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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Dupont Current

Vol. X, No. 26

Watergate hotel reopening delayed

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■ Development: Firm hopes

for expedited zoning review By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Opposition from some Watergate residents may further delay or even derail efforts to reopen a luxury hotel at the complex, a representative of the hotel owner warned last week. Two of the complex’s three hous-

ing cooperatives — Watergate South and Watergate East — already support Euro Capital Properties’ plan to renovate the vacant hotel’s interior to add rooms and amenities, while leaving the building’s exterior largely untouched. But the third co-op, despite backing the basic idea behind the hotel renovations, has yet to follow suit. Although representatives of the board of Watergate West won’t specify their objections publicly, resi-

dents appear concerned about construction impacts and patrons’ noise. The boards of directors for the other two co-ops don’t share Watergate West’s objections, and they agreed to recommend that the D.C. Zoning Commission consider the plans “minor,” which would let Euro Capital get approval without a full public hearing process. A hearing would delay the project six to nine months while awaiting a slot on See Watergate/Page 18

GWU office project sparks ANC strife By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson volunteered on Tuesday at the Capital Area Food Bank, where he helped put together Thanksgiving meals that will be distributed to residents in need throughout the Washington area.

As George Washington University seeks approval to build a new commercial office building on its campus, one community leader wants to take a stand against what he calls the nonprofit institution’s shift from education to revenue-generating development. Asher Corson, a Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commissioner and president of the Foggy Bottom Association citizens group, vowed at last Wednesday’s neighborhood commission meeting to pour resources into fighting the project — and elected officials who disagree with him. Corson announced plans at the meeting to seek recall elections against three fellow commissioners who didn’t back his request to hire a lawyer now to fight the project in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. And if a revote next month doesn’t change the outcome, he said, he See GWU/Page 5

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The 130-foot office building would replace a row of town houses and an existing commercial building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Shared use at MLK Library site draws legislator’s support

O Street Market gets long-awaited launch By AISHA AZHAR

By KATIE PEARCE

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After a series of roadblocks over the last decade, the $300 million development project to restore Shaw’s historic O Street Market kicked off at a ceremony Friday attended by Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and other city and federal officials. “I cannot wait to get the apparatus out there and knock out the building,” said Gray, referring to demolition of the former Giant Food supermarket on the twoblock construction site between O, P, 7th and 9th streets NW. The mixed-use development, dubbed “CityMarket at O,” is the brainchild of D.C.-based real estate firm Roadside Development. The project, in the works since 2001, has become notorious for its history of delays —

Following a presentation of future options for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, a key legislator is expressing support for a shared-use idea. Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, who heads the council committee in charge of libraries, said “the proposal for leasing out part of the building, and [using] the leased amount to fund the renovations, seems to be the most prudent” option for the building at 901 G St. NW.

NEWS ■ City regulators say Islamic Center addition lacks permit. Page 3. ■ ‘Small Business Saturday’ targets local shoppers. Page 3.

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Mayor Vincent Gray gives up a thumbs up as demolition begins on the site’s Giant Food store. The new supermarket will be the city’s largest.

caused primarily by financial challenges. The development was one of 14 across the country that the Obama administration fast-tracked through its financing and permitting process this year, said Carol Galante, acting assistant secretary at the U.S. Housing See Market/Page 18

EVENTS ■ Botanic Garden opens ‘Season’s Greetings’ show. Page 23. ■ Washington Ballet presents signature ‘Nutcracker.’ Page 23.

PASSAGES New book uncovers ‘lost’ D.C. sites. Page 13. ■ Paul Charter helps support Food & Friends drive for Thanksgiving. Page 13. ■

This was one of the scenarios an advisory panel presented last Friday, after a weeklong study of the downtown property. Wells said he plans to check in with Mayor Vincent Gray and the library system’s board of trustees to hear their thoughts. In addition, he hopes to visit some shared-use models in other areas, like Miami and Salt Lake City. Meanwhile, Ralph Nader, through his D.C. Library Renaissance Project watchdog group, has called on the mayor to convene a citizens task force to discuss options. See Library/Page 7

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/11 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8

Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/19 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/25 Theater/23 Week Ahead/3


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Islamic Center trailer lacks permit, city says By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

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The trailer was installed this fall in a parking lot at the mosque.

federal parkland. Staffers at the Islamic Center offered conflicting information. One said the trailer houses Arabic classes. A secretary reached by phone called it a “pre-fab shed used for storage. Everybody has a shed in their backyard,” she said. “This is our property and we have the right to use it.” Messages left for the center’s director were not returned. City regulators have already weighed in. After an inspection and several discussions with staff at the

Small businesses target local holiday shoppers By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Small Business Saturday, a nationwide initiative to encourage consumers to shop locally, will kick off the holiday shopping season this weekend — and local businesses all over the District are participating in special events to attract local customers. In Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and Georgetown, businesses will be offering giveaways and special sales as well as hosting events like wine and cheese tastings. “Nationwide, studies show that for every $100 spent at an independently owned business, $68 are reinvested into the local economy in the form of creating jobs for residents, hiring local contractors and eating at local restaurants,” said Lisa Duperier, executive director of Adams Morgan MainStreet Group. “That same $100 spent at a national chain only returns $43 to the community.” Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 to help local businesses reach more customers, a particularly pressing need since the 2008 recession. It’s also a direct response to “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, which has become an enormously popular retail day at big-box stores around the country. American Express is one of the key supporters of Small Business Saturday, and this year the company is partnering with community organizations around the country to help spread the word and encourage customers to shop locally on Nov. 26. In D.C., the Adams Morgan MainStreet Group is one of those beneficiaries. The group is planning a festival of sorts, with events taking place all day at SunTrust Plaza on the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road. According to Duperier, more than 300 small businesses call Adams Morgan home, and in the last year, 12 new businesses have opened in the neighborhood. Many are participating in Small Business Saturday by offering special sales. One is AM Wine Shoppe, located at 2122 18th St., which is hosting wine and beer tastings from 4 to 6 p.m. “Small Business Saturday is a win-win for us,” said Andrew Akre, the shop’s general manager. “As traffic goes online and to shopping malls, … we need to do what we can to remind people we’re here.” See Shopping/Page 5

The weeks ahead Tuesday, Nov. 29

The D.C. Council Subcommittee on Redistricting will hold a public hearing on proposed boundaries for the city’s advisory neighborhood commissions and single-member districts. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. To testify, contact Carol Sadler at 202-724-8198 or csadler@dccouncil.us. ■ The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold a meeting on “Ideas, Visions and Prospects for Commercial Development on Wisconsin Avenue.” Speakers will include Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, developer Herb Miller and real estate broker John Asadoorian. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the old Georgetown Theater site, 1351 Wisconsin Ave. NW. ■ The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will hold a “Community Dialogue” with Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations will hold a public hearing on the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Amendment Act of 2011, as proposed by the committee. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District Citizens Advisory Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

The D.C. Council Committee on the Environment, Public Works and Transportation will hold a public hearing on the Urban Forestry Administration Reorganization Act of 2011 and the Litter Prevention Amendment Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will hold a Ward 4 Holiday Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Day School, 5000 14th St. NW. To RSVP or to volunteer, contact Ebonee Price at 202-724-8052 or eprice@dccouncil.us.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a hearing on proposed changes to the Metropolitan Police Department Reimbursable Detail Subsidy Program. The hearing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Board Hearing Room in the Reeves Building, 2000 14th St. NW.

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The Islamic Center on Embassy Row is in hot water with District and federal regulators over a vinyl-covered doublewide trailer, installed — without any permits — in a parking lot behind the mosque this fall. The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs says the sprawling beige structure, complete with two added covered entryways, has neither a building permit nor a certificate of occupancy. In addition, the plans should have been submitted to the D.C. Historic Preservation Office because the Islamic Center lies within the Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District. And there’s an even stickier problem: Because the L-shaped structure sits off the Waterside Drive entrance to Rock Creek Parkway, it also needs approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which might not look favorably on a vinylcovered trailer clearly visible from

mosque, regulatory agency spokesperson Helder Gil said his department issued a letter this week stating that a permit application, including “plans and plats,” must be submitted within 10 days. If that deadline is missed, Gil said, the Islamic Center will be subject to a $2,000-per-day fine. And until the permit is approved, “no occupancy or use” of the structure behind the mosque will be allowed. According to Gil, all structures beyond a certain minimum size need a building permit in the District, whatever the use or materials. “If it’s a shed — and this is a pretty big shed, a very nice shed — it still needs a building permit,” he said. “Whether it’s temporary, prefab, or built by Michelangelo, it still needs a permit,” he said. Religious institutions are not exempt. Things get even more complicated when the Shipstead-Luce Act kicks in. That 1930 statute gives the federal Fine Arts Commission See Project/Page 5

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District Digest District announces accord with Walmart

Mayor Vincent Gray yesterday announced a community partnership with Walmart in which the retailer promises to promote local employment, contribute money to D.C. charities and form a committee to address concerns in the communities where the stores open. The document, which can be found at walmartwashingtondc.

com, includes promises by Walmart to: â&#x20AC;˘ establish local job fairs and recruitment centers and hire mostly D.C. residents; â&#x20AC;˘ invest $21 million in local charities over seven years; â&#x20AC;˘ form a committee â&#x20AC;&#x153;to enable ongoing engagement between Walmart and the communities in which they are locatedâ&#x20AC;?; â&#x20AC;˘ bring in local retailers to provide services within Walmart stores;

â&#x20AC;˘ sell no guns or ammunition in D.C. stores; and â&#x20AC;˘ create a $2 million transportation management plan including bus stops, bus shelters and Capital Bikeshare stands. In the news release, the mayor called the agreement an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unprecedented, citywide commitment from a retailer that is already poised to help create more than 1,800 permanent jobs in our city.â&#x20AC;? Walmart plans to open six stores

  

  

       

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In the Nov. 16 issue, an article on the expansion of the 7-Eleven store on P Street stated incorrectly that the store would add hours. It is already open 24 hours a day. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202-2447223.

 

    

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From Page 1 may step down from the commission himself. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal is to demolish a row of town houses and the adjacent 90-foot-high Kaiser Permanente office building to make room for the new structure, officials said at last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. The school would lease out the 256,000-square-foot, 130-foot-high building to non-university tenants to help pay for its academic operations, officials said. The school officials were presenting an initial draft of a plan that they hope to file with the Zoning Commission early next year; neighborhood commissions donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t typically vote to support or oppose a project until after plans have been formally filed. Nonetheless, Corson said the very idea of the plan is so egregious that the neighborhood commission should hire an attorney immediately to prepare to fight it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I oppose in principle nonprofits doing things to make money that are not consistent with their nonprofit mission,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview after the meeting, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really are in the real-estate development business, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not consistent with their nonprofit status.â&#x20AC;? Corsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion to retain the attorney failed 2-2-1. Neighborhood commission chair Rebecca Coder voted with him; Armando Irizarry and David Lehrman opposed the motion; and newly elected commissioner Graham Galka abstained, saying he lacked the background to make an informed decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to waste my time supporting you on your issues all the time if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to support me on my No. 1 issue,â&#x20AC;? Corson told his colleagues. He promised to use his position as Foggy Bottom

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think one of us who cast a vote for you or against you thought that there were chips being accumulated to be called in,â&#x20AC;? said Lehrman. At the meeting, a few other residents raised some concerns about the proposed building itself. Referring to the expanse of glass the 11-story building would spread along much of the block, one resident said the structure would have â&#x20AC;&#x153;one mother of a facade.â&#x20AC;? Barbara Kahlow of the West End Citizens Association also requested a shadow study of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effects on nearby buildings. Because the new proposal is larger than the concept the Zoning Commission originally approved, the university will need to offer more community amenities to offset the effects of extra density. The university hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet released a proposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;amenities packageâ&#x20AC;? for the office building project. The commission will likely consider a re-vote at its December meeting on Corsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contentious motion to hire an attorney and begin fighting the project. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? from Harmon at that point would tip the vote. If Corson continues to push for the recall of his three colleagues, he would need a resident of each of their single-member districts to request a petition from the D.C. Board of Election and Ethics, according to Gottlieb Simon, director of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisory neighborhood commission office. If 10 percent of a districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s registered voters sign such a petition within 60 days, the city holds a recall election for that seat, which is decided by the majority of voters in that election. Commissioners canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be recalled until they have served six months â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meaning that Galka, who was sworn in in October, cannot be recalled for another five months, said Simon.

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Adams Morgan isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only neighborhood organizing its small businesses for Nov. 26. Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets is also planning events and neighborhood businesses are offering customers special sales. Paul Williams, executive director of the Main Streets group, said over 35 Dupont Circle businesses are slated to participate Saturday, with more joining as the day grows near.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tom Luebke, secretary of the fine arts panel, and Steve Callcott of the city preservation office both confirmed that plans had not been submitted to their offices for review. Bruce Wentworth, a local architect who was alarmed when he saw the trailer being installed a few weeks ago, noted that it is also â&#x20AC;&#x153;quite visibleâ&#x20AC;? to passersby on Massachusetts Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entirely plausible they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize they needed a permit. We just treat it like any project done without a permit,â&#x20AC;? Gil said. Special sales and events will be tweeted regularly throughout the holiday weekend. For details, follow @dupontcirmainst on Twitter. The Georgetown Business Improvement District is also organizing a series of events for shoppers on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, including sales, special incentives and extended hours at nearly 35 area shops. According to the business organization, 73 percent of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail shops are small businesses. For details on stores offering specials this weekend, go to georgetowndc.com.

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Burglary â&#x2013;  3500 block, Chesapeake St.; residence; 6 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Albemarle St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6 p.m. Nov. 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Davenport St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

psa 204

â&#x2013;  Massachusetts avenue

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

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Porter St.; sidewalk; 9:25 p.m. Nov. 16. Burglary â&#x2013;  3800 block, Klingle Place; residence; 10 a.m. Nov. 17. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3700 block, Macomb St.; street; 4 p.m. Nov. 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Ordway St.; alley; 1 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Cleveland Ave.; residence; 6:30 a.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, 42nd St.; street; 9 a.m. Nov. 14.

psa PSA 206

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â&#x2013;  georgetown / burleith

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  3000 block, P St.; sidewalk; 10:25 a.m. Nov. 15. Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 38th St.; sidewalk; 9 p.m. Nov. 19. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 2:38 a.m. Nov. 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  31st and K streets; park area; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  3200 block, S St.; unspecified premises; 3:40 p.m. Nov. 14.

â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:43 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 35th St.; school; 10:15 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; hotel; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 8:20 a.m. Nov. 20. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 7:20 p.m. Nov. 18. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 12:41 a.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Water St.; street; 7:08 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 36th St.; street; 3 a.m. Nov. 14.

psa PSA 207

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â&#x2013;  foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2200 block, H St.; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  2200 block, H St.; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  2000 block, H St.; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Nov. 18. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100 block, F St.; residence; 10 p.m. Nov. 18. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  23rd and I streets; university; 2 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 5 p.m. Nov. 16. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  200 block, 17th St.; street; 10:12 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  2100 block, E St.; hotel; 11 a.m. Nov. 19. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2500 block, K St.; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 15.

psa 208

â&#x2013;  sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk; 4:43 p.m. Nov. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; tavern; 2:15 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern; 2:20 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 11:20 p.m. Nov. 19. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Willard St.; residence; 9:31 p.m. Nov. 15. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1800 block, T St.; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  2100 block, O St.; street; 4 p.m. Nov. 16. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1600 block, T St.; parking lot; 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, 22nd St.; tavern; 1 a.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 7 a.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; store; 6 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; hotel; 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.;

store; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; sidewalk; 12:50 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; restaurant; 12:40 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:50 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1500 block, U St.; store; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 6:45 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; sidewalk; 9 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 9:07 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:40 p.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 10:13 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 10 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1600 block, R St.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; tavern; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; sidewalk; 2:40 p.m. Nov. 20. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Swann St.; residence; 4 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; street; 2:45 p.m. Nov. 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; street; 3 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1600 block, M St.; street; 12:50 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Corcoran St.; street; 8:20 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; alley; 11:09 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 23rd St.; street; 1:40 p.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Riggs Place; street; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  20th and K streets; street; 4:45 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  16th and P streets; street; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013; Â 1500 block, Corcoran St.; street; 10:10 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; street; 11 a.m. Nov. 20. â&#x2013;  18th and T streets; street; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

psa 303

PSA 303 â&#x2013;  adams morgan Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 2:25 a.m. Nov. 19. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; alley; 2:27 a.m. Nov. 19. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, Columbia Road; street; 8:15 a.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Ontario Road; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  Kalorama and Ontario roads; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 19. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Ontario Place; parking lot; 9 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Columbia

Road; street; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  2200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:30 a.m. Nov. 19. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Columbia Road; street; 6 p.m. Nov. 20. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wyoming Ave.; street; 5:45 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Kalorama Road; street; 3:54 a.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  2100 block, 18th St.; alley; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Kalorama Road; alley; 2:15 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  19th and California streets; street; 4:45 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 19th St.; alley; 4 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Crescent Place; street; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Crescent Place; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  2100 block, 16th St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

psa 307

PSA 307 â&#x2013;  logan circle Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 9th St.; store; 2:15 p.m. Nov. 16. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  N Street and Vermont Avenue; sidewalk; 1:35 a.m. Nov. 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1400 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 4:50 p.m. Nov. 17. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, Corcoran St.; residence; 9 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; alley; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  900 block, O St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 5 p.m. Nov. 18. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; liquor store; 11:41 a.m. Nov. 16. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 4:25 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Thomas Circle; hotel; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; street; 2:45 p.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; street; 11 a.m. Nov. 18. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 13th St.; street; 8 p.m. Nov. 14. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 1 a.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  13th and Corcoran streets; street; 1:10 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 13th St.; street; 8 p.m. Nov. 15. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 12:05 a.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  14th and Corcoran streets; street; 11 a.m. Nov. 17. â&#x2013;  1200 block, N St.; street; 9 a.m. Nov. 18. â&#x2013;  15th and N streets; street; 5 a.m. Nov. 19


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form. Panelist Michael Reynolds emphasized the value of the King libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current location. The area surrounding it, he said, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most expensive and valuable real estate in the city and really all of the country,â&#x20AC;? with some spaces going for around $700 per square foot. The most profitable, he said, is office space. As such, keeping the library as the sole occupant in its current home is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not an economically feasible option,â&#x20AC;? said panelist Ayahlushim Getachew, given the costs of renovations. The buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems now include asbestos, poor ventilation and inadequate lighting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this is such an amazing building, why did it fall apart in only 38 years?â&#x20AC;? one audience member asked later. Panelist Dan Brents responded that â&#x20AC;&#x153;any building would fall apartâ&#x20AC;? in that time without proper funding or attention to maintenance. As for the two scenarios that would be feasible, to accomplish the first â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bringing in a new tenant to share space with the library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two new levels could be added, and a second entrance could be built on 9th Street. The panel also believes

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The library system and the Downtown Business Improvement District commissioned an advisory panel from the Urban Land Institute to look at redevelopment schemes for the property. The panel, made up of experts in real estate, architecture and other fields, spent last week in D.C. researching and interviewing more than 70 stakeholders before presenting its findings Friday. Both of the most viable options could involve adding two floors on top of the historic-landmarked building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. They would also require up to $250 million in upgrades to the property, which hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen an extensive renovation since it opened in 1972. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something has to be done here, folks,â&#x20AC;? concluded panel chair Wayne Ratkovich. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This building is not in good condition, and it needs help.â&#x20AC;? The panel worked with the assumptions that the central library needs 225,000 square feet, and that it must remain downtown in some

the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing Popular Fiction area, the glassed-walled corner at 9th and G, could be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;showcase space,â&#x20AC;? potentially for a museum. This shared-occupancy scenario could raise an estimated $4.1 to $5.5 million annually in rental revenues, the panel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a perfect world,â&#x20AC;? Ratkovich said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it would be one tenantâ&#x20AC;? sharing space with the library, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;that tenant would have a compatible use.â&#x20AC;? He mentioned museums and â&#x20AC;&#x153;creative industries,â&#x20AC;? and noted that the National Trust for Historic Preservation has shown interest; a charter school was also suggested. The second option â&#x20AC;&#x201D; moving the library and replacing it with a new

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 occupant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also could add two floors to the building, but the entrance would remain in the same spot. To resolve the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darkness, â&#x20AC;&#x153;light wellsâ&#x20AC;? could funnel sunlight from the roof through the center of the building. This would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most financially viable option,â&#x20AC;? said Getachew, generating between $58.8 to $70.5 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; accounting for renovation needs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through the sale of the building, which could go toward constructing a new library. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been offers on the building, apparently, at higher numbers,â&#x20AC;? said Ratkovich. Council member Wells, in an interview, said the costs of creating a

new library from scratch would be substantial, making the shared-use proposal more attractive. He also pointed out that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;know of any land available for that size of building downtownâ&#x20AC;? and two options that have come up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Franklin School and the Carnegie Library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; present numerous obstacles. In the presentation, Getachew emphasized that â&#x20AC;&#x153;any place that you move to would have to be a city asset â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you cannot go out and buy a new site.â&#x20AC;? The panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation is available online at tinyurl.com/mlklibrary. A final report is due to the library within 60 days.

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An ethical approach

Next week, the D.C. Council will hold one of its most important public hearings of the year. The Government Operations Committee will hear public reaction Wednesday to its recommended language for the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Amendment Act of 2011. The drumbeat for a strong ethics bill has grown louder and louder over the past year amid suspect actions of various elected officials. The calls for action have ranged from reinstituting term limits to prohibiting outside employment by council members. The absence of attention-grabbing ideas such as these in the draft language released last week by the committee’s chair, Ward 4’s Muriel Bowser, has led some to criticize the measure as insufficient. We, too, have complaints; for one, we would like to see the council eliminate longstanding fundraising loopholes such as “bundled” contributions that allow some donors to flout donation limits. But it is essential that the council act promptly to establish an ethics apparatus capable of rooting out and punishing future misdeeds. Achieving this may mean having to wait on particularly controversial measures. There are also many things to praise in the bill. The ethics board — as long as it is altered to ensure that not all three members belong to the same political party — is a promising approach. We like the legislative provision that would give the board six months to recommend changes to the code of conduct for D.C. officials. The bill also responds to past lapses; for instance, it would limit contributions to “defense funds” that are now removed from public scrutiny. The bill would also limit legislators’ constituent services funds to $40,000 a year, as well as limiting permissible expenditures. Undoubtedly, further tightening is necessary in many areas. We would like to see these constituent services funds available only for truly dire expenses like funeral arrangements and emergency housing. We commend Council member Bowser for scheduling next week’s hearing. Too often, the D.C. Council has failed to seek community input after developing draft language and specific proposals — thereby leaving citizens out of the process at a key juncture.

Rules of the road

The tales from this month’s D.C. Council hearing on bike safety were harrowing. One cyclist caught his attack by a truck driver on camera — but couldn’t get the U.S. Attorney’s Office to press charges. Another biker was hit by a police van, only to be ticketed. The cyclist community is pushing legislation that would allow bikers to seek triple damages, as well as attorney fees, from motorists who intentionally run them down or threaten injury or assault. The idea is to counter the problem of lawyers who won’t take cyclists’ cases now because the monetary rewards are relatively small. We support this effort; drivers who target bikers should be punished. But we would also like to see legal changes to discourage biker scofflaws — and we think combining such measures, and thus creating a balance, would make the pro-biker laws more appealing. Obviously, one issue is enforcement: Stricter laws wouldn’t have much effect if police didn’t ticket violators. But enforcement aside, the existing penalties are practically pointless. The threat of a $25 ticket for disobeying a stop sign or other traffic-control device, for instance, surely isn’t much of a deterrent. Plus, there’s no way to enforce payment, since bikers aren’t required to carry identification. These are issues the D.C. Council should spend some time considering. Higher fines would be helpful, but it might be necessary to take a more expansive approach. Perhaps any adult biker riding on city roads should be required to carry identification. Maybe there should be cycling licenses. We know opponents will say such measures would discourage bike use in the city, and we don’t want that; anything that helps reduce congestion and pollution is a positive. But we think a new approach to bike laws — both protective and restrictive — would make the roads safer for everyone.

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An extra helping of ethics … please!

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s Thanksgiving was arriving this week, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser was serving up some substantial ethics reforms that her colleagues will now taste and chew over. We hope what’s left after it’s been picked at will be a strong ethics bill that’s woefully needed. “The bill responds specifically to recent ethical lapses,” Bowser told the Notebook on Monday, “by subjecting elected officials to strict penalties, criminal and civil; to enhanced disclosure of potential conflicts of interest; and to limits on the use of constituent services funds.” She said the new enforcement system would “sheriff any future misdeeds. It’s a serious effort to restore the public’s trust in its representatives.” (That’s all well said, we thought, although it may be the first time we’ve ever seen “sheriff” used as a verb.) One key reform would create a new, three-member ethics panel with teeth. It would be able to subpoena witnesses and information and assess fines of up to $5,000 for each violation. It would be funded and truly staffed. It would be independent. It would oversee the mayor, the council, advisory neighborhood commissioners and top government officials. In serious cases, council members would be removed from any committee chairmanships and could be barred from voting in committees. A second reform would slash constituent services funds — slush funds — from $80,000 to the original amount of $40,000. Your Notebook was in the council chamber a while back when the council giddily — and that’s the only word that fits — raised the limit to $80,000. The money is supposed to be used for true constituent emergencies or community events. But there’s little accountability. Other changes would limit contributions to popular “defense funds” that now are shielded from public view. (Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas is currently repaying $300,000 to the city; it’s not clear to the Notebook how Thomas is repaying the funds, and current law doesn’t require disclosure of whether those funds are coming from a defense fund or some other source.) Lawyers hired to represent any official would not be able to charge discounted rates. Inaugural and “transition” committees — overt versions of slush funds — would have for the first time stringent limits and reporting requirements. (For example, Council Chairman Kwame Brown briefly publicized his transition expenditures and then withdrew them from public view. When your Notebook, independent analyst/political adviser Chuck Thies and others asked recently to see the documents, Brown declined. He said they had already been made public.) The proposal by Bowser, which synthesized about 10 different bills into one, would not ban outside employment or prohibit contributions from lobbyists. As we wrote in The Washington Post recently, we believe “disclose, disclose, disclose” is the best approach in a democratic form of government. With

enough disclosure, the people can decide whether to re-elect someone and the ethics committee can decide whether a misbehaving official should be fined and/or prosecuted. Let’s have a heaping helping of ethics for Thanksgiving that we can all be thankful about. ■ Let ’em hear you. So, you want to have your say on the ethics package? Bowser has scheduled a hearing on her comprehensive bill for Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. in the council chamber. Let’s have a good turnout, folks. But, please, everyone keep to the three-minute rule. Know what you’re going to say, say it, and then make room for the next person. We’ll all be thankful for that, too. ■ Rehab and history. There’s so much going on in the world of renovation and historic preservation that we’re going to summarize a few things of interest: ■ Wonders of wonders. The city’s Historic Preservation Review Board has declared the “Wonder Bread Factory” (7th and S streets NW) an individual landmark. The proposal was made by the D.C. Preservation League and developer Doug Jemal’s company. Take a ride by the site. The extraordinary brickwork alone is worth saving. The original building dates to 1913. ■ Old Post Office Building. The towering structure at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW has one of the best views of downtown Washington you can get, especially since the Washington Monument is closed. But plans by the federal General Services Administration to revamp the building (again) have been delayed until next year. The site has drawn interest from several folks, including Hilton Worldwide and Ivana Trump. ■ Cardozo and Dunbar. Two of the city’s storied high schools are finally on the list. Cardozo, which sits atop 13th and Clifton streets NW, is getting a $100 million makeover. It has one of the best panoramic views of Washington, and its faculty wants it to be one of the best schools in the city. Meanwhile, the hideous Dunbar building at 3rd Street and New Jersey Avenue NW will be torn down. Dunbar used to have a classic school building until a 1960s Brutalist monstrosity was built in its place. The new new Dunbar will be a modern glass structure that will make the students proud. ■ Carnegie Library. The long-suffering Carnegie is a spectacular building that sits on a plot of land right in front of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. But the Carnegie has suffered because the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., couldn’t afford to turn it into something. Now DC Events, the city’s sports and convention management team, is taking over the building. There is hope that the classic library will become a restaurant and gathering place, in addition to the home to historic treasures that are now there and unseen. If we get even a little of all this done, we can all be thankful for more than one turkey-filled day. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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income tax. Just let us truly govern ourselves without congressional review. Jane Sundelof Jones

Woodley Park Territory status is best for D.C. citizens Giant’s promised I have lived for the greater part of the past 70 years in the District. store is overdue

We were created as a separate entity by the Founding Fathers; let us be a territory. And let us have the benefits of being a territory — no federal income tax. I would gladly pay a bit more in D.C.

So now it’s been years since our neighborhood Giant grocery store was supposed to be rebuilt. I live just a few blocks away, so I am particularly interested in seeing the construction begin and

then completed in an efficient manner. And I know that many of my neighbors in my building — the Marlyn Condominium — would appreciate having a modern store close by. But now the project just seems to be lingering with no signs of progress. Maybe Giant should just sell the area to Safeway or Harris Teeter? They seem to be able to construct beautiful, efficient stores in record time. David White Cathedral Heights


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Letters to the Editor Sidewalks crucial for public safety

The residents of the 5700 block of Oregon Avenue and of Moreland Place who are advocating for safe pedestrian access from our cul-desac location to schools, bus stops, public facilities and other amenities of the wider Chevy Chase community are heartened to read that â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś the Neighbors United group has consistently supported safe pedestrian access to Oregon Avenue â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;? [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighbors United group sought consensus,â&#x20AC;? Viewpoint, Nov. 9]. In the commentary, Neighbors United member Ms. Beth Lamoreaux says this is not a shift in the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position. Maybe so. Given the obviously dangerous pedestrian conditions along sections of Oregon Avenue, opposition to sidewalks would not be a creditable position for a community group to take. To have millions of taxpayer dollars expended in a once-in-a-lifetime improvement of the Oregon Avenue corridor without addressing the lack of safe pedestrian access would be fiscally irresponsible and illegal under current D.C. law. Disturbingly, the comments on the Oregon Avenue rehabilitation project environmental assessment submitted by Neighbors United include a section that attempts to establish that under the D.C. sidewalk law, sidewalks are not in fact required when public road reconstruction is undertaken. I hope Ms. Lamoreaux speaks for Neighbors United members who live in my section of Oregon Avenue when she says that sidewalks are not a point of contention in this project. Some past statements are not consistent with that position. I look forward to the day when all residents of the 5700 block of Oregon Avenue and their neighbors have safe pedestrian access along the roadway. In my remarks mentioned by Ms. Lamoreaux, I did not mean to imply that all residents of the 5700 block supported that goal, rather that we are the ones who do. I apologize if I was imprecise. Henry Custis Chevy Chase

Program shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus on helmets

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m puzzled by the sense of crisis presented by your Nov. 16 article on helmetless Capital Bikeshare riders, considering the fact (curiously buried in paragraph seven) that one year and 1 million rides later, there have been only 20 accidents and no serious head injuries or fatalities. By way of comparison,

over the same period, 15 pedestrians and 50 car drivers or passengers were killed by motorists in D.C. The safety benefits of helmets have been greatly exaggerated. Helmets have made the sport of bicycle racing safer, but they have never been shown to reduce injury rates in urban commuting populations. The risk reduction statistic you cite is based on research by helmet manufacturers involving specific impacts on crash-test dummies. Independent studies in the real world show that increased helmet adoption is not correlated with lower fatality or injury rates. For urban cyclists, careless or aggressive motorists are the main source of danger, and helmets offer little protection. Worse, research shows that drivers are measurably less careful around helmeted riders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; giving them less room when passing, for example. What helmet laws do accomplish, on the other hand, is to discourage cycling. Helmet requirements are consistently followed with a drop of 20 percent to 40 percent in bicycling rates. Fewer people on bikes means that the remaining cyclists are less safe; furthermore, more people driving means more pollution, more traffic accidents, more congestion and a more sedentary population. Capital Bikeshare has been a tremendous success, providing a clean, healthy and economical way for thousands of D.C. residents to get around. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the catalyst for a resurgence in bicycle commuting in the region, and it is looked to as a model by cities around the country. If The Current wants to make cycling safer, you could work to educate motorists about bicycling laws. You could advocate for stricter enforcement of aggressive driving laws, or for the adoption of the anti-assault law that is currently before the D.C. Council. You could promote bike-friendly transportation planning and dedicated bicycle infrastructure like bike lanes and paths, so that cyclists have their own safe space. Any of these would do a lot more to prevent injuries than drumming up an artificial culture of fear around bike-sharing. Herb Caudill Cleveland Park

Glover Park project will bring benefits

Patricia Senchur is misguided in her views on the coming changes to Wisconsin Avenue [â&#x20AC;&#x153;City mustnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impede emergency capacity,â&#x20AC;? Letters to the Editor, Nov. 16]. Her vision for the road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a high-speed, six-lane highway designed primarily for those cutting through the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is outdated and ignores the needs of those who live, work and play in Glover Park and

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Cathedral Heights. In recent years, there have been numerous pedestrian accidents and two fatalities on Wisconsin Avenue. More traffic at higher speeds would increase safety risks and present unacceptable dangers to anyone who uses Wisconsin Avenue. The misinformed and unreasonable disdain of pedestrians and bicycle riders expressed in her letter is unfortunate and unhelpful. We can and should improve Wisconsin Avenue for all, and the coming changes to Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park and Cathedral Heights will have benefits galore: wider sidewalks, safer streets and a better environment for our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s businesses and pedestrians. Brian A. Cohen Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B

DMV online appeals process ineffectual

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehiclesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; online appeals process is a total sham. On June 3, I received from the department a notice of unsatisfied parking ticket. My vehicle had supposedly been cited on April 28, for a violation of the residential parking restriction on the north side of the 5000 block of Dana Place. The fine had now been doubled. I responded through the online appeals process. I explained that: â&#x2013;  I had never received any such ticket, which accounted for my failure to respond earlier. â&#x2013;  I had just renewed the registration for that vehicle, and there were no outstanding tickets listed. The April 28 ticket was therefore suspect. â&#x2013;  The vehicle was registered to my wife at our residence in the 5000 block of Dana Place, which the Department of Motor Vehicles obviously knew in order to send the notice there. As the holder of a Ward 3 sticker, we are exempt from the two-hour residential parking restriction on Dana Place. We are D.C. residents who were legally parked in front of our house. Any rational observer would conclude that this ticket was a mistake. However, the Department of Motor Vehicles hearing examiner did not see it that way. On Nov. 9, I received notice from the examiner that I would have to pay the ticket. Moreover, to appeal this decision, I would have to pay a $10 â&#x20AC;&#x153;appeal fee.â&#x20AC;? I have done so and now await the decision of the appeals board. What would it have taken for my previous appeal to be granted? Are any online or mail appeals ever granted? This procedure seems to exist solely as a runaround with no intent of rectifying wrongful tickets. Hugh Winkler The Palisades

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In Your Neighborhood ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1c Adams

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  public safety report. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  presentation by D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles director Lucinda Babers. â&#x2013;  update on the 18th Street reconstruction project by D.C. Department of Transportation community liaison Tom Pipkin. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org. ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 16 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioner Armando Irizarry announced that the National Park Service is planning to work from now through January to renovate the Juarez Circle park, returning in the spring for more landscaping upgrades. â&#x2013;  residents and commissioners discussed grocery alternatives for residents living near the Watergate Safeway after that supermarket closes on Dec. 3. Watergate residents said they have been in contact with various supermarkets they hope might be interested in filling the 2550 Virginia Ave. space. They are also seeking short-term ways to get the convenient, inexpensive groceries that they said they would no longer have in the neighborhood without a supermarket in their building. Whole Foods Market representative Kimberly Bryden asked residents to contact the store about particular items they were having trouble getting in Safewayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence. Neighbors also reported that Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s would be interested in providing a shuttle to its store if the District would subsidize its cost. â&#x2013;  Matthew Troy of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development reported that the District is nearly ready to issue its request for proposals regarding the Stevens School site, 1050 21st St. The city hopes a developer will build on the site and make room for an educational use. Officials had previously said they would issue the request no later than last month, but Troy said they recently revised the parameters based on feedback from D.C. Public Schools and developers. Instead of asking for each developer to team up with a school before presenting its plans for the site, the economic development office will seek separate proposals from schools and commercial developers, he said. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on an application for valet parking at District Commons Restaurant, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on a series of Alcoholic Beverage Control

license renewal applications. â&#x2013;  Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans told residents that although the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances are in good shape, he is concerned that some of his colleagues are unwilling to make necessary spending cuts. â&#x2013;  Jacques Cohen of Euro Capital Properties discussed planned renovations to the Watergate Hotel. Euro Capital hopes to reorganize the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internal layout to create 355 rooms and suites instead of the existing 237 and to upgrade the lobby, restaurant and ballroom, said Cohen, but few exterior changes are anticipated. Some Watergate West residents are seeking concessions regarding noise and other issues, but Cohen said the differences are irreconcilable and are merely delaying the project. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Florence Harmon absent, to support plans to build an apartment building on the site of the West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. The support is conditioned upon the Zoning Commission closely reviewing potential impacts on surrounding buildings and neighborhood traffic, among other requests. Developer EastBanc recently reconfigured its envisioned parking garage entrances and removed a planned L Street lay-by lane based on conversations with neighbors and the D.C. Department of Transportation, officials said. â&#x2013;  George Washington University officials discussed their plans for a new office building at 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. The university received Zoning Commission approval for an 11-story office building on the block as part of its 2007 campus plan, and it now hopes to also demolish the existing adjacent office building to make more room for its project. A motion by Asher Corson to hire an attorney to fight the project failed 2-2, with Armando Irizarry and David Lehrman opposing and Graham Galka abstaining. Criticizing the lack of support from his colleagues, Corson said he would work to organize recall efforts against Irizarry, Lehrman and Galka, and may also resign from the commission. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Heart House, 2400 N St. NW. For details, visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â&#x2013;  SHAW

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw

Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact davidanc2d01@aol.com or visit anc2d. org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  discussion of a District Department of Transportation proposal for Wisconsin Avenue from S Street to Calvert Street. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for Grace Street and Cecil Place for a special exception and variance to allow the construction of a three-level building that also includes a mezzanine. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Blue Gin at 1206 Wisconsin Ave. for a substantial change to add a summer garden with 120 seats (license is currently in safekeeping). â&#x2013;  consideration of Old Georgetown Board items: 3051 M St., National Park Service, Old Stone House, replacement stairs, final; 1248 30th St., residence, alterations to garage for new windows and door, concept; 1249 Wisconsin Ave., retail, blade sign for UGG Australia, permit; 2823 Q St., residence, rear opening alterations, lighting, concept; 1669 Wisconsin Ave., commercial, alterations to window, awning and sign for Macaron Bee, concept; 1738 Wisconsin Ave., residence, threestory rear addition to two-story building and rooftop deck, permit/ concept; 1525 34th St., residence, relocation of front door to side, alterations, concept; 1525 34th St., residence, alterations to side and rear, permit; 3254 O St., residence, partial demolition, reconstruction of garage with enlarged footprint and second floor, trellis, permit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; design; 1432 Wisconsin Ave., retail, sign for DC Jewelry Center, rolling grille, permit/concept; 3259 M St., commercial, alterations at rear, raise roof, concept. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.


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The People and Places of Northwest Washington

November 23, 2011 ■ Page 13

Local author shares tales behind D.C.’s ‘lost’ sites

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

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t’s hard not to feel disappointed while reading John DeFerrari’s new book, “Lost Washington, D.C.” But that discontent isn’t spurred by anything lacking in the text — rather, it’s about what’s lacking in Washington. “Definitely,” DeFerrari said when asked if he mourns the places his book spotlights. Yet he sees an upside: “Part of the pleasure of writing the book is to help preserve the memories of lots of places.” “Lost” seeks to harness the memories of 22 D.C. buildings and neighborhoods — most of them gone today — by telling their stories in a spare 159 pages. DeFerrari brings the reader along, for instance, to Pennsylvania Avenue in 1800, when most residents took a daily trip to the Center Market, or to Columbia Road in 1916 and the ill-fated Knickerbocker Theater. Forest Hills resident DeFerrari, a government analyst by day and amateur historian by night, has been hunting down Washington’s forgotten facilities for years. It all started with a vintage postcard. “I discovered that there were so many of them … and they were relatively common and easy to get ahold of,” he said, explaining that “postcards were kind of the instant message” of the early 1900s. Telephones weren’t yet ubiquitous, but “on the other hand, mail was delivered several times a day. … You could dash off a postcard to

Historical photos from Library of Congress; other images courtesy of The History Press

Sites lost to the city like the old Knickerbocker Theater, above, and the Center Market, left, feature in John DeFerrari’s new book, “Lost Washington, D.C.”

say, ‘Could I meet you for lunch tomorrow at the cafe?’” At first, DeFerrari shared his postcard finds on Flickr, sometimes researching the background of a particular site. That work inspired a blog, at streetsofwashington.com, and the site, in turn, led to a book. “Lost” came out last month, published by The History

Press, and it is available at various local bookstores and online. A casual reader might be surprised by how engaging the stories of old buildings can be. The section on Center Market,

for instance, offers up such tidbits as the fact that a river ran through the site — literally. The “Marsh Market” building sat atop Tiber Creek, and “fish vendors would store live fish in wire baskets that they lowered into the creek,” the book explains. The surrounding wetlands also created some of the market’s fare:

“The marshy areas in the vicinity of the … market supported numerous waterfowl, and boys would happily find and shoot them and then immediately sell them to vendors in the marketplace,” DeFerrari writes. But the market, which once operated where the National Archives now stands, wouldn’t last. And as in nearly every chapter of the book, just as a place comes alive, DeFerrari explains what brought it down. In the case of the once-handSee Lost/Page 28

Paul charter school prepares for Turkey Day with Food & Friends drive By ANNA WEAVER Current Correspondent

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eratio Carr’s 12th birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year, and the Paul Public Charter School seventh-grader is looking forward to a large Thanksgiving meal plus birthday cake. But Carr said he knows not everyone expects to have a great Thanksgiving. That’s why he and other Paul students, along with parents, faculty and staff, spent part of last weekend at the Northwest school sorting and delivering food for local nonprofit Food & Friends. Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, an assembly line formed in a corner of the school’s basement cafeteria as cans of gravy, bags of beans, boxes of macaroni and cheese and more were quickly sorted. Expired or damaged items were set aside, and about 425

food items made their way into brightly decorated boxes for delivery. Paul development associate Genee Robinson said the school focuses on character education, with a different value emphasized each month. She said that the food drive fits November’s focus on citizenship. “It is extremely important for us as a school community to have a very active role in community outreach and volunteer service education,” she said. Paul’s PTA equivalent, the Parent Action Group, its student Beta Club, and its counseling department spearheaded the food collection, which started on Nov. 1. Parent Action Group co-chair Rose Swain said the food drive is educational because it “shows compassion, being respectful, helping those in your community. And doing it as a school family, it strengthens the school to see the family working

together.” While the school has done non-perishable food drives in years past, this is the first year it is working with Food & Friends. “We wanted to partner with an organization that was close to our school,” said Robinson. Food & Friends, located on Riggs Road in Northeast, provides healthy meals and groceries to people with HIV/ AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. Because the group serves critically ill people, said Parent Action Group co-chair Swain, students were encouraged to bring in healthy food items like sodium-free or lowsugar goods. Paul Public Charter School enrolls 585 students in sixth to ninth grades. Each of its 35 or so homerooms was challenged to get 100 percent participation in the food collection effort.

Danalyn Hypolite, dean of academics, said faculty and staff had their own healthy competition to see which school department could put together the best-decorated box filled with donations toward a complete Thanksgiving meal. The 14 staff boxes were given to Paul families that the school identified as needing a little extra help for the holiday. Heratio Carr’s mother, Michelle Carr, was working alongside her son to sort and tally food Saturday. “Hopefully this will instill in him wanting to volunteer as he gets older,” she said. Parent Ingrid Rose came to help with the drive even though it meant missing her son Victor’s first basketball game of the season. She said she wanted to show him that “we have to extend ourselves more beyond just who we are.” “It’s a blessing to help out,” she said.


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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Aidan Montessori Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper elementary students have a new classroom and teacher. Sixth-grader Sofia Brown said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have new students, new teachers and a new pet.â&#x20AC;? She likes the new students. Sixth-grader Lucia Braddock said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. York teaches differently and has new, fresh ideas.â&#x20AC;? She said the class is organized differently and has a different vibe. Her favorite work in math is trinomial theorem, which involves algebra. A new member of the class, Sebastian Lenart, said so far he has been expanding his friendships. His favorite science experiment is the bucket experiment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is fun to swing the bucket in circles,â&#x20AC;? he

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said. Fifth-grader Elliot Seals said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much different about the classroom except for Mrs. York does work-journal check every day, and she lets us sit on the rug when she reads us a story.â&#x20AC;? There are some new materials, such as sentence-analysis and interpretive-reading cards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The job that everybody loves is telephone,â&#x20AC;? he said. Fifth-grader Eva Gondelman said that Mrs. York is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very funny and gives fun and interesting lessons. I like school this year because it is my second year here at Aidan, so I know everybody.â&#x20AC;? She likes creative writing.

Mrs. York said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very rewarding. I have an exceptional group of children, and I learn from them every day.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eva Sophia Shimanski and Isabel Bouhl, fifth-graders

Annunciation School

We have been very busy and working hard for the past few weeks. Every year our parish holds a Christmas bazaar. The bazaar has all sorts of gently used items for sale, baked goods, and handmade Christmas items. As part of our service, seventh- and eighth-graders helped transfer and set up items. We also worked in the kitchen and helped serve the lunch. It took a lot of work, but when everyone pitched in, the job got done faster. Every year, our school holds a grandparentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tea just before Thanksgiving. This gives our grandparents an opportunity to visit our school and watch their grandchildren perform. Classes work hard learning songs for this performance, and grandparents enjoy being taken on tours of the school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mina Grace Larraquel, eighth-grader

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Deal Middle School

Last Thursday at Alice Deal Middle School was a day that all students were looking forward to â&#x20AC;Ś Viking Time! Viking Time is a 45-minute activity after all periods are over. All periods are shorter that day so students can have this time. Some of these activities include: chess, quilting, meditation, Disney movies and Rubikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cube. This is not the only thing students do on Thursdays. On some Thursdays there is Pause, in which students organize their lockers, binders and basically their lives. With Sustained Silent Reading, students are given 45 minutes of silent reading time. In the Deal athletics program, basketball tryouts for all grades are going on. Almost 120 kids try out each year. The cross-country team just wrapped up its season with a city championship. And the volleyball team had an undefeated season. A turkey drive competition has started up in homerooms. Each homeroom has to decorate a box and fill it with canned foods. The food will be donated to a charity so the homeless can have a Thanksgiving feast. The homeroom with the most food wins a pizza party! There is also a freerice.com competition going on. This is a website where people answer ques-

tions to donate rice to poor families in Asia and Africa. One question right means 10 grains of rice. Team Alexandra is in the lead right now. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Joe Inglima, sixth-grader

Edmund Burke School

On Nov. 9, there was an extended assembly at Edmund Burke. Members of the Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater performed a play that was written by a fourthgrader. The play was about 15 minutes long, and it was very well written for a fourth-grader. Six young men and women performed the play, which was about a singing contest and generosity. The main character is a girl who wins her school singing contest. A girl who despises her really wants to win but catches a cold on the stage and ends up losing. The mother of the child who wins takes her daughter out to dinner and the girl is nice enough to bring the other girl, who becomes her friend. Also at the assembly, one of the coaches and two of the former champions of the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team spoke about the program they run. The 2010 winner and the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach had a poetry showdown, and the former champion won. Even though the team is called the Poetry Slam Team, it is more rap than poetry. It made every student and teacher laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matthieu Leo, eighth-grader

Holy Trinity School

On Oct. 26, the fourth-grade class traveled to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Rhode River in Edgewater, Md. We did lots of fun things and learned about the Chesapeake Bay and estuaries. We participated in several activities. One of them was seining. We grabbed partners and a huge net and caught some fish! Then, we went to the plankton station, where we looked at plankton and other microorganisms under microscopes. We See Dispatches/Page 24

 

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he National Zoo will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? this week through Jan. 1. Thousands of environmentally friendly light displays, dancing trees, Pandaw Claws, seasonal food and drink, and live entertainment will illuminate the Zoo this season. Visitors will also be able to thaw their paws in exhibit buildings and view the animals at night, check out a Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Farm-themed model train, take in gingerbread habitat contest entries, skate on an â&#x20AC;&#x153;icelessâ&#x20AC;? rink

and ride around Great Cats Circle on a new trackless train. ZooLights runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday nights through Dec. 11 and then nightly through Jan. 1 except Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Admission is free, but skating costs $5 for a 30-minute session (skate rental $2), the trackless train costs $3 per person, and parking costs $9 for Friends of the National Zoo and $16 for nonmembers. Spots can be reserved ($30 for nonmembers, $20 for members) by

calling 202-633-4486 at least 48 hours in advance. â&#x2013;  The Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will offer a buffet Thanksgiving brunch with unlimited sparkling wine and complimentary valet parking from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $95 per person. For reservations, call 202457-5020. fairmont.com. â&#x2013;  The Willard InterContinentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Willard Room and Crystal Room will offer seatings at a Thanksgiving buffet at 10:30 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 2 p.m. The cost is $85 per adult and $35 per child age 4 through 12; children under 4 are free. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. washington.intercontinental.com. â&#x2013;  Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, will host a Lane Sanson Jewelry Trunk Show Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering a chance for early holiday shopping. Admission to Hillwood, which will be decorated for the holidays, costs $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for college students and $5 for children ages 6 through 18. 202686-5807; hillwoodmuseum.org. â&#x2013;  The Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW, will present its eighth annual tree-lighting cere-

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Choral Concertsâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 1 through 23 in its grand lobby. The concerts are free and begin at 5:30 p.m. washington.intercontinental.com. â&#x2013;  Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, will host wreath workshops at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 and 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. 202-6865807; hillwoodmuseum.org. â&#x2013;  The Junior League of Washington will present its annual fundraising event, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops,â&#x20AC;? Dec. 2 through 4 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2600 Woodley Road NW. The three-day event will begin with a special breakfast (tickets $45) at 9 a.m. Dec. 2. That night will feature a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Belles and Beausâ&#x20AC;? ball (tickets $65 in advance; $70 at the door) of hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, cocktails, dancing and auctions starting at 6 p.m. Events will conclude with pictures with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. General shopping hours (tickets $10) will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. jlw.org. â&#x2013;  Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, will hold holiday wreath workshops for ages 12 and older at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 and 10 a.m. Dec. 9. All materials will be provided. The cost is $30 per wreath for members and $40 per wreath for nonmembers. 202-965-0400; tudorplace.org. â&#x2013;  The Washington Project for the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;IceBox,â&#x20AC;? its annual holiday gift shop, Dec. 2 through 23 at its 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW site. The store will feature crafts, jewelry, housewares and small works of art made by Washington Project for the Arts members. Store hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with special events from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19. Admission is free. wpadc.org. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton Concerts will present the Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton Celtic Consort performing music Dec. 3 through 11 at Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Performances times are 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, along with 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets cost $33 for adults, $29 for seniors and $16 for ages 18 and younger. 202-9652000; dumbartonconcerts.org. â&#x2013;  Four historic house museums will

open their doors together for the first time with a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holidays Through Historyâ&#x20AC;? event Dec. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. Included sites are Dupont Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anderson House (2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW), SheridanKaloramaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodrow Wilson House (2340 S St. NW) and Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dumbarton House (2715 Q St. NW) and Tudor Place Historic House and Garden (1644 31st St. NW). Event participants will stroll the mansions to see festive period decorations, listen to music from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties and sample seasonal treats. Admission for all four costs $16 in advance or $20 at the door for adults or $10 for ages 17 and younger. Admission to one museum costs $10. Complimentary shuttle buses will be provided among the houses. holidaysthroughhistory. eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  House of Sweden, at 2900 K St. NW, will present a Swedish Christmas Bazaar Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will experience a typical Swedish â&#x20AC;&#x153;julmarknadâ&#x20AC;? with vendors, food, music and the traditional Santa Lucia procession. Children will sing Swedish Christmas carols at 1 p.m. Admission is free. houseofsweden.com.

â&#x2013;  House of Sweden, at 2900 K St. NW, will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home for Christmas,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit of illustrations from the book by Jan Brett, weekends Dec. 3 through 18. The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Storytelling will take place at noon and 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. Admission is free. houseofsweden.com. â&#x2013;  The St. Albans School Parents Association will host its 29th annual Christmas House Tour Dec. 2 and 3 in Sheridan-Kalorama. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour is â&#x20AC;&#x153;city sidewalks,â&#x20AC;? reminding guests of the joys of urban living during the holidays. Five homes, decorated for the holidays, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec 3. Tickets cost $35 and are available at St. Albans, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW, on the days of the tour. There will also be a holiday luncheon ($15) served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days

in the St. Albans Refectory. stalbansschool.org/CHT. â&#x2013;  St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, at 3240 O St. NW, will hold its annual greens sale and Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. The church benefit will feature wreaths, gourmet foods, holiday plants, gifts and more. A Vintage Christmas and Collectibles Shop will offer items from years gone by, including jewelry and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday outfits. â&#x2013;  Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, will present a holiday ornament workshop for ages 12 and older at

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the hotel, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get it done,â&#x20AC;? said Cohen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see the spiritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not there.â&#x20AC;? Neither Cohen nor members of the Watergate West board would comment on the specific issues, citing the confidentiality of their negotiations. But in his comments to the neighborhood commission, Cohen implied that residents were seeking parking arrangements and promises for relief from construction disruption that he considered impossible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting in $70 million in this building,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to be able to do that with ballet dancers. It is going to be noisy; it is going to annoy some of the residents for 12 months.â&#x20AC;? Acting Watergate West board president

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and Urban Development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think most people can appreciate the complexity of these kinds of mixed-use, transformational, mixed-income developments,â&#x20AC;? said Galante. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is as hard as it gets in any kind of development activities.â&#x20AC;? Expected to generate 2,400 jobs in the short run and more when the new buildings are functional, the development overcame financial hurdles with the help of more than $100 million from the federal housing agency and $35 million from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax increment financing program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many people came together to make this happen,â&#x20AC;? said Roadside founding partner Richard Lake, who headed the ceremony. The project, Lake said, is designed around a planned underground loading dock built for Giant. At 72,000 square feet, the restored grocery store slated to open in 2013 will be the largest in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This

The company also hopes to raise the ballroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceiling, improve the hotel restaurant and add an outdoor courtyard, he said. These plans have already been approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, but the D.C. Zoning Commission must sign off on an increase in rooms beyond 300. Many residents and neighborhood commissioners applauded the basic plan to reopen the hotel and said they hope it can reverse the exodus of tenants from the Watergateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes the whole complex more viable,â&#x20AC;? said Julian High of Watergate South. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are quite frankly frustrated with our neighbors that they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t signed the consent letter.â&#x20AC;?

Giant will be particularly unique,â&#x20AC;? said Chris Paradissis, Giant Foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional vice president, â&#x20AC;&#x153;retaining much of the historic â&#x20AC;Ś facade while incorporating the new state-of-theart merchandising features to best serve our customers.â&#x20AC;? The project will â&#x20AC;&#x153;seamlesslyâ&#x20AC;? connect with the downtown and uptown sections of 7th Street, according to Gray, adding to overall progress in the Shaw community. Along with retail, restaurants, a 182room hotel, 150 condos and 401 market-rate apartments, the project will also include an 84-unit senior housing building, singled out by the mayor as the key component. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have our seniors get to a point where they feel like that they cannot afford to live in the city,â&#x20AC;? Gray said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;when so many have paved the way to make it what it is today.â&#x20AC;? Letha M. Blount, 81, a Shaw resident for more than 50 years, said she looks forward to senior housing on the site. Giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closure is inconvenient, Blount said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth waiting for.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to use this Giant every

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storm windows whose seams are invisible from inside the home. Those windows as well as restored French doors flank a woodburning fireplace in the large living room. Built-in bookcases add further architectural interest. In a dining room, the refurbished windows are set in a bright bay. A chair rail, sconces and a chandelier also help to define the space. Through a swinging door, the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen is soothing in warm neutrals. Creamy cabinetry and a matching refrigerator contrast with the natural walnut that lines a center island. While travertine pops up on floors and backsplash, the star is the honed Crema Marfil marble that lies on the countertops and island. Contrasting with those warm tones is the stainless steel on the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suite of GE Monogram appliances, including a six-burner dual-fuel range and oven. One flight up the broad stairs, four bedrooms have been renovated. The smallest connects to the master suite and would be ideal as a nursery or sitting room. The master bedroom includes double French doors to let in light and air and connects to a thoroughly renovated master bath. Two types of marble â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carrera and Arabescato

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Thursday november 24 Concert â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swing, Swing, Swingâ&#x20AC;? series will feature vocalist, guitarist, composer and keyboardist Daryl Davis and his band. 5 and 8:30 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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Events Entertainment annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger, a 5K run and family walk to benefit the homeless and hungry. 8:30 a.m. $25. Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 13th streets NW. some.org. Nov.november 25 Friday, Friday 25 Book signing â&#x2013;  George Norfleet will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Barefoot Puppet Theatre will present a retelling of the classic tale â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Red Hen,â&#x20AC;? and then audience members will decorate gingerbread cookies. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $3 to $12. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The event will repeat Saturday at noon. Concert â&#x2013;  NSO Pops will present guitarist and vocalist George Benson in â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole.â&#x20AC;? 1:30 and 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.

Dinner â&#x2013;  St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Church of the Annunciation and Washington Hebrew Congregation will present their annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. Noon. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-362-3323, ext. 22.

Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Andy Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 mm film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lupe.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  British film historian Kevin Brownlow will illustrate his latest work on a lifelong project to return Abel Ganceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1927 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Napoleonâ&#x20AC;? to its original form. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

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New York Islanders. 4 p.m. $95 to $207. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Saturday, Nov. 26

Saturday november 26

Book signing â&#x2013;  Sandra Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American Family in World War II.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  A hands-on family workshop will focus on the King James Bible. 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-6750395. â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about Sequoyah â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the man who made reading and writing in Cherokee possible â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will help children ages 5 and older create a corn-husk doll like those made by Colonial children. 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  The Institute for Spiritual Development will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seated Kundalini Yogaâ&#x20AC;? class for people who have limited mobility, are recovering from an injury or deal with tight muscles that make sitting on the floor a challenge. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $18. Institute for Spiritual Development, 5419 Sherier Place NW. 202363-7106. â&#x2013;  Gala Hispanic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh annual Flamenco Festival will feature a family workshop in flamenco zapateo, castanets and fans. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.

Monday, Nov. 28

Monday november 28

Friday, november 25 â&#x2013;  Concert: The Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra and singer/songwriter Nellie McKay will perform classic big band music of the swing era as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swing, Swing, Swingâ&#x20AC;? series. 5 and 8:30 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ing garage). 202-363-5698. Performance â&#x2013;  Double Nickels Theatre Company will present the debut performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scattered Pictures,â&#x20AC;? featuring the stories of seven veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War. 3 p.m. $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

Class â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Elizabeth Muniot will lead a weekly yoga class. 5:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Airmen of Noteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saxophone section will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Turkmenistan Folk Ensemble will perform. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5676. â&#x2013;  Cast members from the national tour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Boysâ&#x20AC;? will perform hits from the 1950s and 1960s in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock Like a Man,â&#x20AC;? a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Food & Friends. 7:30 p.m. $50. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008.

Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Andy Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 mm film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoon.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeking Spain in the Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Joseph L. Mankiewiczâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Barefoot Contessaâ&#x20AC;? and Fred Zinnemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behold a Pale Horse.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeking Spain in the Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Josef von Sternbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1935 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Devil Is a Woman,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and Carlos Sauraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1986 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Amor Brujo,â&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Communityâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Jeanne Hallacyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Current: Burmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Political Prisoners.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A symposium will highlight Turkmen literature and performing arts. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5676. â&#x2013;  Andrew Skerritt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ashamed to Die: Silence, Denial, and the AIDS Epidemic in the South.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Robert K. Massie will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Author Judy Blume, recipient of the 13th annual Smithsonian McGovern Award for her work supporting children and the American family, will discuss her career, contemporary society and the importance of preserving intellectual freedom in literature for children and adults. 7 to 9 p.m. $23. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Chuck Todd, NBC News chief White House correspondent and political director, will discuss the 2012 election. 7:30 p.m. Free. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. smpa.gwu.edu. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic Conversationsâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn interviewing actor Kevin Kline. 8 p.m. $35. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.

Open house â&#x2013;  Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will host an open house and tasting event to celebrate its renovated Spring Valley Catering facility. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 49th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW (enter through Yuma Street park-

Tours and walks â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a visit to the earthworks of Fort Stevens and talk about the lives of the soldiers who defended the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital in 1864. 10 a.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-

Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1994 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burnt by the Sun.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut See Events/Page 21

Concerts â&#x2013;  Pianist Raj Bhimani will perform works by Rameau, Debussy, Brenet and Schubert. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  Guitarist Paulo Martelli will perform as part of the Brazilian series Movimento ViolĂŁo. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Sunday november 27

Concerts â&#x2013;  Pianist Kate Liu will perform. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  New York-based singer/songwriter Alfonso Velez will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Concert pianist Steven Spooner will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Walter Isaacson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steve Jobs.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-965-9880.


Continued From Page 20 Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Homage to Christoph Schlingensief” will feature a showing of Frieder Schlaich’s 2004 interview with the German film, theater and opera director. 6:30 p.m. $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Maria Peters’ 1989 film “Sonny Boy.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Reading ■ Theater J’s “Voices From a Changing Middle East” series will feature a reading of “Such a Beautiful Voice Is Sayeda’s” and “Karima’s City” by Egyptian-American playwright Youseff El Guindi. 7:30 p.m. $5. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800494-8497. 29 Tuesday, TuesdayNov. november 29 Classes and workshops ■ Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ Attorney and writer Jeffrey Gorsky will lead a two-part class on “Inquisition and Expulsion: The Jews of Spain and Portugal.” 7 to 8:15 p.m. $40. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. jewishstudycenter.org. The second class will be held Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ■ Delia McCormick and Kathyi Kershaw of Evers & Co. Real Estate will hold a workshop for home buyers. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. 4400 Jenifer St. NW. 301977-7273. Concerts ■ The Tuesday Concert Series will feature soprano Rachel Evangeline Barham and pianist Chloe Canton performing American and British art songs. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. ■ The University of Maryland, Baltimore County Wind Ensemble will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., will discuss “The Central Role of Reductions in Military Spending in Making Rational Cuts in the Deficit.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Rick Marschall will discuss his book “Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt,” featuring political cartoons that chronicle Roosevelt’s public life. 11:30 a.m. Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Carol Joynt will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her Q&A Cafe series by interviewing infamous Washington insider Jack Abramoff, author of “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist.” Noon. $50; reservations required. The RitzCarlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW.

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Events Entertainment 202-912-4110. ■ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by Kristie Miller on her book “Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies.” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ John Owen, associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia and recipient of the Georgetown University Book Prize for his book “The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change 1510-2010,” will discuss “Clash of Ideas, Regime Change and the Arab Spring.” 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Main Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. 202-687-8107. ■ James Carroll, scholar-in-residence at Suffolk University and author of “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World,” will discuss “Christian AntiSemitism: The Unfinished Reckoning.” 6:30 p.m. Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. eventbrite.com/event/2142510306/. ■ Political commentator Chris Matthews will discuss his book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Staff members from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s Washingtoniana Division will discuss “Researching Your Home’s History.” 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ Laura Katzman will discuss her book “Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam.” 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/authorsoutloud. Films ■ The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1972 film “Cabaret.” 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present “Colliding Civilizations — Humans vs. Wildlife,” featuring films by Maggie Burnette Stogner, Aditi Desal and Kai Fang. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. environmentalfilm.org. Performance ■ Busboys and Poets will host “Tuesday Night Open Mic,” a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Reading ■ A birthday celebration for Louisa May Alcott will feature Jo Ann Beard and Maud Casey reading from the American author’s work and discussing her influence on their own writing. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the St. Louis Blues. 7 p.m. $45 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Nov. 30 Wednesday, Wednesday november 30 Classes ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-preven-

Monday, november 28 ■ Film: The “Celebrate the Holidays” series will feature William Keighley’s 1942 film “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” starring Bette Davis, Monty Woolley, Ann Sheridan and Jimmy Durante. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

tion clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concert ■ The U.S. Army Blues will perform a Christmas program featuring the music of Stan Kenton. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Maria Fusco, associate curator of the

Textile Museum, will discuss “Displaying African Textiles.” Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Arsalan Iftikhar will discuss his book “Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the PostOsama Era.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. islamicpacifism.eventbrite.com. ■ Jack Bishop, editorial director of Cook’s Illustrated, will discuss “The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2000 Recipes From 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Food Magazine,” at 4:30 p.m.; and Ann Beattie will discuss her book “Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life,” at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Evenings With Extraordinary Artists” will feature a talk by Lionell Thomas, the newly appointed executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 16. ■ Jean H. Baker will discuss her book “Margaret Sanger: A Passion of Life.” 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Panelists will discuss “Election and Government Turnover in Spain.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Room 450, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. spanishroundtable.eventbrite.com. ■ Howard Ross will discuss his book “ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose, and Performance.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Donald Eigler of IBM’s Almaden Research Center will discuss “Atom Manipulation: New Perspectives in Nanoscience.” 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. ■ National Museum of Natural History researchers Gabriela Perez Baez, Joshua Bell and Gwyneira Isaac will discuss “Keeping Endangered Languages Alive.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100

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Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Wildlife photographer Steve Winter will discuss “On the Trail of the Tiger,” about his recent travels through India, Sumatra and Thailand to document the dwindling population of Asian tigers. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films ■ “Homage to Christoph Schlingensief” will feature the German director’s 1989 film “100 Years Adolf Hitler — The Last Hours in the Bunker” and his 1990 film “The German Chainsaw Massacre.” 6:30 p.m. $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The National Archives will present the Oscar-nominated 2009 documentary “Food, Inc.” in conjunction with the “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam” exhibition. Afterward, a panel discussion will feature Alice Kamps, the exhibition curator; Ann Harvey Yonkers, co-director of Freshfarm Markets; and Brooks Miller, coowner of North Mountain Pastures Farm in Newport, Pa. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The Reel Israel DC series will present Eitan Tzur’s 2010 film “Naomi,” about a 58-year-old astrophysics professor who discovers his young wife has a lover. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meditation ■ The Divine Science Church will offer a See Events/Page 22

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Discussions and lectures ■ Daniel W. Drezner, professor of international politics at Tufts University, will discuss his book “Theories of International Politics and Zombies.” 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/calendar. ■ Rebecca Boggs Roberts, program director of Historic Congressional Cemetery, will discuss the 204-year-old graveyard on Capitol Hill and her research into the lives of some of the people buried there. 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ “Early American Cooking, Customs, and Chocolate” will feature panelists Stephen A. McLeod, author of “Dining With the Washingtons”; Mary V. Thompson, research historian at Mount Vernon; Rodney Snyder, Mars Chocolate history research director; and B.L. Trahos, open hearth cooking instructor at Gunston Hall. A book signing and chocolatemaking demonstration will follow. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-3575000. ■ A panel discussion on contemporary diplomacy will feature Álvaro de Soto, a Peruvian diplomat and international mediator; Ricardo Luna, former Peruvian ambassador to the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations; Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington; and Alexander Evans, a counselor in the British diplomatic service. 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3302. ■ Johns Hopkins University professor Pier Massimo Forni will discuss Boccaccio’s “Decameron.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 462, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. lc368@georgetown.edu. ■ As part of the George Washington University Veterans Campaign Distinguished Speakers Series, Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., will discuss his transition from the military to public office. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fifth floor, Minutemen Memorial Building, 1 Constitution Ave. NE. veteranscampaign.org. ■ A panel of former national security advisers — Henry Kissinger, Stephen Hadley and James Steinberg — will discuss the issues that arose during their tenure, and Jane Harmon — former ranking member on

Performance ■ The “Happenings at the Harman” series will feature Forum Theatre performing a selection of short Samuel Beckett plays. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Thursday, Dec. 1

Thursday december 1 Concerts ■ As part of the Willard InterContinental’s yearlong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, members of the Washington National Opera’s DomingoCafritz Young Artist Program will present “Songs of the Civil War.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band will perform. 1 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-433-2525. ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the Washington Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ Jazz quartet Laissez Foure will perform seasonal selections. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Midori (shown) will perform works by Britten, Golijov and Shostakovich. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The Embassy Series will present “A Luxembourg Christmas,” featuring the Quattro Corde String Quartet, pianist Edvinas Minkstimas, baritone Jerome Barry, tenor Noah Donahue and soprano Grace Kim. 7:30 p.m. $125. Embassy of Luxembourg, 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-6252361. The concert will repeat Friday and

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Thursday, december 1 ■ Concert: The Rhythm Road — American Music Abroad series will feature Paul Beaudry & Pathways (shown) performing jazz selections, at 6 p.m.; and the Melvin Williams Group performing gospel selections, at 7:15 p.m. Free. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. the House Intelligence Committee — will offer a congressional perspective. 7 to 8:15 p.m. $40. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Walter Isaacson will discuss his book “Steve Jobs.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Faculty member Edward Beal will discuss “Talking With Trauma: The Experience of Working With Returning Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films ■ The 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival will open with a reception and the D.C. premiere of the 2010 film “Mabul,” about a boy whose unstable family threatens to crumble when his autistic brother returns home after spending years in an institution. A postfilm discussion will feature director Guy Nattiv and screenwriter Noa Berman-Herzberg. 7 p.m. $25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. The film festival will continue through Dec. 11 with events at various venues. ■ United Productions Foundation will present Rob Gardner’s documentary “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World.” 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Capital Irish Film Festival will open with Alexandra McGuinness’ 2010 film “The Lotus Eaters.” 8 p.m. $10. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. irishfilmdc.org. The festival will continue through Dec. 10 at various venues. Performances ■ Stand-up comedian and sketch writer Michael Ian Black will perform as part of his national tour “Black Is White.” 8 p.m. $27.50. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. ■ The Black Theatre Ensemble will present “The African American in Art: The Harlem Renaissance Revisited,” a performance installation featuring poetry, essays, artwork, interactive videos and music. 8 p.m. $8. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets

Special events ■ “Phillips After 5” will feature a performance of scenes from “The Nutcracker” by Washington School of Ballet trainees and a gallery talk on Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s use of friends and colleagues as models for his monumental impressionist painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/phillipsafter5. ■ “Tudor Nights: Punch Royal and Holiday Trimmings” will offer a chance to sample a traditional 18th-century holiday treat and to roam the Neoclassical mansion, trimmed with festive greenery and décor. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudornightsdecember.eventbrite.com. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 7 p.m. $138 to $250. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wine tasting ■ The “Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101” series will present “Cognac Hennessy.” 7 p.m. $75. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. Friday, Dec.december 2 Friday 2 Classes and workshops ■ Tudor Place will host a holiday wreath workshop. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $40; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400, ext. 116. The workshop will repeat Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ■ Horticulturist Bill Johnson will lead a holiday wreath workshop. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The workshop will repeat Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Mompou, Turina, Albéniz and Shostakovich. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ The Friday Music Series will feature a holiday concert and singalong. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. ■ “Holiday Lobbying” will feature the a cappella men’s ensemble open5ths. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. ■ “Barbara Cook’s Spotlight” will feature signer Alexandra Silber. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The Cathedral Choir, Baroque Orchestra and soloists Gillian Keith (shown), Marianne Beate Kielland, Rufus Muller and Nathan Berg will perform Handel’s “Messiah.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $85. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. The concert will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ The KC Jazz Club will feature vocalist Tierney Sutton and her band. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

■ The American University Chorus will present “Noël,” featuring works that celebrate the joys and mysteries of the Christmas season. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The In Series will present “Arlen Blues & Berlin Ballads,” featuring songs by Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin in a cabaret show chronicling their film and Broadway careers. 8 p.m. $37; $34 for seniors; $20 for students and youth. Sprenger Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Dec. 3 and 10 at 7 p.m., Dec. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m., Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures ■ The Greater Washington Board of Trade and TD Bank will present a talk by Gallup chief executive officer Jim Clifton on his book “The Coming Jobs War.” 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. $100; reservations required. Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. bot.org. ■ Henriette Mueller, a visiting scholar at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, will discuss “The Commission President in Crisis — Political Leadership in the European Union.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Room 450, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. mueller.eventbrite.com. Performances ■ “Fuego Flamenco VII” will feature the world premiere of “Flamenco Men,” choreographed, directed and performed by Edwin Aparicio with featured artists Sergio Aranda, Norberto Chamizo and Carlos Menchaca. 8 p.m. $30; $18 for seniors and students. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. ■ The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform “Antic Meet,” “Squaregame” and “Sounddance” to live music as part of its Legacy Tour. 8 p.m. $22 to $65. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Reading ■ Edith Pearlman, author of more than 250 works of short fiction and nonfiction, will read from her body of work at the PEN/ Malamud Award Reading. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special event ■ The Junior League of Washington will host “A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops,” an annual fundraiser to support literacy programs in the Washington area. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 for general shopping; prices vary for special activities. Hall A, Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. jlw.org. The event will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour ■ The St. Albans School Parents Association will host the 29th annual “St. Albans Christmas House Tour,” featuring five homes in Sheridan-Kalorama and a holiday luncheon at the school. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35 for the tour; $15 for the luncheon. St. Albans School, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-256-7365. The tour will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-483-2777. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake,â&#x20AC;? featuring photojournalism that documents the lives and stories of those affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, opened recently at the Japan Information and Culture Center, where it will continue through Nov. 30. Located at 1150 18th St. NW, the culture center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-238-6900. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Horses of Sable Island,â&#x20AC;? presenting photoworks by Roberto Dutesco, opened recently at the Embassy of Canada, where it will continue through March 24. Located at 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the embassy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-682-1740. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unbuilt Washington,â&#x20AC;? highlighting unrealized proposals for noteworthy architectural and urban design projects in D.C. and its environs from the 1790s to the present, opened recently at the National Building Museum and will continue through May 28. Located at 401 F St. NW, the museum is

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also learned about the food chain. We went crabbing on a floating dock. We used meat on a string as bait and waited for a tug on the line. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch any crabs. We did examine a live crab and learned about crab anatomy. Other activities included water testing and checking out what creatures live in an oyster bar. — Emma Conner, Anna Volkman and Alex Burney, fourth-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

Hyde-Addison second-graders have been studying the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. On Nov. 10, we went to the Prince George’s County Recycling Center in Maryland. We went to see what happens with our recycling and to learn how to help the environment.

The Current If there wasn’t any recycling, there would be landfills everywhere. Everybody would have to live near landfills, Earth would smell bad and our water would be polluted. At the center, there was so much stuff mixed together it looked like a mountain of trash. We saw an old soccer ball and a buoy. We saw a lot of cans going up a conveyor belt and dropping into a really big crate. The cans got crushed into bales. We learned that the things we throw away can be turned into other stuff. It takes 60 days to turn an old can into a new one. Other cans can be used for airplane parts. Plastic can become purses or park benches. Plastic bottles can even be cut up into little pieces and turned into fleece jackets like a lot of us have. The trip encouraged us to practice the three R’s even more. Our whole school had Trash Free Lunch Day on Nov. 15. Instead of plastic bags, some kids used containers

they took back home. Instead of a plastic bottle or carton, some kids used a thermos. Some brought cloth napkins. But we still have a lot of recycling work to do. When we looked in one classroom trash can, there was a milk carton, some Postits, paper and tissues. All of those could have been recycled. — Mrs. Zabst’s Helping Cheetahs

Janney Elementary

Bravo! Bravo! Janney fifth-graders Gabriella Anifantis, Usha Hippenstiel, Caroline Katzive, Fiona Martone, Emily Oliphant, Charlie Thompson and Naomi Todd acted in Wilson High School’s production of “Oliver!” They appeared in the first scene of the musical. They sang and danced in the songs “Food, Glorious Food” and “Oliver.” The play was performed on Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 in the new Wilson auditorium. The Janney students

rehearsed almost every day for about a month. Hippenstiel said that being in a play with older kids was “kind of weird because we were all short compared to the Wilson kids, but it was also fun.” Anifantis said that there were a lot of differences between the Wilson play and the Janney school plays. “In the Wilson plays, it is a lot more practice and the auditorium is big. There are lots of sets and music and a lot of choreography,” she said. The orphans wore light-brown long-sleeve shirts and light-brown pants. There were 24 orphans in all. They performed a complicated dance that used their metal bowls as musical instruments. The students said they loved acting. “It was fun because we got to use our talent and show people what we can do,” Anifantis said. — Chloe Fatsis, fourth-grader

Jewish Primary Day School

Jewish Primary Day School has many fun activities and performances. For example, the shin-shins (our volunteers from Israel) will sometimes come in to play a game, make an art project or just say hi to us. On Nov. 10, we had our Veterans Day performance, where all the classes performed a song or a dance to thank and honor the veterans who served for us, and sometimes gave their lives for us. The second-graders (including my brother, Jacob) sang a song related to “Yankee Doodle.” The fourth grade (my grade) sang a song that recognized the four branches of the U.S. military. The third grade sang a song about the 50 states, and the pre-kindergartners were videotaped talking about optimists and optimistic behavior. Later, when the performances were finished, all of the staff and family members in the audience who are veterans were recognized. We also had a ceremony at school to mark the anniversary of the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Every grade sang a song to honor the man who tried to make peace between Israel and countries that Israel had fought. When we finished with all the songs, one teacher from each grade lit a candle in Rabin’s honor. Then we put the candles on display in the lobby. — Eliana Nicolson, fourth-grader

Key Elementary

It’s November, and it’s time for giving. Key School participates in a Martha’s Table food program as a schoolwide community service project. Martha’s Table is a nonprofit that serves the homeless and low-income population of the Washington area. Every Tuesday during the months of November and December, classes from Key make sandwiches for the homeless. It felt really good to help the poor and needy. In just a few minutes of our time, my class made more than 250 sandwiches. We are

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Lafayette Elementary

When it comes to this time of year, we start thinking about what is important in life and what we are grateful for. A lot of kids at Lafayette are really thankful for having great family and friends, a place to sleep at night and food on their plate. Here is what some staff and students at Lafayette had to say. “Dogs and music, that’s what I am thankful for,” said math specialist Ms. Erin Betz, laughing. Second-grader John Rogan said he is thankful for his best friend, third-grader Thomas Reilly. Fourth-grader Yonatan Dawit told us, “I am thankful for my house, parents and food.” A.J. Branton, a fifth-grader, knew exactly what he was thankful for: “I am thankful for books, family, life, music and food.” Nate Belman, a third-grader, said, “I am thankful for my family, friends and nature.” Kids all over Lafayette are realizing more and more what they are thankful for and what is important in life. We hope that kids across the country are, too. Happy Thanksgiving! — Emma Fisher, Ellida Parker and Anna Reilly, fifth-graders

Murch Elementary

On Oct. 26, the planetarium from Explore-It-All Science Center came to Murch Elementary! It was a blow-up portable planetarium in the shape of a dome, and it was in our gym. Lisa and Eloise were our guides to astronomy. They taught us about the four cardinal directions: north, south, east and west. They taught us how to use star maps. Then we took off our shoes and went inside the planetarium. We went into a tunnel, and there were lights everywhere. When we got to the dome, it was pitch black. There were little white lights representing the stars. “It was so dark, and the tunnel was really big inside — I didn’t expect it,” said Blake Andrews, a fifth-grader. We learned that a million earths could fit into one sun. We also learned that the sun is only a medium-sized star. Our guides also told us about the horizon line and the stars that are close to the horizon. We learned about the pole star, also known as the North Star. “It was really dark, and the stars in the domes were outstanding,” said Erin Harper, a fifth-grader. Before we left, our guides taught us that when our seasons change, the stars change, too. The portable planetarium was a great way to close out our unit on the planets and the stars; it made everything seem much more real. — Ella Gantman and Winston Stewart, fifth-graders See Dispatches/Page 30


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On Nov. 15, the Ross GeoPlunge teams (Luca, Raymond, Armando, Alazar, Jackson and Natnael) headed to the National Portrait Gallery to compete against 78 other D.C. public schools. The Geo-Plunge is a geography game based on knowledge of U.S. states and capitals. The creator of Geo-Plunge is Alan Fishel, and he was at the event to watch the competition and award the prizes. Each team had three people, with up to two teams from each school. We competed against fifth- and sixthgraders. We felt like we were one of the few fourth-grade teams at the competition. There were three games in the competition: Guess the State, Race for the Borders and Play the Ranks. The Race for the Borders game was timed. Everyone at the contest had Domino’s Pizza for lunch, and we got to eat as much as we liked. We played for hours, and then we went to the auditorium for the awards. Each Ross team won an award. One team won the “Explorer” award, and one team won seventh place out of 78 schools. — Alazar Lemma and Armando Bautista, fourth-graders

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Since the tumultuous earthquake that shook the Eastern Seaboard of the United States in August, the Washington National Cathedral has been closed to the public. Two cranes fell while in the process of fixing the Cathedral towers, closing the Cathedral for an even longer time. Even though the 5.8-magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc in this area, there was no chance of canceling the St. Albans School opening ceremony. It is a longstanding tradition for the C-formers (fourth-graders) and VI-formers (12th-graders) to walk down the aisle of the Washington National Cathedral on the first day of school with the entire school watching. This year, due to the reconstruction of the Cathedral, the event was postponed until Nov. 17. Before the ceremony began, each C-former was paired with a senior, and pictures were taken of each pair. Once all of the pictures were taken, the boys processed into the Cathedral as the other forms and many parents observed and the beautiful organ played. When all of the students were seated, the school chaplains recited an opening prayer. The rest of the opening service consisted of hymns, prayers and a homily by Headmaster Vance Wilson. This event is a demonstration of the importance of brotherhood at St. Albans; no matter if you are a C-former or a VI-former, every student at St. Albans is a brother to one another. — Miki Rae, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. John’s College High School

“[Trivia question] — beep! … [Trivia question] — beep! ...” These were the sounds heard last Saturday as sophomore captain Jack Newell and juniors Danny Dunlavey and Matt Graham competed in the 51st season of the “It’s Academic!” quiz show. After a fierce competition among St. John’s, Westfield High and HoltonArms, it was Holton-Arms that took the victory. Jack, Danny and Matt represented the St. John’s Brainstorm team, a club that meets twice a week and is led by Mr. Brian McCarthy and new Latin teacher Ms. Irene Murphy. The team has been a club open to anyone for a while now, and it competes annually on the quiz show. The new moderators hope to have the team compete more throughout the area. “It will be a great way of growing more accustomed to the fast-paced action of a quiz show,” Murphy said. The team as a whole encourages everyone who can to come out and support the members the next time they are in action. “Students of other schools come out in full force and show immense school spirit. SJC should do the same and show them that we are the best in all aspects,” said Jack Newell. The full competition team consists of Dunleavey, Newell, Graham, Justin Trabue (’13), Christ Cousté (’12) and Max Wade (’15). The episode featuring St. John’s will air Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. on NBC4. — Josh Petrillo, 12th-grader

School Without Walls

For underclassmen, the arrival of Thanksgiving means a break from homework and classes. For (most) seniors, it means focusing uninterrupted on college applications and scholarships. Last week, underclassmen took their school photos. Multiple announcements were issued throughout the morning declaring that at that instant and that instant only it was the final opportunity to take your picture. While some teachers abhorred the interruption, it was the administration letting each and every student know they would very much like to have each student present in the yearbook. In sports news, the School Without Walls girls soccer team defeated Bell 3-0 in the semifinals. The girls play Wilson on Saturday. The robotics team met Wednesday with mentors from Booz Allen Hamilton, sponsor of the team since its founding back in 2008. The team now has a season calendar and marketing plan that will soon be implemented. The student government has been busy this week, ordering food for the feast next Wednesday and putting up fliers. All that remains is for students to donate a small sum of $5 to attend. And why shouldn’t you pay? You’ll get to boast about attending a feast at your school. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

Up in the Shenandoah Mountains, it’s cold but cozy. There is a place called Mountain Campus, where Sheridan kids have a school away from school. The third grade recently went, and here are some of our experiences. We did a whole day of teambuilding games! To play “Jedi,” one person was blindfolded while the other yelled out where to go. One person picked up a lightsaber and then had to swat until he or she found the other. This helped us work together. At the end of the day, we took a sunset hike and climbed up a hill as the grass swayed in the wind. Rivers of light filled the sky with a sense of peace. We clicked off our flashlights to enjoy the last light as we walked up a rocky pathway, trying not to trip. At the top, we stared out upon the ridge. Then, we ran down a hill, our flashlights bobbing. Some of us rolled down the hill! On day two, we went on a big hike. We came across a rotten fallen tree, and we learned about using maps and compasses. At one point, we were 3,000 feet high! After two days of crawling through ropes, using only nature and glue to make a self-portrait, using Oobleck to represent moving mountains, and going on hikes, the third-graders were exhausted — and happy. — Ella Farr, Lucy Netchvolodoff, Ellie Kearns, Rachael van der Linden, Jordan McAuliff, Gabrielle Periera, Jonathan Schwartz and Elise Van Meter, third-graders

Washington International

The seventh-graders recently took a field trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. There, the students learned about his sayings and his history. One of the best things about the trip was the understanding gained about what made Martin Luther King Jr. a hero. From his most famous speeches to when he was talking with friends, his words were always inspirational. This is one of the things we most enjoyed about the memorial. We had the opportunity to better understand this man. This inspirational trip was part of the seventh-grade curriculum because we are reading Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This masterpiece taught us to admire everyone for who they are. It also taught us about the consequences of prejudice and the significance of honesty. Though this all made sense in the classroom, we were fortunate enough to go to the King memorial and read his quotes, which gave us a whole new perspective on the matter. Now that we have had both Harper Lee’s and Martin Luther King Jr.’s perspectives, I have a better understanding of the matter. Thanks to this trip, our entire grade has a more open-minded opinion and there is less prejudice at our school. Martin Luther King Jr. has taught all 64 of us a very important lesson. — Katja Volker, seventh-grader


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