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THE NORTHWEST CURRENT School neighbors band together
■ Town-gown: Group urges
city to limit university growth By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
Rightly or wrongly, neighborhood groups see themselves in a David-and-Goliath struggle when they fight university expansion or student housing near their homes. Now the “Davids” are teaming up to
present a united front against several universities currently plotting their growth for the next 10 years. The newly formed District-Wide Coalition of University Neighborhoods hopes to maximize clout at the D.C. Zoning Commission, which rules on campus plans, and with city officials who could change the rules of the game. And the group hopes to provide a counterweight to the Consortium of Universities of the
Washington Metropolitan Area, which helps its members develop their growth plans. On the opening evening of hearings on Georgetown University’s campus plan last Thursday, members of the citywide coalition arrived to listen to and to show support for the several Georgetown neighborhood groups fighting what they call a proposal for “aggressive growth.” The school, which calls the plan See Universities/Page 5
Superfresh plans to shut D.C. store By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
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Maya Soetoro-Ng, half-sister of President Barack Obama, read her new picture book, “Ladder to the Moon,” to kids and their parents at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library on Friday.
The Superfresh store at the Spring Valley Shopping Center could close by mid-June as the supermarket’s bankrupt parent company moves to pull out of the region. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. announced the likely closing of the store at 48th and Yuma streets — its only presence in the District — and 24 others in Maryland and Delaware last week. The move is pending approval from the Montvale, N.J.-based firm’s bankruptcy judge in an April 28 hearing. “It was not in our core market,” A&P spokesperson Scot Hoffman said of the D.C. store, adding that the firm is focusing instead on its presence in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and eastern sections of Maryland and Delaware. Hoffman did not answer questions about the D.C. See Grocery/Page 9
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Superfresh’s parent company is focusing on stores in other regions. Its plan, now pending in bankruptcy court, includes closing its Spring Valley store.
D.C. court reaffirms tenant purchase law
Group aims to get branch of top-performing school
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The D.C. Court of Appeals last week rejected what judges called an “ingenious mechanism” for circumventing the city’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, which requires landlords to offer tenants a right to buy their units before apartment buildings are sold. The case, involving six rental buildings in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and Columbia Heights, could be the last vestige of a controversial — and now illegal — practice that allowed landlords to claim they had not actually sold a building if they transferred only a 95 percent interest and shifted the rest later. Outrage at the socalled 95-5 transactions led the D.C. Council to tighten the tenant opportunity law in 2005. But in this case, a three-judge panel said that owners
U Street area resident Mary Siddall wants her children to have a world-class education. And she’s covering all the bases. Or rather, the BASIS. Siddall is chair of the committee to bring a BASIS charter school to D.C. “It’s the world’s best education,” she said. “That’s what I want for my children,” who are 4, 9 and 11. According to the school’s website, Michael and Olga Block opened the first BASIS campus in
BUSINESS ■ CB2 brings modern style to historic Georgetown. Page 23 ■ Mayor ponders height limit changes to boost wards 7, 8. Page 23
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The appeals court ruling will allow tenant groups at the Barclay, above, and Lanier apartment buildings to pursue challenges to the sale of the properties. Howard and Maxine Bernstein tried to get around the law in mid-2004 by selling a 99.99 percent interest in 11 buildings they owned around the city to a single firm, without offering affected tenants the right to match the See Tenants/Page 7
SPORTS ■ St. John’s lacrosse falls to DeMatha. Page 13. ■ Gonzaga baseball hits hot streak; Wilson gets past Heights. Page 13.
PA S S A G E S ■ D.C. native to shoot feature film in her hometown. Page 15. ■ Potomac Video fetes 30 years despite plans to shut a store. Page 15 .
Tucson, Ariz., in 1998, with a mission to provide American students with an education equal to their peers in top-performing schools across the world. To that end, the school tests students at every grade level to ensure they have mastered the coursework and that they meet international benchmarks for achievement. Students are required to take a minimum of eight Advanced Placement classes in order to graduate. Teachers, meanwhile, are experts in their fields, Siddall said, with advanced degrees from top colleges. See School/Page 5
INDEX Business/23 Calendar/24 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/29 In Your Neighborhood/8 Opinion/10
Passages/15 Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/32 Sports/13 Theater/28
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At-large candidate Biddle addresses Coolidge/Roosevelt controversy By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer
At-large D.C. Council candidate Sekou Biddle is clarifying his stance on the idea of merging Coolidge and Roosevelt high schools following recent controversy on the issue. “There is no plan or proposal to close or consolidate Coolidge or Roosevelt,” Biddle said in an interview yesterday. “I’m willing
to consider all the options presented on the table … but there would be an extended community engagement process. We’re not going to get ahead of that process before we start suggesting anything.” Biddle, formerly the Ward 4 representative on the D.C. State Board of Education, has held the at-large seat on an interim basis since January, when the D.C. Democratic State Committee appointed him to the post. He and others are now campaigning for the
permanent seat as the April 26 special election approaches. A March 22 editorial in The Current, which endorsed Biddle, took note of the candidate’s “suggestion that underenrolled city schools such as Roosevelt and Coolidge might be combined,” particularly since both schools are in need of major physical upgrades. The topic first came up in a March conversation between Biddle and Current publisher Davis Kennedy.
The issue has sparked some strong reactions. On April 12, the Calvin Coolidge Alumni Association started an online petition opposing the idea of a merger. Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser also chimed in. “No way, [no] how will we consider merging these two high schools,” she said in a release. “Instead of advocating for closure, we should all advoSee Council/Page 9
The week ahead Wednesday, April 20 The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will hold its April meeting, which will feature discussion of the District’s fiscal year 2012 budget. Speakers will include D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and at-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 34th and Lowell streets NW.
Thursday, April 21 The D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Section will hold a “Meet the Press” forum. Panelists will include Harry Jaffe of the Washingtonian magazine, Davis Kennedy of The Current, Mike DeBonis and Nikita Stewart of The Washington Post, Tom Sherwood of NBC4 and The Current, and Alan Suderman of Washington City Paper. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Wiley Rein LLP, 1750 K St. NW. Admission costs $15 to $25; to make reservations, call 202-626-3463. ■ The D.C. Preservation League will hold a 40th-anniversary celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S St. NW. The event will include live music, dancing and an open bar; tickets cost $75. For details, visit dcpreservation.org. ■ Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a budget briefing for the Ward 3 community. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District Citizens Advisory Council will hear from Paul Quander, deputy mayor for public safety and justice, and John Ayala, D.C. chapter leader and East Coast director for the Alliance of Guardian Angels. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW.
Monday, April 25 The D.C. Council Subcommittee on Redistricting will hold a public hearing on ward redistricting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. To testify, contact Drew Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-724-8198.
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Tuesday, April 26 The Georgetown Village will hold a community meeting to discuss the group’s progress in establishing an aging-in-place initiative that will help neighbors stay in their homes as they grow older. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW. For details, contact Sharon Lockwood at 202361-2482 or email@example.com. ■ The Foggy Bottom Association’s monthly meeting will include a panel discussion featuring founding members of the new District-Wide Coalition of University Neighborhoods. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Martyr Church, 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
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Wednesday, April 27 The D.C. Council Subcommittee on Redistricting will hold a public hearing on ward redistricting beginning at 10 a.m. in the Council Chamber at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. To testify, contact Drew Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-724-8198. ■ The D.C. Office of Planning will hold an open house on preliminary design concepts for sidewalks and plazas along the Connecticut Avenue corridor between Tilden and Albemarle streets. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room at Archstone Van Ness Apartments, 3003 Van Ness St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a design workshop to solicit community comments on various aspects of the upcoming Giant construction project. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the upper school dining room at Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization will hold a community meeting to discuss modernization of the Takoma Education Campus. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Takoma Recreation Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW.
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Thursday, April 28 The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will hold her fourth annual “State of the Ward 4 Senior Address.” Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from government agencies and local nonprofits. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center, 501 Riggs Road NE. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Reservations are requested; contact Brandon Todd at 202-724-8052 or email@example.com.
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District Digest Broad Branch Road closed for repairs The D.C. Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it is working to repair a section of Broad Branch Road that it closed last week after a sinkhole developed. The road will be closed to through traffic between Brandywine Street and Ridge Road until the â€œrelatively complexâ€? repairs are made, the department says in a release. The department is collaborating with the National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the project. The sinkhole developed Wednesday in the 4300 block of Broad Branch Road. Engineers determined that a culvert for
Soapstone Creek had failed and that further road collapse was â€œimminent,â€? according to the release. The Transportation Department urged motorists and pedestrians not to pass barricades around the closed area unless they need to access the adjacent homes or embassy. Because there is nothing supporting the asphalt for about 20 feet of the roadway, the release warns, â€œit could be very dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.â€?
Ward 2â€™s Evans says he will run in 2012 Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans said at Mondayâ€™s Sheridan-Kalorama advisory neigh-
borhood commission meeting that he has filed to run for re-election in next yearâ€™s Democratic primary. The longest-serving current member of the D.C. Council, Evans was first elected in a 1991 special election. During his remarks, the council member called Mayor Vincent Grayâ€™s proposed budget â€œone of the worst budgets Iâ€™ve ever seen.â€? â€œThis is the time to right-size the government,â€? he said. Evans complained that the proposed tax increase for earners of more than $200,000 from 8.5 percent to 8.9 percent would make D.C.â€™s rate â€œthe highest in the region and one of the highest in the nation.â€? He praised the city for not having unfunded pension liabilities,
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District polls to open on Easter Sunday The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics will open Easter Sunday for voters to cast ballots prior to the April 26 special election. The rabbi of an area synagogue had objected to the timing of Tuesdayâ€™s election, saying that observant Jewish voters would be unable to cast ballots on the day of the election because it falls on the last day of Passover. A D.C. Superior Court judge last week declined to order changes to the election, but elections officials did decide on an additional day of operations at the absentee voting center at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. The center will be open today through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. On Tuesday, voting hours at the cityâ€™s 143 neighborhood precincts will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Board moves several area voting sites The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has shifted five polling places in Northwest for Tuesdayâ€™s special election. In Precinct 5, the board moved the voting site from Christ Episcopal Church to the large meeting room at the Georgetown
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Neighborhood Library at 3260 R St. because the church will be unavailable April 26. In Precinct 13, the board moved voting from St. Margaretâ€™s Episcopal Church to the Fellowship Hall at Goodwill Baptist Church at 1862 Kalorama Road because St. Margaretâ€™s will be unavailable April 26. Two precincts will share the Goodwill space. In Precinct 18, the board moved the polling place from the Henry C. Gregory Family Life Center to the Kennedy Recreation Center gymnasium at 1401 7th St. due to public requests. In Precinct 46, the board relocated the voting site from McFarland Middle School to E.L. Haynes Public Charter Schoolâ€™s campus at 4501 Kansas Ave. Renovations at Haynes had required a temporary move to MacFarland in 2010. In Precinct 63, the voting site moved from Takoma Education Campus to the Takoma Community Center at 300 Van Buren St. because of fire damage at the school.
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UNIVERSITIES From Page 1 â€œmodest,â€? has proposed raising the main-campus population by about a thousand graduate students, developing a campus service road and constructing some projects proposed in the last plan but never realized, such as a new athletic training facility. The coalitionâ€™s steering committee includes residents near American, Georgetown and George Washington universities â€” all girding for fights in the coming months at the Zoning Commission â€” as well as Howard and Catholic universities. The coalition also hopes to recruit neighbors of the University of the District of Columbia, where a fledgling town-gown fight is also brewing. Sally Kram, director of government relations at the university consortium, disputes any â€œDavid-Goliathâ€? imbalance in perennial battles between schools and their neighbors. â€œAdvisory neighborhood commissions receive great weight; community groups can get party status,â€? Kram said. She said the
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and go on to the best universities in the world,â€? said National Center on Education and the Economy president Marc Tucker, a member of the BASIS DC committee. But questions about the proposed schoolâ€™s demographics have dogged the application. At a forum last week at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, executive vice president Michael Petrilli referred to the â€œelephant in the roomâ€? of race and class. â€œThere are various ways people ask it,â€? he said. â€œIs this just going to be a school for upper-middle-class white kids?â€? he asked. Siddall said BASIS would enroll students the way all charter schools do, through a lottery. And to ensure diversity, she said, planners expect to house the school in a central location â€œwhere all eight wards can have equal access.â€? â€œWeâ€™ve already starting doing aggressive marketing and outreach,â€? she said. â€œWe really want to make sure weâ€™re embracing everyone in the city.â€? The board is scheduled to decide on several charter applications, including BASIS, on Monday.
Members of the new coalition say that while universities benefit the city in many ways, they also present distinct challenges to surrounding neighborhoods â€” â€œoverwhelming density and growth, traffic congestion, disruptive noise and safety issues,â€? according to a statement from the group. And universities tend to grow, both to increase offerings and to attract more students, whose tuition is a major source of revenue. When they acquire property for university use, it comes off local tax rolls. Jacqueline Meers, a Spring Valley resident who has been involved in battles over American University for years, helped form the coalition. â€œWeâ€™ve all fought these battles separately for years,â€? she said, â€œbut the battles are very similar, [as are] the results.â€? Meers noted that community groups have had some influence in shaping campus plans, forcing enrollment caps and, for example, a downsizing of the Katzen Arts Center at American University. â€œBut we also had the very tragic lesson of what happened to Foggy Bottom,â€? where she and others say George Washington University has overwhelmed the
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residential community. Asher Corson, a George Washington graduate who also helped form the resident group, contends that his alma materâ€™s success with its campus plan in 2007 â€œset the stage for Georgetown and other universities to pursue massive expansion.â€? In an interview, he said that â€œGeorgetown would not have contemplated something this aggressiveâ€? if George Washington had not led the way. The universities use the â€œstrategy pioneered by GW: highly aggressive, expand as much as possible, and not deterred by overwhelming community opposition,â€? said Corson, president of the Foggy Bottom Association and an advisory neighborhood commissioner. Kram rejected Corsonâ€™s characterization of school expansion efforts as â€œmassiveâ€? or â€œaggressive.â€? George Washington, she said, proposed to build â€œup, not out,â€? concentrating new construction in the center of the campus, partly in response to neighborhood concerns. And the growth of universities is driven largely by the demand for a college-educated workforce, not greed, she said.
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â€œThe teachers are the most amazing teachers Iâ€™ve ever seen,â€? she said. Since its founding, the school has earned top slots on Newsweekâ€™s lists of Americaâ€™s Best High Schools and has expanded to two additional Arizona campuses. According to its website, several more campuses are planned for 2012. And Siddall hopes D.C. will be one of them. Earlier this spring, the committee submitted an application for a new BASIS charter school that would serve grades five through 12, to the D.C. Public Charter School Board. In March, advocates testified before the board. If the program receives a charter, Siddall said, the Blocks would help with teacher training, while a BASIS D.C. team would oversee daily operations. â€œWe come before you because BASIS is a game-changer; it offers the best opportunity that poor and minority students in D.C. will ever get to have a world-class education
Zoning Commission weighs the needs of hundreds of students and faculty members against the concerns â€” often â€œsubjective,â€? according to Kram â€” of smaller groups of neighbors. â€œMany of their arguments are emotional,â€? she said. The coalitionâ€™s founding comes at a crucial time for many neighbors of three local universities. Along with last weekâ€™s kickoff of hearings on Georgetownâ€™s campus plan for 20112020 â€” for which continuation dates have been set for May 12 and 16 â€” a May 2 hearing is scheduled for the University of the Districtâ€™s first-ever campus plan and for its proposal for a new student center on Connecticut Avenue. On May 18, George Washington will present plans â€œto designate recently acquired properties within the campus boundariesâ€? for university use. And on June 9, what promises to be a fierce fight over American Universityâ€™s campus plan will take center stage, possibly continuing into July. Plans to move Americanâ€™s law school to Tenley Circle and to build dorms on a parking lot near private homes have riled residents.
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PSA 201 â– CHEVY CHASE
No offenses reported.
PSA 202 â– FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS PSA 202
TENLEYTOWN/ AU PARK
Burglary â– 4200 block, Butterworth Place; residence; 11:45 a.m. April 11. Theft ($250 plus) â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 11:50 a.m. April 11. Theft (below $250) â– 4200 block, Butterworth Place; residence; 2 p.m. April 10. â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:10 p.m. April 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3900 block, Jenifer St.; street; 5 p.m. April 13.
PSA 203 HILLS / VAN NESS â– FOREST Theft (below $250) â– 3000 block, Van Ness St.; residence; 8:09 p.m. April 12. Theft (shoplifting) â– 4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 8:40 p.m. April 11.
PSA 206 â– GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH Burglary â– 2500 block, Q St.; residence; 12:45 a.m. April 13. â– 3200 block, P St.; store; 4 p.m. April 10. â– 1700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 5:15 p.m. April 12. â– Unspecified location; office building; 7 p.m. April 15. â– 1200 block, 31st St.; office building; 6:54 a.m. April 16. Stolen auto â– 3100 block, K St.; street; 11 a.m. April 13. Theft (below $250) â– 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:35 p.m. April 13. â– 3100 block, South St.; hotel; 4:36 p.m. April 13. â– 3000 block, M St.; store; 5:20 p.m. April 13. â– 3000 block, M St.; store; 2:35 p.m. April 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3000 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 10:30 a.m. April 13. â– 2700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; gas station; 12:30 p.m. April 14.
PSA 207 â– FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END Robbery (gun) â– 2400 block, L St.; sidewalk; 10:40 p.m. April 14. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â– 2500 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 3:55 p.m. April 11.
PSA 208 â– SHERIDAN-KALORAMA
PSA 208 Robbery (force and violence) â– 20th and M streets; street; 5:15 a.m. April 16. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â– 1500 block, K St.; drugstore; 5:32 p.m. April 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â– 1700 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 1:10 a.m. April 16. â– 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:23 p.m. April 16. Burglary â– 1700 block, 20th St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. April 11. â– 1700 block, 20th St.; residence; 8:45 a.m. April 11. â– 1700 block, N St.; office building; 7:20 p.m. April 11. â– 1900 block, S St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. April 13. â– 1700 block, I St.; office building; 11:19 p.m. April 14. Stolen auto â– 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 10 a.m. April 14. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:49 p.m. April 16. Theft (below $250) â– 1700 block, T St.; residence; 6 p.m. April 11. â– 2000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:30 a.m. April 12. â– 1100 block, 16th St.; office building; 12:36 p.m. April 12. â– 1500 block, U St.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. April 12. â– 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:10 p.m. April 13. â– 1800 block, M St.; sidewalk; 8:45 a.m. April 14. â– 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:40 p.m. April 14. â– 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:50 p.m. April 14. â– 2100 bock, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 8:55 a.m. April 16. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1400 block, Hopkins St.; street; 11:10 a.m. April 12. â– 1600 block, M St.; street; 7 p.m. April 12. â– 1300 block, 18th St.; street; 11 p.m. April 13. â– 1200 block, 17th St.; street; 2:40 p.m. April 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 16th and S streets; street; 1 a.m. April 11. â– 2300 block, Kalorama Road; street; 5:30 p.m. April 11. â– 1600 block, S St.; alley; 10:30 p.m. April 11. â– 1400 block, Hopkins St.; street; 10 a.m. April 12. â– 2200 block, N St.; street; 11 p.m. April 13. â– 23rd Street and Bancroft Place; street; 11:45 p.m. April 13. â– Unspecified location; street; 11:45 p.m. April 15. â– 1700 block, N St.; street; 1 a.m. April 16.
â– 1600 block, 16th St.; street; 2 p.m. April 16.
PSA PSA 307 307
â– LOGAN CIRCLE
Robbery (gun) â– 1400 block, 9th St.; sidewalk; 10:39 p.m. April 13. Robbery (knife) â– 900 block, N St.; alley; 5:08 a.m. April 14. Robbery (force and violence) â– 1300 block, 10th St.; sidewalk; 10:38 p.m. April 13. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â– 1700 block, 9th St.; street; 9:41 p.m. April 11. Stolen auto â– 1300 block, L St.; street; 11 a.m. April 14. Theft (below $250) â– 1100 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 8 p.m. April 12. â– 1200 block, 13th St.; parking lot; 2 p.m. April 14. â– 1100 block, 15th St.; hotel; 9 a.m. April 16. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1200 block, 13th St.; street; 8 p.m. April 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 13th and Q streets; street; 10:30 a.m. April 13. â– 1400 block, Corcoran St.; street; 10 p.m. April 14. â– 1400 block, Q St.; parking lot; 10 p.m. April 14. â– 1400 block, Columbia St.; street; 12:01 a.m. April 16.
PSA 401 â– COLONIAL VILLAGE PSA 401
SHEPHERD PARK / TAKOMA
Robbery (gun) â– Blair Road and Geranium Street; sidewalk; 5:14 a.m. April 13.
PSA 402 â– BRIGHTWOOD / MANOR PARK
PSA 402 LAMOND RIGGS
Robbery (fear) â– 5600 block, New Hampshire Ave. NE; street; 10:05 p.m. April 13. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â– Kansas Avenue and Nicholson Street; sidewalk; 10 a.m. April 16. Robbery (pickpocket) â– 6100 block, Georgia Ave.; store; 7 p.m. April 16. Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 5th and Tuckerman streets; school; 3:35 p.m. April 13. Burglary â– 5800 block, 3rd St. NE; residence; 7:45 a.m. April 13. Stolen auto â– 1300 block, Fort Stevens Drive; parking lot; 8 p.m. April 10. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 5900 block, 14th St.; street; 11:55 a.m. April 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 500 block, Sheridan St.; street; 11 a.m. April 10. â– 6200 block, Eastern Ave. NE; street; 4:05 p.m. April 12.
PSA 403 â– BRIGHTWOOD PARK
16TH403 STREET HEIGHTS PSA Robbery (gun) â– 900 block, Gallatin St.; sidewalk; 11:11 p.m. April 13. Robbery (force and violence) â– 5000 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 1:05 a.m. April 11. â– 5800 block, 14th St.; residence; 8:35 p.m. April 11. Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 700 block, Jefferson St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. April 11. â– 5400 block, Georgia Ave.; street; 9:40 p.m. April 11. Burglary â– 1300 block, Farragut St.; residence; 6:30 a.m. April 13. Stolen auto â– 1300 block, Hamilton St.; street; 10 p.m. April 10. â– 5200 block, Georgia Ave.; parking lot; 3:30 p.m. April 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1600 block, Montague St.; street; 4:30 p.m. April 12. â– 1400 block, Longfellow St.; street; 7 p.m. April 12. â– 1400 block, Longfellow St.; street; 10:30 p.m. April 12. â– 5300 block, 2nd St.; street; 1 a.m. April 13. â– 16th Street and Missouri Avenue; street; 1:30 a.m. April 14. â– 4900 block, North Capitol St.; alley; 8:30 p.m. April 15.
PSA 404 â– CRESTWOOD / PETWORTH PSA 404
16TH STREET HEIGHTS
Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â– 1300 block, Shepherd St.; sidewalk; 3:10 a.m. April 13. Robbery (attempt) â– 4500 block, Georgia Ave.; sidewalk; 11:40 p.m. April 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â– 4200 block, 2nd St.; public housing; 11:53 p.m. April 11. â– 400 block, Randolph St.; residence; 8:40 p.m. April 12. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â– 3900 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 2:20 a.m. April 15. Burglary â– 500 block, Varnum St.; residence; 7:20 a.m. April 13. â– 3900 block, Georgia Ave.; medical facility; 5:10 a.m. April 14. â– 4000 block, Kansas Ave.; residence; 1:18 p.m. April 15. Burglary (attempt) â– 1400 block, Shepherd St.; residence; 8:25 a.m. April 11. Theft (below $250) â– 1300 block, Allison St.; school; 1:10 p.m. April 11. â– 4100 block, 8th St.; residence; 3 a.m. April 14. â– 1200 block, Taylor St.; sidewalk; 10:30 a.m. April 15. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 800 block, Rock Creek Church Road; street; 3:30 p.m. April 13.
TENANTS From Page 1 price. The judges cried foul, noting in a ruling handed down last Thursday that the remaining 0.01 percent interest went to a firm set up by the broker in the deal, who later testified that he did not know why that firm was formed or where its office was. Courts should not â€œpermit important legislative polices to be defeated by artifices,â€? senior Judge Frank Schwelb wrote in a 58-page opinion. Attorneys say the case, titled Richman Towers Tenantsâ€™ Association v. Richman Towers LLC, may be the last of its kind, because the 2005 amendments clarify that such transactions constitute a sale. The appeals court also rejected what it called a â€œnovelâ€? argument that the tenant purchase law represents â€œan unconstitutional redistribution of wealth.â€? The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act was originally written in 1980, in the midst of a condominium conversion boom in the District, to help preserve affordable rental housing and to create homeownership opportunities for lowerincome tenants. Although it requires tenants to match the offer and terms of an outside offer, many landlords do not like the law. They fear it will jeopardize already-negotiated deals, drag out the sale date, and give tenants undue bargaining power by allowing them to assign their rights to other purchasers. The law has been the subject of seemingly endless litigation over the years, with mixed results. The Richman case started as a â€œmulti-million-dollar real estate deal,â€? according to the appeals court
ruling, when the Bernsteins decided to sell rental buildings they owned in the District and relocate their business to Florida. The transaction closed on June 30, 2004. On the advice of lawyers, they transferred their entire interest in a single day in June 2004 to a new limited liability corporation they controlled, and then 99.99 percent of that interest to a firm called Carmel, for a total price of $83 million. The remaining 0.01 percent went to a newly formed firm called Quarry Enterprises, which had a single officer, Jim Ferris, the broker who helped arrange the sale. Tenants were never offered a right to match the price. Instead, as was common at the time, a midlevel staffer at the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs confirmed that the transaction â€œdoes not constitute a saleâ€? and was thus exempt from requirements of the tenant purchase law. The practice has since been decried as â€œextremely flawedâ€? and abandoned by the regulatory department. Tenant groups at six of the buildings began to realize their rights might have been violated and, two weeks before the statute of limitations expired, filed suit in June 2007. Six separate judges threw the cases out before they were heard in D.C. Superior Court. Procedural issues were complicated by the fact that tenant associations at four of the buildings apparently lacked standing to sue because they did not represent half of the heads of households in their buildings at the time of the sale. In those four cases, the appeals court agreed with the lower court that those lawsuits had to be dismissed. But two tenant associations, at the Barclay Apartments at 1610 16th St. and Lanier Apartments at 1754 Lanier Place, met the legal cri-
teria for standing, the appeals court ruled. It remanded their lawsuits to the D.C. Superior Court for further proceedings consistent with its ruling that tenants should have been offered a right of first refusal. Schwelb explained why the appeals court reached that conclusion: â€œThere can be no question â€Ś that the intent of the transferor and transferred was to ensure that TOPA would not applyâ€Ś . It taxes our credulity,â€? he wrote, to accept that creation of the 0.01 percent interest â€œhad any other purpose.â€? The court, he wrote, should â€œlimit the opportunities for gamesmanship â€” in which sellers of rental housing endeavor to devise increasingly ingenious mechanisms for circumventing the Councilâ€™s clear intent to protect tenant opportunities to purchase their rental accommodations before owners may sell them.â€? The appeals panel also rejected an unusual argument by the ownersâ€™ attorney that the tenant purchase act covers only sales of buildings that are about to be demolished or withdrawn from use as housing. The attorney based that argument on the placement of a couple of commas in the statute, and added that if the law is broader â€” as generally interpreted, covering sales for condo conversion, or for continued apartment use â€” then it amounts to â€œan unconstitutional redistribution of wealth.â€? Schwelb seemed to find that amusing, and likened the law to â€œthe graduated income tax, publicly assisted housing, Medicare, unemployment compensation and a host of other programsâ€? in terms of the potential to reduce the gap between rich and poor. The Bernsteinsâ€™ attorney, Steven Davidson, did not respond to a request for comment.
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ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â– AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PARK American University Park
The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at St. Maryâ€™s Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3/4G ANCChase 3/4G Chevy â– CHEVY CHASE At the commissionâ€™s April 11 meeting: â– commission chair Gary Thompson said he wanted to â€œbe among the first to publicly thankâ€? the mayor and D.C. Council members who were arrested that evening while protesting the Districtâ€™s treatment in a federal budget deal. â€œThe first chance I get, Iâ€™m going to go get arrested, too,â€? Thompson joked. â– commissioner Henry Griffin reported that the D.C. Transportation Department and a contractor have agreed to redo recent poor repaving work on Reno Road. He said the work would begin as early as this week. â– commissioners agreed to send a thank-you note to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, which had offered to host the nightâ€™s meeting if a government shutdown prevented the gathering on city property. â– Judi Gold, a staffer for Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, reported that Bowser had introduced a â€œsense of the councilâ€? resolution regarding the Equal Rights Amendment. Commissioner Carolyn Cook had a hand in the introduction of federal legislation on the subject. â– candidates for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education spoke. â– commissioners, after discussing the mayorâ€™s proposed budget with the councilâ€™s budget director, Jennifer Budoff, voted 4-2 to send the city a letter objecting to the proposed tax increases and saying the mayor has done an â€œinsufficient job of identifying decreases in spendingâ€? and waste. Commissioners Henry Griffin and Carolyn Cook objected, with Griffin saying he does not agree with the general objection to tax increases. Budoff said council members will hold hearings on the budget proposal and will vote on it May 24. â– commissioners heard five proposals for grants: â€” Residents working on the Chevy Chase dog park asked for $2,000 to help pay for a $14,752 fence. â€” The 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council asked for $1,000 to put toward its annual awards dinner. â€” Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church asked for $1,000 for an outreach program that helps unemployed people navigate government bureaucracy to get birth certificates and photo identification cards, necessary for getting jobs. â€” The Chevy Chase Citizens
Chevy Chase Citizens Association While walking around the neighborhood, you may have noticed custom-made plaques on some houses. Each plaque typically identifies the house as being in Chevy Chase D.C. and gives the year it was built, as well as related information, such as the name of the architect or builder. These plaques are the result of a joint effort by the association and Historic Chevy Chase DC, which provided residents with information about the plaques and facilitated group orders. To date, 48 homeowners have purchased the oval plaques. There is no specific age or background needed for a house in order to purchase a plaque for it, except that the house must be in Chevy Chase D.C. If you would like to have a plaque that would recognize the unique history of your home, Evelyn Wrin with the association and Jordan Benderly with Historic Chevy Chase DC can assist you in identifying information to include on your plaque. We are now planning a fifth group order. There is a discount both for the plaque itself and for shipping costs if they are ordered in bulk. We understand from the manufacturer, Erie Landmark, that after the next order, the company will be raising its base prices. For more information, contact Evelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jordan at email@example.com. On another subject, the Broad Branch Market, at 5608 Broad Branch Road, continues its Story Circle for children on Saturday mornings. It begins at 9 a.m., when the weather is dry and the temperature is at least 50 degrees. Especially mark your calendar for April 30, when local childrenâ€™s author Susan Stockdale will be reading and signing her book â€œBring on the Birds.â€? â€” Jonathan Lawlor
Shepherd Park Citizens Association The Shepherd Park Citizens Association will meet next on Tuesday, May 10, at Shepherd Elementary Schoolâ€™s auditorium. Included in the meeting will be elections to the associationâ€™s board for 2011-12. Please contact Cynthia Prather at 202-882-7419 or SCSPrather@aol.com if you wish to run for a position. Meanwhile, the Shepherd Elementary PTA is seeking sponsors for its annual auction. There are three levels of sponsorship, offering varying levels of tickets to the auction, table reservations and publicity at the auction itself and in the auction booklet. For details, contact Bianca Bostic at 202-821-8076 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For several weeks, neighbors have been questioning the use of Shepherd Field on Sunday afternoons by organized adult soccer teams. In addition, neighbors have been complaining of trash and dog droppings that are left on the field. Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation director JesĂşs Aguirre have worked out that park rangers will patrol the field on Sunday and remove non-permitted users. Mr. Aguirre also has agreed to enhance the signage related to the off-leash dog issue. â€” Noreen Conway Association requested $350 for mulch and plantings to put outside the Chevy Chase Community Center. â€” Global Harmony asked for $1,000 to help fund a writing contest for students. â– commission treasurer Allen Beach said there is $5,500 available for grants, plus a possible $1,700 extra if the commission decides against giving funds to Iona Senior Services, which had to return a grant because it could not document use of the funds. â– commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter to the D.C. Transportation Department commending the agency for its work on the Rock Creek West II Livability Study and supporting recommendations in the report. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â– announcements. â– discussion with Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority representatives on a budget-cutting proposal that would eliminate the E6 route and extend the M4 route to Knollwood Road to partially replace the lost service. â– vote on spring grant applications. For details, call 202-363-5803 or send an email to email@example.com. ANC 4A ANC 4A Colonial Village â– COLONIAL VILLAGE/CRESTWOOD Shepherd Park SHEPHERD PARK/BRIGHTWOOD The commission will meet at 7:15 p.m. May 3 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th St. NW. For details, call 202-291-9341. ANC 4C ANC 4C Street Heights Petworth/16th â– PETWORTH/16TH STREET HEIGHTS Crestwood CRESTWOOD
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St. NW. For details, call 202-723-6670 or visit anc4c.org.
GROCERY From Page 1 store’s financial performance, the fate of employees or anticipated next steps after the judge’s ruling. The 16,000-square-foot supermarket had been in the neighborhood since 1964, initially as an A&P, according to Eric Andrus, another company spokesperson. On listservs and in interviews, some residents bemoaned the potential loss of the store’s history and convenient location. “It seems like one of those old neighborhood markets where all the neighbors gather in addition to [doing] their daily shopping,” said Stefan Reisinger, who moved to the District with his wife last year. “It enables us to meet some of the neighbors. … The other shopping options, the Whole Foods and the Giant, just don’t provide that neighborhood feel.”
COUNCIL From Page 3 cate, as I have done for the last four years, for more money to improve these schools, to hire the best possible teachers, and to attract a child for every desk.” Bowser added: “After years of waiting, to think that Ward 4 should demand less than its fair share boggles the mind.” A $66 million renovation of Roosevelt, at 4301 13th St. in Petworth, is slated to begin this year. Coolidge, at 6315 5th St. in Takoma, is scheduled for an $84 million renovation starting in 2013. According to D.C. Public Schools enrollment figures, 625 students are enrolled at Roosevelt this year, and 678 at Coolidge. Though Biddle’s campaign posted The Current’s endorsement — including the quote about Coolidge and Roosevelt — on its website, several recent reports and listserv posts suggested the candi-
In an email, Amanda Bowker, who said she had been a customer at the location since she was 3 years old, said she hopes the space will remain as neighborhood-serving retail — preferably a Trader Joe’s supermarket, she added — but that she won’t be devastated if Superfresh closes. “It has nostalgic value for me and it’s certainly convenient, but I don’t think the quality of the food there comes close to measuring up to the quality of the food at, say, Whole Foods,” she wrote, “and the prices at Superfresh are not always lower than those at Whole Foods.” Several residents have expressed concern that the Superfresh space could be taken over by American University, whose Washington College of Law operates next door to the shopping center. University spokesperson Camille Lepre said the school has not been approached about the space. date has been disassociating from the idea. After a Ward 4 candidates forum, at-large candidate Bryan Weaver posted on Twitter: “Sekou Biddle last night in Ward 4 stated he never proposed to consolidate Coolidge and Roosevelt High Schools. What? The Current?” On Friday, Biddle campaign manager Michael Price explained the candidate’s view. “He is willing to have that tough discussion about closing underenrolled schools … but there is no written plan to close Coolidge and Roosevelt, nor is [he] actively pursuing a plan.” Of reports that Biddle had denied suggesting the merger in the first place, Price explained yesterday that The Current’s brief reference to the topic had allowed room for confusion. “People are misrepresenting the facts” and suggesting there’s a firm plan, Price said. “Because it’s only one sentence [in The Current], it’s easy for them to do that.”
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For at-large council A few weeks ago, we endorsed Sekou Biddle for the available atlarge seat on the D.C. Council. We noted that we were also quite impressed with candidate Bryan Weaver, but feared he doesn’t have sufficient recognition throughout the city to win the April 26 special election. Not wanting to encourage readers to cast a vote that would be for naught, we chose to get behind Mr. Biddle, whom we also found to be an extremely strong candidate. We would like to reiterate that endorsement today. While we still see strengths on both sides, we continue to believe Mr. Biddle has the best chance to both win the seat and fill it well. The former classroom teacher was appointed in January to hold the seat on an interim basis, and in his time on the council so far he has made some friends. We find it notable that such a range of members has endorsed him: Chairman Kwame Brown, at-large member David Catania and ward representatives Mary Cheh, Muriel Boswer, Harry Thomas Jr., Tommy Wells, Yvette Alexander and Marion Barry. That support speaks well to his ability to work with his colleagues to get things done. Mr. Biddle has a strong knowledge of city affairs and a solid background in education reform — a crucial issue now for D.C. He has been a teacher, the director of a program helping young children prepare for school, a community outreach director for a set of charter schools and a member of the D.C. State Board of Education. Mr. Biddle’s biggest weakness may be his support from Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Brown. Some might prefer electing a strong independent voice, in part because of the administration’s questionable appointments and Mr. Brown’s vehicle leases. But the endorsement of Mr. Catania, a strong critic of both the mayor and council chairman, gives us added confidence that Mr. Biddle will be his own representative. We are pleased to back him again for council.
For Ward 4 schools seat The candidates for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education comprise a strong field. While we were impressed with Bill Quirk and D. Kamili Anderson, we believe the best choice is Andrew Moss, a former classroom teacher who now works for the U.S. Treasury Department. All three expressed views that we share, but we believe Mr. Moss best understands the board’s responsibilities and the needs of the city’s educational system. If elected, he said in an interview, his emphases would be on continuing education reform, establishing a core curriculum and implementing the “Race to the Top” plan that won the District federal funding. We believe Mr. Moss offers a solid approach to the board’s main role of establishing educational standards, suggesting, for example, enlisting outside help in developing guidelines for vocational classes and the sciences. He also backs the idea of including more writing as part of the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System to better gauge students’ writing skills and their ability to think critically. Despite our preference for Mr. Moss, we do believe either Mr. Quirk or Ms. Anderson would make a fine choice as well. We agree with Mr. Quirk’s suggestion that the school system require elementary students whose work is substandard to repeat in an effort to lessen the dropout rate; we disagree on the need for a full-time social worker at every school, rather than allowing for schools to share where appropriate. Ms. Anderson, like Mr. Moss, would seek outside help in developing standards and would back a requirement for three years of foreign language instruction in high school, rather than two. We also commend her focus on truancy prevention. Our differences with Ms. Anderson include her belief that former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee should have been asked to stay.
Abandon Obama … ?
resident Barack Obama gave up the District in his budget negotiations, so should District citizens give up on him? The city gave Obama 93 percent of the vote in 2008. In return, he has made fun of our panic in the snow, eaten in our various restaurants and invited our schoolchildren to serve as backdrops for his national agenda, appearing with him either in our schools or at the White House. Children from five city schools are invited to this week’s Easter Egg Roll at the White House. No doubt it’s a cool event for the children, but our people should be more than walk-ons and background scenery. As president, Obama has uttered not a word to advance the cause of voting rights for District citizens. He supports it, but he hasn’t done anything to highlight it. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council members who enthusiastically backed Obama’s historic campaign in 2008 are not so excited about 2012. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser, who supports the president on his national agenda, says it’s hard to support someone who won’t support you at the most basic level. Of course, leaders in this mostly progressive city are not going to support any national Republican. So as the late actor and American Express pitchman Karl Malden would say back in the 1970s, “What’ll you do? What will you do?” Beyond the demonstrations and arrests on the Hill, there’s been some online chatter that someone ought to run for president solely in the District, gaining enough votes to capture the city’s three electoral votes. In a close contest next year, those three votes would loom large. Even the symbolism of local Democrats abandoning Obama could get the White House’s attention. But who should run? Some thought former Mayor Tony Williams would be a good choice. He left office with a good reputation. But Williams supported the Opportunity Scholarship Program that the House Republicans are bringing back to life. Williams is hardly the rebel for this cause. As a reporter, we’re not in the business of making too many suggestions; we just like to criticize what other people do. But we were thinking on Monday that one interesting potential candidate might be former D.C. Council member Carol
Schwartz. Schwartz, a Republican, announced on Monday — first in a letter to The Washington Post — that she intends to withhold her income tax next April if the city doesn’t have voting rights. “You can go to jail for that. I’m willing to go to jail,” Schwartz told NBC4 on Monday. The stillpopular Schwartz says she’s willing to help start a movement of people who will join her by putting taxes in an escrow account. She says “No taxation without representation” should be more than a license tag slogan. It would be interesting if Schwartz, now out of public life, decided to run for the Democratic nomination for president in the District. She knows how to campaign, and she’d garner a lot more attention than some other candidates. The mere existence of a campaign against Obama right here in the nation’s capital could be a lively way to make the city’s case. ■ What crime surge? Our thanks this week go to Mount Pleasant advisory neighborhood commissioner Jack McKay, who objected to a phrase in a recent Notebook. We quoted a report in The Post that said there had been a “surge” in property crimes in the District. McKay says hogwash, or actually something a bit more dignified. He says the newspaper compared property crimes in the winter of 2010 with those this year and found that there had been a “surge.” But McKay says the newspaper failed to take into account “Snowmageddon.” He said that historic winter and snowfall resulted in an abnormal drop in property crimes (for obvious reasons). He says this year the crime stats returned to normal, and returning to normal is not a surge. He sent me an example. The Post story said that burglaries in the Dupont Circle area had tripled this year. “Well, wow, let’s scare the socks off everybody,” McKay wrote. He said a closer look showed that burglaries around Dupont Circle “nearly vanished” last winter, with just two in February 2010. The normal number is 14, which was close to this year’s number. McKay (dcjack.org) worries that “the truth will never catch up to that false impression.” But he’s made a good effort. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR GWU supports new Metro station entry The George Washington University has made firm commitments and taken concrete steps to help facilitate the creation of a second entrance to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station and continues to support the exploration of strategies to bring this concept to fruition. The university supports the use of public transit by its students, faculty, staff and visitors and has demonstrated its commitment to multimodal transportation. Specific to the creation of a second entrance at the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro station, the university has taken concrete
steps to support this initiative. As part of the community-based planning process that led to the 2007 Foggy Bottom campus plan, the university committed to providing space for a second Metro entrance when it moves forward with a new building on Square 77, one of the approved development sites in its campus plan. This proposed site for the new Metro entrance is located directly across the street from the proposed Science and Engineering Complex and was the preferred site for this entrance in a 2007 study conducted by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. While the university does not have current plans to develop its property on Square 77 (these will be based on program needs as well as funding), it is impor-
tant to note that the university’s time frame for this project will not preclude or delay the transit authority from moving forward with a second Metro entrance, should it choose to do so. In fact, the university has agreed to cooperate with Metro when it pursues design of a second entrance, and we will maintain that commitment. In the meantime, the university has coordinated with the transit authority to ensure that the construction of the Science and Engineering Complex will not interfere with the proposal for a second entrance on Square 77. Alicia O’Neil Knight Senior Associate Vice President for Operations, George Washington University
Michael Akin Assistant Vice President for Government, International and Community Relations, George Washington University
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Council should stay out of Hardy matter In recent weeks, I have met with Hardy Middle School parents who are opposed to Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evansâ€™ resolution to reinstate former principal Patrick Pope. While these parents acknowledge Mr. Popeâ€™s worthy academic record, his support from a vocal segment of the parent population and his â€œbotchedâ€? removal during former Chancellor Michelle Rheeâ€™s tenure, their concerns include what they view as his refusal to integrate Hardy with its feeder elementary schools (Hyde-Addison, Key and Stoddert) and his lack of engagement with neighborhood parents interested in sending their children to Hardy, in favor of out-of-boundary families. Regardless of parent opinions on Mr. Pope, D.C. Public Schools has a process for principal selection. It includes assembling a selection committee comprised of a cross section of parents and teachers from the community. Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson has voiced her commitment to this process, and I share her confidence that the result will be a stakeholderdriven selection of a candidate who will bring the community together and work to propel Hardy Middle School to new levels of achievement. Management of the schools rests within the mayorâ€™s purview, and as such, I believe that the D.C. Council would be ill-advised to intervene in this matter. D.C. law prohibits the council from interfering in government or school personnel decisions; it would set an unfounded precedent for the legislative body to engage in such staffing decisions. Local school administration is a task best left to educators and parents who have the most at stake in these decisions. Self-determination is the keystone of D.C.â€™s Home Rule Charter. We ought not undermine the process that will allow Hardy community members to decide for themselves who will guide their childrenâ€™s educational development. Kwame Brown Chairman, D.C. Council
Commuity relations far from good at AU The Currentâ€™s March 30 editorial â€œGood neighborsâ€? might have left readers feeling that discussions between American University and the neighboring communities were â€œgood.â€? Nothing could be further
from the truth. At a packed Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D meeting on April 6, the university presented its plan, and then neighbors outlined an alternative framework to show there are many possibilities for dorm placement other than putting 770 students on the Nebraska Avenue parking lot. Quite simply, zoning regulations do not allow universities to build at will â€” but only in locations that are not likely to create objectionable conditions for neighboring properties. For 18 months, American University has been telling the neighbors that the universityâ€™s plans are not really objectionable. Well, they really are. The plan effectively turns Nebraska Avenue into an internal campus lane, places multi-story buildings 40 feet from a mature neighborhood â€” shielded with a few trees, of course â€” and places an exit from the new campus directly into a neighborhood bus stop. So, where do we go from here? Instead of making believe these â€œobjectionable conditionsâ€? donâ€™t exist, itâ€™s time for the university to stop stonewalling and talk to the neighbors about less density, appropriate buffer zones, a student cap and mitigation of traffic and parking problems. The issue is not dormitories; it is objectionable conditions. Georgetown Universityâ€™s recent amendments to its proposed campus plan are a good indication that the continued encroachment of universities cannot continue. Neighbors really do matter. Susan Farrell Westover Place
Pedestrian safety left out of AU plan The presentation and discussion of the American University campus plan at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3D meeting on April 6 were, as might be expected, a major neighborhood affair â€” and not exactly a convivial one. Among the many concerns was the possible effect of new â€œEast Campusâ€? dormitories on the numbers of pedestrians crossing Nebraska Avenue to the main campus and their probable contribution to traffic congestion. Having driven that section many times over 40 years, I am aware that not all these crossings take place at the New Mexico Avenue or Ward Circle traffic lights, increasing the danger of collisions. While the university representatives had much to say about buildings, I didnâ€™t hear any mention by them or the neighborhood of the human safety issue (a bit ironic since the meeting was held at
Sibley Hospital). One way of tackling this would be to construct a pedestrian underpass when work gets under way on the â€œEast Campus.â€? There would be some cost and disruption involved at the time, but both would be marginal compared to the larger building program. Possibly this has been considered, but if not, now would seem to be the time to do so. Dana Dalrymple
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Student question led to comment on UDC I am delighted and flattered to be quoted so accurately in The Currentâ€™s April 6 article â€œNeighbors raise concerns about UDC.â€? My indignation at the University of the District of Columbia, so resonant in the words quoted, was not simply the product of a clash between my values and the universityâ€™s ambitions. My words and feelings were provoked by a comment made in the meeting just prior to my speaking. A young woman stood up and identified herself by name and as a student enrolled at the university and expecting to graduate within a year. She asked, respectfully, how she might understand that she has been charged money as part of her enrollment fees for a student union she would never use, while, at the same time, services and courses she was in need of had either been eliminated or reduced. The answer given to this young woman, by a staff member of the universityâ€™s Office of the Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate, was this: that the studentâ€™s past contributions to the student center would be repaid in the future, because the degree she will receive this year will be enhanced in value in future years, when the student center is completed. The young student fell into silence, no doubt quieted and confused, if not defeated, by such a response. This prompted me to speak. The studentâ€™s poignant and startling revelation made it clear that the university, in its expansion plans, will take no better care of its neighbors â€” those who use the Metro at its site, who have their homes and cars in its vicinity, who have to walk on its sidewalks â€” than it does of its currently enrolled students or it has of its buildings and grounds. It was truly an alarming convergence of disregard, one that understandably would provoke in a reasonable person an indignant â€œLord knows â€Ś !â€? Robert R. Rid
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Shoddy street work needs accountability
Those of us who live in NoNeb, my catchy and completely made-up name for the area north of Nebraska Avenue inside the D.C. line, were thrilled two years ago to have a completely rebuilt and repaved Reno Road delivered to us so we could enjoy our drives in and out of the downtown core. Unfortunately, during the winter of 2009-10, we discovered that the repaving was done in a substandard manner, with a three-block area having virtually disintegrated â€” with no subsequent efforts to fill in the potholes that developed. Fastforward to this winter, and the paving is beginning to disintegrate on Reno farther north from Nebraska. In my emails with the D.C. Department of Transportation last year, I was promised that the contractor would be held accountable for this shoddy work, but nothing happened last spring. Over the winter, our advisory neighborhood commissioner was in touch with the department again, but it appears to be a bit too late to hold that contractorâ€™s feet to the fire, more than two years after the fact. At a time when the city is without spare funds to do much of anything, Iâ€™d be interested to know how the Department of Transportation makes sure it gets what it paid for. Does it hold back payments for a period of time to see that the work done was up to standard? Does it have a clause in its contracts that requires contractors to redo shoddy work, or does it ban them from obtaining future contracts? Most importantly, will Reno Road be repaved at no expense to the taxpayers? Steve Seelig Chevy Chase
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In response to Mr. Richard Grossâ€™ comments in The Current [â€œMost are happy with Wilson pool as it is,â€? Viewpoint, April 13], I would like to remark that I am neither an elite swimmer nor a triathlete, just a normal District resident who has found the Wilson Aquatic Center pool to be a wonderful resource for exercise, community and camaraderie. I have been coming to the Wilson pool twice weekly for about the past nine months as a participant in one of the water aerobics classes. I can report that â€” through snow, cold and construction â€” about 30 women participate regularly in the Tuesday and Thursday water aerobics class. We all love the 50-meter lane setup and would be seriously constricted if the lanes were set to 25 meters. I also have become â€œone of the girlsâ€? in the locker room and can
report there is quite an uproar about revisiting the pool lane configuration debate. I have been approached by more than 20 women in recent days to draft a petition to present to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain the lane configuration at 50 meters. I can quote several of their comments: â€œThey can go to other pools,â€? â€œThey can turn around half way,â€? and â€œI wonâ€™t come here anymore.â€? And these are the polite versions. I think people are happy to accommodate the Wilson swim team and others on a scheduled basis â€” just donâ€™t permanently change the lane configurations. After reading Mr. Grossâ€™ Viewpoint entry, I feel comforted to know that all of the ladies I swim with have a voice and a comrade. I feel, however, that it is imperative to alert everyone to the storm that will be coming if the 50meter lane configuration at the Wilson pool is changed. This pool is a treasure and loved by many. Please take observation of their opinions and mine. Kulene DiCerce Wesley Heights
Walmart endangers small businesses A while back, I made a solo drive through Texas from the Gulf Coast up to Austin. I decided to take a â€œblueâ€? highway to drive through some small towns like the ones I grew up in. What I came away with from that drive was the pleasure of passing through the farmlands and small downtowns that were lively and commercially viable â€” but also the sadness of seeing just as many or more areas where the downtown commercial sections were closed and deteriorating. What was notable about the latter was that invariably there was a Walmart store on the outskirts. I have lived a block and a half off Georgia Avenue for more than 30 years. Georgia Avenue is a community of small shops and stores. The location of a Walmart near Missouri and Georgia Avenues would, I fear, be a death knell for many of those small businesses. Why donâ€™t we leave Walmart to the suburbs? Patricia Griffith Northwest D.C.
Severe cuts will harm School Without Walls Your April 6 editorial (â€œUnreasonable cutsâ€?) condemning the proposed cuts at School Without Walls was right on target. Our son, Matthew Haynes, was the grand-prize winner at the citywide science fair and will be representing the District of Columbia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. It is an honor for us and for School Without Walls. Matthewâ€™s success was possible for several reasons. Dr. Alan Holt,
Wallsâ€™ special education coordinator, and Mark Ausbrooks, Matthewâ€™s school counselor, worked tirelessly to put a plan in place for Matthew and secure the accommodations he needed to achieve academically. These two dedicated professionals collaborated and consulted, sometimes on a daily basis, with Matthewâ€™s team of committed teachers to ensure that a promise became a reality. I am deeply concerned that the proposed cuts to the School Without Walls budget will jeopardize the nexus of support this unique school offers to especially gifted students. Walls is a one-of-a kind environment where students like Matthew donâ€™t slip through the cracks but rather realize their potential. There are other Matthews out there. Letâ€™s make sure School Without Walls is there for them, too. Sarah Pleydell Washington, D.C.
Grades weigh too heavily in admissions The current admissions policy at School Without Walls is unfair to many students in the District of Columbia and should be changed. Currently, students must have a 3.0 grade-point average and have scored â€œproficientâ€? on the DC-CAS test to take the schoolâ€™s entrance examination. The school reviews a studentâ€™s final seventh-grade report and first eighth-grade report to determine whether a student is eligible to take the entrance test. Many parents and students are not informed of the admission policy until the eighth grade, which is too late. Many qualified students are eliminated from the entrance process before even getting started. The current policy negatively impacts D.C. Public Schools students. My son was not allowed to take the admissions examination because his grade-point average was less than 3.0, even though he scored â€œadvancedâ€? in reading and math on the DC-CAS test for seventh grade. More than 40 percent of the students admitted to School Without Walls last year were from private schools. Why canâ€™t more students from D.C. Public Schools take the admissions test? Is School Without Walls trying to raise test scores by heavily recruiting private school students? Is the public school system not equipping its own students with the skills necessary or chance to compete to attend the highachieving public schools? All students who are passing with respectable marks should be allowed to take the entrance exam for School Without Walls. Grades are relative and not absolute indicators of a studentâ€™s success. We need to give students hope and encouragement. The current policy should be changed to be more inclusive. William Baltimore Washington, D.C.
April 20, 2011 ■ Page 13
ATHLETICS IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON
Cadets can’t rally past DeMatha By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer
Despite a recent four-game winning streak, St. John’s lacrosse isn’t used to being particularly competitive in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. So when the Cadets took on league power DeMatha Friday, it wasn’t surprising that the players looked a little overwhelmed. “Some of the kids were more scared of the name on the jersey than the actual opponent,” coach Danny Phillips said after his team lost 74. The Cadets struggled through a rough second quarter in which they let up five goals. And in the second half, despite moving the ball better and playing tougher, they couldn’t bounce back from the 5-0 deficit. The loss broke their streak and dropped the team to 8-4 on the season, including 3-3 in the conference. After a scoreless first quarter, DeMatha beat St. John’s goalie Justin Rosenberg early and often in the second. Senior Andrew Travers struck first, scoring an unassisted goal while DeMatha (5-7, 5-2) was a man up. Moments later, freshman Austin Petty found the back of the net and made it 2-0.
Senior Andrew Ryznar fired a low liner past Rosenberg on the drive for the third goal. Then senior Martin Wallace found fellow senior Mark Potter cutting to the net and the latter fired it home. An excellent solo effort by junior Matthew Justice capped the scoring outburst, and the Stags went into the locker room with the game well in hand. “We just lost it and couldn’t get it under control,” said St. John’s goalie Justin Rosenberg, a junior who has already committed to play at Vermont. Rosenberg turned away 16 shots for St. John’s. Rosenberg said coach Danny Phillips gave an uplifting talk at the break, and the Cadets responded with some offense. DeMatha’s goalie let one slip past him off a Cadet’s stick early in the third, and the score became 5-1. After a Rosenberg save, Valencia took a great feed and fired one into the back of the net to give St. John’s life. But DeMatha junior James Rogers responded. Holding the ball up top, he shifted his weight to find some room and shot past Rosenberg, putting the Stags back up by four at a time when another St. John’s tally could have turned the tide. Early in the fourth quarter, senior Rob Cadle
took it upon himself to cut the lead back to three, but another DeMatha goal moments later put the contest out of reach. Valencia scored his second goal in the fourth quarter for the Cadets, powering past three Stags defenders and pushing a shot into the back of the net. “Our expectations were pretty simple — don’t let DeMatha score 10 goals, and our See Cadets/Page 14
Taylor Velencia, above left, and Justin Rosenberg have helped the Cadets improve this season.
Cathedral falls in OT to snap win streak
With wild play, Tigers end month long slide By BORIS TSALYUK
By MIKE DEFABO
Current Staff Writer
■ Baseball Roundup The Tigers hadn’t had much to celebrate this month, having started April with three losses and three rainouts. But Wilson broke a 17-day winless streak on Friday with a 7-5 victory over The Heights School (Potomac) in a game marked by controversy. The Tigers held a 7-5 lead in the sixth when an opposing batter hit a fly ball to left and Henri Martinez couldn’t make a play on it. Two runs came around to score, seemingly tying the game. But after a conference, the umpires ruled that Martinez was in foul territory when he first touched the ball, so it was still foul despite landing fair after ricocheting off his glove. The runners had to go back, and Ciaran Walsh responded by sending down the next two batters to end the threat as Wilson held on for the victory. “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” said Wilson coach Eddie Smith. Walsh was solid on the hill, going six innings and giving up two earned runs on seven hits, striking out five batters and walking three. Ben Whitener put the game away with a scoreless seventh. Pedro Mateo went 2-4 at the plate and drove in a run. Nate Krieger also drove a run home and was 1-2 at the plate with a walk. Whitener and senior Jacob Polin each added a pair of hits for the Tigers, who improved to 9-3 overall on the season (2-0 in D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association play). The Tigers will compete in the Landon Invitational on Saturday, with games against Maret and Landon. Whitener will take the hill in the opener against the Frogs. The day’s games will be a good test for Wilson, which
Left, Matt Petros/The Current; above, Boris Tsalyuk/The Current
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Senior Mark Williams has taken command of Gonzaga’s pitching staff again this season. will also battle DeMatha — the first-place team in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference — on April 28.
Gonzaga keeps winning in WCAC Gonzaga baseball has played second fiddle to rival teams in recent years, but this year’s squad is turning a lot of heads by climbing toward the top of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. See Baseball/Page 14
In a neck-and-neck lacrosse game Monday, Holy Child picked the right time to pull ahead. Kate McCormick had four goals and an assist and Katie Tkac scored three goals — including the game winner — as Holy Child rallied from a two-goal overtime deficit to defeat National Cathedral 14-13 on the road. The game featured six lead changes, with Holy Child recovering three times — twice from three goals down and once from two. “I’m proud of them for coming back,” said Holy Child head coach Sarah Aschenbach. The win was the Tigers’ third in a row, while the loss snapped National Cathedral’s three-game winning streak. After trailing 2-0 early on, National Cathedral got its offense going. The Saints scored five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead, with Annah Jamisen crossing up defenders and cutting through double teams to score twice during the stretch. Later, senior attack Catherine Lotterman sprinted behind the defense, received a long pass from Parker Garrett and finished to put the Saints up three going into the half. Down 9-6 in the second half, Holy Child scored three goals to tie the game up at nine with just over seven minutes remaining. On the second goal, the referee blew his whistle as Tkac fell down and scored. National Cathedral head coach Jane DeGrenier argued that her goalie stopped playing at the whistle, but the goal stood after a discussion between the refs. Holy Child took its first lead of the second half with 5:12 left, but Cathedral’s Margaret Gabriel scored her third goal of the game to tie it at 20 before Holy Child recaptured the advantage. With 51.7 seconds remaining, Cathedral’s Garrett scored after a penalty stoppage to tie the game at 11 and send it into overtime. See Saints/Page 14
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St. Albans, Gonzaga struggle in key race By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer
The weather conditions at St. Andrew’s on Saturday weren’t ideal, to say the least. “It was definitely one of the top days in terms of the misery index,” said Gonzaga coach Marc Mandel. But both Gonzaga and St. Albans still expected better showings from their top boats. The Eagles’ first eight took fourth, finishing in 4 minutes, 36.6 seconds; the Bulldogs’ boat finished fifth at 4:40.1. St. Andrew’s won the race with a time of 4:25.9, ahead of both St. Joe’s (Philadelphia) and Central Catholic (Pittsburgh), which both finished in under 4:30. “We hoped we would’ve been much more in the
CADETS From Page 13 offense needed to score 10 goals. We came up a little short on the
offensive side,” said Phillips. The St. John’s coach had nothing but praise for the Stags after the game. “Hats off to coach [Scott] Morrison and his staff and all the
BASEBALL From Page 13 And the main difference, said coach Andy Bradley, is that these Eagles believe in each other and in what they’re doing “Our guys are really buying into it and you can tell what their mentality is,” he said. “They are focused, they’re locked in and they think they can beat whoever we’re playing.” The Eagles toppled St. John’s — a pre-season favorite to win the Catholic conference — 3-0 Thursday as senior ace Mark Williams pitched a com-
SAINTS From Page 13 In a wild extra period, Cathedral took a 12-11 lead after Jamisen juked a defender and took the ball to the net for the goal. But almost immediately, Holy Child’s Casey Dell’Isola tied it back up. Less than 20 seconds later, Cathedral attack Sasha Hanway — who had missed the end of regulation and the early part of overtime because of a yellow card — fought
mix. … That was really our expectation going on, but we just couldn’t hang with them after the first 500 meters,” said Mandel. “They just pulled away.” St. Albans also expected to post a better time. “I didn’t think we were going to win it, but I didn’t think we’d be that far back. I thought we’d be in the hunt,” said coach Ted Haley. “The first boat just didn’t show up — it was kind of a mystery.” The day wasn’t a total loss for St. Albans, though, as the Bulldogs’ second boat won its race, finishing in 4:42.8. Haley will now tweak his lineup to find the best combination moving forward. “We have to step back and re-assess; I talked to the guys about that today and they agreed,” he said. “Hopefully we can right the ship.” St. Albans and Gonzaga will meet on the Anacostia River to compete in a dual race for the Foley Cup on April 29.
DeMatha players,” he said. “I think they’re a great program, and St. John’s is trying to get to that point.” St. John’s will participate in the Fallston Lacrosse Invitational in Maryland Saturday.
plete-game shutout. They went on to beat Bishop Ireton 3-2 Monday for their third-straight league win. Ireton grabbed a tworun lead in the top of the sixth, but Gonzaga tied it in the bottom half. A suicide-squeeze bunt laid down by senior Collin Juba allowed junior Jack Evans to score the winning run. Gonzaga has won six of eight overall this month and stands within one loss of first place in the conference. That’s not bad for a team that was 11-21 in Catholic conference play over the past two seasons. The Eagles will play only one non-conference game the rest of the way, an April 23 contest at Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.).
through traffic to score in the high corner for her third goal of the game. After Holy Child again tied it, both teams had several good opportunities to pull ahead in the closing minutes of overtime. But with 53.9 seconds remaining, Tkac scored off a penalty stoppage to complete her hat trick and give Holy Child the lead for good. Late in overtime, the game was delayed for more than 30 minutes after Holy Child suffered a scare. Casey Tkac — Katie’s sister —
took what looked like a blow to the right side of her head. She lay face down for at least 10 minutes while an ambulance was called to the scene to transport her to the hospital. Coach Aschenbach said she expects Tkac will be OK. The win moved Holy Child to 3-1 in Independent School League lower division play, while National Cathedral fell to 2-1. The Saints play at Sidwell today before hosting Bullis tomorrow and Maret on Tuesday. All three games begin at 5:30 p.m.
WEEKLY SCORES April 12 through 18
Gonzaga 3, Bishop Ireton 2
St. John’s 7, Bishop McNamara 4 Maret 16, St. James 2 St. Albans 17, Bullis 2 Gonzaga 3, St. John’s 0 Sidwell 20, St. Andrew’s 7 Maret 19, Georgetown Day School 2 Bullis 5, St. Albans 4 Flint Hill 6, Sidwell 4 Georgetown Prep 7, Maret 4 Wilson 7, The Heights 5
Gonzaga 14, West Springfield 4 Flint Hill 14, GDS 6 St. James 8, Sidwell 7 Maret 11, Trinity at Meadowview 4 Landon 8, St. Albans 5 Sidwell 12, Sandy Spring 2 St. James 12, GDS 6 Gonzaga 8, Paul VI 7 Gonzaga 19, O’Connell 1 St. Mary’s Ryken 15, St. John’s 3
Girls lacrosse Paul VI 17, St. John’s 7 Sidwell 12, St. Andrew’s 11 Holy Child 19, GDS 8 National Cathedral 8, HoltonArms 6 Georgetown Visitation 13, Potomac 8 National Cathedral 14, St. Andrew’s 3 Sidwell 15, Sandy Spring 2 Madeira 19, GDS 9 Georgetown Visitation 12, Holy Cross 10 Elizabeth Seton 16, St. John’s 8
The People and Places of Northwest Washington
April 20, 2011 ■ Page 15
Arranged-marriage flick focuses lens on District By STEPHANIE KANOWITZ Current Correspondent
oy meets girl, yada, yada, yada. But that’s where the banality ends in Ishu Krishna’s take on the traditional love story. The D.C. native’s first feature film, “Arrange to Settle,” will aim to test cultural and traditional boundaries in a very familiar context: Washington’s vibrant social scene. The synopsis: Jyothi, a 30-yearold Indian woman, doubts her future after a series of failed relationships and opts to embrace the custom of arranged marriage. Her parents find the mate and set the date. And then Jyothi meets James, the man of her dreams, at a bar. She must decide whether to stick with her commitment or follow her heart. The setting: Viewers will follow Jyothi’s struggle through a slew of local hot spots, including the Arlington County Fair, Merzi Indian restaurant in Penn Quarter and The Mighty Pint downtown, where she meets James. In the background will be music from local bands, including the film’s signature song, “Change,” by Northeast resident Michelle Raymond. “I’m from D.C., and I wanted to focus on the Indian diaspora [in] the United States,” said Krishna,
who wrote the movie and will direct it when filming starts next month. “It definitely puts our city in the limelight,” said Sweta Mehta, production designer for the film, which she calls a “chick flick.” “The movie revolves around a very young set of characters that take advantage of dynamic opportunities that a city like D.C. has to offer,” Mehta said. “It depicts Jyothi … playing kickball — a very popular D.C. social sport — going to D.C. bars, having a professional career and having a busy dating life.”
Top, Bill Petros/The Current; rest, couresty of Ishu Krishna
D.C. native Ishu Krishna, top, will shoot in local hotspots like The Mighty Pint and include pastimes such as kickball in her culture-clash romance. Filming will start in early May.
The local angle extends behind the scenes, too. “Everyone local has come out of the woodwork wanting to help out,” said Krishna, who is trying to raise $100,000 to make the film,
which she plans to release this winter. She has gotten approval to use several venues, such as ARTiculate Gallery on 16th Street, free of charge, and the World Adult Kickball Association is a sponsor, providing T-shirts, equipment and extras for scenes where the characters play the game. Krishna’s also getting a little help from her friends. She met Mehta at American
University, where Krishna earned a master’s in film and electronic media last year. The two have worked on several projects together. Gene Ertel, the film’s director of photography, has worked with Krishna on other projects as well. His job is to help her visualize the story by drawing up storyboards and determining aesthetics. He joined the 12-person crew (plus seven actors) because the script tugged at his heartstrings. See Filmmaker/Page 22
After 30 years, no end credits yet for Potomac Video’s shrinking store chain By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer
nce a chain of 20-plus stores in the region, Potomac Video has seen its fortunes fall alongside those of its industry competitors. Now, shortly after celebrating its 30th anniversary earlier this month, the business is preparing to close down one of its three remaining stores. Two outposts, both in the District, will remain — one on MacArthur Boulevard in the Palisades, and one on Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Circle — after the Bethesda branch shutters in early June. The future is also uncertain for those final two, though Palisades movie buffs can take comfort that founder Ben Fogle owns the building that houses that neighborhood’s store. A recent anniversary celebration included nearly a thousand customized treats from Georgetown Cupcake and recalled the heyday of video stores, when movie buffs thronged the aisles.
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The Potomac Video in the Palisades is one of two left from a onetime high of over 20. Fogle got the video bug while working for the National Science Foundation. On his way to the South Pole in December
1980 as manager for the organization’s upper-atmospheric physics program, he read a New York Times article about the coming video revolution. With the sun shining 24 hours a day, he recalled, “you got a lot of reading done.” And in Fogle’s case, he got a lot of planning done as well. Seeing the enthusiasm for movies at the research station — the government then obtained them direct from Hollywood, said Fogle — the physicist decided to take a chance and opened the first Potomac Video location in Potomac, Md., in the spring of 1981. In an interview, Fogle downplayed the risk he took as an early adopter of video technology. In the mid-1970s, he had purchased a series of gold claims in Colorado that had increased rather sharply in value. With about $100,000 of almost-pure profit, “I could take a greater risk,” Fogle said. The venture immediately paid off, with store after store proving successful. But Fogle sees the survival of his — albeit
shrunken — business in a dying industry as an even better barometer “of our stores and our staff,” he said. The business sustained damage but weathered the storm caused by moviedelivery service Netflix, said general manager Matt McNevin, a Potomac Video employee since 1989. But the more recent introduction of streaming movies online has been a real blow, he added. Five years ago, the chain could invest in inventory of a little-known movie that staff members believed in, and the film would do well based on staff recommendations and word of mouth, said McNevin, who also teaches film studies at American University. Now, “there’s so much competition, … it’s hard to pick what will make money and what won’t,” he said. A more immediate competitor than behemoth Netflix has sprung up right across the street from the Palisades outpost: a Blockbuster movie kiosk, placed outside See Video/Page 22
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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School This year, the elementary students will be performing â€œOliver.â€? The lower elementary is the chorus. The upper elementary is the cast. We talked to the sixth-graders who have lead roles: Evan Manuel (Oliver), Payton McCarty-Simas (Fagin) and Blaire Hardison
School DISPATCHES (Nancy). We asked Evan how he feels about the play being on April 15. He said he is â€œpumped upâ€? and â€œexcited about being the lead character.â€? Payton said she likes the school play this year and that it was easy to memorize her lines. She loves the songs she sings, which are â€œYouâ€™ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Twoâ€? and â€œBe Back Soon.â€? Sheâ€™s not nervous yet. Blaire said sheâ€™s more comfortable saying lines in front of a crowd than in front of one person.
She said it was kind of weird singing in the first practice, but she got more comfortable as the practices went along. She sings â€œItâ€™s a Fine Lifeâ€? and â€œOom-Pah-Pah.â€? Kids are hard at work designing costumes and sets. The teachers Mrs. Lydia Mosher, Ms. Kelli York, Mrs. Alison Kingsley and Ms. Sarah Kendrick are working very hard to make sure this yearâ€™s play turns out amazing. â€” Serena Brown and Sofia Brown, fifth-graders
Beauvoir School We have two gerbils in our classroom! Their names are Spunky and Rascal. Spunky is the black one, and Rascal is the grayish-white one. They run really fast and sometimes you canâ€™t see them! They love to eat and almost never run on their wheel when weâ€™re at school, but Ms. HansonHall says they run the wheel after school. They like to eat sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, basil and more. Sometimes Spunky and
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British School of Washington In our class our friendâ€™s dad, a wildlife biologist, came in to talk about our topic â€œIâ€™m Alive.â€? I learned that pandas spend about 12 hours of their day eating. I also learned that wild pandas live in the misty, rainy mountains in bamboo forests of Southwestern China. And pandas are endangered because people are destroying their habitats. At my house, I looked at books about gorillas. I found out that there are only 750 mountain gorillas around, so we should look after them very carefully! Youâ€™re actually not allowed to shoot gorillas, but people shoot them anyway. Soon gorillas could be extinct. They live in poor places so people cannot afford to save them. So it is up to us to look after gorillas. On our trip to the zoo, we
learned that zebras have different stripes. So you can tell whether a zebra is a male or a female. We learned that the hump on a cheetahâ€™s back is its spine going up and when they walk it goes even higher. We found out that birds eat dead mice and worms! My favourite animals were the cheetah and the rhino snake. The cheetah was one of my favourite animals because I liked the patterns on its skin. I liked the rhino snake because the horn on its nose was very spiky, and I had never heard of a snake with a horn. â€” Gracie, Molly, Tommaso, Federico and Sofia, Year 2 Newcastle (first-graders)
Duke Ellington School of the Arts DC Comprehensive Assessment System, or DC-CAS testing, finished this week, ending with a writing and biology test. On April 13, Ellington students hosted a showcase at the H Street Playhouse. The showcase, called â€œR Street Speaks on H Street,â€? was the first of a series of student-run shows that feature students across the schoolâ€™s eight departments. The show was organized by a group of students in the Literary Media and Communications Department. A student in literary media and a student in vocal music hosted. The first half of the show consisted of a few music performances, with everything from jazz to hip-hop, and an original piece written and performed by students in the theater department. It ended with a performance by Asha Shannon, one of Ellingtonâ€™s highly
regarded poets. During a brief intermission that followed, Anya Fredrickson, a student in the museum studies department showed some of her photography. The showcase resumed with sets by several of Ellingtonâ€™s music students. The show finished with a performance by rappers Felix Patterson and Maurice Olden. Students, parents and teachers leaving the venue said that they really enjoyed the show. Many said it was by far the best of the shows that literary media has put on over the past year. The H Street Playhouse has given the school the opportunity to use its space for one show a month, so anyone interested in seeing a wide variety of Ellingtonâ€™s talent showcased will have many chances to do so in the future. â€” Madison Hartke-Weber, 10th-grader
Eaton Elementary The â€œCentennial Research Groupâ€? is made up of 17 fourthgraders who will celebrate our schoolâ€™s 100th birthday by putting together an exhibit of our schoolâ€™s history. We started by learning about doing research. Our librarian showed us information that she has about John Eaton, including books made by students over the past 100 years. We went on a field trip to the Sumner School, which is an archive/library with information from all D.C. public schools. The director gave us a private tour. She set up stations with pictures, maps and information. We found out some interesting facts about John See Dispatches/Page 17
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DISPATCHES From Page 16 Eaton, like how kids went home for lunch in the past. The director also came to our school. We went around with her to find artifacts that are already here. She taught us how to figure out an objectâ€™s age and condition. We also went to the Library of Congress. We talked with information specialists and a folklore specialist. We learned about the â€œresearch ladder,â€? which shows the steps of research. Most of our research about John Eaton will be done at school, at the public library or with neighbors, teachers, alumni, friends and parents. The folklore specialist talked to us about interviewing. We learned that an interview is different than a conversation, and we learned how to do an interview. We have groups researching information about our school, our neighborhood, Washington, D.C., and the nation over the last 100 years. We are excited about putting together our exhibit. â€” Max Robison, Savannah Jackson and Cyrus McDowell, fourth-graders
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School The 3-year-olds are hard at work on their annual science expedition, â€œAnimals 2 by 2.â€? For the rest of the school year, the students will study pairs of animals, learning how to ask and answer questions, make observations, compare and contrast, and share what they learn. The first animals the students are studying are fish. Ms. Boyerâ€™s class, the Penn State Nittany Lions, rode the Metro to the pet store, where they picked out some guppies to live in their classroom aquarium. Ms. Bryantâ€™s class, the University of Wisconsin Badgers, has goldfish and beta fish living in two separate aquariums. In both classrooms, students are hard at work caring for and observing their new pets and making detailed drawings. Students have also brainstormed a list of questions they want to research about their new pets. They made predictions about what the answers might be. For example, when asked â€œHow do fish stay safe?â€? students in the Lions class suggested â€œwith mommy and daddy,â€? â€œStay away from stingrays so they donâ€™t get stung,â€? and â€œThey need to stay away from sharks and big fish and scary fish.â€? Next, the students will listen to books, look at pictures and talk to experts on a field trip to the National Aquarium. Based on what they learn, they will revise their answers and add them to their drawings to create a book. After spring break, they will make books about worms, moths and butterflies. â€” Louisa Vol, Rhys Stevens and Jose David English-Irizarry, pre-kindergartners
Leading up to the DC Comprehensive Assessment System, or DC-CAS, I always had butterflies, not knowing how Iâ€™m going to do. I spent the weeks leading up to the test in a state of seriousness. But at E.L. Haynes I didnâ€™t feel that. Haynes made the DCCAS seem fun, and I felt comfortable. Having the prep rally got the school loose and really pumped up for the test. During the rally, there was singing and dancing. There was even a YouTube video (youtube.com/watch?v=VDd3lOy QrH4) to encourage us to do well. We also spent a lot of time getting prepared. Lessons helped students by going over the skills we learned during the year so they will be fresh in our minds. Now the test is finally here and it seems easier than ever. From the prep rally to the test, Haynes helped in a lot of ways to make the DC Comprehensive Assessment System easy. â€” Ryan Perry, eighth-grader
Holy Trinity School We have lots of after-school activities. The activities start at 3 p.m. and include a musical instrument class, musical theater, Irish dance and computer classes. Many of the classes teach us music and dance. Mrs. Tober leads the musical instrument class. We See Dispatches/Page 36
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CHEVY CHASE $839,000 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! 4 lvl Colonial on coveted street - just 1 bkl off Conn Ave. 4BR, 2.5BA, generous sized rms, HWFs, FP, hi-ceilings, crown molding, recessed lighting, screened porch; LL w/ au-pair ste. Fenced yard, 1 car Gar + drwy pkg. Andra Gram 240-515-6059 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CHEVY CHASE DC $208,000 SPACIOUS light filled freshly painted studio with wood floors, lots of closets and extra storage ideally located in charming Chevy Chase close to shops restaurants and public Transportation. 5406 Connecticut Ave NW Unit #208. Susan Fagan 202-246-8337 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 CHEVY CHASE MD $625,000 PRICED RIGHT – SOLID VALUE! Rock Creek Forest is a close-in community adj to RC Park, w/easy access to Capital Crescent Trail. You’ll appreciate the easy living & open plan of this white brick Mid-Century Rambler. 4BR, 2.5BA, updtd KIT w/Granite, Sun Porch, fin LL & hrdwds throughout. Carole Maslin 301-802-9000 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $255,000 Urban condo, new price, FHA Approved, extra storage, pet friendly. Dina Paxenos 202-256-1624 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $759,000 VIRTUALLY NEW CONSTRUCTION! Spacious 4BR, 3.5BA, west facing TH w/ inviting open floor plan and stunning finishes – gleaming HWFs, custom lighting, tile and fixtures, true gourmet KIT w/island, custom cabinets, granite counters. Skylights, exposed brick, 2 rear decks, a high end legal 1BR income unit, secure 2 car PKG. Walk to 2 metros and so much more. www.robythompson.com. 3547 10th St NW. Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 KALORAMA $295,500 BRIGHT AND LIGHT 1BR, 1BA top floor corner unit in boutique building. Newly renovated kitchen with large windows overlooking Kalorama. 1875 Mintwood Pl. NW #46. Christi Cline 202-997-2787 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400
PETWORTH $199,900 - $299,900 FHA APPROVED & One year Condo fees Paid! Light filled, fantastic condos available in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR, 1BR with den, 2BR/2BA homes. Quality & affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: granite, ss, hdwd & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! www.804taylorstreet.com. 804 Taylor St, NW. Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 PETWORTH $585,000 BEAUTIFULLY RENOV, light filled extra wide row house. 2BR in-law suite. Close to metro. Renov BAs and KITs. Large double parlor and dining area opens to KIT. Refinished original HWFs. Huge yard with pkg easily added. New roof, porch deck, boiler, water heater, more. Home warranty included. 4127 New Hampshire Ave NW. Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 POTOMAC $1,599,000 SPECTACULAR golf course home in impeccable condition. Stunning floor plan designed around an octagonal twostory foyer, with sweeping views from every room. High ceilings, renov KIT, huge lot and plenty of space for future pool, or great lawn parties with award winning views of the 4th and 5th greens at TPC AVENEL. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800
KALORAMA $559,000 ELEGANT SPACE, FAB LOCATION, RARE OPPORTUNITY! A true “MUST SEE:” 2BR, 2BA in desirable LeBourget! Spacious, w/2 Balconies and panoramic, unobstructed views. A mere 5 blks to DuPont METRO. Open feel, HWs, S & W exposures and LOTS of windows! Diane Adams 202-255-6253 TAKOMA PARK $315,000 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 YOUR OWN HOUSE at a CONDO PRICE! Rare 2BR, 1.5BA half-duplex LOGAN CIRCLE $1,295,000 Colonial. Recent updates to KIT, LR, DR, FABULOUS 2007 renovation of 1885 Den-Office, Powder Rm. Wood flrs, hiVictorian with panoramic bay windows. ceilings, LIGHT! Finishable LL, walk-up 2400 SF, 28 ft ceilings, 2BR, 2.5BA, rus- Attic. Fenced yard, garden, fruit trees. ½ ticated HWFs, sep DR, gourmet t/s KIT mile to METRO! w/brkfast bar, custom Italian cabinets & Theresa Immordino 301-270-2150 honed Carrara counters. Gas fplc & Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 PKG. 1306 Rhode Island Ave NW, Penthouse. WESLEY HEIGHTS $1,185,000 Denise Warner 202-487-5162 METICULOUSLY RENOVATED ONE Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 LEVELhome with stunning panoramic views. Deep wraparound balcony. MT PLEASANT $439,000 Spacious Foyer Living, Dining and Den. SPACIOUS CORNER 2BR condo with Gourmet Kitchen. Three very private PKG, filled with sun from tall S & W- bedrooms and baths. Storage galore. facing windows. Handsomely renov w/2 Garage parking. 4200 Massachusetts Ave generous BRs, updated BA, gran/SS KIT, NW #814. large LR w/dining area, custom built-ins. Stuart Blue 202-298-5942 W/D combo in unit, free common laun- Scott Polk 202-256-5460 dry in LL. Well managed bldg, near Georgetown Office 202-944-8400
A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington
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Chatsworth home is spacious â€“ and a bit of a secret
.C.â€™s best-kept secretâ€? is an oft-claimed title in real estate circles, but an enclave on Unicorn Lane, in
ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY the Chatsworth section of Chevy Chase, has a real shot at the banner. Sitting off Oregon Avenue, the community guarded by whimsical stone unicorns was built in the late 1970s as a semiprivate group of classically styled brick homes. Sometimes even real estate agents arenâ€™t familiar with the spot, said Realtor Bill Sawyer. Theyâ€™re missing out, said homeowner Gracia Hillman. Her homeâ€™s location adjacent to Rock Creek Park canâ€™t be beat, she explained, either for recreation or for easy access to the rest of the city. If thereâ€™s no backup on Rock Creek Parkway, for example, â€œI can be downtown in 15 minutesâ€? by car, she said. Silver Spring and Friendship Heights are even shorter trips. But itâ€™s the parkâ€™s proximity, not that of bustling downtown, that informs Hillmanâ€™s 4,200-squarefoot home. Itâ€™s quiet here, and a large rear patio is completely shaded in summer from the view of neighboring homes, Hillman said. That terrace offers enough space for lounging, dining and entertaining. Planting beds offer room for gardeners to play â€” but not so much that maintenance becomes a chore. Inside, the home spreads over four levels. The main floor includes a large, light and bright living room as well as a separate den. Oak paneling, a wet bar and a fireplace in that latter space give it a moodier vibe, but garden-view windows keep it sunny as well. The living roomâ€™s very high ceilings connect that space with the dining room, which sits half a level above and overlooks the living room via a balcony railing. Crucially, said Hillman, each of the levels includes its own bath. Guests, therefore, donâ€™t have to climb stairs looking for the powder room. On the dining roomâ€™s level, a kitchen renovated a few years ago is warm, inviting and very practical. Cherry cabinets offer plenty of storage, but thereâ€™s even more room in an adjacent walk-in pantry. Cambria counters add a sandyhued warmth to the space, which also gets natural light from two large windows.
The flow here â€” as in much of the home â€” is ideal for gatherings: Bar stools cluster around a counter, and a hall stretches from that spot past a butlerâ€™s pantry-cum-wet bar to the dining room. Guests can therefore perch at the counter, pour their own drinks at the bar, and even access the rest of the home without disturbing the cookâ€™s domain. Large, well-proportioned rooms also mark the rest of this house. The level below the living room is home to a large space now used as a home theater. A full bath and roomy utility space, including laundry, are also here, and a one-car garage can be accessed from this level. Though one bedroom and adjoining bath sit on that bottom level, three of the homeâ€™s bedrooms wait up the curving hardwood stair. An iron railing and a skylight add some distinction to the stairwell. Though there are officially three bedrooms on the top floor, the total here could easily be four, if a buyer were to divide the large master bedroom from its sizable sitting
room. But many will likely keep the spot as it is and use the sunny sitting room as a home office, as Hillman does, or as a library or lounging spot. Like the two other bedrooms on Photos Courtesy of William Sawyer & Co. this level, the masThis four-bedroom house in a section of ter has an en-suite Chevy Chase next to Rock Creek Park is bath, though this one, of course, is priced at $1,159,000. much larger than other bathrooms in drop. A semiannual homeowners the home. A spa tub and separate association fee totals $950. For shower are surrounded by white more information, contact Realtor tile, and a double vanity sits atop clean white cabinetry. Though the baths here are in excellent condition, some buyers will want to tweak these spaces. In the master bath, one easy change would be to add a laundry to an empty alcove; the plumbing is already in place. This four-bedroom home with four full and two half-baths at 2710 Unicorn Lane NW is offered for $1,159,000 after a recent price
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From Page 15 â€œYou know â€˜My Big Fat Greek Weddingâ€™? Itâ€™s kind of like the Indian version of that,â€? he said. Beau Peregino of Harford County, Md., didnâ€™t know Krishna before she cast him as James, but the 30-year-old feels the part was written for him. â€œThis is literally what I went through all last year,â€? he said, referring to his relationship with an Indian woman who ultimately chose a man with a pedigree her parents respected. â€œWhen I read the script, I said, â€˜Well, this isnâ€™t going to be much acting. Itâ€™s just going to be me re-living all of last year.â€™â€? For Krishna, who was born in Georgetown and now lives in Arlington, the plot isnâ€™t far-fetched. â€œItâ€™s not autobiographical in the sense that that never happened to me,â€? she said. â€œBut I do get the pressure. Iâ€™m 34 and single, so I get the pressure of marriage constantly, everywhere I am. And at one point a couple years ago, my mom asked if I wanted her to set
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me up.â€? â€œIn my head, it was kind of a what-if scenario: What if this was to happen?â€? Krishna said. The movie is the culmination of an idea that started as one of two theses she wrote at American. She hopes it gets people talking â€” about love, family and traditional versus modern expectations. â€œThe pressure you get from your family is not unique to Indian culture,â€? said Krishna. â€œI tried to make the theme universal enough that even if people canâ€™t relate to the arranged marriage thing â€Ś people could relate to the backup plan.â€? Krishna, who puts her other two masterâ€™s degrees to use as a senior consultant at Deloitte when sheâ€™s not composing scripts, has written 10 short films and is working on her third feature, but she hopes â€œArrange to Settleâ€? will be her big break. â€œThis is my starting point and this is my resume-builder and this is my first film to prove my track record,â€? she said. For more information, visit arrangetosettle.com.
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VIDEO From Page 15 the neighborhoodâ€™s Safeway. The blue box that can be seen from Potomac Videoâ€™s windows doesnâ€™t trouble McNevin: â€œIâ€™ve never seen anyone use it,â€? he said. And the heightened competition hasnâ€™t soured Potomac Video employees on introducing their customers to films they may not otherwise see. In fact, McNevin considers that feature the storeâ€™s main advantage over the digital databases that provide streaming movies. If customers donâ€™t know precisely what they want, digital databases can be overwhelming, he said. Brick-and-mortar stores offer expert staff and a deep, but comfortingly finite collection that customers can browse. And that selection can be tailored to niche preferences: Palisades customers, for example, seem to like British films, according to McNevin. Now, an outsize amount of floor space is devoted to those movies. â€œWeâ€™re like the Politics and Prose of video stores,â€? McNevin said, comparing the chain to the local bookstore that has outlasted many of its national competitors. The video storeâ€™s Connecticut Avenue location has a particularly deep bench of films that are hard to find, even on digital databases, said Fogle. â€œEven now it has the best collection of foreign films, documentaries, things you canâ€™t typically find. â€Ś Itâ€™s really an outstanding collection,â€? he said. But in the face of dwindling interest in brick-and-mortar video stores, Fogle is again looking to the investment that started it all: real estate. Heâ€™s now involved in restoring a historic inn and other properties in Martinsburg, W.Va. And the entrepreneurial bug has bitten other members of the Fogle family as well. Daughter Sabina has turned a spot next to the MacArthur Boulevard shop into a small gallery for antique maps she purchases in Paris, where she is finishing a doctorate in art history. Even in her studies of French art, she said, growing up in the video business has made a difference. â€œI learned a lot of French though studying French cinema,â€? she said, citing Catherine Deneuve as a favorite instructor. Sabina Fogle helped orchestrate the 30th anniversary celebration at the store, and sheâ€™s hopeful that planned monthly sidewalk sales during the summer will help drum up interest and relieve the store of excess inventory. But the anniversary festivities were bittersweet as well, she said of watching neighbors line up for trendy cupcakes. â€œI wish people would still line up to rent movies like that,â€? she said.
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City eyes easing height limit in wards 7, 8 Current Staff Report
ayor Vincent Gray plans to explore the idea of eliminating or moderating the limitation on building heights in parts of wards 7 and 8. The goal would be to entice companies needing large spaces to locate in the District, he told a group of entrepreneurs recently. After a March 29 meeting with the D.C. chapter of the Indus Entrepreneurs, Gray said the purpose of the citywide height limitation â€œwould not be violatedâ€? by the change, because it â€œwould not affect the monuments on the Mall.â€? He said he would ask the attorney general to look into the issue. First introduced in 1889, building height restrictions aimed to maintain Washingtonâ€™s horizontal landscape.
In 1910 Congress enacted a law to restrict new building heights to no more than 20 feet higher than the width of the adjacent street. The law, still in effect today, also generally prohibits buildings taller than 130 feet. Gray told the business group that Ward 7 has an unemployment rate of about 19 percent and Ward 8 about 30 percent. He called those figures â€œcompletely unacceptable.â€? He pointed to a major redevelopment in Anacostia to illustrate how large projects could spur local economic growth. The U.S. Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s decision to locate on the former site of St. Elizabeths Hospital should help reduce area unemployment, he said. See Height/Page 38
CB2 brings contemporary wares to Georgetown
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ON THE STREET BETH COPE find clean-lined couches and lacquered lamps. But for those unwilling to drive to New York (the closest location), ordering online was the only option â€” and not ideal when buying large items like a sectional or headboard. That changes next week, when the Crate & Barrel spinoff opens its doors at 3307 M St. on April 30. CB2 product manager Judy
Miller explained in an interview that the company, looking to expand, considered demographics around the country and found the perfect mix in Georgetown. â€œD.C. ranked very high in that demographics information,â€? she said. â€œSo that certainly kind of spurred an â€˜Ooh!â€™â€? As for the selection of Georgetown, even Miller, who doesnâ€™t know the city, figured it was the right pick. â€œFrom what I understand, this is the spot to be if youâ€™re going to be in the area,â€? she said. Miller said the store will display and sell 98 percent of CB2â€™s collection, which she said the company describes as â€œhip, fun, smart and surprising.â€?
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CB2 offers modern styles for indoors and out. Georgetownâ€™s will be the ninth CB2 in the country. The store, which is taking over the former Staples space, will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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Events Entertainment Wednesday, April APRIL 20 Wednesday 20 Discussions and lectures ■ Maurice Jackson will discuss his book “African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Jennifer Webb, a research fellow in archaeology at La Trobe University in Australia, will discuss “Aphrodite: Goddess of Cyprus.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Meghan O’Rourke will discuss her memoir “The Long Goodbye.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Muslim Film Festival will feature Nouri Bouzid’s film “Making Of,” about the radicalization one young man undergoes in Tunisia. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lounge, East Quad Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. muslimfilm.org. ■ The French Cinémathèque series will feature Jean Becker’s 2010 film “My Afternoons With Marguerite.” 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
Performances ■ Mayor Vincent Gray will host the 26th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, an evening of live performances. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ The Children’s Choir of the Opéra National de Paris will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. april20childrenschoir.eventbrite.com.
Special events ■ “Become Your Family’s Detective,” the seventh annual Genealogy Fair at the National Archives, will showcase federal records available for family-history research. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. The program will continue Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ■ The fourth annual DC Design House, a 1925 English Country Tudor home transformed by the area’s top designers, will be open to the public. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s National Medical Center. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20. 3134 Ellicott St. NW. dcdesignhouse.com. The design house will be open through May 8 daily except Mondays. Thursday, April 21 Thursday APRIL 21 Children’s events ■ Tudor Place will host a “Spring Tea and Chocolate Workshop for Children,” with a tea ceremony and hands-on chocolatemaking lessons. 1 p.m. $25; $10 for adult chaperones. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 5 and older on an exploration of the Woodland Trail in search of signs of the season. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a seminar for firsttime home buyers. 11 a.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The class will repeat April 28 at 11 a.m. ■ Geraldine Amaral will present a seminar on “The Secrets of the I-Ching.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. Concerts ■ The Blues Alley Jazz Society’s seventh annual “Big Band Jam!” will feature performances by the Millionaire Big Band of Williamsport, Pa., at 11 a.m.; Xavier High School of New York City, at 1 and 2 p.m.; Big Band of the HelmholtzGymnasium at 3 p.m.; High Rendition Jazz Band of Ontario, Canada, at 4 p.m.; and Halton Junior Jazz Band of Ontario, Canada, at 5 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. bigbandjam.org. ■ Strathmore artists-in-residence The
Jolley Twins Group — featuring drummer Nathan and pianist Noble — will perform jazz selections. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Big Band of the HelmholtzGymnasium, from Karlsruhe, Germany, will perform jazz selections. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. email@example.com. Discussions and lectures ■ The National Capital Planning Commission and the Urban Land Institute Washington District Council will present a panel discussion on “Agents of Change: Integrating Federal Facilities Into Local Communities.” 8 to 9:45 a.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, General Services Administration Headquarters, 1800 F St. NW. CompPlan@ncpc.gov. ■ The Washington Home & Community Hospices will present a recorded seminar on “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care,” followed by a question-and-answer session. 8 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. 3720 Upton St. NW. 202-895-0159. The event will repeat Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. ■ Panelists will discuss “Energy Hungry Tiger and Dragons: Comparing India and China’s Energy Sector Development Strategies.” 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-553-5816. ■ Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations and Middle Eastern studies at New York University, will discuss current events in the Middle East. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Swann Foundation fellow Leora MaltzLeca will discuss “William Kentridge: ‘Stone Age Drawing,’ Cartoon Logic and South Africa’s Process of Change.” Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-9115. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “David Smith: The Sculptor and the Camera.” 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ Researcher Warren Perry will discuss Abraham Lincoln. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Cultural historian Kenneth Robbins will discuss “The Royal Treatment in India: Taj Palaces.” 6 to 8 p.m. $30; $10 for students. Reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. ■ Renée Ater, associate professor of art history and archaeology at the University of Maryland, will examine the intersection of architecture, the fine arts, culture and race at the 1930s world’s fairs. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building
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Wednesday, APRIL 20 ■ Discussion: Caroline Kennedy will discuss her book “She Walks in Beauty,” a collection of poems about women. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-3470176.
Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ “Jazz Is Jazz,” a panel presentation with recordings, will feature Richard James Burgess, producer and project director for “Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology”; John Edward Hasse, pianist, author and curator of American music as the National Museum of American History; and Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Storyteller, recording artist and author Dovie Thomason will discuss how the indigenous nations of Native America preserved their cultural histories and teachings through oral tradition. 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Carnegie Capital Science Evenings will feature a talk by Dr. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of Utah School of Medicine on “Dying Young as Late in Life as Possible: Stem Cells, Tissue Renewal and Regeneration.” 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. ■ Historian and art critic Simon Schama will discuss his book “Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Robert Day, professor emeritus of English at Washington College, will discuss his travels around the world. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Washington Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will host a talk by College of William & Mary professor John H. Oakley on the social effects of the war between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century B.C. 7 p.m. Free. Room 103, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. 202-338-6536. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss “Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon” by Jorge Armado. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Films ■ Senior Cinema Thursdays will feature Richard Press’ film “Bill Cunningham New York.” 10:30 a.m. $3.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-3464.
■ The Palisades Neighborhood Library will show Sidney Lumet’s 1957 film “12 Angry Men.” 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. ■ “From Page to Screen” will feature John Curran’s 2006 film “The Painted Veil,” based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. ■ The Muslim Film Festival will feature Eyad Zahra’s film “The Taqwacores,” about the vibrant underground subculture of Muslim punk rockers in upstate New York. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. muslimfilm.org. ■ The Phillips Collection will show Michael Blackwood’s 1981 documentary “Philip Guston: A Life Lived,” narrated by the artist. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/calendar. ■ An Asian film series will present the 2010 documentary “Live From Tokyo,” about the independent and underground music culture in Japan’s largest city. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/livefromtokyoApril21. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Filip Renc’s 2005 romantic comedy “From Subway With Love.” 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
Reading ■ Poets Forrest Gander (shown) and Robert Bringhurst will receive the 2011 Witter Bynner Award and read from their poems. 6:45 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the New York Red Bulls. 8 p.m. $23 to $52; $15 for college students. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Tasting ■ “Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101,” about Le Beaujolais, will feature veteran wine journalist Claire Morin-Gibourg and Pauline de Castelnau of Château des Jacques. 7 p.m. $65. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. Friday, April 22 Friday APRIL 22 Children’s events ■ “Family Fair,” hosted by Georgetown’s two historic house museums, will offer a chance for children to play games, create crafts and make their own ice cream sundaes and chocolate houses. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 per child; $5 for adult chaperones. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, and Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202965-0400. See Events/Page 25
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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 24 â– A park ranger will lead ages 5 and older on an Earth Day exploration of the Woodland Trail in search of hidden treasures. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070.
Concerts â– The Blues Alley Jazz Societyâ€™s seventh annual â€œBig Band Jam!â€? will feature performances by students at Fairfax High School at 11 a.m., Montgomery College at 1 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College at 2 p.m., Bowie State University at 3 p.m., Howard University at 4 p.m. and Shenandoah University at 5 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. bigbandjam.org. â– The Friday Morning Music Club will present its annual â€œTwo-Piano (and Duet) Recital,â€? featuring works by Schubert, Milhaud, Stravinsky and Granados. Noon. Free. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-333-2075. â– The Arts Club of Washington will present a classical chamber music concert. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â– Organist Charles Miller, director of music at National City Christian Church, will perform. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â– Sonya Sutton will direct the St. Albanâ€™s singers as they perform Brahmsâ€™ â€œA German Requiem.â€? 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ€™s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â– Swedish pianist, composer and teacher Niklas SivelĂśv will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Cuban percussionists Los MuĂąequitos de Matanzas, masters of AfroCuban ritual and rumba music and dance, will perform. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Discussions and lectures â– David A. Nichols will discuss his book â€œEisenhower 1956: The Presidentâ€™s Year of Crisis â€” Suez and the Brink of War.â€? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– Touqir Hussain, former Pakistani ambassador to Brazil, Japan and Spain and a senior visiting fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss â€œThe United States and Pakistan: An Uneasy Relationship.â€? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5722. â– â€œMeeting Metsu: Another Dutch Masterâ€? will feature panelists Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art; Pieter Roelofs, curator of 17th-century paintings at Rijksmuseum; and Adriaan E. Waiboer, curator of northern European art at the National Gallery of Ireland. 3 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– An Earth Day panel discussion on eco-friendly living will feature Carlos Amaya,
chef and owner of Coppiâ€™s Organic Restaurant; Dennis Chestnut, executive director of Groundwork Anacostia River DC; Chris Conway, president of Conway Construction; Adam Gallegos, broker and founder of Arbour Realty; James Hartley, director of sustainable design for M Street Architects + Interior Architects; and Adrienne Spahr, founder of Green Living Consulting. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Project 4, 1353 U St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Antonia Juhasz, director of the energy program for the San Francisco-based human rights group Global Exchange, will discuss her book â€œBlack Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Philip Kerr will discuss his novel â€œField Gray.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Performance â– Teatro de la Luna will hold its 19th annual poetry marathon, â€œLa Pluma y la Palabra/The Pen and the Wordâ€? (in Spanish). 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-882-6227. The event will continue Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. Special events â– A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a migratory bird walk in honor of Earth Day and discuss why migratory birds choose Rock Creek Park as a stopover on their long seasonal journey. 9 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â– An Earth Day celebration will feature a cooking demonstration by chef Tania Mercer and a chance to talk to representatives of environmental organizations. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. Saturday, April 23 Saturday APRIL 23 Childrenâ€™s programs â– Tudor Placeâ€™s annual â€œEggstravaganza!â€? will feature an egg hunt and egg roll contest, followed by a chance to decorate eggs and self-guided tours of the 5.5-acre gardens. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 for children; $3 for adult chaperones. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â– Friends of the Georgetown Library will present â€œSpring Eggstravaganza,â€? featuring a spring-themed story time, craft activity and egg hunt (for ages 3 through 10). 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. â– â€œJunior Ranger Day Open Houseâ€? will feature hikes, craft activities and storytelling. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. â– The House of Sweden will present â€œSpace for Children,â€? designed to foster interactive creativity and play (for ages 10 and younger). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
Saturday, APRIL 23 â– Performance: National Geographic will present a performance by the Step Africa! troupe, which began as a cross-cultural exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa. 7:30 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The troupe will also present an introductory workshop at 10 a.m. (free) and a participatory demonstration at noon ($10).
House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202467-2645. The program will repeat Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. â– â€œHaiku Easter Egg Hunt,â€? for ages 2 through 10, will feature a search for hidden eggs with poems and sweet surprises inside. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. Classes â– Cultural Study Abroad, a local travel company, will present an intensive Italian language class as a fundraiser for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $160. Location provided upon registration. 202-669-1562. The class will repeat April 30. â– BLT Steak executive chef Victor Albisu will lead a class on the art of breaking down a full hog and inventive pork dishes. 12:30 to 3 p.m. $100. BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW. 202-689-8989. â– Photographer and genealogist Harold McClendon will lead a Preservation Week class on â€œUsing a Digital Camera to Copy Books and Documents.â€? 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-383-1850.
Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– Adam Goodheart will discuss his book â€œ1861: The Civil War Awakening.â€? 2 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â– Michael Lerner, co-founder of the Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, will discuss â€œThe Art of Healing: Finding Wholeness in a Broken World.â€? 5 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-483-8600. â– David J. Linden will discuss his book â€œThe Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good.â€? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â– The National Gallery of Art will present Richard Dindoâ€™s 1991 film â€œArthur Rimbaud, a Biography.â€? 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– GALA Hispanic Theatreâ€™s IberoAmerican Childrenâ€™s Film Festival will feature the 2008 animated film â€œValentino y el clĂĄn del can,â€? about a puppy that gets separated from his family and ends up joining the circus (in Spanish with subtitles). 3 p.m. $5 per child; $8 for adults. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-2347174. â– The National Gallery of Art will present â€œThe Black Maria: Selections From the Festival.â€? 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.
Performances â– Adventure Theatre will present â€œJust a Dream: The Green Play,â€? about Walter the litterbug and his realization about what he must do to preserve the planet. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â– Participants in the Kennedy Center Dance Theatre of Harlem PreProfessional Residency program will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy
Concert â– The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, vocalist Kim Nazarian and saxophonist Phil Woods will perform a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. 8 and 10 p.m. $55. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-3374141.
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Discussions and lectures â– A symposium on the U.S. Navyâ€™s role in the Civil War will feature keynote speaker Craig Symonds, author of â€œLincoln and His Admiralsâ€? and â€œThe Civil War at Sea.â€? 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â– A showcase of new fiction from Akashic Press will feature Nathan Larson, author of â€œThe Dewey Decimal Systemâ€?; Kevin Holohan, author of â€œThe Brothersâ€™ Lotâ€?; Persia Walker, author of â€œBlack Orchid Bluesâ€?; and Nina Revoyr, author of â€œWingshooters.â€? 1 p.m. Free.
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Center. 202-467-4600. â– Dancer and choreographer Wally Cardona will present â€œIntervention,â€? an ever-changing solo performance. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202269-1600. â– The In Series will present a â€œpocket operaâ€? double-bill â€” Ernesto Lecuonaâ€™s â€œMaria la Oâ€? and Ruggiero Leoncavalloâ€™s â€œI Pagliacci.â€? 8 p.m. $39; $35 for seniors; $20 for students. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat May 1 at 3 p.m. Walks and tours â– Shawn Walker, urban forestry instructor at Casey Trees, will lead a walk through the National Arboretumâ€™s dogwood, magnolia and Asian tree collections. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. caseytrees.org. â– Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will lead an interactive â€œWalking Tour as Personal Essay,â€? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â– A two-mile Earth Day hike will spotlight the recreational, spiritual, economic and environmental significance of urban natural parks. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Sunday, AprilAPRIL 24 Sunday 24 Concerts â– Pianist Sara Daneshpour will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. â– The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by Herbert W. Sumsion, Alfred Herbert Brewer and Johannes Brahms. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 3110 O St. NW. 202333-6677. See Events/Page 26
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■ Cathedral organist Scott Dettra will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Discussion ■ Lorenzo Pericolo will discuss “The Poetics of Dislocation: Narrative in the Painting of Caravaggio.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films ■
“A Season of Rohmer,” spotlighting
films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature “A Tale of Autumn.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” will feature the film “Pulsera.” 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Walks ■ A migratory bird walk will search for
birds through sight and sound. 9 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead a tour of the Old Stone House and discuss Colonial life inside the oldest house in the city. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. ■ Author Anthony S. Pitch will lead a walking tour based on his book “‘They Have Killed Papa Dead!’: The Road to Ford’s Theatre, Abraham Lincoln’s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Meet at the equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson at the center of Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 301-4372345. ■ A park ranger will lead a one-mile walk from Fort Stevens to Battleground National Cemetery and explain how the nation patched itself together after four years of Civil War. 1 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202895-6070. ■ “Dumbarton Oaks in Spring” will explore the naturalistic park laid out by landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand. 2 p.m. Free. Meet at Lover’s Lane on R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, April APRIL 25 Monday 25 Benefit ■ A fundraiser for Teaching for Change will feature Grammy nominee Christylez Bacon, the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team and musical virtuoso W. Ellington Felton. 7 to 9 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the event. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Book signings ■ Former White House curator Betty Monkman, White House curator William G. Allman and photographer Bruce White will sign copies of the 50th-anniversary edition of “The White House: An Historic Guide.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. whitehousehistory.org. ■ Bernard and Shirley Kinsey will sign copies of their book “The Kinsey Collection,” about the African-American experience from 1632 to the present, told through original art, historical artifacts and documents. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Children’s program ■ “El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros” will feature a performance by the Maru Montero Dance Company of Mexican folk, cha-cha, mambo, salsa and tango dances (for ages 6 through 12). 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Class ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707.
Concerts ■ The Conservatory Project will feature students from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University performing works by Liszt, Poulenc, Mozart, Offenbach
Sunday, APRIL 24 ■ Family event: The Washington International Church will host an Easter egg hunt for ages 12 and younger. 12:30 p.m. Free. 4420 River Road NW. 202-895-9060.
and other composers. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival will feature the University of the District of Columbia Jazz Ensemble, the Howard University Jazz Ensemble and the University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble. 8 p.m. $20; $15 for seniors; $10 for students. University Auditorium, Building 46 East, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. InstantSeats.com. Discussions and lectures ■ Independent scholar Debra Pincus will discuss “How Byzantine! Renaissance Venice and Byzantium.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Dupont Circle Village’s monthly Live and Learn Seminar will feature a talk by Metropolitan Police Department detective Vincent Tucci on how to avoid becoming a victim. 3:30 to 5 p.m. $10; free for Dupont Circle Village members. Bistro Bistro restaurant, 1727 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. ■ Author Francis Fukuyama will discuss his book “The Origins of Political Order.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Wendy Wall, professor of English literature at Northwestern University, will discuss “Recipes for Thought: Shakespeare and the Art of the Kitchen.” 8 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Family program ■ The National Zoo’s “Easter Monday: An African American Family Tradition” will feature an egg hunt, Easter-themed games, animal demonstrations and performances. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-3040. Film ■ “Marvelous Movie Mondays” will feature the 1996 film “Shall We Dance?” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood See Events/Page 27
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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. Reading â– Barnes & Noble will host â€œM Street Poetry Open Mic Night.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-9659880. Tuesday, April APRIL 26 Tuesday 26 Benefit â– The International Womenâ€™s Democracy Center and the Womenâ€™s Research and Education Institute will host their third annual â€œNight Oâ€™ Chocolateâ€? fundraiser, featuring a pastry chef competition, a wine tasting and a silent auction. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $50 in advance; $75 at the door. Samuel Gompers Room, AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW. wrei.org. Class â– A monthly Fiber Arts Workshop will offer an introduction to sock knitting on two needles. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080.
Childrenâ€™s program â– â€œEl DĂa de los NiĂąos/El DĂa de los Librosâ€? will feature a Spanish-language story time and concert, featuring performers from Language Stars and Isabella & Ferdinand Spanish Language Adventures. 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Concerts â– Avanti â€” the Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Vivaldi and Mozart. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-3332075. â– The Conservatory Project will feature pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, violist Hannah Nicholas and The Mobius Trio â€” all from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music â€” performing works by Sahba Aminikia, Garrett Ian Shatzer, Anthony Porter, Franz Liszt and Sergei Prokofiev. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â– Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington from 2001 to 2006, and other panelists will discuss â€œDignity of the Human Person.â€? 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1639. â– The George Washington University Solar Instituteâ€™s third annual symposium, â€œSolar Energy: A Critical Component of Meeting the Clean Energy Challenge,â€? will feature industry leaders and energy experts, including Minh Lee, chief engineer of the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Solar Energy Technologies Program. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. gwsolar.eventbrite.com. â– Patricia Smith Melton, founder of the group Peace X Peace, will discuss her book â€œ60 Years, 60 Voices,â€? about the possibility of Middle East peace through the eyes of 30 Israeli and
30 Palestinian women. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â– Don Williams, senior conservator at the Smithsonian Institution, will lead a Preservation Week talk on his book â€œSaving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prize Possessions.â€? 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-383-1850. â– Curator John Edward Hasse will discuss â€œThe History of Jazz in 111 Tracks,â€? about the process of compiling the box set â€œJazz: The Smithsonian Anthology.â€? 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Presidential Reception Suite, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â– The D.C. chapter of the Womenâ€™s National Book Association will host a panel discussion on the poetic art form haiku. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Psychologist Andrea Bonior will discuss her book â€œThe Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â– Developers, policy makers and affordable-housing researchers will discuss the successes and lessons learned from the Alternative Housing Pilot Program projects and propose next steps for creative affordable-housing solutions. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â– James B. Stewart will discuss his book â€œTangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â– Collector Helen Zell will discuss â€œFrom Paper Dolls to Le PoupĂŠe.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â– Garden writer Carole Otteson, Smithsonian Gardens associate director Barbara Faust and Washington Post garden editor Adrian Higgins will discuss â€œSmithsonian Gardens: Blooming Exhibits.â€? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
202-797-5102. â– Nicole Maaia, lactation consultant and the mother of two, will lead a â€œBreastfeeding 101â€? class. 7 p.m. $40; registration required. Lil Omm, 4830 V St. NW. 202-248-6304. Concerts â– The Conservatory Project will feature the Yale Cellos performing classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Wednesday, APRIL 27 â– Concert: The Embassy Series will present jazz pianist Michel Reis. 7 p.m. $80. Embassy of Luxembourg, 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202625-2361.
Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1295. â– The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will screen Peque Callaga and Lofe Reyesâ€™ 1994 film â€œDarna: The Return.â€? 8 p.m. Free; donations suggested. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-4623356. Performances â– The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Players will present a staged reading of excerpts from Thornton Wilderâ€™s â€œSkin of Our Teeth.â€? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 6, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â– Poet, songwriter and author Mathieu Barcella will present a poetry slam in French. 6:30 p.m. $12. Alliance FranĂ§aise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Sporting event â– The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 Wednesday APRIL 27 Childrenâ€™s program â– â€œThe Music Teaching Project AllStars!â€? will present a concert and musical history tour of jazz aimed at inspiring youth to explore jazz music and social history. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
Films The D.C. Public Library will screen Michael Winnerâ€™s 1971 film â€œThe Mechanic,â€? starring Charles Bronson as a hit man and Jan-Michael Vincent as his apprentice. 3 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin â–
Classes â– Professional organizer Kacy Paide will lead a class on â€œCreative Ways to Organize Your Paper & Office.â€? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW.
Discussions and lectures â– Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop will discuss their book â€œAmerican Political Cartoons: 1754-2010.â€? Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â– The Rev. Ian Ker, a senior research fellow in theology at Oxford University, will discuss â€œNewmanâ€™s Idea of a University â€” Some Misunderstandings.â€? 4:15 p.m. Free. Great Room, Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5600. â– British-born, New York-based artist Matthew Ritchie will discuss his work. 5:30 p.m. $10; free for students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/calendar. â– Edward N. Meyer will discuss his book â€œThe Life and Music of Kenny Davern: Just Four Bars.â€? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. â– Albert â€œProdigyâ€? Johnson will discuss his book â€œMy Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deepâ€™s Prodigy.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â– Dwight Bowers will discuss â€œCromwellâ€™s Heirs: Power, Politics, and the Puritans in New England.â€? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100
Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â– Andrea Levy will discuss her novel â€œThe Long Song.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â– Comedian Demetri Martin will discuss his book â€œThis Is a Book.â€? 7 p.m. $27. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. â– The â€œI Love a Mystery Book Clubâ€? will present a discussion of â€œDeath at La Fenice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â– CristiĂĄn Samper, director of the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss â€œCreative Connections: Art & Science at the National Museum of Natural History.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Films â– The Muslim Film Festival will conclude with Jacques Audiardâ€™s film â€œUn Prophete,â€? about a young manâ€™s attempt to reconcile his self-worth in the face of xenophobia in French prisons. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. muslimfilm.org. â– Solas Nua will present a 20th-anniversary screening of Alan Parkerâ€™s film â€œThe Commitments.â€? 7:30 p.m. $15. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. solasnua.org. â– The Reel Israel DC series will feature Leonid Prudovskyâ€™s 2009 film â€œFive Hours From Paris.â€? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
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High-tech meets handmade in craft show By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent
raft artists today are finding new ways to shape traditional materials, often adapting modern techniques like computer modeling and sophisticated chemical analysis to age-old problems of design and construction. Exploring the cutting-edge intersection of high-tech and handmade, “History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011” opened recently at the Renwick Gallery. The gallery’s fifth biennial craft invitational, it features 70 works by four contemporary artists: furniture maker Matthias Pliessnig, ceramicist Cliff Lee, glass artist Judith Schaechter and silversmith Ubaldo Vitali. Pliessnig, a 33-year-old Philadelphian, began making furniture five years ago after building a boat and realizing he could apply the same principles to chair construction. He designed the boat using powerful 3-D modeling software, which he then turned toward designing wooden chairs that are essentially inverted boat hulls whose keels have been indented to form seats. Typical is “Waive” (2007), which resembles an inverted canoe with open ends and an inward-arching keel that makes a saddle-like seat. Pliessnig’s creations tend toward sinuous forms, and this piece doubtless
Above: Matthias Pliessnig’s “Waive” (2007), white oak, from the collection of Lorraine W. Hilleman; left, Cliff Lee’s “Prickly Melons” (2008), porcelain, imperial-yellow glaze, from the collection of the artist reminded him of a wave, suggesting the title, however novel his spelling. Lee, a 60-year-old from rural Pennsylvania, grew up in Taiwan, where he fell in love with Chinese porcelain. He trained as a neurosurgeon, but five years of stress in the operating room convinced him to revisit his childhood love. He began making fine, translucent porcelain, often carving lotus designs on it with surgical scalpels, and a new career was born. Lee’s shapes are mostly rotund, as evidenced in pieces like a pair of porcelain prickly melons. He See Renwick/Page 30
Exhibit features traditional Chinese paintings
he Woman’s National Democratic Club will open an exhibit today of traditional Chinese paintings and continue it through May 20. An opening reception and free appraisal of visitors’ Chinese antiques will take place today from
On EXHIBIT 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are requested. Located at 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, the club is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-232-7363, ext. 3003. ■ “Directions: Grazia Toderi,” highlighting Italian artist Toderi’s fresco-like video projections, will open tomorrow at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and continue through Sept. 30. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “‘So Much Need of Service’: The Diary of a Civil War Nurse,” featuring the diary, photo album and letters of Civil War nurse Amanda Akin, will open Friday at the National Museum of American History and continue
Xu Beihong’s painting of a horse is part of an exhibit at the Woman’s National Democratic Club opening today. through July 29. Located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Pictures of the Year,” showcasing award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2010, will open Friday at the Newseum and continue through Oct. 31. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open
daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, military personnel and students; $12.95 for ages 7 through 18; and free for ages 6 and younger. 888-639-7386. ■ “NEXT at the Corcoran: BFA Class of 2011,” featuring the thesis work of seniors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, will open Saturday at the Corcoran See Exhibits/Page 30
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EXHIBITS From Page 29 Gallery of Art and continue through May 22. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; and free for ages 12 and younger. 202-639-1700. â– â€œFarewell,â€? presenting ceramic sculptures by David Hicks that feature gourd-like shapes, opened last week at Cross MacKenzie Gallery, where it will continue through May 25.
RENWICK From Page 29 glazed them imperial yellow, creating the color from a long-lost Ming Dynasty formula. By analyzing Ming china with sophisticated modern instruments, he re-created the glaze favored by emperors half a millennium ago. Schaechter, 50 and also from Philadelphia, â€œhas single-handedly revolutionized the craft of stained glass,â€? according to the exhibitâ€™s wall text. She creates colorful narrative scenes by a complex process
Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-333-7970. â– Gallery plan b opened an exhibit last week of paintings by Greg Minah, works on paper by Mars Tokyo and mixed-media pieces by Andrew Wapinski. It will continue through May 15. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-2342711. â– â€œNew Clear Daze,â€? exploring the similarities and differences in the work of four emerging Baltimore visual artists, opened last week at
of layering colored glass sheets and carving designs into them with non-traditional tools like sandblasters and diamond files. Her windows are autonomous, meaning they are stand-alone works of art not meant for architecture. She mounts them in light boxes to better display their rich colors and intricate designs. They might be windows into her soul, since the stories they tell seem highly personal and sometimes difficult to interpret. â€œI am interested in the idea of craft itself as having an inherent value thatâ€™s getting lost in our
Honfleur Gallery, where it will continue through May 20. Located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-580-5972. â– â€œDestino,â€? a collection of photos taken along Mexicoâ€™s Migrant Trail by Michelle Frankfurter, opened last week at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions. It will continue through June 3. Located at 2208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-365-8892.
time,â€? Schaechter said recently. â€œThe more horribly painstaking [the work], the happier I am.â€? Her meticulously crafted pieces certainly bear this out. The oldest artist in the show is Vitali, a 67-year-old New Jerseyite and a fourth-generation silversmith born, raised and trained in Rome. He began his career in the United States by designing for high-end retailers like Tiffany, Bulgari and Cartier, an apprenticeship that led him to meld his Old World training with a modernist aesthetic. He considers himself a sculptor whose â€œaim is to â€˜fine-tuneâ€™ silverâ€™s
surfaces and reflections as a means of communication,â€? according to a quote on the wall. The clean-lined pitchers, tureens, tea-and-coffee services and other tableware on view embody this idea, their gleaming surfaces casting myriad bright reflections on the walls and ceiling â€” and on visitors. â€œHistory in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011â€? will continue through July 31 at the Renwick Gallery. Located at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000; americanart.si.edu/renwick.
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THEATER From Page 28 Edmund Burke School is located at 4101 Connecticut Ave. NW. norulestheatre.org. â– The Teatro de Parla Youth Company of Spain will present Miguel de Cervantesâ€™ â€œNumanciaâ€? April 20 through 22 at GALA Theatre. Performance times will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday (student shows) and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; galatheatre.org. â– â€œToo Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)â€? returns to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company April 20 through May 1. Performance times will be 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; woollymammoth.net. â– Arena Stage will close Edward Albeeâ€™s â€œAt Home at the Zooâ€? April 24. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $55. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202488-3300; arenastage.org. â– The hit Broadway musicalâ€œThe Color Purple,â€? featuring guest star Lilâ€™ Mo, will close April 24 at the National Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $51.50. National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-445-7400; nationaltheatre.org. â– Scena Theatre will close Conor McPhersonâ€™s â€œThe Weirâ€? April 24 at the H Street Playhouse. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $33; $20 for employees of nonprofits; $18 for students. H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703683-2824; scenatheater.com. â– Synetic Theater will close â€œKing Learâ€? at the Lansburgh Theatre April 24. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $55. The Lansburgh is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. â– Theater J will close the untold story of physicist Rosalind Franklin in â€œPhotograph 51â€? April 24. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Theater J performs at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; theaterj.org.
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Mann Elementary Last week, the fourth- and fifthgraders took parts of a test called the DC Comprehensive Assessment System, or DC-CAS. We just finished up all the rest of the sections this week. All of these tests were taken in our classrooms at school. The fourth-graders celebrated their hard work on the DC-CAS in several ways. At the end of last week, we watched a movie called “Matilda” and ate popcorn at the same time. This, week, when the fourth-graders finished the writing test, our teacher gave us no homework for a break. In the fifth grade, we finished our math, reading and science tests. After we were finished with last week’s sections of the test, we got to watch a movie called “Mary
Poppins.” We enjoyed the movie and we had so much fun. The other fun part was that we didn’t get homework for two weeks! — Fourth- and fifth-graders
Maret School In music, the second-graders are working on whole rests, half rests, quarter rests and eighth rests. A rest is a silent beat in music. A whole rest is four beats of silence because a whole note is four beats. A half note is two beats so a half rest is two beats of silence. A quarter rest is one beat of silence, and an eighth note is one half of a beat. We have a music packet we work on sometimes. We call it “music math.” It has true or false and circle-the-answer problems. We are rehearsing for a concert and learning “We Are the World.” We are singing and doing the song in sign language as well. We are also learning “Marchin’ with the Saints,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and the Maret School song. We can’t wait to do a concert again because our last one was so much fun. — Camila Monter, Ella Andrews and Gregory Jones, second-graders
National Cathedral School On Saturday, the National Cathedral School will host the junior/senior prom. A highlight of everyone’s year, the prom will take place on a boat that will sail down the Potomac River from Alexandria to D.C. Each year, a prom committee of about 10 juniors both plans and raises funds for the big event. The students brainstorm activities and venues for the dance and use bake sales, candygrams and other small events to raise money. “I’m looking forward to the dancing, but I’m also excited for all of the other things that I’ve heard will be happening on the boat,” one junior said. The prom committee, with the help of faculty, has planned for other activities in addition to dancing for students to enjoy. Those activities, however, have yet to be revealed! Some girls will bring dates from St. Albans, some from outside of the closewide community, and some will choose to go alone. Regardless, prom will surely be a night to remember. — Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader
National Presbyterian School Two weeks ago, the fifth grade started learning about So Others Might Eat, known as SOME, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless people in the streets of Washington, D.C. Every grade does a community service project, and SOME is what the fifth grade wanted to do. So we decided to make care packages with shampoo, a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, a comb and deodorant. We decided on these by making a long list of toiletries and then voting on the five we wanted to put in our care packages.
Then we split up into five groups. Each group was assigned one of the five things. For example, I had shampoo, so I had to bring in four bottles of shampoo in a week. It felt nice giving some to SOME. — Callie Carnahan, fifth-grader
Parkmont School My Spanish class went to see “Even the Rain.” Most movies that highlight the lives of oppressed people in developing countries are documentaries, and very rarely do they get much attention. Even less often does an equally revealing and heart-wrenching movie emerge that has an actual story and doesn’t preach to the audience. “Even the Rain” is one such movie, a powerful and visually beautiful movie set in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2000, during a time when an American company was privatizing water supplies. In the movie story, two filmmakers go to Bolivia in search of cheap extras, and they find a city in chaos. They struggle to finish their film in a city where people don’t have the things they take for granted but refuse to be taken advantage of. While one of the filmmakers becomes psychotically obsessed with finishing his movie, the other becomes less concerned with his own commercial success and begins to care more about things like friendship and the well-being of those less fortunate than him. “Even the Rain” is a gospel of the power of the people to change each other, and it also does the job of informing people about the lives of people in Bolivia. — AG Abrams, 11th-grader
St. Albans School Spring is in the air, and everyone is enjoying the warmer weather! As the temperature rises, thoughts about the upcoming science fair for the lower-school boys also increase. All lower-school boys participating in the science fair are now starting to put the final touches on their poster boards and making last-minute changes to their papers. The science fair will take place on April 20. The event will display all sorts of sciences from mechanics and chemistry to physics and psychology. As a relief from all the work, students were encouraged to attend the middle school play, “Up the Down Staircase.” Performances were held in Trapier Theater on April 15 and 16. During “tech week,” the cast and crew went through dress rehearsals and runthroughs before the opening night. — Jack Ludwig, Form II (eighth-grader)
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School Without Walls This week, students finished their DC Comprehensive Assessment System, or DC-CAS, tests. Last week, only the 10thgraders were taking the tests, but this week the freshmen also took two exams. On Monday, freshmen and sophomores took the reading assessment for three hours. This test involved reading passages and answering questions about them. Sophomores continued testing on Tuesday, and on Wednesday the freshmen finished up the testing with a biology exam. This was also an exciting week because it is the beginning of spring break! Students have 11
Washington” if these conditions were different. Carr said the tax difference drove Riggs Bank (now PNC Bank) to locate its headquarters in Virginia, and the former Chevy Chase Bank, before it merged with Capital One, to move from Maryland to Virginia. If the District could lower its effective corporate tax rate to below Virginia’s and have taller buildings in parts of wards 7 and 8, “who wouldn’t want to be headquartered in the nation’s capital?” Carr said. “It’s going to appeal to any company, because taxes are an unbelievable cost.” Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, in an interview, pointed out that federal law restricts building height, complicating the District’s ability to ease current restrictions. The issue would have to come before the D.C. Council’s Committee of the Whole, Evans said. The ideal first stage, he said, would be to hold public hearings in wards 7 and 8, as potential opposition could “cast an enormous shadow” on the prospect. He also feared that interest might be limited because companies might prefer to locate closer to downtown. Evans, who chairs the council’s Committee on Finance and Revenue, said he plans to investigate a way to reduce the District’s corporate profits tax rate to help entice businesses to locate here. He is looking at idea of taxing corporations at the current 9.975 percent rate on the same amount of profit they earned in 2010, but reducing it to perhaps 5 percent — a full percentage point below the Virginia rate — on any profits earned above the 2010 level. The mechanism is designed as a way to give local corporations a tax break in a manner that, while eliminating potential revenue, would not decrease the current take. Evans said some people would argue that the idea is “not fair” because new companies moving here would pay the 5 percent rate on all their profits. But any tax break, such as tax increment financing, could also be called “unfair” as it gives advantages to new firms, he added.
days off; they are very excited. However, this does not mean a break from studying. Teachers made sure students would have plenty of work to keep them busy. Spring break includes Emancipation Day, which was last Friday. This day marked the end of slavery in D.C. Lincoln signed the D.C. Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, and so April 16 is now a D.C. holiday. — Camille Lynch, ninth-grader
Sheridan School On March 1, 400 students gathered together from many schools to attend a diversity conference. After everyone arrived, they had a chance to meet and greet each other. Then Sidwell’s improv class performed skits of the audiences’ situations, to get a feel for what kinds of situations different schools are dealing with and how they handle it. The performers played the different roles of the characters in the situations, showing emotion, attitude and personality to fit the characters’ identities. In small groups, people talked about the topic “inclusion and exclusion.” They talked about how it feels and what we can do to change that in our schools. People also shared situations they had been in and how they dealt with them. Sheridan owns a campus in Virginia’s Shenandoah Mountains. Each grade goes to Mountain Campus twice a year to learn what it is to be “living” outdoors. Every
year the Mountain Campus staff comes to Sheridan for an assembly. This year, the assembly started with the staff members introducing themselves and welcoming the school to their assembly. Then the school sat around a “campfire” and sang classic Mountain Campus campfire songs. Afterward, the students did activities with their buddies that one would do at Mountain Campus. Some of the activities were Chocolate River, rope games and face painting with colored berries. Since the assembly, all the students have been very excited about going to Mountain Campus. — Ellie Kimmelman and Gerard Hormiga, sixth-graders
Wilson High School The D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association cheerleading championships were held recently at Coolidge. This was a great opportunity for us to show everyone how good we really are, and we had a lot of support from all over, even from different schools. Wilson, Coolidge, McKinley Tech and Banneker participated. McKinley Tech took the championship title, but Wilson did a good job and came in second place. After the competition everyone was psyched. Most of the teams showed a lot of sportsmanship, especially Alice Deal. We call it “Baby Wilson.” Their cheerleading team gets bigger and better every year, just like the Wilson Tigers. — Auzhane Shaw, 10th-grader
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202.944.5000 202.333.3320 301.222.0050 301.983.6400 703.317.7000
Dupont, WasHington, DC
georgetoWn, WasHington, DC
georgetoWn, WasHington, DC
georgetoWn, WasHington, DC
Fifth Avenue elegance meets Washington Grandeur. Exquisite restoration of 10,000+ SF Dupont Circle mansion. Light-filled with grand entertaining spaces, 8 bedrooms, 9 full & 2 half baths, 13 fireplaces, elevator, 10-car parking, & private outdoor terrace. $15,500,000
c1799 brick Federal completely and meticulously renovated to the highest standards. One of the most important homes in Georgetown. Ballroom, privacy, gardens, pool, 2 garages, 4+ bedrooms, 6.5+ baths. 1/3 acre. $9,995,000
Rarely available Georgetown “Cooke’s Row” residence has undergone an exquisite restoration and renovation. Soaring entertaining spaces, massive gourmet kitchen. Luxurious master suite + 4 bedrooms and family room. Parking for 3+ cars and rear garden. $5,500,000
NEW LISTING! Spectacular residence in East Village with elevator to all levels, garage plus parking, renovated chef’s kitchen and 3.5+ baths. Master bedroom suite, pool, 2 fireplaces, elegant in-town living with high ceilings + loads of light! $3,995,000
Eileen McGrath Jamie Peva
CHeVy CHase, MarylanD
Wesley HeigHts, WasHington, DC
georgetoWn, WasHington, DC
spring Valley, WasHington, DC
Grand home perfect for entertaining or comfortable family living on tree-lined street near Kenwood CC. Large gourmet kitchen with adjoining family room, library, 6 spacious BR, 4FBA/3HBA, 3-car garage. $3,299,000
NEW LISTING! Battery Kemble Place - Stunning stucco home, plus beautiful adjoining lot is being offered as one package. Home features dramatic light-filled open design. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3 fireplaces. Not to be missed! $2,795,000
Fabulous end unit 9-year-young townhome has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, unsurpassed condition, gated parking, chef’s kitchen, sunlight and windows galore!! The best of it all in East Village near Park and Pennsylvania Avenue! Move-in ready! $2,295,000
Elegant 4 bedroom, 3 full and 2 half bath home in Spring Valley located on quiet cul-de-sac features large rooms and ideal floor plan for entertaining, large terrace and pool for three-season enjoyment on nearly 1/3 acres with two car garage. A rare offering. $1,995,000
Florence Meers Jim Bell
FoxHall/Berkley, WasHington, DC
palisaDes, WasHington, DC
georgetoWn, WasHington, DC
Great location adjacent to Georgetown! Handsome brick home with walkout level south facing garden. Custom built-ins & closets. Roof terrace. 4BR, 4F/2HBA. Enchanting LL children’s playroom. $1,745,000
Beautiful 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home in the sought after Palisades/Foxhall community with large patio, yard and attached 2 car garage. Formal living room, large kitchen opening to a great family room, large master suite, lower level, and garage. $1,565,000
Arlingwood - Stunning renovations & updates complement this charming 1920’s home sited at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, designer baths, relaxing sunroom & incredible LL with guest suite, media room & custom wine cellar. $1,399,250
Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with hardwood floors and a lovely renovated kitchen with granite countertops opens to the sun-room with heated stone floors. Rear patio is perfect for entertaining + 2-car garage with extra storage closets. $1,299,000
Nancy Taylor Bubes
Nancy Taylor Bubes
William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki
tulip Hill, BetHesDa, MarylanD
georgetoWn, WasHington, DC
Clean, modern lines on private 25,000+ SF lot. Updated kitchen with new appliances, library, open floor plan with spectacular wooded vistas. 2-car garage. Large walk-out level deck. $1,296,000
Exceptional opportunity! Estate Sale. Wonderful family home lovingly maintained by one family since 1969. Great curb appeal. Spectacular pool, patio and fantastic backyard. Ideal location close to the Beltway and Bethesda Country Club. $1,198,000
Glorious contemporary renovated top-to-bottom over past 4 years. Open floor plan with soaring ceilings & walls of new floor-to-ceiling windows. Living area with fireplace and built-ins. Great master suite. Super lower level with rec/play room. Churchill. $950,000
NEW LISTING! Beautiful detached East Village home with private patio features hardwood floors, recessed lighting, crown molding, a gas fireplace in living room, renovated kitchen, large master bedroom, renovated full bath, & 2nd bedroom/office with built-ins. $895,000
Nancy Taylor Bubes
William F.X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki
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Chevy Chase. Sophisticated multi-level Japanese influenced gem. Walls of windows w/view of wooded hillside backing to Rock Creek Park. 7,100 sf of living area. 5 BRs 5 BAs includes MBR wing w/roof deck & tree top retreat. Indoor lap pool. $1,795,000
Upper Georgetown. Luxury living on top of 3 year old full service bldg. 2BRs, 2.5 BAs, nearly 3,000 sq ft of living space, private elevator, 9’ ceilings, gourmet kit. w. top of the line appliances. LR&DR w/frpls. $1,459,000
Foggy Bottom. Open floor plan (3000+ sf) that lives like a house. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, balcony w/ river views. Great light from two exposures. Beautifully renov. kit & new woven bamboo flrs. 3 gar. spaces. $1,450,000
Chevy Chase. Classic brick home with gorgeous backyard: liv rm, din rm, spacious kitchen/ family room, finished lower level +very special 2nd flr family rm with fireplace. $1,295,000
Bonnie Lewin 301-332-0171 Catarina Bannier 202-487-7177
Delia McCormick 301-977-7273
Andrea Evers 202-550-8934 Melissa Chen 202-744-1235
Laura McCaffrey- 301-641-4456
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Palisades. Gorgeous home on secluded cul de sac. Cathedral ceilings, skylights. Balcony or patio off every major rm. Newly renovated kit & bas. MBR w/frp, loft & ba + 2 BR & BA Walk-out LL, 2 car gar. $1,195,000
Cleveland Park. Superb renovation of period colonial with fine architectural details,living room, dining room, den, designer kitchen, patio nestled in the trees; 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, lower level family room; garage. $1,175,000
Georgetown. Beautifully proportioned 3/4 bedroom, 4 bath house full of sun. Huge rooms, 3 levels, 2 terraces. Magical park-like garden. Garage. Picturesque street. East Village convenience.
Meticulous expanded & renovated Classic Four Square. 4 finished levels. 5/6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, spectacular chef’s kitchen w/sunlit family rm. LL in-law suite w/eat-in kit. Walk to Metro. $899,000
Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374 Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630
Laura McCaffrey- 301-641-4456
Bonnie Roberts-Burke 202-487-7653
CHEVY CHASE 4400 Jenifer Street, NW Washington, DC 20015 202-364-1700
Mary Lynn White 202-309-1100
DUPONT 1509 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20037 202-464-8400
Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374
Brookland. Spacious renovated 3 BR, 2.5 BA, w/huge LR & DR. Sun room, 3 levels, original details large yard. Off st. pkg. A must to see. $529,000
Cleveland Park. McLean Gardens Largest loft model(1300+ sf.) 2 bedrooms, 1 bath w/possible 3rd bedroom. Great windows, skylights, hdwd floors, new carpeting. W/D in unit 1 pkg space. $459,000
Leyla Phelan 202-415-3845
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Kalorama. Beautifully renovated Cheerful classic w/brand new maple 1,020 sf coop on Embassy Row. & granite kitchen. LR w/frpl, sep DR, screen porch. 3 BRs, BA on 2nd. MBR Bright one bedroom plus study, one bath. Large rooms, high ceilings, & BA on 3rd. LL has rec rm openhdwd floors. $475,000 ing to patio, BR & BA. Walk to shops/ trails. $895,000 Leonard Szabo 202-577-5576
Bethesda. Brick Colonial w/3 BR, 2.5 BA. Expanded kitchen, sun room, covered patio w/hot tub, terraced gardens. Attached one car garage. $739,000
Marcie Sandalow 301-758-4894
Andrea Evers 202-550-8934 Melissa Chen 202-744-1235
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Bethesda. The Crest Sun-filled end unit townhouse on quiet cul de sac within walking distance to Friendship Metro. 2 BRs + den, 3.5 BAs, 2 frpls. Super kitchen. Patio w/Koi pond & waterfall. $699,000
Glover Park. Bright & open 3+ bedroom, 2.5 bath featuring updates including 2 new baths & terrific oak floors. Off st. pkg. Lovely garden. Possible in-law suite. Metro bus at door. A great place. $690,000
Mary Lynn White 202-309-1100
John Nemeyer 202-276-6351
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Capitol Hill. This is it! Spacious 2 BR, 2 BA condo in boutique 4 unit bldg. 10’ ceilings, renovated kitchen & baths. Private deck + roof deck. Pkg. included. $411,000
Glover Park. Bright & spacious 1 bedroom w/ newer kitchen & fabulous closet space. Well run building w/pool, 24 hr desk. $265,000
Glover Park. Fabulous 1 BR, 1 BA condo w/2 sets of French drs opening to terraced garden. Stunning open granite & S.S. kitchen, handsome ceramic bath. Maple hdwd floors. Sep. side entry. $299,900
Melissa Chen 202-744-1235 Andrea Evers 202-550-8934
Susan Morcone 202-333-7972
Martha Williams 202-271-8138
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