Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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THE DUPONT CURRENT
Vol. IX, No. 34
Congo Embassy eyes 16th Street
S TAY S T R O N G
■ Zoning: ANC opposes plan
to convert Toutorsky Mansion
By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer
The Republic of the Congo’s plans to transform the Toutorsky Mansion at 1720 16th St. into a new chancery hit a snag Jan. 12 when the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission voted against the application.
Speaking on behalf of the applicant, attorney John Patrick Brown said the chancery would house the ambassador and employ approximately 10 staff members, hosting one diplomatic or social function per month. He said the Republic of the Congo is prepared to spend $2 million on renovations, including fixes to the exterior and construction of a circular driveway, two curb cuts and a parking lot in the rear courtyard. But neighborhood commission-
ers raised concerns about the proposal. For example, commissioner Jack Jacobson said the curb cuts could pose safety problems, and the driveway could impact several mature trees located within the property and on public space. Furthermore, Jacobson said he was concerned about the country’s commitment to maintaining its embassy properties. “The only way we can judge you is by past performance,” he said, See Congo/Page 5
Split ANC won’t object to GWU garage By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
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Self-defense instructor Billy Smith works with Robyn Porter at a workshop Saturday at the West End Neighborhood Library.
A divided Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission wrestled with issues of traffic and trust before voting to raise no objection to a planned George Washington University parking garage last week. The university hopes to build the below-ground 392-space garage along G Street between 20th and 21st streets to help replace a larger garage it plans to demolish elsewhere on the campus. During the commission’s Jan. 19 meeting, concerns resurfaced about traffic leaving the garage through an existing alley to 21st Street. The same objection from neighbors had delayed the commission’s vote in December. Barbara Kahlow of the West End Citizens See University/Page 24
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The D.C. Department of Transportation is requiring the use of an alley for the new parking garage exit.
West End seeks quiet down on the Bayou
Budget woes may impact voting for special election
By BRADY HOLT
■ Council: Officials debate
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The owner of a West End club that neighbors have criticized for its noise levels said he has reinvented his business and added soundproofing, converting The Rookery into a New Orleans-themed restaurant called Bayou. Bayou owner Bo Blair discussed his new business model last week with the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission, which had protested his liquor license at 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. over noise complaints at The Rookery. Blair said that Bayou will have “light jazz” entertainment instead of the louder rock music that irked neighbors in the past. He also said he just installed a $7,000 soundproof rear wall and that bands and employ-
NEWS ■ Group seeks funds for improvements to area trails. Page 3. ■ Water main project elicits questions in Barnaby Woods. Page 2.
how to open all 143 precincts By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer
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Owner Bo Blair said he has addressed neighbors’ noise concerns in the new Bayou restaurant. ees are no longer allowed to open the back door late at night. “It seems to us that the only issue from the neighborhood has been the noise, and we really wanted to be proactive and address that,” said Blair, who also operates Georgetown bar Smith Point and The Bullpen at See Bayou/Page 5
PA S S A G E S ■ Stock soars for Palisades investment club. Page 13. ■ Runnymede Singers raise their voices. Page 13.
As candidates gather signatures for the April 26 election that will choose an at-large D.C. Council member, city officials are scrambling to figure out how to run the contest — and how to pay for it. The special election has become an early victim of the city’s struggling finances. The council budgeted $590,000 for the event, but elec-
EVENTS ■ Folger Theatre stages ‘Comedy of Errors.’ Page 19. ■ Kreeger exhibition ‘In Unison’ unites area artists. Page 19 .
tions board executive director Rokey Suleman said at a recent oversight roundtable that he could not open all 143 voting precincts with that level of funding. During the roundtable, Suleman said a full election would cost over $1 million, but a memo distributed among council members yesterday announced an updated estimate of between $768,000 and $883,000. “Discussions are currently underway to identify the necessary funding,” reads the memo, sent from Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh’s office to her fellow legislaSee Election/Page 7
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
Water-main confusion delays replacement work in Barnaby Woods By BETH COPE
Street, 32nd Place, 32nd Street and Alberfoyle Place; and at the intersection of Utah Avenue and Tennyson Street. As they work, the agency’s contractors also will replace some service lines, the 1-inch pipes that connect the mains to individual properties. But a mailing sent out earlier this winter to explain that plan — which involves replacing those pipes made of lead and cast iron, but not those made of copper — caused confusion. The packet asked residents, who are responsible for much of the cost of the serv-
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The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority’s plans to replace water mains and lead service lines in Barnaby Woods starting next month have spurred confusion and anger, drawing dozens to a recent community meeting and leading the agency to delay a deadline for residents to agree to the work. The agency is planning to replace outdated 8-inch water mains on Arcadia Place and Worthington Street; on parts of Barnaby
ice-line replacements, to sign a document agreeing to the work and the fees. At a Jan. 10 meeting of the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission, resident Robin Gilbert said she contacted the agency to have her water tested. Getting a response was difficult, but when she finally got results, they said she had copper service lines. Yet, “inexplicably, it said, ‘But if you know otherwise, please let us know,’” Gilbert said. Sarah Neiderer of the Water and Sewer Authority responded that the city’s database of pipe materials is old and not always correct,
partly because changes have been made to homes over time. “There have been instances when [we thought there was copper and] we dug up in the middle of a construction project and found lead. … Every home is different,” she said. Still, Neiderer assured residents that even if they sign the agreement and pay to have their pipes replaced, which costs $100 per foot and $500 for the connection, the contractor will hold off on doing the work if the pipes turn out to be copper, and the money will be See Water/Page 5
In the Neighborhood February 2011
News And Events AMERICAN UNIVERSITY RELEASES DRAFT 2011 CAMPUS PLAN AU has released a draft of its proposed 2011 Campus Plan that details plans for new facilities for the next 10 years. Highlights include (1) new residence halls on the East Campus (currently an eight-acre parking lot at Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues), (2) an addition to the Nebraska Hall residence building adjacent to the Katzen Arts Center (3) an addition to Mary Graydon student center, (4) an addition to its science building, and (4) relocation of the Washington College of Law from its present location in a converted office building in Spring Valley to a new facility at AU’s existing eight-acre Tenley campus. Listening to our neighbors, AU has made a number of changes to the Campus Plan, including the removal of several previously proposed residence halls, and the reduction of the total number of students housed on campus. To read the draft 2011 Campus Plan, visit american.edu/finance/fas/campus-plan.cfm. AU plans to file its 2011 Campus Plan with the Zoning Commission in March, 2011.
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1-2:30 p.m., Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, N.W. Enjoy an open house and learn more about The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), affiliated with AU where more than 600 members enjoy peer learning and teaching. OLLI’s spring semester begins February 28 with 60 classes. Free Tuesday speaker series. For more information about OLLI and its class schedule, go to www. OLLI-DC.org or call 895-4860.
AU PRESENTS THE MUSICAL COMPANY February 10-12 and 17-19 at 8 p.m. and February 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Studio Theatre at the Katzen Arts Center Enjoy a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, based on the witty, moving story from the book by George Furth. A young man, scared and encouraged by his married friends, seeks the courage to commit to loving one person, for better or worse. Tickets: $15 general admission, and $10 seniors. For tickets or more information, call 202-885-ARTS or visit american.edu/arts. AU Farmers’ Market returns every Wednesday, starting the second week in February, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on the quad in front of the Ward Building. Sign-ups are open for AU’s Community-Supported Agriculture in 2011. To have farm-fresh vegetable, flower, and egg shares delivered to AU and the Tenleytown area, visit freshandlocalcsa.com. To sign up for the monthly electronic newsletter or for a full listing of events, please visit american.edu/neighbors.
LECTURE: THE FAILURE OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH ESTABLISHMENT 7:30 p.m., Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center Peter Beinart, senior political writer at The Daily Beast and associate professor of journalism at the City University of New York, delivers the Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture on the tension between liberalism and Zionism in the U.S. Co-sponsored by AU’s Center for Israel Studies and the School of Public Affairs.
KIDS @ KATZEN: MEANINGFUL MOMENTS February 6, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center Children ages 5-12 will join local artist Linn Meyers to create their own abstract art in response to Meyers’ works of twisting geometric lines and patterns that are exhibited currently in the museum. $7 materials fee (cash only paid at workshop). Art-safe clothes suggested. RSVP required at american.edu/museum.
OPEN HOUSE AT OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
ORPHEUS DESCENDING AT GREENBERG THEATRE February 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., and February 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Tennessee Williams’ lyrical play explores the tale of a handsome drifter and a lonely woman trapped in a loveless marriage, and resonates with passion, tenderness, and cruelty. Tickets: $15, and $10 for seniors.
AU BASKETBALL GAMES @ BENDER ARENA 5 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAME, 2 p.m. AU women’s basketball team plays Lehigh University. Tickets $6 for adults, $4 for kids. 16 WOMEN’s BASKETBALL GAME, 7 p.m. AU women’s basketball team plays Army. Tickets $6 for adults, $4 for kids. 23 MEN’s BASKETBALL GAME, 7:30 p.m. AU men’s basketball team takes on Navy. Tickets are $7–$15 For tickets, call 202-885-TIXX or go to www.aueagles.com/tickets.
Tenley library reopens six years later By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer
For a Monday morning at a library, the scene was abnormally raucous. At the brand-new TenleyFriendship Neighborhood Library, dozens packed elbow-to-elbow in the front room, waiting for the official ribbon-cutting. Cameras flashed, school kids chattered, and drums beat in the background. A cadre of city officials, including Mayor Vincent Gray, took the mike at the center of the room. Most displayed a sense of humor about the library’s long-delayed reopening. “This has been a journey, hasn’t it?” Gray said to laughs. “I will say with the rest of you — at last, at last,” said Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. The Tenley library, at 4450 Wisconsin Ave., closed down more than six years ago for renovations, along with three others in the District. But initial redesign plans were deemed unviable, and then a prolonged debate raged over whether to rebuild the library as a public-private project below residences. The two-story, 22,000-squarefoot library that opened Monday is a standalone facility, though nearly $1 million worth of structural supports allow for the possibility of six floors of future development on top. Designed by the Freelon Group, the $18 million library is defined by its openness, with high ceilings and glass-paneled walls that offer a view of the streets outside, including a busy stretch of Wisconsin Avenue. D.C. chief librarian Ginnie Cooper said her favorite aspect of the new building is its light. “It makes it a warm and welcoming place,” she said. As Mayor Gray disappeared to do a reading in the children’s room (the book was called “Read It, Don’t Eat It”), Cooper gave a tour to point out other features. The building’s form follows function, she said, with books and technology at its front and “back of See Library/Page 24
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
Volunteers seek to use grant funds to help spruce up Northwest trails By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
A volunteer group that has tasked itself with the upkeep of many trails in Northwest parkland is seeking nearly $23,000 from the D.C. Department of Transportation to cover a series of maintenance and repair projects. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club â€” which collaborates primarily with the National Park Service and has performed trail work in the area since the 1970s â€” hopes to carry out large-scale projects in Rock Creek Park, Wesley Heights and Glover Park, and to conduct other work throughout a 25-mile trail system, according to Alex Sanders, the organizationâ€™s regional manager. In Rock Creek Park, the group identified a stretch of the Western Ridge Trail just south of its intersection with Wise Road that drains poorly, Sanders said. Pedestrians who try to go around the resulting muddy spot have exacerbated the damage. â€œWhat people do when theyâ€™re out there is they scurry around the edges, so over the years ... theyâ€™ve been killing the vegetation along the sides,â€? Sanders said. The group aims to address a similar problem that plagues two sections of the
Hardy pupils get lesson in anti-bullying By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer
Sensei John Mirrione said it took years of mastering martial arts to learn that fists never settle a fight. â€œYou can learn all the karate moves in the world, but you canâ€™t knock out anger,â€? he said. So, standing on the stage at Hardy Middle School in Georgetown yesterday, Mirrione instructed students to choose communication over combat when faced with a bully. â€œFighting is failed communication,â€? he said. â€œThere is always someone you can talk to when you feel the worst way â€” and you should.â€? Mirrione, who was bullied himself before channeling his experience into martial arts and motivational speaking, called on students to cultivate their inner strength. He then performed a one-arm, bareknuckle push-up while meditating to illustrate his point. â€œMy doing this one amazing thing ... is to encourage you to do one amazing thing with your life,â€? he said. Tuesdayâ€™s talk came amid a crescendo of concern from parents who say theyâ€™ve seen a spike in fights and bullying since HydeAddison Elementary principal Dana Nerenberg added Hardy to her portfolio over the summer. But not all parents believe thereâ€™s a safety issue at Hardy, and school officials insisted that yesterdayâ€™s See Hardy/Page 7
Whitehaven Trail in Glover Park, he added, as well as to replace rotted stairs on the Wesley Heights Trail off Foxhall Road. The club also hopes to add new signs and improve smaller drainage and erosion issues throughout its work area. For its small-scale work, Sanders said, the trail clubâ€™s volunteers typically receive access to National Park Service lumber and other materials, but larger projects would quickly use up those resources and require outside funding. The $22,732 the group is requesting from the Transportation Department would likely come through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, through which local governments distribute federal highway and transit administration money for projects that help residents get around without cars. â€œThe goal is to make it easier for people to get around the city â€” providing trails for recreational purposes, but also so people can bike and walk off-street,â€? said Transportation Department spokesperson John Lisle. The Transportation Department has previously funded the trail clubâ€™s work through the departmentâ€™s Recreational Trails Program grants, according to Lisle.
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The Whitehaven Trail in Glover Park suffers from poor drainage. For the drainage issues on the Western Ridge and Whitehaven trails, the club would fill in and raise the soggy areas of trail, letting rainwater run off to either side rather than puddling in the middle, Sanders said. This would not only create a more pleasant walkway but would also discourage people from leaving the trail itself and damaging the surrounding area, he said. As planned, the work would take place over the next three years in addition to ongoing efforts to maintain the trails, Sanders said. The work would be done entirely by volun-
teers. Park Service spokesperson Bill Line said that although every national park has paid maintenance staff, volunteers help boost what a park can accomplish. â€œWe would not be able to complete all the work the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club is able to help us with,â€? Line said, noting that the group contributed 1,642 volunteer hours last year. â€œWe look forward to continuing the great relationship we have with them, and we really, really appreciate the work and the interest and the enthusiasm and the people they bring to Rock Creek Park.â€? The trail club has sought support for its grant request at several advisory neighborhood commission meetings this month as it prepared to submit its application to the D.C. Transportation Department. The Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission voted unanimously to support the grant application, with commissioners reasoning that, thanks to the volunteers, the city would get a great return on the investment â€” and that the investment would actually come from the federal government. The Glover Park and Foxhall-Palisades commissions also voted unanimously to endorse the request, with minimal discussion.
The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 26
DC for Democracy, Greater Greater Washington and the DC Environmental Network will host a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council seat. Invited participants include Sekou Biddle, Bryan Weaver, Jacque Patterson, Patrick Mara and Vincent Orange. The forum will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 1107 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â– The Chevy Chase Citizens Associationâ€™s Garden Club will hold its regular meeting. Dan Edwards, owner of a local gardening company, will discuss lawn maintenance, and Ian Leahy, state forestry coordinator with the D.C. Department of Transportation, will discuss programs that maintain and increase D.C.â€™s tree canopy. The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Thursday, Jan. 27
The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting. The agenda includes consideration of landmark designation applications for fire stations at 5760 Georgia Ave. NW and 4930 Connecticut Ave. NW; rear alterations to the Samuel Bryan House at 2025 Massachusetts Ave. NW; a revised concept at the old Italian Embassy, 2700 16th St. NW; revisions to the approved concept for an apartment building addition to the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW; and a curb cut and driveway in public space for the proposed Republic of Congo Embassy at 1720 16th St. NW. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. â– The D.C. Council Committee on Health will hold a public hearing on the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011. The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â– The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations and the Environment will hold an oversight roundtable on â€œThe Districtâ€™s Open Meetings Law and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.â€? The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Tuesday, Feb. 1
The Sidwell Friends School construction liaison committee will hold its quarterly neighborhood meeting at 7:45 a.m. in the Zartman House Drawing Room at the school, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â– The D.C. Office on Aging and the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles will host a workshop for seniors. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, 324 Kennedy St. NW. â– The Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Forest Hills and Woodley Park citizens associations will host a forum on traffic and pedestrian-safety initiatives affecting Connecticut Avenue from Calvert Street to Chevy Chase Circle. Speakers will include Marlene Berlin of the Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action group; Karina Ricks and George Branyan of the D.C. Department of Transportation; and Andrea Limauro of the D.C. Office of Planning. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Kogod Chapel, Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. â– The Palisades Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature Mayor Vincent Gray as guest speaker. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherier places NW.
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District, businesses to fund Dupont work
Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans has announced $85,000 in District Department of Transportation funds for improvements to the Connecticut Avenue median between R and S streets. â€œMy staff worked very hard on this,â€? Evans said in an interview with The Current, and â€œlocal businesses kicked in an enormous amount of money.â€? He said Jim McGlade from the Black Fox Lounge and Natalina Koropoulos of La Tomate deserve credit for their contributions, as does Paul Williams, executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets. In fact, Evans noted that the median project is only the most recent in a series of improvements to that section of Connecticut Avenue. â€œWeâ€™ve been working on this for a couple of years now. Itâ€™s one of the last public works projects to get done. [We] did the underpass, the lighting. â€Ś Getting the median strip fixed is kind of the final leg of what weâ€™ve been trying to accomplish over the years.â€? Funding will go to the installation of an irrigation system, soil
preparations, plantings and the addition of a new iron fence that will surround the perimeter of the median. Work is scheduled to begin this spring.
Zoning board agrees to chancery proposal
Without debate, the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment yesterday approved expansion and renovation of a former ambassadorâ€™s residence at 2406 Massachusetts Ave. to serve as additional office space for the chancery of the United Arab Emirates. Plans indicate that the project will restore the front of the 1912 mansion, and that a three-story rear addition will be minimally visible from Rock Creek Park. Board chair Meridith Moldenhauer also cited the cityâ€™s â€œinternational obligationâ€? to accommodate needs of foreign missions. Embassy officials say their main chancery at the International Center in Van Ness does not provide enough office space. The expansion will provide less parking than normally required â€” 10 rather than 16 spaces â€” but officials say they will institute shuttle-bus service to and from the
main chancery in Van Ness to minimize auto traffic. The building has been vacant since 2003.
the areas north and south of the bridge will be possible from M or K streets, according to the release.
29th Street bridge to close for repairs
Escalator work under way in Foggy Bottom
The District Department of Transportation is moving into the final phase of its program to reconstruct three bridges that span the C&O Canal in Georgetown. The Thomas Jefferson Street Bridge was expected to reopen yesterday after an eight-month rebuilding closure, according to a release from the Transportation Department. Construction will begin on the 29th Street Bridge tomorrow, states the release, and is expected to wrap up in January 2012. Work rules will be largely similar to those in place during the Thomas Jefferson Street and 30th Street bridge projects: Work is allowed between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday. The bridge will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians, but a temporary pedestrian bridge will traverse the canal on the west side of the existing bridge. Local access to
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Work began Monday on installation of new escalators, a staircase and a canopy at the Foggy BottomGWU Metrorail station. The project will be completed within the next year, according to a news release from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. During the escalator construction, workers will remove one escalator at a time, leaving two of the three intact to carry passengers in both directions. â€œWhile we regret the inconvenience to customers, after one year customers will benefit from three brand-new escalators they can rely on,â€? Metro general manager Richard Sarles states in the release. â€œFor the first time, the station will have a staircase to improve passenger flow and increase capacity to move people through the station.â€?
Lotto-winning alum donates to GWU
George Washington University alumnus Gilbert Cisneros and his wife, Jacki, recently contributed $1.1 million to the universityâ€™s Yellow Ribbon Program and to the newly established Cisneros Scholarship Fund. The couple won $266 million last year in the California State Lottery. Cisneros, who graduated from the university in 1994 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in political science, hopes to provide opportunities to fellow Hispanic students interested in politics. The Cisneros Scholarship Fund will fund study in political science by awarding two incoming freshman students with $25,000 apiece
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UDC gala to honor 160-year history
The University of the District of Columbia will hold a celebratory gala Saturday to honor the institutionâ€™s history of contributions to the metropolitan community. The event, to be held at the Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave., will also inaugurate an effort to strengthen local engagement, according to a news release from the school. The gala, which will be hosted by Maureen Bunyan of ABC7/WJLA-TV, will feature â€œvignettes showcasing 160 years of scholarship and achievement,â€? according to an online invitation. Located at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW and various other locations in the city, the university includes the Community College of the District of Columbia, the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Arts & Sciences, among other branches. The institution is still expanding in order to accommodate its influx of students, according to the release. For ticket information, visit udc.givezooks.com.
Evans proposal aims to aid fitness, health
Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans introduced legislation last week to establish a Mayorâ€™s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Nutrition. The panel would bring together residents and representatives of the public and private sectors to promote healthier lifestyles, according to a release from Evansâ€™ office. It would focus on recreation and fitness programs for all ages, as well as workplace wellness programs. â€œWith close to a quarter of the cityâ€™s population considered obese and almost a third suffering from hypertension, to say we are in the midst of an epidemic is an understatement,â€? Evans said in the release. The legislation was co-sponsored by eight other D.C. Council members, and CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield has pledged support for the effort.
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refunded. â€œWe always encourage you to sign the agreement, and if we find copper and not lead, we will restore the property and you will not need the replacement,â€? she said. Lead in drinking water has been a big issue for the Water and Sewer Authority in recent years, with tests revealing elevated levels in areas throughout the city. As the agency replaces aging mains, which run down the center of streets, it is also seeking to update service lines to eliminate lead from the water, where it can pose health risks. The agency is also recommending replacing cast-iron pipes, which over time can become narrowed by build-up, leading to restricted water flow. Commissioner David Engel complained about the emphasis on lead, saying that because of their vintage, few homes in the area are likely to have lead pipes. â€œWe do overstate,â€? said Neiderer, â€œand thatâ€™s a problem that weâ€™re always talking about internally. â€Ś Itâ€™s very few cases, but we send it to everyoneâ€? just in case. â€œMost of you who received a packet â€Ś will not need to do a private-side [replacement],â€? agreed water authority consultant Beth
Weaver. Still, she and others encouraged residents to sign the agreement to allow work should it be necessary. Confusion over the mailing and the project led the water authority to delay the date by which residents must respond. Agreements are now due by Feb. 14. And Neiderer said any resident with questions can call her at 202-787-7013; those seeking water testing should call 202-3543600. Neiderer also said that the contractor who conducts the work will use a trenchless technology for replacing service lines, thus disrupting landscaping and other yard features as little as possible. The agency also will provide documentation on its findings to all residents, regardless of whether they choose to have their pipes replaced. It will put door hangers throughout the neighborhood to explain what steps, if any, residents need to take immediately after the work is done in terms of flushing water and installing filters. One resident asked why he couldnâ€™t just wait until the contractor determines the composition of his pipes before making a decision, and a water agency representative said the contractors want to plan the work in advance and be ready to replace pipes immediately. On the day the work reaches a particular house, the owner might be away.
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Nationals Park, along with a few other D.C. establishments. Commissioners were cautiously optimistic that they would be able to resolve the complaints about the property without a liquor-license protest, but unanimously voted to authorize up to $5,000 in legal fees in case theyâ€™re needed. The com-
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mission had opposed The Rookeryâ€™s liquor license after two years of neighborsâ€™ noise complaints. â€œThe juryâ€™s still out. I think thereâ€™s been some great strides, but weâ€™ve really got to see it in action for a little while before I feel comfortable,â€? commission chair Rebecca Coder said. Blair said he hoped neighbors would be among the patrons at Bayou, which opened this month and which boasts on its website
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noting that photographs of the current chancery at the corner of 16th Street and Colorado Avenue show broken gutters, missing shingles and a rusted fence. â€œWhat I donâ€™t want to happen is that same state of disrepair to befall the Toutorsky Mansion,â€? he said. Jacobson also echoed concerns of the Dupont Circle Conservancy that the parking lot in the rear could threaten the integrity of the rear garden wall. Riggs Place neighbor Richard Little added that he and several of his neighbors oppose the application. â€œItâ€™s a nice urban enclave,â€? he said. â€œWe donâ€™t want to turn this historic residence into an office building.â€? And yet, the mansion has played varied roles over the century-plus it has spent overlooking 16th Street.
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Built in 1894, the house was first home to Supreme Court Justice Henry Billings Brown, who authored the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision upholding segregation. Then, in the mid-1940s, current owner Humberto Gonzalez said, it was used as a Zionist headquarters, followed by a music conservatory (whose owner, Basil Peter Toutorsky, gave the place its name) and rooming house. Most recently, the mansion has served as a bedand-breakfast. The sale to the Republic of the Congo depends on approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment. The neighborhood commission voted unanimously to oppose designating the mansion as a chancery. The application will come before the board Feb. 8. As part of the process, the Historic Preservation Review Board will discuss the embassyâ€™s request for the curb cuts and driveway tomorrow.
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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Jan. 16 through 22 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.
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HEIGHTS/ CLEVELAND PARK WOODLEY PARK / GLOVER PSA 204
PARK / CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS
Theft ($250 plus) â– 2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 2:27 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft (below $250) â– 3100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; church; 2 p.m. Jan. 16. â– 3600 block, Woodley Road; sidewalk; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 2700 block, Porter St.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Simple assault â– 2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 2:55 a.m. Jan. 22. Threats â– 3200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 9:25 p.m. Jan. 21. Destruction of property â– 3200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 16.
â– PALISADES / SPRING VALLEY PSA 205
WESLEY HEIGHTS/ FOXHALL
Burglary â– 4100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 6:25 a.m. Jan. 21. â– 4100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 6:30 a.m. Jan. 21. â– 4400 block, Chestnut Lane; construction site; 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Theft (below $250) â– 4300 block, Westover Place; residence; 3 p.m. Jan. 21. Unlawful entry â– 4100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 6:22 a.m. Jan. 21.
PSA PSA 206
â– GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH
Burglary â– 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 10 p.m. Jan. 20. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1600 block, 37th St.; residence; 11 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft (below $250) â– 3200 block, M St.; store; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 3100 block, M St.; store; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 19. â– 1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 7:15 p.m. Jan. 19. â– 3200 block, M St.; store; 1 p.m. Jan. 20. â– 33rd and M streets; street; 1:15 p.m. Jan. 20. â– 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:50 p.m. Jan. 20. â– 1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:48 p.m. Jan. 21. â– 3100 block, M St.; store; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 3800 block, Reservoir Road; street; 6:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Threats
â– 37th and O streets; university; 3 p.m. Jan. 21. Destruction of property â– 3300 block, M St.; residence; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 17. Property damage â– 2400 block, P St.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 17. â– 33rd and Wisconsin avenues; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 17. â– 3100 block, M St.; street; 4:30 a.m. Jan. 21. â– Unspecified location; street; 11:40 a.m. Jan. 21. â– 1000 block, Potomac St.; street; 10:54 p.m. Jan. 21. Drug possession (marijuana) â– 3500 block, N St.; street; 1:10 a.m. Jan. 22. â– 3500 block, Water St.; park area; 4:40 p.m. Jan. 22.
PSA 207 â– FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END Theft ($250 plus) â– 2100 block, I St.; university; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 19. Theft (below $250) â– 2200 block, G St.; university; 11:55 a.m. Jan. 18. â– 2500 block, Virginia Ave.; drugstore; 4:57 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 2100 block, F St.; grocery store; 7:55 a.m. Jan. 20. â– 19th and G streets; sidewalk; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20. â– 2100 block, H St.; residence; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 2300 block, M St.; parking lot; 8:15 a.m. Jan. 21. Simple assault â– 900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 6:10 p.m. Jan. 17. Destruction of property â– 2100 block, F St.; parking lot; 7:50 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 800 block, 21st St.; parking lot; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20. â– 2400 block, K St.; church; 6:55 a.m. Jan. 21. Property damage â– 2400 block, K St.; parking lot; 9:15 a.m. Jan. 20. Fraud â– 900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 12:15 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 9:07 p.m. Jan. 21. â– 500 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 10:40 p.m. Jan. 21.
â– SHERIDAN-KALORAMA PSA 208
Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; tavern; 2 a.m. Jan. 21. â– 2000 block, P St.; restaurant; 2:55 a.m. Jan. 21. Burglary â– 1800 block, N St.; store; 7:15 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 1500 block, R St.; residence; 7 a.m. Jan. 19. â– 1900 block, S St.; residence; 9:15 a.m. Jan. 19. â– 1500 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20. â– 1800 block, R St.; residence;
9 p.m. Jan. 20. â– 1000 block, 16th St.; office building; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21. â– 1500 block, 18th St.; university; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1400 block, S St.; construction site; 7 a.m. Jan. 17. â– 2000 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Jan. 17. â– 1700 block, Riggs Place; residence; 2 p.m. Jan. 19. â– 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 4:27 p.m. Jan. 20. Theft (below $250) â– 1800 block, M St.; store; 4 p.m. Jan. 17. â– 1100 block, 15th St.; office building; 4 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 1500 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Jan. 21. â– 1900 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 6:23 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1600 block, P St.; street; 6:40 p.m. Jan. 20. â– 1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 20th and N streets; street; 1 p.m. Jan. 16. â– 1600 block, M St.; street; 8:20 p.m. Jan. 16. â– 1300 block, 17th St.; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 16. â– 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 11:25 p.m. Jan. 16. â– 1900 block, N St.; sidewalk; 5:20 p.m. Jan. 17. â– 1200 block, 17th St.; street; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 1300 block, 22nd St.; street; 7:35 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 1700 block, M St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Simple assault â– 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 1:10 a.m. Jan. 18. â– 1700 block, L St.; sidewalk; 10:15 p.m. Jan. 19. â– 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:27 p.m. Jan. 21. Destruction of property â– 21st and L streets; street; 12:10 p.m. Jan. 16. â– 1300 block, 23rd St.; street; 9:09 a.m. Jan. 19. â– 17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. â– 22nd and N streets; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Property damage â– 1400 block, U St.; parking lot; 11:48 a.m. Jan. 19. â– 2100 block, Newport Place; street; 11:40 p.m. Jan. 19. â– 19th and M streets; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 21. â– 1700 block, L St.; street; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Fraud â– 1500 block, K St.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. Jan. 18. Drug possession (marijuana) â– 1400 block, 23rd St.; street; 10:35 p.m. Jan. 20.
PSA PSA 303 303
â– ADAMS MORGAN
Burglary â– 1700 block, Lanier Place;
residence; 10 a.m. Jan. 17. Theft (below $250) â– 2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 1:50 a.m. Jan. 22. â– 2300 block, 18th St.; store; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 1700 block, Lanier Place; street; 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20. â– 1700 block, Kalorama Road; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 20. Simple assault â– 2400 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 a.m. Jan. 22. â– 2300 block, 18th S.; unspecified premises; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Unlawful entry â– 2400 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 9:38 p.m. Jan. 17. â– 2600 block, Mozart Place; parking lot; 1 p.m. Jan. 21. Destruction of property â– 1600 block, Belmont St.; street; 9 a.m. Jan. 18. â– 2400 block, 17th St.; street; 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Property damage â– 2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 7:35 p.m. Jan. 19. â– 19th Street and Kalorama Road; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 20. â– 1800 block, Adams Mill Road; gas station; 8 p.m. Jan. 22. Drug possession (marijuana) â– 1600 block, Florida Ave.; street; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 18. â– 2400 block, 18th St.; street; 2:05 a.m. Jan. 22. Fraud â– 2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 22.
PSA PSA 307 307
â– LOGAN CIRCLE
Burglary â– 1300 block, 9th St.; tavern; 10 p.m. Jan. 16. Theft (below $250) â– Unit block, Thomas Circle; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17. â– 1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; parking lot; 6 p.m. Jan. 18. â– 1400 block, 14th St.; liquor store; noon Jan. 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 11th and N streets; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 18. Simple assault â– 11th and N streets; sidewalk; 4:15 p.m. Jan. 19. â– 900 block, Rhode Island Ave.; residence; 6:50 p.m. Jan. 20. Destruction of property â– 1300 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 5:40 p.m. Jan. 19. Property damage â– 15th and L streets; street; 11:59 p.m. Jan. 16. â– 1400 block, P St.; parking lot; 4:25 p.m. Jan. 17. â– 13th Street and Logan Circle; street; 5 p.m. Jan. 17. Drug possession (marijuana) â– 14th and Corcoran streets; street; 7:20 p.m. Jan. 21.
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tors. â€œIf any constituents call your offices concerned about the effect of vote centers on their ability to vote, please let them know the District is favoring opening each local precinct.â€? Most speakers at last weekâ€™s roundtable â€” including Suleman â€” said that the city should find a way to open all precincts. But, Suleman added, he felt the need to develop alternatives that could work within the councilimposed budget constraints. â€œSo we came up with the vote centerâ€? idea, he said to Cheh, whose committee oversees the Board of Elections and Ethics. Under the voting center plan, which Suleman estimated would cost about $700,000, including employee overtime, residents could cast a ballot at any of the 16 sites across the city â€” two in each ward â€” on April 23, 25 and 26. But the proposed location of at least one wardâ€™s voting centers had some residents alarmed that a lack of access would drive down turnout for the special election. And the number of ballots is already expected to be low: Such contests traditionally attract between 7 and 13 percent of the electorate in the District. A community group representing residents of Dupont and Logan circles has charged that the Ward 2 sites â€” School Without Walls in Foggy Bottom and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown â€” would disenfranchise the electorate in the eastern part of the ward. The Metrorail-accessible Walls site makes sense, allowed Urban Neighborhood Alliance secretary and Dupont advisory neighborhood commissioner Jack Jacobson. But the Georgetown school has few options for access and, when considered with the Walls site, lies too far from the heart of the ward, he said. If the city uses voting centers, one of Ward 2â€™s should be located east of 15th Street, said Jacobson. Without it, â€œyouâ€™ve just got a huge hole in the middle of the city.â€? Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans said that both proposed Ward 2 centers should be changed: Foundry United Methodist Church at 16th and P streets and Kennedy Recreation Center at 7th and P streets would be far better, he said. But Evans and Jacobson agreed with many from last weekâ€™s oversight hearing that having limited polling places is a bad idea to begin with. â€œItâ€™s unfair to voters
in every ward,â€? Jacobson said. â€œElections â€Ś should be held sacrosanct,â€? said Evans. Even with the ongoing budget crisis, he added, the city â€” whether the council, the mayor or the elections board â€” should find the money to open all voting precincts. â€œThey need to do whatever it takes to make it happen,â€? said Evans, who chairs the councilâ€™s Committee on Finance and Revenue. â€œScrub the proposal furtherâ€? to find a way to open all precincts, urged D.C. Democratic State Committee officer Bill Oâ€™Field at the hearing â€” and he offered suggestions to do just that, such as eliminating early voting. Not only will the April 26 election decide the at-large race, Oâ€™Field added, but also school board vacancies in wards 4 and 8 â€” making it even more crucial to ensure voter access. And the cityâ€™s recent history does not raise confidence in the Board of Elections and Ethicsâ€™ abilities, said Columbia Heights advisory neighborhood commissioner Lenwood Johnson. With fresh memories of vote counting that extended far later than that of other jurisdictions, said Johnson, the â€œboard needs to drastically improve before doing a special processâ€? such as the voting centers. Cheh, who convened last weekâ€™s discussion because she was concerned that the voting center idea would lead to voter suppression, urged Suleman to revisit his budget and find a way to keep all precincts open. The scramble to fund and run Aprilâ€™s special election also drew criticism of the processâ€™s political implications. D.C. political strategist Chuck Thies said at the roundtable that disenfranchising low-income voters is one concern; another is the involvement of elected officials who have already weighed in on the election. Cheh and several other council members have come out for interim at-large Council member Sekou Biddle. â€œIt is not appropriate for officials endorsing Biddle to make decisions about how the election is run,â€? Thies said. Proposed voting centers in Ward 1 are the Banneker Community Center at 2500 Georgia Ave. NW and H.D. Cooke Elementary School at 2525 17th St. NW. In Ward 3, residents would vote at the Chevy Chase Community Center at 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW and the Palisades Recreation Center at 5100 Sherier Place NW. In Ward 4, proposed sites are the Fort Stevens Recreation Center at 1327 Van Buren St. NW and Sharpe Health School at 4300 13th St. NW.
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event was part of an ongoing commitment to battle bullying. â€œItâ€™s a nationwide issue,â€? said assistant principal Sah Brown. â€œAnd if one student is bullied, itâ€™s a problem.â€? He called the talk â€œone of many steps weâ€™re taking to make Hardy a bully-free school.â€? For example, said fellow assistant principal Rena Johnson, as part of national Anti-Bullying Week last fall, students took a pledge to stop bullying and voted for student government candidates based on their anti-bullying platforms. Meanwhile, she said, the school has been holding counseling sessions and mediations to resolve the issues that arise between students. â€œWeâ€™re trying to layer in a lot of supports,â€? she said. But Candy Miles-Crocker, a parent who has been critical of the new administration, said the assembly struck her as irrelevant and ineffective. â€œI just question how this has anything to do with anti-bullying,â€? she said. â€œI donâ€™t get the connection between martial arts and anti-bullying. It seems like fighting to me.â€? Miles-Crocker continues to push for the return of longtime principal Patrick Pope to stop what she called
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Budgeting democracy Faced with a $590,000 budget to put on a million-plus-dollar election for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has proposed a change: Instead of opening all 143 voting precincts for the April special election, it would staff two sites per ward. Executive director Rokey Suleman says the two-perward plan would cost about $700,000. But in a roundtable discussion last week, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh objected that the limited election could lead to voter suppression and asked the head of the agency to revisit his budget. We agree with the council member, and we wonder if eliminating early voting wouldn’t help close the gap. The elections board’s current plan is to staff two precincts per ward for three days: April 23, 25 and 26. Instead, we believe the board should staff all precincts for just one day, and allow as-needed early voting only at its offices at One Judiciary Square. While early voting is a useful addition to elections, it’s not as crucial as providing access throughout the city. Offering extensive early voting options is a new addition to D.C. elections, and thus not nearly as entrenched in residents’ minds as the location of their polling places. In addition, many voters might have difficulty traveling to a distant site, particularly seniors and those without cars. Turnout is a big problem for special elections, which typically draw just 7 percent to 13 percent of the D.C. electorate. Should the city decide to stick with the limited-site plan, we hope officials will at least amend one error in polling place selection. Though Ward 2 stretches from Georgetown to Shaw, its two proposed sites — School Without Walls and Duke Ellington School of the Arts — are both west of 21st Street. One should be moved to a location in the eastern half of the ward.
A first step “First Source” was a catchphrase of the recent campaign season, with candidates repeatedly referencing the city’s 1984 requirement that D.C. residents make up 51 percent of the new hires on cityfunded projects. Hopefuls said the measure was ill-enforced, contributing to staggeringly high unemployment in some parts of the city. Now D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has introduced legislation to revamp and expand the First Source law, increasing the percentage of workers affected by the rule, upping the penalty for noncompliance, making exceptions harder to come by and establishing an oversight program. We’re excited — but tentatively. D.C. Chamber of Commerce executive director Barbara Lang says the chairman’s intent is good, but the problem has deeper roots, namely, job training. She told The Washington Post that chamber members go to the city’s Department of Employment Services regularly, only to find that the office “cannot provide the employees to fill [their] jobs.” And that’s a legitimate concern. Under Mr. Brown’s bill, employers that can prove via documentation from the employment department that it has no qualified locals for a particular position would get an exemption. That’s an improvement from current language requiring only a “good-faith effort” by employers, but it still means that job training will be crucial to increasing employment numbers. The bill requires establishment of an oversight program and demands quarterly reports from each District agency on compliance. It also instructs the Department of Employment Services to provide employment agreement details on its website. While we’re anxious to hear of plans for more training programs and improved employment services, we think the chairman’s plan for First Source rules is an excellent first step and deserves enactment.
March for Life on a Monday …
f all the big marches that come to Washington every year or so, one of the largest and most emotional is the March for Life. Since 1974, tens of thousands of marchers have come to the capital every January to denounce the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that deemed most abortions legal. To many women’s rights groups and others, Roe v. Wade established the right of women to reasonably control their own bodies and put an end, largely, to backroom and unsafe abortions. In a CBS News/New York Times poll last year, 58 percent said they support the court ruling, while 34 percent said it was a bad decision and should be overturned. The abortion issue, barring a dramatic turn, may be an intractable battle for generations. There are firmly held beliefs on all sides. Some people are personally anti-abortion but don’t want to impose their view on all others. Some believe abortion is sometimes necessary, but that it should be limited. Others want to ban all abortions, even to save the life of the mother. The Notebook covered this year’s march for NBC4. Whatever our personal views, we find the marchers an interesting and passionate group. But it does seem to us that the March for Life gets less press attention than other big gatherings and rallies. There was all sorts of coverage last year for the conservative Glenn Beck rally on Aug. 28 and the follow-up progressive rallies by commentator-comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Maybe the anti-abortion rally, now 38 years old, will be considered less newsworthy until something bigger happens on that political front. But away from our news cameras on this story, we have a more direct and important point about this epic battle over abortion. The citizens of Washington have no voice in the national decisions on abortion one way or another. We have no vote in Congress — neither in the House, where the issue routinely arises, nor in the Senate, where members pass judgment on Supreme Court nominees who could change the law. Whatever the view of the many marchers who come to Washington to protest or fight for something — abortion, war, gay rights, disability rights, et cetera — it’s always a little sad to know that as District citizens we are mere spectators when it comes to the big decisions. ■ Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Mayor Vincent Gray is assembling his economic development team with one big goal in mind: help create more job opportunities for citizens who desperately want them. Some people are hoping he’ll shake up adult training programs, monitor more closely where the money goes, and blow up the bureaucratic barnacles that seem to inhibit the Department of Employment Services. Some have even suggested that Gray do to the
department what Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee did to the school system. But that may be asking too much. Gray has gotten strong advice from two business leaders in the city, Barbara Lang, D.C. Chamber of Commerce president; and Jim Dinegar, head of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. In a memo to transition members and others, Dinegar outlined some crucial steps on how the District can work more closely with Maryland and Virginia on job creation, job training and improving access to jobs. “By reducing the amount of time people spend driving into and out of the City, the District would stand to retain and attract more businesses demanding ease of access and improvements to quality of life,” he wrote. Recommendations include better synchronization of traffic lights, better use of one-way streets during rush hours and — the Notebook’s favorite — traffic control aides to actually keep intersections clear. Other recommendations include eliminating parking on some streets and negotiating some cost sharing with the jurisdictions. We like one-way streets and signal synchronization, but the District has gotten rid of several oneway rush-hour streets. Then-Mayor Marion Barry in the 1980s said the rush-hour streets endangered the people who actually lived on them just to favor commuters who were taking their tax dollars to the suburbs. To grow as a business community and to provide jobs, the city does have to do a better job of managing transportation. Of course, a small commuter tax could be levied, with the money designated for traffic issues. But that’s not going to happen. ■ Grading restaurants? Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh has reintroduced her bill to grade city restaurants and have those grades posted on doors to the premises. But the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington has wasted no time firing its big guns at the proposal. It says inspections can be “one-day snapshots” that may not reflect the real record of compliance. It questions whether the city would or should spend money on the number of inspectors needed to do a fair job. “The loser in this … is the restaurant. There are no winners,” the association says. ■ Arabian Nights for you. Arena Stage in Southwest Washington is playing off its current production of “The Arabian Nights” with a chance for you to discuss the musical genre. On Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., veteran CBS News personality Sam Litzinger and “Arabian Nights” actor and musician Ronnie Malley are hosting a free discussion on the history of Middle Eastern music, which plays an integral role in the “Arabian Nights” production. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Canal Road drainage endangers drivers
The recent tragic deaths of two young men on Canal Road due to icy conditions could have been avoided. For many years, ice has formed on certain portions of Canal Road from Clark Place to just past Arizona Avenue during the winter months. The water from the hillside
overflows the curbs and creates a very slippery surface. When the water freezes, it creates a pending disaster. The responsible agencies — the D.C. Department of Transportation and the National Park Service — need to take immediate action by installing a drainage system at the overflow areas to stop water and ice from standing on Canal Road. Some type of French drain system might offer a less expensive alternative to the installation of a new drainage system for sev-
eral miles along the road. Officials should attack the problem only at the points where the water overflows onto the road surface. I’m not an engineer, but certainly someone can figure out a solution to properly channel the water off the roadway. Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and our advisory neighborhood commissioners need to push for a remedy to this dangerous situation once and for all. Barry F. Scher
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Providing helmets would ensure safety
I am proud of the Districtâ€™s recent bike-sharing initiative and pleased to see riders taking advantage of the system. However, the bike-sharing program is incomplete and promotes irresponsible riding in that riders are expected to provide their own helmets. The tourists and occasional riders renting these bikes are unlikely to bring their own helmets; ironically, if they already own helmets, they also likely own bikes and donâ€™t need to rent them! Furthermore, there is a D.C. helmet law requiring riders under the age of 16 to wear a bike helmet, and presumably families with children and teens are renting these bikes. Letâ€™s encourage safe riding by finding a way to provide helmets in a secure and sanitary fashion to enhance the bike-sharing experience. Toby Bulloff
Rent control approval is major achievement
Many thanks are in order to Jim McGrath and the D.C. Tenantsâ€™ Advocacy Coalition that he chairs for their great accomplishment in getting rent control approved for the next 10 years. Itâ€™s a victory for him and his group, but most of all for those of us living in rent-controlled buildings. Much thanks also go to our new mayor, Vincent Gray, and the D.C. Council members who endorsed this extension. In these bleak economic times, it is uplifting to have compassionate and caring leaders. Rent control aside, the cost of all other types of housing in D.C. is escalating to a level that only the very wealthy can afford, and this needs to be addressed in the near future by our leaders. Patricia Senchur Cathedral Heights
Open GU guest rooms to house students The debate is once again raging over a Georgetown University 10year campus plan. The core neighborhood concern appears to be the universityâ€™s plan to increase the number of students living off-campus and, as stated by the Citizens Association of Georgetownâ€™s Jennifer Altemus in The Currentâ€™s Jan. 5 issue, to â€œcontinue to use the neighborhood for its residence halls.â€? The university response, which we have heard throughout the near-
ly 35 years I have lived in Georgetown, is that it simply does not have the space on campus to build additional student housing. But I am confused. Several years ago, when our advisory neighborhood commission was told there was no room for student housing, the university invested in a hotel and conference center that, according to the universityâ€™s website, features â€œ146 newly renovated luxurious guestrooms and 14 meeting rooms comprised of 13,500 square feet.â€? It would be useful to learn whether the university can convert some or all of the 13,500 square feet for student housing. It seems reasonable for the D.C. Zoning Commission to review this issue as well. J. McDermid Georgetown
Middle school needs full-time principal
I read with interest The Currentâ€™s article on interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson and principal Dana Nerenbergâ€™s plan for new strategies at Hardy Middle School (â€œChancellor, principal unveil new Hardy School plan,â€? Jan. 19). While I am sure a number of the efforts may be worthwhile, I would think D.C. Public Schools would start with having a principal on site at Hardy full-time, rather than having to split her time between Hardy and Hyde-Addison Elementary. Adjusting to middle school can be difficult for many students, and with hundreds of students, Hardy needs a full-time, visible presence by a principal. I would think it challenging, and frankly a disservice to both schools, to try to split time between the campuses. Situations can arise at a momentâ€™s notice at an elementary school or at a middle school that need the attention and direction only a principal can provide. I would be interested in knowing how many high-achieving middle schools across the country have principals on site only a few days a week. I am sure they must be quite rare. Terry Lynch Mount Pleasant
Klingle deterioration, closure are shameful
It is a travesty that Klingle Road through Rock Creek Park was allowed to fall into disrepair and disappear! I am a native Washingtonian (fourth generation), and I canâ€™t think of another road in the District that has been given the same shameful treatment. I remember beautiful rides through Rock Creek
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Park before we had air conditioning in our homes and cars, from Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road across to Georgia Avenue, where my grandparents lived. Itâ€™s bad enough that Rock Creek Park has many roads closed for biking and jogging. No longer is it an effective way to get from one section of the city to another, while enjoying nature, avoiding traffic lights and reducing oneâ€™s stress level. Elizabeth B. Crawford
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Self-interests keep Klingle for recreation
Iâ€™m writing in response to The Currentâ€™s Jan. 19 article â€œCity agency finishes study of Klingle trail.â€? This all began when there was no money to fix the road. Now weâ€™re looking at more than $6 million for a hike/bike trail and a legal sleight of hand to let it remain a road on the books, though not what you and I would call a public street. As I spent eight minutes getting across Connecticut Avenue on Porter Street this morning, I used the time to reflect on this specialinterest triumph. Tom Bell
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The closing of Klingle Road through Rock Creek Park seems to be self-serving for those residents directly impacted by the traffic that no longer travels through it. How fortunate the residents of Klingle Valley are to be able to block an entire city from traveling through their neighborhood. (It will be interesting to see if Brightwood residents who object to the proposed Walmart store at Georgia and Missouri avenues and the traffic it would bring will be able to achieve the same.) The great thing about living in a democracy (though I am not certain D.C. isnâ€™t still a plantation) is that laws can be overturned. The easement that created the ability for Klingle Road to exist initially should be honored, its current technical classification as a road should have it restored to general vehicular use, and the residents of Klingle Valley should lock their doors and tune up their alarms as the rest of us do to keep out the unwelcome. Public streets are just that. Public. If we are indeed to be one city, Klingle Road should never have been closed. At the rate we are going, there will be a gate between east and west at Rock Creek Park. Gail Charity
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In Your Neighborhood ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1C Adams â– ADAMS MORGAN The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Maryâ€™s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â– public safety report. â– remarks by at-large D.C. Council member Michael Brown. â– announcements. â– update on the 18th Street reconstruction project. â– update on the D.C. Water and Sewer Authorityâ€™s small-diameter water-main replacement project. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org. ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â– FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. For details, call 202-630-6026 or visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANC Circle 2B Dupont
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At the commissionâ€™s Jan. 12 meeting: â– officers with the Metropolitan Police Department announced that they had arrested Wayne Bridgeforth earlier this month during a sting operation on Corcoran Street. Bridgeforth is being charged with stealing the contents of packages left on porches and doorsteps around the neighborhood.
â– commissioner Mike Silverstein said there was another skylight break-in in the neighborhood Jan. 10. â– commissioners voted 8-0 to protest a request for a public-space permit for valet parking by Kabab-Ji at 1351 Connecticut Ave. â– commissioners unanimously supported a request by Nooshi Restaurant at 1120 19th St. for a public-space permit for a sidewalk cafe seating for 50. â– commissioners voted unanimously to support applications to the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a renovation of the historic building at 2025 Massachusetts Ave. â– attorney John Patrick Brown presented a proposal by the Republic of Congo to transform the mansion at 1720 16th St. into a chancery. Brown said officials with the Republic of Congo hope to spend $2 million on upgrades, including constructing a circular driveway, two curb cuts and a parking lot. But Richard Little of Riggs Place said he and many of his neighbors oppose the proposal, especially the plans to replace the garden with a new parking lot. Neighbor John Johnston said the block should be kept residential. Commissioner Jack Jacobson introduced a motion to oppose the application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment, saying the proposed curb cut would endanger two mature trees. He also expressed concern about the integrity of the garden wall. â€œThis has a horrendous impact on this historic property,â€? commissioner Bob Meehan said of the proposed plans. â– commissioners took no action (with commissioner Mike Silverstein not participating) on an application by Shake Shack at 1216 18th St. for a liquor license for a restaurant specializing in burgers and shakes, with no entertainment or dancing and an occupancy of 108. The hours of operation/sales/service would be 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. â– commissioners voted 7-0 (with commissioner Mike Silverstein not participating) to support an application for a restaurant license and stipulated license for The Cajun Experience at 1825 18th St., with hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The hours of alcohol sales and service for the interior and summer garden would be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The applicant is also requesting an entertainment endorsement for live music for a jazz combo from 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. â– commissioners voted 7-0, with
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January 26, 2011 ■ Page 13
For Palisades residents, club’s a good investment By TEKE WIGGIN
inning while learning might seem to be an elusive prospect — an outcome as appealing as it is unachievable. But for more than 20 years, a tightly knit investment club in the Palisades has trumped the learn-fromyour-losses axiom time and time again. The Palisades Dwyer Investment Club, with its emphasis on meticulous research and group input, met its yearly goal of outperforming the market once again in 2010, according to club president Patrick Shaughness. Shaughness said the club provides a forum for individuals to bounce ideas off of other likeminded savers, the bold but calculated ones. The goal of the club is “investor education,” he said, so members can acquire the skill set to “take control of their own retirement” when the time comes. The club currently has about
seven members, who collectively hold 14 stocks. For $50 a month, the group — mostly 50- to 70year-olds, three of them still working and four retired — incrementally beef up their joint portfolio. Members cash out when they leave the club. “It’s just like a mutual fund,” said Judy Simonson, the club’s treasurer. The club weathered the crash of the Great Recession well, taking a 24.5 percent loss instead of the market’s 35 percent in 2008. Then it rode the wave of recovery at its frothing crest a year later, pulling in a 33 percent gain to the market’s 23 percent in 2009. And it maintained its record of performance in 2010 by securing a 17 percent return on its investments to the market’s 15 percent. Like other members of the club, Shaughness started paying his monthly dues and showing up at the cerebral monthly meetings at the Palisades Neighborhood Library because he wanted to find other dabblers in the stock mar-
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The 24-year-old Palisades Dwyer Investment Club, which a member describes as working like a mutual fund, regularly outperforms the market. Above from left, members include Jeffrey MacMillan, Colene Walden, Patrick Shaughness and Werner Kaelin. ket. Prior to exploring the investment club circuit (he has joined a few other groups in the past), he felt a little lost when making his bets. He noticed trading “was a very solitary sort of thing.” “Nobody in my family really wanted to talk about investments because it seemed boring. A lot of people think it’s boring,” he said. About 50 members have passed through the club’s ranks since namesake and Woodley Park resident Richard Dwyer cre-
ated it in 1987, according to Simonson. Shaughness said the club’s longevity has provided it with a healthy pool of cash, giving the group enough leeway to make a far-ranging array of educated — and educational — bets. “Based on what I’ve seen, I think the fact that we’ve been around for a long time is a real asset,” Shaughness said. The focus of the club, Shaughness and Simonson said, is to provide an outlet where members can learn how to make
wise investments and digest the art of shrewd betting to discourage “impulse” buying. That’s why the club requires members to prepare structured reports when presenting a potentially hot stock. The reports are meant to predict where the stock’s price will be in five years and identify the lowest value it could take on. If the lowest value is higher than the current price, it’s usually a good buy, Shaughness said. See Investment/Page 22
Runnymede Singers lift every voice with open chorus By TEKE WIGGIN
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Conductor Cory Davis, above, and the entire Runnymede Singers group, right, rehearsed last night.
any singing groups have rules for membership — pass the audition, make it to a certain number of rehearsals, come tuned up and smart-looking for shows. But not the Runnymede Singers: The freewheeling chorus, as a rule, pretty much has no rules. A self-proclaimed “chorus of amateurs,” Runnymede Singers has been around for at least 20 years, members say. Maybe even 30. No one’s sure. That’s because of the happy-go-lucky feel of the club and the fact that there’s been a 100 percent turnover since the group’s inception, according to members. What they do know about the group’s history, it’s safe to say, will probably stay apparent to members as long as the group carries on: The chorus used to meet somewhere on Runnymede Place. Runnymede Singers has a “relatively
low threshold of entry,” to put it lightly, said Paul Marquardt, who has been with the chorus for about 15 years. “If you want to sing enough … you’re in,” he said. This emphasis on inclusivity is probably the reason behind the group’s motley makeup. Members range from recent college graduates to 65-year-olds. Marquardt is a 42-year-old lawyer who lives in Mount Pleasant and serves as the self-appointed guy who “makes rude comments in the back [during rehearsals],” he said. Marquardt joined the group because he
couldn’t quite muster the level of dedication he said your average choir demands. “Those were serious groups that were about the group rather than about having fun in a lot of ways,” he said. But Runnymede, according to the singing enthusiast, allows him to keep his hobby as casual as he likes and still get the vocal catharsis he craves. Jen Kelly, who lives in Adams Morgan and acts as an informal contact for people interested in the group, agreed, saying she often has trouble getting to sleep after the fun-filled practices. “It’s a great problem to have,” she said. The chorus is definitely big on accommodating the individual; participants can keep their membership status as long as they want, regardless of how many rehearsals or shows they miss. And rehearsals are purposely held at the same time, in the same place — every Tuesday from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington at 16th See Singers/Page 22
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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School
about his thankfulness for the school supplies. â€” Liddy Newnam and Simran Chauhan, Year 4 St Louis (third-graders)
On Jan. 14, the upper-elementary class walked to the Textile Museum. We passed many embassies on the way. When we got there, we were greeted by tour guides. They told us about a special kind of cloth called ikat that was woven by hand
Deal Middle School
Seventh-graders in Miss Hendersonâ€™s and Mr. Phelpsâ€™ music classes this semester performed the musical â€œSchoolhouse Rock Juniorâ€? last Wednesday. It was fantastic! I participated in the play and thought it was a great experience. I learned from the song â€œUnpack Your Adjectiveâ€? what an adjective is. I also learned how to keep your blood circulating from the song â€œDo the Circulation.â€? It was exhilarating watching the songs because of the props and how people sang the songs. The student who sang â€œDo the Circulationâ€? was dressed like Elvis Presley and sang in a Southern accent. We performed the show twice; first for Janney, Bancroft and Lafayette students, and then for our parents and classmates. â€” Lalibela Temple, seventh grader
School DISPATCHES in Uzbekistan. It was used for many types of clothing. The ikat robes had many different designs and many different colors. â€œThe ikat designs were very interesting,â€? said fourth-grader John Paul Libanati. The trip received a thumbs-up from all the students. â€œI really liked it!â€? said fourthgrader Lukas Leijon. â€” Evan Manuel, sixth-grader, and Ian Smith, fifth-grader
British School of Washington
Year 4 went to the Embassy of Pakistan to donate basic school supplies for the schools and schoolchildren in Pakistan who were displaced by the floods. We made a giving tree that had suggestions of school supplies. If you took a Postit note off the giving tree, you brought in the supplies listed on it. More than 100 kids participated. Then we sorted all the school supplies out of the box. We asked children to buy zip-lock bags to store and ship all the school supplies. Then two or four people went to each group of school supplies. The rest of Year 4 grabbed a ziplock bag for each group. They each collected one notebook, one pack of crayons, one eraser and four pencils to make a set for the children. After all of the packing we met some officials who had helped the children as well. One of the Pakistani workers made a speech
In music class, we started to learn how to play guitar because our music teacher was able to get 30 guitars for our school! Weâ€™ll have lessons once a week. Everybody loves playing guitar in music, and some kids hope to get their own guitars. The musical is coming up, and auditions have already occurred. Fourth- and fifth-graders were able to audition for the cast or sign up to be in the crew. The musical is â€œOnce on This Island Junior,â€? and the performances will be in May. We are studying South Africa, and Ambassador Rasool came to talk to the fifth-graders. Also, we went to the National Museum of African Art, where we learned about the culture and art of the Ndebele people of South Africa.
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We made collages and got to see and touch sme beadwork. We also got to see some art in the museum. In addition to all that we had a week of DC-BAS testing in January, and we still have all of our classroom work including fractions and learning about the Civil War. As we get into the month of February, we know that a lot of stuff is ahead: the science fair, the ski trip and more field trips. â€” Harriet Matthews and Aziz Mohammed, fifth-graders
The Field School
In our eighth-grade class every year there is a project known to one and all. It is the egg drop! Each eighth-grader has to construct an apparatus that can hold a raw egg and drop off the roof of a building without breaking. Impossible, you say? Well, not for us Field eighthgraders! Today we all walk outside anxiously, holding our egg apparatuses proudly. We all gather as the first person goes up to the roof to drop his or her egg, possibly to its death. The first egg is dropped, and we all wait to see the results. The egg is unharmed! One after another, the eggs are dropped, and only a few eggs are broken in the end. This assignment was fun, but we also learned a lot about air resistance, surface area and all sorts of different forces. â€” Hannah Weissler and Romeo Cabarga, eighth-graders
Georgetown Day School
In sixth-grade science class, students have been doing a research project on individual organisms. Students began the project about two weeks ago, when they drew a slip of paper that listed a random organism. Underneath the organism was a theme (for example, â€œsea horse, reproductionâ€?). In addition to researching this assigned theme, students had to research two other themes of their choice, learn about the habitat of their organism and classify their organism. Students had the choice of doing a mini poster or creating an online poster. Students have done lots of
research, mostly from online encyclopedias the school has on its website. Students are not allowed to use websites like Wikipedia unless information on them can be backed up with an online encyclopedia, because those sources are not as reliable. â€” Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader
Holy Trinity School
The fourth-grade class just elected new representatives to the student council. This is the first year that we have been able to send them, because only the fourth through eighth grades hold elections. There are two representatives and one alternate from each class. I was a rep earlier in the year with my friend Maddie Miller. The alternate was my friend Jamie Hedlund. Every person who wants to run gives a speech to the class including reasons he or she wants to become a representative. Everyone on the class votes for three people and the teachers count the votes. The students with the most votes are elected. My favorite part of being in student council was going to the meetings. The new reps are Olivia Egge, Brian Gill and Zoe Roy. â€” Jamie Hedlund and Charlie Furlong, fourth-graders
After school, Hyde students get active by doing sports. These include basketball, Girls on the Run, cheerleading and dance. Third- through fifth-grade girls get active by participating in Girls on the Run. They practice at Volta Park Tuesdays and Thursdays. The reasons are to prepare for the 5K race held in the winter and spring and also to learn to be a good sport and not gossip. Another activity is basketball. The basketball coach is Bryan Grigg. He is also our school social worker. He tries to improve the fourth- and fifth-grade playersâ€™ skills by practicing layups, aiming, dribbling and passing. Many students enjoy it. â€œI love the practices! Itâ€™s really fun!â€? exclaims Abraham Hailus. Hyde plays many other D.C. public schools and practices at schools nearby. Third- through fifth-graders may also join cheerleading with Ms. Lyons, Ms. Kilmer and Ms. Chassen. Students do many cheers and sometimes dances with Ms. Kilmer. Students stretch with music before doing cheers and dancing. The teachers are strict so we can get through most of the cheers and be prepared for competition. â€” Jacob Duffles, Ellika Edelman, Ayda Lee and Tatyana Reese, fourth-graders
This week at Key, the fifthgraders are writing the leads for our memoirs. We choose one memory from our life and write a short story about it. We present our story to the
class and then they are displayed. We have book clubs in our grade. In book club, we are separated into groups by our book choice. We pick a number of chapters to read and then discuss them. We also build a timeline of which chapters we read. My book club is reading â€œThe Green Glass Sea.â€? I am enjoying it very much. â€” Eddy Keenan, fifth-grader
Following winter break, Maret has been a lively place, especially for the seventh grade. We recently started working on a play in drama. Everyone has been enjoying it. If you walk down the hallway, you will spot a script or two. Also, we started a big robotics project in science. Robotics consists of a team of two students and a robot. The goal is to get the robot to complete a series of tasks by programming it. The project involves partner work and problem solving. We keep journals about the day-to-day work. Many seventh-graders went â€œoysteringâ€? and collected money to help the amazing Chesapeake oysters that filter 50 gallons of water a day! The donations were tallied at about $3,937 after the 25 percent match for the seventh-grade oyster fund. The number of oysters in the bay has dropped dramatically in the past 20 years due to overfishing. Without the oysters, the Chesapeake Bay would be extremely dirty and unsuitable for native marine life. Every penny equaled one oyster, so every penny really did count. Last week we had a dance group from Ghana come to our assembly. The high-energydancers presented songs, traditional dance and folklore. â€” Taylan TunĂ§ata, seventh-grader
On Dec. 13, 11 Murch students, Mrs. Rabiah and Principal Ellis had the opportunity to do something very special. They were able to go see President Barack Obama sign a bill into law. The signing took place at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Columbia Heights. The group of kids included three safety patrols, three peer mediators and five student council officers. President Obama signed a bill called the â€œHealthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.â€? The bill did two main things. First, it gave money to schools so that kids whose families cannot afford lunch would be able to have free lunches at school. Second, it made schools increase the amount of healthy foods and decrease junk foods that they serve. Some Murch students got to shake President Obamaâ€™s and first lady Michelle Obamaâ€™s hands. Other Murch students were interviewed on ABC News after seeing President Obama sign the bill. Mia See Dispatches/Page 15
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Gualtieri, a fourth-grader and student council secretary, was one of the lucky Murch students who shook the president’s hand. She said, “It was very exciting and it was an honor, because not a lot of people get to do that.” — Julia Arnsberger, fourth-grader
National Cathedral School
This week, National Cathedral School will be celebrating International Week. Students will be celebrating diversity and learning about foreign countries. The International Committee hopes to spread knowledge of global traditions through fun, exciting and educational activities. The lunch staff has prepared dishes ranging from French to Chinese, and Wednesday’s International Food Festival will provide an opportunity for students and parents to sample foods from almost every continent. Students will also hear from Ms. Kathleen Maloney-Dunn (’79), the 2011 Janet Griffith International Lecturer. A humanitarian and attorney, Ms. Maloney-Dunn will speak about her experience working on civil and criminal cases. Other exciting activities will include an international dress-up day, with students wearing costumes representing different cultures, and an international homeroom quiz that will test the “global knowledge” of advisories. — Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader
My main lesson class is U.S. government. We are learning about how the government of our nation used to be, and how it has changed. We looked at John Locke’s documents and discussed how a government should be run and what its purpose is. John Locke said that no matter what, a government is supposed to protect its people’s “Godgiven” liberties and property. We recently went on a field trip to the National Archives. I had a conversation with some of the security guards, and they explained to me how the important documents are protected. For example, the case that holds the U.S. Constitution is made with three different type of metal. Also, I found out that the Declaration of Independence took about 26 hours of hand writing to complete. The style of writing, called calligraphy, looked like some of the best handwriting I’ve ever seen. We are currently learning about the Constitution’s amendments and how they have helped civil rights throughout the country. — Ben Lasso, 12th-grader
Paul Public Charter School In math class I learned about different shapes like triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagonss and
hexagons. The three angles of a triangle equal 180 degrees. The four angles of a quadrilateral equal 360 degrees; it has two triangles in it. The five angles of a pentagon equal 540 degrees; it has three triangles in it. The six angles of a hexagon equal 720 degrees; it has four triangles in it. One lesson I learned is to find the missing angle. To find the missing angle, you add up the degrees that you know. Then you subtract the sum from the total number of degrees in a shape. For example, if you have a triangle with two angles that are 59 degrees each, the third angle has to be 62 degrees since all three angles must add up to 180 degrees. — Syanna Randolph, sixth-grader
St. Albans School
With third quarter arriving at St. Albans, many students are relieved that we are finished with midterms. While some of us may dread receiving our report cards next week, most of my fellow students feel confident heading into the new grading period. New academic topics come with the new quarter, and we are already digging into them, whether studying the allegorical meaning behind “Animal Farm” in English or the formation of the Earth and our solar system in science. Along with the change in the semester, new elective classes, all focused on the performing, musical or visual arts, give students the ability to discover artistic talents. The news is also good on the athletic front, with successes by the basketball team and the continued streak of victories by the swim team. But the event most of us are looking forward to is the muchanticipated arrival of third-quarter clubs. Every Friday afternoon for the next two months, students will participate in activities with their peers ranging from cooking and playing pingpong to attending car shows and building computers. — George Grealy, Form II (eighth grade)
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taken a written test first in order to qualify to participate in the competition. Thirteen students qualified. Two students from the fifth grade made it. This is the first year fifthgraders were able to participate. Fifth-grader Amalia Grobbel said, “I was nervous because I didn’t think I would know as much as the middle school students.” Molly Quinn was the other fifth-grader. She said, “I was excited because we were the first fifth-graders to compete ever.” After seven rounds, Abell Tesfaye, an eighth-grader, was the winner. He did not get a single question wrong. Abell has been in the Geography Bee every year he has been in middle school. He said, “I studied a little bit, but I didn’t think I would win. I am proud of myself.” He will take a written test before he can go on to the D.C. round of the National Geographic Bee. — Patrick Snee, fourth-grader
St. John’s College High School
After a week of exams, St. John’s students began the second semester of the year. The juniors and seniors of the St. John’s Theatre recently took a trip to New York City. The students got to see a Broadway show and experience life as a New Yorker. One interesting club at St. John’s is Model United Nations. It is an up-and-coming club with only one year under its belt. One of the senior members, John Hotka, spoke about the club. “St. John’s Model United Nations Club has participated in some excellent activities this school year,” he said. “We participated in ‘My First MUN,’ the Johns Hopkins conference, in February. It’s an exciting year for
us! Model UN is a great club for anyone interested in public speaking or world affairs.” — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader
School Without Walls
Last week was taken up entirely by midterms. Students had two a day, plus a study period before classes started. They had to check in with their first-period teachers by 8:45 a.m. After that, though, students could go wherever they wanted until 9:30. The two exams were from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. The ice storm meant school was delayed two hours on Tuesday, and that morning’s exam was rescheduled for Thursday afternoon. Since it was midterms week, almost nothing else happened. The most interesting thing outside of testing is probably the new student, a 10th-grader who moved from Missouri. He and his family were interviewed for admission, and all passed with flying colors. He will start attending school next week, when the new semester begins. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader
Takoma Education Campus
The most exciting period in our school day has been social studies and learning about the Egyptian civilization of around 3,000 B.C. Some of us hope to become great scientists one day, and this ancient civilization holds the basis for modern sciences such as mathematics and medicine. Egypt was a unique place. You can study its technological discoveries and great architecture like the pyramids. The Egyptians called their ruler Pharaoh, and his empire was divided into 42 provinces.
People were organized into groups of priests, craftsmen, merchants and slaves. In their religion, they believed that they would need their bodies in the afterlife, so they invented ways to dry the bodies. It was fascinating to learn that the Egyptians invented hieroglyphs for writing. Hieroglyphs are pictures of animals or objects that stand for different words or sounds. In class, writing our names with hieroglyphs and displaying them on our boards felt like writing in a foreign language. — Jasmin Avila, Dara Davis-Hill, MiAnna Johnson, Jay Mathews and Clarisa Miranda, seventh-graders
Wilson High School
Everyone at Wilson High School is excited because it’s midterm week. They are not so jazzed about the tests, but about the fact that this means we are halfway done with the school year. Seniors will be graduating in five months. Juniors, sophomores and freshmen are heading to the new Wilson building next year. “It’s crazy how the seniors don’t get the chance to see their school rebuilt, but the good thing is that we are graduating,” senior Meskerem Desta said. Teachers hope that moving back to the new building won’t be as painful as the move to the University of the District of Columbia. Students remember teachers complaining because many of their books and supplies were lost in the move. Art teacher Mary Barnes lost many of the paints she was planning to use for this year’s drawing and painting class. Now the class has a really limited supply of paint. — Gabriel Leonzo, 12th-grader
St. Ann’s Academy
On Jan. 14, St. Ann’s Academy had the annual Geography Bee in the gym. The fifth through eighth grades competed. Students had to
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Concerts â– â€œThe Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebrationâ€? will feature singer/songwriter Blessing Offor performing an eclectic mix of retro R&B and soul sounds. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Pianist Adam GyĂśrgy will perform works by Chopin and Liszt and his own composition. 7 p.m. $75. Embassy of Hungary, 2950 Spring of Freedom NW. 202-6252361. The concert will repeat Thursday at 7 p.m. Discussions and lectures â– Poet Dana Gioia, former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, will discuss â€œThe Catholic Writer Today.â€? 4:15 p.m. Free. Great Room B, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5600. â– Editor Adel Iskandar will discuss his book â€œEdward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation.â€? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-6215. â– Brian Greene will discuss his book â€œThe Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â–
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feature Eran Riklisâ€™ 2010 film â€œThe Human Resources Manager,â€? about a disgruntled administrator who rediscovers his own humanity after one of his companyâ€™s workers is killed in a suicide bombing. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â– New Tang Dynasty TV will present Shen Yun Performing Arts in a program of classical Chinese dance and music. 7:30 p.m. $80 to $300. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 27 Thursday JANUARY 27 Childrenâ€™s program â– A park ranger will lead ages 3 and older on a â€œWinter Discovery Hikeâ€? along the Woodland Trail in search of signs of animals. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. Classes â– Ray Franklin-Vaughn will lead a weekly class on â€œClassical Yang Style Tâ€™ai Chi Châ€™uanâ€? for area seniors. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â– Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present information on programs and resources available to first-time home buyers. 11 a.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. â– Larry Ray will lead a seminar on â€œPersuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want.â€? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. Concerts â– â€œThe Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebrationâ€? will feature Catholic University students performing excerpts from 1961 musicals such as â€œWest Side Story,â€? â€œThe Fantasticks,â€? â€œGypsy,â€? â€œHow to Succeed in Business
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Without Really Trying,â€? â€œOnce Upon a Mattressâ€? and â€œOliver!â€? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– Costa Rican piano prodigy Pablo Esquivel will perform works by Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven and GutiĂŠrrez. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â– The National Symphony Orchestra, violinist Nurit Bar-Josef, cellist David Hardy and pianist Lambert Orkis will perform works by Berg and Beethoven. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â– The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir will perform to raise funds for a student trip to France. 7 p.m. $25 to $100. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. Discussions and lectures â– Kristie Miller will discuss her book â€œEllen and Edith: Woodrow Wilsonâ€™s First Ladies.â€? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â– Anne-Marie Slaughter, director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department, will discuss â€œLeading Through Civilian Power: The First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.â€? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 201-739-7425. â– Curator Frank Goodyear will lead a gallery talk on Carl van Vechten. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â– A gallery talk will focus on â€œBittersweet Comic Strip: Elizabeth Murrayâ€™s â€˜The Sun and the Moon.â€™â€? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â– Phillips Collection director Dorothy Kosinski will discuss the acquisition of Howard Hodgkinâ€™s monumental work â€œAs Time Goes By.â€? 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â– American artist Mindy Weisel and Israeli artist Dafna Kaffeman will discuss the connections between inspiration and the poetic and humanitarian possibilities of art. 7 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. â– Artist, author and photographer Harry Gamboa Jr. will discuss his book â€œErased: Limits and Borders.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â– Peggy Orenstein will discuss her book â€œCinderella Ate My Daughter.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Borders, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202686-8270. â– Elaine Showalter will discuss her book â€œThe Vintage Book of American Women Writers.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films
â– â€œFilm|Neu,â€? Washingtonâ€™s annual showcase of new cinema from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, will conclude with Percy and Felix Adlonâ€™s film â€œMahler on the
Friday, JANUARY 28 â– Concert: The Zurich Chamber Orchestra and clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy will perform works by Mozart. 7:30 p.m. $40. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. InstantSeats.com. Couch,â€? about Alma Mahlerâ€™s affair with a young architect and the ensuing marital drama that leads her husband Gustav Mahler to seek advice from Sigmund Freud. 6:30 and 9 p.m. $10 to $15. Landmarkâ€™s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. filmneu.org. â– The Corcoran Gallery of Art will present Marion Cajoriâ€™s film â€œJoan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter.â€? 7 p.m. $12. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â– Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will host a screening of Annabel Parkâ€™s documentary â€œ9500 Liberty,â€? about the heated debate over immigration in Prince William County. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Performance â– The Topaz Hotel Barâ€™s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Friday, January 28 Friday JANUARY 28 Concerts â– The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Mendelssohn, SaintSaĂŤns and JanĂĄcek. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202333-2075. â– Soprano Jennifer Lynn Waters, mezzosoprano Sarah Mesko, tenor JosĂŠ Ortega and pianist Robert Mellicone will perform arias and duets from popular operas. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â– â€œThe Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebrationâ€? will feature the Justin Kauflin Trio performing jazz music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Ariel Quartet and violinist Roger Tapping will perform works by Beethoven, Berg and Mozart. 8 p.m. $50. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Discussions and lectures â– Gina Athena Ulysse, associate profes-
sor at Wesleyan University, will discuss â€œAlter(ed)natives,â€? about the border zones between ethnography and performance. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. bit.ly/iaZxoC. â– The Q&A Cafe series will feature a talk with comedian Seaton Smith about subjects such as President Barack Obamaâ€™s impact on comedy, what is funny about the real D.C. and how jokes are shaped for white or black audiences. Noon. Free; reservations required. D.C. Office of Cable Television Studio, 3400 International Drive NW. email@example.com. â– Experts will discuss â€œWhatâ€™s Next on North Korea.â€? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Daniel Tucker will discuss his book â€œFarm Together Now: A Portrait of the People, Places and Ideas for a New Food Movement.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Matteo Pistono will discuss his book â€œIn the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film
â– â€œNeorealismo 1941-1954: Days of Gloryâ€? will feature the 1946 film â€œShoeshine.â€? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.
Performances â– Gina Athena Ulysse, associate professor at Wesleyan University, will present â€œBecause When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me and the World,â€? a dramatic monologue about Haitiâ€™s past and present. 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. bit.ly/fjlJP7. â– An open-mic event will feature poetry and music. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ€™s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. Tasting â– Alliance FranĂ§aise de Washington will host a rum tasting led by FranĂ§ois Zelbat of Cognac Ferrand. 6:30 p.m. $35; reservations recommended. Alliance FranĂ§aise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202234-7911. Tour
â– Walk of the Town tour guide Tim Stewart will present â€œMonumental Stories,â€? a walking tour of major attractions. 10:30 a.m. Free; tips appreciated. Meet on 15th Street NW near Pennsylvania Avenue and the northwest corner of the Commerce Department. walkofthetowndc.com. The tour will repeat every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, January 29 Saturday JANUARY 29 Childrenâ€™s activities â– The Saturday Morning at the National series will feature magician Michael Taggert. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202See Events/Page 17
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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 16 783-3372. â– The Fordâ€™s Theatre Society will celebrate Abraham Lincolnâ€™s birthday with two programs for families with children ages 6 and older â€” â€œPapa Day,â€? featuring stories about the Lincoln White House, as told by former slave and Lincoln family friend Elizabeth Keckly, at 10:30 a.m.; and storyteller Jon Spelmanâ€™s â€œTales of the Lincoln,â€? exploring the legends of Abraham Lincolnâ€™s life, at 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Fordâ€™s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 800-899-2367. The programs will repeat Feb. 5, 12 and 19. Class
Laura Zam will lead a class on â€œSeeking: Artists Who Want to Make a Living.â€? 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. â–
Concerts â– Bach to Rock will host â€œB2R Battle of the Bands,â€? featuring local elementary students competing for the winning title. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. b2rmusic.com. The middle and high school competition will be held Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. â– The Washington Performing Arts Society will present Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen performing works by Couperin, Ravel, Handel and Brahms. 2 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727. â– National Symphony Orchestra violinist Joel Fuller, horn player James Nickel and pianist Lisa Emenheiser will perform works by Debussy and Brahms. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– The Axelrod Quartet and the Darwin Quartet will perform works by Haydn, BartĂłk and Woldemar Bargiel. 8 p.m. $31. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333030. The concert will repeat Sunday at 7:30 p.m. â– Trio Bolero will perform works for guitar and cello by Vivaldi, Gnatalli, BartĂłk, Gershwin and Bizet. 8 p.m. $25; $12.50 for ages 18 through 22; free for ages 17 and younger. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403. Discussions and lectures â– The National Portrait Gallery will gather American-art historians for a symposium on â€œAddressing (and Redressing) the Silence: New Scholarship in Sexuality and American Art.â€? 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free; registration required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. hideseeksymposium.eventbrite.com. â– A â€œStephen Ministryâ€? workshop will focus on a system that mobilizes and equips laypeople for an effective caring ministry. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15; $50 for four or more members from one congrega-
tion. St. Columbaâ€™s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-966-9051. â– Civil rights litigator N. Jeremi Duru will discuss his book â€œAdvancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL.â€? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films
â– â€œJohnny Depp Filmfestâ€? will feature the 2005 film â€œCharlie and the Chocolate Factory.â€? 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â– â€œThe Kennedy Legacyâ€? will feature a screening of the 1965 documentary â€œJohn F. Kennedy â€” Years of Lightning, Day of Drums.â€? A panel discussion featuring artists, journalists and policy makers will follow. 2 p.m. Free. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– â€œNeorealismo 1941-1954: Days of Gloryâ€? will feature Giuseppe De Santisâ€™ 1949 film â€œBitter Rice,â€? at 2 p.m.; and Renato Castellaniâ€™s 1947 film â€œUnder the Sun of Rome,â€? at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
Health screening â– Peace Baptist Church will host a kidney screening. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Peace Baptist Church, 712 18th St. NE. 202-244-7900. Performance â– â€œSpeechless,â€? directed by Angella Foster, will feature alight dance theater in a performance that weaves together dance, video, text and live music. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Walks and tours â– A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies. 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-979-3370. â– Rocco Zappone will lead a weekly walking tour of his hometown and share reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â– A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a hike through Rock Creek Park while discussing the five U.S. presidents who used the park extensively for recreation. 2 p.m. Free. Picnic Grove 1, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. â– The Smithsonian Associates will host a tasting tour of four Adams Morgan restaurants. 2 to 5:15 p.m. $76. Meet at the southwest corner of Columbia Road and 18th Street NW (in front of SunTrust Bank). 202-633-3030.
Sunday, JANUARY 30 â– Concert: Pianist Victor Goldberg will perform works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Scriabin. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202842-6941.
works by Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. 3:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202462-6734. â– Tenor B. Jackson Caesar will present a tribute to Roland Hayes, Americaâ€™s first recognized AfricanAmerican concert tenor. A reception and art opening featuring works by Martin Andres Paddack will follow. 4 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. â– The Raphael Trio will perform works by Schubert. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â– Brink Bush of Providence, R.I., will
present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â– â€œThe Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebrationâ€? will feature students participating in the Capitol Jazz Project. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â€œDC Jazz Jamâ€? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â– The Washington Performing Arts Society will present a concert by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and musician Wynton Marsalis. 7 p.m. $35 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-7859727. Discussions and lectures â– Community activist Barbara Ehrlich, a 40-year resident of Southwest D.C., will discuss whatâ€™s ahead for the neighborhood. 11 a.m. Free. St. Augustineâ€™s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. â– â€œThe Sculpture of Edgar Degas at the National Gallery of Art: Launch of a Landmark Publicationâ€? will feature Daphne Barbour, senior conservator in the department of object conservation at the National Gallery of Art; Suzanne G. Lindsay, adjunct associate professor in art history at the University of Pennsylvania; and Shelley Sturman, senior conservator and head of the department of object conservation at the National Gallery of Art. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– Anne Trubek will discuss her book â€œA Skepticâ€™s Guide to Writersâ€™ Houses.â€? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film â–
â€œNeorealismo 1941-1954: Days of
Gloryâ€? will feature Roberto Rosselliniâ€™s 1946 film â€œPaisan.â€? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Monday, January 31 Monday JANUARY 31 Concert â– The Monday Night at the National series will feature an evening of soulful tunes from Appalachiaâ€™s mountains and hollows performed by the band Three Boys Night Out. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. Discussions and lectures â– Independent management consultant Dennis McDonald will discuss â€œUsing Technology to Support Your Job Search.â€? 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Suite T2, 40Plus of Greater Washington, 1718 P St. NW. 202-387-1582. â– Tifecta Winds and Lisa Shiota of the Library of Congress will discuss Walter Pistonâ€™s â€œ3 Pieces for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon.â€? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â– Independent scholar Rosamond Mack will discuss â€œFigural Topography and History: Renaissance Italyâ€™s Limited Ottoman Imagery.â€? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– The History Book Club will discuss â€œJohn Adamsâ€? by David G. McCullough. 6 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â– Educator Enid Lee, a consultant on anti-racist teaching and community building, will discuss â€œBeyond the Superman Solution,â€? about issues of equity and access in public education. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, See Events/Page 18
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A 50th Anniversary Celebrationâ€? will feature winners in a collegiate competition for short plays, monologues, soliloquies, songs and spoken word inspired by the life, presidency and legacy of John F. Kennedy. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Theater Jâ€™s â€œVoices From a Changing Middle East: Portraits of Homeâ€? theater festival will feature a reading of â€œThe Promiseâ€? by Ben Brown. 7:30 p.m. $10. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210.
â– U.S. Botanic Garden volunteers will lead a tour of the conservatory. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116.
â€œMarvelous Movie Mondaysâ€? will feature the 1998 film â€œThe Dinner Game.â€? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-0021. â– â€œJohnny Depp Filmfestâ€? will feature the 1994 film â€œEd Wood.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â– The â€œBest of INPUT 2010 â€” Television out of the Boxâ€? series will feature â€œRabbits Ă la Berlin,â€? â€œEsterhazyâ€? and â€œ24 Hours Berlin â€” A Day in the Life.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. â– Asia Society Washington will present the documentary â€œ2 Million Minutes,â€? about the educational challenges facing the United States, China and India. A discussion with executive producer Robert Compton will follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $5 for students. Registration required. Cinnabar Room, Whittemore House, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â– The â€œOpera in Cinemaâ€? series will feature Verdiâ€™s â€œLa Traviata,â€? taped live at the Royal Opera House in London. 7 p.m. $20. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202419-3456. â–
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â– Jeanne M. Fogle will lead a seminar on â€œWanted: D.C. Tour Guides.â€? 6 to 8 p.m. $39. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.
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Performances â– Life, Rhythm, Move Project â€” led by founder and artistic director Aysha Upchurch â€” will perform. 6 p.m. Free.
homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The seminar will repeat Feb. 9 and 16 at noon and Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 1 â– Concert: Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will perform a tribute to Kennedy Center honoree Grace Bumbryâ€™s 1962 recital at the White House. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.
Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– First Draft will present a reading of â€œCritical Apparatus,â€? a new play by Catherine Oâ€™Connor. A discussion with the playwright, director and actors will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. firstdraft.org. â– D.C.-based comedian Wayne Manigo will host a weekly comedy show featuring local comics. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-291-2906. â– Busboys and Poets will host â€œTuesday Night Open Mic,â€? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Sporting event â– The Washington Capitals will play the Montreal Canadiens. 7:30 p.m. $60 to $330. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Support â– Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680. The group meets every Tuesday. Tour
â– A tour will offer an introduction to Tudor Place, the Georgetown mansion built by Martha Washingtonâ€™s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and her husband, Thomas Peter. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. The tours will also be offered Feb. 8, 15 and 22.
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Concerts â– Michael Lodico, associate choirmaster and organist at St. Johnâ€™s Church, Lafayette Square, will present â€œMusical Flowers,â€? featuring works by Frescobaldi and Langlais. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ€™s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. â– â€œThe Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebrationâ€? will feature classical violinist Niv Ashkenazi, the Youth Fellowship Emerald Quartet and cellist Kristina Winiarski. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Boxwood Recorder Trio will perform music from the Renaissance to modern day. 7 p.m. Free. St. Augustineâ€™s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-5543222. Discussions and lectures â– Eric Langenbacher, visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University, will discuss â€œHas Germany Mastered Its Past?â€? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. email@example.com. â– Ori Z. Soltes, a resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of â€œPhĂ¨dreâ€? by Jean Racine. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â– Phillip Fried will discuss his book â€œEarly/Late: New & Selected Poems.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– The River School will present a talk by Giles Whittell, author of â€œBridge of Spiesâ€? and Washington bureau chief for the Times of London. 7 p.m. $25. The River School, 4880 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-337-3554. Films
â– The inaugural DC Human Rights Watch Film Festival will open with Joe Wilson and Dean Hamerâ€™s documentary â€œOut in the Silence,â€? about the controversy ignited in a small American town by the filmmakersâ€™ same-sex wedding announcement in the local paper and the subsequent brutal bullying of a gay teen. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow. 7 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. â– The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Penny Panayotopoulouâ€™s film â€œHard Goodbyes: My Father,â€? about a 10-year-old boy who refuses to accept his fatherâ€™s death and creates an imaginary world. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
Reading â– The Harvard Club of Washington DC and American Independent Writers will present a James Joyce birthday party, featuring readings from â€œPortrait of the Artist as a Young Man,â€? â€œUlyssesâ€? and â€œFinneganâ€™s Wake.â€? 5 p.m. Free. Fiesta Room, Guapoâ€™s Restaurant, 4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202237-5202.
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Kreeger Museumâ€™s â€˜In Unisonâ€™ show unites area artists By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent
ashington Color School artist Sam Gilliam remembers the 1960s, when he and other D.C. artists engaged in a vigorous visual dialogue that shook the art world with its bold expressions of pure color. They put the city on the international map as a center for creative art, probably the only time that has ever happened. Now Gilliam hopes to bring Washington into the limelight again, by stimulating interaction and collaboration between D.C.-area artists. To this end, he organized a collaboration between 20 artists, himself included, that resulted in an exhibition of monoprints titled â€œIn Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists.â€? The show opened recently at the Kreeger Museum. Gilliam wanted to bring fresh perspectives to the prints, each one unique, so he invited not only experienced printmakers, but also painters, sculptors, poets, musicians and other artists to join him in the project.
They worked in small groups at the print studio of George Mason University, two of whose faculty members provided assistance to anyone lacking proficiency in printmak-
ing. While sharing presses, they also shared ideas, spurred each other to try new things and generally fed off each otherâ€™s creative energy. Each was asked to make five monoprints and submit them to a panel of four jurors, who then selected one by each artist for inclusion in the show. Beyond that, everyone had complete freedom to try anything, and the results reveal astonishing diversity in style, subject matter and process. For example, thereâ€™s a silkscreen monoprint by Columbia Heights printmaker Joyce Wellman, who drew her fine, abstractly geometric design with crayons. It continues her fascination with the number five, which she believes represents humankind in some mystical way. Standing before Wellmanâ€™s open, brightly colored print, viewers will see a large 5 written high in the design, its top trailing off to the right, then continuing in a long looping line down to the bottom. Other lines go to the left or circle around, and beneath them a fainter pattern emerges as though from the mist. She aims to picture human emotions in
Gallery features artistâ€™s large-scale woodcuts
andscapes in Transition II,â€? presenting colorful large-scale woodcut prints by Alexandria artist Eve Stockton, will open tomorrow at the Heurich Gallery and continue through April 28. An opening reception and artistâ€™s talk will take place tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Eve Stocktonâ€™s woodcut prints are on display in â€œLandscapes in Transition IIâ€? at the Heurich Gallery.
Located at 505 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202223-1626. â– The Shops at Georgetown Park will host a fiveday exhibition of art by more than 30 Georgetown artists, beginning with an opening reception tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. and continuing through Feb. 1. On view will be paintings, photography, sculpture and mixed-media pieces, some of them for sale. Organized by the Citizens Association of Georgetown, the show is the second in a series that See Exhibits/Page 30
Folger stages Shakespeareâ€™s â€˜Comedy of Errorsâ€™
olger Theatre opened Shakespeareâ€™s â€œThe Comedy of Errorsâ€? this week and will continue it through March 6. A shipwreck, one of Shakespeareâ€™s favorite launching
On STAGE devices, starts off this comedyâ€™s craziness of coincidence and confusion. Antipholus and his servant Dromio journey from Syracuse in search of their long-lost, identically named twin brothers. Their arrival in Ephesus sets off a chain of mishaps as the twins are mistaken for each other. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $60. The Folger is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077; folger.edu. â– The Rude Mechanicals will present Shakespeareâ€™s â€œThe Winterâ€™s Taleâ€? Jan. 28 and 29 at the Sitar Arts Center. â€œThe Winterâ€™s Taleâ€? is a classic about redemption. The play tells the story of a king whose jealousy destroys his kingdom, and of how that kingdom is restored 16 years later when a statue comes to life. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15; $12 for students and seniors. The center is located at 1700 Kalorama Road NW. rudemechanicals.com. â– Catholic University will present See Theater/Page 30
Folger Theatreâ€™s â€œThe Comedy of Errorsâ€? will run through March 6.
Above, Joyce Wellmanâ€™s â€œFiveâ€?; left, Akili Ron Andersonâ€™s â€œUntitled Vâ€? her art. Next to this image hangs a piece titled â€œRusted Signâ€? by Bloomingdale artist RenĂŠe See Kreeger/Page 30
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Colonial offers sun-warmed twist on classic décor
he newly listed property at 3510 Rodman St. is a classic Cleveland Park Colonial: Built in 1926, its brick
ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY
exterior hides well-proportioned rooms and classic details such as hardwood floors and substantial moldings. But the property also imagines itself somewhere far away from its tree-lined locale, judging from the sun-baked hues here. A terra-cotta living room doesn’t need the winter sun that comes through three large front windows — or heat from a marble-surround fireplace — to feel warm. The room’s décor also suggests Mediterranean rather than midAtlantic, preparing visitors for the next warm-hued space: a sizable, sandy-apricot dining room. The arched doorway that connects the two, however, is solidly Greek Revival rather than actually Greek, as is the floor-to-ceiling panel around the fireplace. The next room is also firmly rooted in that design vernacular. The spacious sunroom has win-
dows on three sides, offering the perfect spot to read or watch birds in the backyard. Some buyers would make this space a causal living area with a television while keeping the living room more formal. Buyers would also have options in the eat-in kitchen. The clean, all-white room will spark some to call a contractor to spruce up surfaces, while others will leave it be. The configuration works, however, and glass doors to an outdoor terrace are a feature few would change. That outdoor space is a natural for entertaining, with a flagstone terrace and a stacked-stone wall offering places to perch. Beyond that space and a swath of lawn waits a one-car garage. The home’s second floor holds three bedrooms and two baths, including the master suite. Two of those bedrooms — one now used as a study — share a hall bath, where white fixtures pop against russet walls. The master bedroom is large and sunny, with three exposures flooding the room with light. Anderson windows, with screens for summer nights, were installed here during renovations. There are
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Chevy Chase. Handsome English colonial has spacious rooms, kitchen w/ island, 5 Brs, 4 Bas. Walk to Metro and Somerset Elementary. $1,049,000
Ellen Sandler- 202-255-5007; Susan Berger- 202-255-5006
Photos Courtesy of Randall Hagner, a J Street Company
This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath Cleveland Park house is priced at $1,375,000. two closets here, including one original to the home and a far larger one added later. The bathroom is also spacious, with two sinks and a spa tub with a walk-in shower. The living room’s Mediterranean meme returns here, with a wallpaper frieze picturing antique figures — great fun for those who want a classicizing bathroom, easy to fix for those who don’t. A fourth bedroom and third full bath wait on the top floor, a finished attic with wall-to-wall carpet. The home’s bottom level is
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Hazen Park. Commuters have easy access to the buses on Wisconsin Avenue or, a bit farther off, Connecticut Avenue. The Cleveland Park Metrorail stop is also less than a mile away. This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 3510 Rodman St. is offered for $1,375,000. For details, contact Realtor Marjorie Dick Stuart of Randall Hagner, a J Street Company, at 202-243-0400 or Marjorie@marjoriedickstuart.com.
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partially finished; buyers looking for more living space could complete the job. Now useful spaces wait here: a laundry area and a large room for storage. A side door means that an inlaw suite on this level would have its own entrance. Other options for the space include a playroom for children, and the quiet neighborhood is ideal for families. Nearby resources include the Hearst Recreation Center and Melvin C.
Remodeled kitchen w/granite countertops, renovated master bath, and Pella double pane windows top the list of exquisite renovations made to this fabulous Colonial, with great new landscaping, in AU Park. Updated Gem
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and O streets NW — in order to accommodate the busier members and remain easily re-accessible to those who go on hiatus. Runnymede has no president, no officers, just about 30 members and some “de facto people who do certain things,” Kelly said. The group is so keen on welcoming other singing enthusiasts, from shower singers to experienced performers, that it doesn’t even mandate that members pay the average twice-yearly dues of $150, which covers rental space and stipends for a conductor and pianist. “Please don’t let [the membership fee] stop you from joining us … some of us pay more than others, some less. We don’t want anyone to stay away because they cannot pay the whole amount,” reads the group’s come-as-youare ad, recently posted on the Dupont neighborhood listserv. The laid-back atmosphere of the group makes it a very social place for members, says
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The Runnymede Singers perform regularly at nursing homes. Marquardt. “In general, by definition, you don’t get antisocial people showing up to join a choir. I think by its nature it’s a pretty easy group to get along with,” he said. Look no further than the two known marriages that have resulted from mingling between high notes and hearty laughs, says Charles Taylor, a 59-year-old writer for an association publication who joined the group in September. “No breakups yet,” he said. Runnymede works on a semester-by-semester basis, going on break over the summer. Its bread-and-butter performances, which are free and put on two or
three times a semester, are held at nursing homes. From Italian madrigals and classical pieces to spirituals and even rock, the group’s songs span the musical spectrum. But during the fall, Runnymede places special focus on carols for the holiday season, culminating in its annual candlelit carols show at the First Baptist Church, one of its only ventures outside the nursing home circuit. Currently the group is “especially in need of guy members, tenors in particular,” Kelly said, and has a Facebook page eagerly awaiting visitors. Perhaps a few high-pitched male voices could imbue the group with the sort of rich choral texture it needs to prevent this sort of reaction, which came from a woman a few years back: “We were singing in a nursing home, and we’re getting to the end of the performance, and we had one last piece and a woman in the third or fourth row said, ‘Oh, God, they’re going to sing another one,’” recalled Marquardt with delight. “It was her internal voice.”
INVESTMENT From Page 13
The reports use qualitative judgments to come up with numerical values that are then entered into formulas in a software program. At club meetings, other members assess the report and take a vote on whether to purchase shares of the company. To join the club, prospects must prepare a report of this kind, and its quality must gain the confidence of the other members. Simonson, who went through this process herself years ago, said the deliberative nature of the club is key to its solid performance over the years. “While we like to have fun, and there’s a lot of camaraderie, we’re pretty rigorous in terms of requiring the stock studies to buy or sell a stock,” she said. Years ago, a regional organization handed out awards to the best local investment clubs, and the Palisades group’s commit-
ment to meticulous research regularly paid off, winning it first or second place in the region, she said. Simonson earned her own club-member stripes partly by proposing an investment in National Presto Industries. The company — which, in addition to manufacturing appliances, is also “the premier manufacturer of adult diapers” and a stalwart maker of ammunition for the U.S. government (examples of fun facts club members learn, according to Shaughness) — has turned out to be a very successful investment for the club, Shaughness said. The bet panned out quite well, added Simonson, averaging a growth rate of more than 15 percent over the years. But like others, it was still just a bet. “If it was all scientific and numbers-generated, we’d all be wealthy,” said Simonson. “But you have to make these judgments, and the point is to get educated about those judgments.”
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From Page 1 Association reiterated her concerns from December that traffic backup in the alley would block emergency vehicle access and that 21st Street is too busy already to handle the additional traffic load. Much to many residentsâ€™ dismay, the D.C. Department of Transportation is requiring the university to use the alley rather than constructing an exit along G Street, because the latter would require adding a curb cut there. Commission chair Rebecca Coder said she understood the concerns about 21st Street but also the Transportation Departmentâ€™s stance, noting the overabundance of curb cuts along stretches of Massachusetts Avenue. â€œIâ€™m talking about curb cuts in my neighborhood and I donâ€™t give a blank blank about what happens on Massachusetts,â€? replied a
resident of The Monroe House, on 21st Street a block south of the planned garage. â€œThis is where I live.â€? The general concept for the five-level facility â€” as well as an aboveground building on the spot that would be constructed later â€” has already been approved as part of the 2007 Foggy Bottom campus plan. The university is now seeking the advisory neighborhood commissionâ€™s support for a Feb. 3 Zoning Commission hearing for final approval of the plans. The commission voted 4-0-2 not to object, with commissioners Asher Corson and Eric Malinen abstaining. The panelâ€™s resolution requires plans for construction management and interim parking, as well as a traffic management plan that addresses concerns about congestion and pedestrian safety at the garageâ€™s entry and exit. â€œI think we have enough caveats built into this proposal, so I think we can say letâ€™s look
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at this with some guarded optimism,â€? commissioner David Lehrman said. Corson and Malinen abstained after they tried unsuccessfully to urge the commission to oppose the plan. Corson had taken great offense to an article in the George Washington University student newspaper, The Hatchet, that quoted university president Steven Knapp suggesting the schoolâ€™s enrollment caps be reviewed. Corson said he might oppose any university projects unless he heard Knapp definitively say he was opposed to raising caps. At the meeting and in writing afterward, university officials said the quote was taken out of context and that Knapp was speaking generally about actions the District could take as officials consider ways to stimulate the economy. â€œIf such discussions were to involve the issue of population caps, or other commitments related to our Campus Plan, community dialogue would be an essential
part of that discussion,â€? reads a letter from university executive vice president Louis Katz. At the meeting, Corson was sharply skeptical of representativesâ€™ explanation of the comment, at one point accusing them of lying. Describing an issue of trust, he said, â€œI donâ€™t think we can use the things that are being said at this meeting as a basis for our vote.â€? â€œI just am of the belief at this point that GW is not behaving toward the community in good faith,â€? Corson said. Other commissioners said that the Zoning Commission was unlikely to block the universityâ€™s plans based on that concern, and that uncivil discourse could stand in the way of the neighborhoodâ€™s best interests. â€œYou can have a strident viewpoint but you donâ€™t have to come across like Sarah Palin,â€? Lehrman said, adding, â€œAt some point, nothing gets done.â€?
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houseâ€? functions like office and meeting space â€” including a room with a 100-seat capacity â€” in the rear. The first floor includes a childrenâ€™s section, a music and DVD area and checkout counters. The second floor features books for young adults and adults, along with periodicals. The library has 40 computers, and for the first time in the systemâ€™s history, theyâ€™re all Macs, Cooper said. On a wall on the second floor is space for artwork â€” a paneled mural that will feature both historical and modern images of Tenleytown. The Friends of Tenley Library group has contributed funds for the project. Cooper also pointed to some of the buildingâ€™s green features, which should make it eligible for silver â€” or perhaps gold â€” certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Ceiling lights turn on and off automatically as visitors enter and exit certain areas, and the heating and cooling systems are located beneath the floors to maximize efficiency. On the top of the building is a vegetative green roof. In addition, rust-colored â€œfinsâ€? on the outside of the library â€” one of the buildingâ€™s most prominent architectural features â€” were installed to let in specific amounts of light for temperature control. â€œTheyâ€™re at exactly the right angle to give us the maximum of what we need,â€? Cooper said. A few visitors, who asked not to be named, criticized the new building for its somewhat sterile feel. One said he preferred the cramped, book-stacked feeling of older libraries and remarked that the space felt empty of materials. (According to Cooper, the library now has 55,000 items with capacity for 80,000). But most were positive about the new space.
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On the libraryâ€™s opening day, Mayor Vincent Gray read a book about library rules to an audience in the childrenâ€™s room. â€œI like it. Iâ€™m just so happy to have our library back,â€? said Dan Carozza, a longtime Tenleytown resident. â€œItâ€™s long overdue.â€? In his opening remarks, Mayor Gray spoke of a â€œsignificant renaissance of libraries in our city,â€? with renovated buildings serving as afterschool headquarters for students and meeting places for communities. Of the pack of libraries that shut down in 2004 for renovations â€” Anacostia, Benning, Watha T. Daniel and Tenley â€” all are now complete, and a renovated Petworth branch is expected to reopen next month. John Hill, president of the library systemâ€™s board of trustees, praised the neighborhood-centric approach the city has adopted recently. Four years ago, he said, the board was intent on a proposal to
redo the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown. Mayor Gray, then council chairman, â€œsaid no,â€? Hill recalled. â€œHe said letâ€™s concentrate on neighborhood libraries and get this moving.â€? â€œIn retrospect,â€? Hill said, â€œthat was absolutely the right decision.â€? But Library Renaissance Project director Robin Diener pointed to decreased hours at the Tenley library and others, noting that all neighborhood branches are now open just two nights a week and are closed two mornings a week as well as all day Sunday. â€œReducing services is not the way to maximize the cityâ€™s $250m investment in library renewal,â€? she wrote in an e-mail. A grand-opening party for the new Tenley library will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library.
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piece identified as “Untitled V,” by Brightwood Park artist Akili Ron Anderson. Anderson makes stained-glass windows, which notably include 20 panels at the Columbia Heights Metro station that colorfully portray the West African sankofa bird, a symbol for looking back to find the future. This principle applies to his print as well. To make it, Anderson took an old sheet of sand paper from a circular floor sander, inked it and printed it, creating a totemic image with a weathered texture. As for Sam Gilliam, the sankofa bird seems similarly symbolic, since his richly textured piece carries the bold colors of his 1960s drape paintings forward into a new century and a new medium. With his eye on the future, he opened a new studio this month in Brightwood. Like their artworks, the artists continue their dialogue. “In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists” will continue through Feb. 26 at the Kreeger Museum. Located at 2400 Foxhall Road NW, the museum is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is also open by reservation Tuesday through Friday for guided tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and free for ages 12 and younger. 202-337-3050; kreegermuseum.org.
continue through April 24. Located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ The American University Museum opened six shows yesterday of works by women artists and will continue them through March 13. “Nicole Cohen: Driving in Circles” includes large-scale drawings, video projections and prints focusing on five of the District’s traffic landmarks — Ward, Dupont, Garfield, Washington and Observatory circles. “Marisa Baumgartner: Grande Avenues” presents photographs, text, drawings, installations and videos highlighting D.C.’s traffic circles, addressing why specific statues were chosen for them and the history of the city’s design. “The Dark and Humorous Mind of Heather Wilcoxon” features 50some cartoon-like absurdist images commenting on the troubles of modern society. “Dafna Kaffeman: What Could Be Sweeter Than Going to Paradise?” delves into the IsraeliPalestinian conflict and fragility of
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Victor Herbert’s “The Enchantress” Jan. 28 through 30 in Ward Hall. The musical takes place in the country of Zergovia, where the minister of war, Ozir, persuades the prima donna, Vivien, to seduce the royal prince. If the prince marries a commoner, he must abdicate the throne to Ozir. With the royal house in jeopardy, Vivien must make a decision. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15; $10 for students, seniors and alumni. Catholic University is located at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202-319-4000; music.cua.edu. ■ As part of “The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration,” the Kennedy Center will present “American Scrapbook: A Celebration of Verse” Jan. 29 through Feb. 6 in the Family Theater. This hourlong play, recommended for ages 9 and older, is based on two collections of poetry selected by Caroline Kennedy. Performance times are 1:30 and 4 p.m. Jan. 29 and
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Feb. 5 and 6. Tickets cost $18. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will visit the Kennedy Center Feb. 1 through 6. The company will perform a compilation of classics and new works, celebrating 50 years of “Revelations.” Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $99. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will present “La cándida Eréndira (The Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother)” Feb. 3 through 27. Based on a novel by Gabriel García Márquez, “La Cándida Eréndira” is set in a mysterious desert landscape. The young Eréndira is forced by her grandmother to sell herself to pay for accidentally burning down the family home. After traveling from town to town, Eréndira is wed to a young man who loves her deeply, and together they plot an escape. The play will be performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $36; $20 to $26 for students, seniors and military personnel. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; galatheatre.org.
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