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Vol. XLIV, No. 29

The Northwest Current

City plans Broad Branch upgrades

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■ Transportation: Officials

point to deteriorating conditions

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Deteriorating conditions on Broad Branch Road along Rock Creek Park and the street’s lack of pedestrian and bicycle facilities have prompted a D.C. Department of Transportation plan to overhaul

the roadway by fall 2014. The concept remains in its preliminary stages. At a public meeting last week, planners asked residents to suggest how the roadway should be configured, according to Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commissioner Jim McCarthy, who attended the meeting. “The purpose of the proposed action is to rehabilitate Broad Branch Road to satisfy operational and safety needs and [to do] so in a

manner keeping with the setting of the project area,” reads the project website, The plan would improve the road between Linnean Avenue in Chevy Chase and its terminus at Beach Drive. The Transportation Department is scheduled to present design options this summer, likely sometime from mid-August to midSeptember, according to agency spokesperson John Lisle. See Road/Page 5

Glover Park ANC tackles parking issues By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

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Inspired by the sounds of traditional African music, Aline Tyler and Florence Nzri broke out into a spontaneous dance during Saturday’s second annual DC Africa Festival at the Takoma Community Center.

If you ask advisory neighborhood commissioner Brian Cohen which issue he hears about most from Glover Park residents, his answer is simple: parking. “I don’t think there’s any more universal concern in Glover Park than, ‘I can’t find a parking space,’” he said. “We hear about it at every ANC meeting; when I’m walking down the street, I hear it from people; I get emails from people. Nobody is happy with the parking situation, and everybody thinks we can do better.” Residents say they face the toughest competition for parking spaces between 5 and 10 p.m., when many are coming home from work. It’s also a time when nonresidents park in the neighborhood to visit friends or to go to dinner at one of the many restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue. Cohen and his fellow Glover Park commissioners See Parking/Page 16

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Nearly three-quarters of residents surveyed in Glover Park say finding parking spaces is a major problem and they want to see regulations changed.

War museum depicts long fight for freedom

Petworth backs name change for Georgia Avenue station


Metro: ANC recommends adding ‘Park View’ to moniker ■

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The soldiers in blue braved the heat, and the ladies paraded in their petticoats. The band played “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” And Frank Smith reveled in the glory of it all. On Monday, city officials joined re-enactors dressed in period garb at 1925 Vermont Ave., the new home of the African American Civil War Museum. Mayor Vincent Gray said it was a great day for the District. “This commemorates the commitment of people who have been grossly under-recognized,” he said. But it was an especially big day for museum director and former D.C. Council member Smith, who spent two decades lobbying for a museum dedicated to the

NEWS ■ Superfresh reopens as ‘Fresh & Green’s’ in Spring Valley. Page 3. ■ Neighbors work to spruce up Stead Park in Dupont. Page 2.

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

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Executive director Frank Smith and city officials celebrate the opening of the expanded museum.

Civil War’s African-American soldiers. Smith said the mission behind the museum was always twofold: to highlight the contributions of the Union’s African-American troops, and to revitalize U Street. See Museum/Page 16

SPOR TS ■ Wilson High rower graduates to global stage. Page 9. ■ Northwest Little Leaguers win D.C. crown. Page 9.

A proposal to rename the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station as “Petworth-Park View” — with “Georgia Avenue” as a subtitle — drew fire last week at a meeting of a Ward 4 advisory neighborhood commission. After hearing the backlash, members of the Petworth commission voted to suggest that the transit

PASSAGES Archaeological adventures in the Palisades: Resident manages ‘prehistory’ museum filled with native artifacts. Page 11. ■

agency simply add “Park View” to the name, without removing “Georgia Avenue.” “Georgia Avenue is a very, very important destination,” said commissioner Michael Yates, noting its connections with African-American history and culture, and specifically referencing the Caribbean Festival and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. “I just don’t believe it should be thrown overboard for Park View, which most people don’t know where it is,” he said. Several in the audience agreed. “Everything is changing because See Metro/Page 27

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Neighbors pursue improvements to Dupont’s spruced-up Stead Park By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Five years after the city reopened a redone Stead Park, the P Street space is thriving. Nourished by the spring’s heavy rains, the

park’s new native plants are blooming wildly. And children — from the neighborhood and local summer camps — often crowd the playground’s state-of-the-art swings and slides. In fact, so many people are patronizing the park that its new solar compactors are spilling

over with trash. And at peak hours, spots in the limited shade are few, leaving some parents sweltering in the sun. Thus the very success of the park has spurred a new wave of activism from Dupont Circle volunteers.

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“This spring it rained a lot,� said Dupont Circle Citizens Association president Robin Diener, who has been working with fellow neighbors to spruce up the park over the past couple of months. “So the beautiful native See Stead/Page 5

Officials proceed cautiously on Spring Valley sewer fixes By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Department of Transportation typically tries to coordinate its construction work with the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and other agencies or utilities that may need to tear out a city street, officials said. And, said the officials, they believed they had done so in southeastern Spring Valley near American University, where a project to repave several streets was timed to coincide with a planned water-main replacement under those roads. “[Transportation Department officials] were holding it up because of the work we were going to do — trying to make good use of the money,� said the water authority’s Deidre Saunders, at the July 6 meeting of the Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commission.

But last fall, when a water authority team presented its plans to the neighborhood commission, the officials were not aware of the extra care the work would require in the neighborhood. During World War I, American University was home to a major chemical-testing operation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working for years to identify and neutralize remaining munitions and contamination in the area. The water-main work, which was slated to begin in November and wrap up this month, now has no definite timeline, transportation officials said. The authority is hiring a specialized contractor that can work in the sensitive area and must coordinate with the Army Corps and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Saunders said. And in the meantime, the water See Sewer/Page 5








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Spring Valley market reopens as Fresh & Green’s, with renovations ahead By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The former Superfresh grocery store in Spring Valley is getting back up to speed as a Fresh & Green’s, which operators say will soon offer a mix of new and familiar products to a loyal customer base. The supermarket changed ownership last month, with the bankrupt Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. selling its 4330 48th St. operation to the Canadian firm Mrs. Green’s Natural Market. The site had operated as an A&P or Superfresh since 1964, and some residents worried they would lose their com-

munity supermarket under a new company. But Superfresh devotees won’t spot many differences at Fresh & Green’s just yet, said store manager Mary Hoffman. The layout of the store hasn’t changed, and the employees have stayed in place and are still unionized. The outline of the “Superfresh Food Market� sign remains on the storefront, next to a smaller temporary “Fresh & Green’s� banner. House brand items have already transitioned to the new parent company’s labels, Hoffman said, and all missing inventory should be in by the end of the week as the store finalizes new contracts with vendors. Some residents have complained on the

Planners suggest reductions in scope of AU development By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Echoing a report issued last month, city planners told the Zoning Commission last week that American University’s East Campus development plans are out of character for the neighborhood and should be scaled down. The university has stood by its goal of building 590 beds of student housing, 17,000 square feet of retail and two “academic/administrative� buildings on six acres of its Nebraska Avenue parking lot, as part of its 10-year campus plan. But the Office of Planning testified at a hearing last Thursday that the project’s scale should be reduced, recommending instead only 400 beds of housing and 3,000 square feet of retail, and called for the buildings to be placed farther from the adjacent Westover Place town homes. The reduced East Campus housing count would clash less with the density of Westover and other parts of the American campus, planners said, and the school should develop only limited commercial space primarily to serve its own needs. Planners said they would not object to more housing on the core of the American University campus, where they said dorms could be farther from residences. In a brief cross-examination of the planners, university attorney

Paul Tummonds referred three times to the agency “creating a new review standard� by comparing density calculations in the area. Tummonds also pointed out that only the planned low-rise academic/administrative buildings would be close to Westover homes, while the taller dormitories the school envisions would be closer to Nebraska Avenue. “We were trying to create an appropriate balance, and we chose to evaluate it in terms of residential density,� planner Arlova Jackson testified. The school’s plan “created a concentration of student housing that we thought might be in conflict with a different type of density just across the property line.� Jennifer Steingasser, deputy director of the Office of Planning, added that the dormitories would be relatively close to Westover. The bulk of the four-hour hearing went to a series of cross-examinations of the Planning Office by advisory neighborhood commissions and community groups that oppose the campus plan. Several opponents suggested ways the university might be able to renege on various implied promises in the campus plan. Two organizations’ representatives suggested that the university might be able to skirt the intent of its enrollment cap — to prevent unpredicted student population See Campus/Page 27

The week ahead Wednesday, July 20

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the water and sewage authority for Montgomery County, will hold a public meeting to discuss plans for sewer reconstruction along Rock Creek. The work, which will require extensive digging and construction in the Montgomery County portion of Rock Creek Park, is aimed at reducing sewage overflows due to leakages or blockages. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Park Activity Building, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, Md.

Tenleytown neighborhood listserv that Fresh & Green’s made a poor first impression by opening last week without full product availability or new signage, but Hoffman said the company wanted to avoid a lengthy downtime. “We wanted to get the store reopened for the community,� she said. “Once we have all the vendors on board — this week — we’ll really be rolling.� As of Monday morning, the store appeared mostly stocked, but Hoffman pointed to an empty stretch of the bread aisle that was waiting for Martin’s products, and companies such as Coca-Cola and Nabisco were also still absent.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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District Digest DMV adjusts hours for car inspections

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles will open and close its Vehicle Inspection Station early on the hot days forecast this week, the agency announced yesterday. On Thursday through Saturday, the station at 1001 Half St. SW will be open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a news release, and anyone with an appointment for

after 12:45 p.m. on those days must reschedule online. The station’s normal hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Temperatures are forecast to hit the triple digits on Friday and the high 90s on Thursday and Saturday.

Bag revenue given to watershed efforts The D.C. Department of the

Environment is spending the $2.5 million collected from the city’s “bag law� on projects that help the District’s waterways and encourage reusable-bag distribution, according to an agency news release. The money was collected from Jan. 1, 2010, through April 2011 under the Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009, a measure designed to improve the river by reducing the number of

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The historic Evermay Estate in Georgetown found a buyer Friday after nearly three years on the market, Long & Foster Real Estate announced in a news release yesterday. The release does not identify the buyer or final sale price, but the 3.6-acre property was most recently listed for $25.9 million. The District assesses the property at $18.1 million; it was first listed for sale in September 2008 for $49 million. The 1623 28th St. property includes a circa-1792, eight-bedroom, 13,000-square-foot manor, a three-bedroom gatekeeper’s house and extensive gardens. The estate was used regularly to host paid events, despite some neighbors’ objections.

receive a free 10-gallon watering tub to help sustain that tree through a harsh summer, according to a news release from the D.C. Department of Transportation. Young trees need 10 gallons of water a week to survive and grow, the release states, and filling the tub takes less than 10 minutes. “Together, we can ensure that these taxpayer-funded assets provide their full environmental, economic and social return on investment for years to come,� D.C. chief forester John Thomas says in the release. To register as a “canopy keeper� and receive a free tub, visit or call 202-6715133.

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A Washington-area nonprofit organization is looking for adults who can meet weekly with blind or visually impaired residents in the residents’ homes to read to them and help them with daily activities, according to a news release. To volunteer for the Readers & Friendly Visitors program with Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, contact Jocelyn Hunter at 202-464-6422 orÂ

The Washington Humane Society is seeking linens and other supplies to help care for animals at its 1201 New York Ave. NE shelter, according to a message Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh has posted on neighborhood listservs. Drop boxes will be in place through Saturday at the TenleyFriendship and Palisades neighborhood libraries — 4450 Wisconsin Ave. and 4901 V St., respectively. The society is seeking old towels, sheets and blankets for bedding as well as other items for the animals, according to Cheh’s email. For more information, including a list of other items the society could use, email

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authority recommended that the Transportation Department go ahead and pave the streets, which were badly potholed. “We try to avoid the idea of going in and tearing up something that was recently put in place,â€? Transportation Department spokesperson Monica Hernandez said. “But it was a necessity ‌ to ensure that [the roads are] safe and smooth.â€? Although water officials would have preferred coordinated paving, they said residents will not lose their new road improvements. “Per our policy, DC Water will restore, in-kind, all portions of the roadway disturbed during construction of the project,â€? authority spokesperson Emanuel Briggs wrote in an email. The water-main replacements will affect Rockwood Parkway from Nebraska Avenue to Glenbrook Road, Glenbrook Road to 49th Street, 49th Street to Woodway Lane, and the length of Woodway Lane. This area includes 4825 Glenbrook Road — which the Army


From Page 1 The Broad Branch Road project is the second the Transportation Department is developing plans for adjacent to Rock Creek Park this summer. Farther north, the agency has proposed a controversial reconstruction of Oregon Avenue; residents there have been divided over potential safety improvements and a fear that the road could lose its rural character. More than a decade ago, a previous Transportation Department plan to improve Broad Branch Road was shot down by residents who liked the narrow, wooded street in its current form. A more recent plan was nixed in 2006 after the National Park Service raised concerns, according to Lisle. Although Broad Branch Road and Oregon Avenue are both narrow streets that border Rock Creek

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Corps identified as one of the most hazardous sites in Spring Valley. The water-main replacement, in conjunction with similar work that is now wrapping up under Chain Bridge Road, will “improve water quality and system reliability, increase water pressure in some areas, and ‌ ensure more than optimum fire flows,â€? according to the water authority’s flier on the project. It’s not clear when the work can begin. “We are still in the process of preparing the specialized scope of work, therefore a firm start date for work in the remaining areas is not available at this time,â€? Briggs wrote, adding that “it would be impractical to project what the duration of the project will be.â€? Nan Wells, a Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commissioner who represents part of the project area, said “it’s a toss-upâ€? as to whether the Transportation Department should have waited for the water-main replacement before repaving the streets. “The roads have been very bad, and people have waited a long time,â€? Wells said, but she also would have liked to see the roads stay in good shape rather than be torn up again.

Park, Lisle said they will not necessarily share the same objections. Broad Branch has fewer residences, he said, and there are no hiker/biker trails running alongside it. Even so, Lisle wrote, “We make no prediction with respect to public acceptance or controversy.� McCarthy said public involvement in the design of the Broad Branch Road project could help avoid objections from neighbors, but he noted that he saw only a few other residents at last week’s meeting; 13 signed an attendance sheet. “I think one of the things I’m hearing in the Oregon Ave discussion is that people are unhappy with the alternatives,� McCarthy said. “It’s really important for people to get involved early on while DDOT is trying to identify the alternatives. ... So hopefully at the next public meeting they’ll have better public turnout.� Project planners are also taking comment by email at BroadBranch@ The Transportation Department hopes to complete an environmental assessment on Broad Branch this year. It will then spend a year finalizing its design if the assessment finds no “significant impact,� Lisle said. Construction would begin in spring 2013 and take about 18 months, he said. April’s collapse of the culvert carrying Soapstone Creek under Broad Branch Road prompted an emergency repair of that southern section of the road. The Transportation Department would have evaluated and possibly replaced the bridge during this long-term project, but the collapse necessitated earlier work, Lisle said. He said the road, which is now open using a temporary one-lane bridge, is scheduled to close at the end of July between Brandywine Street and Ridge Road and reopen in September with a permanent two-lane repair.

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Needless restructuring? D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown described last week’s abrupt leadership shakeup as a restructuring of the legislature’s committees. But his midsummer moves at perestroika were jarring, particularly because they lacked any spirit of glasnost. The news release sent out by Chairman Brown’s office explains the reconfigured committee leadership: Ward 3’s Mary Cheh in charge of the expanded committee on the environment, public works and transportation; Ward 4’s Muriel Bowser atop the government operations committee; Ward 6’s Tommy Wells in charge of the committee that oversees libraries, parks and recreation, with the addition of planning; and at-large member Vincent Orange overseeing a new panel on small and local business development. The bottom line: Mr. Wells lost responsibility for the transportation issues on which he had focused tremendous energy over the last six months (he also lost his seat on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, in favor of Ms. Bowser). And in terms of the council’s work, the midterm shuffling — accompanied either by changes in staff or in their responsibilities — will be greatly disruptive. The news release doesn’t offer much in the way of a rationale. It says the changes “effectively consolidate areas of similar interest” and “merge all matters related to the environment including transportation.” And it praises Council member Wells “for his strong leadership on transportation issues.” If the need for consolidation is great and his leadership praiseworthy, however, why not merge all matters related to transportation in a committee under Mr. Wells? Of course, that would be politically difficult, given that Ms. Cheh has great interest in environmental issues. Adding to the doubts: Planning has as much connection to transportation and the environment as it does to parks and libraries. It would have been so much easier to leave things alone. So why not do so? In the absence of a compelling explanation, Mr. Brown has left himself open to complaints that vindictiveness and political payback are at the heart of this maneuver. That’s because the loser in this political shuffling is Mr. Wells — who conducted a valuable inquiry into the Department of Public Works’ role in acquiring the infamous “fully loaded” sport-utility vehicles for the chairman.

An effective system Last week’s news that Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson had dismissed 288 teachers for poor performance on the system’s IMPACT assessment gives us confidence that important reforms begun under former Chancellor Michelle Rhee will continue, though hopefully with less of the ire. The school system announced Friday that 113 teachers were losing their positions because they scored “ineffective” on the assessment and another 175 would have to leave because they had scored “minimally effective” two years in a row. Twenty-one more would lose positions because they had not been able to find placements after being dismissed last year, and 104 were terminated for licensure issues. Meanwhile, the system’s top-scoring teachers will be rewarded — some with tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses, and a number with those bonuses on top of base salary increases. While the IMPACT system is surely imperfect — particularly as demonstrated by the dismissals last year of a scattering of prominent teachers who seemed truly talented — it’s certainly better than the previous approach. The “PREP” teacher assessment used during the 2008-09 school year labeled 95 percent of teachers as “effective” or “highly effective.” But less than half of the system’s students scored proficient on the city’s standardized test that year. The students’ fault? Seems unlikely.

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No vacation from scandal …

We’re taking the next two weeks off to celebrate — or maybe just observe — a significant birthday. But we didn’t want to leave without a roundup of summer headwinds. By week’s end, we might have a formal response from Ward 5 D.C. Council member Harry “Tommy” Thomas to the civil suit filed against him by D.C. Attorney General Irving Nathan. Nathan has detailed what he says are hundreds of thousands of city dollars Thomas allegedly spent for his personal benefit instead of on programs for young people. More than a few people are waiting to see what, if any, explanation Thomas can offer up. In addition to the civil suit, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case for possible criminal violations. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown also now has his legal fate in U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.’s hands. Brown’s 2008 re-election committee is having trouble explaining hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and expenditures. D.C. elections board chair Togo West — as we reported last week — said the board requested the inquiry into Brown’s committee because members felt there might have been “criminal” violations of the city’s election laws. West said he expects the FBI to use the full force of its powers to pursue the Brown campaign allegations. Many citizens are hoping the same will be true of the other cases. The travails of Brown and Thomas in recent weeks have overshadowed the still-brewing campaign scandal involving Mayor Vincent Gray and minor candidate Sulaimon Brown. But don’t take silence as an indication that the case is going nowhere. U.S. Attorney Machen has an extraordinary opportunity and responsibility to flush out all three of the cases. The city’s politics are at minimum smeared and at worst corrupt while all these charges and allegations hang out there. Machen got the Gray case back in early March. He has publicly commented on public corruption several times. In August of last year, two employees of the city’s technology office were sentenced to prison terms for corrupt contracting. Machen minced no words. “The residents of the District of Columbia deserve an ethical government with ethical employees, and have the right to know that their money is being spent honestly and for the public good,” he said. “The prison sentence[s] should send a strong message to any public official

who may be tempted to accept a bribe or kickback that we will not tolerate corruption.” Both D.C. Chamber of Commerce president Barbara Lang and Greater Washington Board of Trade president Jim Dinegar have told NBC4 that the taint of corruption and scandal is doing serious damage to the city’s image and its ability to attract new businesses and jobs. Dinegar told us the city has “squandered” some opportunities. “Any missteps, any headlines other than how great we are … don’t help the situation at all.” ■ Wells weighing future? Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells is still smarting over Chairman Kwame Brown’s decision to strip him of the transportation committee chairmanship. Wells has tried to take the high road by not personalizing the battle with the chairman and promising to do his best no matter what committee he leads. But we pressed Wells on the Kojo Nnamdi’s “The Politics Hour” on WAMU last week. There have been rumblings that Wells is considering a run for chairman should Brown seek re-election or be forced by the criminal probe to step aside. After hemming and hawing and trying to cling to the high road, Wells told us this: “Vince Gray was an extraordinary chair. Our approval ratings were at 67 percent, which was bizarre almost for an elected body. That has plummeted. And so we need a strong chair that can operate our government in a way that it restores … the confidence of the people we govern. And we’re not there right now.” ■ That SUV problem? Back at the start of the year, Council Chairman Kwame Brown vowed to repay the city for any expenses attributable to him for the “fully loaded” SUV scandal. As you recall, the city wound up ordering two SUVs because Brown objected to the color scheme of the first one. City officials say they’ve settled one of the leasing contracts and are still working on the other. But there’s no word yet on how much Brown will be assessed to make good on his promise. ■ Good news ending. Let’s wipe away the bitter taste of scandal with this last item. Last week a huge crowd of customers, old friends and folks who were just curious showed up at a party that raised $30,000 for displaced employees of the Tune Inn on Capitol Hill. The 65-year-old dive bar (that’s what THEY call it) was seriously damaged by a recent fire. It won’t reopen until the fall. The $30,000 will help ease the burden for the workers. Congratulations to all. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Article overstates Spring Valley cases

The article about the proposed Johns Hopkins study of Spring Valley refers misleadingly to the results of the “2007 study that found an elevated incidence of arsenic-related cancers and other illnesses in Spring Valley” [“Hopkins experts prepare to examine Spring Valley,” July 13]. In fact, the key health findings by Johns Hopkins researchers as a result of their 2007 study were: Mortality rates and cancer rates are low. No association was found between D.C. cancer registry and boundaries of interest.

Johns Hopkins recommended additional collection and analysis of data, and that is why members of the Resident Advisory Board asked the city to allocate funds. Malcolm Pritzker Spring Valley

New grocery store is off to good start

The new owners and operators of the former Superfresh on 48th Street in American University Park have taken a very good approach to their new store. They are keeping it much like it was when operated as an upscale A&P before the parent company went belly up and had to sell its local stores. A Toronto-based company stepped up and took over the

eight local stores involved, and some of these are already open. As I write this, the opening of the American University Park store is imminent, and the store will seem very familiar to those who shopped there for as many as 20 years. There will be some gradual changes as the new owners try some new offerings to see what does and does not sell. There will also be some modernization of the store over time. This was a very valuable property, as the old Superfresh took in more than $14 million in sales last year. It’s good to see what is taking place there right now, and the neighbors and shoppers wish them great success. Ed T. Barron American University Park

The Current

Letters to the Editor Parks should provide venue for unity, fun

After having traveled extensively not just throughout the United States but also in many European capitals and Central American towns and cities, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed the unity and joy that being able to meet, rest, sing, dance and watch a movie or ad hoc musical performance all bring to citizens. Washington has many potential venues for such activity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the circles and squares that also memorialize important figures and times in American history. The Civil War was a terrible chapter in our history, especially in D.C., as its legacy led to the assassination of one of our most beloved and greatest presidents. Is providing a home for the homeless, a watering hole for the destitute with various addiction problems or a place for pets to relieve themselves a suitable way to honor the men and women who made huge sacrifices to preserve the union of our states and our country? The answer obviously is no. What is fitting is that Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful circles and squares become places where joy and fun â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as peace and rest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unify us into one city. We need to work with the National Park Service to help them help us better enjoy these beautiful parks in creative and appropriate ways. In doing so, we would preserve Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s idea of having special places of honor that encourage us to slow down from the hustle of daily life to meet, rest or enjoy ourselves in a beautiful space where great American sacrifices are honored. I volunteer to help. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with me? You can contact me at Chris Labas Foggy Bottom

Area â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Villagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enrich participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives I was delighted to see the June 29 article in The Current about efforts to establish two new â&#x20AC;&#x153;villagesâ&#x20AC;? in D.C. [â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aging in placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; initiatives gain ground in Northwestâ&#x20AC;?]. Northwest Neighbors Village, which has been operating since early 2009, has been assisting individuals in these areas with their efforts because we are living proof of what a difference a â&#x20AC;&#x153;villageâ&#x20AC;? can make in the lives of its members. National media reports often offer negative stereotypes about

the District of Columbia; rarely is there any coverage of the wonderful friendship and support that D.C. neighbors offer their fellow citizens. Our group has more than 120 members and 80 neighborhood volunteers. We provide the wide range of services to which Georgetown Village aspires. We offer residents of Chevy Chase, American University Park, Tenleytown, Forest Hills and Van Ness not only services, but also social activities and seminars designed to assist and enrich their lives as they remain in their homes. We have established partnerships with other organizations in the area, such as Iona Senior Services and Habitat for Humanity, to expand the reach of our services. Our very high rate of member renewal is further evidence that there is value in the village. More than 100 villages are either up and running or in the works across the country. As recent census reports have shown, there is a rise in the senior population. It often makes better economic sense for seniors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as for the communities in which they live â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to remain in their homes with dignity if the resources are there to help them. Janean Mann President, Northwest Neighbors Village

Vote out supporters of new tax on bonds

D.C. Council members Phil Mendelson, Michael Brown and Vincent Orange all supported the taxation of municipal bonds. Additionally, all three voted against the proposal to not tax retroactively these bonds for tax year 2011. They comprise three of the four at-large members on the D.C. Council. The only at-large member who did not support municipal bond taxation was David Catania. Something is clearly out of sync when the overall vote of the council was 7-6 in favor of this outrageous tax, and Council members Mendelson, Brown and Orange supplied almost half of the deciding total. By targeting municipal bond owners, many of whom are average-income retirees, these three council members are casting themselves in the same boat as Republican members of Congress who would end Medicare and cut Social Security. How can this be happening in our progressive city? Are these council members really this mean and unfair to our seniors? Or are they influenced by the Wall Street interests that stand to make a killing when D.C. residents flock to switch bond holdings and push up the pricing on

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D.C. bonds because of the increased demand? I urge all voters who are impacted by the municipal bond tax â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and all other voters who believe legislation should be fair, open and not influenced by outside interests â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to vote against these at-large members when they are up for re-election. They are distorting the overall will of the people of the District of Columbia. Otherwise, we might as well revert to the days before home rule. Jerome Roberts Forest Hills

Tax law penalizes D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bond investors

D.C. is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;the only state that does not tax the bonds of other states,â&#x20AC;? as proponents of the new tax on non-D.C. bonds have argued in The Current. On Jan. 1, 2012, however, D.C. will become the only local jurisdiction that does not exempt the bonds of a state. It will be as if Baltimore residents were suddenly required to pay tax on bonds issued elsewhere in Maryland. In contrast with all the states and territories, D.C. has chosen to uniquely and unfairly penalize residents who invest in municipal bonds. Neil Williams The Palisades

Event demonstrates lawyersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goodwill

Deirdre Bannonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article and the accompanying photos on Banding Together: The Eighth Annual Battle of the Law Firm Bands [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle of the barristers: D.C. lawyers rock out to raise funds,â&#x20AC;? July 13] captured spot-on what this marvelous event is all about. Banding Together is a unique win-win-win-win event: Twelve law firm bands have a fantastic time raising the roof at the Black Cat, a top D.C. indie-rock venue; the fans delight in five hours of great music; businesses in the neighborhood benefit from the big crowd; and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most importantly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 100 percent of the proceeds from the event are used to purchase essential winter clothing items and blankets to keep our areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homeless population warm in the winter. Gifts for the Homeless, which presents the event, is already making plans for the ninth annual Banding Together, where we hope to again smash fundraising records and show that lawyers would rather be competing on stage than in court. Laurel Glassman Member, Board of Directors Vice President for Development Gifts for the Homeless Inc.

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SPORTSPHOTOS From Previous CURRENT NEWSPAPERS Photos are available from

2011 Contest Winners Announced:

What Can You Do to Improve Your Watershed?

Congratulations to Langdon Education Campus students for their winning entry: â&#x20AC;&#x153;WET!â&#x20AC;? This project created a board game centered on watershed stewardship, to be given to elementary schools. It earned the team the $1,000 first prize.

Contest winners were announced at the Youth Summit, where students, teachers, and partners joined together for a day of reflection, celebration, and hands-on learning.





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Proposal Name WET!



Washington Latin Public Charter School

Bring Bottle Deposits to DC



Friendship Public Charter Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chamberlain

Recycling Bins in the Classroom



Washington Latin Public Charter School

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Whittier Education Campus

Water Sprinkler Timer



Kramer Tree Planting Middle School



Kramer Anti-Litter Middle School Commercial



Roots Public Charter School

Motor Oil Recycling for the Community



Kramer Community Middle School Trash Day



Kramer Anti-Litter Middle School Pledge

Hundreds of area sixth- and seventh-graders competed over the school year to best answer that question. Student teams presented their proposals at the Earth Force Environmental Youth Summit on June 2nd. Agrium, Inc., sponsor of the CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS program, thanks all the students, teachers and volunteers who participated this year. This program empowers students to imagine, develop and create solutions in their local watersheds. Through the contest, students not only learn about their environment, they develop research, problemsolving, budgeting, communityinvolvement and presentation skills. Agrium is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services. In sponsoring the contest, it provided $5,000 in prize money and an additional $10,000 to implement the winning proposals.

Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from July 10 through 16 in local police service areas.

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â&#x2013; chevy chase

Burglary â&#x2013; 5100 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 10:15 a.m. July 12. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Legation St.; residence; 12:30 p.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Livingston St.; residence; 5 p.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  5400 block, 31st St.; residence; 6 p.m. July 14. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Patterson St.; sidewalk; 10 p.m. July 12. â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 2:30 a.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Morrison St.; street; 12:35 p.m. July 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Military Road; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  5600 block, Connecticut Ave.; government building; 1:30 p.m. July 15. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; liquor store; noon July 14.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 4800 block, 41st St.; street; 5 p.m. July 14. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Alton Place; church; 1 p.m. July 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Chesapeake St.; residence; 10:30 p.m. July 10. â&#x2013;  Jenifer Street and Wisconsin Avenue; sidewalk; 11:30 a.m. July 11. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1 p.m. July 11. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 8:51 p.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 8:50 a.m. July 15. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5200 block, 44th St.; street; 6:30 a.m. July 15.

psa PSA 203


â&#x2013; forest hills / van ness

No crimes reported.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Burglary â&#x2013; 3800 block, Beecher St.; residence; 3:50 a.m. July 15. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 28th St.; residence; 2:25 p.m. July 12. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 6:30 a.m. July 13. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Quebec St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. July 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 9:30 a.m. July 12. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Garfield St.; unspecified premises; 3:50 p.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. July 14. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. July 13.

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â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 3600 block, Canal Road; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. July 15. Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:10 a.m. July 12. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 7 a.m. July 15. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Paper Mill Court; parking lot; 3 p.m. July 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 11 a.m. July 11. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 4:23 p.m. July 11. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 1 p.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 4:26 p.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:30 p.m. July 14. â&#x2013;  3200 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 9:55 a.m. July 15. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 31st St.; store; 4 p.m. July 16. Theft (shoplifting)

â&#x2013; 3100 block, M St.; store; 1:30 p.m. July 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 39th St.; street; 11 a.m. July 13.

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â&#x2013; colonial village PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013; Unspecified location; parking lot; 8 a.m. July 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, Butternut St.; street; 12:15 a.m. July 16.

psa 402

â&#x2013; Brightwood / manor park PSA 402

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Robbery (armed) â&#x2013; 800 block, Rittenhouse St.; street; 10:17 p.m. July 12. Burglary â&#x2013;  6800 block, Laurel St.; residence; noon July 15. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Fort Stevens Drive; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. July 15. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  900 block, Aspen St.; street; 11:30 p.m. July 10. â&#x2013;  400 block, Aspen St.; residence; 11 a.m. July 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5900 block, Georgia Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:05 p.m. July 12. â&#x2013;  500 block, Quintana Place; residence; 7 p.m. July 14. â&#x2013;  6100 block, Georgia Ave.; store; 8:30 p.m. July 16. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5900 block, 13th St.; alley; 10:15 a.m. July 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Eastern and New Hampshire avenues NE; gas station; 9:15 a.m. July 12.

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â&#x2013; brightwood park PSA 403

16th Street heights

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 600 block, Kennedy St.; sidewalk; 7:15 p.m. July 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  4900 block, 4th St.; street; 6:50 p.m. July 12. Burglary â&#x2013;  5300 block, 13th St.; resi-




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dence; 4 a.m. July 13. â&#x2013; 5200 block, 2nd St.; residence; 8 a.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  5300 block, 4th St.; residence; 3:45 p.m. July 14. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1500 block, Hamilton St.; street; 11:15 p.m. July 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, Kennedy St.; liquor store; 3:15 p.m. July 12. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4900 block, Piney Branch Road; street; 6:30 a.m. July 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5800 block, Colorado Ave.; street; 1:13 a.m. July 12.

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â&#x2013; crestwood / petworth PSA 404

16th Street HEIGHTS

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 1400 block, Spring Road; sidewalk; 10:40 p.m. July 12. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  4600 block, 5th St.; street; 3:15 p.m. July 13. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; 9:51 a.m. July 15. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Georgia Ave.; grocery store; 9:05 p.m. July 15. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Randolph St.; sidewalk; 2:05 a.m. July 16. â&#x2013;  4300 block, 8th St.; residence; 4:10 a.m. July 16. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3700 block, 10th St.; park area; 7:50 p.m. July 14. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 9:51 p.m. July 15. Burglary â&#x2013;  1300 block, Shepherd St.; residence; 5:30 p.m. July 14. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1300 block, Shepherd St.; street; 6:30 p.m. July 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  800 block, Quincy St.; residence; 9:30 p.m. July 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Georgia Ave.; store; 1 p.m. July 11. â&#x2013;  3700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; bus stop; 5:15 a.m. July 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4100 block, 16th St.; parking lot; 10 a.m. July 15. â&#x2013;  900 block, Quincy St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. July 15. â&#x2013;  3700 block, 9th St.; street; 1:45 p.m. July 15.








Athletics in Northwest Washington



July 20, 2011 ■ Page 9

Maeder splashes onto crew’s world stage By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Wilson crew co-coach Linda Miller had already seen more than a few strong rowers by the time she started coaching Stuart Maeder. After all, Miller was a member of the U.S. National Team for six years and competed in the Olympic Games in 2000. But it didn’t take long for her to recognize that Maeder, who graduated from Wilson in June, had the right physique for the sport. “I was like, ‘Whoa! Who are you?’” she recalled of her first introduction to the 6-foot-6 Maeder, at the Wilson Boathouse Bash in October 2009. “It was very clear from his physical prowess that he’s built to be good rower.” Miller quickly took Maeder under her wing, and less than two years after their initial meeting the Wilson alum is now preparing to represent the United States at the World Rowing Junior Championships from Aug. 3 through 7 in Eton Dorney, England.

After weeks of grueling tryouts — “Every practice you were wondering who’s gonna get cut,” he said — Maeder and 17 other rowers were selected from a group of 50 invitees. He will row for a world title in the men’s four with coxswain boat (M4+). For Maeder, who had played soccer since he was little, crew had started as a mere attempt to “do something different” athletically, his mother Mary Beth Maeder recalled. Eventually, he had to choose his main sport. Miller, who has coached at Wilson since 2001, did everything she could to help Maeder realize he had vast potential. “You are limited in this sport only by what you want to do; it’s all on you,” she told him. Maeder ultimately decided to take the water route. He was recruited last school year by several top crew programs and landed at Dartmouth College. He missed his graduation day at Wilson this June, when he left for Kent, Conn., to try out for the national team. It wasn’t an easy choice, his mom said. And the level of work and

endurance required at tryouts put him to the test. “Twenty-fourseven you’re constantly thinking about what you have to do the next practice and whether or not you’re recovering fast enough,” he said. But Miller knew he had the ability to overcome. A few months back, she recalled, Maeder was frustrated by a tough workout and called her for guidance. “Give yourself a break, let it go,” she told him. But Maeder kept at it until he got it right. That was when she realized he had not only the talent, but also “the tenacity and work ethic” needed to compete in the sport on a high level,” she said. Maeder didn’t hesitate to turn to Miller for support during tryouts either. He sent her countless text messages narrating the ups and downs of the experience. One such message said something like “Feeling awesome!” while another stated, “This is the hardest day of my life.” He made the first cut after two weeks and the final cut a week later. That made it a little easier to breathe, he said, though he’s

Photo Courtesy of Mary Beth Maeder

Stuart Maeder, who graduated from Wilson in June, will take his talents to an international competition in England next month. now in the midst of two- and three-a-day workouts. But with the hard work comes a sense of accomplishment. “It’s really exciting to say you are on a national team — all the guys here are really the best junior rowers in the nation,” he said. And while Miller never said

D.C. Senators storm Disney

Little Giants bring home big-league comeback win By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

The Northwest Little League All-Stars went down to their final turn at the plate, their last out and their last strike before pulling through to beat Capitol City 6-5 in the decisive third game of the city championship Saturday. With Northwest trailing 4-2 in the sixth and final frame, Capitol City’s Cooper Jenson struck out the first two batters he faced. Ty Love-Baker then took two quick strikes and the game seemed all but over. But Love-Baker worked the count to 2-2 and hit a single, and Matthew Dulaney followed with a walk. Ethan Roth then doubled home the tying runs, Luke Wallis doubled home Roth, and Henry Furlong’s extra-base hit scored Wallis to give Northwest a 6-4 lead. Roth then took the mound in the bottom of the inning, trying to seal the deal, but Capitol City kept fighting. The team scored one run and put two more run-

ners in scoring position, so just one hit could’ve spelled doom for Northwest. But Roth fielded a ground ball with two outs and threw to first just in time to get the out and end the game. Roth, one of the team’s most veteran players, said he kept telling his teammates, “We’re still gonna win,” late in the game when they were down. “It’s a big lesson on not giving up,” said Melinda Roth, Ethan’s mom. “And it wasn’t one kid — everyone did what they had to do to win the game.” Northwest came from behind not only in the game but also in the series. The team lost its first matchup — 13-3 to Capitol City — before bouncing back to win

“I told you so,” it’s clear her early hunch was spot on. “Just an innate sense of how to put the blade in the water and what to do — it was clear to me early on that Stuart had that,” Miller said. “That’s what separates the good from the excellent.”

By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Above, photo courtesy of Melinda Roth; left, courtesy of Sports Spotlight Photography

Above, Northwest celebrates its D.C. title. Left, Syd LoveBaker was the only female on the team and one of its top players. 6-2 Friday night to set up the decisive third game. This year’s tournament was one of the most competitive ever. While Northwest and perennial power Capitol City fought to the finish, DC RBI

All-Stars also had a nice showing, falling in two close games. Northwest Little League will advance to compete in the MidAtlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Conn., from Aug. 5 through 14.

The Washington Senators travel team swept through its group at the ESPN Rise Softball World Championship in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday and Monday, clinching the top seed and a first-round bye in elimination play this week. The Senators, who are led by several players from local schools, beat a Northern Michigan team Sunday, 9-4. Then, in backto-back games Monday, they took down a team from California, 5-4, and from Georgia, 5-0. The former was the Senators’ first-ever triumph over a California squad. Top local players on the Senators include Maret’s Caroline Sealander; Visitation’s Katie Kolbe, the D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year; Visitation’s Juliette Lewis; Visitation’s Abby Peterson; National Cathedral’s Julia Reed; and St. John’s’ Kendra Hoes. Sealander and Tiffany Harvell (Bowie, Md.) were on the hill for the Senators as Kolbe, the team’s ace pitcher, was recovering from a slight injury. Kolbe will be back on the mound for elimination play. Washington will take the field again Thursday after a day of rest to face an as-yetundetermined team. “We have some great competition ahead, but to date we have exceeded our expectations,” said director Stan Kolbe.

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Amateur archaeologist makes ‘prehistory’ in the Palisades By AMANDA ABRAMS Current Correspondent


hat if you stripped the District of Columbia of all its swanky buildings, Victorian row houses and memorials that commemorate a grand patriotic history? The diamondshaped parcel of land left would be one marked by very specific vegetation patterns, topography and drainage systems — land the area’s first inhabitants were intimately familiar with. It’s not a common way of imagining Washington, but increasingly, that’s how Palisades resident Doug Dupin views the city. An amateur archaeologist who runs the Palisades Museum of Prehistory, Dupin, 44, has a passion for searching out Native American artifacts in an effort to better picture how those earlier peoples integrated themselves into the ecosystem. And along the way, he’s urging the District government to do a better job of ensuring that local artifacts are safeguarded for the future. Dupin is a bit of an unlikely candidate for the museum directorslash-gadfly role. A California native who looks much like the skateboard aficionado he still is, he seems about as different from the staid, squirrely archaeologist stereotype as one can get. A former geographer, he’s a man of many hobbies, including cultivating hops, grapes and mosquitofish, and brewing beer and wine. Then there’s the museum, another unorthodox specimen, which sits next to his house and garden. Probably best described as a hut, the little building is just big enough for a display case, a couple of chairs and a simple plumbing system. A fully homemade job, built from rough-hewn pallet board, burlap and corrugated steel, it’s the reason Dupin got started in the archaeology business. Around 2003, he decided to build a wine cellar in his yard and started digging. “I got down around four-and-a-half feet and found flakes,” he said, explaining that he’d worked for a year as an archaeologist in Hawaii and knew that the small pieces of rock were the leftovers from tool-making efforts by earlier inhabitants. Soon enough, “I found a point, then more points, then pottery shards.” It turns out that Palisades is full of Native American artifacts.

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“They had the same ideal places that we do,” said Dupin, adding that his far Northwest neighborhood, with its leafy bluffs overlooking the Potomac, was probably as desirable to earlier inhabitants as to today’s residents. The land is mostly flat; Great Falls, a fish breeding ground, is just seven miles upriver; and the fall line marking the transition from the coastal plain to the piedmont is close by. Since then, Dupin has found dozens of artifacts, most of which are on display at his museum. There are perfect, serrated points that were attached to ancient spears and arrows; scraper tools that could’ve been used to work a hide or sharpen other tools; a pestle, one end smooth from use; and a bowl fragment that had been carved out of soapstone, a relic from the days before pottery. Determining how the items may have been used is a huge part of the attraction: “It’s about figuring out how people lived when they were really part of the ecosystem. It’s a mystery, and you have to have an imagination.” Just about everything comes from a small, 10-block-square area in Palisades; many items were the result of digging that occurred in 2006 when Palisades Park was being retrofitted with a new soccer field. Little by little, Dupin has developed an intuitive sense for where Native Americans might have left things, but he also uses his geography background to understand elements like soils,

Doug Dupin first discovered Native American artifacts when digging out a wine cellar in his Palisades yard in 2003. Now a watchdog of the city’s archaeology efforts, he runs the Palisades Museum of Prehistory in a small building beside his house. stone and drainage, all of which can indicate areas that might have been favorable to them. And along the way, he has seriously educated himself. Aside from his homegrown investigations (shaping bowls from Palisades clay and firing them in bonfires; boiling water by heating rocks and dropping them in, like Native Americans used to do), he’s engaged in more formal efforts, like talking with local archaeologists who help him identify particular items and reading as much as he can about the Native Americans who used them. Not a lot is known about those people, who lived thousands of years before Europeans arrived on the scene; they’re mostly categorized according to their habits. “One hundred years ago, there was a lot of archaeology done in this area,” said Dupin. Some of the results of that research are on display at the Smithsonian, but not much has occurred in recent years. One exception is a 1972 paper by professors from American and Catholic universities, which referenced the “Birch Collection,” some 43 points gathered by an earlier Palisades resident, a Mr. Birch. After searching fruitlessly for the collection for years, Dupin recently heard that a board mounted with arrowheads and other points was located in the Boy Scout Room of the Palisades Community Church. “I saw it and

immediately knew that was it,” he reported. With the help of two Boy Scouts, who earned archaeology merit badges through their work, Dupin cleaned, cataloged and photographed the points, which are now on display at the Palisades Post Office on MacArthur Boulevard. Coincidentally, the site where Mr. Birch found the points is again under construction, and Dupin has already found five new points there. He might have found even more across the street, in a sensitive spot where workers were digging a trench to bury a fiber-optic line, but they replaced the soil too quickly for him to get in there. That’s exactly the kind of thing that gets him angry. “There should be an archaeology monitor watching over things like that,” he said, railing at what he perceives to be the D.C. government’s lack of interest in the city’s own artifacts. “It’s very difficult to get information about the archaeology of the District. None of the artifacts are available,” he said, adding that his small museum is one of the only places where the public can view local relics. Dupin’s hunch is that the city government favors a development-at-all-costs approach and doesn’t want to be slowed down by something with very little revenue attached to it. Ruth Trocolli, the city’s archaeologist in the Historic Preservation Office within the Office of

Planning, admitted that none of the city’s artifacts are viewable by the public, but she said it’s simply a fiscal problem. “In Alexandria,” she said, giving an example, “[the city] is about the same size, but they have five people on staff, and a big collection facility. It’s always going to be a problem in D.C. It’s hard to get funding.” Still, Dupin’s efforts have already borne some fruit. Testimony he gave to the D.C. Council in 2009 resulted in a small allocation to catalog and display the city’s collection. Trocolli said it’ll be tough, given that she spends just about all of her time trying to determine which city development projects need to be monitored, but she’s purchased collection management software and has begun a “box-level inventory” — searching the boxes and logging their contents — to determine what she has. With his strong opinions, Dupin says he’s probably a thorn in the side of Trocolli and other city workers, but she said he’s been helpful. “Doug has actually done a lot of good. Now we’re putting some resources towards it.” The Palisades Museum of Prehistory, located at 5766 Sherier Place, is open 3 to 6 p.m. on Sundays and by appointment. Posters illustrating points from the area are available for $15. Learn more at

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New Chevy Chase home offers neighborly appeal


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changes. But with this under-construction property in Chevy Chase â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which will be completed in a few months â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a buyer could have a say in various details, without the headache of building from scratch. Some decisions have been made. The frame, for instance, is already in place at 3129 Beech St. NW, and the layout is a classic one: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing for 20-plus years is building houses that look like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in the neighborhood for a while â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but bigger,â&#x20AC;? said builder Bob Holman, who led The Current on a site tour last week. In this case, that means a 5,400-square-foot, five-bedroom center-hall Colonial with a slate and shingle exterior. Inside, though, there are still choices available. Whether to include a third floor, for instance: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I framed it up so it could be finished,â&#x20AC;? Holman said of the currently planned pull-down attic, explaining that completing the level wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add a lot to the price.

He also hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t picked all of the finishes yet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and in some cases where he has, he might be willing to shift directions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ordered and put a deposit on the kitchen, but if they wanted to change it â&#x20AC;Ś I can change it,â&#x20AC;? he said. As planned, the kitchen, which sits in a traditional rear-of-thehome spot, will have commercialgrade appliances â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thermador or GE Monogram â&#x20AC;&#x201D; granite on the counters and island, and probably a subway-tile backsplash stretching from counter to cabinet. The kitchen connects to three other spaces: a mudroom, which opens to a sizable rear yard and will feature tiled floors; a breakfast room, which opens onto a patio; and the dining room, reached through a small hall offering double pantries. Aside from the mudroom, the first floor will feature hardwood floors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; probably character-grade white oak with 3-, 4and 5-inch randomly placed boards. From the breakfast room, one enters the family room and then living room. Both have fireplaces, but in a nod to modern living, the family room is significantly larger. The living room connects to the foyer, which includes a powder room where Holman noted that all the details will match (â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything from plumbing fixtures â&#x20AC;Ś to the


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amenities but might appeal through its unusual shape: The garage roof means sloping ceilings here, and cut-outs for closets create a nook that could house a desk or reading chair. The bottom level houses the fifth bedroom, as well as a large recreation room, a media room, a bathroom, two storage spaces, and a room housing â&#x20AC;&#x153;the gutsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; water heater; heating, ventilating and airconditioning system; electrical equipment; et cetera. Outside, a front porch will run the width of the house, and the attached garage will offer room for

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Northwest Real Estate ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013; spring valley/wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades/kent/foxhall At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July 6 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a request from Chain Bridge Road residents for speed humps on their street. The residents are concerned that once the road is repaved later this month, it will become a popular cut-though street, and that the smooth surface will make drivers more likely to speed. At least 75 percent of the households on each of the roadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six numeric blocks signed petitions requesting speed humps, a resident said. D.C. Department of Transportation policy is to honor such requests, barring engineering hurdles. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-3, with Ann Haas, Ann Heuer and W. Philip Thomas opposing, to support street closures for the second annual Audi Best Buddies Challenge race. The Oct. 22 event will begin at 7:30 a.m. near the Washington Monument and follow the Whitehurst Freeway, Canal Road and the Clara Barton Parkway. In opposing the plan, Heuer said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have enough races.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support street closures for a 5K run sponsored by the German Embassy to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The German School Washington D.C. of Potomac, Md. The Sept. 17 event will close sections of Canal and Reservoir roads in the morning, and a stretch of Whitehaven Parkway will be closed through 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  commission chair Tom Smith announced that the Potomac Appalachian Trails Club was having trouble with its grant application to the D.C. Department of Transportation for trail work in Wesley Heights and elsewhere in the city, which the commission supported earlier this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This may be something we want to have a conversation with DDOT about,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University Park friendship heights/tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit

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The third Thursday of every month is Senior Cinema Thursday at the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Meet new friends and enjoy a morning of entertainment! Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Discounted senior tickets (for ages 62 and up) may be purchased at the box office for only $3.50 this month (the regular senior rate is $8.25). All shows are in the more easily accessible street-level theater, Avalon 1. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feature, on July 21, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;To Kill a Mockingbird.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit, point to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Programs & Eventsâ&#x20AC;? and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senior Cinema Thursdays.â&#x20AC;? On another subject, during the summer, you might use four times the amount of water that you use during other months. Your water bill likely reflects the demand for the extra water you need for your lawn and garden. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an inexpensive way to capture the free rainwater for when you need it most â&#x20AC;&#x201D; during periods of drought â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to water your lawn and garden. You can cut your water bill by installing a rain barrel in your yard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a consistent supply of clean and free water for outdoor use. Rain barrels can be purchased at your local hardware or garden-supply store. Better yet, many local government programs offer them at reduced prices. For more information about rain barrels, visit Additional tips about how to conserve water were provided at our annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? meeting in April. A summary of the meeting is available at Click on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latest Newsâ&#x20AC;? button and scroll down to our May 2011 Newsletter. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor

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The Shepherd Park Citizens Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors welcomes several newcomers who officially took office at the beginning of this month. One is our new president, Tim Shuy. Although new to the board, Shuy is well known in the Shepherd Park community, and his enthusiasm and activism are welcome assets. Tim and his wife, Kelly, have lived in Shepherd Park for the last 10 years. Together, they own and operate the Ledo Pizza on Georgia Avenue, a favorite neighborhood gathering spot that will celebrate its fifth anniversary in August. For a number of years, the Shuys have also made generous contributions of time, energy and food to the annual citizens association picnic, as well as other community events. Tim also serves on the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority Committee as a citizen member, examining potential uses for the site. Beyond his activities in Shepherd Park, Tim is a vice president for Choice Hotels, where he has worked for the last 20 years. He serves as an executive on several industry-related boards, including the Choice Hotels Owners Council, the Econo Lodge Franchisee Association, the Rodeway Owners Association and the International Franchise Association. Tim is a self-proclaimed D.C. native who moved to the area when he was 10 years old and graduated from Georgetown University. He remains a dedicated Hoyas basketball fan. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexandra Kincannon Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW. For details, call 202-362-6120 or visit

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; consideration of an application for use of public space at 3803 Huntington St. â&#x2013;  further discussion of the Oregon Avenue reconstruction project. â&#x2013;  presentation by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on D.C. statehood. â&#x2013;  report on a July 13 public scoping meeting on the reconstruction of Broad Branch Road.

The commission will meet at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 6 at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW. For details, call 202-450-6225. ANC 4C ANC 4c Street Heights Petworth/16th â&#x2013; petworth/16th Street Heights Crestwood crestwood The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the community room of the Metropolitan Police Department Patrol Services Bureau, 801 Shepherd St. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit

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W.C. & A.N. Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chevy Chase Offices Congratulates Our Top Ten. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Off to a Great Start!

Tamara Kucik Claudia Donovan Kimberly Cestari Katherine Buckley

Marge Lee

Traquel Butler Ana Maria Menendez

Glen Sutcliffe

Dominique Rychlik

Linda Herring

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Grace Yang

Ashk Adamiyatt

Shari Sivertsen

Albert Elliott

Susan Rao

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Barbara Finkelstein

Monda Webb

Laura Gilley

Pat Dading

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Rebecca Israel

Mary Jane Molik

Gemma Morris

Kathleen Young

Dwight Pearson

Jane Davis Adams

Duane Olson

Erica Lee

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Dan Melman

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Mary Jo Wilson

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Northwest Real Estate MUSEUM From Page 1

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U Street we see today is not what it was like then,â&#x20AC;? Smith said of conditions in the mid-1980s, when Metro construction cut a giant gash through the corridor and he started his push for the museum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The businesses were left in the lurch.â&#x20AC;? Smith, who came to D.C. in 1968 as a civil rights activist, served as Ward 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative on the D.C. Council from 1982 to 1998. When he lost his last election bid to Jim Graham, Smith decided to devote himself full-time to the museum effort. In 1998, Smith presided over the installation of the Spirit of Freedom sculpture by artist Ed Hamilton at the corner of 10th and U streets NW. Behind it, the Wall of Honor lists the names of the 209,145 African-American

soldiers and their commanding officers. A couple of blocks away, at 1208 U St., Smith maintained a small storefront that displayed relevant artifacts. But Smith said he always hoped to find a larger space for the museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a goal he saw accomplished Monday. The new museum, which encompasses 5,000 square feet in the former Grimke Elementary School building, boasts original Union uniforms and antique muskets from the era. Giant photos of the armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s African-American battalions line the walls. And a timeline takes visitors on a visual tour of the soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives. Smith said said the goal has always been â&#x20AC;&#x153;to correct the great wrong in history to ignore the contributions of these soldiers.â&#x20AC;? And he said the overarching theme of the museum is freedom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were 3.9 million slaves when the war started,â&#x20AC;? he said. When it ended, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were none.â&#x20AC;?

But the exhibit demonstrates that the march to liberty was slow for the soldiers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the generations that came after. Some panels are devoted to African-Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience fighting in subsequent wars, only to encounter continued inequality at home. Others highlight crucial figures from the civil rights movement, showing that the battle for freedom would continue for more than a century after the Civil War ended. Meanwhile, the path to and from the museum is lined with posters detailing local African-American history, from D.C. churches and schools to artists and entertainers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you walk out, you see a whole community dedicated to these guys,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. And Smith said it was the support of the community, including seed money from Metro and a $5 million contribution from the city, that made the museum possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do this without the support of the mayor

and city council.â&#x20AC;? The Public Welfare Foundation, Friedman Billings & Ramsey, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the Philip L. Graham Fund and Black Entertainment Television are also credited for making the museum possible. But Smith, who works with the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors, emphasized that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of work yet to be done. He hopes to see the museum expand into adjacent space in the Grimke building so that it can support even more visitors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to see every student in D.C. come,â&#x20AC;? he said. Gray said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d try to lend a hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to try to work with you, Frank,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can do something to expand this, it would be extraordinary.â&#x20AC;? The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.




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have spent the better part of the past year working with constituents, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and the D.C. Department of Transportation to find ways to open up more parking spaces in the neighborhood. This fall they plan to recommend that the city increase restrictions on nonresident parkers to do just that. Specifically, the commission is suggesting that restricted hours for non-residents be increased for the entire commission area. The group will also consider a resident-only parking option in areas adjacent to Wisconsin Avenue, including Hall Place, W Place and parts of Tunlaw Road. The path to this recommendation was carefully trod: Commissioners decided they first needed to develop consensus among the entire community, so they set up an online survey for residents. It went live in early May, and remained open through June 15. The commission posted community notices about the survey in the Glover Park Gazette and in community listservs, and sent out a mass email to constituents. More than 300 people responded, and 71 percent said they wanted the parking regulations in Glover Park to change. The survey presented four parking options to residents. â&#x20AC;˘ Option 1: Keep the status quo. â&#x20AC;˘ Option 2: Extend the Residential Parking Permit hours. Right now, cars without Zone 3 permits can park on neighborhood streets for two hours at a time between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Option 2 proposes extending Residential Parking Permit hours to midnight seven days a week. â&#x20AC;˘ Option 3: Make half of all neighborhood streets resident-only parking, and keep the other side of the street at the current Residential Parking Permit hours. â&#x20AC;˘ Option 4: Combine options 2 and 3, creating resident-only parking on

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one side of the street and extending Residential Parking Permit hours to midnight seven days a week. Of the respondents who supported changing the parking regulations, 25 percent chose Option 2, 30 percent chose Option 3, and 45 percent chose Option 4. The commission has posted the survey results on its website, anc3b. org, along with a map illustrating how residents on different blocks voted. Damon Harvey, of the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy Planning and Sustainability Administration, said the agency hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet determined what it will do in Glover Park. But he said the best approach to parking issues is typically to expand Residential Parking Permit limits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Generally, on an RPP block, when you have a parking deficit as a result of increased parking pressure, the best way to deal with that situation is to increase the hours and days of RPP first,â&#x20AC;? he said. According to Harvey, restricting parking to just residents â&#x20AC;&#x153;only works if you have a special traffic generator that is bringing outside parking patrons to the area.â&#x20AC;? If residents themselves are taking up most of the parking spaces, â&#x20AC;&#x153;residentonly could very well exacerbate the problem.â&#x20AC;? The neighborhood commission plans to discuss the issue further and establish consensus among residents at a special community meeting in September. Cohen said the commission will work with the Transportation Department and Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office this fall to finalize the proposal and hopes that new parking regulations

will be in place by February or March 2012. Harvey called the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work on the survey â&#x20AC;&#x153;a model for how ANCs should work throughout the District of Columbia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and in fact weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stealing some of their great work product and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to use it in Ward 1.â&#x20AC;? Glover Park commissioners also hope to use other means to increase parking options in their neighborhood. At the July 14 commission meeting, Cohen said the group is working with the Transportation Department to free up more spaces, including evaluating restricted areas near intersections that could be safely converted to parking spaces. The agency is also working to crack down on of out-of-state cars parking for long stretches of time in the neighborhood. D.C. law requires new residents to register their cars in the District within 30 days, with limited exceptions. With support of the neighborhood commission, the department has instituted a â&#x20AC;&#x153;no toleranceâ&#x20AC;? policy on Registration of Out of State Automobiles enforcement in Glover Park. From October 2010 to July 14, parking officers issued 1,032 tickets to out-of-state vehicles in the neighborhood, according to figures from the Department of Public Works. W Street had the highest number of violations at 204 tickets. Cohen said this increased enforcement has helped open up more parking spaces. But Cohen also noted that when it comes to parking, sometimes residents want it both ways. While they support more restrictive parking regulations and stronger enforcement, many Glover Park residents have also expressed concern that the two-hour visitor parking window isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough time for guests, he said. The Transportation Department is also working on an enhanced online visitor parking permit system that will serve all District residents, which might include some alternative options for residential parking. According to Harvey, the agency hopes to roll out the online system at the start of 2012.

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Wednesday july 20 Concerts â&#x2013; Kiu Haghighi will perform on the santour and Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh on the tombak. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Kerry McCool. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ins and Outs of Zoo Keepingâ&#x20AC;? will feature primate keeper Amanda Bania, primate and panda keeper Becky Malinsky, panda and Asia Trail keeper Juan Rodriguez, great cats keeper Rebecca Stites and reptile keeper Barbara Watkins. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Visitor Center Auditorium, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Christopher Grant will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teenie.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Peter Tomsen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Britain With Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature Hattie Daltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Third Star,â&#x20AC;? about a man who invites three of his best friends to join him on a road trip to his favorite place in the world. 7:30 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel and ages 12 and younger. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will

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Events Entertainment feature Alain Corneauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Crime,â&#x20AC;? about a power struggle that ensues when a scheming boss begins stealing and taking credit for the ideas of an ambitious young executive. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Films on the Vernâ&#x20AC;? outdoor film series will feature Tim Burtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. Quad, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-242-6673. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the New England Revolution. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52; $15 for college students. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Thursday, July 21

Thursday july 21 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales Alive!â&#x20AC;? will feature a retelling of folk tales inspired by birds from around the world and a related craft activity (for ages 7 through 11). 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  Representatives from the Brazilian Embassy will discuss their country, play Brazilian music and give out copies of the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brazil for Kids.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Post-Classical Ensemble. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-



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312-1300. â&#x2013; The Washington Jazz Arts Institute, under the direction of Davey Yarborough, will perform jazz selections. Noon. Free. Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Funk Ark, led by keyboard prodigy Will Rast, will perform. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Washington Sound Museum will present a cross-cultural collaborative music experience. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thursday Night Kid Concertsâ&#x20AC;? will feature musician John Henry. 6:30 p.m. Free. Broad Branch Market, 5608 Broad Branch Road NW. 202-2498551. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by SPRCSS, The Ambulars and Fell Types. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Edwin Franko Goldman, H. Owen Reed and Stephen Schwartz. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Frank Smith, chair and chief executive officer of the American Civil War Memorial and Museum, and John Moody Jr., who spent 39 days in jail in Mississippi as a Freedom Rider in the 1960s, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil War to Civil Rights: The Path to Racial Healing.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-288-7606. â&#x2013;  David Sears will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pacific Air: How Fearless Pilots, Peerless Aircraft and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War With Japan.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  National Portrait Gallery senior historian Sid Hart will discuss Pedro Martinez. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music, Kandinsky, and the K Series.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Phillips Collection director Dorothy Kosinski will lead a discussion about works by Augustus Vincent Tack that are on view in the Music Room. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

â&#x2013; Workingman Collective will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Swing Poetry.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. 202234-5601. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Kastles will play the Philadelphia Freedoms in World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $45 to $75. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. Friday, July 22

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Thursday, july 21 â&#x2013; Performance: Comedians Nema Williams (shown), Ed Blaze and Vince Barnett will perform at a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. 7 and 10 p.m. $15. Pure Lounge, 1326 U St. NW.

â&#x2013; Cameron McWhirter will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Ian Gadd, senior lecturer at Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bath Spa University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guns, Barges, and Books: Reassessing the Stationersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Company of Early Modern London.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. â&#x2013;  Kulapat Yantrasast, a founding principal of California-based wHY Architecture, will discuss his firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent work, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Speed Art Museum expansion. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Journalist and author Mary Lynn Kotz will discuss Susan Weil and Robert Rauschenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collaborations and relationship. 7 p.m. $5. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Karen Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swamplandia!â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  Senior Cinema Thursday will feature Mary Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;To Kill a Mockingbird.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. $3.50 for ages 62 and older. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cine Americas: Dominican Republicâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Laura Amelia GuzmĂĄn and Israel Cardenasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jean Gentil,â&#x20AC;? about a Haitian man who begins a desperate search for work. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will sponsor a poolside screening of David Wainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wet Hot American Summer.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the event. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. Readings â&#x2013;  The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Joe Bueter and Lynn Wagner. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Sushmita Mazumdar will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Wish, I Dream, I Promise: Make a Book to Celebrate You,â&#x20AC;? about how to make a book of wishes (for ages 8 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Elikeh performing Afro-funk. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Egyptian band Massar Egbari will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concert Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neo Soul Night,â&#x20AC;? featuring Carolyn Malachi (shown), Navasha Daya and Ayanna Gregory. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Concert Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunsets With a Soundtrack,â&#x20AC;? featuring American classics by Copland, Kamen and Milburn. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703-696-3399. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden botanist Kyle Wallick will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grand Grasses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Poaceae.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Dorothy Wickenden will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Teen Filmfest in Julyâ&#x20AC;? will feature Hayao Miyazakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1999 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Princess Mononoke.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cine Americas: Dominican Republicâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Daniel Manattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Republic of Baseball,â&#x20AC;? about the first baseball superstars from the island nation. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docs in Progressâ&#x20AC;? will present Beth Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The List,â&#x20AC;? about one manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fight to help Iraqis who worked for the U.S. government during the war. 7 p.m. $10. Room 309, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a launch party for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; See Events/Page 19

Continued From Page 18 Dance DC Festival, a salute to the world of hip-hop. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. The festival will continue through Sunday at various venues. Special events â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mars Dayâ&#x20AC;? will feature displays, hands-on activities, and presentations by scientists participating in past and future Mars missions. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  A reception will celebrate the opening of FotoDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Adams Morgan gallery and the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speaking to Silence: An Exhibition on Communities Displaced, Dissidents Repressed, and Childhood Betrayed.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. FotoSpace, 1838 Columbia Road NW. Saturday, July 23

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Book sales â&#x2013; The Friends of the Palisades Library will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Saturday Sidewalk Book Sale,â&#x20AC;? featuring leisure reading selections. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $1 for most hardbacks; 50 cents for most paperbacks. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  The West End Library Friends will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bag Dayâ&#x20AC;? used-book sale. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $5 to $10 for a bag of books. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Artist Maryanne Pollock will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Superheroâ&#x20AC;? workshop (for ages 6 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Calligrapher Elizabeth Bunn will lead a cursive writing workshop for ages 8 through 12. 1 to 3 p.m. $60; reservations required. Fahrneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pens, 1317 F St. NW. 202-6289525. Classes â&#x2013;  Susanne Simon and Bettina Stern of will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Market to Kitchenâ&#x20AC;? cooking class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quick Pickles, Salsas and Sauces.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 11 a.m. $25; reservations required. Glover Park-Burleith Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, Hardy Middle School parking lot, Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street NW. â&#x2013;  The Downtown DC Dahn Yoga Center will celebrate its seventh anniversary with sample classes. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. 700 14th St. NW. 202-393-2440. The classes will also be offered Sunday at noon and 3 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Participants in the Washington International Piano Artists Competition will perform. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Demetria Lucas will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-To Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-3470176. â&#x2013;  National Building Museum senior vice president and curator G. Martin Moeller Jr. will discuss the resurgence of glass buildings. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Registration required. National Building


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Events Entertainment Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013; Sandra Beasley will discuss her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Family event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Day: All Things Gullahâ&#x20AC;? will feature art activities, storytelling, a performance by the Potholes Brass Band, exhibition tours, food vendors and a marketplace offering Gullah baskets and local handcrafted items. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE. 202-633-4875. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Gereon Wetzel and Joerg Adolphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Make a Book With Steidl.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Botanic Garden will host Jennifer Baichwalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manufactured Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? about the work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Ray Mims, conservation and sustainability horticulturist at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a post-screening discussion. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. Special event â&#x2013;  The DC Anime Club will present a Mario Kart Tournament for ages 13 and older. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-262-2083. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play Everton of the English Premier League. 7:30 p.m. $23 to

Concerts â&#x2013; The weekly Steel Drummer Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Saturday, july 23 â&#x2013; Concert: Musician Thomas Mapfumo, known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion of Zimbabwe,â&#x20AC;? will perform with his band, the Blacks Unlimited. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  National Zoo Bird House keeper Debi Talbott will lead a walk focusing on the resident and migratory bird species that live on the grounds. 9 to 10 a.m. Free. Meet in front of the Bird House, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paws in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? hike through Montrose Park, with dogs on leash welcome. 10 a.m. Free. R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike while discussing how to identify common park trees. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a three-mile hike to Rapids Bridge. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, July 24

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Classes â&#x2013; Knock on Wood Tap Studio will present a day of classes for various ages and levels, followed by an all-ages Tap Jam at the end of the afternoon. 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. $5 to $20 per session. Reservations required. DC Dance Collective, 4908 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 301-585-5722.


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Monday july 25 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Sushmita Mazumdar will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Rhymes,â&#x20AC;? featuring stories about her travels to India (for ages 5 through 12). 10 a.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  Sushmita Mazumdar will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Wish, I Dream, I Promise: Make a Book to Celebrate You,â&#x20AC;? about how to make a book of wishes (for ages 8 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;?

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series will feature Loose Change Theory performing contemporary jazz. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013; Maraca, the 12-member group directed by Cuban flutist and composer Orlando Valle, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Title Tracks, Office of Future Plans and The Akoma Drummers. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The monthly Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn Seminar will feature attorney Sam H. Roberson discussing legal documents people need to have on hand in case of emergency or death. 3:30 to 5 p.m. $10; free for Dupont Circle Village members. Reservations required. Dupont Circle Branch, PNC Bank, 1913 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Sally Jacobs will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Father.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  A series on Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Colors Trilogyâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red,â&#x20AC;? about a young model who meets a stranger by chance and heads down a path of intrigue and secrecy. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dial â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Hitchcock,â&#x20AC;? a summer movie series, will feature Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1951 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strangers on a Train,â&#x20AC;? starring Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Patricia Hitchcock and Marion Lorne. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Performance â&#x2013;  The national touring company of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wickedâ&#x20AC;? will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Wicked, Wicked Ways,â&#x20AC;? an evening of cabaret performances to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Food & Friends. 6:30 to 10 p.m. See Events/Page 20


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Continued From Page 19 $45 to $75. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202885-2787. Tuesday, July 26

Tuesday july 26 Concerts ■ The Harbour Kids concert series will feature Mr. Knick Knack. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature Over the Limit performing big blues. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. ■ Bostonbased group David Wax Museum will perform a mix of traditional Mexican folk, American roots and indie rock. 6 p.m. Free.

Events Entertainment Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note will present “A Tribute to Stan Kenton.” 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202767-5658. Discussions and lectures ■ Military historian Jeffrey Greenhut will discuss “Jewish-Arab Relations, the Israeli War of Independence, and the Arab Dispersal in 1948.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-2656280. ■ The MuralsDC program will present a panel discussion on “The Art of Vandalism: A Close-up Look at Graffiti in D.C.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ “The Public Memory of 9/11” — about how the sites in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania are memorializing and interpreting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — will feature panelists Alice Greenwald, Jeff Reinbold and Andy Ammerman. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.

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■ Architectural historian Pamela Scott will discuss her book “Fortress of Finance: The United States Treasury Building.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Reiter’s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327. ■ “Food & Folklore” will feature a dinner talk by journalist and bartender Dan Searing, author of “The Punch Bowl: 75 Recipes Spanning Four Centuries of Wanton Revelry.” 6:30 p.m. $45; reservations required. Eatonville Restaurant, 2121 14th St. NW. 202-332-9672. ■ Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of the advocacy group J Street, will discuss his book “A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ David Robarge, chief historian at the Central Intelligence Agency, will discuss “Secret Revolution: How the Patriots Used Intelligence to Help Win American Independence.” 7 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ “Civil War Sisterhood of Spies” will feature Ann Blackman, author of “Wild Rose”; Amanda Ohlke, director of adult education at the International Spy Museum; and Emily Lapisardi, a historical impersonator. 7 to 9 p.m. $25; tickets required. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennylvania Ave. NW. 202-654-0932. Films ■ A series of screenings based on “AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies” list will feature No. 85 — the Marx Brothers’ 1935 film “A Night at the Opera.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The “Pop Movies” series will feature

Orson Welles’ 1941 film “Citizen Kane,” about a publishing magnate modeled on William Randolph Hearst. 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. ■ Director Janks Morton will present the premiere of his film “Guilty Until Proven Innocent,” about family court issues from the perspective of fathers. 8 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performance ■ The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts and Theater J will present a staged reading of Ari Roth’s “Giant Shadows,” the first part of a trilogy on the drama of being second generation in the shadow of the Holocaust. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-824-0449. The series will continue July 31 at 3 p.m. with staged readings of the other two plays, “Born Guilty” and “The Wolf in Peter.” Sale ■ St. Alban’s Opportunity Thrift Shop will host a “Half Price Sale.” 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2344512. The sale will continue through July 30. Sporting events ■ The Washington Mystics will play the San Antonio Silver Stars. 7 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Florida Marlins. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350.

Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 27

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Class ■ Michelle Cohen will lead a “Babywearing and Cloth Diapering” class as part of a parenting series. 7 p.m. $40; registration required. Lil Omm, 4830 V St. NW. 202-248-6304. Concerts ■ The Ann Yao Trio will perform Chinese ensemble music on the zheng, a long, horizontal plucked zither that is one of China’s most ancient musical instruments. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Chris Collatt. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures ■ National Museum of Natural History anthropologist Lars Krutak will discuss “Skin Deep: The History and Art of Indigenous Tattooing.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ “This Is NPR … An Evening With Planet Money” will feature reporters Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson offering a practical and humorous field guide to America’s economic future. 7 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Meditation ■ The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630.


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at Nana. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 30. Located at 3068 Mount Pleasant St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-667-6955. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations With the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change,â&#x20AC;? highlighting a Native perspective on climate change through photographs, videos and audio recordings, will open Friday at the National Museum of the American Indian and continue through Jan. 2. Located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;1460 Wallmountables 2011,â&#x20AC;? an uncurated show open to all artists, will open Friday at the District of Columbia Arts Center and continue through Aug. 28. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Located at 2438 18th St. NW,

the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reinventing the Wheel: Japanese Ceramics, 1930-2000,â&#x20AC;? highlighting trends in modern and contemporary Japanese pottery, will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and remain on view indefinitely. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  Watergate Gallery will open a summer exhibit of sculpture Saturday, featuring many of the sculptors who have participated in the past two â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts in Foggy Bottomâ&#x20AC;? outdoor sculpture exhibitions and introducing several new artists. The show will continue through Sept. 10. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., artist talks will be offered July 27 and Aug. 4 at 6 p.m., and a closing party will take place Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;More Than Meets the Eye,â&#x20AC;? highlighting observations of the natural world made by advanced imaging techniques, will open Saturday at the National Museum



ydney Theatre Company will present a new adaptation of Anton Chekhovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncle Vanyaâ&#x20AC;? starring Cate Blanchett Aug. 4 through 27 at the Kennedy Center. On a dilapidated, remote farm, Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya

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of Natural History and continue through Feb. 1. Located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Night Tulsa Died,â&#x20AC;? a series of images by Leslee Stradford that tells the story of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, opened last week at Parish Gallery and will continue through Aug. 16. Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-994-2310.

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Sydney Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncle Vanya,â&#x20AC;? starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, will open Aug. 4 at the Kennedy Center. man actually did kill the superhero? And â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love From the Soundstage: I Just Want to Sing,â&#x20AC;? July 27, features a young girl from D.C. whose dreams are shattered by those around her. Performances begin at 7:30. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with the box office opening at 6:45 p.m. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 202-399-7993, ext 2; â&#x2013; Georgetown University will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Omnivoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dilemmaâ&#x20AC;? July 26 through 31 in the Davis Performing Arts Center.

Professor Natsu Onoda Power has adapted Michael Pollanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestbook for stage, creating a journey from the cornfields of Iowa to a small organic farm in Virginia to Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner tables, grocery stores and fast-food emporiums. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $18; $12 to $15 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; $7 to $10 for students. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787;



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Public Notice Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park General Services Building and North Road Retaining Wall Public Notice In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other applicable laws, regulations, and policies, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park (SI-NZP) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA), supplemental to the 2008 NZP Facilities Master Plan EA, to evaluate the potential impacts of the construction of a retaining wall between the General Services Building and North Road on the SI-NZP campus. The National Capital Planning Commission is the lead responsible federal agency for this NEPA action and the National Park Service has been identified as a cooperating agency. SI-NZP is also using the NEPA public participation process to facilitate consultation with the public consistent with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The General Services Building is located near the SI-NZP northeast boundary adjacent to Rock Creek Park; its roof is Parking Lot C. The proposed retaining wall is part of a multi-phase project needed to structurally stabilize the General Services Building. The purpose of the proposed action is to replace a failing temporary sheeting and shoring wall and remove the existing hillside load from the General Services Building. The public is invited to comment on the proposed action, and identify potential alternatives, issues, or concerns for consideration in the EA during a public scoping period from August 1 through September 16, 2011. Interested citizens are also invited to comment on historic preservation issues during this period. You may submit written comments on the proposed action electronically at or mail your comments to: Zoo Retaining Wall Comments, c/o Greenhorne & O’Mara, 810 Gleneagles Ct, Ste 106, Baltimore, MD, 21286. Comments must be received by September 16, 2011 to receive consideration in the EA. Additionally, a Public Scoping Meeting will be held at the Zoo on August 9, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be conducted as an “Open House,” during which SI-NZP and consultant planning staff will be on hand to visit with you and answer questions about the project. Written comments will also be accepted at this meeting. The Zoo’s Connecticut Avenue entrance lies halfway between two Metrorail Redline stops: Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan stop and Cleveland Park stop. Parking in Parking Lot A will be provided free of charge after 6:00 p.m. for those attending the meeting by car. Additional information about getting to the Zoo can be found on the Zoo’s website at Further meeting details are provided below. August 9, 2011 6:00-8:00 p.m. National Zoological Park Visitor Center Auditorium 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008

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increases — by having graduate students take classes in universityowned commercial buildings that are not governed by campus plan rules. Laurie Horvitz, an attorney representing Westover Place, questioned whether the university would follow through on constructing the proposed academic/administrative buildings on the East Campus, which school officials have said would act as a “buffer” between dorms and houses. After hearing neighborhood concerns, planners said they would not object to the Zoning Commission specifying an undergraduate enrollment cap within the broader cap, or to a requirement that the “buffer buildings” be built before the East Campus dorms. They also said they would not oppose maintaining a requirement that 85 percent of freshmen and sophomores be offered on-campus housing. The Planning Office did shoot

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down a suggestion from neighbors of the university’s Tenley campus that plans to locate the Washington College of Law off Tenley Circle were incomplete and would likely be incompatible with their neighborhood. The university has offered only an outline of its plans for the site, promising to bring forward detailed building designs later. “The process envisions the establishment of an overall campus plan and the ability of the Zoning Commission to review details at further processing” — a separate application, said the Planning Office’s Joel Lawson. Planners noted the campus has been an institutional use for decades. Three advisory neighborhood commissions will each have an hour to offer presentations when the campus plan hearings resume in the fall. A collection of other opponents will split a fourth hour. The next hearing, set for Sept. 22, will begin with a presentation by and cross-examination of the D.C. Department of Transportation. Proceedings will likely continue Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.

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everybody is moving here … and some things need to stay the way they are,” said one resident, who described herself as having lived in the neighborhood for 47 years. “Don’t try to change our city,” said another. “Would you change Tenleytown? Would you change Woodley Park? … Take into consideration the people in the neighborhood.” Commissioner Robert Mandle had floated the initial proposal, which residents of Park View have been pushing. He said the Metro station is located “pretty much along the boundary of two neighborhoods — Petworth and Park View.” Park View generally comprises the area between Georgia Avenue and the Old Soldiers’ Home between Rock Creek Church Road in the north and Columbia Road in the south. The Petworth neighborhood sits north of Park View, extending generally between Georgia Avenue, North Capitol Street, Rock Creek Church Road and Kennedy Street. Mandle noted that the station’s current name is actually in conflict with Metro’s policy to use neighborhoods, rather than streets, to demarcate its stations. But he said the agency is encouraging station names of no longer than 18 characters, with subtitles when necessary to include additional information. With all that in mind, he proposed that the commission recommend renaming the station “Petworth-Park View,” with Georgia Avenue as a subtitle. Commission chair Joseph Vaughan said the current name doesn’t do much to pinpoint the station’s location: “The truth of the

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Residents are split on whether the name should include “Georgia Avenue.”

matter is that Georgia Avenue extends several miles,” he said, adding, “Georgia Avenue will continue to have this cultural significance” regardless of the station name. Mandle agreed. “I don’t see the Metro station names … as museum placards,” he said. Lauri Hafvenstein, president of the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition, spoke in support of adding her neighborhood to the name, but she offered a compromise. She said the commission representing Columbia Heights and part of Park View backed changing the name to include all three, despite the high character count: “Georgia AvenuePetworth-Park View.” The subtitle idea came up later, she explained. Despite concerns that Metro would reject the three-name proposal as too long, commissioners voted unanimously to make the recommendation to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Doing so will “at least give us some time and give them the warning that we’re thinking [about this],” said Mandle.

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Hallmark HomE

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ExquisitE DEtails

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VillagE ambiancE

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HigH stylE

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Georgetown. Beautifully renovated Federal townhouse. 4 BRs, 2.5 BAs, includes lovely lower level in-law suite. Sun drenched rooms, skylight, dining rm w/double doors to 2 level deck & patio. Off street parking. $1,425,000

Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Meticulously restored & expanded. Main living area on 1st floor w/few steps. 4BRs, 3.5BAs, master/family room addition. Perfect for professional office. Dramatic back yard. Off-street pkg. $1,379,000

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Chevy Chase, DC. Snappy white brick Colonial on sought after street. 4/5 BRs, 2.5 BAs. Mickelson built w/superior workmanship & classic details. Walk to Ch Ch Circle. $1,049,000

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Kent. Spacious light-filled rambler w/3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, Living rm w/frpl, sep. dining rm, LL walk-out in-law suite. Gleaming hdwd floors, fresh paint. $739,000

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traDitional tuDor

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Ellen Abrams- 202-255-8219 Ann-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117

Bethesda. Walk to Metro from this charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath gem. Open LR & DR. Potential 3rd BR/ office. Deck, sunny backyard & off-street parking. $550,000

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olD WorlD ElEgancE

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