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By BRADY hOLT Current Staff Writer

A long-planned stoplight at the intersection of Reservoir and Canal roads in the Palisades — proposed in part to improve pedestrian access to nearby Fletcher’s Boat House — has been delayed by National Park Service design reviews, according to a spokesperson for the D.C. Department of Transportation. The Y-shaped intersection is now controlled only by a stop sign for Reservoir Road traffic and has no pedestrian facilities. A sidewalk extends down Reservoir Road from MacArthur Boulevard, but merely terminates in the center of the Y with Canal. Pedestrians now dodge fastmoving traffic to reach the boathouse’s driveway. In a 2002 study of the Palisades area, the Transportation Department recommended a traffic signal at the intersection, both to control speeding on Canal Road and to provide a safer pedestrian crossing. About five years later, the agency told neighbors it was moving ahead with the signal, which would be ready in a See Signal/Page 7

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

A crumbling African-American cemetery in Georgetown and a vacant embassy building in Sheridan-Kalorama are among the six properties highlighted on this year’s “Most Endangered Places in Washington” list. The D.C. Preservation League has released the list annually since 1996 to publicize notable sites in the city threatened by neglect, demoli-

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Mayor awards residents for volunteer work By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

When Francesco Amorosino, a senior at Washington International School, was told he’d be participating in Mayor Vincent Gray’s community service awards ceremony earlier this month, he thought he had been invited as a representative of the after-school program where he’s volunteered for more than two years. In fact, the local nonprofit DC SCORES — which incorporates soccer, one of Amorosino’s passions, into its programming — had nominated the 17-year-old for the youth award, and he won it. “I was really surprised — I

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tion or alteration. The league says this strategy has achieved some success — several “Most Endangered” properties from years past have since been restored or preserved, including the Howard Theatre and the D.C. War Memorial. For the 2012 list, all but one of the sites are located in Northwest D.C., including two in Georgetown. The Mount Zion Cemetery is tucked behind an apartment complex in northern Georgetown, adjacent to the better-known and -maintained Oak Hill Cemetery. Technically, the property at 27th and Q streets comprises two burial See Preservation/Page 27

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Francesco Amorosino, left, won an award for youth volunteerism.

wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Amorosino. “I was just excited for the interest in DC SCORES.” Amorosino was one of six D.C. residents the mayor singled for their

volunteer work in the annual awards ceremony, held this year on Dec. 11. The others were Carolyn Cook, who took the award for community service; Michael O’Neill, for education; Kevin Johnson, for emergency preparedness and public safety; Januari McKay, for HIV/AIDS advocacy; and Stefanie Vestal, for national service. “Volunteerism and service can not only fill transactional needs, but it can also build communities,” wrote Jeffrey Richardson, executive director of Serve DC, the mayor’s office on volunteerism, in an email to The Current. “Service can unite people across geographic and identity barriers. And it can empower See Awards/Page 18

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With energy costs consistently on the rise and environmental concerns ever increasing, many communities are looking to harness alternative energy sources. To that end, a group in Shepherd Park is working to create the District’s first communitybased solar electric generating system. The group, called Ethical Community Solar LLC, consists of 22 local investors. They joined to fund the installation of solar modules on the roof of the Washington Ethical Society, a humanistic religious organization at 7750 16th St., in what senior clergy member Amanda Poppei called a “win-winwin” situation. As part of the project, the society’s aging roof will be repaired and the 30.2-kilowatt solar panels will provide the building with about 40 percent of its electricity through a clean energy source. Over time, investors will earn a modest return

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Congregation members formed an LLC to oversee the panels.

through the sale of solar electricity to the Washington Ethical Society, along with tax credits. There’s also the feel-good factor of reducing the community’s carbon footprint. Any excess electricity the solar panels produce will be shifted back to Pepco’s power lines, where it can be used by neighboring residences and businesses. “It’s sort of a unique way to get solar,” said Poppei. “The ultimate goal is less coal — and this fits in well with our values, which include environmental justice.” The Shepherd Park project is modeled on two others at churches See Solar/Page 18

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Panel debates meaning of ‘great weight’ due neighborhood commissions By BRADy hOLT Current Staff Writer

From the early days of the District’s home rule in the 1970s, advisory neighborhood commissions — designed as a grass-roots voice of the people — have been stating opinions and making recommendations on various matters affecting D.C. residents. Commissions aren’t authorized to do much

on their own, but their input is entitled to “great weight” by city agencies and boards. Just what “great weight” means, though, has been the subject of debate ever since the commissions were established. A panel discussion last Wednesday examined the history of great weight, and a recent D.C. Superior Court case that some say will bring much-needed clout to neighborhood commissions.

The neighborhood commission system took effect in 1976, with commissioners elected to represent roughly 2,000 citizens each, advising sectors of the District government on matters like liquor licenses, zoning and transportation. Disputes over “great weight” began just a year later. In 1977 a group of citizens sued the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for not granting their neighborhood commission a

Senior taps Brazilian roots for her first album By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

When Argentilhia “Tillie” Boechat recently began singing in Portuguese over the phone to her niece, she found music from her childhood in Brazil come rushing back. Later Boechat, an 83-year-old resident at the St. Mary’s Court senior living facility in Foggy Bottom, decided to record her favorite Brazilian tunes — along with a few beloved American standards — onto a full-length album. After hearing Boechat’s freeflow singing, her neighbor and boyfriend, 70-year-old Dennis Sobin, urged her to record them. “By myself, I wouldn’t do it,” Boechat said. But with Sobin providing encouragement — and back-up music — she recorded 30 songs, and included 21 on her first album. For her English songs, such as “Now or Never,” “Our Love Affair”

Courtesy of Argentilhia “Tillie” Boechat

The St. Mary’s Court resident recently released an album.

and “Blue Moon,” Boechat listened to different covers of the tunes on YouTube to get a feel for various musical interpretations. Sobin, who is an avid guitar player, added various instrumental and guitar backings to her vocals.

They began to tape the songs on a four-track recorder in a makeshift recording studio — Boechat’s bathroom. The album, titled “Argentilhia,” also includes an original work called “Nunca Mais” (“No More”), a song Boechat wrote in Portuguese about the stresses of a relationship. Her original composition, she said, much like some of her interpretations of classic American and Brazilian songs, “came at the moment.” But Boechat was particular about the final cuts she made on her album, often recording songs five or six times until they were to her liking. Sobin said he had to get used to strumming his guitar in a way that was more in line with traditional Brazilian sounds. Boechat said she has found some fans of her album around the St. Mary’s building. “It’s old music, but people seem to like it,” she said. See Singer/Page 18

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chance to opine on a proposed liquor license. Siding with the residents, the D.C. Court of Appeals established that “great weight” provisions require a commission to receive notice of matters affecting their neighborhood, and that city agencies disagreeing with a commission’s position must explain in detail why they didn’t follow the advice. Across the city, many commissioners have See Rulings/Page 27

The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 2

A swearing-in ceremony for newly elected and re-elected members of the D.C. Council will be held at 10 a.m. in Ballroom A of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

Saturday, Jan. 5

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a Ward 1 community meeting to discuss draft proposed changes to the District’s zoning regulations. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Tubman Elementary School, 3101 13th St. NW. For details, visit ■ The D.C. Public Charter School Expo will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Walter Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. To register, visit or call 202-328-2660.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a Ward 3 community meeting to discuss draft proposed changes to the District’s zoning regulations. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

The D.C. Office of Planning will hold a Ward 4 community meeting to discuss draft proposed changes to the District’s zoning regulations. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Takoma Education Campus, 7010 Piney Branch Road NW. F ■ The Georgetown-Burleith advisory neighborhood commission and the D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss community ideas and input on parking in the Georgetown and Burleith neighborhoods. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St. NW.


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District Digest Former reporter joins growing at-large race

Budget analyst and former reporter Elissa Silverman picked up petitions Thursday for the vacant atlarge seat on the D.C. Council. Silverman, a Ward 6 resident, took an unpaid leave of absence from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute to run for the seat. In a news release, she said she will not accept corporate contributions.

In the release, Silverman said her campaign will focus on integrity, fiscal accountability and strategic investment. She is a former city hall reporter for The Washington Post and wrote the Loose Lips column at the Washington City Paper. Her campaign committee is chaired by former Ward 3 D.C. Council member Kathy Patterson. The number of prospective candidates for the vacancy — created by the election of Phil Mendelson

as D.C. Council chairman — is rising. Anita Bonds occupies the seat on an interim basis, having been appointed by the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Bonds, a longtime party activist, has also obtained petitions to run in the scheduled April 23 special election. Nine other prospective candidates had picked up petitions as of Thursday, according to the Board of Elections website: Diallo K.

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will add more late-evening buses along 16th Street and restore service in Georgetown as part of a round of changes that will take effect Sunday, according to an agency news release. Along 16th Street, the S9 MetroExtra limited-stop service will operate in both directions on weekdays until 9:30 p.m., rather than until 7 p.m. The route will operate every 15 minutes to reduce crowding on S2 and S4 buses. In Georgetown, G2 service will resume between Wisconsin Avenue and the Georgetown University entrance at 37th and O streets. Buses will serve the stops every 12 to 13 minutes during the morning rush hour, every 17 minutes during the afternoon peak, and every 30 minutes otherwise. The route had been shortened due to street construction on O and P streets.

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UDC board dismisses president abruptly

The University of the District of Columbia’s board of trustees last Wednesday abruptly dismissed President Allen Sessoms to embark on a nationwide search for a new leader, according to university news releases. Sessoms, former president of the University of Delaware, had pushed for costly initiatives like adding dorms and a new student center to the school’s Van Ness campus. But the long-term projects intended to improve the university’s desirability and enrollment proved controversial as the short-term budget picture failed to improve. The board has not yet stated why it dismissed Sessoms, who had served for just over four years of his five-year contract. “As we grapple with the challenges of reducing staff and programs, continuing to improve our physical plant and attracting new students, the Board has decided to go in a different direction,� board chair Elaine Crider says in a release. Rachel Petty, a professor and former provost, has assumed dayto-day operations of the university. An interim president, to be named in January, will serve for six to 18 months while the board identifies Sessoms’ permanent replacement.

District’s population reaches 632,323

New estimates from the U.S. Census suggest that the District’s recent population growth has outpaced most states’, adding 13,303 residents in the 12 months leading up to July 2012, officials announced Thursday. The growth was linked both to new births and to people moving into D.C. from elsewhere, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Gray’s office. The city’s population as of July was pegged at 632,323. “People are voting with their feet, and they want to live in D.C.,� Gray says in the release.


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Preservation board backs apartments at historic downtown bank building By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Developer Doug Jemal’s ongoing effort to create livable mixed-use buildings downtown is getting some unexpected help from city preservation officials. Jemal’s staff said the D.C. Historic Preservation Office encouraged the firm to construct a five-story residential addition to the historic Equitable Co-Operative Building Association at 915 F St. NW, in the heart of downtown’s historic district. “When we bought this building recently,

we never envisioned doing this,� said Paul Millstein, a Douglas Development vice president and head of construction. “HPO actually encouraged us to look at something taller.� The Historic Preservation Review Board unanimously OKed the massing plan Dec. 6. “We thought we’d create residences back there, with alley access,� Millstein said. “Have some fun, energize the alley, then enhance the streetscape with high-end retail.� Jemal has been trying to redevelop the bank — a distinctive Greek Temple-like structure with four marble Ionic columns supporting a triangular top. Built in 1912, it is the only one-

story structure in a historic block with many taller buildings. It’s also unusual because the grand interior bank lobby, as well as the exterior, have landmark protections. The board had approved a two-story rear addition last January. But Millstein said early designs for a large ground-floor retail space would have intruded on the landmarked interior space. He said the preservation office instead encouraged a five-story addition atop a two-story rear wing to make the project work. The upshot is a tall but skinny rear residential tower, designed by R2L Architects and accessed by a generous rear alley. Built of

masonry and glass, it would be set back 69 feet from the bank’s façade and top out at 105 feet tall. “The heart of the matter is, you can see the tower, but it would be difficult to tell whether it’s attached to the bank, or just part of the urban skyline,â€? architect Sacha Rosen said. Rosen said the rear residences would each span an entire floor, 94 feet wide, with individual elevator access. “It’ll be very Soho-like, with great windows to the south,â€? he said. “This demonstrates the idea of a 24-hour, living, breathing downtown, and the flexibility of the preservation office,â€? board member Andrew Aurbach said.

Council bill prods officials to review school boundaries By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

While the debate over D.C. public school closures dominated two eight-plus-hour council hearings last month, it’s the bill that prompted those hearings — one that would require review of school boundaries — that could have a deeper impact in much of Northwest D.C. Introduced by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh and former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown last March, the bill as drafted would require evaluation of school feeder patterns and boundaries every 10 years. The legislation would create a school boundary review commission to examine capacity and projected enrollments before sending recommendations to the mayor. “I have to worry about schools that are bursting at the seams to the point that it’s affecting programmatic issues,� Cheh said in an interview. “I can’t in good conscience pretend that it’s not going to have a detrimental effect.� The school boundaries haven’t been overhauled since the 1970s, and Cheh says she’s been asking school chancellors — both Kaya Henderson and her predecessor Michelle Rhee — to address that problem for years. Citing an example that shows the need for review, Cheh says Wilson High School’s current boundaries include students who live one mile from Eastern High School — also modernized — yet live six miles from Wilson in Tenleytown. “That doesn’t make any sense,� she said. “Rather than saying we should never look at this because it’s too toxic and let the current state of affairs grow and grow until it is no longer tenable, I say let’s look at it and if there’s an issue for people about [grandfathering], let’s allow for that,� Cheh said. “But at least let’s move forward.� The bill includes a grandfather clause allowing students to stay in place at their current public school — and its feeder schools in the future — despite any newly drawn boundary restrictions. That exemption would also apply to siblings.

Henderson testified at the Nov. 15 hearing that she would examine school boundaries once she resolves the issue of school closures and consolidations, on which a final decision is expected in January. At a second hearing on Nov. 19, the chancellor said she did not support certain aspects of Cheh’s bill. Henderson said she supports reviewing boundaries on a predetermined timeline, but said she didn’t think allowing a council commission to “make the final decision was the right thing.� She added: “Ultimately I think the decisionmaking has to rest with one person.� Cheh was quick to point out in an interview that the legislation does not propose the commission as a final decision-maker. Rather, the group would make recommendations that would be evaluated through a public process and then go to the mayor for an ultimate decision. “[Henderson] might not like the instrument, but I’m glad she’s embraced the idea of periodic review,� Cheh said. Even if the bill doesn’t pass, she added, it’s already achieved its purpose of securing a commitment to evaluate the boundaries. Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser warned that that school-boundary changes have “the capacity to crack this city in half.� Bowser said she’s heard negative feedback from her constituents, many of whom are in-boundary at Lafayette Elementary School and Deal Middle School. “To say that we are going to draw a line in our city down the middle of Rock Creek Park, to change the boundaries so that people who are east of the park don’t have access to the schools that are west of the park,� she said, would be “wholly unacceptable to me.� Cheh said any talks of specific boundary changes right now only stem from people “anticipating what’s going to happen,� while the bill does not make specific proposals. Cheh said the process would take a long time to play out, but that it must be addressed even if it’s a “political hot potato.�

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Worries prompt city to redo tree-watering tubs By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer





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The D.C. Urban Forestry Administration will order modified tree-watering tubs and pay closer attention to how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used, officials said, following concerns that the containers easily clog and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Through the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canopy Keepersâ&#x20AC;? program, any resident can request a free 10-gallon container, whose small holes let water slowly seep into the ground to best nurture a young street tree. City contractors use the same devices on publicly maintained trees. When working properly, the jugs drain in a matter of hours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; too quickly for mosquito larvae to develop there. But the containers need to be moved and cleaned regularly, the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Thomas said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I took these home over the summer, they worked flawlessly, but I had to wipe them out with a paper towel,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just leave them at the tree

and walk away.â&#x20AC;? Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commissioner David Engel said too many residents seem to be doing exactly that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone thinks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing a wonderful thing watering trees, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually breeding deadly mosquitoes,â&#x20AC;? Engel said at the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 26 meeting. Commissioners voted 6-1 to request that the city discontinue the Canopy Keepers program if it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prevent water from sitting stagnant in the tubs. Concerns about the West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, were paramount in the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. Thomas said that the city is willing to make the tubs easier to maintain, even though it will mean they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work as well. Larger holes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t clog as easily, but they also let water run out more quickly, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ideal for absorption. The agency will also increase scrutiny of its Canopy Keepers participants, ensuring that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re properly caring for the trees theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve agreed to adopt in exchange for the free watering tubs. If it finds prob-

lems, said Thomas, the Urban Forestry Administration will consider taking back the tubs and requiring the residents to re-apply. Anyone can also call 311 to report problems, he said. The Canopy Keepers program is vital to nurturing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young trees, Thomas added. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expensive and disruptive to truck water around the city, and watering a young tree gives a resident a permanent connection to the treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-being. But when residents adopt a tree, he said, they need to follow through. That includes filling the 10-gallon tub weekly in spring, summer and fall, and making sure the tub stays clean. The city pays $23 for each tub, a design it chose after experimenting with various types of water bags. The other available devices are slightly cheaper but wear out more quickly and can be filled easily only with a hose, according to Thomas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People want a device that can go around a tree that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do anything to or for,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any watering device needs some form of maintenance.â&#x20AC;?

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson this month pointed sharp criticism toward the chief of the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say how many paramedics the city employed during each of the last five years. That information is critical, Mendelson said at a Dec. 14 council oversight roundtable, for understanding whether there are enough paramedics deployed throughout the city to meet the demand for emergency services, and to determine if services provided are the same, better or worse over time. The chairman called department chief Kenneth Ellerbeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s testimony â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointing,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;unconvincingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;incomplete.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re acting like you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer this question because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been asked before,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said, addressing both Ellerbe and Andrew Beaton, the fire departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information and privacy officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been asked so many times that I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe this is the first time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been asked to come up with an answer,â&#x20AC;? he told them at the roundtable of the Judiciary Committee. Ellerbe defended his testimony by saying he wanted to give Mendelson accurate answers, but could only provide such data for 2011 and 2012, the two years heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been responsible for the department since Mayor Vincent Gray appointed him chief. Beaton told Mendelson heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying to get paramedic certification records for 2008 through 2010 from the D.C. Department of Health to gauge how many were employed by the fire department during those years. Mendelson wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t satisfied with that response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ignoring here,â&#x20AC;? he told Beaton, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is that there is a record that you created, unless you throw your records away. â&#x20AC;Ś You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go anywhereâ&#x20AC;? to determine how many paramedics were employed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certification doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell me whether or not they were in operation,â&#x20AC;? he added. Mendelson also peppered Ellerbe with questions about an alleged negative culture within the fire department, particularly as it relates to paramedics who are not also certified as firefighters, and inquired about an absence of exit interviews when paramedics leave the department. The latter, Mendelson said, could help explain an apparent high rate of turnover. Tensions also flared between Ellerbe and many

members of local unions who are critical of the chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership and policies, and want to see more opportunities for education, training and advancement within the agency. Joe Papariello of Local 36 of the D.C. Firefighters Association argued that that there are not enough paramedics in the department, so those on staff are stretched too thin as they respond to calls from all over the city, from Northwest to Southeast. The department routinely requires paramedics to stay on their shifts for 12 additional hours when needed and without notice, he added. Mendelson scrutinized Ellerbeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to communicate well with union leadership and to address their concerns about staffing levels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The question for this committee is, Are there enough paramedics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is there enough stability in the workforce for [advanced life support] paramedics?â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said to Ellerbe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer that question based on your testimony. Your statements donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide any assurances.â&#x20AC;? The department has also come under fire from the D.C. Office of the Inspector General, which stated in a reinspection report in November that local stations are in a state of disrepair. Problems include rodents, mold and broken windows, coupled with inadequate policies for maintenance. The fire department responded to the inspector general that budget constraints prevent repairs from taking place as needed. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oversight roundtable also comes on heels of Ellerbeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversial proposal to eliminate advanced life support (ALS) paramedics on ambulances between 1 and 7 a.m., deploying them instead from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the time when the chief says call volume is highest. Mendelson had less criticism for that idea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think your proposal with regard to peak staffing is unreasonable, I think it sounds like it actually could provide better emergency health care, but there are some concerns and details that have to be worked out,â&#x20AC;? he said. But before he engages in discussion on the chiefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal, Mendelson emphasized that he needs to review data on the number of paramedics employed each year from 2008 through 2012. Public comment on emergency medical services in the District, the subject of the oversight hearing, will be open through Dec. 28.

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few months. “This project we have been assured will become reality, but history has not validated these expressions of reassurance,” said Palisades/ Foxhall advisory neighborhood commissioner Ann Haas. Commissioners voted unani-

mously Dec. 5 to ask Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to push the relevant D.C. and federal agencies to move forward. Monica Hernandez, spokesperson for the Transportation Department, said the agency has spent the last several years working out various designs for traffic signals

with the National Park Service. Although the city controls the streets, the Park Service owns the land around them, on which the traffic signals would be installed. “We’ve been going back and forth on the design,” Hernandez said in an interview. The latest city proposal for the signal will be submitted for Park Service review next month,

she said, adding that the hilly terrain and unstable soil in the area have complicated design work. The signal will be active within six months of the federal park agency’s approval, Hernandez said, but she couldn’t speculate on how soon that approval could come. Park Service representatives didn’t return messages last week.


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Resolution in 2013?

The last month of the D.C. Council’s two-year session brought a flurry of activity — 70-plus bills. Notably absent was a campaign finance overhaul. The omission is a particularly frustrating end to 2012, a year when two council members resigned due to criminal wrongdoing. A strong reform measure would have sent the message that the members who remain are committed to changing the political culture. A year ago, council members approved a flawed but comprehensive ethics measure. The bill created the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to root out and punish future misdeeds, and it reduced the size of council members’ constituent services funds. But council members opted not to act on various fundraising loopholes, such as “bundled” contributions that in practice allow some donors to exceed donation limits. They waited even on common-sense steps like tightening reporting requirements to provide real accountability. They voted down multiple amendments sought by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells. At the end of last year, we urged council members to commit to adopting a campaign finance reform measure by the end of 2012. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, as chair of the Government Operations Committee, pledged to take a broad look at campaign finance laws. By the time of the council’s summer recess, council members said they were waiting for the mayor and his attorney general to draft their proposed bill. In the fall, after Attorney General Irvin Nathan submitted legislation that would have closed many gaping loopholes, time was allegedly too short to develop a consensus. The council could not even adopt a standalone bill initiated by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh to restrict the use of money orders, which have been used to flout campaign reporting requirements. She withdrew the proposal due to concerns that proposed amendments would sink the measure. The absence of any reform this year leaves us pessimistic, though some hopeful signs may point to action in 2013. The presumptive chair of the Government Operations Committee, Ward 5’s Kenyan McDuffie, made “Ethics & Integrity” a key plank in his election campaign, saying that he would push to prohibit bundling, increase transparency and tighten rules on — or eliminate — constituent service funds. We would like to see him move swiftly to seek council action, using the attorney general’s bill as a framework. If that’s to happen, concerned voters must be more than onlookers: Discuss the subject at community meetings, contact legislators and make it a campaign issue in the April 23 special election for an at-large seat.

Investing in the children

The nonprofit DC Action for Children recently released a policy brief that laid out troubling statistics on third-grade proficiency in math and reading among D.C. public school students — “a make-or-break benchmark in a child’s educational development.” The group found no statistically significant improvement in citywide scores since 2007, when D.C. adopted mayoral control of the school system and began current reform efforts. It’s clear the District’s schools do not yet offer what they must: solid educational opportunities to all of the city’s students. Within the report, however, is a call to focus on a key way to improve student performance. The policy brief cites the city’s analysis of 2012 test scores, which found that graduates of pre-kindergarten programs “were more likely to achieve reading and math proficiency in third grade than students who did not.” The brief also noted the tremendous progress the city has made in boosting access to early childhood education. The school system offers free full-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten to 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds, as well as some preschool offerings for 3- and 4-year-olds. Yet much work remains. The DC Action for Children review raised questions about whether the city really provides all children with access to highquality pre-k programs — as intended by the 2008 act that then-Chairman Vincent Gray shepherded through the council prior to becoming mayor. Particularly worrisome is the finding of “gaps in capacity and quality, particularly in low-income communities in the city.” In response to the report, the mayor’s education officials echoed the importance of pre-k education and noted that the mayor’s action plan calls for increasing the availability of high-quality early childhood development programs. The mayor also cited research touting the value of high-quality programs in closing achievement gaps. Mayor Gray and other city officials deserve credit for expanding access to early education, but the council’s reconstituted Education Committee should the city’s success in implementing universal, high-quality services.

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he late Kansas City Star columnist and author Bill Vaughan had it right. “An optimist stays up to see the new year in,” he said. “A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves.” How should we approach the new year after the upheavals of 2012? The Notebook likes this unattributed line: “When I thought about the evils of drinking in the new year, I gave up thinking.” The top story in D.C. for 2012 could have been that our homicide rate fell below 100 for the first time in decades. (We still have a few days for that to actually come true.) The top story could have been the economic boom that’s driving billions of dollars in development in the city. Or it might have been the continuing population growth after years of decline. Unfortunately, all of those are also-rans. The top story in our city — by far — for 2012 and maybe the foreseeable future begins and ends with ethics. Kwame Brown. Felon. Harry Thomas Jr. Felon. Brown, the former D.C. Council chairman, and Thomas, the former council member, lead the parade of the fallen and the suspect. Brown is serving home detention and public community service for a few more months. Thomas is in prison in Alabama. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen is coming under some community heat to wrap up his long investigation into the 2010 campaign of Mayor Vincent Gray. But some in law enforcement and elsewhere note that Gray has declined to meet with prosecutors, prolonging the investigation. The mayor certainly has a right not to cooperate, but politically it’s a no-win situation. For many, in the court of public opinion it makes the mayor look guilty. Machen does have three guilty pleas, including that of Jeanne Clarke Harris. In court, Harris’ guilty plea officially revealed the existence of a $650,000 “shadow” campaign that helped elect Gray. Until her court case, the “shadow” campaign was attributed to “sources” and people “close to law enforcement.” But it’s a fact that a shadow campaign on Gray’s behalf sullied his election. As 2013 begins, we are still waiting to learn more details about who thought

it up and who carried it out. ■ Going great guns. Last week President Barack Obama announced that Vice President Joe Biden would lead a task force to determine what new gun laws could be enacted in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre of 20 children and six adults. D.C. officials welcomed the move. The city is still irritated that the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 threw out the city’s absolute ban, saying it violated the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans wants to see tougher national laws because he says legal and illegal guns flow into the District, many of them from Virginia. “You know, there’s nothing we can do,” he told NBC4. “You can buy guns in Virginia at will. You can buy bullets at will, and unfortunately you can get in your car and drive across the 14th Street Bridge and bring them into the District of Columbia.” Evans said he also welcomes a review of mental health policies that might identify those who are prone to engage in gun violence. “Yes, we should treat mental health; it’s very important,” he said. “But if people didn’t have access to guns, it wouldn’t matter what state of mind you’re in, you wouldn’t be shooting anybody.” ■ Waving the flag. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is about to get first-rate treatment and respect for the city’s flag. Norton earlier this fall disclosed that the U.S. Navy and other federal agencies do not routinely include the D.C. flag at ceremonies where the flags of all 50 states are flown. Norton held a news conference to highlight a District family whose members were embarrassed by the omission. A son was graduating from naval training at Great Lakes. The home state flag was dipped for each graduate. But there was no D.C. flag. Norton said it was a demeaning oversight. As the holidays approached, Norton won passage of her measure to require the D.C. and territorial flags to be displayed whenever the 50 state flags are. We certainly can salute that. And, by the way, we’d like to say, happy New Year to all. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the eDitor City-owned theater needs path to future

I love the arts, and I regularly attend theater performances, music events, art openings and film premieres. I strongly believe that without an appreciation of beauty and culture, we are doomed to live in a worthless world. That said, the state of the Lincoln Theatre has always upset me. After the venue’s spectacular revival in 1993, the promise of a vibrant arts district in the U Street corridor was quickly dashed, as the nonprofit tasked with leasing and managing the facility was not in sync with the needs of local arts organizations. The theater’s huge auditorium, lack of substantial wing (side) space and small lobby made it difficult to program. I had my films play in the theater as part of a few film festivals, but was always disappointed in the

poor sound and huge expanse of the space. Three hundred people in a standard movie theater is a sellout — in the Lincoln (1,250 seats), it looked empty. In the last year, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities was given control of the space, which seemed like a good idea — until it was evident that the understaffed office was unable to properly program the venue. Now it has put out a request for proposals to find a theater management company to control the theater. Sadly, it seems to have been narrowly written to encourage a select few local promoters to bid. So, what do I suggest? The District needs an arts center for the hundreds of small performing arts, film and visual arts groups struggling to stay in the city. My plan for redevelopment includes: ■ Preserving the lobby and front spaces for small events. ■ Dividing the main auditorium and basement spaces into three or four flexible black-box theater

spaces to serve audiences of 50 to 200 at a time; rehearsal and studio spaces; a permanent 100-seat film screening room; and shared office spaces for arts organizations. ■ Selling the land’s air rights to a developer to create a mix of standard housing and affordable units for artists. ■ Re-evaluating the site’s back lot for added housing creation. When I mention this plan to older Washingtonians, I often get pushback as they cite the venue’s historical significance. While I appreciate this sentiment, it is imperative that we, as a city, stop living in our past, and learn from its lessons — so we can move toward an innovative, successful future. Keeping the facility as is will inevitably create another failed space. Creating a Lincoln Arts Center would encourage artists to stay in the District, create a more vibrant U Street corridor and provide much-needed affordable housing. Jon Gann Candidate, at-large D.C. Council seat

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New poll shows backing for charter schools VIEWPOINT ROBERT CANE


oliticians take note: Education is the most important issue to D.C.’s voters. Approximately 39 percent believe that education should be the top priority for the mayor and city council. In a new poll by TargetPoint Consulting, the 800 registered D.C. voters surveyed have a more favorable view of public education offered nationally than that which is available in the nation’s capital. While nearly a third of the voters were prepared to give U.S. public education an “A” or “B” grade, slightly fewer than a quarter gave D.C.’s public education those grades. Some 37 percent of District voters feel that the city’s public schools are “failing,” and a further 48 percent describe them as “struggling,” with a mere 11 percent prepared to describe them as “succeeding.” An increasing number of city voters have become aware of public charter schools, which educate 43 percent of D.C. children enrolled in public schools. Some 73 percent have recently read, seen or heard something about these publicly funded institutions that are operated independently from the District’s traditional public school system — up five points from TargetPoint’s 2011 survey. The electorate’s knowledge of public charter schools also has grown, according to the poll’s results. Charter schools are tuition-free, non-sectarian public schools that cannot select their students according to academic ability. Three-quarters of D.C. voters approve of how the city’s charters are making it possible for more District students to earn a college degree by graduating a significantly higher share of high school students compared to the city-run school system. Almost as many are impressed that, on average, economically disadvantaged students in D.C. charters score 14 percentage points higher on standardized reading and math tests than do their peers in the traditional public schools. In total, some 55 percent of District voters favor charter schools, with only 21 percent opposed.

Letters to the Editor Reduced parking will hurt D.C. residents When you consider all of the reductions to parking availability in D.C., this issue impacts all of us! Here’s a snapshot: ■ A proposal to eliminate disability parking privileges — negatively impacts disabled and elderly drivers. ■ A proposal to eliminate zoning regulations requiring on-site parking for new buildings around transit zones — negatively impacts residents, commuters and visitors. ■ A proposal to eliminate or reduce the amount of parking required under zoning regulations in new commercial and residential development. ■ Parking meter fee increases, and enforcement until 10 p.m., including on Saturdays. ■ Ongoing installation of meters in spaces that previously offered two hours of free visitor parking.

Two-thirds of voters say that the D.C. government should let charter schools buy or lease buildings that the city’s school system can’t fill. Voters recognize that successful charters are being forced to occupy and expensively renovate warehouse, retail and office space. There also is significant voter disappointment at the city’s record on fairly funding all its public schools — which D.C. law requires and which Mayor Vincent Gray promised, but failed, to deliver. Some 62 percent agree that the city’s school capital funding should be equalized per-student. Charter students currently receive half of what is allotted to their city-run school peers in city school capital funds. A further 59 percent want the city to ensure that charters receive the same city services as traditional public schools, such as school nurses and crossing guards. Fully 35 percent of respondents said that candidates’ positions on charter schools matter in determining how they vote. Mayoral candidates may also like to take note of voters’ views of an idea, touted by some D.C. Council members representing gentrifying neighborhoods, to restrict charter enrollment in those areas to favor locally resident students. Some 55 percent of voters in Southeast D.C. say they will oppose this proposal if it reduces educational choices for students who live east of the Anacostia River. Voters in Southeast and Northeast D.C. are particularly concerned about Mayor Gray’s unfulfilled promise to fund D.C.’s public charter schools equally with D.C.’s traditional public schools. Some 69 percent of Northeast voters and 60 percent of Southeast voters say D.C.’s next mayor should fund all D.C. public schools, traditional and charter schools equally — and say Gray has not done so. D.C. voters differ in their experience of public charter schools — charters serve a higher share of children from low-income families than D.C.’s traditional public school system — but support is strong. D.C.’s current mayor has tested voters’ patience. When will one deliver for them? Robert Cane is executive director of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools.

■ Visitor spaces confined to one side of the street except with a visitor parking pass in parts of the city. Am I missing anything? The varied stakeholders — special-interest groups, commuters, community activists, federal employees, residents, et cetera — need to unite our efforts. So far, the creation of so-called “sustainable communities” — which appears to generate more revenue for a city with a surplus, for its developer and private-parking lobbyists, and undoubtedly for politicians’ campaigns — is happening at the expense of the rest of us. There’s no doubt that the new parking rules will add to greater frustration among homeowners, their visitors, federal and local commuters, tourists, shoppers, diners and patrons. So why does it appear that Mayor Vincent Gray’s vision has led to a one-size-fits-all decision in a vacuum — and, even worse, a done deal? Who is considering the overall impact D.C.’s parking reduction will have on our economy? To the majority of elderly homeowners?

Families and singles? Certainly building “One City” did not mean pitting drivers against pedestrians and cyclists, did it? As a lifelong D.C. resident and two-term advisory neighborhood commissioner in Chevy Chase, I am appalled that all of these changes to the quality of work and life here are being rammed down our throats, justified as a sign of the times and in some cases left for the D.C. Council to decide during the holiday season when constituents aren’t paying attention. D.C. is the seat of our federal government. D.C. is a year-round tourist destination. D.C. is a thriving business, nonprofit, arts and entertainment community. D.C. hosts thousands of exciting events each year. D.C. is home to 600,000plus residents. D.C. will be sorry when home buyers, residents, shoppers, diners and tourists opt to go elsewhere rather than fight a losing battle for basic conveniences. It’s already happening. Carolyn “Callie” Cook Commissioner, ANC 3/4G01

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At the commission’s Dec. 17 meeting: ■ Sarina Loy of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans’ office said police had questioned a possible suspect in the recent vandalism of a historic Belmont Road call box, but there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges. Commissioner Eric Lamar reminded residents to call 911 if they witness any vandalism. ■ resident Saone Crocker reported that the latest issue of “Views From Sheridan-Kalorama” should be arriving this month, and that residents who don’t receive it should email Holly Sukenik at hsukenik@ ■ commissioners voted unanimously to oppose a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for an expansion of 2130 Bancroft Place, and to write a letter of opposition to the L’Enfant Trust, which holds a conservation easement on the property. The property owner, Ken Marks, hopes to build a connection between his garage and main house, and the resulting structure would exceed the permissible lot occupancy by 10 percent. Marks also hopes to build a 7-foot-high wall to provide privacy to an interior courtyard. Next-door-neighbor Deborah Carstens said the plan “calls for every bit of greenery to be destroyed,” and commissioner Eric Lamar said the wall would affect the light on neighbors’ properties. Resident Norman Pozez said Marks told him he did not want to live on a street with such hostile neighbors and that once he had the approval, he would sell the house. Marks did not comment on Pozez’s statement. ■ commissioners unanimously endorsed the placement of a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic after World War I, outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence at 1606 23rd St. ■ commissioners distributed summaries of proposed “resident only” parking proposals. Those who are interested in the program may file a petition with the D.C. Department of Transportation to participate on a block-by-block basis. ■ a resident raised concerns about noise from an air conditioning unit at the Embassy of India, 2107 Massachusetts Ave. Commissioner Eric Lamar said he had contacted the U.S. State Department to no avail. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown ■ american university park American University Park friendship heights / tenleytown At the commission’s Dec. 13

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Residents can become better informed about public safety in our Chevy Chase neighborhood by attending the police community meeting for our Police Service Area 201, held regularly on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Ave. NW). Lt. Antonio Charland typically provides an update about public safety issues in our community and is available to address any additional public safety concerns. All are welcome to attend. Note that due to the New Year’s holiday, the next meeting will be on Jan. 8, the second Tuesday. Our Neighborhood Watch Program is also an excellent way for residents to become more informed and to form bonds to maintain our neighborhood, both as a deterrent for crime and as a means to address quality-of-life issues. Currently, more than 230 blocks in the Chevy Chase area are covered by block captains who serve as the focal point of communication on public safety to, from and among the residents on their blocks or apartment buildings (which are considered “blocks”). If you are not sure whether your block is covered, please contact our Neighborhood Watch program director Samantha Nolan at In other news, the next meeting of the Chevy Chase Library’s Mystery Book Club will be on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. at the library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. New members are welcome. The monthly book selection is “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” the first of Alexander McCall Smith’s acclaimed series featuring Precious Ramotswe — Botswana’s leading and only female private detective. The book was voted by the New York Times Literary Supplement as one of the International Books of the Year for 2003 and the Millennium. Copies are available at the library’s information desk. To learn more, contact branch manager Tracy Myers at — Jonathan Lawlor meeting: ■ Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Alan Hill reported that there have been several burglaries in area homes in the past month, and said police had arrested two Wilson High School students who allegedly burglarized three homes in one evening and were attempting to break into a fourth. Hill also said 15 thefts from cars occurred in that 30-day period, but that the department did not have any suspects. ■ commissioners voted 4-0, with Sam Serebin abstaining, to support an application for a liquor license for the Fork & Spade restaurant at 4619 41st St. The license would allow the Fork & Spade to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends. Serebin said he was concerned the restaurant would end up functioning mainly as a bar. ■ commissioners tabled a decision on an application for a curb cut at 4201 River Road. Neighbors have protested the application, which would allow developers of the lot to build a wide driveway — possibly by leveling the sloping property with a tall retaining wall. Commissioners said they would seek more information about the project and revisit the application at a future meeting. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to oppose new D.C. legislation that will reduce fines for speeding tickets issued by cameras. The commission unanimously agreed that the District should continue to crack down on unsafe drivers and consider escalating fines for repeat offenders. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW.

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Reese works to rebuild Coolidge girls basketball By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Saladin Reese takes over Coolidge’s girls basketball program. The Colts’ first-year head coach brings a resume that includes serving as an assistant coach at national powerhouse Riverdale Baptist. Reese also worked with most of Coolidge’s players through the Team Sol AAU program prior to this season.

On the back of Saladin Reese’s new business cards is the phrase: “Lady Colts, a new chapter.” As he takes over the Coolidge’s girls basketball program this season, the coach is ready to give his team a fresh start. Reese comes to the District after serving as an assistant coach for Riverdale Baptist’s nationally recognized program. While that experience provides him with a blueprint for creating a winner, another aspect of Reese’s background could prove more significant: In 2003, he established a local Amateur Athletic Union squad, Team Sol. Most of Coolidge’s players came through that program, which means Reese has already had the chance to work with many of Colts before becoming their coach this season. “I know them, and I know their parents,” said Reese. “Some of them I’ve known since they were about 10 years old.”

So far this season, the team has struggled through a 2-5 record, but they’ve played a tough out-of-conference schedule. The Colts also showed promise in a very close game with local powerhouse Visitation Thursday night, taking the Cubs to overtime before eventually falling 56-52. “We came out of the gate looking for the best [competition] that we could to play, so we could prepare for league play,” Reese said. Three talented players will take the reins for the Colts this season. Coolidge’s go-to is junior guard Essence Brown, whom Reese described as “probably the best allaround player that we have. She fills up every stat sheet. She’s a good scorer, fast, and a good defender and rebounder. She does it all for us.” While Brown is the main scorer, the Colts will look to sophomore point guard Khadejah Whitner to guide the offense and get her teammates in position. “She handles the ball well and has a nice shot,” said Reese. “She’s See Colts/Page 12

Mighty Frogs could be among the area’s elite boys basketball squads By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

In a recent game at Bullis, Maret faced a two-point deficit with only a few seconds remaining on the clock. It was the type of game the Frogs boys basketball team would have lost last season — a down-to-the-wire test in a hostile environment. But junior guard Steffen Davis dropped a cold-blooded three-point shot to lift Maret to a thrilling 54-51 win. That play and win on Dec. 15 epitomized the team’s growth and high expectations for this season. “I saw fight, resilience and guys that want to win and that were having fun,” said Frogs fourth-year coach Garrett O’Donnell. “I think the kids have high expectations for themselves.” So far this season, winning has been the norm for Maret. The team boasts a 6-2 record, including three straight wins at the end of November to win St. Albans’ Bishop Walker Invitational Tournament. Other coaches around the area, including Eric Singletary of Sidwell — Maret’s MidAtlantic Conference rival — have taken notice. The Quakers coach was quick to mention the Frogs when asked about the area’s best teams.

That is exactly what the Frogs are — a team, based on unity rather than dependence on a go-to guy. That balanced versatility makes the Frogs a threat this year, in their coach’s eyes.

❝We need to put a banner up and get a MAC championship.❞ — Maret junior guard Steffen Davis “We don’t have any superstars; we have a collective group,” said O’Donnell. “Occasionally we have one guy step up and score 20 [points], but a perfect situation is we have six guys averaging 12 points. We don’t set it up for one kid — we set it up for the team, and a team concept.” The Frogs’ veteran squad, which has eight juniors and seniors and just two sophomores, will be led by senior Marlon Beck from the point guard position. “Marlon is a warrior,” O’Donnell said of Beck, who is being recruited to play at the college level. “He plays through pain, adversity, and he just goes like the Energizer Bunny. He is just mentally and physically tough.” Beck is joined in the backcourt by Davis, a great catch-and-shoot player who can also drive the ball to the rim when the need arises.

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The Frogs have a battle-tested roster coming into the season. So far their experience has paid dividends as the team showed poise in a narrow win against Bullis on Dec. 15. Davis is also a strong player mentally, according to his coach. “He was struggling for a little while, but was really working and maintained a great attitude,” said O’Donnell. “He put himself in position to hit a big shot for us [against Bullis].” The team also has three players on the wings who can give defenses fits — sophomore Austin Green, senior Jalen Barnes and senior Adam Zeitler. Meanwhile, the Frogs’ frontline is anchored by a pair of athletic football players — seniors Tre Bowens and Ture’ Lawrence. Although

neither player is especially tall, O’Donnell said they make up for it in a variety of ways. “We aren’t really tall, but they’re tough,” he said of the team’s frontcourt. “They’re physical, and they just have the ultimate will to win.” The team’s overall chemistry and versatility have the Frogs thinking big this year. “We need to put a banner up and get a MAC championship,” Davis said with conviction. “That’s really what I’ve been looking forward to since my freshman year. When conference play comes around, we need to buckle down to get it.”

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Cadets rally from big deficit to edge Ireton By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer


When the final buzzer sounded Friday night, St. John’s students, including some dressed in festive elf and Santa Claus costumes, stormed the court. St. John’s had reason to celebrate, having erased a 13-point halftime deficit to upset locally ranked Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foe Bishop Ireton 61-56. “If it’s this intense in December, you can only imagine what it will be like in February,” Cadets first-year coach Sean McAloon said of the WCAC. Junior guard Darian Anderson led the Cadets with 15 points, while fellow junior James Palmer added 10. The Cadets had endured a heap of adversity by the time they went into the locker room at halftime. The team had been outscored 25-7 in the second quarter and faced a doubledigit deficit. But the team remained poised and got back to first-year coach Sean McAloon’s central principle — win by playing with a defense-first mentality. “Ireton came out in the second quarter and just smacked us in the face,” said McAloon. “We weren’t getting back [on defense]. In the second half [Ireton] had one point per minute, and that’s the way we need to play — aggressively and inyour-face.”

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St. John’s students stormed the court to celebrate the big win Friday. St. John’s was the aggressor after intermission and allowed just 16 second-half points, while piling up 34 points. The turning point in the game came with less than three minutes to play. First, junior guard Allante Holston threw down a thunderous dunk to tie the game at 53. Then, on the Cadets’ next trip down the court, Palmer drilled a three-point shot right in front of the Cadets’ student section to swing momentum firmly

behind St. John’s and give the team a 56-53 edge. The Cardinals managed to tie the game at 56, but Palmer slammed the door shut on Ireton’s hopes when he drove through the lane and hit an off-balance floater to give the Cadets a 58-56 edge. The shot sent the Cadets’ fans into a frenzy and a gave the team lead for good. “I just saw an opening and took it and finished at the basket,” Palmer said of the clutch go-ahead shot.

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good at running the offense. She’s in control when she’s running the floor.” The team also has a great outside shooter in Cydney Green, who can also pound the ball in the post. “She’s the workhorse of the group,” said Reese. “She’s strong as a bull. She’s very athletic and can shoot threes.” While those three players give the Colts a strong nucleus, the team faces a schematic challenge with only 10 players on its roster. “We will be more of a zone defensive team with man principles,” said Reese. “We have speed, but we don’t have a lot of [depth], so if we do too much up-tempo it might wear us down at the end of games.” Meanwhile, the Colts offense will give all of the players a chance to shine. “Offensively we want to play mid-tempo,” said Reese. “We have a lot of athletes. We want to get everyone away from the basket and let them showcase their skills within the offense.” Despite the team’s short bench and the learning curve he faces personally, Reese has high expectations this season. “I’m a coach, so my expectation is to win the championship,” said Reese. “But realistically I’m just trying learn the [DCIAA] and how things are done and how the competition is.”

Scores Boys basketball

O’Connell 83, St. John’s 75

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Essence Brown will carry the load for the Colts.

Sidwell 82, Georgetown Prep 56 St. Albans 63, Riverdale Country 53 Sidwell 64, Potomac School 59 St. Albans 46, Bishop Ford 37 St. John’s 61, Ireton 56 Findlay Prep 73, Coolidge 63

Girls basketball

Coolidge 58, Don Bosco 18 St. John’s 49, Albergue 27 Visitation 56, Coolidge 52 Holton-Arms 42, Sidwell 38 St. John’s 53, CIAPR 41

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Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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

Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA D.C. Office on Aging this issue of Spotlight on Community Living is on communities and volunteerism and it is a nice complement to my message last month on an age-friendly washington, Dc as it is about us ensuring that our seniors remain in the “fabric of this city”. as we consider the communities across the District of columbia, we can agree that there are many unmet needs and that there are caring and dedicated seniors and other volunteers who are working to meet some of the needs. moreover, as i go across the city, i often hear from seniors who want to volunteer their time in a meaningful way. the Dc office on aging has responded by bolstering its ambassador Program that was started in 2012. as you may recall, the purpose of the ambassador Program is to educate volunteers on the programs and services offered by the agency so that they would be equipped with the necessary information to tell their family members, neighbors, church members, and others about our agency. in less than a year, we have trained well over 200 volunteers and now we are adding three new components to the ambassador Program that will afford volunteers an opportunity to be actively engaged in addressing needs in our community through the intergenerational service, Discharge and transition service, and library courier service to nursing home residents. i am pleased to announce that Dcoa has partnered with youth build, a Dc public charter school, to rehabilitate

seniors’ homes in the District of columbia. this program is a win-win situation for all parties. the youth build students have opportunities to develop home improvement skills while the seniors benefit from the practically free services (the seniors are responsible for purchasing the materials for the projects). in just a couple of months, seven seniors have been fortunate to have the following improvements made to their homes: painting, replaced ceiling tiles, sealed exterior porches and cement steps, and a repaired leaking porch ceiling. as we continue to partner with youth build, we have now established a partnership with langdon education campus in ward 5 and will roll out an intergenerational Program on January 28, 2013. through this newest partnership, Dcoa will identify seniors who are interested in working with students in langdon education campus’s early childhood education Programs. senior partners will participate in story time, a time when they will read to the children and the children will read to them. senior partners will also assist teachers during recess and lunch time. as we understand that some children may not get the necessary supports and nurturing at home, research tells us that similar programs in other jurisdictions have improved the social and academic outcomes of children. moreover, seniors benefit as they remain actively engaged mentally and physically as they interact and mold our future leaders. based on

my observation of my father who has participated in a similar program for the past six years in columbia, south carolina, i am confident that seniors will find that this is a very rewarding program that will keep them socially connected in a meaningful way. in 2013, we also plan to begin a new partnership with our interested Dcoa ambassadors in identifying and assisting vulnerable residents, who are being discharged from hospitals, in locating the necessary home and community-based services that prevent unnecessary rehospitalizations and premature nursing home placements. additionally, we will partner with the Dc Public library and area nursing homes in establishing a book club for residents in nursing homes. the premise is that nursing home residents don’t lose the interest in reading books and utilizing other library resources when they go into a nursing home; however, we simply have not established a system for them to access such services. as you can see, we have some very exciting programs that are underway and i hope that you share the same enthusiasm in desiring to touch the lives of an early childhood education student and/or a senior. if you are interested in volunteering your time in any of the aforementioned opportunities or if you would like to donate home improvement supplies to support home improvement projects, please contact tony moreno, strategic planner at Dc office on aging, at 202-5351372 or ~

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SeniorS Celebrate the holidayS at the d.C. armory Nearly 3200 seniors celebrated the holidays at the D.C. Armory for the Mayor’s 15th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. Mayor Vincent C. Gray greeted those in attendance as well as Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. The event provided information and senior resource exhibits, health and safety exhibits, free health screenings and immunizations, counseling and facials and manicures. “Captain Fly” from WPFW 89.3 FM and WYCB Spirit 1340 AM served as the Master of Ceremonies for the stage show which included live music from former lead singer for the Spinners Frank Washington, HALO Band and Comedian Greg Cooper, Captain Fly. Seniors were also treated to music from a DJ and performances from senior groups the Asian Senior Service Center, Vida Senior Centers and the Our Lady Queen of Peace Line Senior Dancers. No event would be complete without a workout from fitness coordinators William Yates, Hayes Senior Wellness Center, Walter Smith and Yummy Tyler who led chair exercise, dance movement and Zumba to get seniors moving before the start of the official program.

The American Kidney Fund provided free health screenings for seniors, testing kidney health, cholesterol, blood pressure and more.

Executive Director John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Tonya J. Smallwood, Chief Executive, Family Matters of Greater Washington; and MC Captain Fly, program host, WPFW 89.3 FM and Spirit WYCB 1340 AM pose at the stage during the event.

The event was presented by the D.C. Office on Aging and Family Matters of Greater Washington. Community partner AARP supported the event and volunteers from the armed forces, local schools, PEPCO and various community organizations assisted the seniors throughout the day. ~

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very SpeCial SeniorS SeleCted The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the DC Office on Aging (DCOA) recognized five very special seniors in the District of Columbia from a number of nominations submitted from the public that identified the seniors who improved the lives of District seniors through the creation of community-based programs and/or advocacy in 2012. Other seniors were identified because they were in need of holiday cheer. The seniors selected received a hand delivered special treat from MPD and DCOA on Monday, December 24. The Very Special Seniors selected (in no particular order) were: Ms. Willie Nelson Mr. Johnnie Cain Ms. Elizabeth Hicks Mr. Raymond Ball Ms. Maureen Gehrig Cook

preparing for Winter emergenCieS Now is the time to prepare for possible winter emergencies. Once you learn of a cold or winter weather alert, such as a winter storm warning, listen to the broadcast media about the weather conditions. Seniors are urged to follow certain protective measures, including: staying in warm places, wearing several layers of dry clothing, wearing a windproof outer layer, rescheduling appointments if possible, and storing canned goods and prescription medicines in case you cannot get out to a store. See www.72hours. for information on preparing for emergencies and save these phone numbers: IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE Emergency Assistance 911 In a life-threatening situation, call 911 for Police, Fire and ambulance services. There is a charge for DC ambulance transportation to healthcare facilities. Medicare Part A recipients can be reimbursed. n

Hypothermia/Shelter Hotline (202) 399-7093 or (800) 535-7252 The hotline offers assistance to persons in need of overnight shelter, and support for those living in the streets. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. n

GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE DC Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (202) 442-9557 If the heat system is not working in your rental apartment building, notify n

the property management. If you do not receive a response, you can call the Housing Inspections Office for assistance during business hours. On weekends and after hours, call the Office of Emergency Management at (202) 727-6161. DC Call Center (202) 311 To report public streets that need snow and ice clearing and removal. Also, the main number for DC residents to report a problem or violation, offer feedback to the Mayor, or obtain government information. n

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (202) 727-6161 This office can give you information about shelters, where to get blankets, heaters and oil, and whom to contact for other assistance. Also for non-medical emergency assistance and service information on holidays, weekends and after hours. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. n

D.C. Office on Aging (202) 724-5626 The Information and Assistance Office can link seniors with needed services and provide general information on keeping warm. The Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. n

D.C. Energy Office Hotline (202) 673-6750 n

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

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January 8th • 11am seabury resources for the aging will present “thyroid awareness symptoms & signs” at green valley senior nutrition site, 2412 franklin street, ne. for more information, contact vivian grayton at (202) 529-8701.

9th • 9am the ward 5 advisory council meeting will be held at seabury resources for aging, 2900 newton street, ne. for more information, contact vivian grayton (202) 529-8701.

9th • 11:30am seabury resources for the aging will present an elder abuse seminar at Delta towers, 1400 florida ave., ne. for more information, contact vivian grayton (202) 529-8701.

15th • 11:30am the seabury resources for the aging will present what is strep throat & why is it Different at the edgewood terrace senior nutrition site, 635 edgewood street, ne. for more information, contact vivian grayton at (202) 529-8701.

22nd • 11:30am 22nd 11:30a the seabury resources for the aging will present what are the symptoms of glaucoma at the ft. lincoln ii senior nutrition site, 3001 bladensburg rd., ne. for more information contact vivian grayton at (202) 529-8701.

28th • 10am–2pm the asbury Dwellings, located 1616 marion street, nw will host an open house. find out more about the program and what services are available to seniors. for more information, contact alice murrell at (202) 397-1725.

the diStriCt iS Seeking CentenarianS The D.C. Office on Aging is looking for persons age 100 and older to honor at a special luncheon for centenarians later this year. If you know of someone who should be included, call the Office on Aging at 202-724-5626 to make sure they are registered as a District of Columbia centenarian. Please provide their name, birth date and contact information so that we can invite them to the celebration. ~

Senior village initiative in Ward 4 iS developing Building on the enthusiasm of the October 25 open house sponsored by North Washington Neighbors Incorporated, a group of twenty-six residents met to discuss their interest in starting a village to assist seniors who want to age in place in their homes in Ward 4. Representatives from the Brightwood, Colonial Village, Crestwood, Manor Park, North Portal Estates, Shepherd Park, and Takoma DC neighborhoods participated in this first meeting of the Ward 4 Senior Village Steering Committee. They talked about their expectations for services within a village to support seniors, as well as what seniors themselves could contribute to their communities and their own support systems. For example, seniors can call other seniors by phone to check on their welfare. Everyone was excited about the prospect of remaining among their friends and neighbors, and undaunted about the amount of work that lies ahead. Assisted by helpful documents supplied by the DC Office on Aging, like the DCOA and Montgomery County blueprints for starting a senior village, the steering committee agreed to form several subcommittees to do work on communications, concept development and needs assessment, fundraising, governance, and volunteer recruitment, retention, and management. The group discussed starting a village as a pilot project that could serve as a model for other villages to serve residents because there are more than 17,000 seniors residing in Ward 4. The subcommittees are forging ahead with their work and the full Ward 4 Senior Village Steering Committee is expected to meet again on January 31 to continue its work. Based upon the amount of time other senior villages, such as the Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, and Georgetown senior villages needed to get started, it is reasonable to expect that with a bit of luck and hard work, a village might be in place to serve some of the seniors in Ward 4 by the end of 2013. ~

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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Year 3 Atlanta and Year 3 Nottingham classes have been studying the author Roald Dahl as part of the English unit “Authors and Letters”. We have used various Roald Dahl stories as inspiration for our English work, and everyone in the class has really enjoyed it. From “James and the Giant Peach”, some of us looked at the characters of Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker and used their descriptions to help write a poem about a longlost relative. We also looked at some of the other nasty characters Roald Dahl had created in “The Twits”, and we created our own Twit family members using some gruesome and disgusting adjectives and comparisons. From the “The BFG”, we thought about what ingredients we would put in our dreams. Some of the ingredients we considered were a tablespoon of friendship, a sprinkle of respect and a drop of the sun. We also studied “George’s Marvelous Medicine” and used this to help us write our own Roald Dahl-style story. Instead of medicine, some of us used disgusting cakes, and we also changed our main characters. It was great fun using Roald Dahl’s fantastic books to help us with our writing. — Josie Gregory and Andre Wahba, Year 3 Atlanta (second-graders)

Edmund Burke School

The Edmund Burke School is a very special place compared to all other schools I have encountered. One of the things that characterizes Burke is that the teachers are invested in their students’ education. I know that this can be said about most other schools, but Burke teachers are different because they make every effort to help every student feel comfortable for who they are. The teachers are always willing to help their students at lunch, break, after school, and even on some of the students’ free periods. And the teacher-student relationship is great because you call them by their first names, and you feel that the teachers care about you and try to help you do well. The class size at Burke is small, ranging from 12 to 16 students! This allows all of the students to get individualized learning, which is very helpful because everyone learns at their own pace. We have clubs that meet often, and students can create any type of club, from stage combat to chess. You can be a member of many clubs and can get funding from the student government to have a club party or to cover other expenses. Clubs are a great part of Burke’s culture. — Ian Bergman, eighth-grader

Holy Trinity School

In Spanish class, Ms. Johnson, a member of Holy Trinity, stopped by


the second-grade class and told us about El Salvador and a Christmas card competition to raise money for a school there. Well, I and some others were very excited about the idea! Two kids from Holy Trinity School would have their cards chosen to be printed for the fundraiser. Everyone worked hard on their cards for Miss Green and Señora Ortiz. We waited for three days to hear whose card was chosen. A fourth-grader won, and so did one of us! Señora Ortiz came to our class and announced the winner, but the card did not have a student’s name on it. She asked other students, and I rose my hand. It was my card. I could not believe it! Everyone worked hard, and our second grade will be able to help this school. — Rowan Clancy, second-grader

Maret School

In third grade, we are reading realistic fiction (a story that is not real but could be real). We just finished “Esperanza Rising,” which is historical fiction. Esperanza is a girl whose father died and house burned down. She moved to California to work on a farm. Even though there were problems in her life, Esperanza learned to “wait a little bit and the fruit will fall into your hand.” This means that if you are patient, good things will happen to you. We also read “Loser.” It is about a kid named Zinkoff who is always smiling. He has a few problems in school and trouble with friends, but things work out well for him in the end. Now we are reading “In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson,” which is about a little girl who lives in China and moves to America. Our third-grade reading is very fun. Some people are reading “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and others are reading “The Genius Files.” These are not what they sound like. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is about three children whose parents die and they move to a relative’s house. We are going to stop there so if you read it, we will not have spoiled it. — Rhian Jones, Ben Popkin and Annabelle Sprenger, third-graders

St. Ann’s Academy

Most recently, the second grade visited the National Museum of Natural History to discover the world of dinosaurs. They have been studying dinosaurs and fossils and ended the unit with a field trip. In addition, they attended “Seasons of Light” at the Discovery Theater and learned about winter celebrations from around the world. We joined all of the students for our Christmas concert at St. Ann’s Church, and there was a reception in the gym following the concert. After our return from Christmas break, we will be busy learning

many new things and preparing for the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Communion. — Second-graders

School Without Walls

The last week of school before vacation: midterms, last-minute studying, holiday spirit and excitement for the break. After the past week of midterm tests for our yearlong classes, I think that it’s safe to say that everybody is ready for a rest. Although the break may not be entirely relaxing for many, especially for juniors with the SAT coming up, it has definitely been long anticipated and will be much welcomed. Even though midterms have been on most people’s minds, school life continues. On Wednesday, the National Institute of Drug Abuse announced the results of its 2012 “Monitoring the Future” survey at the National Press Club. Walls had the opportunity to send student representatives to attend this press conference. These results tracked the annual drug abuse trends among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students, including attitudes toward and perceived risk of specific drugs. Student representatives, including two seniors doing their senior projects on drug abuse and the two Current Newspapers correspondents — Ellie and myself — were able to ask questions and meet the featured speakers. This opportunity was relevant to the school not only because of the age group on which it focused but also because Walls is a member of the “Community of Concern” — an organization that seeks to promote awareness and prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. — Delmar Tarragó, 11th grader

Sheridan School

The holidays are coming and Sheridan is ready for them! Here at Sheridan, students enjoy celebrating holidays throughout the year, and all of the winter holidays are always appreciated, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. From the beginning of kindergarten, students are welcomed into the jolly feel of Sheridan’s love for holiday celebrations, especially when they get pillows made by their eighth-grade buddies. We do not support any religion over another, making the holiday season welcoming for all students. “I think Sheridan celebrates holidays in a way that is inclusive and compassionate to all cultures,” said eighthgrader Alex Satola. During the holiday season at Sheridan, students think of others who are less fortunate. This year we collected toiletries to donate to a homeless shelter, and the seventhgraders collected supplies for a school affected by Hurricane Sandy. Sheridan is a great place to express your fervor for the holidays, and this year is no exception! — Karis Felton, William McCormick and Eleanor Kimmelman, eighth-graders

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SW/WATERFRONT $489,000 This beautifully renovated 3BR, 2BA end townhouse is perfect! Quality through-out! Park by door! Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 202-329-5396 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 16TH ST HEIGHTS TWO AFFORDABLE 1BR Co-op Units: one renov and one sweat equity unit priced at $175,000 & $130,000. Low fees, pet friendly, Art Deco elevator Bldg w/deck, 1 block to RC Pk/Carter Barron, bike lanes, up & coming designated ”DC Art District” w/ trendy restaurant coming! Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 ARLINGTON $230,000 RARELY on the market!! Spacious 2BR unit at The Arbors of Arlington, a clustered set of garden bldg w/central courtyard. Unit has tree-house feel w/arched entries, new carpet w/well-preserved wood flrs beneath. Conveniently located at Rte 50 & Glebe Rd, one mile to Ballston Metro, Community Ctr w/gym, courts Tasia Pappas Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 AVENEL $1,750,000 STUNNING $1 million dollar renov of prime golf course home. Exquisite KIT, high ceilings, amazing entertaining spaces, wrap-around multi-level deck & pool with magnificent views of the premier 18th Fairway at Avenel’s TPC Golf Course. 1st flr master and guest quarters. The finest in golf course living with Avenel’s legendary amenities. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BETHESDA, MD $1,499,000 SERENE, CHARMING BEAUTY! Renov home in Whitman Sch Dist on almost an acre of lovely grounds. SS/Gran KIT, adjoining FR, fully fin LL w/FBA. HWs, 2FPs, att Gar. All new, waiting for YOU! Cheryl Kurss 301-346-6615 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 BROOKLAND $295,000 THREE BEDROOM home w/HWFs, deep

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back yard & patio. Easy access to downtown & Metro. Norris Dodson 202-486-7800 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777 CHEVY CHASE DC $1,695,000 RENOVATED and expanded home near Friendship Hts metro! Previous ambassador’s residence! Bright, sunny, tree-top views. Prof KIT, 6BR, 4BA, wired, 2-car garage, backyard. 3913 Huntington St. Vassiliki Economides 202-345-2429 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

renov eat-in KIT w/gran & ss appl. Lg BR w/built-in bookcase w/9 dresser drawers & ceiling fan. Lots of closet space. Bike stor, xstorage conveys. 4 blk to Metro. Adam Isaacson 301-775-0900 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

CLEVELAND PARK $499,204 TRUE 3BR, 2BA Flat w/high ceils, highgloss parquet flrs, triple exposure thru brand new windows & atrium door to balcony/patio. Recently painted, both a LR and DR and light-filled eat-in KIT w/wall of shelves for your cookbooks, CLEVELAND PARK $299,000 and a walk-in pantry close to the sep KIT CHARMING 1BR beautifully situated in door. Gracious & spacious. one of DC’s Best Addresses. Near Metro, Elizabeth Russell shops, restaurants. Charm-filled. Unique Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 foyer w/large coat closet, spacious LR, ts $399,900 KIT, HWFs in LR & BR, spacious WIC in DUPONT BRIGHT AND OPEN 2BR, 1BA condo BR. Large windows, lots of character. minutes from Dupont and Adams Morgan Ingrid Suisman / Tatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 on quiet Riggs Place. Property features both vintage charm and modern finishes. CLEVELAND PARK $299,000 Remodeled Gour KIT w/slate flrs, quartz CHARMING corner unit w/mod conven. countertops, custom cabinetry, and highSun-filled w/orig parquet flrs, spacious end ss appls. WICs and tons of storage LR w/ceil fan & bookshelf extends into space. A rare find in the heart of

Washington. Michael Cunningham 202-590-6712 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

GLOVER PARK $237,000 REACH TO THE MOON!!! Penthouselike top floor, spacious, bright and elegant 1BR, 1BA co-op w/treetop views in highly desirable Glover Pk. Dining area, HWFs, Garage PKG. Fee incls utilities & taxes. Bldg has fitness rm. Mins to Gtown & Wisconsin Ave Commercial strip, new Safeway & Whole foods Ruth Sullivan 202-255-4562 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 GLOVER PARK $274,950 NEW PRICE!!!! Bright, Spacious & Elegant! What a location - steps away from the Wisconsin Ave corridor! Fantastic 2BR, 1BA co-op in the center of Glover Park with parquet floors, windows galore, PARKING SPACE, and pet friendly (under 30 lbs). Come by and visit. Elaine Conroy 202-744-6291 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 NW / BRIGHTWOOD $524,500 NEWLY UPDATED, modern featured Colonial! So much love lavished on this solid brick charmer. Sellers are so sad to be moving from DC! But IT'S YOUR GAIN! Updtd Gour KIT! Stunning New FR/MSte! New HE Windows & gas furnace! Pristine refin HWFs thruout! Contemp plantation shutters! Big yard! Big New Deck! So Much Value! Walk to parks, Safeway, Takoma METRO! Mitch Story 202-270-4514 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

GEORGETOWN $1,900,000 ENJOY 4 finished levels, incl 3BR, 3.5BA w/custom dressing room off the MSte. Main flr w/dble parlor LRs, 10’ ceilings, library, 3 frplcs, built-ins. Large formal DR & gour KIT w/FR opening to secluded English garden. Perfectly located nr White House, Reagan National Airport, Kennedy Center, Rock Creek Pk, Potomac River, Shops and Restaurants. Escape to your private residence in the heart of the city. 1505 28th St NW. Sally Widmayer 202-215-6174 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

PENN QUARTER $440,000 SPACIOUS 1BR located in the heart of Penn Quarter. Minutes from any one of four Metro stops, fine dining, museums, shops and much more! Joana Prat-August 703-943-9392 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

GEORGETOWN $2,150,000 JUST LISTED! Stunning Semi-detached Georgian Colonial with 4BR, 3.5BA awash with light from loads of windows! Generous rooms with huge LR accented by French drs to lovely priv patio/garden, formal DR & new gour KIT w/ss & stone counters. Grand Mste and sumptuous BA, spacious FR, 2 FPs, gar PKG & a location

SILVER SPRING / LEISURE WORLD $169,500 TOP-OF-THE-LINE 3BR, 2FBA apt at a great price! Cath ceil, patio, updtd gran/ss KIT. W/D in Laundry Rm, loads of closet space. Cream-colored paint, new deluxe carpet. A 55-or-older community Tim Healy 301-980-4085 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

SILVER SPRING $379,500 EXCITING & immaculate 3BR, 2BA, 2 story home w/marble flrs, entry foyer, HWFs in LR, DR, KIT pantry & updtd appl. Tim Gallagher 301-537-8464 Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777

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Craftsman-style home boasts eco-friendly features


or buyers looking for high style and environmentally friendly living nestled within a tight-knit community, this six-


bedroom home in the Palisades at 5420 Galena Place could be just the thing. Construction recently finished on the new home, and designer Chryssa Wolfe along with Hanlon Design Build spared no detail. The houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multiple living spaces fuse luxurious features like exquisite crown and baseboard moldings, wainscoting and coffered ceilings with state-of-the-art â&#x20AC;&#x153;green buildingâ&#x20AC;? elements. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only single-family home on the market in the District with a geothermal heating-cooling system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a feature that not only benefits the environment but also the buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pocket, as he or she will receive a $35,000 tax credit. The system also helps heat the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water, further lowering utility bills. Other eco-friendly elements throughout the house include LED or low-voltage recessed lighting, high-efficiency low-emittance win-

dows and doors, nontoxic insulation, and an air purification system that continually exchanges clean, fresh air. Not surprisingly, the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy efficiency exceeds building code standards. In addition to its cutting-edge green features, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear the house was created with a designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye. The Craftsman-style home has a Mediterranean feel with its stucco and hand-laid stone exterior. The roof, while steel, effectively mimics Spanish tiles. An arched solid mahogany wood door offers a welcoming entrance. Inside, gleaming wide-planked responsibly harvested hardwood floors, in a rich brown, extend from the foyer throughout the entire main level. Ten-foot ceilings and expansive custom-framed windows lend the home an airy and light feel. Wolfe managed to create an open flow with the floor plan while also carving out defined spaces like separate living, dining and family rooms on this floor, along with a chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, breakfast room and screened porch. The expansive kitchen will delight any home chef. Flanked by an abundance of custom cabinetry with both hardwood and glass doors, an oversized island takes

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This six-bedroom Galena Place home is listed at $2,785,000. center stage with its granite countertop, prep sink, and two Fisher and Paykel drawer dishwashers. The island is punctuated with bright redorange lacquered paint on one side, accompanied by three modern clear plastic stools. Kitchen appliances include a sixburner range with oven, refrigerator and full dishwasher all by KitchenAid, and a vent over the range by Zephyr. Various sightlines from the kitchen into other areas of the main level show off the family room and living room, each with its own fireplace, as well as a view of the expansive staircase, complete with wrought-iron spindles and wainscoting that run from the basement


Palisades. Marvelous new home designed by Chryssa Wolfe. High style & environmentally friendly. 4 levels, 6000+ sf of luxurious living space.  6 BRs, 5 FBAs, 2 HBAs.  Gorgeous pool with patios and dramatic landscaping. $2,785,000 5420 Galena Pl Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374

Those who enjoy entertaining will appreciate a step-down recreation room on the lower level that spans the width of the home. The roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focal point is a gas fireplace framed by an exotic-looking marble surround, which incorporates a built-in hearth bench. The room is large enough to fit a pool table and plenty of seating, and a modern kitchenette along the wall would make accommodating guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; requests seamless. A large storage closet off the main hallway on this level could be converted into a wine cellar. See Home/Page 27


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up to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third floor. Four of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six bedrooms can be found on the second level, including the master, with an additional bedroom on the third floor and one on the walkout lower level. En-suite bathrooms accompany all the bedrooms, each with its own unique design. The master bath, for example, has a clean look that incorporates Arabescato marble in the double vanity, in the glassenclosed shower and around its soaking tub. A Jack-and-Jill bathroom on this floor uses natural stone in its double vanity, which sits atop two wood medicine cabinets.

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Chevy Chase, MD. Construction is starting on this impressive and grand residence. Sited on an expansive lot with thoughtful outdoor spaces to explore. 5 BRS, 4.5 BAs. $1,895,000 Eric Murtagh  301-652-8971 Marina Krapiva  301-792-5681

Georgetown. Transformed 3 BR, 3.5 BA home w/elevator. Gourmet eat-in kitchen, LR w/granite frpl, family rm. Master BR w/adj office & dressing rm. Stone terraced patio. Gated community w/pool, tennis & 24 hour security. $1,750,000 Lynn Bulmer 202-257-2410

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Chevy Chase, MD. Rolling Wood Custom Tudor done to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;nineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? Light filled, gourmet kit opens to family rm. 4 BRs, 4.5 BAs includes MBR suite. Office w/sep.entrance, 2nd family rm. Patio, attached garage. $1,425,000 Delia McCormick   301-977-7273 Laura McCaffrey   301-641-4456


Sunny & Serene

Chevy Chase, MD. Contemporary Colonial on quiet cul de sac. Open floor plan, updated kitchen, family rm w/frpl & access to deck. 5 BRS, 3.5 BAs include LL suite + rec rm. Patio, 2 car att. garage. $899,000 Rachel Widder 301-986-1679

Modern & Delightful

Brightwood. Beautiful renovation of detached home w/garage. 4 BRs, 4 BAs, gourmet kitchen w/breakfast bar.MBR w/cathedral ceiling & luxury bath. Hrdwd floors. Finished LL. $659,000 Dina Paxenos 202-256-1624

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in Maryland, in University Park and Greenbelt. In both of those projects, community-based groups joined to ask local institutions with large buildings to serve as host sites for solar-generating electrical systems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a commonly used approach that is becoming more popular across the country. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different about the Shepherd Park project is that all members of the investment group, Ethical Community Solar, also happen to be members of the Washington Ethical Society. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been a homegrown effort within the congregation,â&#x20AC;? said Poppei. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many members wanted to invest in solar personally, and they saw this as an opportunity to fund a renewable source of energy and to do so as a congregation.â&#x20AC;? All the members benefit indirectly as well, since the electricity will help power their buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lights, computers and heating system, thereby reducing operating costs. The investment group, formed as a limited liability corporation, is legally a separate entity from the Washington Ethical Society. Under their arrangement, the corporation will own and maintain the solar panels and will sell back electricity at a discounted rate to the Washington Ethical Society, which maintains ownership of the roof. Heading up the technical side is Steve Skolnik, an ethical society member who also worked on the Greenbelt solar project. A former vice president of John E. Kelly and Sons, Electrical Construction in Upper Marlboro, Md., Skolnik is a master electrician who became increasingly interested in solar energy over the last decade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The environment is warming like crazy as we pour more and more carbon dioxide from fossil fuels into

the atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? Skolnik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to change the way that we do business.â&#x20AC;? Installation will begin next month, when 126 solar panels will be placed on top of Washington Ethical Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof. The flat pitch of the roof and the lack of trees directly surrounding the building offer ideal circumstances for the solar electric generating plant. On sunny days, the panels could produce more energy than the building needs, so that electricity will flow back to the power grid; but on days when snow might be covering the panels, the building will draw its electricity from Pepco, as it always did. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;net meterâ&#x20AC;? installed on the building by Pepco will measure the backward and forward flow of energy to and from its power lines. Skolnik is eager to see more efforts like the one in Shepherd Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and on a larger scale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a 30-kilowatt system on the roof of the Washington Ethical Society. We need to be thinking in the megawatts in order to seriously reduce carbon emissions,â&#x20AC;? he said. New legislation will be necessary to encourage larger solar electric generating systems, Skolnik said. Key to that would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;feed-inâ&#x20AC;? tariffs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in place in countries such as Germany â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whereby power companies are forced to buy back excess energy produced from solar panels, making the technology more attractive to investors. Locally, Ward 7 D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander and Mary Cheh introduced legislation in March that would have established community solar facilities where residents could buy or lease panels that would offset their use of standard electricity. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs held a hearing on the bill in June but did not act on the measure.

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While she may stick to the oldies, both Boechat and Sobin are tech-savvy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sobin has uploaded dozens of videos to YouTube of small episodes in their daily lives, and Boechat checks out her Brazilian hometown newspaper on her iPad. Boechat has lived at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court for the past seven years; previously, she lived in an apartment on Wisconsin Avenue near the Georgetown hair salon where she worked for many years. Growing up in Brazil, Boechat was always a music enthusiast, but her parents discouraged her hobby. She was married and widowed young â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to a husband who also disapproved of her interest in music, and went so far as to sell her violin without her knowledge. In Brazil, Boechat became close friends with a married couple who worked for the U.S. State Department; they eventually invited her to live with them in Washington, and helped her secure dual citizenship. She then attended cosmetology school, and went on to work for 40 years as a hairstylist. Since moving to St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, she has performed at an annual Foggy Bottom block party, a reception at the World Health Organization for senior health awareness, and even the Kennedy Center during an intermission at

its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Page-to-Stageâ&#x20AC;? festival. Boechat and Sobin are something of an unusual couple. Sobin said they have been together since he moved in next door to her at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five years ago. Less than a decade ago, Sobin was still finishing up 12 years in prison on charges of racketeering, fraud and promoting the sexual performance of a child. He owned strip clubs and brothels in D.C., and produced and starred in pornographic films. After his release, Sobin ran for mayor and founded the Safe Streets Arts Foundation, which encourages art and music programs in prisons, and exhibits and sells artworks by prisoners. Sobin said he sees a connection between his work with prisoners and his encouragement of seniors like Boechat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People, when getting older, become depressed and anxious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; similar to those incarcerated,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music is very liberating. It puts you in another world. â&#x20AC;Ś I very much wanted to transfer that to other situations where people are in need of hope and uplifting.â&#x20AC;? Boechat and Sobin said they would like to cut one or two more albums, and at the end of January, they will host a CD release party at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court. Albums are available for purchase by contacting

AWARDS: Mayor recognizes local volunteers From Page 1

and inspire all residents to do their part in making Washington, D.C. a world-class city for all.â&#x20AC;? For DC SCORES, a nonprofit that started in the District in the 1990s and has since expanded nationally, Amorosino stood out as a volunteer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of things I really appreciate about Francesco is dedication to go wherever we need help,â&#x20AC;? said Sean Hinkle, associate program director at DC SCORES. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He never turns down an assignment and always goes above and beyond.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always laughing and joking with the kids and is really warm, but then he can be serious when needed as well,â&#x20AC;? Hinkle added. The organization uses soccer, poetry and service learning to enrich the lives of more than 1,450 lowincome children at 42 schools across the city. Amorosino, who lives in American University Park, volunteers weekly as a referee at local elementary schools, where he is particularly committed to working with students in wards 7 and 8. He also works at the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer camp and helps out around the DC SCORES office at 1224 M St. NW. A desire to know more about all areas of the city led Amorosino to seek out volunteer opportunities at schools east of the Anacostia River. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids over there have so much passion and pride in playing for their team,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really rewarding.â&#x20AC;? Amorosino is also an accomplished soccer player. A midfielder, he recently committed to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community service

award went to Carolyn Cook, a native Washingtonian, American University graduate and Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commissioner. A womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights advocate, Cook founded United for Equality LLC in 2010 to help ratify the Equal Rights Amendment so that the U.S. Constitution explicitly

â??Service can unite people across geographic and identity barriers.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jeffrey Richardson states that all women are entitled to the same inalienable rights as men. The deadline for ratification of the ERA expired in 1982, leaving women facing gender discrimination with insufficient protection under the law with which to fight their grievances, Cook said. She is also working with the nonprofit Cultural Tourism DC to establish a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history trail in the city. Cook was inspired to become an advisory neighborhood commissioner in 2009, after Hillary Clinton lost her bid to become president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a dearth of women in political office, and during Hillaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concession speech I decided to see what I could do to contribute to public office,â&#x20AC;? Cook said. As commissioner, one of Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals is to improve the quality of life for her community, from improving access to public parking for people with disabilities to installing bus shelters in Chevy Chase and advocating for senior citizens. Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, a volunteer tutor with local nonprofit For Love of Children, located at 1763 Columbia Road, won this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

education award. The longest-serving volunteer at the organization, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill has tutored low-income students one-on-one for 12 years, working primarily in Shaw and Columbia Heights, according to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Serve DC office. Kevin Johnson, a volunteer with the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Service Response Team since 2007, was recognized for emergency preparedness and public safety. Serve DC noted that Johnson has participated in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response to several significant storms, including Hurricane Irene in 2011, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snowmageddonâ&#x20AC;? in 2010, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snowpocalypseâ&#x20AC;? in 2009. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Stefanie Vestal was recognized for national service. A City Year senior corps member, Vestal worked at Garrison Elementary School in Logan Circle as a third-grade teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant in 2006. Vestal also implemented â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heroes,â&#x20AC;? a weekend service-learning and leadershipdevelopment program for middle and high school students in the District. She continues to volunteer with City Year as the co-chair of its alumni association. Januari McKay was honored for her work in HIV/AIDS advocacy, including her focus on educating young people in the District, according to Serve DC. She currently works at Metro TeenAIDS as an AmeriCorps education and curriculum coordinator, and volunteers with local nonprofits, including The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Collective, on HIV/AIDS programming. McKay is also the founder of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rubber Runway,â&#x20AC;? an event that uses visual arts, fashion and music to raise awareness about condom use, healthy relationships and reproductive health.

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Wednesday december 26 Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead an introductory night sky program (for ages 4 through 10 and their families). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concerts ■ Virginia-based group The Peace Ringers will perform popular holiday music on traditional hand bells. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Theatre Alliance of Washington DC will present its winter concert series “Soulful Sessions,” featuring Lori Williams, Robert E. Person, and Allyn Johnson and Divine Order. 7:30 p.m. $20. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 202241-2539. ■ Jazz pianist Dick Morgan and his quartet will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $25. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. Meditation ■ The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Performance ■ Regie Cabico (shown) and Danielle Evennou will host the monthly “Sparkle” event, an open mic poetry series exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. 9 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-3326433. Special event ■ “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly light displays, a model train exhibit, the new Conservation Carousel and live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001

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Events Entertainment Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 31). Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Cleveland Cavaliers. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Dec. 27 Thursday, Thursday december 27 Concerts ■ Sweet Heaven Kings, a 16-member gospel bass and percussion ensemble, will perform holiday songs. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble will perform. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. Discussion ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Kirkeby: A Contemporary Renaissance Man.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will screen Reto Caduff’s 2011 film “The Visual Language of Herbert Matter” as part of its “Swiss Artists on Film” series. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. This film will be screened again Friday at 12:30 p.m. ■ The Phillips Collection will present Lars von Trier’s 1996 film “Breaking the Waves,” about a wife coping with the repercussions of an unexpected accident that leaves her husband paralyzed. 5:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Performance ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-3933000. Sporting event ■ The 2012 Military Bowl will pit Bowling Green against San Jose State. 3 p.m. $25 to $90. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Friday, Dec. 28

Friday december 28 Discussion ■ Ford’s Theatre Society will present a    

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book talk by Dan Van Haften, co-author of “Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason.” 4:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords. org/event/author-talk-dan-van-haften.

Films ■ The National Archives will screen the 2003 films “A Fatal Contradiction” and “A War to End Slavery” as part of its Emancipation Proclamation anniversary series. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The National Gallery of Art will screen the 1945 film “Children of Paradise” as part of its series about French filmmaker Marcel Carné. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances ■ The National Hand Dance Association will present its D.C.-originated take on swing dancing. Lessons at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ American Sign Language users will recite poems and perform songs, skits and jokes. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event ■ A park ranger will host a live animal feeding for all ages. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.

Thursday, december 27 ■ Performance: The Dance Institute of Washington will present its annual Kwanzaa Extravaganza, a pageant of dance, poetry and song in honor of the African-American holiday. 6:30 p.m. $15. Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. The performance will repeat Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Films ■ Rock Creek Park’s “Holiday Planetarium Film Festival” will feature cartoons, at 10 a.m.; “Zula Patrol: Down to Earth,” at 11 a.m.; “Oasis in Space,” at 2 p.m.; “Black Holes: The Edge of Infinity,” at 2:30 p.m.; and “Dawn of the Space Age,” at 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ The National Gallery of Art will screen Michael Hegglin’s 2009 film “The Color of Your Socks: A Year With Pipilotti Rist” as part of its “Swiss Artists on Film” series. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Performances ■ The Keegan Theatre will present a staged reading of “How to Catch a Leprechaun,” a new children’s musical by local playwrights Mario Baldessari and Ethan Slater. Theater games and refreshments will follow. 11 a.m. $5. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. ■ Cajun cellist Sean Grissom will host “Holiday Vaudeville,” which will feature performances by Klezmer quartet the Alexandria Kleztet and clowning company TwoTooFar. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 6 p.m. Special events ■ A park ranger will present a “Winter

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Concerts ■ John Alexander of Greensboro, N.C., will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. ■ The National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble will perform a New Year’s concert with music by Lehár, Strauss and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202842-6941.

Concerts ■ Local jazz band Chaise Lounge will perform festive tunes for a New Year’s Eve performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ A New Year’s Eve concert will feature area musicians Rosa Lamoreaux, J. Reilly Lewis, John Hurd, Diane Heath, Midge Carlton and Ann Colgrove Smith performing works from the American Songbook and a world-premiere organ suite by Justus Parrott. 6 p.m. $20 donation suggested; $5 for students. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119. ■ “A Jazz New Year’s Eve” will feature singer and pianist Freddy Cole performing with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. 7:30 p.m. $90. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Broadway veteran Cheyenne Jackson, Tony Award-winner Nina Arianda, conductor Steven Reineke and members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform tunes from ’50s and ’60s in “Music of the Mad Men Era,” a New Year’s Eve concert. 8:30 p.m. $55 to $150. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.

Discussion ■ Ilene Prusher will discuss her novel “Baghdad Fixer.” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227.

Film ■ The National Archives will screen the 2012 film “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story” as part of its Emancipation Proclamation anniversary series. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Exhibit ■ As part of a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Archives will display the original document. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. East Rotunda Gallery, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. The display will continue Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and

Performance ■ In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Washington Revels Heritage Voices will sing and an historical re-enactor portraying Harriet Tubman will perform a ceremonial bell ringing. 11:30 p.m. Free. Rotunda, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th See Events/Page 21

29 Saturday, SaturdayDec. december 29 Children’s program ■ Children will hear a story about writer and art collector artist Andy Warhol and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Special event ■ A park ranger will host a planetarium program exploring astronomy (ages 7 and older). 4 p.m. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Night Sky” planetarium program on December’s brightest stars, planets and constellations. 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. This program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ A park ranger will lead a family planetarium presentation about the story behind the Mayan apocalypse myth and how it relates to the night sky (for ages 7 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Dec. 30

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Continued From Page 20 streets NW. 202-357-5000. Special events â&#x2013; The Washington Harbour Ice Rink will hold special public skating hours for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. $7 to $14. Washington Harbour Ice Rink, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emancipation Proclamation at 150 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Freedomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve,â&#x20AC;? a daylong commemoration presented by the National Park Service, will feature a vigil with living history performers, from 3 to 3:45 p.m.; a chance to sign a copy of the proclamation and hear about the events of Dec. 31, 1862, from 4 to 5 p.m.; a talk about the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation, from 5 to 5:30 p.m.; a lecture on â&#x20AC;&#x153;1862: The Turning Point for Abolition,â&#x20AC;? from 7 to 7:30 p.m.; a family program on the methods and techniques used by escaped slaves to navigate their way to freedom, from 8 to 9 p.m.; a living history performance on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Emancipation,â&#x20AC;? from 9 to 10 p.m.; a walk from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial by lantern light, from 10 to 11:45 p.m.; and a re-enactment of the Night Watch vigil 150 years ago, from 11:15 to midnight. Free. Lincoln Memorial. 202-426-6841. â&#x2013;  President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage at the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home will ring in the new year with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve,â&#x20AC;? an evening that will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with food, drinks and live music. 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $100; reservations required. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. Tuesday, Jan. 1

Tuesday january 1 Class â&#x2013; Knowledge Commons DC, a community-based school, will kick off its schedule of 50-plus classes in January with a session on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hangover Cures From Around the World.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. $7 materials fee; registration required. 2501 Champlain St. NW. Discussion â&#x2013;  In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum assistant director and curator Hari Jones will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Addition of a Powerful Ally: How the Proclamation Aided the Union Cause.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host an open mic night with poets, musicians and spoken-word performers. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special event â&#x2013;  A daylong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation will feature a dramatic reading by activist and songwriter Bernice Johnson Reagon (shown) and a concert by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, at 9 a.m.; hands-on family activities, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; storyteller Bill Grimette

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Events Entertainment portraying Frederick Douglass in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales of My Friend Mr. Lincoln,â&#x20AC;? from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a group of historical re-enactors portraying Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks and other figures, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and a screening of the 2003 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unchained Memories,â&#x20AC;? about stories of former slaves, at noon. Free. National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.

Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Tour â&#x2013; An in-depth tour of the Washington National Cathedral will explore the Gothic style and its unique characteristics. 3 p.m. $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachustts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Friday, Jan. 4

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Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Dallas Mavericks. 6 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Wednesday, Jan. 2

Wednesday january 2 Class â&#x2013; Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. Concert â&#x2013;  The New York-based Spanglish Fly will perform Latin bugalĂş, the sound the spring from 1960s Spanish Harlem. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Meditation â&#x2013;  The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Film â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will screen three film monographs from different stages of artist Roy Lichtensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The films will be shown again Jan. 3 and 4 at 12:30 p.m. Performance â&#x2013;  Writer, performer and director Holly Bass will host an open mic night with poets, musicians and spoken-word performers. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Special event â&#x2013;  Curators and conservators at the Textile Museum will answer questions and give advice about rugs and textiles. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Thursday, Jan. 3

Thursday january 3 Class â&#x2013; The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will offer a course in Krav Maga, a form of combative selfdefense. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $250. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Classes will run Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 5. Concert â&#x2013;  The D.C.-based Fuse Ensemble will present a performance that combines live

Tuesday, january 1 â&#x2013; Concert: Guitarist Zan McLeod, the Irish arts company New Century Dancers and friends will present a Celtic New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. music with visual elements of interactive video. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Thane Gustafson, professor of government at Georgetown University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Chandra Manning, associate professor of history at Georgetown University and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil War Contraband Camps, Emancipation, and the Reinvention of the American People.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Trapier Theater, Marriott Hall, St. Albans School, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Film â&#x2013;  The Washington Jewish Film Festival will kick off its series with a screening of Sophie Lelloucheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris Manhattan,â&#x20AC;? about an idealistic pharmacist who is obsessed with Woody Allen. Film at 6:15 and 8:45 p.m.; reception at 8 p.m. $25 to $30. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. 202-777-3231. The festival will continue through Jan. 13 at various venues. Meetings â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sherlock,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Whoâ&#x20AC;? and other television series. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  The Graphic Novel Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daytripperâ&#x20AC;? over pizza. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Artist Sees Differently â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Story of the Phillips Collectionâ&#x20AC;?; a lecture by an environmental scientist on Perk Kierkebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geologically inspired paintings of Greenland; and an interactive challenge using Legos, which were invented in Denmark, the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homeland. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations suggested. Phillips

Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring works by Mozart and Poulenc. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Arts@Midday series will feature a semi-staged concert version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amahl and the Night Visitors,â&#x20AC;? Menottiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brief opera about a poor boy, his mother and three special visitors following a star on their way to a miracle. 12:30 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. A full version will be held Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 6 at 4 p.m.; tickets cost $5 to $15. â&#x2013;  The Nighttime Adventure Society will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussion â&#x2013;  David Roll will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler,â&#x20AC;? about Franklin Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close adviser. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performance â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host an open mic night and talent showcase for


all varieties of performers. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Special events â&#x2013; The Progressive International Motorcycle Show will feature hundreds of the latest motorcycles, custom choppers and stunt shows. 3 to 8 p.m. $15; $6 for children ages 6 through 11. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The show will continue Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Ladies DC and Dance Trance DC will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Healthy New You,â&#x20AC;? featuring a panel discussion and fitness class to help professional women create and keep New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions. 6 to 8 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Balance Gym â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thomas Circle, 1111 14th St. NW. 202288-2268. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Brooklyn Nets. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. The Current welcomes submissions for the Events & Entertainment calendar, although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event and include a summary of the event and its date, time, location with complete address, and cost to attend (indicate â&#x20AC;&#x153;freeâ&#x20AC;? if there is no charge). Also, please list a phone number for publication and a phone number for an editor to reach a contact person. Entries may be sent to or The Current, P.O. Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.


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eavenly Jade of the Maya,” highlighting new discoveries made in Guatemala, opened last week at the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, where it will continue through Feb. 15. Featured are jade figurines, full-size re-creations of façades decorating millennia-old pyramids, and largerthan-life depictions of Mayan royals carved in stone.

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The exhibit is a preview of a larger one that will begin an international tour in 2014. Located at 1300 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202623-1213. ■ Poltrona Frau recently opened an exhibit of photographs by Natasha and Valera Cherkashin from their series “Global Underground” and will continue it through Jan. 5. Located at 1010 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-333-1166. ■ “One Journey,” featuring photographs by Duke Ellington School of the Arts alumna Francesca Scott, opened recently at the Ellington Gallery, where it will continue through Jan. 11. Located at 3500 R St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, it is closed through Jan. 4 because of the school’s winter break. 202-282-0123. ■ “Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave,” presenting the Belgian artist’s trompe l’oeil paper representations of historic dresses, has been extended at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Originally scheduled to close at the end of

This effigy censer, on loan from the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of Guatemala, is part of an exhibition at the InterAmerican Bank Development Cultural Center. December, it will continue through Jan. 20. Located at 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for ages 6 through 18. 202-686-5807. ■ “Color Schooled,” highlighting six artists whose work shows influence by the Washington Color School, will close Dec. 31 at Long View Gallery. The exhibit includes works by J. Jordan Bruns, Gian Garofalo, Martina Nehrling, Robert Stuart, Laura Berman and Betty Cleeland. Located at 1234 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-232-4788.

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olger Theatre will stage Shakespeare’s war epic “Henry V” Jan. 22 through March 3 at the Folger Shakespeare Library.


The final play of Shakespeare’s history cycle tells the story of a young king seeking to reunite his strife-town kingdom by launching a campaign to seize the throne of France. After initial success, the king and his troops must confront a vastly superior French force in the fields of Agincourt. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $68. The Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077; ■ The Washington Stage Guild will present the area premiere of Karoline Leach’s romantic thriller “Tryst” Jan. 3 through 25 at the Mount Vermont Place United Methodist Church. Set in 1912 England, “Tryst” focuses on a jaded con-man who preys on well-off women. But will his plans unravel with his latest

conquest? Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240582-0050; ■ Theater J will present the English-language premiere of “Boged (Traitor): An Enemy of the People” Jan. 12 through Feb. 3 at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center. Boaz Gaon and Nir Erez adapted the play from the original by Henrik Ibsen, shifting the action to a small southern town at the edges of the Israeli desert. The town’s mayor is quick to cover up a sudden chemical leak so that he can continue developing a profitable industrial park nearby, but his scientist brother warns that the pollution may poison the region’s water supply. A family feud soon escalates into an all-out political war. Performance times are generally Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. The university is located at 37th and O streets NW. 800-494-8497; ■ The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will present “A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar:

Zach Appelman of Broadway’s “War House” will star as Henry V. Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” Dec. 27 through Jan. 6 at the Kennedy Center Family Theater. The Mermaid Theatre celebrates children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle by bringing to life three of his colorful tales. Performance times are generally 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Tickets cost $18. 202-467-4600;





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RULINgS: Forum examines rules for notice to ANCs hOME

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grumbled that this is not enough — that decision-making authorities in the District government merely acknowledge that neighborhood commissions exist before charting their own course. In some cases, Superior Court Judge Judith Macaluso ruled on Dec. 10, the city doesn’t even do that. She blocked the city from establishing a bus parking facility in Ward 5’s Ivy City community because it didn’t notify the local neighborhood commission of its plans, and didn’t conduct an environmental study that would have evaluated neighbors’ pollution concerns. The court injunction prevents buses from parking at the city’s planned site until the neighborhood commission receives notice and gives input, and until an environmental impact study has been completed. “What’s astonishing to me is after 40 years have transpired, we still have situations in which … people say, ‘Oh yes, there’s that law, but it doesn’t apply here,’” Gary Kopff, the lead plaintiff in the precedent-

setting 1977 case, said at last week’s forum. In the recent bus parking case, the city launched a $2 million project to pave the grounds of the vacant Crummell School in Ivy City, off New York Avenue NE. In an arrangement between the deputy mayor for planning and economic development and the Union Station Redevelopment Corp., the space would hold up to 65 tour buses that the downtown train station couldn’t accommodate. According to court documents, city officials argued that the neighborhood commission didn’t need formal notice — pointing to the fact that the commission passed a resolution on the issue regardless. But the judge sided with residents that the notice was essential in this case, because the resolution addressed only a rumor that the school would become a bus terminal. “The public has a strong interest in enforcement of the requirement that the District consult with ANCs before making licensing decisions that significantly affect the character of a community,” Macaluso wrote.

“When this process is ignored, decisions are by definition unfair and developed on an incomplete record.” Johnny Barnes, the former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area, represented residents in the case. At the forum, he said that for Ivy City, the injunction is a chance for the community to put political pressure on the city to stop its plans, which many feel go against previous pledges to beautify the area. But Barnes said he’s half-hoping that the city will appeal, because Macaluso’s ruling has no formal precedence beyond this particular case. “If the D.C. Court of Appeals renders the same decision, that is the law of the District of Columbia,” said Barnes. While attendees at the forum exulted in the Ivy City outcome, many lamented that neighborhood commissions don’t have more power. “It doesn’t matter if you’re consulted if there are no remedies in the laws to give any substance to your weighing in,” said Ward 4 resident Richard Layman.

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PRESERVATION: League describes ‘endangered’ sites

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grounds — the original Old Methodist Burying Ground, which dates back to 1808, and the Female Union Band Cemetery, established in 1842. The site, recognized as one of the oldest remaining African-American cemeteries in Washington, is “now in a state of disrepair,” according to the preservation league. “[H]eadstones are broken or missing, vegetation grows unchecked, and the sign marking the cemetery has disappeared.” A board of trustees, however, hopes the preservation league’s attention will help speed its planned restoration and improvements at the memorial park. “We feel like it’s going to enable us to proceed with seeking grants and other sources of funding to develop a vision for the area and try to restore it to its historical purpose of honoring our deceased,” said board member Neville Waters, who has ancestral links to the cemetery. The cemetery started out as a burial site for both whites and blacks. The church that is now Dumbarton United Methodist purchased the property in 1808, reserving threequarters of the land for white burials and the rest for African-Americans, mostly slaves, according to a National Park Service document. In 1842, the Female Union Band Society — a cooperative benevolent society of freed black women — purchased a part of the property. Around 1850 began a process of disinterments of white burials at the cemetery, most significantly to the new Oak Hill Cemetery next door. The Mount Zion United Methodist Church, the oldest black congrega-

tion in D.C., acquired the lease to the property, and black burials continued there through 1950. After that, the Park Service document notes, the cemetery suffered from neglect until the 1970s, when a group called the African-American Bicentennial Corp. took over. The group blocked a town house development at the site and helped establish it as both a local and national historic landmark. Today the Mount Zion church continues to fund upkeep of the cemetery, according to Waters. Church representatives were unavailable for comment. Ownership of the land is complicated, though — and according to several sources has prevented proper restoration and maintenance in recent years. Kimberly Bender, who writes a blog called “The Location” about the hidden histories of D.C. properties, started researching the cemetery last year, after a friend took her there for a visit. “It was so neglected it seemed to scream out,” she said. Bender, who was volunteering for the D.C. Preservation League at that time, sparked more interest in the site through a post on her blog and a piece for WAMU. She also nominated the property to this year’s “most endangered” list. The ownership complications at the cemetery have played out through an extended legal battle, which the D.C. Superior Court is supposed to decide soon, according to attorney Richard Gibbs. The case has slowed the Mount Zion Church’s attempt to re-establish a formal lease for the property, according to Gibbs. He said ultimately the goal is for a single board of trustees to represent both cemeter-

ies. Over in Sheridan-Kalorama, the preservation league is concerned about the long-vacant former Thai embassy building at 2300 Kalorama Road. The Royal Thai Government constructed the building in 1920 and kept its embassy there until 1993, when it moved to new quarters on Wisconsin Avenue. Ever since then, neighbors say, the unoccupied building has been disintegrating. “It is our hope that by bringing attention to the condition that the Thai government will, in fact, repair and renovate it,” said Sally Berk of the Sheridan-Kalorama Historical Association, the group that nominated the site as “endangered.” A representative of the Royal Thai Embassy, who spoke anonymously, said the embassy does have plans for the building’s future but couldn’t provide further details. The building is historically significant, Berk said, not only because of its architecture and design pedigree but also because it was the first “purpose-built” embassy in the area — most embassies before it were converted mansions. The embassy building was designed by James Rush Marshall of the famed Hornblower and Marshall firm, best known for creating the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Its concrete walls and balusters were the craftwork of the John Earley Studio, which also designed many features at Meridian Hill Park. Berk said concern rose several years ago when a part of an Earleydesigned baluster fell off, and the Thai government “simply built a brick wall that is just completely insensitive to the architecture of the property.”

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georgetown’s Mount Zion Cemetery is in disrepair, the preservation league says.

The other properties that made it onto the D.C. Preservation League’s “Most Endangered” list for 2012 are: ■ Alexander Crummell School, 1900 Gallaudet St. NE, built in 1912 as an elementary school for AfricanAmerican children. Most recently Mayor Vincent Gray targeted the site for redevelopment as a bus parking facility, leading to community protests and a lawsuit. ■ Bond Bread Factory at 1146 Georgia Ave. NW, built by an experienced bakery architect in 1929 and now owned by Howard University, which plans to redevelop it. ■ Washington Canoe Club, at 3700 Water St. on the Georgetown waterfront, built in 1904 and deemed unsafe for occupancy in 2010 as ownership complications continue. ■ Watchman’s Lodge and Tower, on Donaldson Place in Fort Reno Park, built in 1904 and nominated for the list by the D.C Historic Preservation Office amid concerns about a need for maintenance and roof repairs.

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