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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Vol. XLIV, No. 6

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


Janney parking plan sparks debate

■ Modernization: Cheh says

funding secured for 50 spaces

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

A long-awaited modernization of Janney Elementary School is under way, and renovations are scheduled to be complete by the start of the new school year in August. And yet, parents worry that a

citywide budget crunch could impact the project. In recent weeks, the Tenleytown listserv has lit up with concerns about funds for underground parking, which many school supporters say is a key part of the project. And while Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh said she recently secured funding for 50 underground spaces, some parents worry that the parking lot still won’t be big enough.

“I think the District should look to the future and build the garage it has been promising the community,” said parent and Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commissioner Jonathan Bender. Neighbors have long lobbied for underground parking as a way to preserve Janney’s outdoor play space. The issue was central to discussions over a proposed — and now postponed — public-private See Janney/Page 18

Theater group seeks funds from D.C. By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Noa Fritschie, 2, of Friendship Heights got a little help from her father, Gus, while making a valentine during Saturday’s grandopening party at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library.

The Takoma Theatre Conservancy has made a bold suggestion during a time of budget scrubbing, encouraging the D.C. government to spend $10 million to purchase and restore a dilapidated theater. The neighborhood group sent a letter this month to Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council encouraging the city to make the capital-funds investment. The Takoma Theatre, at 4th and Butternut streets NW, now sits vacant and deteriorating as owner Milton McGinty holds fast with refusal to maintain the building. Over the past few years, McGinty has pursued a variety of development ideas for the property, which he believes is incapable of making profits as a theater. The theater conservancy, however, thinks the 1923 building — with the District’s help — could serve as a vital arts and education center for Ward 4. See Theater/Page 5

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Takoma Theatre owner Milton McGinty has pursued various development ideas for the vacant theater, located at 4th and Butternut streets.

AU draws flak over vacant market spot

Veteran administrator gets nod to lead Hardy Middle


■ Schools: Selection held

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Northwest gourmands who have long bemoaned the loss of Balducci’s market from New Mexico Avenue were surprised to learn last week that building owner American University turned down a proposal from a well-known restaurateur to install a similar market in its place. Chef Geoff Tracy, owner of Chef Geoff’s restaurant at 3201 New Mexico Ave., as well as four other establishments, told customers that he proposed an “upscale market” that would have occupied the entire footprint of Balducci’s, which closed in 2009. “The neighborhood needs a smaller market” than nearby Whole Foods, said Tracy, a Spring Valley resident. He had his financing in order, thanks to a backer,

NEWS ■ New contract could improve city tree care. Page 3. ■ MPD finalizes new policies for university police. Page 4.

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By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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Neighbors have pushed the university to install another market in place of Balducci’s. and figured the proposal for the empty space would be welcomed. But building owner American University turned down his offer. The rejection was “based on price,” said Tracy, though the university has remained quiet on the specifics of the deal, which fell through about four See Market/Page 7

PA S S A G E S ■ Chocolate tour adds new loop in time for Valentine’s Day. Page 13. ■ A local matchmaker reveals her methods. Page 13.

Interim Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has appointed a new principal to lead Hardy Middle School for the remainder of the year. Daniel Shea comes to Hardy after 20 years as a teacher and administrator in Montgomery County, according to Henderson. Shea worked for 15 years as a middle and high school principal,

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the chancellor wrote in a Feb. 7 letter to parents, and he currently serves as head of scheduling for D.C. Public Schools’ middle and high schools. “Mr. Shea brings the requisite experience to lead a middle school and prepare to transition students to succeed in high school,” Henderson wrote. She added that his scheduling “expertise” would be especially helpful at Hardy, where parents have complained about scheduling errors and confusion. Shea will assume his new role on See Hardy/Page 5

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8 Passages/13

Police Report/6 Real Estate/15 School Dispatches/19 Service Directory/25 Sports/11 Theater/23 Week Ahead/3



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New contract may help health of trees By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A recent change to the District’s contracts for the planting and maintenance of city street trees may help newly planted trees survive and make it easier for officials to ensure that work is being done well, according to a group that works to improve the D.C. tree canopy. The Urban Forestry Administration, the office within the D.C. Department of Transportation responsible for street trees, has broken up its single citywide tree contract into four — with two wards per contract — and awarded each to C & D Tree Service of Vienna, Va.

Besides the easier supervision that the department says will come with the smaller contracts — with arborists responsible for particular wards overseeing that area’s trees — the new deal requires that newly planted trees be watered monthly for a year and that trees that die because of neglect or poor planting practices be replaced at no charge, said Deborah Shapley, president of the Restore Mass Ave group. “The watering of these new trees is essential for them to survive,� said Shapley, whose organization is primarily focused on trees in the Massachusetts Avenue corridor from Dupont Circle to the U.S. Naval Observatory. Shapley said

she has also seen trees die because their roots were carelessly wrapped when they were planted, choking the trees as they grew. Shapley said that although her group is focused on a particular area, trees are important throughout the District. “The city needs these trees in street areas, but it does no good and wastes taxpayer money if they plant new trees that then die in a few years because of improper planting or improper care,� she said. Urban Forestry officials were unavailable for comment, but Transportation Department spokesperson John Lisle said in an e-mail that the group’s information was correct.

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The D.C. Council Committee on Public Works and Transportation will hold a public hearing on the Winter Sidewalk Safety Amendment Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Thursday, Feb. 10

The D.C. Council Committee on Health will hold a public hearing on the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■The D.C. Patients’ Cooperative will hold a town-hall meeting on the city’s Medical Cannabis Program at 7 p.m. in Prince Hall at All Souls Unitarian Church, 16th and Harvard streets NW.

Friday, Feb. 11

The D.C. Council Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs will hold a public oversight roundtable on

Pepco’s reliability and restoration efforts after the Jan. 26 snowstorm. The hearing will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Feb. 15

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association will hold its regular meeting, which will feature a legislative update by Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and an opening reception for the “Celebrating Artists in Our Community� exhibition. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

The Current Newspapers and The Georgetown Dish will hold a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council seat. Invited participants are Sekou Biddle, Patrick Mara, Vincent Orange and Jacque Patterson. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lounge at the Social Safeway, 1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

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MPD revises policies on university police

Police Chief Cathy Lanier issued an internal order last week strengthening the role of university police in calls for service to offcampus locations linked to D.C. universities. The general order directs Metropolitan Police Department officers, when responding to calls




District Digest to a “campus-affiliated location off-campus (e.g. fraternity house, off-campus housing),” to invite campus police to respond to the site as well. The order does not extend university police jurisdiction beyond campus confines, clarified Thomasine Johnson, director of public safety at Catholic University. She served as chair of a committee within the

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area that helped hammer out the order. Though the order leaves some room for interpretation of what constitutes “a campus-affiliated location,” a police department representative confirmed yesterday that the order would include offcampus homes rented by students. “The genesis of this notification is to permit the learning insti-

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Department is investigating a Feb. 4 homicide in the 4500 block of 8th Street NW, according to a news release from the department’s homicide branch. Officers from the 4th District responded at approximately 9:20 p.m. to reports of gunshots and found 20-year-old Derrick Rawls of Northwest “unconscious and unresponsive,” the release states. The department urges anyone who might have information to call the police at 202-727-9099 or 888-919-2746. Calls can be made anonymously by calling 866-411TIPS or text messaging 50411. The department offers rewards of up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of persons wanted for homicide.

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Police make arrest in string of robberies

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Feb. 14, Henderson said, and will work with current principal Dana Nerenberg to ensure a smooth transition at the Georgetown school. ““I want to personally thank Principal Nerenberg for her work at Hardy MS as she returns to her fulltime duties at Hyde ES. Both schools are better for her work,”� Henderson wrote. The interim chancellor said she will soon schedule a parent meeting to formally introduce Shea to the

Hardy community, and will work with parents to select a principal for the 2011-12 year. Parent Candy Miles-Crocker, a member of Hardy’’s local school restructuring team, said she’’s looking forward to some smoother times at Hardy, and will work with Shea to ease his transition. But Miles-Crocker also said she had hoped to see previous longtime principal Patrick Pope appointed to the interim position. ““I’’m disappointed,”� she said. In December 2009, then-Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced that Pope would be reas-

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Conservancy leader Loretta Neumann said she realizes the $10 million request is a long shot at a time when the city is grappling with a massive budget shortfall. But the goal is to ““get in the city’’s face right now,”â€? she said. ““It’’s a terrible budget time; the capital budget is in stress. …‌ But we want to at least be in the line. If [another project] drops out, we could take its place,”â€? said Neumann, adding that in the future her group does not want to be asked why she didn’’t ask the city for help. Neumann said the theater’’s current condition —— with a leaking roof, a peeling exterior and ““an overwhelming smell of mold”â€? inside —— is cause for immediate action. Owner McGinty sparked alarm this summer after announcing that he would stop maintaining the building. In an interview yesterday, he said he is willfully ignoring an order from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to make repairs to the theater. ““I’’ve engaged an attorney to say that it’’s ridiculous to make any repairs on that building and that I’’m prepared to resist and go to court if the city were inclined to force me to put money into the building,”â€? he said. The regulatory department did not respond to a reporter’’s request for comment. Neumann said she has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the agency to get more details. When McGinty bought the classical revival movie theater in 1983, he intended to produce his own plays there, but he eventually turned to renting out the space to outside groups. Since 2007, he has tried to win the city’’s permission to raze all or part of the theater, which


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signed to the central office so that he could design —— and eventually lead —— a new arts-focused middle school. She placed Hardy in a ““cluster”� with nearby Hyde Elementary and asked Hyde principal Dana Nerenberg to take the helm of both. Some parents, including MilesCrocker, said the school declined rapidly after Pope’’s departure. Others said parents loyal to Pope never gave Nerenberg a chance. The debate thrust Hardy into the headlines repeatedly over the course of the next year. Now, said MilesCrocker, she’’s looking forward to a quiet close to the year at Hardy.

sits within the Takoma Historic District and is therefore protected by the city’’s preservation law. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board has turned down three of his proposals, most recently last May. But McGinty said he still has hope for his plan to build a five-story apartment building on the lot, retaining only the theater’’s historic facade and marquee. He said an apartment building would provide tax dollars for the city. ““Whereas [the theater] is 87 years old —— I’’m almost that old and we’’re both in bad shape.”� The owner said he is ““optimistic”� about the new mayoral administration after some correspondence. Though he’’s heard no guarantees, ““they seem to be interested in working with me on my plan,”� he said. The Takoma Theatre Conservancy, meanwhile, has explored scenarios that would restore the property as a theater and arts center. A consulting firm the conservancy hired came up with the $10 million plan to renovate the theater and build a small addition. The theater conservancy won support for its funding request this month from the Takoma advisory neighborhood commission. Neumann plans to seek support from other nearby commissions next month. But she said her Jan. 14 letter has drawn only one response, from Ward 1 member Jim Graham. Neumannn said Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser encouraged the idea of seeking city funding but has also suggested pursuing the private sector. Bowser was unavailable for comment. McGinty has indicated he won’’t consider selling the property for less than $3.5 million, which is the assessed value of the land, absent the theater. With the theater in place, he said, ““it’’s worth $2 million less”� —— not to mention renovation costs.


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Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:46 p.m. Feb. 1. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â–  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 9:35 p.m. Feb. 5. Burglary â–  3700 block, Cumberland St.; residence; 3 p.m. Jan. 31. Stolen auto â–  4700 block, Warren St.; street; 2:15 p.m. Feb. 1. â–  5400 block, 42nd St.; street; 8:15 a.m. Feb. 3. Theft (below $250) â–  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:21 a.m. Jan. 31. â–  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1 p.m. Feb. 2. Theft (shoplifting) â–  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:20 p.m. Feb. 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  3800 block, Warren St.; street; 10:45 p.m. Feb. 2. â–  4200 block, 39th St.; street; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Threats â–  4600 block, Yuma St.; street; 9:50 a.m. Feb. 1. Property damage â–  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 9:25 a.m. Feb. 3. â–  4300 block, Harrison St.; street; 7:30 a.m. Feb. 4. â–  3800 block, Van Ness St.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 4. â–  4600 block, Butterworth Place; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 4.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 4400 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 11:10 a.m. Feb. 3. Simple assault â–  4400 block, Connecticut Ave.; school; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2. Burglary â–  3600 block, Albemarle St.; unspecified premises; 10 a.m. Feb. 3. Destruction of property â–  3400 block, Yuma St.; street; 5 p.m. Feb. 3.

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weapon (knife) â– 3200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 7:35 a.m. Feb. 2. Theft (below $250) â–  37th and Calvert streets; sidewalk; 1 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  38th Street and Woodley Road; street; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  29th and Garfield streets; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  2500 block, Porter St.; street; 7:07 p.m. Feb. 4. Destruction of property â–  2800 block, 28th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  3600 block, Ordway St.; street; 1 p.m. Feb. 2. â–  4200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 7 a.m. Feb. 5. Prostitution (solicitation) â–  2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 2:45 p.m. Jan. 31.

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Robbery (gun) â– 6800 block, 5th St.; sidewalk; 7 p.m. Feb. 1. Burglary â–  7700 block, 16th St.; residence; 10 a.m. Jan. 31. Stolen auto â–  4th and Aspen streets; street; 12:45 a.m. Feb. 5. Theft (below $250) â–  300 block, Cedar St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. Feb. 2. â–  200 block, Cedar St.; store; 3:43 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  7000 block, Blair Road; grocery store; 4:07 p.m. Feb. 3. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â–  4th Street and Blair Road; street; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  7000 block, Piney Branch Road; street; 11 a.m. Jan. 31. Simple assault â–  300 block Cedar St.; street; 3 p.m. Feb. 3. Destruction of property â–  6900 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 1. â–  1300 block, Leegate Road; street; 12:05 a.m. Feb. 2. â–  1800 block, Redwood Terrace; street; 12:15 a.m. Feb. 5. Property damage â–  6800 block, Laurel St.; parking lot; 6:15 p.m. Feb. 1. â–  6800 block, Eastern Ave.; street; 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

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Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â– 900 block, Sheridan St.; sidewalk 3:10 p.m. Jan. 31. Robbery (snatch) â–  5th and Sheridan streets; sidewalk; 4:25 p.m. Feb. 2. Burglary â–  6300 block, 5th St.; government building; 1:04 a.m. Feb. 5. Stolen auto â–  5900 block, Blair Road; storage facility; 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  6200 block, New Hampshire

Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:49 a.m. Feb. 5. â– 6400 block, Georgia Ave.; gas station; 12:20 p.m. Feb. 5. Simple assault â–  6800 block, 5th St.; school; 1:45 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  6700 block, 4th St.; sidewalk; 4:07 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  100 block, Peabody St.; school; 1:40 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  1300 block, Sheridan St.; residence; 5:35 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  5800 block, 9th St.; sidewalk; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Threats â–  Kansas and Missouri avenues; sidewalk; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Destruction of property â–  5700 block, 4th St.; residence; 1:05 p.m. Feb. 2. â–  6200 block, 5th St.; school; 7 p.m. Feb. 2. â–  200 block, Underwood St.; residence; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  6200 block, New Hampshire Avenue; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Feb. 4. Property damage â–  6500 block, Piney Branch Road; grocery store; 9:15 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road; street; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1. â–  5700 block, Blair Road NE; residence; 3:15 p.m. Feb. 2. â–  6600 block, 13th St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Fraud â–  Georgia Avenue and Quackenbos St.; street; 1:50 p.m. Feb. 5.

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PSA 16TH403 STREET HEIGHTS Robbery (gun) â– 7th and Jefferson streets; street; 12:35 a.m. Feb. 1. Burglary â–  4800 block, Kansas Ave.; residence; 2:25 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  1400 block, Montague St.; residence; 6 p.m. Jan. 30. â–  400 block, Gallatin St.; residence; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2. â–  400 block, Missouri Ave.; residence; 8 a.m. Feb. 3. Stolen auto â–  1400 block, Madison St.; street; 8:32 a.m. Jan. 31. â–  900 block, Ingraham St.; street; 3 p.m. Feb. 3. Stolen auto (attempt) â–  300 block, Jefferson St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Theft (below $250) â–  1400 block, Kennedy St.; residence; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 31. â–  4800 block, Illinois Ave.; residence; 12:30 a.m. Feb. 3. Theft from auto â–  5000 block, New Hampshire Ave.; parking lot; 10:45 a.m. Feb. 1. Simple assault â–  1300 block, Nicholson St.; government building; 2 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  5500 block, 3rd St.; street; 5:25 p.m. Feb. 4.

Destruction of property â– 5400 block, Georgia Ave.; store; 1 a.m. Jan. 30. Property damage â–  5600 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 1. â–  700 block, Longfellow St.; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Drug possession with intent to distribute (cocaine) â–  Unit block, Farragut Place; alley ; 12:05 a.m. Feb. 4. Drug possession (marijuana) â–  9th and Jefferson streets; street; 4:45 p.m. Feb. 4. Drug possession (paraphernalia) â–  5300 block, 16th St.; alley; 5:22 p.m. Feb. 1. â–  8th and Jefferson streets; sidewalk; 8:15 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  4900 block, Georgia Ave.; liquor store; 6 p.m. Feb. 4.

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Homicide (gun) â– 4500 block, 8th St.; alley; 9:23 p.m. Feb. 4. Robbery (carjacking) â–  3700 block, 13th St.; street; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â–  900 block, Quincy St.; street; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  1300 block, Taylor St.; residence; 8 p.m. Jan. 31. â–  3900 block, 4th St.; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  3900 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Simple assault â–  3700 block, Georgia Ave.; restaurant; 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Threats â–  4700 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 5:45 p.m. Feb. 2. â–  3700 block, Georgia Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:35 p.m. Feb. 3. Destruction of property â–  800 block, Randolph St.; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. Feb. 1. â–  200 block, Allison St.; church; 1 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  900 block, Shepherd St.; residence; 3:55 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  1700 block, Taylor St.; street; 6:15 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  4th Street and Illinois Avenue; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  3800 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 1 p.m. Feb. 4. â–  4200 block, 3rd St.; residence; 2 a.m. Feb. 5. â–  4300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 3 a.m. Feb. 5. Property damage â–  4600 block, 16th St.; street; 6:45 a.m. Feb. 2. â–  4th and Buchanan streets; street; 4 p.m. Feb. 2. Drug possession (heroin) â–  3700 block, 13th St.; street; 7:39 p.m. Feb. 4. Drug possession (marijuana) â–  4000 block, 5th St.; street; 8:15 p.m. Feb. 3. â–  9th and Allison streets; unspecified premises; 8:10 p.m. Feb. 5.



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months ago. But the university’s Jorge Abud told neighbors at a meeting Monday that the school has made a goodfaith effort to install a market in the spot, as residents have requested. “We spent about a year trying to attract a market similar to Balducci’s and what we found was that there were financial factors and logistical factors about how we couldn’t come to a deal with a market. Our building wasn’t built to host a market,� Abud said. Instead, the school will carve up the space for three new tenants, said Abud: a healthy takeout, a yoga studio and a sit-down Italian restaurant. Although university officials did not disclose the new proprietors, restaurateur Hakan Ilhan confirmed that he has signed a letter of intent with the university to open Antica Neapolitan Pizzeria in one space. With about 120 seats inside and 40 to 50 arranged at four-tops outside, the restaurant — a new concept for Ilhan — will offer Neapolitan pizza fired in a woodburning hearth, he said. “It will be very modern but also antique,� Ilhan said of the restau-

rant, which could open by the end of this year. Ilhan stressed that Antica will be a high-end pizzeria, more akin to Cleveland Park favorite 2 Amy’s than Ilhan’s own casual local chain Pizza Autentica, which has a location in the American Universityowned building at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. He also owns three CafĂŠ Cantina restaurants in D.C. and Gelateria Dolce Vita in Georgetown. Tracy also vied for a chunk of the carved-up space, he said. After his gourmet-market idea was scrapped, Tracy proposed a “quickserveâ€? spot for sandwiches and salads that would take up about 2,000 square feet of the available space. “I was willing to pay $5 more per square foot than I am [paying for the adjacent Chef Geoff’s],â€? he said. But the university came back with a request for $20 more per square foot. “I walked away wondering if I had done something to irritate them,â€? said Tracy. The negotiations were especially frustrating, he said, because he had just spent nearly a year working out a lease extension to keep Chef Geoff’s at its current location for another 15 years. “It’s not typical behavior for an economic downturn,â€? he said.

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A win for schools Mayor Vincent Gray has come out in opposition to recent efforts to relaunch the school voucher program in D.C., arguing that the program represents a federal intrusion into local affairs. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, on the other hand, has indicated his support for the scholarships, signing a 2009 letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging him to continue the program because of its benefits for local children. Both make good points. Certainly the program has had a positive impact on students. A letter to the editor in last weekend’s Washington Post by parent Vivian Butler describes the ways her daughter’s scholarship “has been worth so much more than $7,500” — leading her daughter to improved performance in school and decreased safety fears, and even helping Ms. Butler relaunch her own education. But Mayor Gray has good reason to object to the program as congressional interference. Federal legislators like to use the District as a testing ground, and it can be painful to endure, with programs that seem more suited to scoring political wins than benefiting locals. On this latest proposal, though, we find ourselves supporting vouchers — not because they are a perfect program, but because the authors of the current legislation have paired the scholarships with additional funds for D.C. public and public charter schools. The legislation, introduced by House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Joe Lieberman, would allocate $60 million to D.C.: $20 million each to vouchers, the school system and public charter schools. We understand all the objections, which also include philosophical oppositions to spending public money to send kids to private schools, and concerns that the program takes active parents out of public schools. But we find it hard to reject additional funds for local education, particularly when they would be equally distributed. D.C. Public Schools could use more support, and we’re enthusiastic about helping our burgeoning population of public charter schools as well. And since we doubt taking a principled stand would get us very far, if we must have congressional meddling, we’d like to see it yield local kids some benefits.

Happy about Haynes The expansion of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School’s satellite location in Petworth is welcome news for many reasons. First, it marks one of the rare instances in recent years of the D.C. government turning over a former public school building to a charter school. In this case, Haynes has brought new life to the shuttered Clark Elementary School — a welcome alternative to blight. That said, the school’s plans to add a 33,000-square-foot wing to the existing 53,800-square-foot facility could easily have drawn opposition due to concerns about traffic and other issues. Thankfully, the school has been “responsive and thoughtful” to neighbors, said Petworth advisory neighborhood commissioner Shanel Anthony. It has held regular meetings with the community and eliminated a planned drive in response to neighbors’ requests. Haynes has also responded to concerns about use of its fields by assuring residents they will have evening access to the green space. The charter school’s expansion is praiseworthy for another reason as well. Haynes’ test scores rank high, and founder and principal Jennie Niles is regarded as a top-notch educator with high standards for her students. Use of the Clark site has allowed the school to grow from 460 students a few years ago to about 600 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade this year. Now Haynes plans to add a high school that will serve up to 400 students. These students will have access not only to suitable facilities — including a regulation-size gym, a cafeteria and new science, music and art classrooms — but also to strong educational programs. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for all too many D.C. students.


More on that failed ‘evacuation’ …


D.C. Council hearing this week added more proof of a disturbing conclusion made in the wake of the recent snow and ice storm that paralyzed the city. “It’s unnerving that our whole city could be shut down like this,” said Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells. Wells is the new chair of the council’s Committee on Public Works and Transportation. His hearing drew officials from Metro and the city’s transportation, public works and emergency management agencies. None of the officials who spoke was able to give a clear idea of how or whether the agencies coordinate their actions. It’s clear they talk a lot. It’s clear there are written plans. But it wasn’t clear that anything collaborative or cohesive was getting done for the public during the storm. Local governments should be glad that Pepco is taking so much heat for its failures; otherwise, more reporters would be focusing on the governments’ failures. It still seems to come as a surprise — two weeks later — that there ought to have been a coordinated effort to make certain the city’s 17 principal evacuation routes were moving better than other roads. Our irreverent suggestion to City Administrator Allen Lew after the storm was simple. We told him to just speed the cars over the bridges and roads into Virginia and Maryland and then let those suburbs handle the result. But, of course, we really think that there ought to be regional coordination. “It seems we were unable to evacuate the city,” Wells said. To be fair, the storm was fast and furious, changing from rain to ice to snow very quickly while rush hour was beginning. But isn’t planning for the worst what city officials are supposed to do? As we wrote last week, what if it had been a terrorist attack? We’re not sure the city’s evacuation plan even takes into account the “shutdown” that the U.S. Secret Service would put in place around the White House. Nothing will move there. And down Pennsylvania Avenue, you can be sure the U.S. Capitol Police will throw up their street barriers, blocking major roadways like Independence and Constitution avenues. If this city and this region can’t get it together for a snarling snowstorm, what hope do we have in a worse situation? It’ll be every person for him- or herself. Kind of like the snowstorm. Good luck to

everyone. ■ “Merry” Valentine’s Day. OK folks, time for my annual rant. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so could you please take down your Christmas decorations? Those of us who have to drive by wilted wreaths, burned-out bulbs and big bright ribbons and bows would appreciate it. You can put it all back up in just a few months. Thank you. ■ Furloughed for sure. Speaking of holidays, Mayor Vincent Gray made a point of noting that he would also be taking the four furlough days being imposed on city government workers. “Like other employees, I believe it is only fair that I, too, share the sacrifice,” Gray said in a press release. “It’s the right thing to do.” As mayor, Gray earns a salary of $200,000 a year. And there are other perks of the office, like expense accounts and a driver. But it is a good gesture for him to take the furlough days. He had to sign a waiver to have his salary officially reduced. The unpaid holidays include Washington’s birthday on Feb. 21, D.C. Emancipation Day on April 15, Memorial Day on May 30 and the July 4 Independence Day holiday. Budget folks estimate the furloughs will save the city about $19 million. We just have one question: Do you still call it a “holiday” when you don’t get paid? We don’t think so. ■ July elections? Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is considering a bill to move the city’s primary elections from September to July. It would help the city conform to federal law that says jurisdictions must give overseas military personnel time to cast ballots. But would July be the best time? In the middle of summer? Cheh and others are still noodling this around, but it has to be done for next year’s elections. The city got a waiver from the feds for 2010. ■ A final word. There was sad news this week that popular D.C. Council staffer Jeff Coudriet died of cancer. He was just the kind of person you want working for your government, someone who knew what he was doing, was sensitive to politics and, best of all, enjoyed the work. “He was a true public servant,” said Council Chairman Kwame Brown, “who dedicated his career to improving the lives of District citizens.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Pepco technicians deserve recognition

While Pepco management has taken a beating for its performance during the recent storms, there is one portion of the organization that is, based on my experience, functioning admirably. I refer to those who actually make the repairs: the field technicians who have to get out in the inclement weather conditions, at all hours, and restore power. The same is also true for the individuals who carry out similar tasks for the communication sector: telephone/television/Internet.(Verizon FiOS). Having lost service on all four over the past week, fortunately not all at the same time, I was

very impressed with the performance of the two crews who arrived. Despite having arrived well through a long working day, they handled their tasks with good nature, professionalism and dispatch — reconnecting me with welcome light, heat and cyberspace. I suspect that I am far from alone in my experience. These crews (one person in the case of Verizon), along with supporting staffs in their organizations, deserve our recognition and thanks for a job well done. Dana G. Dalrymple The Palisades

Underground wires smart way to go

In your Feb. 2 editorial, “Bury, bury, bury,” you correctly advocate installing electrical power lines underground. Snow and ice storms have

wreaked considerable havoc on electric service. Complaints were numerous, but perhaps these outages should be taken into their proper perspective. European and Asian populations muse over America’s vulnerability to electric service outages during inclement weather. They don’t understand why Americans employ these vulnerable overhead lines instead of simple deep-ground burials. In the old days, the logic of cheaper overhead lines seemed apparent. But towns and cities grew, and then wartime Europe saw much of its infrastructure destroyed as the threat of war turned real. After the devastation, prudent decision-making mandated sturdier, safer electric power networks. Therefore, six decades after, they laugh while we sweat! Edward Abramic

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Here’s a Walmart plan that I can support VIEWPOINT MURIEL BOWSER


hile discussions about Walmart’s plans to open a store in Ward 4 have been polarizing and sometimes raucous, the issues deserve a thorough analysis. Nearby neighbors’ legitimate concerns about traffic, density, noise and parking must be balanced against promised jobs, immediate private investment and the long-awaited transformation of an important corridor. In this balancing act, city agencies must aggressively protect the District’s interests. While Walmart’s plan to open a smaller, “urban” store in Ward 4 requires no government assistance, Walmart’s success will require neighborhood support. For Walmart and the neighborhood to maximize benefits and minimize future problems, the company must: ■ Respect our Comprehensive Plan. Executive branch review of Walmart’s construction plans is designed to ensure that the project comports with the city’s Comprehensive Plan and does not inappropriately strain city infrastructure. The proposed store could create traffic and parking problems, increased water runoff and additional noise. City planners must ensure that any approved plan respects the values enshrined in the Comprehensive Plan: a walkable, multimodal neighborhood center at this intersection that offers superior retail and housing choices. ■ Invest in D.C. and Ward 4. Walmart promises 1,200 permanent jobs citywide and 300 in Ward 4, but it is imperative that wages and benefits are competitive, and that local contractors, construction workers and tradesmen build these new stores. In Chicago, a minority-woman general contractor built a Walmart with unionized labor. There’s no reason that a minority development team could not construct these stores here. A citywide agreement on these bread-and-butter issues would go a long way toward addressing residents’ skepticism. ■ Help build a better Brightwood. We know that investment follows clean, safe, vibrant corridors that have great transportation options. Walmart, and exist-

ing and future businesses, will benefit from a coordinated small-business recruitment, retention and improvement program. Walmart should be the first at the table and agree to share its abundant parking with the patrons of existing businesses, accommodate car and bike sharing and provide enhanced bus, pedestrian and roadway amenities, all of which will help make a better Brightwood. ■ Make sure urban means excellent. Retailers too often think that urban means substandard, inferior goods, service and selection, which is not welcome here. We are encouraged by Walmart’s addition of fresh-food options at the site and even more so since first lady Michelle Obama’s recent endorsement of the company’s initiative to provide healthful foods. Even though the proposal lacks a housing component, which is my strong preference, I am encouraged by the quality retail design and underground parking proposed for this site. ■ Put all the cards on the table. Walmart would like to approach each of its four District proposals separately, like it did in the Chicago area, but we cannot let that happen. Citywide agreements are the strongest tool to ensure that District residents benefit the most from Walmart’s entrance into our valuable, largely untapped neighborhood retail markets. I will work with my colleagues and the mayor’s economic development team to maintain our unified approach to getting the best for the District. Walmart will submit plans to the Office of Planning in the coming weeks. The elements outlined above reflect a Walmart plan I can support and the strong sentiments of many of the people I represent. Walmart would be smart to heed our concerns. Muriel Bowser represents Ward 4 on the D.C. Council.

Citywide agreements are the strongest tool to ensure that District residents benefit the most … .


make that choice for themselves. Maureen Gehrig

Sherwood left out pro-choice march

At Fessenden, tickets issued erroneously

Tom Sherwood’s Jan. 26 column “March for Life on a Monday …” should have given a full accounting of the Roe v. Wade anniversary. There was a march the preceding day by women for choice that was not even mentioned. Why didn’t Sherwood mention the views of all women? He featured only the anti-choice march. Pro-choice women don’t fault other women who are against abortion because of their religious tenets. However, when these antichoice women proselytize their beliefs to other women, this is a direct violation of the separation of church and state. No one is suggesting these antichoice women must have an abortion. These same women must respect the rights of all women to

Barnaby Woods

I am a longtime D.C. resident and read Daniel Meijer’s letter with great interest [“Red light tickets need revision in D.C.,” Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2]. I, too, received a $150 “Signal Pass Red Lite” camera ticket. However, in my case, the ticket was not justified (as shown by the ticket photos). I’m concerned that others are also being ticketed wrongly. On Sept. 14, I was going north on Nebraska Avenue and stopped at the intersection of Nebraska Avenue and Fessenden Street in response to a red light, then made a right turn onto Fessenden (which is permitted on red after stopping). I didn’t cross the intersection, but the camera took a photo of my car when I moved to make the turn. The first photo showed my car stopped before the first stop line (RTIME 25.6), and then another

photo two seconds later (RTIME 27.5) showed my car before the final crosswalk line. I live on Fessenden and make this righthand turn often on my way home. On Sept. 21, I went to the intersection to figure out why I was ticketed and saw a technician there who was making a repair or inspection of the camera. He told me that the camera would photograph a car even if the car was making a right turn during a red light and had come to a full stop at the light! (More recently, I have noticed the camera flashing for other cars, too, when the wheels of their car have not crossed the first stop line.) In a request for adjudication by mail, I explained all this (the circumstances, the ticket photos, and my conversation with the technician) but I never received a response and was re-sent the same ticket. Too busy to fight this issue and afraid of getting my ticket fine doubled, I just paid the ticket. However, I do think the city needs to correct this situation. Andrew Fedors

Forest Hills

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In Your Neighborhood ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown ■AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PARK American University Park FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS/TENLEYTOWN The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. Agenda items include: ■ police report. ■ discussion of, and a possible vote on, a resolution asking the Metropolitan Police Department to set and to hope to meet an appropriate goal for reducing violent crime in Police Service Area 202. ■ discussion of, and possible vote on, a public-space application for a curb cut at 4615 42nd St. ■ presentation by the owner of the lot behind 4926 Wisconsin Ave. on plans to apply for permission to conduct after-hours valet parking on the site. ■ discussion of, and a possible vote on, a resolution calling on pertinent D.C. agencies to share all information regarding the Janney Elementary School modernization. ■ presentation by American University of its draft campus plan, including use of the Tenley Campus to house its law school. For details, visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy ■ CHEVY CHASE

At the commission’s Jan. 24 meeting: ■commissioner Allen Beach reported that Pepco is in the process of replacing 28 utility poles that are in deteriorating condition in public space. ■ a representative of Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh’s office said Cheh would hold a community discussion about the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, including customer bills. ■ Alcoholic Beverage Control Board chair Charles Brodsky and Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration executive director Fred Moosally made a presentation regarding agency rules and the role of advisory neighborhood commissions. D.C. law now permits customers of restaurants to take out unfinished bottles of wine with a receipt from the restaurant, they said. ■ commission chair Gary Thompson discussed the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Rock Creek West II Livability study. He noted that the study covers the area east of Broad Branch Road, and that there have been several public meetings on the study, as well as surveys of residents. The final recommendations are available at ■ commission chair Gary Thompson spoke about the Oregon Avenue reconstruction project from Military Road to Western Avenue and asked the public to consider what the commission’s role should be in the discussion. Commissioners and attendees

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Join us on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the opening of the “Celebrating Artists in Our Community� exhibition at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. In addition, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will provide a brief legislative update on issues that affect our community and will be available to answer questions. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The art exhibit, organized by our fine arts committee, will feature works by artists who work and teach at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s Chevy Chase Community Center and Guy Mason Recreation Center. Among the artists who will be exhibiting are John Baker, Shara Banisadr, Guy Brandenburg, Neil Joffe, Martin Paddack, Yolanda Spears, Fran Scott, Rhonda Silver and Paul Zapatka. The exhibit will include painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics, as well as other forms of artwork. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be reception in the Chevy Chase center’s lounge, where the art will be on display. In addition to viewing the art, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists, who will discuss and respond to questions about their work. At around 7:30 p.m. Council member Bowser will also be available to answer questions. We hope you can join us. — Jonathan Lawlor

Shepherd Park Citizens Association

The Shepherd Park Citizens Association’s seventh annual free potluck dinner has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lowell School on Kalmia Road off 16th Street. The recent snow caused a power outage at Lowell, and the original date had to be changed. Everyone is welcome. Residents bring dishes, while the association provides music, children’s activities and drinks. The association is also asking people to bring gently used books for our project with Capital BookShare. Books are “shared� with children in underserved areas of D.C. The hard rains and snow wreaked havoc on the electrical connections for hundreds of Shepherd Park residents. To allay concerns about the future reliability of electricity during rain and snowstorms, various groups are meeting to discuss and have demonstrations of gas and oil generators. Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser has been helpful in bringing Pepco together with the citizen groups. Final note from our fabulous Shepherd Elementary School: The school’s World Music Concert is tonight at 6:45. It’s free and features songs from several different cultures. Shepherd alumni and the D.C. Labor Chorus will join in the singing. For details, contact Mark Pattison at — Rosemary Reed suggested that the commission facilitate discussion between the Transportation Department and residents. The commission will likely hold a meeting on the plan options. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an e-mail to ANC 4A ANC 4A Colonial Village ■COLONIAL VILLAGE/CRESTWOOD Shepherd Park SHEPHERD PARK/BRIGHTWOOD

The commission will meet at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 15 at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 1327 Van Buren St. NW. The regular meeting date was changed due to predictions of inclement weather and the potential for dangerous road and sidewalk conditions. Agenda items include: â– discussion of single-member district boundaries. â–  discussion of the proposed Klingle Road hike/bike trail. â–  discussion of plans for a house to be built on an empty lot on

Mathewson Drive in Crestwood. consideration of proposed fines for failure to clear sidewalks of snow and ice. â– consideration of D.C. legislation concerning publication of official notices. â–  consideration of a resolution on Pepco. â–  discussion of the impact of development in Silver Spring. â–  presentation on the Walmart store proposed for the former Curtis Chevrolet site on Georgia Avenue. â–  presentation by Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser. For details, call 202-291-9341. â– 

ANC 4C ANC 4C Street Heights Petworth/16th â– PETWORTH/16TH STREET HEIGHTS Crestwood CRESTWOOD The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St. NW. Commissioner Janet Myers will hold a community meeting on traffic issues in 16th Street Heights. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit





February 9, 2011 ■ Page 11

Gonzaga Eagles rebound from loss with victory over St. John’s By MIKE DEFABO Current Correspondent

After its eight-game winning streak was snapped Thursday, the Gonzaga basketball team got back on track the following night against St. John’’s. Gonzaga fell to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Paul VI on Thursday, 67-63. But the Eagles defeated the Cadets 5440 Friday in what head coach Steve Turner called a ““gut-check”” game. ““This has been a long week for us,”” said Turner. ““We took a tough loss last night after a big win on Tuesday [over Bishop McNamara]. Our guys had their backs against the wall —— we knew we had to get a W tonight. ““Even though the game got ugly a bit at times,”” he continued, ““we found a way to get stops and make plays down the stretch to win the game.”” Sophomore Nate Britt took control of the offense for Gonzaga, creating chances for himself and his teammates. The 6foot-1 lefty —— who

ranks third among all class of 2013 point guards in the country —— led the Eagles with 20 points and dished out a handful of assists. ““He’’s been doing a lot of things really all season for us,”” said Turner. ““Tonight, when we needed him the most, he stepped up big time, whether it was getting someone the ball or scoring the ball himself.”” Sophomore guard Charles Glover matched his season high and his jersey number with 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. And 6-foot-6, 250-pound forward Kris Jenkins cleaned up under the basket with eight points and 10 rebounds. Gonzaga jumped out to an early lead and went ahead by 10 points after Britt nailed a 3-pointer in the second part of the first quarter. The period ended with the Eagles leading 20-13. But St. John’’s fought to get back into the game, and the quick Cadets defense kept Gonzaga from pulling ahead by much. Julian DeBose put up 14 points, Ryan McNeil-Moses had 10 and

Darian Anderson chipped in with nine. Anderson’’s bank shot at the end of the third quarter cut the Gonzaga lead to seven, 40-33. But the Eagles kept the Cadets from getting any closer. ““We’’ve been talking all season about getting a lead early and not letting it get away from us. Just continue to push forward,”” said coach Turner. ““And tonight I think we did a pretty good job of that.”” Gonzaga followed Friday’’s performance with a 53-50 win Sunday over Bishop Ireton. The Eagles won three of four games last week, improving their conference record to 9-3 and overall mark to 17-5. St. John’’s, meanwhile fell to 1110 overall and 4-8 in conference play with the loss. Sunday will be the much-anticipated rematch of last year’’s WCAC title game between Gonzaga and defending champion DeMatha (92) after the game was snowed out on Jan. 27. The Stags have struggled this season against nationally ranked opponents and fell to St. Mary’’s Ryken (7-6) last week, but they still hold first place in the league.

Visitation shakes off Stone Ridge in ISL ■ Basketball Report By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Junior Maddy Williams guided the Cubs to a 49-45 basketball victory on the road over archrival Stone Ridge Saturday in a battle for first place in the Independent School League upper division. Williams came to the rescue after junior Kate Gillespie fouled out in the fourth, with the former scoring 12 of her 20 points in the final period. None of her baskets were bigger than her long 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and just one minute left to play in the contest. The basket put Visitation (19-2, 9-0)

up by six. The Cubs had led by nine at halftime, 24-13, but Gillespie and several of her teammates got in foul trouble after the break, allowing Stone Ridge (16-4, 8-2) to stay in the game. Stone Ridge hit a pair of free throws after Williams’’ big trey, but the guard came right back, driving to the hoop and hitting a lefty runner to seal the victory.

With loss to Holy Cross, St. John’s girls lose chance for undefeated season The Lady Cadets took down nationally ranked teams in New York over winter break and survived a scare See Visitation/Page 12

Bulldogs, Eagles ready for postseason By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

With just one game separating five teams in the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League in back of unbeaten Landon, Wednesday’’s game against Georgetown Prep was critical for Gonzaga. The Eagles’’ top line —— seniors Pierce Radecki and Rainey Brown and sophomore Jack Slater —— came through in the clutch. Radecki assisted on all three Gonzaga goals, including two in the first period, as Slater scored a

pair to put the team up 2-0. Finally, he found Brown for a tally that gave the team breathing room late in the game. With Gonzaga leading 2-1 in the final period, freshman goalie Nick Platais stonewalled the opposition at one end of the ice. Then Radecki passed to Brown, who dashed past the Hoyas defense and slid the puck under the ’’keeper for a big insurance goal with less than four minutes left. After the game, Brown credited Platais for his strong play in net with the game on the line. ““We

really relied on him in tight situations,”” he said. The score ““was 21 for a while where the next goal decides the game. As long as he kept doing his thing, we knew we would do our part on the other end and win.”” The momentum didn’’t carry over to Friday, though, as Gonzaga fell 7-1 to Landon. Radecki scored the only goal for the Eagles as the Bears completed an undefeated campaign in MAPHL play, improving to 17-01 overall. See Hockey/Page 12

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Gonzaga will rely on sophomore sensation Nate Britt to lead a less-experienced squad back to the WCAC title game this season.

Sports Desk Football players sign letters of intent Gonzaga quarterback Kevin Hogan made his college choice official last week, signing a letter of intent with Stanford University. Hogan, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, stuck to his original commitment and will play for the Cardinal even after their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, departed last month for the S a n Francisco 49ers. T h e Eagles passer led the WCAC in passing yards McReynolds and was second in touchdowns last year. Meanwhile, St. John’’s lineman Kevin McReynolds is headed to the Pacific-10 conference. He signed with the University of California at Los Angeles and will suit up for the Bruins in the fall.

One of Hogan’’s teammates at Gonzaga, offensive lineman Austin Gund, will continue his playing career at the University of Richmond. And Maret wide receiver Ryan Simpson signed with Harvard University.

Local wrestlers compete for titles Good Counsel and DeMatha dominated the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference wrestling championships Saturday, but a few locals made their presence felt as well. Gonzaga’’s Paul O’’Neill won his fourth consecutive championship in the 119-pound weight class. St. John’’s senior James Wenzlaff finished second at 171 pounds. And St. John’’s sophomore Frank Gulyas placed fourth in the 160-pound weight class. In the Interstate Athletic Conference championships, also held Saturday, St. Albans senior Charles Cato placed second in the difficult 152-pound weight. Gonzaga, St. John’’s and St. Albans will compete in the St. Albans Invitational Tournament this coming Friday and Saturday.







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against fellow league power Good Counsel last month. But on Saturday, St. John’’s finally suffered its first defeat of the season when it fell to Holy Cross 59-58 at home. The Tartans (17-4, 9-2) took the lead on Pandora Wilson’’s put-back with less than 30 seconds left after trailing for much of the game. St. John’’s sophomore sensation Lindsay Allen, who drained a jumper at the buzzer to stun Good Counsel in January, had a potential game-winning shot attempt fall just short at the other end, and Holy Cross won by one point.

Allen scored a game-high 27 points for St. John’’s (21-1, 12-1), which is now tied in the loss column with Good Counsel atop the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The two top teams will meet again on Feb. 15 at St. John’’s.

Roosevelt boys roll past Wilson in DCIAA play On Friday, the red-hot Rough Riders took down another league foe, Wilson, to remain perfect in conference action and stay atop the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association West Division. Roosevelt (20-2, 8-0) defeated Wilson 56-43 behind the Riders’’

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Coolidge 68, Dunbar 60 Coolidge 77, Cardozo 47 Roosevelt 66, Cardozo 50 Roosevelt 56, Wilson 43 Roosevelt 83, Riverdale Baptist 68 Wilson 44, Bell 35 Gonzaga 73, Bishop McNamara 65 Paul VI 67, Gonzaga 63 Gonzaga 54, St. John’’s 40 Gonzaga 53, Bishop Ireton 50 DeMatha 44, St. John’’s 38 Landon 70, St. Albans 67 Episcopal 64, St. Albans 55 Sidwell 80, St. James 58 Sidwell 55, The Heights 48 Sidwell 53, Georgetown Day 20 Maret 56, St. Andrew’’s 36 Flint Hill 55, Maret 53 Maret 71, Model School 55 Potomac School 45, Georgetown Day 29 Hebrew Academy 53, Field 52 (OT) Edmund Burke 35, Washington International School 20 Edmund Burke 51, Washington-Waldorf 40 Queen Anne 52, Washington International School 41

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Gonzaga (4-2) has two league contests remaining —— at home against Spalding today and at DeMatha Friday —— as it jockeys for position for the MAPHL playoffs. The tournament starts next Tuesday with quarterfinal play. St. Albans, meanwhile, will focus on the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament before turning its attention to the MAPHL. The Bulldogs will be the third seed in the IAC next week and will open against second-seeded Prep, the defending league co-

leading scorer this season, senior center Devin Gallman, who scored a team-high 16 points. Roosevelt managed only two points in the first quarter and trailed 18-13 going into the locker room. But the Riders took over in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 2210 in the third to grab the lead for good. Senior Marcellus Watson scored a game-high 25 points for Wilson, which dropped to third in the division (15-8, 6-2). On Friday, Roosevelt, winner of 13 straight, will battle Coolidge at home for first place in the West. The Colts’’ only league loss this season was at the hands of the Riders, 5957, on Jan. 18.

Girls basketball St. John’’s 58, Elizabeth Seton 52 Holy Cross 59, St. John’’s 48 Wilson 49, Cardozo 10 Wilson 71, Roosevelt 20 Roosevelt 67, Cardozo 32 Coolidge 56, Dunbar 41 Coolidge 75, Cardozo 15 Visitation 88, Maret 49 Visitation 60, Holton-Arms 45 St. John’’s 49, Stone Ridge 45 Holton-Arms 64, Georgetown Day 46 Stone Ridge 42, Georgetown Day 36 Bullis 62, Maret 38 Maret 47, National Cathedral 28 Sidwell 48, Episcopal 38 Sidwell 50, St. Stephens & St. Agnes 30 Sidwell 52, Madeira 26 Edmund Burke 53, WIS 46 Washington International 48, Queen Anne 32 Edmund Burke 55, McLean School 20 Edmund Burke 33, Washington-Waldorf 25 Field 62, Queen Anne 25

Ice hockey St. Albans 2, Mount St. Joseph 1 St. Albans 6, Calvert Hall 5 St. Albans 9, St. Stephen’’s & St. Agnes 1 Bishop O’’Connell 6, St. Albans 5 Gonzaga 3, Georgetown Prep 2 Landon 7, Gonzaga 1

champion along with Landon. The Bulldogs are rolling at the right time, having closed their MAPHL schedule with five consecutive wins to finish 6-3. Before the season, coach Dan Ryan predicted things would play out exactly as they have, with a slow start and a strong finish for his team. Now St. Albans just has to knock off a squad that outscored MAPHL challengers by 54 goals in nine games this season, in two title chases. But it’’s easier said than done, Ryan said. ““Landon …‌ they’’re the real deal. …‌ Somebody’’s gonna have to play an almost perfect game”â€? to beat them.

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Gonzaga will look to defend its MAPHL title in two weeks.

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

February 9, 2011 ■ Page 13

Chocolate tours pound the pavement for treats By TEKE WIGGIN

Current Correspondent


avvy singles and steadies have an opportunity to sweeten up their sweethearts this weekend by taking them on a taste-bud-titillating tour. DC Metro Chocolate Tours stands ready to lead chocolate fans around different parts of the District — including on a freshly minted Georgetown loop — to sample products from an eclectic mix of local chocolatiers. “Any guy who shows up at the door and tells you, ‘I’m going to take you on a chocolate tour,’ is sure to have a great day,” said tour manager Rhiannon Swanson, who noted that the tours typically include a lot of women, some flying solo. “I really applaud the ladies who come by themselves — you know they’re really hard-core chocoholics,” she added. Comprised of no more than 14 guests (to keep the experience “intimate,” Swanson said), groups visit at least six shops offering an array of chocolate experiences that push boundaries of what the coveted sweet can do for its indulgers. In addition to homemade artisan chocolates, samplers try chocolate skin-care products like lip balm and bubble bath solution, along with exotic concoctions like chocolate salt, sugar and tea. But of all the chocolate incarna-

tions on the menu, there’s one that definitely takes the cake, Swanson said: chocolate-covered bacon. According to Swanson, the panoply of chocolaterelated options is attributable to a renaissance in D.C.’s culinary scene. The tour manager said that in recent years, the District has seen a spike in its food offerings. “I think we’re just seeing smaller artisans taking a chance in coming into the D.C. market,” she said. Spotting the influx of chocolate talent, company owner David Goldstein decided to expand his

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DC Metro Chocolate Tours offers three excursions — including a newly launched loop in Georgetown — every weekend. Tours include stops at six or more shops.

chocolate tour operation from Boston to the District last fall. On visits to see his daughter, who is enrolled at George Washington University, Goldstein saw “some really great artists and vendors and

really unique shops,” said Swanson. The expansion capitalizes on sweet-eaters’ increasing sophistication, indicated most acutely, perhaps, in the creation and enjoyment of chocolate bacon, Swanson

said. “This relationship between the sweet and the salty is really taking off,” she said. “Not only with salt but also with spice. Spice chocolate as well is really coming to the fore-

front.” To form the tours, Swanson utilizes Yelp, a review website, to pinpoint the most reputable chocolate shops. But she also scouts for tasty talent on her own. “We’ll hit the streets and just walk and check all the nooks and crannies — all the places that aren’t necessarily charted on the map,” she said. Most recently, Swanson applied this method to Georgetown, carving out a tour that shepherds guests See Chocolate/Page 16

Matchmaker uses old-school knowledge and some new technology to place pairs This is the fifth in a series about locals and their occupations. By AMANDA ABRAMS Current Correspondent

How difficult can dating in Washington be? After all, it’s a major metropolitan region packed to the gills with smart, interesting, unhitched professionals and loaded with opportunities for people to get to know each other. What could be so hard about meeting Mr. or Ms. Right? But ask a question like that of one of D.C.’s thousands of unattached, dreadingFeb.-14, not-another-happy-hour singles, and you’re likely to start a fight. Numbers aside, finding a relationship that feels easy and loving in an area best known for its ambitious, workaholic, type-A egos is hardly simple. That’s where Michelle Jacoby comes in. The local is a professional matchmaker, providing a service that — online dating notwithstanding — hasn’t changed much

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Michelle Jacoby became a matchmaker following a divorce.

since the old days. Drawing on her intuition, experience and vast personal connections, Jacoby said she combines folks that she thinks might be simpatico, and supplies a dash of objectivity for those who can’t figure out what they’re doing wrong. The first thing to understand about Jacoby is this: She’s been there. After 17 years as a stay-at-home mom, Jacoby, 45, found herself back on the dating scene a few years ago as a divorced mother of four. She tried it all: online dating, singles events, friends of friends. Her parents offered to pay for a matchmaker, but after doing some research, she didn’t feel there was a local firm that could meet her expectations. That’s how her company, DC Matchmaking, was born. After getting trained and certified, Jacoby took her first client in July 2009. “I used Craigslist in the beginning, and went to networking events to talk it up, and before I knew it, people were calling me,” she said. “I’m just a natural connector — always have been.”

It’s not hard to imagine: Trim and energetic, Jacoby has a warm manner that draws people in. And the service is very much about personal interaction. When signing up clients, Jacoby will meet with them for an hour or more to get an in-depth sense of their past history, how they see themselves, and what they’re looking for. “I won’t take their money if I don’t feel I’m able to meet their expectations,” she explained. While she listens closely to preferences, a big part of the job is hearing what isn’t being said — noticing patterns, for example, that her clients may be unaware of. From there, she’ll rack her brain in case she already knows someone who might fit the bill. Her website,, is another resource: It includes an online database where eligible singles can list their information. But much of the elbow grease of matchmaking occurs in the real world. “One of my clients was looking for someone tall, so I approached someone at the motor vehicle administration — we were in See Match/Page 16



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A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

February 9, 2011 â– Page 15

Chevy Chase home offers mid-century modernism


ith Washingtonians across the city recalling crowded, city-size living rooms packed for Super Bowl


Sunday, a spacious, nearly 5,000square-foot home sounds like just the thing. This 1966 four-bedroom property in Chevy Chase’s Hawthorne neighborhood also offers a style hard to come by in Colonial- and Tudor-heavy D.C.: mid-century modern. The long, low profile of the brick-and-wood exterior signals visitors that the interior architecture will be similarly unfussy. And the promise holds: Beneath paint hues and wallpapers, well-proportioned rooms sport simple moldings, natural materials, ample light — and not much else. But this modern home is not minimalist: Lucite chandeliers and other fab touches run throughout to offer focal points in each space. Most buyers will look to update materials and colors here, but changes could easily stop with basic cosmetics. More ambitious

renovators could take this classic contemporary into ultra-modern, “Dwell�-magazine territory with a few exterior changes — wrap the facade’s huge balcony in metal or replace it with glass, for example. Large double front doors could also go 21st-century in steel or glam in high-gloss color. But even in an extensive-renovation scenario, the home’s up-todate layout could remain unchanged. A large living room waits just off a marble-tiled entry, then flows into a blast-from-thepast family room. Don’t be daunted by the wood paneling and brick fireplace wall. Wood is easy to whitewash, ceruse or paint. A coat of paint could also spruce up the brick, or owners could take the hint provided by a black stone bench and clad this wall in stone. Fortunately for those not eager to double a down payment with renovation costs, this home features a kitchen that was overhauled last year. Dark wood cabinetry is topped with light granite counters that provide plenty of workspace in this large kitchen. There’s also a sunny spot for a table here — more formal meals can be held in the adjacent dining room. Visitors to the home’s virtual


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tour online may wonder if a wideangle lens is the cause of the refrigerator’s seeming girth, but it isn’t — the Sub-Zero appliPhotos Courtesy of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors ance is really that big. Two pantries This four-bedroom Wyndale Street offer more food house is listed at $1,060,000. storage space here. wall off a part of the level for a Even those hardened to the bedroom for in-laws or an au pair; showiest upscale kitchen will be there’s already a full bath on this wowed by one original feature left floor. in place here: a wet bar with a Another spot here, a wood-clad built-in blender waiting to mix up a sauna, suggests that the lower level batch of margaritas — or somecould be used as a home gym, thing more appropriately retro, while an enclosed laundry area given the space. offers a more useful, though less Those drinks can be served relaxing, space. inside or out on the home’s flagFour large bedrooms wait stone patio. Also in the fenced upstairs, as do — technically — backyard are a heated pool, pool two baths. But these bathrooms are house and covered bar and grill designed to serve multiple users at area. once: Both feature a shared central The kitchen offers access to a space with a bath and shower (two two-car garage as well as a lower showers in the case of the master level, where there’s more retro fun. bath), while separate vanities flank A large, undulating bar backs up to that room. Baths here are in good a prep space with two sinks. The condition, though many buyers will extensive space has room for ample seating and more — perhaps a billiards table? Owners could also

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want to update these spaces. One more spot will excite creative renovators: Off the master bedroom, a skylit room offers a hot tub and stone-clad fireplace. Though not attuned to how most homeowners live today, the room lends itself to a host of reinterpretations. With plumbing in place, perhaps the best idea is to make this room an opulent master bath and dressing room. This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 7000 Wyndale St. is offered for $1,060,000. For details, contact Realtor Kimberly Cestari of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co., at 202-2538757 or

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line together, and he was 6-7, so I went up to him and asked him,” recalled Jacoby. It turned out he was married, but that didn’t turn her off from talking to people wherever she is. “I’ll do it while I’m getting a pedicure, if there’s an adorable woman next to me. Or at my meditation class. I chat with everybody.” If someone seems like a really great match, she’ll set him or her up with the client she had in mind. But it’s not always a slam-dunk; if the client doesn’t make a good impression, the date probably won’t go well. That’s how she wound up doubling as a dating coach. Guidance can come in many forms. It might mean encouraging a client to smile at people during a Metro commute, giving a makeover, or conducting mock dates to prepare for potentially sticky situations. And part of the role is helping clients change their perceptions about romance. What a guy wants, she tells her female clients, is a woman who’s kind, thoughtful and feminine — not necessarily businesslike and impressive. “I tell women, we all have our softer side — lead with it. Men dig it.” For the men, she advises, “It’s very easy — if you don’t have a partner — to fill yourself with work, but you have to make time in your life.” The very biggest issue? It’s The List — a person’s mental tally that includes the profession, income, education level and background of

his or her ideal partner. “The reason people are single is because of their list,” said Jacoby. “But it shouldn’t be about the things you want; it should be only about the very small list of things you need. “The more open they are, the more likely they’ll end up in a relationship,” she added. It worked for her. Jacoby met her fiancé one night while hanging out with a girlfriend; she hadn’t planned on flirting with anyone and was just being friendly to the guy next to her, who had asked a question. But they wound up chatting, and the rest is history. It shouldn’t be a surprise that all that wisdom and personalized attention come at a cost. Jacoby wouldn’t state her rate, but admitted to being relatively expensive, adding that she uses a VIP model and gives individual service to the 15 to 20 clients she has at one time. One current client says he’s very happy with Jacoby’s services. Mitch, a 58-year-old professional living in Upper Northwest, signed up with her at the end of 2010. He had a handful of good dates through Jacoby in January, but it was the fourth she arranged — with a woman he coincidentally had met and been attracted to in the past — that made all the difference. “We totally connected from the get-go on every level,” he said. It’s karmic.” The two are now dating seriously. Enlisting the services of a matchmaker like Jacoby isn’t for everyone, but Mitch said he’s a true believer. “If this doesn’t work out, heaven forbid, I have every confidence that Michelle will find someone else for me.”





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partnership for the site. And it has remained a hot-button topic as reports circulated in recent weeks that the city was planning to scale back or omit that part of the project. Sam Serebin, a Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commissioner and member of the Janney School Improvement Team, said officials with the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization originally presented plans for an underground garage with 65 spaces. Then, in December, he was told that the number of spots was being revised down to 55. And in January, he said, a facilities official described plans for 42 spaces. A few weeks later, Serebin heard that overall concerns about Janney’s construction costs could threaten the parking project altogether. But he said the issue is about more than parking; it’s about providing Janney’s students with the space they need. “Janney occupies a piece of land smaller than any of the neighboring public elementary schools, yet it has the largest number of students, and

therefore the greatest amount of pressure on the smallest amount of land,� Serebin wrote in an e-mail to The Current. He said he would like to see the city commit to restoring the full budget for Janney’s modernization and building a 65-car underground parking garage, as originally discussed. “I’m confident that our elected officials will see the wisdom in making Janney and the children that attend (current and future) a priority,� he wrote. In an interview, Cheh said she agrees that it’s essential to preserve Janney’s green space. “There’s very little play space left,� she said, adding that what remains is “badly needed.� “Going to school is more than just sitting in a classroom,� she said. “You learn from play. If you limit the ability of kids to go outdoors, you limit the educational experience.� And Cheh said she has spent the past few weeks “pushing hard� to ensure funding for underground spaces. But, she said, city officials had begun to cringe about the garage’s $3.8 million price tag. “We have

extremely serious budget constraints and many needs,� she said. So Cheh asked the facilities office to review its cost estimates. “You gotta bring this down,� she remembers telling officials. And, according to Cheh, they did. “The mayor and others are suitably concerned,� she said. “We were able to bring down the price [per] space.� By tweaking elements like building materials, she said, the cost per space came down from $80,000 to $48,000 or $49,000, and the total price plummeted from $3.8 million to about $2.4 million for 50 spaces. “I want to give them credit,� she said. “Naturally, they were looking at the needs of the city as a whole.� Cheh stressed that funds for the garage, which derive from money left over from other projects, will not come at the expense of future projects. But she said there will have to be some aboveground spaces near Janney. “It’s not ideal, but what we’re talking about is a few,� she said. Cheh also said she was able to secure a good rate for teacher parking at the Cityline condominium building across the street from the school for this year.




Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Feb. 22, Mrs. Mosher’s upper-elementary class went on a field trip to the Kennedy Center. We saw a play called “American Scrapbook,” based on poems that Jacqueline Kennedy, former first lady, put together. The title came from a tradition

School DISPATCHES of the Kennedy family. Each Christmas, instead of giving gifts to their relatives, the Kennedy children, Caroline and John, would choose to illustrate a poem. Then Jacqueline Kennedy would gather them and put them in a scrapbook. In this play, poems were not only read, but also acted out. “They had so much enthusiasm,” said fourth-grader Rowan Bortz. Fourth-grader Jaquelin Weymouth thought it was good. She liked the actors’ expressions. Some had less enthusiasm. Fourth-grader Brooke Jacobs said, “I didn’t like the poems they chose. They used too many dramatic effects.” — Ashton Lindeman, fifth-grader, and Eva Gondelman, fourth-grader

Blessed Sacrament School

This was Catholic Schools Week, which honors Catholic schools around the country. At Blessed Sacrament, it started with a prayer service and guest speaker. Thursday was Student Appreciation Day. The students got a free dress-up/dress-down day as well as ice cream sandwiches and Italian ice. Sixth- through eighthgraders participated in a bingo

game with their kindergarten through second-grade buddies. On Friday, Teacher Appreciation Day, teachers got a dress-down day as well as schoolwide appreciation for their dedication. — Henry Menn, eighth-grader

British School of Washington

Our International Primary Curriculum topic for this term is myths and legends. In art class we have been sketching and painting mythical monsters. We have also been making our own “ology” books, based on the “Dragonology” book. We have each chosen a mythical creature and made introduction and map pages. This week we will make a page on different species of our creature. At the end, we will each have a unique “ology” book. Recently we took a trip to the National Gallery of Art and looked at different paintings and sculptures from ancient Greece. We learned what the paintings were about and what they meant. Afterward, we sketched a painting of Hermes “calling to the wind.” Then we ate our lunches at the Sculpture Garden and watched the ice skaters. Brrr. Today, we had a visitor from Germany. His name was Felix Finkbeiner, and when he was 9 years old he started working toward his goal of planting a million trees in each country around the world. He is now 13 and has been to many countries sharing his idea, which is called “Stop Talking, Start Planting.” Check it out at — Eliot Wolfert, Year 5 York (fourth-grader)

Eaton Elementary

Last Friday, the first-graders went on a field trip to the National Museum of African Art to see a storyteller and to make Kanga cloths. The storyteller told the kids a Masai story called “The Orphan Boy.” It was about a man and his search in the sky for a missing star. “The Masai are people who live in Kenya, and they judge their wealth on how many children they have and how many cattle they have, not by money,” said Ava Koerner, a first-grader in Ms. Walsh’s class. Kanga cloths are African cloths that women in Kenya wear on their heads and on their bodies. They are usually brightly colored. Each kid got to make a Kanga cloth by using African print stamps and ink on cloth. Each kid wrote something on his or her Kanga cloth that could make the world a better place. The kids went on the trip to continue their study of Kenya. It helped them learn more about Kenyan culture. They also got to meet a person from Kenya. — First-graders

Edmond Burke School

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■“Movie Night� will feature Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.� 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Joanna Rudnick’s documentary “In the Family,� about the filmmak-

er’s experience after testing positive for the hereditary breast cancer gene. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â– The DC Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature “Pushing the Elephant,â€? about a woman who escaped the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo but was forced to leave her 5-year-old daughter behind. 7 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. â–  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Dan SvĂĄtek’s 2005 film “Close to Heaven.â€? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Sporting event â–  The Washington Wizards will play the Milwaukee Bucks. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Thursday, Feb. 10 Thursday FEBRUARY 10 Book sale â–  Chevy Chase DC Library Friends will hold its annual winter used-book sale. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. The sale will continue Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concerts â–  Ted Garber, 20102011 Strathmore Artist-inResidence, will perform “BluesAmericanaRockâ€? music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â–  The National Symphony Orchestra

and pianist Radu Lupu will perform works by Smetana, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■Pro Musica Hebraica will present British bass-baritone Mark Glanville and pianist Alexander Knapp in their collaborative re-imagining of Schubert’s song cycle “A Yiddish Winterreise: Elegy for a Vanished World.� 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Marc Sommers, adjunct associate professor of human security at Tufts University and research fellow at Boston University, will discuss “Stuck: Young in Rwanda.� 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Broadcast journalists Sid Davis and Bill Sheehan will discuss “Washington Winter in Review.� 11:30 a.m. $30. reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, member of parliament in Malaysia and leader of the reform-oriented opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat, will discuss “Revolution and Democracy in the Muslim World.� 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Georgetown University professor Susan Martin will discuss her book “A Nation of Immigrants.� 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Bittersweet Comic Strip: Elizabeth Murray’s ‘The Sun and the Moon.’� 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-

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Friday, FEBRUARY 11 â– Concert: The Utrecht String Quartet will perform works by Auerbach, Meijering and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-7075502.

2151. ■Librarian Karen Schneider will discuss “Duncan Phillips and His Experiment Station: Anniversary Reading Room.� 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ William Ayers will discuss his book “To Teach: The Journey, in Comics� and “Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom.� 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Michael Schaller, professor of history at the University of Arizona, will discuss “Ronald Reagan: Captivating and Contradictory.� 6:40 to 8 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Scholar Alain Touwaide will discuss “History of the Book: Papyrus to E-Books in Only 4,000 Years.� 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Peter Hessler will discuss his book “Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory.� 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Lee Alan Dugatkin, professor of biology at the University of Louisville, will discuss “The Altruism Equation: Blood Kinship and the Evolution of Goodness.� 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films

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■“Chase Away the Blues With Some Romantic Movies� will feature James Ivory’s 1985 film “A Room With a View,� based on the novel by E.M. Forster. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club will present the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,� about brave and visionary women who demanded peace in Liberia. A discussion about political and civil liberties in the African country will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. ■ The Inter-American Development Bank

Friday, Feb. 11 Friday FEBRUARY 11 Book signing â– Michael Oher will sign copies of his book “I Beat the Odds.â€? 12:30 p.m. Free. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. 202-4664999. Concerts â–  The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by BartĂłk, Debussy and DvorĂĄk. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-3332075. â–  David Christopher, organist and choirmaster of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington, Del., will perform works by Bach and DuruflĂŠ. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â–  “Arts @ Middayâ€? will feature Snowday offering a fresh take on a cappella. 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Free. St. Alban’s Parish, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â–  John Moran on violoncello and Dongsok Shin on fortepiano will present “The Legacy of Bach.â€? 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â–  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â–  Coloratura soprano Lydia Rathkolb and pianist Kenneth Slowik will perform works by Mozart, Mahler and the contemporary composer Ivan ErĂśd. 7:30 p.m. $5. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. â–  Teatro de la Luna will present “Night of Boleros,â€? featuring Spanish-language love songs. 7:30 p.m. $30; $25 for students and seniors. SalĂłn Bolivariano, 2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 703-548-3092. The concert will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Discussions and lectures â–  Kosuke Motani, senior vice president of the Department of Regional Planning at the Development Bank of Japan Inc., will discuss “Japan’s Demography Crisis: A Tsunami of Aging Baby Boomers Challenge the Economy.â€? 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 812, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5812. â–  Deborah Tannen, author of “You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives,â€? will discuss the intricacies of family relationships in “The Comedy of Errorsâ€? and in contemporary society. 7 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. See Events/Page 21





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 ■Nick Galifianakis will discuss his book “If You Loved Me You’d Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You.� 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


■“Les Lutins du Court-MĂŠtrage: Fourth Annual French Short Film Festivalâ€? will feature the best French short films of the year. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $8. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â–  Reel Affirmations’ “RA Xtraâ€? film series will feature Kareem J. Mortimer’s “Children of God,â€? about a nasty current of outspoken and religiously endorsed homophobia in the Bahamas that shadows two young men on their path out of the closet. 7 and 9:15 p.m. $12. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

Saturday, Feb. 12 Saturday FEBRUARY 12 Book signing ■Kate Betts will sign copies of her book “Michelle Obama: Everyday Icon.� 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Main Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. Children’s programs ■ The Saturday Morning at the National series will feature juggler Michael Rosman tossing bowling balls, chain saws and bananas while riding a unicycle. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature a performance by comedic magician The Great Zucchini. 10 a.m. $7.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

educational musical that uses song to highlight social issues from various eras of history. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■Singers from the Shenandoah University Conservatory Opera Program and guest artist Jose Sacin will perform arias and ensembles from “La Boheme,� “Carmen,� “Marriage of Figaro� and “L’incoronazione di Poppea.� 7 p.m. Free; donations will benefit the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. ■ The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will present “Big Band Jazz Revival.� 7:30 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-3030. ■ Singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader Howard Fishman will perform. 7:30 p.m. $20. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. ■ Dumbarton Concerts will present soprano Rosa Lamoreaux (shown), baritone Robert Tudor, pianist Betty Bullock and bassist David Jernigan performing “A Broadway Valentine: Love Songs From Broadway’s Golden Age.� 8 p.m. $33; $29 for seniors; $22 for students. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. Discussion ■ Ron Collins and Sam Chaltain will discuss their book “We Must Not Be Afraid to Be Free: Stories of Free Expression in America.� 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films

Classes ■Casey Trees urban forestry instructor Shawn Walker and Casey Trees volunteer coordinator Carol Herwig will present a “Trees 101� class about tree anatomy, tree identification and the benefits of an urban forest. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. 202-833-9125. ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on “Lewis and Clark: The Great Adventure.� 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will discuss “Venice Rediscovered: Art and Architecture From the Renaissance to the 18th Century.� 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $126. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.

The National Archives will present the 1999 film “The Hunley,� starring Armand Assante and Donald Sutherland. Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■A Black History Month film series will feature the 2000 documentary “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy.� 1 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ “Jem Cohen: Curious Visions� will feature a program of new shorts by the American filmmaker. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ ITVS Community Cinema will present Daniel H. Birman’s film “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story,� about a woman tried as a juvenile and currently serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age 16. A discussion will follow. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794.

Concerts ■The 21st Century Consort will perform works by Stravinsky, Jordan Kuspa and Jacob Druckman. 5 p.m. $20. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-3030. ■ The a cappella gospel group Reverb will present “Black History in Harmony,� an

Performances ■The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, will present “Let’s Hear It for the Boys,� a USO-style show featuring former U.S. Air Force Major Mike Almy and honoring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members and veterans. 5 and 8 p.m. $35. Church of the Epiphany,


silent auction. 8 p.m. to midnight. $75. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Sporting event ■The Washington Capitals will play the Los Angeles Kings. 12:30 p.m. $75 to $340. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. ■ The Washington Wizards will play the San Antonio Spurs. 8 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.

Sunday, FEBRUARY 13 â– Concert: Violist Marcus Thompson (shown) and pianist Judith Gordon will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941.

1317 G St. NW. 292-293-1548. â– Theater J’s “Voices From a Changing Middle East: Portraits of Homeâ€? theater festival will feature a reading of Aaron Davidman’s “Wrestling Jerusalem.â€? 8 p.m. $10. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. Special events â–  A celebration of Frederick Douglass’ 193rd birthday and his love of books will feature music, presentations, programs on the history of Anacostia, children’s activities, and discussion of the books he wrote and read. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5691. â–  A family festival will feature hands-on art and textile activities, as well as Central Asian music and food. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Textile Museum, 2340 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. â–  The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, Howard University and the D.C. Public Library will present “The Eye/Heart Connection,â€? featuring workshops, health screenings and exhibits. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-234-1010. â–  “Valentine’s Day Tea and Chocolate Tastingâ€? will feature costumed interpreters discussing the history of tea and chocolate. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1670 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â–  The DC Anime Club will host a video game day (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-2622083. â–  “La Saint-Valentin at the Embassy of Franceâ€? will feature dancing, an open bar with sparkling wine and French spirits, mounds of pastries, a crĂŞpe stand and a

Walks and tours ■A park ranger will present “Sounds of Black Georgetown,� a walking tour in honor of Black History Month. 11 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. ■ “Out of Sight: Life and Works of Enslaved and Domestic Servants at Tudor Place� will explore domestic service at the Georgetown estate since 1816. 11:30 a.m. $10; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1670 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Sunday, Feb.FEBRUARY 13 Sunday 13 Concerts ■ The Marine Chamber Ensembles will perform works by Enesco, Higdon and Koetsier. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and L streets SE. 202-433-4011. ■ Cellist Christopher Rex and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen will perform works by Chopin and Barber. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ Jochanan van Driel of the Netherlands will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Finalists in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition High School Division will compete for the chance to perform as soloist with the orchestra in a future concert. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Cathedral Choral Society will present a singalong of Mozart’s “Requiem,� featuring organist Todd Fickley and soloists from the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Kay Warren, cofounder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of “Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes to God,� will speak as part of the “Critical Issues in the Light

of Faith� series. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■Douglas Waller will discuss his book “Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage.� 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films

â– Filmmaker Charles Burnett will introduce a program of his work, including two early short films and the feature “Killer of Sheep.â€? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â–  ITVS Community Cinema will present Daniel H. Birman’s film “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.â€? 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-939-0794. â–  Cineform Italiano will feature the film “The Manual of Love,â€? about the ups and downs of relationships as seen through four intertwining episodes. 4 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â–  “Les Lutins du Court-MĂŠtrage: Festival of New French Sortsâ€? will feature “The North Road,â€? “Another’s Reason,â€? “The Best Placeâ€? and “The Herd.â€? 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â–  “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ€? will feature the film “Brother Outsider,â€? about the life and work of Bayard Rustin. A panel discussion will follow. 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Performance ■Irish actors Dearbhia Molloy and Dermot Crowley will perform “Give Me a Hand,� based on a collection of poems by Irish poet Paul Durcan. 4 p.m. $30. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Special event ■ “Catapalooza 2011,� a special Valentine’s Day celebration of all things See Events/Page 22


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■Art therapist Erin Brindle will lead a Valentine’s Day workshop, “Being Open to Love,� for widowed persons. 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Room 2, Renaissance Building, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602.

Concerts ■The Heartland Chamber Chorale of Fort Wayne, Ind., will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Monday Night at the National series will feature the chamber choral group Voce performing love songs. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Discussions and lectures ■ John Hofmeister will discuss his book “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk From an Energy Insider.� Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Biochemist Beth Burrous will discuss

“Chocolate: A Consumer’s Guide and Tasting.� Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. ■Patrick Condon, author of “Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities,� will discuss how the design of cities can address the challenge of climate change. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Film

■“A Deeper Look: Showcasing Film|Neu Directors� will feature Ralf Huettner’s 1997 film “Cologne’s Finest.� 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160.

Performances ■Theater J’s “Voices From a Changing Middle East: Portraits of Home� theater festival will feature a reading of two plays by Mona Mansour — “The Hour of Feeling� and “Urge for Going.� 7 p.m. $10; tickets required. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “A Valentine’s Day for the Lovestruck, the Lovesick and the Lovelorn,� featuring stories of success and failure in the pursuit of

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Research Lab in Charlotte, N.C., will lead a class on “Innovations in Plant Health Care.� 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. 202-833-9125.

Special event ■“Valentine Romance at Tudor Place� will feature wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, musical entertainment, and a special exhibit featuring antique valentines and objects from significant weddings at Tudor Place. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $30 per couple; registration required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Tuesday, Feb. 15

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Concerts ■Composer Graham Reynolds will fuse the story of 19th-century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage and his attempt to create the world’s first computer in a loose concerto format for violin, cello and piano. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Emerson String Quartet (shown) and the KalichsteinLaredo-Robinson Trio will perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schoenberg. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Fessenden Ensemble will perform works by Mozart. 7:30 p.m. $30. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4210 Albemarle St. NW. 202-362-2390. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and pianist David Zobel. 8 p.m. $25 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Samuel Gravely will discuss his book “Trailblazer: The U.S. Navy’s First Black Admiral.� Noon. Free. Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Gideon Rose will discuss his book “How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle.� Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ “Populism: For or Against?� will feature panelists Thomas Frank, columnist for Harper’s; David Frum, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush; and Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Lynda Tredway will discuss her book “Leading From the Inside Out,� and Joey Feldman will discuss his book “Teaching Without Bells.� 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Monday, FEBRUARY 14 â– Concert: The Young Concert Artists Series will present 21-year-old pianist Charlie Albright performing works by JanĂĄcek, Menotti, Mozart, Rogerson and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

■Rubin Carter and Ken Klonsky will discuss their book “Eye of the Hurricane: My Path From Darkness to Freedom.� 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ The Tenleytown Historical Society will present a talk by lifelong D.C. resident Albert LaFrance on “The Cold War and Tenleytown.� 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. ■ Anthony Del Col (shown) and Conor McCreery, the creators of the graphic novel “Kill Shakespeare,� will discuss their work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.


■A Spike Lee Film Festival will feature the 1992 film “Malcolm X.� 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Anthony Harvey’s 1977 film “Death Game.� 8 p.m. Free. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-4623356.

Readings ■“Love Poems� will feature readings by poets Michael Salcman, Michele Wolf and Sue Brannan Walker. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-7075394. ■ The Lannan Literary Programs series will feature a reading by Olufemi Terry, winner of the Caine Prize. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6294. Wednesday, Feb. 16 Wednesday FEBRUARY 16 Class ■

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Concerts â&#x2013; Pianist William Chapman Nyaho will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music of the African Diaspora.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Cathedral Choral Society will host students from area schools for its sixth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrate Youth! High School Choir Festival.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-5538. â&#x2013;  The Orion String Quartet and Windscape will perform Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of the Fugue.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Fessenden Ensemble will perform works by Mozart. 7:30 p.m. $30. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-362-2390. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  NASA scientist Neil Gehrels will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5664. â&#x2013;  Edward Lengel will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inventing George Washington.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Nelly Lahoud, associate professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jihadiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Path to SelfDestruction.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-2692. â&#x2013;  Richard Whitmire will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bee Eater,â&#x20AC;? about former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. 6:30 p.m. Free. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. 202-466-4999. â&#x2013;  David Hazony will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  National Jewish Book Award recipient Steve Stern will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Frozen Rabbi.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $11. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Films

â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature Mary Pat Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proud.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  The DC Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enemies of the People,â&#x20AC;? about the explanations offered by perpetrators of the Cambodian genocide. 7 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456.

Performance â&#x2013; Modern dance company Jane Franklin Dance will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take a Deep Breath.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.





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On STAGE athletic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rooster,â&#x20AC;? set to the music of the Rolling Stones; Trey McIntyreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s autobiographical â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Lonesome,â&#x20AC;? set to the music of Beck; and a revival of artistic director Septime Webreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fluctuating Hemlines,â&#x20AC;? accompanied by Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiggerâ&#x20AC;? Benford on an all-percussion original score. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $20. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; â&#x2013; Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society will present Stephen Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 10 through 19 in Poulton Hall. When Benjamin Barker returns home to London after being falsely imprisoned for a crime he did not


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202-338-5180. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive By,â&#x20AC;? highlighting six artists whose drawings, paintings, collages and video art explore common scenes from the urban and suburban landscape, opened recently at Project 4 Gallery, where it will continue through March 5. Featured are artists Kim Beck, Martyn Blundell, Zlatko Cosic, Sarah McKenzie, Michael A. Salter and Gregory Thielker. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karabakh on My Mind,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings by Leyla Rzayeva and Yavar Rzayev that celebrate the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, opened recently at Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edison Place Gallery, where it will continue through Feb. 18. Located at 702 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. 202872-3396.

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the options were a science trip to the Peruvian Amazon and a culture/arts trip to Charleston, S.C. All students, including middle-schoolers, are required to participate in the internship program. Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internship program is unique because it allows students to pursue their interests in the most active way possible and builds up experience that is unusual for most high school students. By the time Field students graduate high school, they will have participated in six internships. They can build up contacts, decide what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d

like to focus on as adults, gain understanding of how workplaces function and even become more active in their communities. For my internship I am working at The Current. Here I am helping edit articles and writing a few pieces. So far this has been a very cool and interesting experience, and I am learning a lot. I definitely will be taking the skills I learn here back to school! Thanks, Current! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nellie G.P., ninth-grader

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Lafayette Elementary

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Ms. Cogswell was a student teacher for Ms. Mathur’s fourthgrade class. She left at the end of the fall so she could get a degree and be a real teacher. During her time here, she helped a lot of students. She taught about half of the units, including Native Americans; explorers (social studies); spelling; handwriting (language arts); nonfiction (reading); weathering and erosion (science); soil, rocks and minerals (science); and decimals (math). Ms. Cogswell enjoyed her time at Murch. She liked all the kids she met and worked with, and the teachers. She liked the Murch community, too. Leela Yadav said, “Ms. Cogswell was always willing to help us, not do the work for us, but help us to do it ourselves.” Bin Hong said, “Ms. Cogswell helped me a lot and she was nice.” Ms. Cogswell has too many memories to choose her favorite. But her most recent and last one was when Ms. Mathur’s class celebrated because she was leaving. We had cake, cookies, chips and salsa. The only bad part was that she had to leave. Even though she was leaving, See Dispatches/Page 30



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National Cathedral School has had an excellent â&#x20AC;&#x153;That Week of Serviceâ&#x20AC;? thus far. In addition to selling baked goods during lunch periods, the Service Board has found innovative ways to raise funds for excellent causes. Students have purchased Chipotle burritos and T-shirts sporting the slogan â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine Thatâ&#x20AC;? to benefit causes chosen by the Service Board. The junior class recently held a bake sale to raise money for Haiti relief and to bring attention and awareness back to the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s devastation. Junior Cassandra Moshfegh said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found it very rewarding to help raise $270 in one day, all of which will go towards children in Haiti.â&#x20AC;? Junior Gloria Yoon added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, That Week is a period of time in which NCS students can devote themselves to making the community and our world a better place. I love how the NCS community is willing to take time to give back.â&#x20AC;? It is clear that despite their rigorous academic and extracurricular schedules, Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young women will always find time to contribute to their community and give to those in need. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader

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A new monitor was installed over Christmas break in the front hall at National Presbyterian School. This monitor is coming in handy. It catches many glances on the way to class. This monitor was donated by the Parents Association. Some of the most important events here show up on the monitor, for example, free dress day, spirit day and church services. When asked how he liked the monitor, fifth-grader Joe McCalmon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really cool.â&#x20AC;? The front-hall monitor is like an in-school version of CardinalNet, which is the website where parents can see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on at school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eliot Koch, fifth-grader

St. Albans School


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A recent talk was given to the lower school students and teachers in order to clarify confusion concerning the school recycling program. Common belief among students was that there was no recycling system in the lower school, resulting in trash that could have been recycled but instead was thrown away. But the lower school recycling system has now been clearly explained, and it appears to be successful thus far. In every classroom, there is a blue recycling can where anything except food can be discarded. This makes recycling much easier by

preventing any controversy over what should or should not be thrown away. The bins are collected and the waste is taken to the recycling plant, where it is separated by material. The system promises to be effective and helps St. Albans to do its part in aiding the environment. Seventh-grader Keith Simms described the St. Albans recycling program as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;positive way to help clean our environment.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vincent Kardos, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School

Catholic Schools Week began on Jan. 30. All Catholic schools in America were involved in it. On Sunday the St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choir sang at Mass. There was a social after Mass. On Tuesday we had an open house. Many people came by to take a tour of the school. Wednesday was Teacher Appreciation Day. Our teachers ate lunch together, and I made my teacher a card. Thursday was Student Appreciation Day. We got to have free dress and play bingo. On Friday we had the Grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea. This was a special time for the third and fourth grades because they presented their Wax Museum Project. Every thirdand fourth-grader dressed up as a famous person who impacted the history of Washington, D.C., a subject we have been studying in social studies. I dressed up as Thomas Jefferson. We had to recite a speech. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brendan Quinn, third-grader

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School

Since the massive snowstorm canceled school for several days, the winter semi-formal dance has been rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 11. Many students are excited to get dressed up and go to a social event with their friends. The annual College Night for juniors and their parents takes place this week. This is a great opportunity for students and their parents to learn about beginning the search for colleges. The guest speaker will be Darryl Jones, senior associate director of admissions at Gettysburg College. On Feb. 4, the boys basketball team faced off against Gonzaga. The nationally ranked girls basketball team faced Holy Cross. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

San Miguel School

Eighth grade is really important for students at San Miguel. We have a lot of challenges. One example is our high school applications. Most of us had to write essays and get teacher recommendations. We are nervously waiting for acceptance letters that should come by Feb. 24. We recently faced another pressure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; midterm exams. We had to study really hard and get back into

the rhythm of school after winter break. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very hard because winter is also flu season, and several students have been hit. We also had to make sure that we got a lot of sleep and a good breakfast before we came in to take the exams. We are glad that obstacle is now behind us. In October we entered a competition called Letters About Literature, sponsored by the D.C. Public Library and the Library of Congress. In this contest we had to choose favorite authors and write to them about how one of their books related to our life. Two examples were Victor Martinez and his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parrot in the Oven,â&#x20AC;? and Walter Dean Myers and his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scorpions.â&#x20AC;? Winners receive prizes. If we win at a national level, we will receive grants for our school library. We will hear about the results this spring. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Edwin Reyes and Josue Amaya, eighth-graders

School Without Walls

Because of the winter weather D.C. has been dealing with, grades were not due Jan. 29 as planned. Instead, teachers had until 5 p.m. Monday to turn them in. Students got their final report cards on Wednesday. Last week was relatively normal. There were fundraisers at lunch: the riding team, which had a

competition on Saturday, held a bake sale, and the sophomore class sold pizza again. The Student Government Association started its annual Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day fundraiser. Students can send other students (or themselves) a card and treat. This year, the wonderful Mr. Ackerman volunteered to make brownies for the event, so students can send a brownie with their note for the first time. The girls lacrosse team, now coached by Ms. Kennedy, started recruiting players last week. The ski team left on Thursday for an extended trip. The team is very popular. It has no practices, and members receive extended excused absences from school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lillian Audette, 12th-grader

Wilson High School

In English class we are required to write a five-page research paper by the end of the year. We can choose from a variety of topics such as marriage, adoption, spiritual revelations, fashion, occupations and language etiquette. I chose to write about social rules and customs surrounding adoption. Throughout the process of writing the paper, students will develop writing and research skills. We are required to read a novel related to our topic and to find at least five Internet articles. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Michaela Taylor, 10th-grader

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