it comes to childhood poverty, teen unemployment, and the worst black-white achievement gap in the country,” Skolnik said. “I work with young people every day; I see the struggles,” he said. “The city has clearly not done enough.” Education reform strategies need to change, Skolnik said. “School reform is highly technocratic [and] topdown. I want ... a more community-centered approach.” Skolnik said highly ineffective teachers “are a small minority. And they should be removed ... as quickly as possible. The vast majority fall in the middle and need all the supports — training, incentives and peer mentoring — boosted.” Test scores should be used — to some extent — in evaluating teachers, he said, but they are of limited value in measuring student achievement. “Schools spend an inordinate amount of time in test preparation. That’s not education. That’s drilling.” The D.C. Council, he said, needs a separate committee for education and youth issues. He also wants a central youth office “with policy-making and grantmaking authority for youth issues.” Both Skolnik and his wife run small businesses. “I know the pressures,” he said. “The main economic development job of the District government should be to support ... small businesses.” Skolnik suggested a targeted approach to promoting Ward 4 businesses. “We could break up the ward into nodes of development,” he said. “Then we should support communities of small See Skolnik/Page 24

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Muriel Bowser Governmental integrity, public safety, education reform.

Renee Bowser Education, job creation, constituent service.

Baruti Jahi Crime, education, economic development.

Judi Jones Education, statehood, smarter development.

Police, school construction, transportation infrastructure.

More housing inspectors; better job and apprenticeship training; people to check elderly abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Police, education and economic development.

Education; social services such as mental health and homelessness.

The Department of General Services. I also voted to limit the number of political appointments by the mayor, streamlining the 173 boards and commissions.

Eliminate extra spending that new ethics law will create. The existing agency with more resources would be more efficient.

Eliminate council member constituent funds; reduce council salaries; consider eliminating the deputy mayor for economic development when he, like the current one, is not doing a good job.

High-end business development things such as Office of Motion Picture and Television Development; council and executive staff; special education.

Which taxes would you like to see increased and which taxes decreased, given the city’s current budget situation?

Possibly reduce taxes and fees for seniors such as senior property tax relief effort; immediately eliminate pensioner withholding; possibly reduce rate for people earning less than $100,000. No increases.

Make income taxes more proAbolish taxes on pensions. No gressive like federal government. increases. No decreases at this point.

Council salaries and council members’ staff. I would also look at soft programs, but cannot be specific at this time. Homeless and other programs might well need restructuring if they are not producing results. Rescind increase in restaurant tax and 5-cent bag tax; have all parking meters stop at 6:30 p.m. These reductions can be paid for by the iGaming revenue.

Should developers get tax incentives to bring high-end stores into Georgetown and downtown in hopes of increasing tax revenue?

Yes, if the deal is in our best interest.

Only if there are concrete studies to show tax revenue from the developments would exceed the tax incentives.

Georgetown has high-end. We need high-end retail east of Georgia Avenue and along H Street.


Should the city have opposed or encouraged Walmart to locate here? Why?

While I did not recruit Walmart, it’s my job to ensure the company offers us the best store and develops its sites in a way to enhance any neighborhood it enters. I favored a more dense project at the Missouri/Georgia Avenue corner including housing. Yes, the tax revision commission should consider ways to achieve parity with surrounding areas.

Opposed. There are studies showing a net loss of jobs in areas with Walmarts. They shift health-care costs to the jurisdiction and cause small- and medium-size retailers to close. The Georgia/Missouri corner will be a traffic nightmare. We must look at studies to see if Give businesses tax incentives to taxes really retard our business come to Georgia Avenue as well as competitors already there. growth. If so, we could have targeted tax breaks for specific types of business.

Six stores, or even four, are too many. There should have been one Sam’s Club and one mega Walmart. I like the one on Riggs Road better than on the one Georgia Avenue.

Opposed. Our main focus should be on small businesses.

Rehabilitation is important, but criminally involved juveniles must be rehabilitated in secure places.

Both are important. We need to look at studies to accomplish both goals.

We don’t have mentorship programs or job opportunities for ex-convicts. We need trade development programs.

It depends on the nature of the crime and the age.

It depends on the child’s age and lots of other factors.


Public safety is the police department’s job. We don’t need more group homes. We might need more social workers. We should look at another but less restrictive juvenile detention center. Yes, especially if they are repeat offenders.

What would be your three major areas of concentration as a D.C. Council member? What departments or areas, if any, should be the District’s top priorities in terms of any new or additional spending, once the city can afford it? What departments or areas, if any, should be the District’s top priorities for spending reductions?

D.C.’s commercial real estate and corporate business taxes are by far the highest in the area. In future years, should D.C. make a major effort to reduce them in order to compete better for businesses? If yes, how? How can the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services resolve any conflicts that arise between protecting public safety and rehabilitating young offenders? What is more important? Should juveniles who commit felonies be treated as adults in most cases? What steps should be taken to improve education?

What line items in the school budget, if any, should be reduced, deleted or supplemented? Would it be fair if magnet or vocational programs were to receive considerably more per student in D.C. funds than regular programs? Do you favor establishing a math/science magnet similar to Maryland’s Montgomery Blair or Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson aiming to send graduates to colleges like the Massachusetts and California institutes of technology, even if it means a higher cost per student than in other public schools?

Modernize buildings and playgrounds to produce atmosphere conducive to learning; have structured music, arts, foreign languages and science curriculums in every school; reduce “teaching to the test”; and teach concepts. Look for savings in central office; I am not familiar enough with the totality of the school budget. increase art, music, athletics and capital spending for middle We should look at successful outcomes nationally and and high schools. worldwide.

Improving resource parity across the city; invest more in middle and high schools; attract more families to publicly funded schools.

I support development in Ward 4 first. After all considerations, I would consider other areas. If you build it in Ward 4, they will come. Opposed. I favor taking them to court. In no other metropolitan area are two Walmarts within a mile and a half of each other.

Hire someone who has the qualifications in place for superintendent before they were changed for Michelle Rhee; have a Ward 4 PTA consortium to improve the weaker groups. Add funds for youth trade development as well as music and art.

No. We have to ensure parity across the system.

Yes. Any time there is a variety of Yes, as we want to encourage people, things are different. Look excellence. at the costs of football.

I support McKinley Tech to be our science magnet.

Only after we bring science education of all high schools up to a more advanced level.

Yes, and Banneker is just as good as those programs.

Max Skolnik Education and youth development, small businesses, governmental ethics. Programs dealing with youth and seniors, education, affordable housing for homeless, adult vocational training.

Make wealthy tax increase permanent and add brackets for over $500,000 and $1 million.

Yes, based on geographic We should look at it on an individual basis. The current policy is economic problems and community benefits. not working.

They are equally important. We must increase supervision and have more in-house programming, data sharing and discussions with community about the process of integration. No, except on a case-by-case basis for those close to 18.

Provide more teacher training support and opportunities for input for and from teachers; create a central youth office and more collaborative structures between parents, young people, nonprofits and other stakeholders. Ultimately decrease special Unsure of reductions; technology, capital infrastructure education transportation and some central administration and professional development oversight staff; increase funding should be increased. for nutritional, enrichment, wellness and arts programs. No. Not if they receive considerably more.

Have a graduation requirement that a student must have a certified marketable skill and be college-qualified even if it is for a special college for those with special needs.


Yes. It would be vital to the city.

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Muriel Bowser Charter school advocates say We provide them a facilities that charter schools do not allowance. Our revenue bonds receive as much per pupil as the make their construction deals public school system does, since less costly. most charter schools have to fund their own buildings. Do you agree this is the case? If yes, what if anything should be done about it? Should police officers be able to We must protect due process write tickets with large fines for rights, so they should be booked. underage drinking and for quality-of-life offenses so they don’t have to take the time to formally book the accused? Should D.C. turn over citizenship Public trust in the police is paraor lack of citizenship informamount. We must comply with tion to U.S. immigration officials federal mandates in the case of when suspects are arrested? convictions for violent crimes. When they are convicted? Just when convicted of a violent crime? Or not at all? Should Klingle Road be reopened?

Yes, the recent closure of the Broad Branch Road bridge demonstrated a need for additional cross-park connections.

Would you support making the position of council member a full-time job, with a ban on legislators earning outside income? Would you have voted for the recently passed ethics law?

I am a full-time council member, but voters should have the right to choose council members with outside jobs. Yes, it is the most comprehensive restatement of ethics regulations since home rule. Yes. My ethics bill put uses and restrictions in place on the funds and restricted them to $40,000. I insisted on the creation of a board solely responsible for investigating and enforcing ethics violations — just as 37 states have.

Should D.C. Council members and the mayor be allowed to have constituent service funds? Do you agree with the council’s decision to create the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, or should the council have given more power and staff to the Board of Elections and Ethics instead?

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Renee Bowser I understand they do get a facilities allotment, so I’m not sure I agree. They also can send children back to the public schools in the middle of the year.

Baruti Jahi Yes. They do not receive as much, but our priority should be to improve our public schools.

Judi Jones They should have first crack at closed school buildings, but should raise outside funds to fix them up so the government will not decide on the improvements.

Max Skolnik Per-pupil spending should be equal, but charters do have a responsibility to raise money. The city should provide a functional space for charter school students.

Taking the offender in may have No, it would be too subjective. more of an impact to discourage future action than simply fining him.

Yes for underage drinking and most quality-of-life offenses.


Only if convicted of a violent crime. Otherwise, it discourages the public from giving police information.

When convicted of a violent crime.

Only if convicted of violent crimes.





No. It was a shameful toothless wonder.

No. Existing laws were not enforced.

No. It’s weak and toothless.

No, because only 12 percent of the funds go to needy constituents. No. More power should have been given to the Board of Elections and Ethics.

Yes. Their size should stay the same.

No. We should rely on a real social safety net.

The Board of Elections and Ethics was adequate. The new office is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

No. The Board of Elections and Ethics should have been strengthened.

When arrested.

I need to look at studies to see No, it would be too expensive. if the environmental problems are outweighed by the inconvenience of the residents and the environmental problems caused by additional traffic from detours. Yes. Yes.

Probably not, as it did not address outsized corporate dollars. It was a lot of show. No. It’s really a slush fund. The incumbent used only 8 percent for actual constituent services. More staff should have been given to the Board of Elections and Ethics.

d.C. Shadow Senator Democratic Primary

Michael D. Brown

Pete Ross

Do you support statehood as the only acceptable way to secure full rights for D.C. residents? Is D.C. statehood viable at present, given that the federal government pays for “state” costs such as prisons? Would you support full voting rights in the House and Senate as an interim measure? Would you support full voting rights in only the House as an interim measure? Should shadow senator and representative offices be taxpayer-funded?



Yes. We lose billions by not being able to tax income at its source.

Yes. A commuter tax would more than offset this cost.


Yes, as long as it is an interim measure.

No, because this would likely become the permanent situation. Yes.


What is the most important step that you have taken (or would take) to secure full rights for D.C. residents? Do you support civil disobedience as a way to advocate full rights for D.C. residents? Are you willing to be arrested for the cause? In 20 words or less, please state why you should be the District’s shadow representative.

I created Teach Democracy DC, a nonprofit, to share the lack of D.C. voting rights with teachers and students. Yes.

Yes. I would also support the positions being paid in the future, but I would not personally accept a salary. As a citizen, I have already protested for statehood and been arrested, and I am prepared to go to jail. Yes.

Yes, and I have been.

Yes, and to go to jail.

Five years as U.S. senator, 30 years in national politics, a record of many accomplishments and a passion for statehood.

I am ready to agitate, educate and negotiate: upsetting the status quo to get us statehood and move us forward.

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ORANGE From Page 17

improvement in educational development for our young people is helping the young person find their skill,” he said. He said the school system should identify students who need special help and connect them with additional resources; it should also provide for more special-education students within D.C.-run schools rather than paying tuition to send them to private schools. On employment, Orange said the District needs a “jobs czar” — a central official who can align vocational training with available D.C. jobs. For instance, he said, the city knows that Walmart expects to hire hundreds of employees for its planned D.C. stores. Accordingly, Orange said, he wants the city’s community college to offer classes in “how to run cash registers, … how to manage inventory ... how to stock the shelves,” he said. “Now, instead of us having training dollars all over this government, we’re going to put it into this community college and we’re going to train for the job,” he added. With sufficiently trained residents, said Orange, contractors and agencies will have no excuses for avoiding city law that requires a percentage of local hires — which he said should be enforced more rigorously. On a smaller scale, Orange said he helped prepare residents for jobs when Home Depot

SHAPIRO From Page 17

corporate campaign contributions, a prohibition on outside employment for council members and the elimination of constituent service funds. Shapiro also said he stands apart from competitors Sekou Biddle and Vincent Orange. He faulted Biddle for his previous route to a D.C. Council seat — the Democratic State Committee named him to the interim post — and Orange for the stances he has taken. “I’m the only candidate who has a track record as a progressive and isn’t caught up in the D.C. political machine,” Shapiro said. On jobs, Shapiro said the city should incentivize certain businesses to locate in technology districts established in neighborhoods it hopes to revitalize, following the model of the arts district he helped create in Hyattsville, Md. The city should then organize its job-training efforts to prepare residents for employment in that field, said Shapiro. “We need leadership that states loud and clear what our priority is as a city around job creation and to have a very clear message about the kind of jobs we’re looking to create,” he said. Under Shapiro’s proposal, existing city employment services, the school system, higher education and nonprofit partners could collaborate on the types of job training required for a position in the tech-

and other large retailers were readying to open in Ward 5. Orange said the city should also incentivize new job-creating industries to operate in the city, such as filmmaking, garment production and automobile sales. Orange said these two top issues — education and employment — combine to make his third priority: economic development. Residents who are educated can get the available jobs in the District and attract more employers to the city, both of which would improve local financial well-being. A clear plan should also drive economic development, Orange said. When he was the Ward 5 council member in 1999, he said, the city set distinct goals after years of deficits. “We had something to prove: that we could dig ourselves out of that hole and get rid of the [financial control board].” Today, he said, the issue is different. “I think very soon, the city is going to be flush with cash, and it’s going to be a question of how we utilize it,” he said. Orange, 54, lives with his wife in the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast; they have two adult sons and a teenage daughter. Orange grew up in Oakland, Calif., and received a scholarship to attend boarding school in Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s degree from California’s University of the Pacific, a law degree from Howard University and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. nology sector, which he said includes many entry-level career positions. “We have so many resources we can bring to bear if it’s organized around a common vision,” he said. On education, Shapiro said he would encourage the school system to devise more variables for evaluating teachers beyond test scores, but to ensure that performance is still carefully monitored and to reward successful instructors. “It’s really about teacher quality; teacher quality is a result of accountability and training and support,” he said. Shapiro also called for additional leadership training for principals. “The role of the principal, at least in part, is to create the kind of environment that encourages and supports teachers to think beyond the test,” said Shapiro. Shapiro, 49, lives with his wife and her two children in the Ward 4 section of Chevy Chase. Born in Rockville, Shapiro moved to the District at age 5 and attended Murch Elementary School and Washington International School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, where he resumed his studies as a sophomore 10 years after leaving Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He most recently worked as a leadership consultant, but said he has put his job on hold during his council bid. Shapiro served on the Prince George’s County Council from 1998 to 2004 before moving into the District.

BIDDLE From Page 17

anything else is there are enough examples of what works, and we continue to explore what doesn’t,” Biddle said. Biddle further called for merging the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to streamline operations and save money, and for equalizing per-pupil spending between the school system and public charter schools. On employment, Biddle said the District needs to help train its residents for the jobs that are already available here, as well as work to attract additional employers. “There are more people working in the city on a daily basis than there are working-age residents, yet we have dramatic unemployment in the city,” said Biddle. Biddle said the city currentlyfunds too many job-training programs whose participants aren’t becoming employed. “Right now,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 we pay for process,” he said. The District needs to redirect its spending toward job training and placement programs able to show that their participants subsequently get jobs, said Biddle. Biddle said it recently became clear that ethics should be another priority — interviewed last April, he named the city budget as his third top issue. Asked last month about the change, he said, “Last year at this point, we were under the impression we were running potentially into a $300 million deficit or shortfall. It turns out not to have actually been the case, and it was not the case [then] that several elected officials were under federal investigation.” To help restore faith in the council’s integrity, Biddle advocated a ban on corporate contributions, which allow individuals to use multiple entities they control to skirt donation limits. “What concerns me and certainly a lot of other residents is you have elected officials getting large sums of money from people with a clear interest on cer-

HOLNESS From Page 17

On education, Holness said the school system needs a greater focus on extracurricular athletics and arts activities. Students who are more engaged in school are more likely to be successful academically, she said, noting that the city should increase its school spending. Holness also said she favors a greater push for parental involvement in their students’ academic activities. “When parents are engaged in the process, students have a tendency to perform better,” she said. The school system should establish a pilot program to issue “a compelling fine” to a parent who doesn’t attend conferences with a teacher, she said. Holness also said the council should be responsible for reviewing a school’s curriculum to ensure it will provide a suitable education for its students, rather than simply preparing them for standardized tests. “I think the council’s role is as integral as the Board of Education’s role to participate, because we set the budget,” she said. Holness said the city is giving too much attention and resources to charter schools rather than the traditional public school system. While she favors school choice, she said the city is “overrun” with charters. On fiscal efficiency, Holness said the council should review agency budgets to root out “frivolous


tain issues,” said Biddle, pointing to incumbent Vincent Orange’s positions on gas stations and taxicabs, which he said align with those of Orange’s donors. “We’ve so significantly damaged the public trust, it’s hard for people to believe that the council is beholden to the residents instead of the people who write big checks,” Biddle added. He also said the council should eliminate constituent service funds and study additional ways to tighten controls of elected officials’ conduct. Biddle, 40, is a D.C. native who lives in Shepherd Park with his wife and two sons. He earned a business administration degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Georgia State University. Before working for the Jumpstart and KIPP programs, Biddle was a public school teacher in Atlanta, New York City and the District, and trained Teach for America instructors.

spending.” She cited examples from the University of the District of Columbia that she said demonstrate a waste of taxpayer dollars, and said she wants an opportunity to find where that is occurring elsewhere. “Having not been exposed to the budgets of all the agencies, I think there needs to be an overall review of all District agencies,” said Holness, adding, “When nobody’s looking, people have a tendency to do whatever.” Holness said the city needs to increase revenue to pay for some incentives and spending initiatives, perhaps through commercial real estate taxes and income taxes on residents earning $500,000 or more. The unique appeal of living or operating a business within D.C. is enough to offset the impacts of any additional cost, she said. Holness, 55, lives in the Columbia Heights/Pleasant Plains area just off Georgia Avenue in Ward 1. A native of Columbia, S.C., she is divorced and has a 24-year-old daughter. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s degree from St. Mary’s Ecumenical Seminary & University in Baltimore, and law and ministry doctorates from Howard University. A diverse résumé includes a long history of community involvement. Besides serving as pastor of the Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Petworth, Holness is also president of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and manager of a faith-based educational consulting firm.

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M. BOWSER From Page 20

joined the council. “Enrollment growth at Brightwood [Education Campus] and Lafayette [Elementary School] has been strong. ... We’re very proud of our ability to totally renovate Takoma [Education Campus] after one year. I was very proud to support the way we incentivize our teachers,” she said. When asked why other wards have received more school renovation money than Ward 4, she said, “Our turn is now,” including “the total renovation of Roosevelt and Coolidge” high schools. Bowser also noted that a lot has been spent to “stabilize” Roosevelt, including upgrading the boiler sys-

R. BOWSER From Page 20

if the city puts more “focus on apprenticeship training, people will have jobs.” Bowser also urged more emphasis on the city’s first-source law, which requires companies with government contracts to hire locals. And she noted that many city agencies “don’t favor small and disadvantaged businesses,” vowing to fight for “procurement laws that allow local small businesses their fair share of city contracts.” Bowser said the city should also withhold subsidies when businesses fail to deliver as promised. And while she emphasized the importance of offering “certain business incentives” to get District residents jobs, she said a general decrease in

The Current tems, making electrical upgrades and replacing hallway lighting. Yet, “What’s needed is total modernization,” she said. “It is funded to begin this year. The mayor wants to postpone it, but the council would have to approve that.” She also pointed out that some recently modernized Ward 3 schools, such as Wilson High, serve a number of Ward 4 students. A D.C. native, 39-year-old Bowser has a master’s degree in public policy from American University and a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburgh’s Chatham College. Before joining the council, Bowser worked as assistant director of Montgomery County’s Silver Spring Regional Center, which works to coordinate community needs with government services. corporate tax rates is unnecessary. She said she opposes Walmart “because of its record of poor treatment of workers, destruction of small businesses and a net loss of jobs in communities where it locates.” Bowser has been involved with Ward 4 Thrives, a grass-roots group fighting against the company’s entrance into the ward. On her third campaign focus — constituent services — Bowser said the phrase has many meanings, including ensuring that “absentee rental building owners maintain their properties.” Muriel Bowser, she said, has not done that. Bowser, 62, was born in Philadelphia and received a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and law degrees from North Carolina Central and the University of Wisconsin. Single, she moved to D.C. in 1983.


From Page 20 Jahi also believes the city should increase funding for music and art, as well as for vocational programs for various in-demand trades. He also supports programs for high-performing students. “We should be pushing for more ‘gifted and talented’ programs, as we need to reward excellence,” he said. Jahi said increased parent participation is essential, and he suggest-

ed creating a Ward 4-wide PTA. On economic development, Jahi believes the city should have coordinators in each ward “whose sole responsibility is to foster” growth in their area. He faults the incumbent council member for Ward 4’s lag in business development compared to H Street, where he said Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells used revitalization funds originally allocated for Georgia Avenue. Funds slated for Georgia Avenue also went to other projects, he said.

JONES From Page 20

“To turn it down, thinking they wouldn’t push the gun laws anyway, is ludicrous.” Jones said she would be in favor of the District accepting territorial status “as a temporary measure and a step towards statehood.” This method, she said, would exempt the District from federal income and corporate taxes and also bring in more businesses. To encourage development, Jones advocated the drafting of a plan specific to Ward 4. “We must develop a comprehensive plan with the consensus of Ward 4 residents about how their ward should look and how

SKOLNIK From Page 20

businesses in these different areas.” The city now imposes too many hardships on business owners, he said. “It’s a very difficult process to get licenses and permits.” Skolnik said the city can help grow businesses through seed-money grants, incubators and lower tax rates in some cases. “Some strategic tax abatements can be effective,” he added. “But there must be no appearance of impropriety as to

If elected, Jahi would lobby for a Ward 4 skills registry for residents who are unemployed or seeking better jobs. He supports using tax breaks to recruit businesses to Ward 4, and said businesses already established in the ward should also get such deals. Jahi, 42, was born in New York City and came to the District to attend Howard University, where he earned a doctorate in political science. He is married and has a 4-year-old son.

the plan should be implemented,” she said. Jones emphasized that the city must consider alternatives to Walmart. “I agree with … the Upper 14th Street Uptown Business Association’s proposal for a boutique grocery store like Harris Teeter, Wegmans, or Trader Joe’s at Georgia and Missouri rather than a Walmart. The development would include entrepreneurs who live [or own] businesses in the District.” Jones, who did not give her age, is a District native. She grew up in the Brookland area and now lives in Lamond Riggs. She graduated from Drexel University, where she got her degree in business and marketing. Single, she holds graduate degrees from the University of the District of Columbia in international business, computer science and education.

how they were achieved, such as campaign donations. ... There should be significant community benefits and clawback and sunset provisions. “I hope to bring some honesty, some reformer ethic to our government, some humility and a sense of service,” Skolnik said. He said corporate contributions have become a growing influence in local politics. “I would propose eliminating corporate, LLC, subsidiary and partnership donations [plus] lobbyist and contractor donations,” he said. Also, “I would abol-

ish the constituent service funds.” Although Skolnik noted that it’s possible such bans would simply shift contributions to political action committees, “we would at least disconnect the direct contact between donors and candidates,” he said. Skolnik, 36, is married with a 16-month-old son. He was born in the New York City suburbs and majored in political science at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He came to Washington to get a master’s degree in Latin American studies at George Washington University.

Perhaps the greatest right that we all have as United States citizens is the right to vote! Being an informed voter is important and we urge you to take the time to review the positions candidates take on the myriad of issues that can help to improve our region both at the local and the federal level. As a long-standing corporate citizen of the metropolitan Washington area, we hope you will indeed become informed and then exercise your right to vote in the upcoming elections. Giant is commited to continuing our long-standing tradition of being an involved corporate citizen of this community. Please join us in becoming involved too!

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On March 2, Coast Guardsman Mario Vittone visited Aidan Montessori School. He talked about his work as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, which is someone who jumps out of helicopters and rescues people stranded in the ocean. The person is put in a basket and hoisted up into the helicopter. We interviewed lower and upper elementary students about his talk. First, we asked fifth-grader Eva Gondelman what she had enjoyed when he visited. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked how he told about his missions,â&#x20AC;? she said. Next, we asked sixth-grader Lucia Braddock the same question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was really cool that we got to meet him and that he was one of the first to rescue a 4-month-old baby,â&#x20AC;? she said. Then, we asked a few people in lower elementary whether they would like to be in the Coast Guard. Second-grader Stella Brown said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, it would be a little scary.â&#x20AC;? Second-grader Theo Braddock said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I might want to be in the Coast Guard.â&#x20AC;? Fourth-grader Marshall Cooperman said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to be a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, especially to be able to jump out of helicopters.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexandra Bullock, fourth-grader, and Eva Sophia Shimaski, fifth-grader

Beauvoir School

One of the third-grade projects is for each class to make a newspaper. First, we brainstorm ideas with Mrs. Fardoust about our interests and then decide what we want to write about. Once we get an idea that we know a lot about, we spend several weeks writing about it. When we finish, the teachers help us edit our writing. Then, we get to change the font, size and color of the title. Finally, we search for pictures that go with our writing. I hope you will enjoy reading the rest of the newspaper. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dillon Sutko, third-grader


Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

On March 2, Bannekerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama club presented â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antigone,â&#x20AC;? the classic Greek play by Sophocles. The play takes place in Thebes during the 5th century B.C. As I stepped into the auditorium, the setting seemed unrealistic. Ms. Camille France, the music teacher, was playing the violin. Her playing was replaced by recorded music from the sound system, which helped set the mood. As the actors stepped on stage in their costumes, I finally began to feel like I was in Greece. I had not read the play prior to attending the performance, but it was easy to understand. Junior Andranae Nelson was convincing as Antigone, and I felt her pain and sorrow at the death and dishonor of her brother. She wants to honor her slain brother by giving him a proper burial, even though it is against the law and she knows the consequence for her will be death. It was refreshing to see one of my classmates, Randall Chandler, as Creon, the king. Creonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son (played by Brandon Artis) turns against his father and chooses to die with Antigone. When the blind prophet Teiresias (Sierra Douglas) tells Creon to change his hateful ways, it is too late. The lighting played a huge part in each scene, drawing the attention of the audience to the character speaking. The directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blocking decisions were precise, with cast members entering and leaving the stage from the aisles of the theater. The actors were engaging, and the chorus members did an admirable job explaining the story. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Deja Parker, ninth-grader

Primary Curriculum work. It is about how we learn, so we get to find out all about the different parts of the brain and the different ways different people learn. One thing I have learned so far is that the left side of our brains controls the right side of our body and the vice versa! We made a model/map of our brain, which was quite cool because not only did we learn the parts of the brain, but we also learned what some of them do as well. Something I learned from that lesson is that we have a part of our brain that is used for balance and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why when people get knocked in the head they feel dizzy. Another part of this work has been learning the best/worst environment for us and others to learn in. To gather information, we developed a questionnaire about what the best and worst environments to learn in are, and we asked friends and family members to answer. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isobel Sowells, Year 5 Chicago (fourth-grader)

Deal Middle School

Every year, Alice Deal Middle School creates the crown jewel of middle school memories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the school musical! This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma.â&#x20AC;? The production will be a fantastic performance about the Old West with characters such as Curly and Laurey. This musical has breathtaking scenes and, of course, heartstopping songs that go with it. This play brings family and friends together â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you may even want to sing along with the performers, too. But putting together a musical may sound easier than it really is. You need to put in hard work and a good effort to put on such a big per-

formance. Going through scenes over and over and over is a lot for some young people like us! As I rehearse with my partners, I see happiness and joy in everyone around me. Meeting new friends or dealing with old enemies, this is a time to be happy and show who you really are as a person. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Billy Blu Barua-Payton, sixth-grader

Edmund Burke School

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello Dollyâ&#x20AC;? is a musical that was on Broadway four times. There is a reason that it was produced so many times â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the songs are phenomenal. As the story goes, widow Dolly Levi is a matchmaker. She has paired many couples but feels that it is time for her to marry. The amazing Faith Snyderman played Dolly. Her range was huge and she could sing falsetto as well as very low. She discovers a man, Horace Vandergellar, played by Jacob Bernhardt, who is recently widowed and very rich. He has two workers named Barnaby Tucker and Cornelius Hackl, who were done great justice by John Blair and Sam Geoghegan. Vandergellar has his sights set on a woman in New York City named Irene Malloy, played by the alwaysawesome Rennie Smallwood. When Vandergellar goes to propose to her, Barnaby and Cornelius sneak out of Vandergellarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s store, which they were set in charge of, and go on an adventure to New York. Vandergellar has a niece named Ermengarde, who was played by the hilarious Julia Okun. She needs a husband and ends up getting married to artist Ambrose Kemper. Alex Baker did a great job playing the

artist. Mayhem occurs in New York, and that is the story. The production here at Burke was definitely a hit. All four shows were sold out to the point that they had to make one of the dress rehearsals an open dress rehearsal. I give it 20 stars out of 10. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Infinity Willner, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School

This week, we had Science Day with the Maryland Science Center and Georgetown Day high school students. The Maryland Science Center did a presentation on electricity. One girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair stood on end, and six students passed electricity through each other. It was hilarious. I learned that the human body contains electricity, and that you can measure it by using salt and an electrometer. Put the salt in your hands and squeeze the electrometer. The high school Enviro Club recreated the Potomac River in a classroom. Let me tell you, it was not pretty; actually, it was quite messy. There was antifreeze, oil, trash, fertilizer and other pollutants. The club taught us how to filter water with natural ingredients like clay, sand and pebbles. The star of science day was the egg drop. Yay! It was probably the funniest thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen. Early in the day, we made contraptions to protect the egg. Later, Nancy Kaplan, our principal, dropped the eggs from the roof onto a tarp. All but three eggs cracked. The crescendo of noise was deafening. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Hay, sixth-grader

Holy Trinity School

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more true of the blooms that dot the exterior of a 1925 Tudorinspired Wardman. But the storybook-cottage look is deceiving: This propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ample interior offers five bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The just-listed home makes the most of its end-unit location. A slate path winds from the front door to a patio in the same material. Come summer, this spot, which is sizable enough for a grill and dining area, will be shaded and scented by the wisteria vines that arch over the area. Steps lead to a small backyard ringed by mature perennials. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gate here to a driveway that leads from an alley to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep one-car garage. Inside, the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage shows in charming details. Many windows are working casements, including an arched one next to the front door. Hardwood floors line the rooms and gleam in the light

that streams in through the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so many, in fact, that a photographer struggled to get pre-listing shots that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include disruptive beams of sunshine, said listing agent Jean Hanan. A living room, for example, is lit from three exposures and centers on a wood-burning fireplace. A sunroom waits next to this space, and shelving makes this spot a perfect reading retreat. The dining room is sizable and classic, with a casement-lined bay and display shelving adding interest to the space. But most casual meals will occur in the kitchen, and here Wardman fans will see what sets this home apart from its galleykitchen siblings. Renovations have yielded a large, bright room with ample prep space, storage and even a butcher-block-topped peninsula ideal for relaxed dining. Stainlesssteel appliances and granite countertops get a warm-up from the natural maple color on the cabinetry. A powder room is a groundfloor convenience, and two more full baths â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both en-suite and renovated in soothing ocean hues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wait on the second floor. The two bedrooms on this level include private sitting rooms. The

masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is particularly sunny and large, and the entire master suite, in fact, boasts dimensions not often found in homes of this vintage. The master bath connects to what could be used as an extra bedroom or as an office. The space has been kitted out as the latter with open shelving and a built-in desk. Because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no closet here, the spot is not an official bedroom and not included in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total. On the top floor are two more spacious bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one with a large secondary room that can function as a closet, study space and more. Window seats make charming use of dormer windows, and a skylight in one bedroom adds more natural light to the space. A large storage closet is a useful feature. A renovated bath on this floor is a classic and includes subway tile and a clawfoot tub. Much more storage space waits on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom level.















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This light-filled, Tudor-inspired Wardman home is listed at $1,250,000. Though unfinished, the level is a clean slate that can host the basics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; laundry, storage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or be transformed into more. A final full bath sits here and would be a useful and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if renovated â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stylish finishing touch to a casual living space. This propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location on a quiet street on the edge of Woodley Park and Cleveland Park will appeal to buyers looking for residential areas close to city amenities such as restaurants and shopping.

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From Page 1 In the meantime, all involved agree that the smaller electric boat tested out last summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and set to begin offering rides in Georgetown sometime this spring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is not the ideal solution. The smaller boat (which seats 12) is a replica of canopy-covered boats that took visitors up and down the canal around the turn of the last century. Those boats, officials say, were also battery-powered. But they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

evoke the history of the canal like the mule-drawn packet boats (seating 70) that hauled coal down the canal during its industrial heyday. The ride on The Georgetown packet boat, with volunteers and park rangers in period dress telling stories of canal life, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a very memorable experience,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;very important to the interpretation of canal,â&#x20AC;? said the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy superintendent, Brian Carlstron. The smaller â&#x20AC;&#x153;recreational launches look historic, but are not intended to replaceâ&#x20AC;? The Georgetown, he said. The 1890s reproduction, as




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Cumberland and Georgetown. Some Georgetown residents are unhappy with the replacement boat. Arlette Cahen-Coppock, who lives and runs a hair salon, The Fourth Lock, near the actual fourth lock of the canal, recalls â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best years of The Georgetown, when [the boat] attracted busloads of school children and tourists, and the occasional group of recuperating soldiers from Walter Reed Hospital.â&#x20AC;? Now it sits â&#x20AC;&#x153;exposed to the ravages of the weather,â&#x20AC;? she wrote to park officials in February. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a desolate sight to see, with its belly open and looking abandoned.â&#x20AC;? Cahen-Coppock has started a petition drive to â&#x20AC;&#x153;keep a functioning canal barge in Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? and said she already has more than 200 signatures. But Carlstrom said saving The Georgetown is not an option. Park rangers knew there were hairline cracks in its fiberglass hull, but an inspection last summer found â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant structural deficienciesâ&#x20AC;? that made it unsafe to use, and it was permanently taken out of service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Repair would be prohibitively expensive. It would cost more than a new boat,â&#x20AC;? he said. There is another ride available in the Maryland segment of the park, a packet boat called The Charles F. Mercer. But The Mercer, too, though an authentic replica, is a passenger

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boat, not a freight boat that evokes the canalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original purpose. Carlstrom said if funds can be raised to build a new canal boat, the Park Service must also find money to staff and operate it before it can be put into service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real challenge,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that the agency has been almost chronically short of funds in recent years. And the C&O Canal is a particularly costly strip of parkland to maintain, with periodic storms and floods washing away chunks of the towpath. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 185 miles of needs,â&#x20AC;? said Logan, president of the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising arm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This [canal boat] is certainly one, a big one. But Georgetown is not being singled out.â&#x20AC;? As to The Georgetown itself, park officials say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning to haul it up to Williamsport, Md., for installation as an exhibit.

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The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and Northwest Neighbors Village are co-sponsoring a special program, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elder Issues: Facilitating Difficult Family Conversations,â&#x20AC;? on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. The Northwest Neighbors Village is a local nonprofit that supports seniors who want to age at home for as long as it is safe to do so. The March 20 event is designed to assist families in planning for, discussing and taking action on the difficult issues that can come with the aging process. Speakers will identify issues for discussion, provide tips on how to conduct the conversation and identify approaches to particularly difficult situations. Myrna Fawcett, an elder-law attorney, will speak about the legal issues that should be considered in planning for the future, and identify documents that should be prepared for that future. Fawcettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law practice has centered on elder law, including guardianships, conservatorships and estate planning. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Lawyers and often speaks on issues of elder abuse, bioethics, hoarding and other elder-care issues. Steve Altman, a practicing commercial mediator who teaches negotiation skills at Georgetown Law, will provide suggestions on how to plan for and conduct a multigenerational conversation about issues that families often find hard to discuss. Altman is also board member of the Northwest Neighbors Village. Finally, Carolyn Rodis, who specializes in elder-care mediation, will describe when and how the use of a neutral third party is appropriate and helpful. Rodis was co-founder and first tri-chair of the elder decision-making section of the Association for Conflict Resolution. An adjunct professor at Anne Arundel Community College, she authored a chapter in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pre- and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians.â&#x20AC;? She has a law degree as well as a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in adulthood and aging. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor parking wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change until that point. â&#x2013; representatives of Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave., discussed their proposed campus plan, which includes construction of a new dormitory facing University Avenue. After a recent redesign to the plan to address University Avenue residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns, the lounge space in the proposed dorm will now face other campus buildings instead of overlooking the neighborhood, representatives said. Commissioners asked the school to retain its access to the adjacent American University campus, despite a request from the Palisades/Spring Valley neighborhood commission to remove steps between the two properties. The commission will consider a resolution on the plan in April. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest â&#x2013;  Forest hills / North cleveland park The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Capital Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013;  CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, at the Chevy Chase Community

Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G and the Chevy Chase Citizens Association will host a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council race Tuesday, March 27. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an email to chevychaseanc3@ ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial â&#x2013; colonial village / crestwood Shepherd ShepherdPark Park / brightwood Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A will host a candidates forum for the Ward 4 D.C. Council race Thursday, March 15. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. NW. Residents are invited to submit potential questions to 4A@anc. A brief commission meeting will precede the forum. The commission will hold its next regular meeting at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit ANC 4C ANC 4c Street Heights Petworth/16th â&#x2013;  petworth/16th Street Heights Crestwood crestwood The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit

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all levels,â&#x20AC;? said Brown, who retired from a direct-mail business to serve as a full-time shadow senator. Brown, 58, said his proudest achievement in office was forming the nonprofit Teach Democracy DC, which provides information on the D.C. statehood issue to teachers nationwide so they can incorporate it into lesson plans about civil rights. Additionally, Brown said he has launched an online petition Brown for D.C. statehood, discussed the issue in 14 states and organized statehood events tied to the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Ross Memorial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a record of accomplishments,â&#x20AC;? said Brown. In contrast, Brown said, Ross became active in statehood issues only late last year after he launched his campaign â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nearly 10 years after his previous bid for the seat. Brown also noted that Ross has been convicted and jailed for tax evasion. Ross, 65, says the shadow senator should do more than what Brown has done. Ross noted that he was arrested as part of a statehood protest in December, but said that as an individual he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t achieve the national publicity the shadow senator would generate if jailed. That heightened attention, he said, is

essential for making people aware of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of voting rights. Once sworn in, said Ross, one of his first actions would be to demand statehood in the U.S. Senate chamber, and force U.S. Capitol Police to arrest him if senators arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receptive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think these types of antics of agitating would get the publicity, which would educate, and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be in a stronger position to negotiate,â&#x20AC;? Ross said. Ross said Brown hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t visited enough states or offered dramatic â&#x20AC;&#x153;forceful agitation.â&#x20AC;? Ross also asked not to be defined by his federal tax evasion charge, which dates to the late 1990s and resulted, he said, from a risky expansion to his acrylic furniture business. He was unprepared for an economic downturn and had to file for bankruptcy, he said. He subsequently rebuilt the company â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with more modest growth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and repaid his back taxes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I made some mistakes, but I learned from my mistakes,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ross, a Foxhall resident, is a former president of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens association. He said he plans to pass his business to his son, and would therefore hold no other employment if elected. Also running in the April 3 primary are Republican shadow senator candidate Nelson Rimensnyder and, for the shadow representative post, Democrat Nate BennettFleming. Both are unopposed in the primary. The shadow positions are unpaid and, unlike non-voting Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, are not recognized by the U.S. government. The District provides office space for the representatives and covers other expenses while they advocate for statehood on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf.

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tives offered into the campus plan process,â&#x20AC;? the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Taylor wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plan has evolved and improved through the public process, input from public officials and city agencies, and the changes we made.â&#x20AC;? Projects approved in the campus plan include three five- and six-story dorms and three other buildings on the Nebraska Avenue parking lot site, to be known as East Campus; the relocation of the Washington College of Law to the Tenley Campus; and a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;North Hallâ&#x20AC;? dorm on Massachusetts Avenue. American University also received permission to increase its enrollment to 2,000 law students and 11,600 other students, from 1,770 and 10,600 respectively. Acknowledging the bitter battle that led to this conclusion, zoning commissioners Thursday emphasized the importance of a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;community liaison committeeâ&#x20AC;? that will meet at least quarterly with neighborhood leaders to discuss issues with the school. School officials specified Thursday that a cabinetlevel administrator will attend each






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meeting and that the university president will chair at least one meeting per year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that we are seeing something different out of the university this time around, and I hope that everyone would make a good-faith effort to operate in a cooperative manner,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Peter May. Additionally, commissioners said, the university will need â&#x20AC;&#x153;further processingâ&#x20AC;? zoning approval to begin constructing many of the projects outlined in the campus plan. If the neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feared impacts occur, commissioners said, the commission can block future development until problems are fixed. Some neighbors werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convinced. Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commissioner Tom Smith noted in an email to The Current that many projects have already received final approval. The commission has OKed further processing for East Campus, North Hall, an addition to Nebraska Hall and some other projects. In general, Smith wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zoning Commissioners demonstrated no command of the facts in the case and no interest in addressing the neighborhood land use issues.â&#x20AC;? At the meeting, commission

chair Anthony Hood had sharply rebuked Smith for his tone and statements in a recent written submission. Despite the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compromises, said Hood, Smith â&#x20AC;&#x153;wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even trying to meet halfway.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;American University has to exist, and the community has to exist,â&#x20AC;? Hood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just tell American University to relocate to Jackson, Miss. â&#x20AC;Ś At some point in time, you have to be reasonable.â&#x20AC;? Universities require special zoning approval to operate in residential areas, and they must prove to the Zoning Commission that their operations wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t adversely impact the community. Smith and some other residents maintain that American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans will do just that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although Chairman Hood was highly critical of the ANC for trying to protect the interests of the communities surrounding AU, that is a criticism I am proud to wear as a badge of honor,â&#x20AC;? Smith wrote. According to Taylor, the university will likely begin construction of North Hall and the addition to Nebraska Hall late this spring or early summer, and other projects will follow en masse through 2016. A decision on further processing for the Tenley Campus plans is scheduled for March 26.

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in Seneca, Md., to learn what it was like to go to school in 1880. We started off the day by coming to school in costumes. Some of the girls wore dresses, bonnets and aprons. The boys wore knickers, vests and button-down shirts. We traveled to the school by bus, but in 1880 children would walk to school, even in the pouring rain, scorching sun and knee-deep snow. Some lucky kids got to arrive in a buggy. We got there, and when the teacher rang the bell, we lined up with girls in one line and boys in another from shortest to tallest. Later, it was obvious why we lined up that way. When we walked in, the people in the front of the line got the smaller desks, and the taller kids were in the back with the bigger desks. That way everyone could see. It was interesting how the desks held two people instead of one person. In the 1880s, teachers taught 4-year-olds to 18-year-olds all in the same room. We read stories and wrote spelling words on slate with chalk made from soap scum. If we misspelled a word, we had to write it 100 times correctly as extra homework. We did math problems and then had lunch at our desks. At recess, we played hot potato and tag and ran relay races. We had a spelling bee in the afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Karreone Goddard and Katie Moran, fourth-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

The fifth grade studied and answered the question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How could we make our school a better place for learning?â&#x20AC;? As part of this project, the fifth grade did presentations using PowerPoint, posters and pamphlets. Nirmal wrote about his research on the positive impact physical movement can have on learning. He wrote about how Hyde could become a better place for learning by giving kids extra recess. This would help kids focus better during class. The research showed that kids who are more active have higher grade-point averages. Christopher did his presentation on how adding more field trips could help make Hyde a better place for learning. More field trips would help students have more fun learning about things, and students would have more visual experiences outside the classroom to support their learning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought this project was pretty good because students could show what they thought about Hyde and how Hyde could be improved,â&#x20AC;? said Christopher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was a good experience because students got to do their own research on a topic they thought would improve Hyde,â&#x20AC;? Nirmal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The teacher didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell students what they had to research.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nirmal Singletary and Christopher Fletcher, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

This coming Saturday, March 17, is the Key School auction. It will be full of offerings that are considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;priceless.â&#x20AC;? For instance, each class from kindergarten through fifth grade is contributing a class project. Ms. Tompkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kindergarten class is making lampshades with circular designs labeled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Truly Illuminating.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Salamonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-grade class is making a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cheerfulâ&#x20AC;? mosaic birdbath. Ms. Harrarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth-grade class will be drawing nature pictures. And finally, the fifth grade is making a beach table with the Gettysburg Address emblazoned into the table. Each teacher offers a special opportunity called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;teacher feature,â&#x20AC;? also considered â&#x20AC;&#x153;priceless.â&#x20AC;? Teacher features this year include a trip to Nationals Park with Ms. Moroney and Ms. Maldari (third grade). Ms. Eleanor Palm and Ms. Margie Palm (first grade) offer a trip to the National Gallery of Art with lunch at the waterfall. This year, Mr. Brett Colton (computer science) and Ms. Harrar (fourth grade) have cordially invited people to bid on four seats (two adults and two children) to their wedding on June 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything for the Key School,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. Colton. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Squires and Meghan Ourand, fifth-graders

Lafayette Elementary

Jump Rope for Heart was a blast! Woooo! Students got their blood pumping by jumping and dancing their hearts out to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Although the Feb. 29 event started out with some technical difficulties, they were soon fixed, and everybody had fun. We jumped to two new dances; a favorite was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock This Party.â&#x20AC;? Many teachers jumped, danced and had loads of fun. Even our very own principal, Ms. Main, danced her heart out! As a tradition of Jump Rope for Heart, if the school reaches our fundraising goal of $20,000, three or four kids are chosen to throw a pie in the face of either Ms. Main or Ms. McClure, the sponsor of Jump Rope for Heart. This year, her fellow P.E. teacher, Mr. Jackson, has also agreed to take a pie in the face. But who are the lucky kids who get to throw these pies? The names of students who raise $100 or more are put into a raffle. Then comes the moment that Ms. Main draws the names, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when Pie Day comes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; splat! So far, Lafayette students have raised close to $19,000! At the moment, that makes Lafayette the sixth-highest fundraising school on the East Coast. Fourth-grader Eliza Dahlkemper had this to say about Jump Rope for Heart: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the music and dancing.â&#x20AC;? Another fourth-grader, Zoe Zitner, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked dancing and jumping with my friends.â&#x20AC;? Secondgrader Anton Edmonds said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the snacks.â&#x20AC;? Another secondgrader, Alexa Feldman, summed it

up: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess I liked everything!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caterina Sella and Catherine Hammes, fourth-graders

Maret School

We have 13 classrooms in our lower school. There are two classes for each grade except kindergarten, which has one. There are several resource rooms: Spanish, art, music, library, computer lab and science. Our library has hundreds of books â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and computers, too. We also have a playground where second-graders love to take recess. We have four swings, monkey bars, slides and a spinning wheel. We have a basketball court that is not full size but is fun. After it was built, the hoop was too high so it had to be lowered. We eat snacks outside during recess sometimes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; crackers, cheese and Cheerios. We surveyed our class and there were other snacks people wish we had: chocolate, ice cream and brownies. Well, when someone has a birthday, we get special treats like that. In our survey, several students said they felt pressure to do the same thing every day at recess such as one person saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come on, Ben! Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play airplanes!â&#x20AC;? Ben says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come on, Ben, do it!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we play something else?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hmmm. What is your idea?â&#x20AC;? Sometimes conflicts like this come up, and we have to work them out. We asked Ishaan Barrett how he feels about recess. Ishaan said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps you exercise in a creative way. Kickball is fun â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it helps you get stronger.â&#x20AC;? We asked Mykal Bailey about her recess, and she said she likes to play imaginary games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really exciting and fun,â&#x20AC;? Mykal said. Second-graders really love recess at Maret School. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marisa Poe, Annabelle Sprenger, Gus Ackerman, Bergen Kane and Jack Anderson, second-graders

National Presbyterian School

Every year at National Presbyterian School, we create a chorus called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cantare,â&#x20AC;? made up of all fourth- through sixth-graders. We practiced during school from October through early March on Tuesday mornings and scattered other times during the week. Our big performance was on March 6 at the Washington National Cathedral. That day, we dressed in red blazers, black pants and white turtlenecks. We performed with 305 students from Sidwell Friends, St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Georgetown Day, Landon, St. Albans and National Cathedral. We sang three songs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;America The Beautiful,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t My Lord Deliver Danielâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Al Shlosha Dvarim,â&#x20AC;? a Hebrew song â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the other schools, and we sang two â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Praise His Holy Nameâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shake the Papaya Downâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by ourselves. Thank you, Mrs. McCarten, our awesome music teacher, for bringing us this great program. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tess Harvey, fifth-grader See Dispatches/Page 38




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lighting some of the most influential artists and designers across five eras of video-game development, will open Friday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and continue through Sept. 30. Located at 9th and G streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-6331000. ■ St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will open its 22nd annual Haitian Art Exhibit & Sale this Friday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The sale will continue on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. The church is located at 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW. 202-342-2800. ■ “In Loving Memory,” a group show in memory of Washington arts marketing professional Judith Keyserling (who died last month at age 66), will open Saturday at the Zenith Gallery Salon and continue through April 28. An artists’ reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Located at 1429 Iris St. NW, the gallery is open Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-783-2963. ■ Conner Contemporary Art will open two shows Saturday with an artists’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue them through May 5. “Janet Biggs: Kawah Ijen” presents videos by Biggs about a sulfur miner in the Ijen volcano in Indonesia. “Wilmer Wilson IV: Domestic Exchange” features a monumental sculpture by Wilson that highlights the paper bag as a cultural symbol. Wilson will present a performance in relation to his sculpture Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. ■ “The Golden Thread Project,” featuring a collage collaboratively made by 100 women, will open Sunday at the American University Museum and continue through April 9. An opening party with many of the participants in attendance will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. Located in the Katzen Arts Center at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-885-1300. ■ “Herblock Looks at 1962: Fifty Years Ago Today in Editorial Cartoons,” featuring the work of the noted Washington Post cartoonist, will open Tuesday in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and continue through Sept. 5. Also, the library will close its one-week-long exhibit “The George Washington of China: Sun Yat-sen,” highlighting the founding father of the Republic of China, on Saturday. Located at 10 1st St. SE, the library is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202-707-8000.




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St. Albans School

At St. Albans School, winter sports have concluded, and spring sports are off to a great start. This has been an exceptional year for the winter sports teams, especially for hockey. The lower school hockey team is relatively new, having played for only five seasons. The team has progressed a lot in this time. This year, the hockey team finished the season 8-3 — its best record yet. St. Albans beat Landon for the first time ever and had impressive victories over many other tough schools. The Bulldogs also gained a lot of new talent this year. Many new, skilled Form I students joined the team. In addition, many Form A students have good potential. This year, more than 30 kids played, a record number. Many of the hockey players were new to the sport, but there were also a lot of veterans. The hockey team also got a new coach, Coach Casertano. He was assisted by Coach Heaslip, a former National Hockey League player, and Coach Haley, who has led the team for the past few years. With the new talent, expanding team and new coaches, the St. Albans hockey team will continue to get better. — Hugh Ford, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy

In first grade, we read “Flat Stanley,” a novel written by Jeff Brown. Stanley is a boy who was flattened by a bulletin board and now he can be mailed anywhere. We made flipbooks that show the sequence of events in the novel. We used them to show the beginning, middle and end of each chapter. This helped us learn how to summarize the chapters. We know to look for the important information and events when telling people about what we read. We really liked reading the story so much that when we go to the local public library each Friday, we search right away for other “Flat Stanley” novels to see what other adventures he gets into. To connect social studies with our story, we each sent a Flat Stanley to our friends and family. We have received back letters from around the world, including Ukraine, and still have many more letters to come. We are keeping track of the adventures that Stanley goes on with a map where we mark the location Stanley visited and include a picture from his trip. During social studies, we share pictures and letters that we have received and find the location on the map. Stanley has gone on some amazing trips. Besides seeing Ukraine, he visited New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Canada. We are learning how to identify these places on a map or globe and whether they

are north, south, east or west of us. We learn about geography through the stories and pictures that our family and friends send us from all around the world. We cannot wait until we receive all of our letters back and can share all the exciting trips Stanley has taken. — Kemistry Ingram, Nebiyou Daniel and Krystian Odom, first-graders

Shepherd Elementary

Ms. Liggins, our guidance counselor, is going to restart a “Fabulous Me Club” for fourth-grade girls. In this club, Ms. Liggins helps you feel good about yourself while having a lot of fun. I used to be in the Fabulous Me Club, and Ms. Liggins helped me feel better about how I look and who I am. I now know that I am a pretty brown girl, and I love my personality. The Fabulous Me Club helped me a lot. Fourth-grade girls who want to participate can talk to Ms. Liggins. Fellow Mustangs, remember to always look for ways to feel good about you. — Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

Recently, we visited the British Embassy. We are part of the Embassy Adoption Program. It was a wonderful experience. We got to meet one of the delegates and people from the State Department. When we first arrived, we listened to the delegate talk about the United Kingdom, and then we got to Skype with students at a British school. The students told us about living in the United Kingdom, and they told us about their favorite subjects and foods. It was funny to hear that one person liked McDonald’s. We were invited by the head chef to make fairy cakes, scones and shortbread cookies. Each group worked with a chef. We were then escorted to a beautiful dining room where we were first asked to fold cloth napkins in a fancy way. The napkins were later used for the ambassador’s dinner. All of this took place in the ambassador’s residence. Our main event was having tea. Tea is served in the afternoon in the United Kingdom. All the tables were labeled with names like Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Our place cards had our names. We were Master Valys and Master McCourt. Students from the British School were also there. We got to eat the foods that we had made! They were delicious. Each table also had questions in envelopes, which we answered while having tea. The questions were things like, “What is the queen’s birth date?” and “What countries make up the UK?” We had a really good time, and the embassy was very generous in giving us T-shirts and pins that were flags of the United Kingdom and United States. When we left, we also got potted plants. — Vaidas Valys and Nick McCourt, fifth-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Recently, my seventh-grade class saw a special screening of “Cafeteria Man” as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. The film is about a man, Tony Geraci, attempting to turn around the nature of Baltimore’s school cafeteria food, by putting a bit more “nature” in it. He tries to get rid of the processed and frozen meals and replace them with healthier, greener meals. Part of this is inviting kids to do the growing themselves, in farms on the outskirts of Baltimore. He also changes children’s lives in another way. The cooking is done by children who were living in some of the worst areas in Baltimore before Tony Geraci offered them jobs. After seeing the meals they made, I was glad lunch came right after the film. At the end of the film, Tony Geraci came onstage and answered questions from the audience. We learned his inspiration for the movement he created was his own health and eating. I noticed how much the children Toni Geraci was trying to help were really glad for the changes he made, with the exception of “Meatless Monday.” Tony also cares about the children a lot; he’s willing to give extra help for those who need it. I thought it was amazing how just one man can make so much difference in today’s world. — Ben-Loki Roodman, seventh-grader

Wilson High School

Students of Wilson must now use DC One Cards to get to and from, and into, school. Our usual monthly transportation pass can be uploaded on the card, which also serves as a student ID, but the steps to doing this are much more complex than just bringing $31 to school, standing in line and getting the pass. A student must register the card on the DC One Card website and apply for the Student Transit Subsidy Program. Next, the program will send an eligibility letter to the students’ email address. The student must print the letter and take it to Metro Center to activate the account. Then, the student will be able to renew the pass every month at a fare-card machine. Some students who take public transportation say it’s unnecessary to have the Metro pass on the ID card. Michaela Taylor, an 11th-grader, said, “They are making it extra difficult just to get a pass to get to school, and the fact that they will have a curfew on the times you can use the DC One Card is crazy.” On the other hand, Brenton Petty, a sophomore who does not take public transportation, disagreed. “It’s better to have the money on an ID because it is safer. They can track students, so if something were to happen, they can know who the students are.” — Asia Bryant, 11th-grader

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F o G G y B ot toM , D C

This Watergate Co-op is a spectacular renovation and redesign of a nearly 4,000 sf combined apartment. This unit offers fantastic entertaining space and an open concept floor plan. There are breathtaking wrap-around views which include the Potomac River, Georgetown Waterfront, Key Bridge, Rosslyn and the Kennedy Center. $2,995,000.

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Beautifully appointed, this stunning 7 BR brick Colonial sits on a 1/2 half acre of meticulously manicured grounds. A classic 9 panel custom wood door opens to a grand 2 story foyer featuring a graceful staircase & chandelier. 6,000+ sf on 3 levels w/ grand rooms incl elevator, breakfast rm overlooking rear grounds, fitness rm, fully-fin LL, att 2-car gar. $2,399,000.

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C h e v y C hA s e , D C

Exquisite new construction by Foxhall Developers. Features include an open floor plan, generously sized rooms, soaring ceilings and unique architectural details on a gorgeous 6,900+ sf. lot. Select your own finishes. Fall 2012 delivery. $2,200,000.

Bill Abbott 202.903.6533

TTR Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce G e o rG e tow n , D C

Charming brick 1812 Federal in the West Village. Features an elegant hall entrance, den, kitchen, dining rm, and staff quarters. A second level living rm opens to the terrace and garden. This 5 BR, 3 full-bath residence comes with 3 fplcs with original mantels, random width floor boards and an abundance of sunlight. Terrific location near all of Georgetown’s finest amenities: parks, stores, restaurants, cafes and galleries. $2,040,000.

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Great investment opportunity! Large, distinguished 4 level townhouse with stone facade on a beautiful tree-lined street close to Dupont Circle. Includes a renovated, light-filled 2-story owner’s suite with 3 BR, 3 full baths, hardwood floors, cook’s kitchen opening to a lovely terrace and 2-car parking. In addition, the 3 units are rented for approximately $9,000/month combined. $1,875,000.

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This handsome 4-unit building circa 1900 lies in a prime Dupont location, east of Connecticut Avenue. Fully rented, it features high ceilings, crown moldings, hardwood floors, and outdoor spaces for all units. Extra storage is also available. Truly a great investment opportunity that produces impressive rental income all within close proximity to the Metro, fine dining, and entertainment. $1,395,000.

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L e D ro i t PA r k , D C

Gorgeous 3 BR, 2.5 bath row home spanning over 3,400 sf. on a quiet tree lined street in historic Ledroit Park. Showcasing exposed brick, beautiful wood floors, crown molding, two fplcs, eat-in kit, FDR, elegant LR, in-law suite, sitting rm, private terrace & huge backyard. Master suite has 20 ft. vaulted ceilings. Off-street parking for 4 cars & close to Metro. $799,999.

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D U P o n t C i rC L e , D C

Originally built circa 1880 and completely renovated in 2006 this approximately 1,800 sf condominium at Jefferson Row features 2 BR, 2 full baths, 1 powder room and 1 garage parking space. Finished with oak floors and generous custom moldings and woodwork this home offers a chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances and designer grade counters and cabinetry. $999,000.

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U s t r e e t, D C

Rarely available Adams model townhome with 3 BR, 3.5 baths and 2 car garage at Harrison Square. Meticulously cared for by original owner. Features include new triple-pane windows, oak floors, maple and granite kitchen, enchanting breakfast nook, whole house stereo, plantation shutters, skylights, fireplace and full sized washer/dryer. $769,000.

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Two great Colonnade units available now! Large and sun-filled 2 BR, 2.5 bath with fabulous stone terrace overlooking front gardens and fountain. $849,000. NEWLY LISTED – Beautiful corner unit with large BR, full size den off living room (can be 2nd BR), and 1.5 baths. Separate dining room and big balcony. $539,000. Deluxe building with fantastic services, pool, fitness, guest parking and gardens .

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