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Fillmore backers decry impact of budget cuts

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■ Education: Area schools

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By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

A spirited procedural debate at the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission may have further divided parents at the Francis-Stevens Education Campus and School Without Walls High School, some attendees fear. The commission unanimously adopted a resolution supporting a planned merger of the two schools and encouraging their respective communities to collaborate on the transition — a seemingly straightforward measure. But meeting attendees were furious after commission chair Florence Harmon said there was no time to accept public comments on the issue. Francis-Stevens parents fear the pre-K-through-eighth-grade facility could once again face closure if Walls high school doesn’t use some of its excess capacity. Meanwhile, Walls parents are concerned their successful magnet program is in jeopardy if students and administrators are spread between two camSee Schools/Page 18

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Public School system’s proposed budget for Fillmore Arts Center includes cuts so significant that some fear the multi-school arts program won’t be viable next year. For the 2013-14 school year, Fillmore is projected to provide arts education for approximately 3,000 pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade students from eight different schools. That’s the same number of

Petworth airs grievances over Safeway construction Bill Petros/The Current

Choreographer Shawn Cosby led students Saturday in a dance rehearsal for Tuesday’s fifth annual DC Capital Stars Talent Competition at the Kennedy Center. The program, sponsored by the DC College Access Program, features D.C. public and charter high school students.

By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer


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The proposed moratorium zone is centered at Ben’s Next Door.

noise and crime in the neighborhood, and ensure space for other types of retail in a liquor-saturated community. Opponents argue that it would stifle business and development, hurt neighborhood property

By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

values and turn liquor licenses into rare and exorbitantly overpriced commodities. Last week’s meeting — held by members of the U Street/Columbia Heights, Logan Circle and Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissions — follows months of discussion on the moratorium proposal filed in December by neighborhood group Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance. The moratorium would halt the issuance of new retailer’s licenses to sell or serve alcoholic beverages in parts of the U Street and 14th Street corridors — specifically a circular area extending 1,800 feet (about four blocks) in all directions from a midSee Moratorium/Page 19


Adams Morgan gas station slated to become condos — Page 3

New coach aims to rebuild St. Albans lacrosse program — Page 11

■ ABC: Request for alcohol

exemption seen as leverage

License limits spark debate on 14th, U streets Opponents of a proposed liquor license moratorium in the 14th and U streets area turned out in force last Wednesday at a “listening session” organized by three affected advisory neighborhood commissions. A handful of residents supported a community group’s proposal for a five-year freeze on new licenses, but their opponents conspicuously outnumbered them in a crowd of more than 150 at the Thurgood Marshall Center auditorium. “You mess with people’s alcohol, and they will show up,” one attendee remarked. Supporters of the moratorium say it would be an overdue check on

students the program served in 2011-12 — but the proposed budget would reduce its funding by more than $300,000 from that year. The program’s total budget for the 2014 fiscal year would be $1,063,370. The cuts would be “devastating,” according to Friends of Fillmore, a volunteer group that functions like a PTA for the arts school. The center could be forced to replace four of its five full-time teachers with parttime hourly employees, and stakeholders fear the school would be stripped of its renowned high-quality programming. The change would leave Fillmore See Fillmore/Page 21

As the latest grocery store to attempt one-stop shopping for customers, the new Petworth Safeway will seek an exemption in order to sell beer and wine on premises. But some neighbors may seek to use the liquor issue as leverage to address broader grievances with the store’s redevelopment project. A new grocery store and condo development, which will replace the old Safeway at 3830 Georgia Ave., is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. When it does, Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle said, the grocery chain hopes the store will have a Class B liquor license. A D.C. Council ban from 1999 imposed a citywide moratorium on new Class B licenses — which allow beer and wine sales — to discourage loitering and public drunkenness. The council later carved out an exemption, but only for new “full-service grocery stores,” or those undergoing “substantial” reno-

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A strict moratorium prevents Safeway from selling alcohol.

vation — requirements this Safeway would seem to meet. But another, more recent, moratorium restricts licenses in almost all of Ward 4 — and it does not include the exemption for grocery stores. There is a narrowly tailored provision, adopted by the D.C. Council in 2008, that allowed Yes! Organic Market to obtain a license elsewhere in Petworth. Muckle recently sent a letter to Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser to seek her support for an exemption. He said that ongoing conversations with Bowser about the possibility have been positive. “She knows we’re interested in it, she knows we’re eager to move forward, and we’re hoping that she can See Safeway/Page 20



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Two boutique hotels slated to premiere in Georgetown By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Two new boutique hotels are opening in Georgetown this spring, which the neighborhood business group expects to bolster the neighborhood’s reputation as a luxury travel stop. Capella Georgetown, at 1050 31st St., will open with a ribboncutting April 3. A couple of weeks later, on the other side of the C&O Canal, the former Hotel Monticello will reopen as The Graham Georgetown. Both buildings have undergone multimillion-dollar renovations. Together, the hotels will be bringing just over 100 new high-end hotel rooms to Georgetown, two new rooftop lounges, and several dining options including the Grill Room Restaurant in the Capella. With the openings, the neighborhood has seven major hotel options,

including luxury mainstays the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton. “Overall, these renovations are huge investments in our community, and there’s a big payoff,” said Joe Sternlieb, executive director of the Georgetown Business Improvement District. They not only “reinforce Georgetown’s place as the hotel destination for the very high-end, luxury traveler,” he said, but they also provide community amenities through new jobs and dining options. The Capella Georgetown, located in the former office building of the Association of Trial LaNgrs of America, will offer 49 rooms including 12 suites. Rates range between $595 and $995 per night, according to spokesperson Aik Wye Ng. The hotel will include The Grill Room, a 70-seat restaurant with a seasonal outdoor patio overlooking the canal. Under the direction of See Hotels/Page 20

The week ahead Wednesday, March 27

DC by the Book, a website featuring a literary map of D.C., will host a launch party from 6 to 8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. Authors Thomas Mallon, Ann McLaughlin, Adam McKible and George Pelecanos will read from their works and discuss why they chose D.C. as the setting for their stories. ■ The D.C. Federation of Civic Associations will hold a candidates forum for the atlarge D.C. Council special election. The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

Thursday, March 28

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss “moveDC,” the agency’s initiative to develop a coordinated, multimodal long-range transportation plan for the District. As part of the process, an “Ideas That Build” workshop will focus on attendees’ thoughts on neighborhood and citywide transportation issues and opportunities. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. ■ The Foggy Bottom Association, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association and the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Heart House, 2400 N St. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District Citizens Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW.

Saturday, March 30

The Reentry Network for Returning Citizens will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW.

Monday, April 1

The Georgetown Business Association and the Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, 3000 K St. NW.

Tuesday, April 2

The Walter Reed Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel will present recommendations for a temporary use framework for the campus of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The public presentation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room G-9 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Wednesday, April 3

The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW.

Developer plans condos, retail at Exxon site

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A 36-unit condo building is in the works to replace the Exxon station at the corner of Adams Mill Road and Lanier Place, with three levels of residential units atop 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Perseus Realty has been working to acquire the site since February 2012, according to Mark Adamo, the firm’s senior vice president for development. “Current market conditions lend themselves to residential condominiums due to the limited supply coupled with great interest rates for the buyer,” Adamo wrote in an email to The Current. The project needs zoning relief because it’s providing just 24 underground parking spaces instead of the required 37. It meets the requirement of one onsite parking space for every other condo unit — a total of 18 spaces for the 36 units — but provides six parking spaces for the retail space instead of a required 19. Perseus president Robert Cohen said last week that the retail will not draw customers with cars. “Our game plan is to try to attract people to the property by providing things that people need in the neighborhood,” he said at last Wednesday’s meeting of the development committee of the Adams Morgan advi-

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The proposal at 1827 Adams Mill Road includes 36 condo units over ground-floor retail.

sory neighborhood commission. “It could be a restaurant, it could be a cleaners, it could be a bicycle store, it could be a market.” The planned secure garage therefore provides no customer parking, but reserves the six retail spaces for employees. Two spaces will be allocated for each of three envisioned retail tenants, Perseus representatives said. Several residents at the meeting argued that the proposed parking isn’t sufficient. But their main conSee Condos/Page 19



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Charter advocate says more progress needed Bowser formally announces

Current Staff Report Despite the rapid expansion of charter school options and attendance in the District, the founder and outgoing chair of the Friends of Choice in Urban Schools advocacy group says major educational challenges remain. Malcolm Peabody, who founded the organization in 1996, said ongoing problems include unequal funding, a lack of access to former D.C. Public Schools buildings and the threat of reduced autonomy, as well as traditional public schools’ failure to close the income-based achievement gap. Peabody spoke Thursday night at a fundraising dinner for his group, where other speakers called his lobbying the catalyst for the District’s charter school movement. Peabody said that charter school students have outscored their D.C. Public Schools counterparts in standardized testing. And excluding public schools west of 16th Street — where there are no charters

— the difference increases despite a disparity in funding. The reason for charters’ success, Peabody said, is local autonomy. Charters can control their own budgets, staff and curricula, and can offer incentives to overcome student behavior problems. Peabody also pointed to the Canadian city of Edmonton’s successful experiment giving its principals far more authority over budgets, curricula and staff. He urged Mayor Vincent Gray to form a community commission to study and take lessons from various school systems in Canada, South Korea and Finland, where students from divergent backgrounds have far better reading and math scores than in the District. Peabody, a longtime Georgetown resident, will soon be leaving Friends of Choice in Urban Schools to ramp up an effort pushing for campaign finance reform.

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after task force, and hits to our regional reputation. Since 2010, we’ve tiptoed toward our darkest nights instead of rushing towards a brighter future.� Bowser entered city politics in 2004 as a Riggs Park advisory neighborhood commissioner. She has served on the D.C. Council since 2007, when she was elected to fill Adrian Fenty’s Ward 4 Bowser seat — with his endorsement — when he was elected mayor. In her time on the council, Bowser said, she has pushed for tax breaks, housing and senior services, and has delivered vital constituent services. As mayor, she pledged to reduce income disparity, protect diversity, improve schools and promote transparent government. The city needs “a mayor raised in the grass roots of D.C. activism, but also committed to a bright progressive future,� Bowser said. “A mayor to make us proud again.�



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A Laurel, Md., man died early Thursday after he was shot multiple times in his car in the 1000 block of 17th Street in the Farragut Square area downtown, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo, 24, was shot around 2:39 a.m., and died in the hospital, according to a police news release. Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Meetings will discuss 2014 assessments D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has scheduled two town hall meetings on the District’s proposed tax assessments for 2014. The workshops are designed to educate homeowners on how assessments are prepared and how to appeal. Representatives of the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue will join Mendelson to answer questions and offer assistance. The meetings will be held Thursday, March 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE; and Saturday, March 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Mendelson has held similar events for the past nine years.

Deputy mayor leads China trade mission

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Nine firms seeking Walter Reed lease

The District has received nine responses from firms interested in becoming the master developer for the former site of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. District officials said all nine teams have extensive expertise in D.C. commercial development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited about the level of interest in redeveloping the site,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Vincent Gray says in a news release. The nine respondents were Allied Patriot LLC; Douglas Development Corp.; Forest City Washington; Grid Properties Inc.; Hines/Urban Atlantic Joint Venture; Republic Properties Corp.; Roadside Development; Walter Reed Associates LLC (The Wilkes Co., Capstone Development LLC and Quadrangle Development Corp.); and Western Development. The D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development issued a request for

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 14 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioners voted 3-0, with Matt Frumin and Sam Serebin absent, to support a D.C. Department of Transportation plan to install sidewalks on the north side of the 3800 block of Albemarle Street. The block was recently redistricted into the commission from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F, which had previously supported the sidewalks. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 3-0 to adopt a settlement agreement with Angelicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria, 4529 Wisconsin Ave. The restaurant was previously within the borders of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F; the new agreement aligns with the one the Angelicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s held with that commission. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 3-0 to support a D.C. Department of Transportation plan to install a fourway stop sign at 38th and Fessenden streets, while encouraging the agency to also explore other traffic-calming measures for the community. Several residents said the stop sign will be a valuable safety measure for pedestrians crossing Fessenden. One resident said new stop signs on Fessenden will encourage him to instead take smaller neighborhood streets with fewer stops. Commissioner Tom Quinn proposed asking the Transportation Department for improved bicycle facilities in the area as part of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution; the body will instead consider bicycle issues at a future meeting. â&#x2013;  commissioners discussed an Office of Planning proposal to eliminate parking minimums for new residential developments in transit zones, which would include Wisconsin Avenue. Commissioner Jonathan Bender said he would like to see the proposal enacted, but only in conjunction with a prohibition on Residential Parking Permit eligibility for residents in buildings with little or no on-site parking. Commissioner Tom Quinn said broader reform of the parking permit system could solve parking shortages by curtailing intraward commuting. Several residents argued that both the tenants of new buildings and their neighbors need an adequate supply of parking in the neighborhood, and that it should be developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; responsibility to provide it when they add density to a community. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the library at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. For details, visit ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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Chevy Chase Citizens Association

The Chevy Chase Citizens Association and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G will co-host a forum for the candidates in the upcoming April 23 special election for the at-large D.C. Council seat vacated by Phil Mendelson. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. All the candidates have been invited and have confirmed that they will participate. Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the candidates. After brief opening statements by each candidate, there will be a moderated question-and-answer period. Questions can be submitted ahead of time to On another subject, the fifth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup,â&#x20AC;? at locations along the entire length of Rock Creek, is scheduled for April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Join the Rock Creek Conservancy for this event and help take the trash out of your favorite part of the park! Bring family, friends, neighbors, Scout troops, clubs and businesses. All are welcome! For more information, visit In other news, we thank Holly Worthington of Long & Foster Real Estate; Magruderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of DC; Merrick Design & Build; and Wheatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landscape for recently renewing as platinum business members of our association. For information about these and our other business members, visit our websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business Corner at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor

Shepherd Park Citizens Association

Shepherd Park Citizens Association representatives and the neighborhood listserv have been busy and loaded with information. In this column weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll highlight a few of the happenings in our community. I attended the Ward 4 Senior Village meeting last week. The group is still in the formative stage and welcomes more help. It is being led with the support of Neighbors Inc., which is trying to become a 501(c) (3) so funds donated for the formation of the senior group can be taxdeductible. A comparison of this proposed senior village reveals that it may be a lot larger than those in other parts of the city. The next meeting of the group is tentatively scheduled for May 1 at the Takoma Village Cohousing Common House, 6828 4th St. NW. The next meeting of the Walter Reed Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel (ULI TAP) will take place April 1 and 2, examining the feasibility and potential of temporary uses on the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portion of the former medical center campus. I hope you all filled out your surveys, due earlier this month. The briefing book for this meeting is online at The first day of the meeting is by invitation only. The second day a portion of the session is open to the general public, when recommendations and findings will be presented to the Local Redevelopment Authority. The public is welcome to share their ideas and feedback through the question-and-answer portion of the presentation on Tuesday, April 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room G-9 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The final report of the Urban Land Institute panel will be available on the websites of the institute as well as the Local Redevelopment Authority by late May or early June. We wish all of our neighbors springlike weather and a respite from the cold. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cheryl Teare Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or visit ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â&#x2013; CHEVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;CHASE The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. For details, send an email to or call 202-363-5803. ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial â&#x2013;  colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park Shepherd Park / brightwood Crestwood 16th street heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church,

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The commission will hold a joint community meeting with the Columbia Heights advisory neighborhood commission on a proposed settlement agreement between Sweet Mango Cafe and the two commissions. The meeting will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 30, at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. The commission will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit

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Albemarle Street corner lot attracts developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interest By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

An empty home at 3600 Albemarle St. in North Cleveland Park wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be on the market until next month, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already attracting developers interested in transforming its corner lot. The 1921 homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former owner, Spurgeon Keeny Jr., died over the summer at age 87. In advance of a sale listing in mid-April, an estate sale took place last weekend and a forthcoming auction will clear the home of its remaining contents, said Stephanie Kenyon of Sloans & Kenyon, which is responsible for the estate sale. The 18,688-square-foot lot meets legal requirements to be subdivided into up to three parcels, zoning administrator Matthew LeGrant stated earlier this month, in response to questions from a prominent zoning attorney. One prospective buyer is also mulling a four-unit condo conversion, Kenyon said in an interview with The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are lots of different buyers interested for different reasons,â&#x20AC;? she said. One interested party apparently hired the Holland & Knight law firm to ask LeGrant about the legality of nine separate ideas for redeveloping the lot at 36th and Albemarle streets.

As first reported by the Washington Business Journal, variants include demolishing the existing structure and building one to three new homes, or retaining it to build one or two new ones alongside it, according to D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs documents. All nine could be carried out as a matter of right, meaning they would fall within zoning requirements for the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s R-1-B zone and need no special approvals or public input. In that zone, each lot must be at least 5,000 square feet and 50 feet wide. Chip Glasgow, the attorney who requested the zoning administratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to requests for comment; city documents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t identify his client. In a matter-of-right development, neighbors usually have few legal options, as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning regulations are intended to determine what construction is or is not appropriate in a given neighborhood. In Chevy Chase, though, the community banded together in 2011 to successfully block the planned subdivision of a corner lot at 3901 Jocelyn St., with a petition drive and an application for historic protections. In that case, the developer voluntarily elected to rehab and expand the existing home rather than proceeding with a subdivision.

Georgetown University promotes engagement Current Staff Report Georgetown University is taking to heart lessons learned from its recent campus plan process and putting more effort into community engagement, the top non-academic university official told the Washington Rotary Club last week. The university resolved a long-fought battle with its West Georgetown neighbors last summer after choosing to end a Zoning Commission dispute and embark instead on two months of negotiations with community groups. Administrators ultimately pledged to locate more undergraduate housing on campus and concentrate growth in satellite campuses. This approach represents a changed mindset, Georgetown senior vice president and chief operating officer Chris Augostini said Wednesday. In the past, he said, the university tried to solve its immediate problems â&#x20AC;&#x153;without thinking about the long-term impacts.â&#x20AC;? But as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest private employer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with 11,000 employees and a $1 billion annual operating budget â&#x20AC;&#x201D; major changes canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be made overnight, Augostini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are two types of institutions that traditionally change very slowly: religious institutions and universities,â&#x20AC;? he said. Georgetown is a combination of both, and has stood by itself for more than 200 years. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;we could no longer be in battle with the

community and the city,â&#x20AC;? he said. Georgetown and its neighbors recently worked together to create a five-year campus plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; half the length of the plans typically approved by the Zoning Commission, which are required for universities operating in residential areas. The school is now using this five-year period, which continues through 2017, to work with the community to develop a new, long-term plan that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require further zoning approval until 2037. University officials and community leaders have agreed the new process has improved relations between all parties, Augostini said. The university has a goal of eventually housing 90 percent of its undergraduates on campus. New dormitories and student activity spaces are planned for the center of campus, to reduce studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; incentives to go into residential neighborhoods at night. By fall 2015, there will be 450 more on-campus beds for undergraduates. For its future growth outside of Georgetown, Augostini said the university is looking into sites at the McMillan Reservoir, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Poplar Point and St. Elizabeths. The school is also preparing to open 100,000 square feet of space at 6th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW for students in its School of Continuing Studies.



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Budget autonomy

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For years city officials have detailed the laborious process that results from the District’s lack of budget autonomy. We cannot spend our local tax dollars until the budget gets approved by Congress. Of course, there’s the affront of locally elected officials having to trudge up to Capitol Hill to defend their decisions on how to spend locally raised dollars — and then the more tangible affront of senators and representatives elected elsewhere attaching unwelcome riders to the budget. When the threat of a federal shutdown arises due to budget wrangling, District residents — unlike their counterparts elsewhere in the country — face the prospect of losing key municipal services as well as the disruption to federal operations. And congressional sparring over unrelated issues frequently means delays in approving the District’s budget — restricting spending to the prior year’s levels and derailing new initiatives. Even when the system is working properly, it doesn’t work well for the District. Officials have long discussed the idea of shifting the fiscal year — which begins Oct. 1, in line with the federal calendar — to the summer, to ease expenditures and accounting for the school system. The idea, which conforms to the practices of most U.S. municipalities, hasn’t come to fruition largely due to the need for congressional review. And then there’s all the money that goes to preparing budget documents for congressional review — even though there are actually few if any changes made, aside from undesirable riders. At last, District voters can do something to fix this process. The ballot for the April 23 special election will include Proposed Charter Amendment VIII, a change to the home rule charter to establish budget autonomy. Critics generally raise two arguments against the measure: It’s an end run around Congress of dubious legal merit, and it’s likely to upset officials on Capitol Hill. Neither is cause to vote against this ballot measure. The groups DC Vote and DC Appleseed Center developed the proposal over the past two years. It would take advantage of the home rule charter’s own provisions for amendments through the referendum process. It wouldn’t change rules against a commuter tax, the requirement for a balanced budget, or restrictions on the District’s issuance of bonds — the areas that an analysis by Arent Fox noted are sacrosanct under the charter’s amendment provisions. Says DC Vote: “Budget control is simply not on the list of things prohibited in the charter from amendment through referendum.” The members of the D.C. Council — and their legal counsel — believe the idea passes muster. Admittedly, the D.C. attorney general believes it does not, but there is inherently room for disagreement in the law, particularly when it comes to novel approaches: Few Supreme Court decisions are unanimous. The measure could draw a court challenge, but we should not shy away from that. Indeed, if a suit were filed, the case would bring welcome public attention to the cause. It’s more difficult to gauge the outlook on Capitol Hill, though so far the measure has been met largely by silence — in part due to the inertia that comes from the District’s lack of stature without a voting member. It’s worth noting that Congress would maintain a role in the D.C. budget. It would have 30 legislative days to review on the budget, as it does on other District legislation. If Congress did not vote to make changes, the budget would stand. It would also continue to adopt a budget for the federal government’s District-related expenditures. The idea of budget autonomy has substantial bipartisan support (and ought to appeal to critics of perceived federal affronts to local authority), but Congress has never been able to advance the measure — the best hope was clouded by demands for unrelated provisions on gun control. But the procedure for a charter amendment approved by referendum establishes a playing field favorable to the District. Congress would have 35 days to take action to stop the measure, yet blocking the amendment would require majority support from the House and Senate — and President Obama. That seems an unlikely scenario. What’s more, either chamber would surely struggle to override a presidential veto. Proposed Charter Amendment VIII is a solid opportunity for District residents to insist on local autonomy. It deserves support on April 23.

Talking to the people … 2014


ven loyal members of former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration — to this day — privately fault their boss for his re-election loss in 2010 to Vincent Gray. They don’t blame the illegal, $750,000 “shadow campaign” that prosecutors in court said “deceived” city voters. It wasn’t Fenty’s unapologetic pressing of education reform with the tough-minded Michelle Rhee. And it wasn’t that people thought Fenty’s day-to-day government wasn’t good, or that his achievements were insignificant. But somewhere into his four-year term, Fenty stopped talking. He didn’t talk to labor unions and he didn’t talk to business leaders. He didn’t talk to civic activists and he didn’t talk to his own department heads. Fenty made his thinking clear: As long as he was doing a good job, people would appreciate the rebuilt libraries and recreation centers and other policies. He once told this reporter that he didn’t talk to many people because “they always want something.” He believed his good works would carry the day. They didn’t. As a candidate for mayor in 2006, Fenty had made a fetish of talking to anyone anywhere anytime. He made people all over the city believe that he believed in them. Come primary election day, he carried every precinct, trouncing the respected veteran politician Linda Cropp. We were reminded of this recent history this past weekend as Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser became the first announced candidate for the 2014 mayor’s race. The Democratic primary is little more than a year away. Bowser — who owes the start of her political career to Fenty’s support — is modeling her campaign on Fenty’s intense drive to “get things done” rather than talk about them. On Saturday, standing in front of her childhood home, she talked about how citizens “expect big visions and swift execution.” But Bowser, close as she may be to Fenty, was quick to steer clear of Fenty’s reputation for going it alone. In a detailed pre-announcement interview with Bowser, The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis asked about Fenty’s damaging trait. “I ask because people said Fenty didn’t listen to anyone. He lost touch. How do you make sure you don’t lose touch?” DeBonis said. He asked Bowser whether she has a circle of people she consults. “Yes,” Bowser responded. “There’s a wide circle of people that I talk to. I don’t think you’re ever gonna find someone who says, ‘She doesn’t talk to anybody.’ I don’t think people will ever say that about me.” ■ The campaign. Bowser bristles when people say

or suggest she is a female clone of Fenty. She told DeBonis that people know “that I stand on my own; they know that I’m smart and hardworking.” Still, there are many similarities with the Fenty regime and its remnants. First of all, Fenty is expected to endorse Bowser when the right time comes, providing a real boost in some sections of the city. By that we mean wards 1, 2, 3 and even part of 6, home to another likely mayoral candidate, Tommy Wells. Most believe Bowser is in good shape in her home Ward 4, which is also where Fenty began his career. Bowser also uses the same green campaign color that Fenty used. Bowser throws in a little yellow here and there, but there is no mistaking the similarity. She even wears a plastic wristband of the same green color. When Bowser made her announcement Saturday, she walked onto the front lawn of her parents’ home with family members warmly surrounding her. Fenty had done the same thing in 2005, walking down the front steps of his family home. More important than campaign colors and style, Bowser has snagged political consultant Tom Lindenfeld. He’s a veteran of several city campaigns, including Tony Williams and, yes, Fenty. Lindenfeld, among others, tried in vain to right the ship during Fenty’s failed re-election bid. Fenty insiders say it was headed for the rocks because the captain of the ship didn’t do his part. “There’s a lot of green here,” NBC4 reporter Mark Segraves noted in a post-speech interview with Bowser. “We see a lot of the Fenty supporters.” Segraves said Bowser had struck many of the same themes Fenty has championed. “What do you say to people who say, you know, this is just Fenty 2014?” “Mayor Fenty and I share a lot of ideals,” Bowser responded. “We share impatience with excuses. And that’s what people have been missing.” Now, we have a new race. Wells and Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans are plotting their mayoral campaigns. At-large Council member David Catania, who last year said he would like to be mayor but probably wouldn’t run, is reconsidering. There may be others. ■ A final word. None of the candidates is wellknown citywide, but they all should listen to the final question that DeBonis asked Bowser, one that could be asked of any mayoral candidate. DeBonis said he’d heard many people praise Bowser, but also question her readiness. “Does she have what it takes to deal with the rigors of a citywide campaign — the scrutiny of your political life, your personal life, the daily grind of it?” Bowser replied, “I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I could.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Mara should include his GOP affiliation

I see that at-large D.C. Council candidate Patrick Mara has wisely reserved and runs an ad in the same place every week in The Current. But it appears to me that this ad is committing a great omission weekly by not listing his party affiliation. Nowhere on the ad do I see that he is a Republican (the only one in the race). Mara attended the Republican National Convention and served as a dele-

gate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Could Mara be ashamed of his party’s stands, especially on abortion, same-sex marriage, D.C. voting rights and gun control that so impact our city? Aviva Kempner Forest Hills

Expand exemption to aid consumers

While the lawyers and politicians argue over the meaning of “full service grocery store,” as used in the alcoholic beverage control exception for Class B liquor licenses, and whether CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Trader Joe’s,

Target and Costco fall within it [“‘Grocery’ definition draws challenge,” March 6], it occurs to me that they are missing the real question. Why should the exception be limited to such stores? Why shouldn’t CVS, Walgreens and so on be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages, whether they are traditional grocery stores or not? Certainly it would bring consumers more convenience and more competition in a fashion similar to the traditional liquor stores in the Northwest that sell other products, sandwiches and delicatessen offerings, for example. Just asking! Jonathan Strong Forest Hills

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Letters to the Editor Affluent D.C. families donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need free pre-K

Your March 20 editorial in favor of expanding access to prekindergarten education correctly points out its value. However, your examples highlight children who almost certainly would receive quality day care or preschool education paid for by their parents. My wife and I support the tuition-based preschool program provided in the public elementary school at our home in Boyne, Mich., a structure not uncommon in most of the country. There is no reason that a tuition-based program could not be implemented in Washington. My wife and I experienced the extraordinary costs of child care for preschool children when our children were small; it is not easy. But offering this service free provides a very substantial subsidy to the families that can most easily afford it themselves. The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation that space be â&#x20AC;&#x153;foundâ&#x20AC;? for Janney, Key, Hyde-Addison and others is also problematic. Adams Morgan residents remember that when Oyster School needed space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Chancellor Michelle Rhee needed a free preschool program for her children â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Adams School was seized to free up room in Oyster for the preschool program. Neighborhood residents were excluded. Children who live next door to Adams were sent to what was then known as Francis Middle, a school that has gone through its own paroxysms of merger, recategorization, et cetera. Let me urge our current chancellor and D.C. Council members to remember the impact they have on children whose lives are disrupted by continued shifts among schools. Let them also consider the impacts on neighborhoods whose residents may have less political power but whose children are more in need of early-education services than those who have the ear of those in power. Vic Miller Washington Heights

stakeholders [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Increasing D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s density is a smart strategy,â&#x20AC;? Viewpoint, March 13]. The problem with his argument is that he omits any consideration of the interests and perspectives of the residents who already live in what Mr. Hier acknowledges are â&#x20AC;&#x153;terrific neighborhoods.â&#x20AC;? Many of these residents embrace the urban, â&#x20AC;&#x153;car-lightâ&#x20AC;? lifestyle advocated by Mr. Hier; indeed, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;livability and walkabilityâ&#x20AC;? and overall quality of life is the reason we live in these neighborhoods. My family of five has always had one car that remains in our driveway on most days. Our children go to local public schools, and I have walked to the Metro station to go downtown to work every day during my 24 years of living in D.C. We walk and regularly utilize the shops, schools, parks and other amenities of our neighborhood. Yet when local residents raise concerns about aspects of a particular development and its impact on our neighborhoods, the developers and their backers label us as â&#x20AC;&#x153;NIMBYsâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;pro-sprawlâ&#x20AC;? and denigrate our views. Unfortunately, too many of our elected officials and regulators â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who are supposed to represent the interests of D.C. citizens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also ignore our views. I believe that most of my neighbors support sensible development to improve our city and our neighborhoods. But not every project near a bus line is â&#x20AC;&#x153;smart growthâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;transit-oriented development.â&#x20AC;? And not every project should be designed to squeeze the maximum amount of development in the space available. Rather than pushing zoning changes and projects without taking into account the interests of local residents, developers and government officials must consider these views and make appropriate adjustments based on this input. There is common ground in support of increased growth that respects the character of our neighborhoods. This type of balanced compromise would advance the interests of the environment and all stakeholders, and would truly embody the concept of â&#x20AC;&#x153;think globally, act locally.â&#x20AC;? David Isaacs Cleveland Park

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Smart growthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; used too broadly by writer DCPS must ensure After devoting two-thirds of his better collaboration Viewpoint piece to a simplistic history of urban development over the past half century (and gratuitously implying the endorsement of his agenda by the Obama administration), Tom Hier argues that all zoning changes to increase density or development labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;smart growthâ&#x20AC;? are positive for the environment and in the interests of all

As the public continues to digest D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final school closures and consolidation plan, attention will soon turn to the next monumental task on her plate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; redrawing school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time in decades. Simply put, some schools like Wilson High are

stuffed to the gills while many others suffer from starvation. If we thought the school closures ordeal was hard to swallow, changes aimed at relieving overcrowding by limiting access to the Wilson feeder system will really stick in a lot of parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; craws. Many believe Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the only top-to-bottom well-functioning food pyramid in the entire city. However, this heartburn situation is merely a symptom of a deeper problem. D.C. Public Schools management is not organized around feeder systems, so it is difficult to imagine that anyone can provide solid feedback on why they are not working and what it would take to improve them. Last time I checked, not one single central office employee was tasked with ensuring the feeder systems function properly. Unfortunately, the kind of principal collaboration reported in The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 27 article on the Wilson feeder system appears not to be the norm. Working with fellow principals within oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeder system schools to ensure that curriculums are aligned between schools, that students make a smooth transition to their next D.C. public school and are prepared to meet expectations, that resources between schools are shared â&#x20AC;&#x201D; none of this is actually required of principals, as I understand it. Overworked principals may need a nudge and an infrastructure to support this collaboration. It may be common sense, but it seems far from common practice. This is, at root, a management issue. We must stop accepting â&#x20AC;&#x153;school choiceâ&#x20AC;? as an excuse for the dysfunction in the feeder systems. Feeder systems should be strengthened so that all our neighborhood schools work. Choice is great in theory, and it meets the needs of many families. However, not every family â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially ones with more than one child to place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is up for chasing randomly available seats scattered across the city. Some parents really just want the stability and predictability of neighborhood schools that work. A great start would be to manage them as the holistic preschool-to12th-grade education systems many of us parents/consumers need and want them to be. This would reduce the lottery versus exodus versus private school angst. There would probably be less belly-aching about the unavoidably unpopular decisions to come if the boundary and feeder system review process were to include a credible plan for strengthening schools and feeder systems organized and managed for success. Evelyn Boyd Simmons



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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

The current Year 11s (10thgraders) are undergoing their final major Design and Technology project. This consists of both paper and practical work. The project has seven sections and the students have had to meet various deadlines along the way, and the practical deadline is quickly approaching. Although there has been an overwhelming stress of completing the project and keeping up with other deadlines from various subjects, the students have thoroughly enjoyed the journey of completing their projects. Along the way they have developed a spectrum of skills such as marking out material, construction methods, development of ideas, planning the production of their products and developing an analytical perspective of their project. The students are consistently reviewing their previous work and editing it to achieve the highest possible mark in each of the sections. With an extremely commit-


ted teacher along with perseverance and patience, the students have developed skills that will remain with them for life. Through the stress and through the meltdowns they have truly enjoyed every second of the overwhelming paperwork and practical, conquering the problems that seem to appear every second. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Claudia Churchill, Kiera Sheppard and Sue Mohieldin, Year 11 Belfast (10th-graders)

Edmund Burke School

At Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle school, there are sports for every season. In the fall, there is soccer, girls volleyball and cross-country. In the winter, there is basketball, swimming and wrestling. In the spring, there is girls softball, track and field and boys volleyball. Except for the varsity teams, there are no player cuts and students choose what sport they want to play. The soccer program is instruc-



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tive because the coaches teach players how to play the game. The coaches are well-trained, and they help players improve their soccer skills, speed, stamina and strength. You can ask the coaches if you want to play a certain position and they will try to put you in the position you want. Sometimes they will advise you to play the position that you are strongest in. Soccer is in the fall so it is the first sport when you come to Burke as a sixth-grade student. After that comes basketball, which is also very fun. The coaches are very caring and effective in teaching you to play. They are also fair when it comes to how long you play in the game. They give encouragement if we do something wrong, and help us if we need it. During the practices, we do drills, scrimmages, conditioning and recaps of recent games, and, most importantly, have fun. The games against other schools are once or twice a week. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jack Muoio and Ethan Fisher, sixth-graders

The Field School

Field students welcomed the new season last Wednesday as students dressed in spring colors and celebrated the (temporarily) warmer weather. That same day, Field took a step in its future with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the upcoming renovation. The middle school music studio performed two songs, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working in a Coal Mine.â&#x20AC;? Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head of school, Dale Johnson, spoke briefly before choosing students to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony. Each student received a hard hat and shovel, and the entire school community received T-shirts. The school then gathered on the Cafritz Lawn and the selected group dug into the ground and placed shovelfuls in a special pot. The pot will be saved throughout the renovations so that even as Field changes, students and teachers will always have a piece of the past. After the ceremony, the whole school was given the rest of the school day to hang out with friends and enjoy delicious ice

cream. While the renovations continue at a quick pace this week as the hill in the center of the campus is excavated, students are on spring break until April 2. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lila Bromberg, eighth-grader; and Nina Gutzeit, sixth-grader

Georgetown Day School

To close out the last week before spring break, Georgetown Day musicians from the lower, middle and high schools performed together in an event dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bandapalooza.â&#x20AC;? For the first time in school history, musicians from both campuses banded together and performed pieces from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Cross Bunsâ&#x20AC;? to an orchestral arrangement written by music teacher Kevin Collar. The event was a huge success, with more than 200 musicians performing. My brother, fourthgrade saxophonist Chandler Marshall, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was exciting to watch the high school musicians [perform].â&#x20AC;? The baseball and crew teams both take spring trips during the season to compete against teams from across the nation. Over spring break, the baseball team travels to Orlando, Fla., to play at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. During the four-day stay, we will have the chance to go to Disney theme parks and even play in the Atlanta Bravesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spring training stadium! As a member of the varsity baseball squad, I can say firsthand that this trip to Orlando is a highlight of the season. For the crew team, the most widely known regatta of the season does not take place until May. The team will travel to Philadelphia to compete in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and oldest high school rowing competition. The two-day event is funded by an annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ergathonâ&#x20AC;? fundraiser, during which the team brings in sponsors for rowing on indoor rowing machines known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;ergs.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Lafayette Elementary

Every year, Lafayetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five kindergarten classes perform plays for parents and other students at the school. The plays are lots of fun and lots of hard work for the kindergarten students, teachers, teaching assistants and some parents who help. The children learn their lines, practice them on the stage and make costumes, and finally the big day arrives. This year Ms. Hollinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Green Base class performed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rain Forest Fun.â&#x20AC;? The students learned where rain forests are and what animals are found there. Mrs. Haiglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orange Base play was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jungle Drums.â&#x20AC;? The play said to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be happy the way you are.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Kapcsosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Red Base play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mitten,â&#x20AC;? tells the story of a boy Nikki who lost a mitten and all the animals that helped him find it. Mrs. Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Purple Base class play retold the See Dispatches/Page 15


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March 27, 2013 ■ Page 11

Gonzaga knocks off Baltimore power, eyes fourth straight conference crown By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Before the season started, Gonzaga lacrosse coach Casey O’Neill arranged a brutal out-ofconference schedule for the Eagles to prepare them for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference slate. It was also a way for Gonzaga to prove it deserved acclaim as a nationally ranked team. In the first four games of the season, the Eagles were able to hang with the competition, starting out with a 4-1 record. But last Tuesday Gonzaga was blown out by Baltimore lacrosse powerhouse Boys’ Latin, 13-4. “Coach said we have a lot of games in the season, but we had to step up and start making plays,” said senior Tyler Golian. “We all came together as a team after that loss, and we really woke up.” The Eagles used the wake-up call to rebound at the second annual Lacrosse Playground Spring Classic on Friday. That night they knocked off Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association powerhouse Calvert Hall 10-8 at Towson University. “You learn a lot about yourselves when you’re in battle and when the chips are down,” said O’Neill. “I’m just really proud of these kids. The schedule is what it is; I knew we

would take some lumps, but I knew we would hand them right back.” In Friday’s game, Gonzaga was led by sophomore attacker Timmy Monahan, who scored four goals, and senior attacker Patrick Myers, who dished out six assists. Meanwhile senior goalie Timmy

Farrell had seven saves, and Golian helped the Eagles secure eight faceoffs. The team jumped out to a 4-1 lead by halftime, using a quick-strike offense and transition plays. But in the second half, Calvert Hall managed to take an 8-7 lead with 7:22 to play. Still, in crunch time, the Eagles remained poised. Myers controlled the ball behind the

Cardinals’ cage and found Corboy cutting through the defense. Corboy finished the play by scoring to tie the game at eight. Moments later Corboy put the Eagles ahead for good when he fired in a goal with 3:48 to play. “That’s what he does,” said O’Neill. “He has a little swagger to him. That was a big goal; he needed it, and we needed it. We generated it through good offense.” The victory over the Cardinals, then a 12-6 win against Wootton Sunday, pushed the Eagles’ record to 5-2. This season for Gonzaga is all about defending the crown, after winning three straight WCAC championships. The Eagles have a new look this year after graduating Connor Reed, the team’s catalyst last season. “It’s tough to do,” O’Neill said of replacing Reed. “But we have eight of 10 starters back — and guys that are going to play at good college programs, and guys that have been in big game situations over the last three years.” The Eagles will look to their 20 seniors and especially their four senior captains — Corboy, Max Planning, Jack Slater and Matt Borda — to lead the way. “They’ve been on varsity since freshman year. ... Their overall

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Senior attacker Alex Corboy, above left, scored the go-ahead goal Friday. Senior Matt Borda, far left, will anchor the team’s defense. record is something like 49-5. It’s unbelievable,” O’Neill said. Defense will be anchored by three seniors. The back-line will be patrolled by Borda and Slater, who O’Neill said have fantastic chemistry together, while Farrell returns in

the goal. The goalie has been a key contributor to the three WCAC championship squads. “Our No. 1 goal every year is to try to win our league,” said O’Neill. “The kids know that, and we know that it’s gotten harder every year.”

Tigers lax ready to take the next step By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Junior midfielder Josh Kennedy-Noce, center, along with fellow juniors attacker Rio Osborne and defender Andrew Arlotto will serve as Wilson’s captains this season.

Wilson was the first D.C. public school to introduce boys lacrosse back in 2010, and now in the program’s fourth season the squad hopes to make strides to advance from upstart to local stalwart. The Tigers took a step toward that goal by hanging tough with Maret through a grueling four-overtime game on March 16 as part of the D.C. Classic. Although Wilson ultimately lost 6-5, it was a major step in the program’s development. “That game gave Wilson a lot of credibility,” first-year head coach George Arlotto said after the contest. “We aren’t ready to play with all of the big boys yet, but to play this even with Maret ... I’m really proud of the guys. It really helps put the Wilson program on the map.” Arlotto brings both playing and coaching experience to Wilson. The new coach, who is an unpaid volunteer and the father of junior Andrew Arlotto, played at the collegiate level at Lynchburg College. He also previously served as an assistant coach for lacrosse pow-

erhouses University of Virginia and Georgetown University. So far this season the Tigers have a 2-1 record that includes a 7-2 win over Wheaton and an 8-0 shutout of School Without Walls. The team has a slew of talent all over the field and a strong junior class, which includes the team’s three captains — Andrew Arlotto, Josh Kennedy-Noice and Rio Osborne. “The captains have really led the team. They have good heart and spirit,” said coach Arlotto. On defense the team is led by Andrew Arlotto, who has been a steady influence on freshman goalie Sam Snedden, one of nine first-years. The team will look to build on its strong start this season with a tough schedule that includes a host of private schools, such as Sidwell, Georgetown Day and Bishop McNamara. “This is just the fourth year that we’ve had a varsity at Wilson,” said coach Arlotto. “The boys are learning the game and are really starting to play at a high level. I’m really proud of the effort.” The Tigers will host the Heights this evening at 5:30.

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For 21 years, Malcolm Lester was in charge of St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lacrosse team. But last June, the coach stepped down and one of his assistant coaches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Robby Walsh â&#x20AC;&#x201D; took on the role. Walsh and the Bulldogs are now looking to rebuild St. Albansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; program after a disappointing last-place finish in the Interstate Athletic Conference last season. The Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new head coach played lacrosse in high school for Gonzaga before playing at Lehigh University. He had served as an assistant to Lester for five years. Walsh is focused on restoring the team to its former glory. And despite a 1-4 record going into spring break, the Bulldogs have shown strong play in those games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to keep taking steps forward,â&#x20AC;? Walsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I challenge them to change the status quo.â&#x20AC;? St. Albans is clearly an improved team from a year ago, as it managed to show by hanging tough with the nationally ranked Gonzaga recently. The Bulldogs made progress against the Eagles at the March 16 game, climbing out of a 4-0 firstquarter deficit to make it 5-4 in the fourth quarter. Although they were unable to complete the comeback, falling 7-4, it was a good experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a good lesson for our guys to learn: Gonzaga is a team that

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St. Albans will be led by first-year coach Robby Walsh, who takes over from Malcolm Lester. The Bulldogs hope to rebound after a tough season and be competitive in the IAC this year. will play for 48 minutes, and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up and wait to settle in,â&#x20AC;? said Walsh. This season St. Albans has a slew of talent all over the field, which will be led by senior tri-captains â&#x20AC;&#x201D; midfielder Kevin Dougherty and defenders Michael Woo and Camyar Matini. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really emulate that next step that we need to take as a team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; consistency,â&#x20AC;? said Walsh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They compete in every rep in practice, and when you do that and demand a lot, the team will rise to that.â&#x20AC;? Junior midfielder Bobby Beers

Sports Desk Lacrosse star helps Lab School

Three-time Major League Lacrosse offensive player of the year Paul Rabil visited the Lab School last Wednesday to give out lacrosse equipment and help the students prepare for the upcoming season. The event was arranged by the Paul Rabil Foundation, which helps children with learning differences. The lacrosse superstar donated Warrior lacrosse gear to both the girls and boys teams.

Cadets junior leads area in scoring

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior Nicolette Crisalli has topped all other girls lacrosse players in the D.C. area by earning 40 goals this season, according to The Cadets have a 3-2-1 record so far this season overall.

Former St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Georgetown star gets a shot at the NBA

Former St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Georgetown University basketball star Chris Wright signed a 10-day contract to play for the Dallas Mavericks this month. Wright became the first person with multiple scle-

Scores Boys lacrosse

Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Latin of Maryland 13, Gonzaga 4 Sidwell 10, Maret 1 Woodberry Forest 12, St. Albans 2 Gonzaga 10, Calvert Hall 8

Sidwell 12, Eleanor Roosevelt 4 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19, Eleanor Roosevelt 0 Gonzaga 12, Wootton 6

Girls lacrosse

Maret 15, Walls 1 Visitation 13, Sidwell 2 Stone Ridge 14, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13

rosis to play in an NBA game when he played for the Mavericks last Wednesday. The former Hoya played a total of five minutes in three games over the last two weeks, scoring two points. Dallas elected not to renew Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contact after it expired March 21.

Four local grads play in March Madness

Former Gonzaga player Tyler Thornton is in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament with Duke University. The Blue Devils will play Creighton Friday night. Wilson alum Kenny Buckner played in the NCAA tournament for Boise State. But his team was unable to make it out of the First Four round and fell to La Salle 80-71 last Wednesday. Meanwhile former Coolidge star Jeremy Underwood and North Carolina A&T were able to win their first-round game 73-72, but fell Friday to the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top seed, Louisville, 79-48. On the girls side, recent St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduate Jade Clark is part of Delawareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA tournament team. The Blue Hens played North Carolina in the second round of the bracket after The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline last night.

Holy Child 20, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15


has also been a go-to guy, contributing to both offense and defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can change directions and put defenses in a tough spot,â&#x20AC;? said Walsh. He sets a lot of things up for us.â&#x20AC;? The team also has an experienced goalkeeper in junior Jack Shorb. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his first year as the primary goalie . â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making some good saves,â&#x20AC;? said Walsh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When your defense plays in front of that, it gives them a lot of confidence.â&#x20AC;? The Bulldogs will look to get on the winning track when they travel to play Potomac School on April 1.

Walls 16, Anacostia 2 Woodson 3, Bell 2 GDS 6, Episcopal 5 McNamara 4, Gonzaga 0 DeMatha 5, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4 Maret 10, Sidwell 0 Gonzaga 9, Good Counsel 2

Gonzaga 6, Ryken 1 Benjamin (Fla.) 8, St. Albans 0 Paul VI 6, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 John Paul II 5, St. Albans 0 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10, Hylton 7 Anacostia 10, Roosevelt 1 Cardozo 6, Coolidge 1 Herndon 4, Gonzaga 0 Spalding 11, Wilson 1 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 1

Gonzaga 14, Laurel Highlands 0


St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12, Sidwell 0 Stone Ridge 17, GDS 9 Visitation 10, Walls 0 Bell 18, Anacostia 3 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 15, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0 Seton 7, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0

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Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers


Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA D.C. Office on Aging in this month’s edition of the Spotlight on Community Living, i would like to discuss caregiver support. this is a very important topic for so many people who are sacrificing to provide support to loved ones and i am certain that you can relate to my brief experience below. recently, i found myself serving as a caregiver to my pregnant wife who was diagnosed with pneumonia and a sprained muscle near her ribcage. this was a very difficult time for my wife as she was unwilling to take certain types of pain relieving medications because of her pregnancy, which left her in excruciating pain for over three weeks. in my attempt to be a good husband and father to my four-year old daughter, i was cooking, helping with homework and reading bedtime stories, washing clothes, cleaning the house, and grocery shopping as my wife was unable to perform these activities of daily living. beyond these duties, i did not skip a beat with fulfilling my responsibilities at the District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA) and incorporating time for exercise into my schedule as part of my renewed commitment to getting fit. as i reflect on this brief period of my wife being “out of commission,” i learned the tough job that she has of being a stay-at-home mom. moreover, i personally understand the tough role of caregivers

who are juggling full-time jobs, raising children and grandchildren, and providing service to individuals needing support so that they can experience a comfortable lifestyle while seeking personal time for relaxation. for those of you who find yourself having to juggle life’s demands while caring for a senior, please consider attending the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged (NCBA) Caregiver’s Symposium, which will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the samuel J. simmons ncba estates. the estates is located at 2801 14th street, nw in washington, Dc. experts will be on hand to address the critical needs that caregivers face in their efforts to care for loved ones. if you have questions or are interested in attending this symposium, please contact ncba at 202-637-8400 or register online at in addition to this symposium, i encourage you to take advantage of the following Dcoa programs and services for caregivers. District of Columbia Caregivers’ Institute (DCCI) the purpose of Dcci is to support unpaid caregivers residing in the District of columbia who have primary responsibility for older, vulnerable District residents. Dcci strives to be a one-stop, centralized

resource to help caregivers make critical decisions, develop and implement a caregiving support Plan, advocate for themselves and the older person, and participate in activities designed for personal rejuvenation.

Online Chat the online chats are bi-weekly chats that provide caregivers and other stakeholders with important information about respite and other issues impacting caregivers.

Lifespan Respite Flex Account System Dcoa’s lifespan respite flex account system will allow caregivers flexibility in choosing a respite provider. this will address the issue of affordability barriers in accessing respite care. this funding initiative will provide flexibility and reimbursement for respite care expenses for an extended weekend (or up to a maximum of four days) per caregiver per year.

Respite Service Provider Database the respite service database is an online listing of respite service providers across the District of columbia.

Faith-Based Partnerships Initiative Dcoa’s lifespan respite program is expanding its efforts to foster partnerships with faith-based organizations. this target-specific outreach will increase the knowledge of lifespan respite among churches, staff members, and attendees, which promotes coalition building and enhances the caregiving support often needed by church attendees. Caregiver Buddy System this is an initiative to connect caregivers with each other to help regain perspective and find comfort in even the most difficult caregiving situations. ~

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for more information about the aforementioned programs, please contact Dcoa at 202-724-5626. ~

My Social Security is a new service that lets you set up an online account and gain quick access to the Social Security information you need the most. You can use your account to get a copy of your Social Security Statement, which includes your earnings record and estimates of your future Retirement, Disability, and Survivors benefits. If you already get Social Security, you can use your account to view or print your benefit verification letter, check your benefit information, change your address and phone number, and more. You’ll be able to gain access to all your important Social Security information by creating a My Social Security account. Visit myaccount. ~

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Community EvEnts CalEndar OngOIng ApRIL AnD MAY The D.C. OffICe On AgIng is actively recruiting seniors, former first responders, lead agency personnel and college students to participate in the District of Columbia’s first Responder training in the event of an emergency, disaster or catastrophe. The training will start promptly at 9:00 am and finish at 5:00 pm. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided during the training. The training will be held at the Department of health, 55 M Street Se, Suite 300, Washington D.C. 20003. Visit for more information or call 202-724-5626 to register.

ApRIL 3rd • 11:30am - 1pm UDC SChOOl Of nURSIng will present a program called “Reclaiming our health (Breaking the Chain of Infection)” at the Washington Senior Wellness Center, 3001 Alabama Ave. Se. Reserve your spot by calling the center at 202-581-9355.

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3rd • 9am - 4:30pm IOnA SenIOR SeRVICeS AnD AARP DC are pleased to offer the AARP Driver Safety at Iona, 4125 Albemarle Street, nW. The cost is $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members. Please bring your own lunch or snacks. Coffee and water will be provided. learn proven safety strategies to maintain your confidence behind the wheel. Some car insurance companies offer a discount for taking the class. Open to drivers 50 or older. Taught by experienced instructor, Joseph Ryan. Call to register: Joseph Ryan 202-362-0704.

10th • 10am - 2pm Community health and Wellness fair sponsored by the D.C. Office on Aging at Congress heights Senior Wellness Center, 3500 Martin luther King, Jr., Avenue, Se. exhibitors include Minimally Invasive Vascular Center, D.C. fire and eMS Blood Pressure and glucose Screening and fire / eMS education Dept., Marva Jean herring, D.D.S. Dental Screen, Dental Screenings courtesy of howard University Dental School, UDC Speech Pathology (hearing) Screening Program, Top Banana home Delivered groceries, legal Counsel for the elderly & Ombudsman long-Term Care Program, Serve DC & Public Service Commission and PePCO. for more information, call 202-563-7225.

COMpLETE hOUSIng AppLICATIOnS AT DCOA DC housing Authority (DChA) Applications can now be completed at the D.C. Office on Aging for senior citizens age 62 and older and persons living with disabilities. DCOA personnel have been trained and authorized by DChA to complete applications for residents interested in subsidized housing. DChA estimates that there are over 70,000 families and individuals currently on the existing waiting list for housing. In an effort to modify the current list and verify the list for need, DChA will be closing the application process on April 12 until further notice. Staff at DCOA will still be completing applications until April 12. for more information, please call 202-724-5626.

SpOTLIghT On COMMUnITY LIvIng Spotlight on Community Living is published by the external Affairs and Communications unit of the D.C. Office on Aging. Advertising contained in the Current is not endorsed by the D.C. Office on Aging or by the publisher. The D.C.Office on Aging is responsible for developing and carrying out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, nutrition, education, employment, training, and social services for the District’s elderly population, who are 60 years of age and older. The Office on Aging also administers the Aging and Disability Resource Center, a one-stop shop resource center, designed to assist seniors, persons with disabilities 18 years of age and older and family caregivers navigate the long-term services and supports system. 500 K Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 202-724-5622 • John M. Thompson, Ph.D., fAAMA executive Director In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code Section §§2-1401.01 et seq.,(Act), the D.C. Office on Aging does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

FY2014 BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETINGS Town Hall Schedule WARD 5 Wednesday, April 10th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Luke C. Moore Academy 1001 Monroe Street, NE

WARD 4 Thursday, April 18th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Brightwood Education Campus 1300 Nicholson Street, NW

WARD 1 th Thursday, April 11 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Columbia Heights Recreation Center 1480 Girard Street, NW

YOUTH th Saturday, April 20 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Charles Sumner School 1201 17th Street, NW

WARD 8 Wednesday, April 17th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Turner Elementary School 3264 Stanton Road, SE

WARD 2 th Saturday, April 20 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Charles Sumner School 1201 17th Street, NW

WARD 6 Thursday, April 25th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Capital Hill Montessori @ Logan 215 G Street, NE WARD 3 Tuesday, April 30th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Alice Deal Middle School 3815 Fort Drive, NW WARD 7 Thursday, May 2nd 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Dept. of Employment Services 4058 Minnesota Ave, NE

BEwARE Come Of LOTTERY SCAMS Listen; Come Learn; Come Voice Your Concerns.

Too many senior citizens are becoming victims of a Jamaican lottery Scam as reported on the Today Show and other news broadcasts in recent months. One of the latest victims is a resident For More Information Government of the Baltimore areaof the who lost $400,000 in the scam. or If You Require Translation District of Columbia The following Department to make District Vincent information C. Gray, Mayor is provided by the DC Metropolitan Police or Interpretation Services: 202.442.8150 residents more aware of lottery scams and how to safeguard against them. lottery scams are one of the most common scams throughout the US. The approach is made via email, telephone, fax or letter. A good rule of thumb in these situations is to remember if it sounds too good to be true IT IS! Don’t let your excitement get the best of you. here’s how it might happen: • The suspect tells the victim that he just won the lottery. All he needs to collect the winnings is to wire them the money for taxes and the international conversion fees. • The suspect requests that money be wired to a Western Union or Moneygram location based out of the country, usually Canada, the United Kingdom or nigeria. • The victim never sees any winnings. What to do if approached in this manner Do not send the money. If you really win the lottery, the lottery association will arrange to take the money for the taxes directly out of your winnings. Should you become the victim of a theft by trick, con man or other theft by deception contact 311, your locate police district or the financial Crimes and fraud Unit on (202) 727-4159.

SEARCh fOR MS. SEnIOR D.C. 2013 We are looking for Ms. Senior D.C. 2013, maybe you know her. Ms. Senior D.C. is elegant, poised, talented and very active in her community. If you know a District woman age 60 or older who fits this description, and is interested in representing her peers as Ms. Senior D.C., please make sure she is entered in the Ms. Senior D.C. Pageant 2013. Please send an email to or call 202-724-5626 for more information.

SMART911: hAvE YOU CREATED YOUR SAfETY pROfILE? The city has added a new enhancement to our 911 system. Spearheaded by the District’s Office of Unified Communications,” Smart 911” enables citizens to register and create a public safety profile complete with photos of family members, medical information, floor plans, pets, and disabilities that can be made available to emergency responders when a 911 emergency call is made. Actual 911 emergencies are often accompanied by chaos. The more information a caller provides in advance can save precious minutes, their life or the life of someone they love. Today more than 70 percent of incoming calls to 911 are from mobile devices, making it difficult for emergency workers to determine an exact location of the caller. With Smart911, emergency operators and dispatchers will have additional location information about callers that will help speed their response. It is 100 % private and secure, the information is only made available to emergency providers and is not shared with anyone else; not even available to other city agencies. It does require an email address for registration. Smart 911 will use that email to send a reminder every 6 months asking that citizens verify that the information in their profile is still accurate. This helps guarantee that our responders never receive old or outdated information. All citizens who live, work, or visit here are encouraged to create their fRee Safety Profile today at Create your Safety Profile for 9-1-1 at today. Safety starts with you.

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DISPATCHES From Page 10 story of Jonathan Jasper Jeremy Jones, a caterpillar who turns into a big beautiful butterfly. Ms. deJonckheereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pink Base play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commotion in the Ocean,â&#x20AC;? showed ocean animals having fun. Because Lafayette is so big now, the kindergarten plays were performed on two different Fridays, March 15 and 22. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lafayette kindergartners with help from Mrs. Jeter

Maret School

We have been learning about measurement in our second-grade class. We have been measuring many different things around our school! Learning how to measure in inches and feet helped us measure objects. After measuring lengths in our classroom, we estimated the distances to our resource classrooms from our homeroom classroom. Then we measured the distances in feet. Some of our estimations were pretty close to the actual distances! We graphed the distances to see which classrooms were closest and farthest away from us. We learned about perimeter and measured the perimeters of our ankles and our necks with tape measures. We measured our standing long jumps and our arm spans. Some of us can jump really far! We graphed our standing long jumps to see how far we can jump. We researched the wingspans of the birds we are studying in class. We used rulers, yardsticks and measuring tape to measure the length of our birdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wingspans. Then we drew the shape of our bird from a birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-eye view. We looked at photographs of our birds to see what colors to use when we illustrated our birds. Girls on the Run needed to know what the perimeter of the front field was to help them figure out the distance of its run. We measured the perimeter of the front field with a walking measurer. We

discovered that the perimeter was 962 feet! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Thoeniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-graders

Murch Elementary

Murch had its fifth annual lip sync event! This is when one person or a group of people mouth the words to popular songs pretending to sing. They also choreograph fancy dance moves to go with their songs. In our lip sync event there were 36 acts! â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part is watching all the performers smiling and having fun on stage,â&#x20AC;? said Mrs. Werner, a first-grade teacher. Up first were some Murch teachers lip syncing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carwash.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thirdgrade class, Ms. Finbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thirdgrade class, Ms. Seltzerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-K class and Ms. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondgrade class also participated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like watching the performances, and performing,â&#x20AC;? said Veda Hedgepeth, a third-grader. The lip sync was a fundraiser for the Murch student council and the Reach Program, which buys books for kids without books. Parents paid $3 and students who werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t performing paid $2. We had great songs in the lip sync, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should I Stay or Should I Go,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take on Me,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;22,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gonna Be a Good Night,â&#x20AC;? and many, many more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am looking forward to the sixth annual lip sync because I have a great time performing,â&#x20AC;? said Annie Hedgepeth, a third-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is something I would highly recommend, and I loved performing, too,â&#x20AC;? said Anna Yarkin, another third-grader. It was a thrilling experience for all ages! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Genevieve Gallant, third-grader

Parkmont School

On March 15, I went with my Journalism and Current Events class to the Newseum. First, we saw a 4-D video about the history and aspects of journalism. It actually tickled your feet when a rat scurried on the screen! After that, we went to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;History of Journalismâ&#x20AC;? section,

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where we learned how reporting and taking pictures has changed the course of history. There were important news articles encased in plastic. For instance, there was a paper from 1945 telling the public how the U.S. had dropped the atom bomb on Japan, and other historic events, all documented in old newspapers! There was also a video explaining the history of the First Amendment, and another one showing how the freedom to demonstrate helped the civil rights movement to succeed. We then went down to the lobby, where they had a real news copter hanging from the ceiling! The outside of the building looked really cool, too. It had the whole First Amendment carved in big letters on the facade, and all of the windows took up the whole wall that they were on, so there were glass walls everywhere! Out front, they had the front pages of important newspapers like The Washington Post, so people can see that dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headlines around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gig Levin, seventh-grader

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

At St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy, a talent show will be held at 1:15 p.m. April 19 in our school gym. Lots of students have signed up for it, but only a few will be selected to be in the show. Last year, there were some amazing acts, like karate, singing, dancing and Irish dancing. This year I hope that we will have different acts to see. A lot of my third-grade classmates are hoping to participate in the show. I wish all of my friends good luck. Auditions will be held this Friday. Our school is also having a gala and silent auction this weekend.

There will be cool gift baskets and items that will be available to bid on. This is our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big fundraiser for the year. There will also be good food, music and artwork from the students at our school on display. It should be a good time for the grown-ups. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mavis Anning-Gyan, third-grader

St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only two minutes. Only two minutes.â&#x20AC;? I kept telling myself this throughout everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two minutes of standing in front of 250 kids and five judges, all of whom are going to be criticizing my every word. Great.â&#x20AC;? I walked up to the platform and looked out over the sea of faces, all of whose eyes were locked on me. Suddenly, the memory of last year flooded back â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the memory standing in front of only 16 classmates and my homeroom teacher, unable to produce a single sound. I tried to tell myself that then wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that I must have been at least a tiny bit good to have gotten past both the class-wide round and the gradewide round of the annual St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recitation Contest. When I started talking, I was shocked by how loud my voice sounded in the huge space of the St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nave, but after a while, I lost myself in the rhythm of the poem. Every person I looked at was smiling at me, and when I finally came to the end, I was surprised to realize that I had actually enjoyed it! After placing second in the Recitation Contest, I am a lot more confident in my ability to speak to a large group. Taking part in the Recitation Contest has taught me a


great deal more than just the words to a poem. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Saskia Braden, fifth-grader

School Without Walls High School

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very used to seeing programs that say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.!â&#x20AC;? This deters many local students, but Walls senior Katie ThomasCanfield recently took a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tripâ&#x20AC;? to D.C. that she described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;enlightening.â&#x20AC;? The U.S. Senate Youth Program, sponsored by the Hearst Foundation, includes 104 delegates from all 50 states, D.C., and the Department of Defense Education Activity. A school counselor referred Katie to the program because of her role in as president of the senior class in the Walls Student Government. According to Katie, the Senate program is designed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;create a mentorship between current politicians and students who will hopefully become politicians for the next generation.â&#x20AC;? Katie spent each day last week from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. listening to various politicians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including several senators, Justice Elena Kagan, Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama. The 104 student delegates broke into groups led by a mentor from the military. When I asked Katie what she liked most about the program, she told me she had encountered varying perspectives and learned about the reasoning behind those perspectives. It allowed her to appreciate other perspectives, but reaffirm her own beliefs on other issues. Congratulations to Katie on being selected to represent the city, and best of luck on a future in politics! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader



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Move-in ready! Wide entry foyer, LR w/ FP, DR, TS kit w SS appliances, island, TV space, PR & deck. 4BRs, master suite w/ bonus area & ren en suite bath. Fin LL rec room w 3rd FB, laundry & storage. Private, fenced back oasis. 2 car garage. Nathan Carnes 202.966.1400



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Historic details, cutting edge design & new-tostuds interior. Sunlit turreted condo, MBR/BA on each lvl + 3rd BR & FB. SS, granite, hwd flrs. Pets OK. 2 gar pk sp incl. Near RC Park, 16th St, Beltway, Forest Glen Metro. Chevy Chase Office 202.363.9700

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Barnaby Woods home connects to natural surroundings


ooking out over a wooded ravine in the Barnaby Woods section of Chevy Chase, a distinctively designed contemporary


home takes advantage of its large lot and parklike setting with soaring windows and an open floor plan that brings the outdoors in. With its price recently reduced, this five-bedroom, 3.5-bath house at 6633 31st St. is offered at $1,075,000, making it one of the least expensive properties per square foot in the neighborhood. The elevated property built in 1986 backs into a serene, woodsy area that includes Pinehurst Branch. One of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most striking features is nearly a wall of windows, some floor to ceiling, which runs along the length of the main level and overlooks the backyard and creek. Inside, partial walls define separate living areas while allowing natural light (and people) to flow easily into adjacent rooms. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foyer opens to a two-story great room that features a gas fireplace with marble mantel. Although natural light is abundant,

itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complemented by contemporary light fixtures and recessed lighting. Two sets of French doors with large transoms above lead to a wood deck that runs along the length of the house. In the adjacent dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows offer treetop views. The rectangular room, with built-in shelving concealed behind a wall panel, is large enough to fit a table for 10 or more people. The chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen continues the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open design, with one countertop facing out into the family room. Custom Snaidero Italian cabinets in maple give the space a sleek feel, as do the stainless-steel appliances, including a Jenn-Air four-burner gas cooktop, Bosch oven, ConServ refrigerator and Asko dishwasher. The granite countertops and Grohe fixtures complete the look. The sun-drenched family room is flanked by French doors on two walls. One leads to a stone patio; the other serves as the second entrance to the deck. A powder room with a contemporary design is located off the main hallway, across from the kitchen. On the way to the second level, an oversize portal window brings

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Timeless Style Town of Chevy Chase. Sunny & sophisticated. Thoughtfully expanded & renovated Colonial w/6 BRs, 3 BAs, 2 HBAs. Kitchen opening to family rm. Deck, patio, screened porch. Large lot. $1,888,000 Marcie Sandalow   301-758-4894 Catarina Bannier  202-487-7177

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Northwest Real Estate SCHOOLS: Parents protest lack of public input at ANC discussion of Walls merger

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puses. Walls principal Richard Trogisch, who would oversee all grades, is also drawing fire for seeking to hire his wife as a top administrator. Parents and teachers expecting the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed merger resolution waited for nearly two and half hours, as the issue was one of the last items on the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda. At least a


dozen people, from both schools, were present at the meeting. After commissioner Patrick Kennedy read his proposed resolution in support of both the merger and of the Walls principal, Harmon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this is controversial.â&#x20AC;? When grumbling from several attendees intensified, Harmon banged on her gavel and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m running the meeting and we have 14 minutes left so we are doing this quickly.â&#x20AC;?






Members of the School Without Walls community then raised their hands to request the opportunity to speak, and Harmon shouted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No!â&#x20AC;? while continuing to bang her gavel. She told Walls High School teacher Carlton Ackerman, who co-chairs its Local School Advisory Team, that if he spoke again he would be removed from the meeting. Several commissioners said they wanted the school communities to have the chance to speak, but Harmon dismissed them. After the commission unanimously passed its resolution supporting the merger, resident Gary Griffiths asked Harmon whether the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bylaws require allowing the public a chance to speak before a vote. Harmon said her ruling was in order â&#x20AC;&#x153;because of time constraints,â&#x20AC;? and said if someone wanted to challenge the resolution, they could. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is an outrageous comment to make, Madam Chairman,â&#x20AC;? said Walls parent Peter MacPherson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are railroading the school without getting any input from either community. â&#x20AC;Ś I think these two communities have a right to make a representation to this body.â&#x20AC;? Harmon continued to bang her gavel and threatened to immediately adjourn the meeting if those expressing their displeasure didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop talking. Walls parents and teachers then called Harmonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior â&#x20AC;&#x153;appallingâ&#x20AC;? as they walked out of the meeting together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Walls community hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a voice in this entire merger process,â&#x20AC;? one Walls parent, who asked not to be named, said in an

interview after the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just wanted to go on record to say that we want to slow down this merger and do whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for Walls.â&#x20AC;? Walls stakeholders had hoped for an opportunity to explain to commissioners, whose jurisdiction includes both Walls and Francis-Stevens, that they were concerned about the impact of losing their full-time principal, who would now oversee both schools. They also wanted to express opposition to splitting up students and teachers between two campuses a mile apart, and to sharing their one librarian, the parent said. In addition, they wanted to request an enrollment cap for Walls at its current level of just over 500 students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to say that we support Francis-Stevens staying open, and we want it to be a thriving neighborhood school,â&#x20AC;? the Walls parent said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we also wanted to say it would be premature for the Foggy Bottom ANC to pass a resolution to favor the merger given that the Walls stakeholders have not been given the opportunity to fully assess the best options for the school.â&#x20AC;? But some Francis-Stevens parents who worked hard to save the neighborhood school after D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson originally slated it for closure are now worried that if the merger slows down, Henderson could decide to shutter it after all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There has been so much rancor around the merger that the FrancisStevens PTA felt the need to seek support from the ANCs,â&#x20AC;? said Francis-Stevens parent Chris Sondreal. Earlier this month the

Dupont Circle commission passed a resolution backing the merger at the request of Francis-Stevens parents. Sondreal added that it seemed like the Walls community overall, with the exception of Trogisch, hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wanted to talk with the Francis-Stevens community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to move this process along.â&#x20AC;? But Sondreal said the nowstrained relationships between the school communities, further exacerbated at the Foggy Bottom meeting, compromised the process. The Walls Local School Advisory Team last month agreed to initiate a joint meeting with the FrancisStevens community, but Sondreal said nothing has been finalized. Members of both school communities have expressed frustration that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know enough about the merger and how it will work. D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz said in an email to The Current that the purpose of an April 11 meeting planned at the Francis-Stevens campus, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and all meetings moving forward,â&#x20AC;? is â&#x20AC;&#x153;uniting the school communities.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood commission adopted two amendments to Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original resolution, requested by Rebecca Coder: one to strike a paragraph praising Trogisch as â&#x20AC;&#x153;uniquely qualifiedâ&#x20AC;? and supporting him as principal of the merged school, the other to encourage the schools to collaborate on the merger. Each was adopted on a 4-3 vote, with Kennedy, Harmon and Asher Corson opposed. The commission unanimously adopted the amended resolution.










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Northwest Real Estate CONDOS: Adams Morgan project at Exxon site needs waiver of parking requirements

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cern was less about the retail customers and more about the condo residents, who would be more likely to need parking, especially at night when the streets are most crowded. Developers responded that it would cost an extra $1 million to dig down to create another garage level, and that a necessary access ramp

would limit the potential increase to just 12 more parking spaces, for a total of 36. Furthermore, there is increased soil contamination farther underground — vestiges of the site’s long-term use as an Exxon station. According to Adamo, environmental regulations allow contaminated soil to remain if it’s undisturbed, but removing it requires great care and expense.

After earlier community meetings, architects revised designs to better match the neighborhood’s historic character, adding more brickwork and smaller windows to the low, rectangular building. But several residents last week requested further architectural embellishments. “People don’t move to Adams Morgan to live in a modern structure,” one resident said.

“This is an old neighborhood where we really value the look of our buildings, and trying to closely control rampant modernism is worth it.” In the next step, the project will go before the full neighborhood commission April 3, and then to the Board of Zoning Adjustment on April 9 for final approval. Developers intend to break ground by the end of the year.

MORATORIUM: License freeze proposal gets frosty reception at U Street forum

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point at Ben’s Next Door, 1211 U St. Joan Sterling, president of the citizens alliance, said at the meeting that the boom of bars and restaurants has brought problems with noise, parking, trash and rodents. She further argued that the area lacks basic neighborhood services like grocery stores and clothes retailers — businesses that would “improve the daytime foot traffic and strengthen the neighborhood more than strip after strip of taverns.” Jonathan Berman, an assistant D.C. attorney general who works with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, said the neighborhood meets the legal requirements for a moratorium zone — its roughly 120 licenses are well above the minimum of 18 — and

that a five-year term is standard for such petitions. Moratoriums can also be extended at the end of their terms. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will take up the issue on May 22, hearing testimony from the public and from neighborhood commissions, Berman said. But at the standing-room-only community forum, most attendees bemoaned the prospect of limiting the neighborhood’s economy and lively identity. Anna Speca, who has lived in the Columbia Heights area for about 10 years, described herself as a “mother and a proud drinker” who was dismayed at the prospect of a local licensing freeze. “I think a moratorium would hurt our neighborhood economy and vibrancy,” she said. Sheldon Scott, a former neighborhood commissioner for Columbia

Heights/Park View and current spokesperson for the restaurant group ESL Management, said he’s seen neighborhoods struggle under such restrictions. “What we’ve seen is a lot of the places that have moratoriums don’t attract new businesses, and that could become a long-term problem for the neighborhood as a whole,” he said. Many residents also said they felt safer on the U Street corridor than they had in years, thanks in large part to bars and restaurants drawing more people after sundown. One attendee quipped that after being mugged elsewhere in D.C. twice, “My response wasn’t that I wish there were a lot less people around.” Metropolitan Police Department statistics on crime in the area aren’t available due to a computer issue. Attendees also disagreed on what

exactly would facilitate small businesses along the U Street and 14th Street corridors. One small business owner said she would oppose any regulation that could hurt her living, while another neighbor countered that the area needed the moratorium to draw more visitors during the day. Many argued against such a blanket proposal and wondered whether the problems could be solved by better mediation between venue owners and residents. “It’s shortsighted to pick a moratorium,” said Kevin Sampson, a member of the U Street Neighborhood Association. “How we develop businesses, how we cater to a more diverse business. … That’s what we should put our efforts on.” Karima St. Clair, who lives on W Street between 13th and 14th streets,

countered that constant nuisances from the corridor must be addressed. “I would like to know what those [other] solutions are — within that solution, will there be someone who will come in front of my house and pick up the trash? Will there be a solution to me being able to park?” she asked. “If you’re not for the moratorium, what is the solution?” The alcoholic beverage committee of neighborhood commission 1B — which serves Columbia Heights, Shaw and U Street — voted down the moratorium 10-3 on Thursday, as first reported by the Borderstan blog. The issue will be brought to the full commission next month. Additionally, the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission will vote on the moratorium on April 3, and Dupont Circle’s commission will review the matter in May.

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Northwest Real Estate SAFEWAY: Petworth torn on possible exemption to areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Class B license moratorium

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address it quickly,â&#x20AC;? he said. Bowser, who authored the 2008 provision, declined to comment yesterday. Muckle has attended several Petworth advisory neighborhood commission meetings, where he said he has received â&#x20AC;&#x153;supportiveâ&#x20AC;? feedback from the community. But Petworth neighborhood commissioner Vann-Di Galloway, whose single-member district 4C06 includes the Safeway, said reaction he has heard from his constituents has been

much more mixed. While some residents have supported it for the convenience, he said, many are still bitter that Safeway allowed the original grocery store to fall into such disrepair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safeway neglected that store for so many years. It was really a slap in the face,â&#x20AC;? said Galloway. Some are also unhappy that there has never been any sort of community benefits agreement worked out with Safeway regarding the 220-unit condominium project to be built on top of the store. Galloway said many community members

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feel left out of the project. A neighborhood commission protest to the exemption, he said, would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the only way that [neighbors] have to influence what Safewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to do with the store and the area above.â&#x20AC;? Another community concern Galloway mentioned was the risk of setting a precedent for Class B licenses for other stores in Ward 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we allow Safeway to get the Class B license, do we then allow Walmart and CVS?â&#x20AC;? he asked. But Muckle sees the exemption as a way to keep sales in D.C. rather than Maryland. And a

number of other Safeway stores in the District have permits to sell beer and wine, he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Customers in any neighborhood want similar services to what is offered in other areas of the city,â&#x20AC;? he said. Galloway said that he had not discussed the exemption yet with his fellow neighborhood commissioners and is still interested in speaking with more of his constituents. The D.C. Council would have to approve legislation authorizing Safeway to apply for a license; it would then be up to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to decide on the license.

HOTELS: Georgetown gets more luxurious options From Page 3

Swedish chef Jacob Esko, who worked in Capellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Singapore hotel, the restaurant will specialize in â&#x20AC;&#x153;hand-cut, artisanal, bone-in meat and tableside preparation,â&#x20AC;? Ng said. Capella will also feature two bars: The Rye Bar, serving premium and rare whiskeys, and a bar for guests only on the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new rooftop lounge. That rooftop space will also include an infinity pool, Ng said. The project is a partnership between the local Castleton Hotel Partners, which owns the building, and Capella Hotels and Resorts, which manages a number of luxury hotels worldwide. Ng said the Georgetown Capella, like others in the brand, is expected to draw â&#x20AC;&#x153;the top 2 percent of business and leisure travelersâ&#x20AC;? in the world. North of the canal, The Graham Georgetown will open for reservations on April 10, with the hotel itself expected to open a few days

later. Room prices will be slightly less expensive than at Capella, ranging from $299 to $599, according to spokesperson Sherry Moeller. The Florida-based Mast Capital purchased the former Hotel Monticello in November 2011. The firm closed down the Monticello â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which opened in 1967 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; last May to start renovations, Moeller said. In addition to updating the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style, the project added two bars and a 24-hour fitness center, and upped the room count from 38 to 57. Like Capella, The Graham features a rooftop lounge with views of the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center. That space includes a 3,000-square-foot bar called The Observatory, which will be open to the public. The reinvented hotel is named after inventor Alexander Graham Bell, a Georgetown fixture. Mast Capital CEO Camilo Miguel wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available for comment, but in a recent press release, he described the building as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a rare

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The Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooftop lounge will feature a 3,000-square-foot bar.

acquisition property,â&#x20AC;? noting that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown in particular has extremely high barriers to entry.â&#x20AC;? In addition to Capella and The Graham, another Georgetown boutique hotel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Latham, at 1111 30th St. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has also been closed for renovations in recent months. A representative said only that the Latham, along with its attached restaurant Citronelle, should open sometime during the first half of this year. Both the hotel and restaurant suffered extensive water damage during storms last summer. The Four Seasons, at 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., is undergoing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;reinvention,â&#x20AC;? including construction of the soon-to-open ENO Wine Bar and an overhaul of the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events and meetings space, according to the hotel website. Sternlieb, of the business group, noted the hotel might see more extensive updates in the future due to the Four Seasonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; involvement in the redevelopment of the adjacent West Heating Plant.

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FILLMORE: Supporters organize in hopes of staving off major budget cuts to arts program

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with â&#x20AC;&#x153;no hope of viability,â&#x20AC;? according to an online petition the friends group launched last week on change. org. D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz said in an interview that â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCPS expects to have more information about Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget next week, after the mayor releases his budget.â&#x20AC;? She noted three fewer schools will attend Fillmore next year, which impacted its initial budget allocation. But Friends of Fillmore treasurer Peter Eisler argues that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the number of schools participating that should impact the budget, but rather the number of students who attend. Fillmore currently provides music, visual arts, drama and dance programs to Stoddert, Key, Ross, Marie Reed, Hyde-Addison, Garrison and Houston elementary schools and Raymond Education Campus at two locations: Fillmore West, co-located at Hardy Middle School in Georgetown, and Fillmore East, co-located at Raymond Education Campus in Petworth. Another three schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Burrville, Drew and Ludlow-Taylor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; host classes taught by Fillmore instructors. Garrison, Houston, Burrville and Drew were not on Eislerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools; Nalle Elementary will be a new participant. Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resources include a black box theater, a kiln, musical instruments and a computer lab for digital art projects. The program began in 1974 at a facility adjacent to the current Georgetown site, when school system officials determined that offering arts education in a central location could provide a stronger curriculum than the neighborhood schools could offer on their own. It was also a way to bolster public support for neighborhood schools that were experiencing reduced enrollment; the original Fillmore site on 35th Street had previously been a neighborhood elementary school. Friends of Fillmore launched its online petition late last week, asking community members to urge D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya

Henderson to restore the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funding to the 2011-12 level. The group also states that Fillmore has been consistently defunded over the past four years, saying that budget has decreased more than 40 percent during that time based on per-pupil funding allocations. The petition had 724 signatures as of the Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline yesterday. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cuts to arts and music education at the eight schools come at a curious time: When Henderson announced her citywide school closure and consolidation plan last November, she that said by shuttering 20 schools (reduced in January to 15) the school system would be able to fund more programming, including arts and music, at those that remained open. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make any sense,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The school system has plenty of money â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it has more money than any school system in America. â&#x20AC;Ś It has everything it had last year plus a 2 percent [annual] increase, and they closed a bunch of



schools, so what are they spending their money on?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprising to say the least that they would cut any school, anywhere in the city,â&#x20AC;? Evans added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just sinks the confidence of the parents in the system when they do things like this.â&#x20AC;? Evans said he would work to restore funding to Fillmore, and he noted that at-large Council member David Catania, who chairs the education committee, needs to figure out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on. Cataniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for comment. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh also voiced support for Fillmore, saying the decision to cut the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget is â&#x20AC;&#x153;worrisomeâ&#x20AC;? and seems to â&#x20AC;&#x153;run counter to what [Henderson] said about providing enrichment through arts programming.â&#x20AC;? Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community members are also puzzled by the budget cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen with Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget over the past several years absolutely flies in the face

of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hearing from DCPS about its commitment to arts education,â&#x20AC;? said Eisler of the friends group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s per-pupil funding has been cut steadily and dramatically in each of the past four years, and the cut that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proposing for next year is the biggest one yet.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Individual schools arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to








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Wednesday march 27 Concerts â&#x2013; Pianist Wendy Chen and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will perform a chamber music concert. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  Pianist Geri Allen will perform as part of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. 8 p.m. $25 to $35. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Fulbright researcher Oleg Kozlovsky will discuss challenges facing the Russian protest movement. 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Barbara Franklin, chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors and U.S. secretary of commerce under President George H.W. Bush, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Few Good Women: The Inclusion of Women in Corporate Leadership.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Christopher A. Kojm, chair of the National Intelligence Council, will discuss the panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worldsâ&#x20AC;? report. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Katz will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Student participants and staff from Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Write to Dream,â&#x20AC;? which features 30 of the best plays written by program participants since 1995. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and

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Events Entertainment Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013; Ava Farmer will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Second Impressions,â&#x20AC;? her sequel to Jane Austenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pride and Prejudice.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-2436. â&#x2013;  Lynne Olson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight Over World War II.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Thierry Binistiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Bottle in the Gaza Sea.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances â&#x2013;  Gin Dance Company will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deep eMotion,â&#x20AC;? a compilation of original works choreographed by company artistic director Shu-Chen Cuff. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The collective LYGO D.C. will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Ahmed Huidobro, Brandon Fisher and Jenn Tisdale. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  The Humanities Council of Washington DC, will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humanitiniâ&#x20AC;? happy-hour discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Punk and Go-Go: DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art of Choice During the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Today.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. 876 Cafe, 4221 Connecticut Ave. NW. Thursday, March 28

Thursday march 28 Classes â&#x2013; Jewish educator Norman Shore will lead a Bible study course. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.



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    %"     ### â&#x2013; The Cleveland Park Library will host a fiber arts workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Grieg and Brahms. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marek Janowski will conduct violinist Arabella Steinbacher (shown) as she plays Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s violin concerto. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. This program will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Symphonic piano duo Marialena Fernandes and Ranko Markovic will perform works by Schubert, Rihm and SchĂśnberg. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  John Malott, U.S. ambassador to Malaysia, will discuss the history of the 1912 gift of cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. Noon. Free. Asian Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-2990. â&#x2013;  National Endowment for Democracy fellow Fouzia Saeed will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working With Sharks,â&#x20AC;? about sexual harassment in the United Nations. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  A Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month lecture and film series will feature a talk by University of the District of Columbia professor Sandra Jowers-Barber on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Room 220, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  I. William Zartman and Eammon Gearon of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Algeria Between Reforms and Stability.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Rome Building

Wednesday, march 27 â&#x2013; Reading: U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (shown) will host a reading to celebrate Southern writers, including Madison Smartt Bell, Edward P. Jones, Jill McCorkle, Ron Rash and Charles Wright. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-7075394.

Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Celeste Arrington, assistant professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the Media Environment Shapes Political Activism in Japan and South Korea.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Robert Neuwith, an investigative reporter and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stealth of Nations,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afraid of the Informal Economy?â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Novelist Junot DĂ­az (shown) and civil rights leader Bob Moses will share their thoughts on education, activism, literacy and citizenship as part of a fundraiser for the Young Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project of Mississippi. $50 for a reception and â&#x20AC;&#x153;intimate discussionâ&#x20AC;? from 5 to 7 p.m.; free for a talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Amy Raehse, executive director and curator at the Goya Contemporary in Baltimore, will discuss the roles of her gallery and American University within the

regional art community. 6 p.m. Free. Room 246, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1670. â&#x2013; A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Art Brut of Jean Dubuffet.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $10 to $12; free for members and ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Rudolf Araneda, managing director of the Chilean conglomerate GasAtacama, will speak as part of American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alan Meltzer CEO Leadership Speaker Series. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Student Lounge, Kogod School of Business, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Iraqi scholar Adeed Dawisha and former political adviser Harith al-Qarawee will discuss the current political environment in Baghdad. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Art history professor Isabel Taube will discuss the representation of decorated interiors in American paintings, photographs and manuals. 6:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  Fred L. Borch, an expert on U.S. military awards, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honoring Valor: The History and Heritage of Military Medals.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Novelist M.G. Vassanji will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Magic of Saida.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Journalist Alona Wartofsky will moderate a panel discussion about the intersection between Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music scene and gang culture in the 1980s. Other panelists will include musician â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bigâ&#x20AC;? Tony Fisher, D.C. music writer Mark Jenkins and former D.C. police detective Donald â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gooseâ&#x20AC;? Gossage. 7 p.m. $8 to $10. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013;  Ezekiel Emanuel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; brother of Rahm and Ari Emanuel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. Films â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American History will present Mari Agui Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebel,â&#x20AC;? about Confederate spy Loreta Velazquez. A panel discussion about the role of women in the Civil War will follow. 6 p.m. Free. Warner See Events/Page 23



Continued From Page 22 Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The “K-Cinema” series will feature Park Hee-gon’s film “Perfect Game,” about the greatest rivalry in Korean baseball history. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ “The Golden 60s of Czechoslovak Cinema” will feature Juraj Herz’s 1969 film “The Cremator.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Meeting ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” by Lewis Carroll. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Readings ■ Poet, translator and essayist Forrest Gander will read from his work in response to the exhibit “Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet.” A book signing will follow. 6:30 p.m. $15. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-5447077. ■ PEN/Faulkner Fiction will feature readings by novelists Geraldine Brooks,


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Events Entertainment Malos,” about the constant struggle and tension experienced by disadvantaged youth. Bolivian-American poet and performance artist Wally Valdez will appear with Paso Nuevo as a guest performer. 8 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3133 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m., with members of the DreamYard Bronx Acting Ensemble as the guest performers. ■ Busboys and Poets will host an open mic night for American Sign Language users. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Julie Otsuka and Dolen Perkins-Valdez. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. Friday, March 29

Friday march 29 Concerts ■ Listen Local First will present the D.C.-based bluegrass band By & By. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Organist Jeremy Filsell (shown) and narrator Bard Wickkeiser will perform Marcel Dupré’s “The Stations of the Cross.” 6 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. Discussions and lectures ■ Catherine Clinton will discuss her book “Mourning in America: Death in the Civil War White Houses.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ David Shambaugh will discuss his book “China Goes Global: The Partial Power.” 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. Film ■ Alliance Française will screen the children’s film “Le renard et l’enfant” (for ages 6 and older). 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Alliance Française de

Friday, march 29 ■ Children’s program: Tudor Place will host its fifth annual “Eggstravaganza” Easter egg hunt. 10 a.m. to noon. $5 to $10; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplaceeggstravaganza. Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Performances ■ Dancer and choreographer Malavika Sarukkai will present “Ganga: Nitya Vaahini (The Eternal River).” 7:30 p.m. $36. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre’s youth performance group Paso Nuevo will present the premiere of “Tough Reality/Pasos

Special event ■ The Society of the Cincinnati will celebrate the 108th anniversary of the Anderson House’s completion with extended museum hours, guided tours and birthday cake. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the New York Yankees in an exhibition game. 2:05 p.m. $20 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-6326287. Saturday, March 30

Saturday march 30 Children’s events ■ Alliance Française will host a storytime and Easter egg hunt. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $5 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ The Takoma Park Library’s annual

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“Eggstravaganza” will feature an egg hunt, crafts and stories. 10:30 a.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ The Tregaron Conservancy will host its second annual Easter egg hunt, featuring more than 1,000 colorful plastic eggs hidden on the historic landscape. 11 a.m. Free. On the Twin Oaks meadow near Tregaron entrance at 3029 Klingle Road NW. ■ Children will hear a story about artist Georgia O’Keeffe in Hawaii and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. ■ The S&R Foundation will open Evermay’s gardens in Georgetown for an Easter egg hunt with games, crafts and treats, as well as a concert and exhibit. 2 p.m. $15; $5 for children 12 and younger. Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW. Classes and workshops ■ The Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will offer instruction on researching historical properties. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free; registration required. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. ■ A hands-on workshop will offer tips on “How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom.” 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. ■ A workshop will focus on new online See Events/Page 24


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Continued From Page 23 tools available to knitters. 2:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Concerts â&#x2013; Baritone Hans Pieter Herman and pianist Jason Wirth will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between Moscow and New York: A Liederabend.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  The Baltimore City College High School Choir and the Howard University Chorale will present a program of AfricanAmerican spirituals of the Civil War era. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-8437. â&#x2013;  Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will present a string quartet performance, with works by composers Bliss and Françaix. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Peoples Jazz Society will host its annual Easter Vigil Jazz Vespers. 7 p.m. Free. Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202723-3953. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss the history and cultivation of orchids. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; James Weldon Norris of Howard University, Steven Cornelius of Boston University and Samuel Perryman of the Library of Congress will discuss AfricanAmerican spirituals of the Civil War. 1 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Author Azar Nafisi will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her best-selling book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reading Lolita in Tehran.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Vonda Howard will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Perfect Parisâ&#x20AC;? as part of the Urban Fiction Spring Author Series. 2 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Larry Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1977 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passing Throughâ&#x20AC;? and Charles Burnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1995 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;When It Rains.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Sporting event â&#x2013;  Roller derby teams DC DemonCats, Scare Force One, Majority Whips and Cherry Blossom Bombshells will compete. 4 p.m. $6 to $12; free for children ages 5









Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013; The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of William Smith, Healey Willan and Johannes Brahms. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. â&#x2013;  Organist Jeremy Filsell will perform an Easter Day recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  Eclectic composer and percussionist Andy Akiho will perform with his quintet. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Monday, april 1 â&#x2013; Concert: Pianist Yo Kosuge, winner of the 2003 Washington Award grand prize, will perform as part of the S&R Foundation Overtures Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-298-6007. and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Washington Walks and Casey Trees will present a joint walking tour recounting how Japanese cherry trees came to be planted in the District. 11 a.m. $20; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meeting site provided upon registration. 202-4841565. The walk will repeat April 6 at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a two-mile hike that will pass by a Civil War fortress, poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabin and historic creek ford. 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blossom Secrets Stroll,â&#x20AC;? about how 3,000 Japanese cherry trees arrived in the U.S. capital in the spring of 1912. 2 p.m. $15; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meet at the Independence Avenue exit to the Smithsonian Metro station. 202-484-1565. The walk will repeat April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31

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Film â&#x2013; Filmmaker Su Friedrich will host screenings of her works â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing Red,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Head of a Pinâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gut Renovation.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special event â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GLOE program and the Human Rights Campaign will host the sixth annual National Rainbow Seder, a kosher Passover meal with the LGBT community, featuring San Francisco-based Jewish leader Rabbi David Dunn Bauer. 5 to 8 p.m. $24 to $36; tickets required. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Toronto Raptors. 6 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Monday, April 1

Monday april 1 Concert â&#x2013; Members of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Joyce Carol Oates will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Accursed.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Deadline: American Newspapers in the Digital Ageâ&#x20AC;? will feature journalist Marvin Kalb interviewing Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and managing editor Kevin Merida. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will host its    

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eramica de los Ancestros: Central Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Past Revealed,â&#x20AC;? telling the stories of seven cultures by presenting more than 120 objects made over the last 3,000 years, will open Friday at the National Museum of the American Indian and continue through Sept. 1, 2014. Located at 4th Street and Independence

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639-1700. â&#x2013; The Shakespeare Theatre Company will open an exhibit tomorrow of 24 key photographs by Nina Dunn from her Europe series and continue it throughout the run of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hero/Traitor Repertory,â&#x20AC;? which features productions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coriolanusâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wallensteinâ&#x20AC;? though June 2. The images can be viewed by the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by ticketholders during performances in Sidney Harman Hall, located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-3230. â&#x2013;  The Library of Congress will open two exhibits Saturday in its Thomas Jefferson Building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Herblock Looks at 1963: Fifty Years Ago in Editorial Cartoons,â&#x20AC;? on view through Sept. 14, features 10 cartoons by Washington Post political cartoonist Herblock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gibson Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s America: Drawings by Charles Dana Gibson,â&#x20AC;? on view through Aug. 17, highlights the rise of the Gibson Girl from the 1890s through the first two decades of the 20th century. Located at 10 1st St. SE, the Jefferson

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rena Stage will present Katori Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mountaintopâ&#x20AC;? March 29 through May 12. Exhausted from delivering a significant speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rests in his room at the Lorraine Motel when an unexpected visit from a

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feisty young maid compels him to confront his own humanity and the fate of the nation. The bold reimagining of the civil rights leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last night won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010. Bowman Wright and Joaquina Kalukango reprise their performances from the recent production at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013; Theater J will launch its second annual local arts festival with Ari Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andy and the Shadowsâ&#x20AC;? April 3 through May 5 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Zipping from one rite of passage and time period to the next, this memory play looks back at the wild engagement party weekend of Andy Glickstein, the soul-searching son of Holocaust refugees. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $35. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Department of Theatre & Dance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emmaâ&#x20AC;? March 28 through 31 at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. Adapted by Michael Bloom from the classic comedy of manners by Jane Austen, the play revolves around the mischievous Emma Woodhouse, who has pledged never to marry but is nevertheless the â&#x20AC;&#x153;matchmaker of Highbury.â&#x20AC;? Will she find true love herself as she maneuvers to find the right man for her newest project? Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. The Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre is located at 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-8072; â&#x2013;  Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mask and Bauble

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Spring Literary Festival and Spring Symposium, “America From the Outside: How the World Sees US.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Elizabeth Strout will discuss her novel “The Burgess Boys.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Georgetown Library will screen the 2001 movie “Amélie” as part of its “Bon Cinéma: Films of France” series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ Busboys and Poets will present a screening of Ken Burns’ film “The Central Park Five.” A discussion will follow. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Alliance Française will host a screening of Camila Guzmán Urzúa’s 2005 documentary “Le Rideau de sucre,” about growing up in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution. 7 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. ■ American University graduate students Sarah Gulick, Sylvia Johnson and Erin Finicane will screen their films about National Park Service wilderness areas. A discussion will follow. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Readings ■ Petra Lewis will read from her novel “The Sons and Daughters of Ham” and discuss domestic violence and gun violence. 6:30 p.m. $20. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Poets Sharon Dolin and Shara McCallum, recipients of the 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowships, will read from their work. 6:30 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Chicago Bulls. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

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Tour ■ A tour of the historic landscape at Tudor Place will examine the estate’s Federal-period origins and changes in land use over time. 10 a.m. $10. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400.

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Events Entertainment

Children’s program ■ Tudor Place will hold a Spring Tea and Chocolate Workshop for children and families. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $10 to $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Concerts ■ Organist Benjamin Hutto will perform “Organ Treasures Old & New.” 12:10 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. ■ The Crowden School Ensemble will perform music by Bach, Dvorák and others. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941.

■ Australia’s Talent Development Project will present a recital by vocalists Jacob Neale, Jessica Pollard and Nicholas Gentile. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Italian Cultural Institute will present “Parables, Poetry and Czardas,” a jazz concert featuring saxophonist Gaetano Di Bacco, pianist Marguerita Oundijian Smith and pianist Larry Alan Smith. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Barbara Blair of the Library of Congress will discuss Walt Whitman and his many roles in the Civil War. Noon. Free. Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-9203. ■ Scott Taylor, director of the Georgetown University African Studies Program, will discuss his book “Globalization and Cultures of Business in Africa.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Room 450, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Scholars James Wellman and Jonathan Brown will discuss “Celebrity Evangelists in American Christianity and Islam: Exploring Spiritual Virtuosos and Charisma.” 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ China scholar Andrew Wedeman will discuss wealth, politics and the deepening of corruption in China. 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Free. Room 302-P, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Claudi Carreras, Ricardo Cases and Carlos Tapia will discuss the new photography book “Latino US: Cotidano.” 6 to 7 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Fiona Hill will discuss her book “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. ■ Boston University anthropology professor Jenny White will discuss her book “Muslim Nationalists and the New Turks.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Historian Brian Kraft will discuss “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Columbia Heights.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122 ■ M. Paul Friedberg, founding partner of M. Paul Friedberg and Partners, will discuss his career spanning a seminal period in landscape architecture as the profession made strides in reinventing American urban space. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Experts Frank Ceresi and Hank Thomas will discuss “A Collector’s Big Score: The World of Sports Memorabilia.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ David Stockman will discuss his book “The Great Deformation: How Crony Capitalism Corrupted Free Markets and Democracy.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and author of “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” will speak as

part of the Lannan Center’s Spring Literary Festival and Spring Symposium, “America From the Outside: How the World Sees US.” A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Five former White House chiefs of staff — Donald Rumsfeld, Kenneth M. Duberstein, Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, John Podesta and Joshua Bolten — will discuss how the presidency has evolved over the last four decades. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature an encore showing of “Francesca da Rimini.” 6:30 p.m. $18. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The Washington Jewish Film Festival will screen three episodes of the Israeli show “Arab Labor,” a comedy about the cultural divide between Jewish Israelis and Arab Israelis. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $8. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2013, the Freer Gallery will screen the Japanese vampire film “Sanguivorous” alongside musical accompaniment by saxophonist Edward Wilkerson Jr. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. ■ The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Olivier Horlait’s 2011 film “Nicostratos the Pelican,” about 14-year-old boy haunted by memories of his mother’s death. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meetings ■ The Shepherd Park Book Club will discuss the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. 1:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ The Petworth Bibliophiles’ Book Club will discuss the novel “Triburbia” by Karl Taro Greenfield. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. Performances ■ Furia Flamenca dance company will perform as part of the Happenings at the Harman lunchtime series. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122. ■ Nobel Prize-nominated writer Frankétienne will perform staged poetry in French, with musical accompaniment. 7:30 p.m. $20 donation suggested; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Special events ■ The Humanities Council of Washington DC, will present a “Humanitini” happy-hour discussion about whether the Washington Redskins name and logo are offensive. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. 876 Cafe, 4221 Connecticut Ave. NW. humanitini2013spring1-eorg.eventbrite. com. ■ The Corcoran Gallery of Art will hold a wine reception and tour of the exhibit “Pump Me Up.” 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391700.

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