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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Dupont Current

Vol. XI, No. 34

Bus riders fight crowds on 16th St.


■ Transit: Commuters seek

increased rush-hour service

By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

Transportation officials will look into solutions for rush-hour overcrowding on 16th Street bus lines, but warned residents that logistical hurdles and a lack of funding complicate the issue.

At a Dupont Circle community meeting Monday, Jim Hamre, Metrobus planning director for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, encouraged residents to lobby the authority and the D.C. Council for more bus funding. Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Kishan Putta organized the meeting to discuss the S2 and S4 buses, which run on 16th Street southbound to Federal Triangle, McPherson

Square and Franklin Square. Collectively, the two lines carry about 20,000 riders a day, Hamre estimated — the most bus passengers of D.C. corridor. An S1 line also follows 16th Street toward Potomac Park. But buses heading downtown are often too full by the time they reach Columbia Road, residents said, and pass by without picking up passengers. One commuter reported See Buses/Page 16

Panel rebuffs Kalorama project’s critics By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Bill Petros/The Current

One of the highlights of Saturday’s NatsFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was the introduction of William Howard Taft as the fifth member of the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents.

Acting again on a proposal to expand two historic row houses in Kalorama Triangle into a 17-unit condominium, the Historic Preservation Review Board took new testimony last Thursday from a phalanx of neighbors who oppose the development — and then flatly turned the opponents down. The board reaffirmed an earlier vote to approve Lock 7 Development’s concept for large rear additions at 2012-2014 Kalorama Road. The project was particularly controversial because it slipped past on the board’s consent agenda last October before adjacent neighbors — whose views will be blocked — were properly notified. Board members were concerned, even angry, that Lock 7 indicated — inaccurately — that neighbors had been notified before the plans won concept approval in October with no debate. But that was not enough to See Kalorama/Page 6

Rendering by Square 134 Architects

A presentation about the Kalorama Road project prepared for the Historic Preservation Review Board shows a perspective view from the alley.

Crowded field vies for seat in special at-large election

Plan may bring Metro to Georgetown by 2040 By KATIE PEARCE


Though Metro’s new strategic plan focuses mostly on short-term needs, one vision for the distant future — to build a new rail tunnel through Georgetown to Thomas Circle — is already catching attention. The idea, which could potentially create a Metro station in rail-starved Georgetown, is certainly not new as a conversation piece. But a concrete proposal in that direction from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority gives the topic new steam. The authority released its 10-year strategic plan last week. Dubbed “Momentum,” the plan lays out the system’s immediate priorities as well as a vision for the long term, as the region prepares to take on a 30 percent population increase over 30 years.

The race for the at-large D.C. Council seat is coming into focus: Of the 20 people who picked up petitions, eight filed the required 3,000 signatures by last Wednesday’s deadline. A special election to be held April 23 will fill the at-large seat vacated by Phil Mendelson when he won the citywide race for council chairman in November. Candidates vying for the position include several past and present elected officials: interim at-large

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NEWS Preservation board agrees to sign on historic Q Street block

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WMATA photo by Larry Levine

A long-term proposal calls for a new Metrorail tunnel running under M Street in Georgetown, which could accommodate a station in the area.

The plan’s first priority is maximizing the existing transit network, requiring at least $1 billion per year. Goals for 2025 — which include using only full eightcar trains and increasing the capacity of core Metro stations — would cost an additional $500 million per year. Then there’s a set of goals for 2040, which would See Metro/Page 5

EVENTS Arena Stage set to host world premiere of ‘Grand Parade’

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NOTEBOOK Former Mayor Williams praises successors for city’s growth

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Council member Anita Bonds, former at-large Council member Michael A. Brown, American University Park advisory neighborhood commissioner Matthew Frumin, and Ward 1 State Board of Education representative Patrick Mara. The other candidates are Perry Redd, John Settles, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zukerberg. One thing most candidates have in common: All live in Northwest except Silverman, who resides in northeastern Capitol Hill. But each comes to the race with different ideas about how they could help See Council/Page 2

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COUNCIL: At-large candidates talk education, affordable housing and transparency

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improve the District — from education reform to affordable housing to government transparency. Here’s what the eight candidates had to say in interviews with The Current: ■Anita Bonds, Democrat Bonds, a longtime political activ-

ist, is now serving as the interim atlarge council member in Mendelson’s former seat. The D.C. Democratic State Committee (for which Bonds serves as chair) elected her last month to fill the position until the special election winner takes office. She has lived in D.C. for more than 50 years and currently resides in Truxton Circle, where she served as

chair of her advisory neighborhood commission. Bonds said the issue most important to her is “neighborhood development,� which she defines as improving quality-of-life factors across the city, like parks, street and alley lighting, and infrastructure — such as ensuring her neighbors’ homes in Bloomingdale won’t flood after heavy rainfall.

“All the things you find in a community, I want them to be the best,� Bonds said. Human capital figures into this, she said, noting that addressing poverty and education is key. “What are we going to do about our schools, really?� she said. “We keep talking about the buildings, but we need to put more emphasis on


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what happens in the classrooms.â&#x20AC;? Bonds is a corporate relations director at Fort Myer Construction, a D.C. firm that has won a number of city contracts, but said if elected, she would step down so she could serve â&#x20AC;&#x153;full-timeâ&#x20AC;? on the council. â&#x2013; Michael A. Brown, Democrat Brown served as an independent at-large council member from 2009 to 2012 in a seat reserved for a nonDemocrat, before he lost his reelection bid in November to independent David Grosso. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My work is not done,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. Now running as a Democrat, he wants to add to his record of increasing affordable housing, creating jobs, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;making it easier for businesses to do business in the District.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing is more important than keeping residents in the city that want to stay in the city, and that comes down to affordable housing and jobs, period,â&#x20AC;? he said. Ethics and campaign finance reform, he said, are priorities. A D.C. native, Brown is an attorney who lives in Chevy Chase, and is a partner at The Madison Group. If elected, Brown says he will maintain his job at the D.C. firm, but said he would also continue to treat the council position as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a full-time job.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2013;  Matthew Frumin, Democrat Frumin, who lives in American University Park, was elected to his advisory neighborhood commission in 2008; he served two one-year terms as chair, in 2010 and 2012. As a longtime education advocate and parent of three children who attended D.C. public schools, Frumin says education would be his top priority. He was an active participant in the efforts to modernize Wilson High School and he hopes to replicate that success at other schools around the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to take the experience and skills I learned in that process and project them citywide ... where in some cases the challenges are different,â&#x20AC;? Frumin said. Mayor Vincent Gray tapped Frumin to be a member of his task force on undergrounding power lines, and the candidate says improving the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure is another critical issue he plans to work on. Frumin, an attorney, is a partner with Cassidy Levy Kent, where he specializes in international trade. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committed to being the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hardest-working council member â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or tied for it,â&#x20AC;? and said he is still considering whether he could also maintain his work for the law firm. â&#x2013;  Patrick Mara, Republican Mara, the lone Republican in the race, described himself as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiscally responsible, socially progressive moderate Republican.â&#x20AC;? He lives in Columbia Heights and since 2011 has served as the Ward 1 D.C. State Board of Education representative. Mara said his top priority would be schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of my work on the board, I have a deep understanding of education throughout the city, not just in Ward 1,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We spend a lot of money on See Council/Page 30

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Board urged to revise graduation standards By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Public testimony last week at the D.C. State Board of Education meeting on proposed changes to high school graduation requirements showed an overwhelming interest in increasing sexual health education, making the thesis requirement optional, and reinstating U.S. government as a required course. The board has been working on possible revisions to the graduation requirements for the past 14 months, with a goal of providing schools with more flexibility while also creating standards that better prepare students for college or high-skilled careers. The boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest proposal, released in December, recommended requiring more art and music education, adding a physical activity requirement, and allowing some units to be fulfilled by demonstrating proficiency rather than by completing a course. It also proposed increasing the total number of units needed to graduate from 24 to 26. Geetha Ananthakrishnan, a public policy coordinator with local nonprofit Metro TeenAIDS, was one of several witnesses at the Jan. 23 meeting who gave examples to illustrate what seems to be a dire need for more sexual health education. She testified that her organization worked with one young man who said he and his girlfriend thought they could prevent pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections by having sex near a microwave while it was running, and would do so rather than use condoms or other birth control

Commercial sign approved for row house By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The 1700 block of Q Street boasts a distinctive series of brick and brownstone Romanesque row houses, uniformly lining both sides of what is known as Schneider Row. Soon it will get a new distinction: its first approved commercial sign. The Historic Preservation Review Board last week OKed a proposal for a modest â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-illuminated, oval-shaped flat metal sign,â&#x20AC;? tucked inside a Romanesque arch. It will identify the Century 21 real estate office that occupies the corner row house at 1701 Q St. Century 21 had previously sought more conspicuous signage, including an illuminated sign it wanted to affix to the masonry façade of the 1890 building. But the preservation board turned that down, for fear of damaging the masonry and commercializing what has been a strictly residential block. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to run a business, and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apparent coming in that signage would be such an issue,â&#x20AC;? said Nicholas Pasquini of Century 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The building is truly a gem, and we do respect the residential block. But across the intersection [on 17th Street], there are lots of signs.â&#x20AC;? Staff reviewer Steve Callcott said the latest proposal could pass muster. The signâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background color would blend with the brownstone, its size is â&#x20AC;&#x153;diminutive,â&#x20AC;? and it would be attached to wood rather than masonry so there would be no perSee Sign/Page 16

methods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We meet youth who are unaware of their own anatomy on a regular basis,â&#x20AC;? said Ananthakrishnan. She and others from Metro TeenAIDS urged the board to increase its health education requirement from 0.5 units to 2.0 or higher, which they said would better align with national standards and meet the goals of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act. Other witnesses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including physicians, nonprofit directors, educators and current high school students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; provided other examples demonstrating a lack of knowledge of basic reproduction facts as well as other health education subjects including nutrition, exercise and disease prevention. For the thesis requirement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which was put into place in 2007 but later suspended â&#x20AC;&#x201D; many witnesses said it should become optional, and a new diploma of distinction could be awarded to the students who complete one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students doing well should have a chance to demonstrate their abilities in a topic of their choice,â&#x20AC;? said Sade Brown, a 12th-grader at Dunbar who has an interest in nursing and said she would like to complete a thesis, if she knew how. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiring all students to complete this without the proper support will create additional obstacles for people to graduate.â&#x20AC;? The thesis requirement is not currently part of a specific class, but an independent project that juniors and seniors take on. Many stakeholders, including Cathy See Graduation/Page 19

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The week ahead Wednesday, Jan. 30

The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will hold a workshop on new D.C. corporation laws. The workshop will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 4302 at 1100 4th St. SW. To register, call 202-442-8170.

Thursday, Jan. 31

Hearst Elementary will hold an open house for prospective parents at 9:30 a.m. The school is located at 3950 37th St. NW. For details, call 202-282-0106.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Mayor Vincent Gray will deliver the 2013 State of the District Address at 7 p.m. at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013; The Palisades Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature presentations by the D.C. Department of the Environment on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sustainable Futureâ&#x20AC;? initiative and by the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility on its programs. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

The Citizens Association of Georgetown will host a community meeting to discuss proposals for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;residential customized zoneâ&#x20AC;? in Georgetown as part of the process of updating the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning regulations. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW.

Thursday, Feb. 7

The education group DC Voice will hold a community meeting to discuss its High School Student Testing Project, which assesses the impact of standardized tests on students, and the Ready Kids Project, which looks at the readiness of children for kindergarten through interviews with teachers and school counselors. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW.



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District Digest City government sees $417 million surplus A newly announced $417 million surplus for the 2012 fiscal year has pushed the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reserve fund to $1.5 billion, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Under D.C. law, the government can begin to spend surpluses once it has two months of cash on hand, or $1.8 billion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a benchmark the release says is â&#x20AC;&#x153;within striking distance.â&#x20AC;? Gray calls for saving the money at the moment and spending anticipated revenue from the 2013 fiscal year on new social services initiatives. Meanwhile, Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, chair

of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, said in a release that the city should continue to build its savings in anticipation of future budget crunches, and to boost its bond rating to receive lower borrowing rates.

Lottery sales climb 8 percent in 2012

The D.C. Lottery boosted sales by nearly 8 percent in fiscal year 2012 and contributed more than $66.4 million in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund, according to a news release from the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board. The yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total revenue from the D.C. Lottery was nearly $250 million, the fourth-highest tally in

its 30-year history. Officials attributed the sales success to the introduction of games with higher prize payouts and â&#x20AC;&#x153;second-chanceâ&#x20AC;? opportunities that appealed to new audiences.

Woman fatally shot in Brightwood area

An 18-year-old Takoma Park, Md., woman was shot dead at 5th and Nicholson streets NW early Friday, and police have charged a 21-year-old Northwest man in connection with the homicide. Police found Siohban Nicole Lee lying on the ground at 3:24 a.m., and she was unresponsive on the scene, according to a Metropolitan Police Department


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news release. Later on Friday, officers charged Alexander D. Buckley with first-degree murder in the case.

District requests bids for creek restoration

Plans to â&#x20AC;&#x153;daylightâ&#x20AC;? a tributary to Broad Branch creek are moving forward, as the District is currently seeking bids from contractors to relocate about 1,600 feet of the tributary from an underground culvert. The work will take place near 36th Street, benefiting an unnamed stream that begins at a spring near the Politics & Prose bookstore and feeds into the Broad Branch creek. A cost for the project will depend on the bids, and a timeline hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been established. The Department of General Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; request for proposals states that work should be â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantially completeâ&#x20AC;? within 120 days of its start. The daylighting project will allow water to go through natural filters and move at a slower pace than in a pipe, which the city hopes will reduce erosion and improve water quality in Broad Branch and Rock Creek. The project will also offer an improved natural habitat.

D.C. to open sign-ups for summer camps

Registration for D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation camps will begin Feb. 4 for D.C. residents, according to an agency news release. The city is introducing a new rolling sign-up period this year, with specific sites opening for online registration at 10 a.m. each weekday through Feb. 14. Among those available on the first day are Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Banneker Community Center, Chevy Chase Community Center, Emery Recreation Center and Stead Recreation Center.

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Whitman-Walker will add new facilities

Whitman-Walker Health is expanding in Logan Circle, with plans to lease space in a new building at 1525 14th St. NW, according to the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. The nonprofit community health center, which specializes in HIV/ AIDS care and LGBT issues, has entered into a long-term lease with Furioso Development. WhitmanWalker will occupy nearly 43,000 square feet of the mixed-use building, which is now under construction and is expected to open in mid2014. With the new space, WhitmanWalker, which was established in 1978, will offer a larger pharmacy, a clinic for travel medicine and expanded wellness and therapy programs. The center has more than doubled its patient base over the past six years, according to the website. Don Blanchon, the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, said at a recent community meeting in Logan Circle that the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center at 14th and R streets NW will continue operating as well, likely hosting administrative functions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think this is a real win-win for our patients and the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? he said of the expansion.

Senators introduce D.C. statehood bill

Four U.S. senators have introduced the New Columbia Admission Act to grant the District statehood, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton announced last week. Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., who is expected to chair the Senate committee overseeing District affairs, introduced the measure; Democrats Richard Durbin of Illinois, Patty Murray of Washington state and Barbara Boxer of California co-sponsored it. The bill matches one Norton had introduced in the House of Representatives, whose Republican majority spells trouble for a statehood measure. But in a news release, Norton states that several influential House Republicans have been supportive of D.C. budget autonomy.


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Georgetown leaders prepare request for customized zone in code rewrite By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

As the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Planning continues to pitch its proposed changes to D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning code, Georgetown residents are getting out in front of the issue with their own suggestions for neighborhood regulations. Requirements for citywide development, building heights and density, commercial outlets and parking are currently under review. But the Citizens Association of Georgetown has requested that the Planning Office include a customized zone for the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic district in order to preserve its unique identity. The association plans to hold a community meeting to discuss the proposals Feb. 6 at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. The advisory neighborhood commission is also slated to discuss the issue briefly at its meeting Monday. As the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only National Historic Landmark District, Georgetown has particular needs in order to preserve its historic character, association leaders say. At the same time,

Georgetown lacks an overlay â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a set of restrictions on changes permitted in the area, as found in several other local neighborhoods. Without a customized approach, the neighborhood would be included in catch-all regulations that would not be appropriate for its historic status, residents said, in the draft of residential zoning rules released by the Office of Planning last January. Last week, the citizens association posted its own draft of changes to the proposed regulations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a set of land-use requirements that would be specific to Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our concern was that we would be left a little in the lurch, we would be forced to live with these generic regulations,â&#x20AC;? said Richard Hinds, legal adviser for the Georgetown group. The Office of Planning is still considering whether to include a special zone for Georgetown, as the association is seeking. The agency has been responsive to the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendations, Hinds said, and has modified parts of its own draft to fit in some requests from Georgetown. The association is pushing for stricter regu-

METRO: Georgetown tunnel eyed From Page 1

require an additional $740 million per year. Among those is a proposal to separate the Blue and Orange lines and the Yellow and Green lines in the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core. Doing so would involve building two new tunnels terminating at Thomas Circle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one running north-south along 10th Street NW and SW; the other crossing the Potomac River from Rosslyn, and beneath Georgetown via M Street. Tom Harrington, the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of long-range planning, noted that the new plan doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contain much detail on these tunnels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Momentum, [the Georgetown tunnel] is purposely drawn with big fat arrows. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show you station locations and so forth,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bottom line is, at this stage, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about the need to separate the two lines,â&#x20AC;? Harrington said. Congestion at the Rosslyn stop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a strain expected to grow once the new Silver Line to Dulles is up and running â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would justify the project, according to Metro documents. Harrington said tackling Rosslyn congestion as part of the 2025 goals could â&#x20AC;&#x153;potentially be a starting pointâ&#x20AC;? to the conversation about the new tunnel. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans gave enthusiastic support for a tunnel beneath Georgetown in an interview yesterday. As a resident of the neighborhood himself since 1993, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to have a Metro in Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that he believes he â&#x20AC;&#x153;represents the majority of the peopleâ&#x20AC;? on that point. Currently, he said, he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use public transportation to get to work without a lot of time, hassle and confusing fees. According to Evans, the D.C. Council intends to pass a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sense of the councilâ&#x20AC;? resolution supporting the goals of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Momentumâ&#x20AC;? plan next Tuesday.

But the legislator has some other ideas for how a line through Georgetown might work. Personally, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to see it run south from Tenleytown down Wisconsin Avenue, which could also address Glover Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transit deficiencies. And if Metro does build a tunnel across the Potomac, Evans believes it needs to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;big enough to fit cars as well,â&#x20AC;? to alleviate traffic on Key Bridge and the Whitehurst Freeway. With a car tunnel in place, he said, there could even be justification for tearing down the Whitehurst. The transit authority has considered various ideas for a Rosslynoriginating tunnel in the past, including one running to Union Station. Though the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Momentumâ&#x20AC;? vision cuts off the new tunnel at Thomas Circle, a parallel planning effort is exploring options for a new Blue line running along M Street NW eventually to H Street NE and the Benning Road stop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; via either New Jersey or Constitution avenues. Harrington said the transit authority will review these concepts and others in its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regional Transit System Plan,â&#x20AC;? expected to come out in the middle of this year. According to Evans, another idea would be to run a line up Pennsylvania Avenue, â&#x20AC;&#x153;cutting back over to Metro Center.â&#x20AC;? He said a station near the International Monetary Fund at 700 19th St. NW could make sense. Joe Sternlieb, executive director of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, said a central stop near Wisconsin and M streets would be ideal for the neighborhood, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;both God and the devil are in the details.â&#x20AC;? The business group supports the general concept of a tunnel through Georgetown, which Sternlieb said â&#x20AC;&#x153;has been on the wish list for a very long time.â&#x20AC;? He said he expects his group to See Metro/Page 7

lations for commercial uses than in other residential areas of the city; maintenance of minimum â&#x20AC;&#x153;side setbacksâ&#x20AC;? or yard requirements for houses in historic Georgetown; and a close rein on accessory dwelling units, such as accessory apartments within homes. The association is also trying to clarify regulatory aspects that may already be informally recognized. As Hinds explained, residents and prospective homeowners sometimes run into inconsistencies between the zoning regulations for Georgetown and local historic preservation boards. For the relatively dense neighborhood, members of the citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group said they aimed to largely stick with regulations that had already been established. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found existing laws to be preferential to the ones the [Office of Planning was] proposing,â&#x20AC;? said Pamla Moore, chair of the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic preservation and zoning committee. Residential Georgetown is made up of a combination of attached row houses, semidetached buildings and fully detached buildings. The proposed customized zones would keep a 40 percent maximum lot occupancy for

detached and semi-detached houses. The citizens association also suggested keeping the existing minimum side setback â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for detached and semi-detached houses in Georgetown. The Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal would stipulate setbacks of 5 feet in houses zoned in upper Georgetown and zero feet in the majority of the neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a loophole that some residents fear could be exploited to convert semi-detached houses into attached houses. (Such applications are typically rejected by the Old Georgetown Board on preservation grounds, regardless of zoning.) The draft went through the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning task force and historic preservation committee before final approval by the Citizens Association of Georgetown board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we presented was something of a consensus, at least with everyone in the CAG establishment,â&#x20AC;? Hines said. The Office of Planning is currently accepting feedback from across the city, and will ultimately send a draft of the revised zoning provisions to the Zoning Commission for approval later this year.




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The Current

KALORAMA: Preservation board chooses not to reopen case despite lack of notice

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overturn their earlier decision that the condo additions would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;compatibleâ&#x20AC;? with the semi-detached Colonial Revival row houses, built in 1908, and with the surrounding Kalorama Triangle historic district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was misrepresentation on the form, which is disturbing to the board and its staff,â&#x20AC;? said chair Gretchen Pfaehler. But after two hours of testimony, she asked only that developers come back to the

board after the plans are refined, giving neighbors an opportunity to weigh in. That did little to cheer the opponents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve asked repeatedly that this proceeding be put back to square one,â&#x20AC;? said Mary McReynolds of 2101 Connecticut Ave., a large beaux-arts apartment building that now backs on the gracious row houses and their rear yards, but will face a blank wall if Lock 7 wins approval for the proposed two-story additions.

Lock 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, Cary Kadlecek, delivered a withering summation after the neighbors presented their case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adjacent neighbors have now participated, and nothing has changed,â&#x20AC;? he told the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing substantively new or different.â&#x20AC;? Kadlecek said the developers took their project to the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission and also emailed the Kalorama Citizens Association. The architect checked a block on the

original application indicating abutting property owners had been notified of the plans because the firm â&#x20AC;&#x153;intendedâ&#x20AC;? to notify the neighbors, he said. He also warned the board that revoking its previous approval would be seen as a repudiation of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic preservation staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact is, you approved this project after it was thoroughly vetted by staff,â&#x20AC;? Kadlecek said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you agree to reopen the case, it would set a dangerous precedent of second-

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guessing staff on whom so many developers rely.â&#x20AC;? The neighbors offered a comprehensive slide-filled presentation, with the help of an attorney, two architectural historians, an architect and a traffic engineer hired to show why the plans would violate preservation law. They crossed an initial hurdle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; getting a hearing to present their case â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and asked the board to revoke its previous approval, rehear the case, and also make city regulators cancel an already-issued permit allowing interior demolition at the row houses to proceed. Architectural historian Emily Eig testified that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;very designed and articulatedâ&#x20AC;? backs of the row houses, should not be sacrificed to make way for additions twice as big as the original houses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great deal more demolition [planned] than you understood,â&#x20AC;? Eig said. McReynolds said that 2101 Connecticut was specifically designed to face open space. If Lock 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan goes through, â&#x20AC;&#x153;open sight lines will be replaced by a massive wallâ&#x20AC;? on the east side of the building, she said. David Marlin, also of 2101 Connecticut, offered a different perspective. He noted a big push by city planners for infill development to create more multifamily housing near bus lines and Metro stops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound policy, with this caveat,â&#x20AC;? Marlin said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not when the new units â&#x20AC;Ś will radically alter historically protected buildings.â&#x20AC;? The neighbors enlisted Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham to testify against what he called â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge rear additions that consume the entire lot.â&#x20AC;? Graham said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the pressure to provide infill housing cannot be allowed to override the requirement that the historic character of our neighborhoods be preserved.â&#x20AC;? The preservation board wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buying it. Member Maria Casarella said the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garages, plain structures that were probably built to serve apartment dwellers rather than the row houses, did not merit preservation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Granted, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very large addition, but given the dense context and depth of the lot, I can approve it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community engagement,â&#x20AC;? as well as accuracy on the application forms, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;vitally important,â&#x20AC;? said member Andrew Aurbach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not worth setting this back to square one.â&#x20AC;? The vote not to reopen the case, but to bring plans back to the board for a final hearing, was unanimous. After the vote, attorney Emily Vaias stood stunned with her clients out in the hall. She noted opponents have no legal route to challenge the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the opposition, there is no appeal,â&#x20AC;? Vaias said. But the neighbors said they will continue pressing for changes in design, to preserve more of the original row houses, and to make the additions less visible and more distinct from the historic buildings.

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METRO: Ward 2 D.C. Council member supports new tunnel beneath Georgetown

From Page 5

participate in advocacy and planning sessions soon. But Sternlieb said the high price tag for Metro’s total list of aspirations — the widely reported $26 billion — also “makes people realistic” in their expectations. Though the “Momentum” plan

calls attention to the need for stable funding, it doesn’t go into specifics. Evans believes the same funding mechanism that brought Metro to the city decades ago — with the feds pitching in half the costs, and the District, Maryland and Virginia splitting the rest — can work again. “You just have to make the commitment to that,” he said.

Another backdrop to the Georgetown tunnel is the neighborhood’s history with Metro. To this day there are conflicting rumors about why a Georgetown stop never made its way into the network. The transit authority’s response to that question is to direct people to Zachary M. Schrag’s book “The Great Society Metro,” which

describes obstacles both in neighborhood opposition and in complexities of engineering and costs, Harrington said. Last week the Georgetown Metropolitan blog firmly disputed the “popular stereotype” that Metro evaded the neighborhood because “rich Georgetowners wanted to keep the minorities out.”

Council member Evans, who twice chaired the Metro board, said he researched the topic extensively and found some “truth to the rumor” that neighborhood opposition killed Metro for Georgetown in the 1970s. Since Congress ran the city at that time — and several members lived in Georgetown — Metro abandoned the idea of a stop there, he said.










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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


The Dupont


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Grow the ranks

The push for more Metropolitan Police Department officers is a longrunning thread in D.C. politics. Once again, it has become a sticking point in mayor-council relations. This time, there’s apparent consensus that the department needs more officers. Chief Cathy Lanier says that the current force of 3,890 sworn officers isn’t enough given the city’s rising population and development boom, particularly given the 250 anticipated retirements this year. She has told the council that the department needs “more foot, bike and Segway patrols” in areas like burgeoning nightlife corridors. After rebuffing a proposal that relied in part on using traffic camera proceeds to fund more officers, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he is prepared to move on an alternative: The city would hire 90 new officers over three months, at an estimated cost of $2.8 million. The hires would come at times the department had not planned to recruit. We hope this will move forward. Despite a recent report claiming that the department has mishandled sexual assault cases, Chief Lanier over the years has proved a very able manager. It makes sense that a thriving D.C. necessitates additional police resources. That is not to say that we are convinced that all of the current resources are used effectively. In conjunction with authorizing the additional hiring, the council should mandate a comprehensive review. Last year, Chairman Mendelson suggested that the department could hire civilians to replace officers working behind the desk — another long-running suggestion in D.C. political circles that’s worth reviewing. Perhaps retired officers or those out on partial disability could also handle the desk work. Also worth a look is the question of whether better training or further investments in technology could enhance both efficiency and public safety. The review should also examine retention and retirement rates, to determine whether there’s any cause for concern. We hope the council will move quickly to authorize the new hires that Chief Lanier says the department needs, and to launch a further review into staffing. Depending on the outcome, it might make sense to adopt legislation proposed by Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans. His bill would mandate that the department have 4,000 officers. Mr. Evans has acknowledged that 4,000 “is no magic number” but says that he gets “uncomfortable when we go below that.” Establishing a minimum staffing level may well make sense as a way to instill public confidence, but we would like to see research and evidence before settling on 4,000 as the right number.

Scholastic innovation

One of the key benefits of encouraging school choice and charter schools is innovation. Four language-based elementary charter schools in D.C. are great examples of this. They provide immersion programs in Spanish, French and Chinese. And now they’re coming together to add a middle and high school, with hopes that it will gain accreditation through the well-regarded International Baccalaureate program. We think it’s an excellent idea. Yu Ying Public Charter School obtained rights to space at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where it will place a middle and high school in 100,000 square feet at a former nurses’ residence. Latin American Montessori Bilingual won rights to another 35,000. The two schools decided to join forces — and enlist two others: Mundo Verde Bilingual and the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom School — in order to strengthen the upper school’s offerings. A larger student body will enable broader academic, athletic and cultural offerings. The planned school could accommodate up to 1,000 students. The partners have also decided to open a merged middle school in fall 2014 at a temporary site. Finding incubator space may prove a challenge, but it should help the new school hit the ground running when it moves to Walter Reed. Creating the District of Columbia International Public Charter School from four member institutions will certainly pose administrative and logistical challenges. But if school officials can fulfill their aspirations, it will benefit the city greatly by providing a rigorous education for D.C. youth ready to truly become “world citizens.”

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Tony Williams on snow, taxes, et cetera …


hen the snowstorm was threatening us last Friday, former Mayor Tony Williams seemed relieved that he wasn’t the mayor, out in the city in boots directing the Transportation and Public Works departments. Being out with the troops “was emotional support,” Williams said on WAMU 88.5 FM. “People want to see you, to know that you’re there on top [of things].” But he said snow preparations are done in advance and no amount of grandstanding will make it better. He said he thought the city has been doing a good job with snow removal, but he modestly didn’t say that it started with him. It did. Williams was a guest on the station’s “Politics Hour,” one of the few times that he has sat for an extended interview. The first caller had the question a lot of people ask these days — would he run for mayor again? “Please,” the caller said, promising to work for Williams. “No sir,” Williams quickly responded. “No plans, categorical, Sherman-esque. No. No. I’m not running.” He said he was honored to have served and felt he had done a good job, but it was time for new people. More important than elective politics, Williams has a lot of major issues on his plate. He is heading the D.C. Tax Revision Commission. It will report later this year on how the city tax system can be more efficient, capture revenues that are out there and be more fair to all taxpayers. Williams, who also is head of the business-oriented Federal City Council, says the city and the region must focus on critical infrastructure improvements in roadways, Metro, water and sewer, and other crucial building blocks of any community. But there isn’t a lot of money just sitting around. “So we’ve got to look for some innovative ways to do it,” he said. “It’s first and foremost one of the most important things we can do.” Williams also cautioned that the federal government is not likely to grow very much, curbing both federal spending and the private businesses that feed off of it. He said the District, like New York City, needs to do more to promote tourism, a natural base for the region. When he was mayor, Williams famously said the city needed to be better run and needed to attract 100,000 new citizens to help its vibrancy and to provide revenue for human services, education and public safety. The city population is improving, but some are complaining that gentrification is pushing out too many less-affluent, middle-class citizens. Williams acknowledged that is a downside. He said the city must protect lower-income citizens. But he said the stronger economic base is important. “Yeah, I love what’s happening,” he said, praising

both former Mayor Adrian Fenty and now Mayor Vincent Gray for pursuing new investment and new citizens. “People criticize gentrification, new people coming to the city … [but] you’re adding new investment to the city.” He said gentrification provides needed revenue. “The kind of programs we need in early childhood, in recreation, in education — the money has to come from somewhere. It has to come from investment.” Williams noted the city has to be for everyone. He recounted how he regularly rides the bus to work. Some people recognize him. “But then I heard one lady on the bus say, ‘Well, he wouldn’t be on the bus with us poor people.’ It made me feel great, that I am on the bus. We’re all in this city together.” ■ State of comatose. Mayor Vincent Gray likes to give speeches and talks, to hold cabinet meetings and to discuss most anything anywhere. In short, the mayor knows a lot and rarely is stumped. And we mean this in a favorable way. He is interesting to talk with on all types of subjects. But the mayor, according to many officials and community leaders, does seem to go on too long in his presentations. The annual State of the District address — originally dreamed up by then-Mayor Marion Barry because he was jealous of the President’s State of the Union — is this week. We want to remind the mayor that President Obama spoke only 19 minutes at his recent inaugural. That’s a good target time. We also know that Fidel Castro once spoke for 4.5 hours before the United Nations in 1960. Bill Clinton spoke for 70 minutes at the 1996 Democratic Convention. We hope the mayor spurns those examples and follows the example of the late actress Greer Garson. She still holds the record for the longest Oscar acceptance speech — five and a half minutes in 1943. Hint, hint, Mr. Mayor. ■ Every email counts. The D.C. Open Government Coalition has forced the D.C. Council to recognize that city business done with private emails is still city business and subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Mayor Gray has directed his administration to avoid using personal email accounts. The council has been less willing to make that a rule. But the coalition sued, and the suit has been settled. Emails are emails when it comes to government business, not a way to hide. ■ Merry Valentine’s Day. It’s our annual rant. For goodness sakes people, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Please remove your exterior Christmas decorations — the glittering wreaths on the doors and windows, the inflatable Santa in the front yard, the big red ribbon adorning your car’s front grill. You know who you are. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor

umn is a guide.

Sherwood correct about inauguration

City should evaluate size of police force

Tom Sherwood is by far the best reporter and commentator on D.C. affairs. He is a wise man, and his Jan. 23 column about the excessive pomp and circumstance surrounding the inauguration — this latest one and its predecessors — is proof. Someday a more sensible celebration may be devised. Let us hope so. Meanwhile, Tom’s col-

Sid Levy Palisades

Before D.C. government officials look for ways to bolster the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Department, can they first look at why D.C. has such a large force compared to surrounding jurisdictions? With less than 70 square miles and fewer than 700,000 residents, D.C. has the smallest area and population by far. Yet we have

two to three times the number of police as Fairfax, Montgomery or Prince George’s counties. And that is without including the federal police groups operating in D.C. How can anyone say with certainty what the minimum number in the force should be without addressing how these resources are trained and deployed? If the current police force were better trained and coordinated, perhaps we could have fewer officers. Can anything be learned from examining the operations in the neighboring counties? S. Green Washington, D.C.

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District should eliminate parking minimums VIEWPOINT HERB CAUDILL


ne of the most controversial changes proposed in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning rewrite is to eliminate parking minimums in areas that are wellserved by public transportation. Parking minimums are a well-intentioned policy that seems to make complete sense at first glance. A developer who wants to put up a new apartment building is required to include a number of parking spaces per unit. Without that requirement, the thinking goes, the new residents would park on nearby streets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; further stretching an already-scarce public resource. So the developer should be forced to internalize the cost of â&#x20AC;&#x153;spilloverâ&#x20AC;? parking instead of burdening the public with it. The controversial parking-free redevelopment of the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site in Tenleytown was allowed to proceed only on the condition that the new residents wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be eligible for residential parking permits. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d suggest that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at the problem in the wrong way. In a city that is growing, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always have increasing demand for housing, parking, schools, transportation infrastructure and drinking water. None of that is a development companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creating more housing, which is part of the solution. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fair to penalize a firm by forcing it to build parking as well. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, after all, ask developers to build new schools or buy more Metrobuses. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what taxes are for. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fair to penalize the newcomers by depriving them of rights that the rest of us enjoy. They pay taxes just like we do and shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be secondclass citizens just because we got here first. So we should get rid of parking minimums everywhere â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not just in â&#x20AC;&#x153;transit zonesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; first and foremost because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unfair. But theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also ineffective and come with unintended consequences: â&#x2013; Parking minimums donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. You can force a developer to build parking spaces, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t force a renter to rent them. If you had the choice between paying $100 per month to park in your building, or $35 per year to park in the street, which would you choose? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had parking minimums for decades,

Letters to the Editor City needs improved upkeep, politeness

Calling all window washers! I hope the D.C. government does a better job of maintaining the West End library and fire station when they move into upscale quarters. Both facilities (along with Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;dungeon of doomâ&#x20AC;? at 22nd and M streets) are glaring neighborhood eyesores. The library windows in particular are a dirty disgrace for D.C. public space. Library employees should also attend mandatory training in cus-

but the problem of spillover parking is still with us, because it costs so much less to park on public land than it does to park on private land. â&#x2013; Parking minimums make housing less affordable. The rent is already â&#x20AC;&#x153;too damn high.â&#x20AC;? Forcing a developer to build unwanted parking (1) makes it more expensive to build, by as much as 30 percent to 50 percent per unit; (2) makes some projects infeasible; and (3) forces a certain percentage of scarce real estate to be devoted to parking lots and garages instead of housing. The result is a lower supply of housing and higher prices. â&#x2013;  Parking minimums implicitly subsidize driving. About 38 percent of District residents live in households with no car. Parking minimums primarily benefit multiple-car households in desirable neighborhoods. The cost of forcing developers to build below-market-rate parking is eventually passed on to all of us, whether we drive or not â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the end result is higher car ownership rates and less walkable neighborhoods. So how should we deal with the added demand for parking? The root of the current scarcity is simple: The District gives away residential parking passes for $35 per year, regardless of demand. By dramatically underpricing a valuable resource, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ensured that it will be overconsumed. If I have a clunker that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really need, I have no incentive to get rid of it when I can store it on public streets yearround for a trivial cost. If I have a garage built into my house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as I do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I have no incentive to use it to house my car. Why should I, when I can store my car on the street and use my garage to store other things? The city is exploring ways to price parking more accurately, neighborhood by neighborhood. As the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population grows, the cost of residential parking should grow with it. That way, (1) demand will fall naturally, because residents will have incentives to own fewer cars or get them off the street; and (2) supply will increase naturally, because the private sector will have an incentive to create parking where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed. This reform will put us on the path to solving the problem of parking scarcity in a way that is fair, that allows the city to grow naturally, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t subsidize driving and that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make housing more expensive than necessary. Herb Caudill is a Cleveland Park resident.

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Foxhall homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sale will benefit trust

I am writing to share information that was omitted in the Jan. 16 article about the home at 2207 Foxhall Road [â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Foxhall, uncertainty over fate of 1850 homeâ&#x20AC;?]. The property is presently in an irrevocable trust that Mrs. Sylvia Shugrue established in 2008. She did not â&#x20AC;&#x153;sellâ&#x20AC;? the property. This trust was set up at her behest after exploring other options. She wanted to be able to provide for her son


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and his needs and felt this would be the best way to accomplish her goal. The plan put in place at that time was for the property to be sold and the proceeds used to fund the trust per her instructions. At the time Mrs. Shugrue set up the trust, she also requested that when the time came, she would like for the process to be handled appropriately, but privately. Upon her death last fall, the trustee began the process of seeking a purchaser to fulfill Mrs. Shugrueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wishes. I am currently working with the trustee to facilitate this process. Diane Adams Realtor

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Jan. 20 through 27 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

psa PSA 101 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013; Unspecified location; 5:07 p.m. Jan. 27. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  13th and G streets; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  14th and G streets; street; 12:30 a.m. Jan. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 4:30 a.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 1 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1200 block, G St.; store; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1000 block, K St.; park area; 5:10 p.m. Jan. 22.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013; 900 block, 9th St.; restaurant; 6:14 p.m. Jan. 21. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  4th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; unspecified premises; 12:53 p.m. Jan. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  7th and D streets; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. Jan. 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 12:25 a.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 12:25 a.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 12:26 a.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  600 block, E St.; office building; 12:44 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 1:12 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; medical facility; 3:26 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  700 block, G St.; restaurant; 12:38 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  700 block, H St.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; restaurant; 6:03 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  600 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 7:17 p.m. Jan. 22.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Stolen auto â&#x2013; 3700 block, McKinley St.; street; 7 a.m. Jan. 26.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 4500 block, Davenport St.; residence; 1:35 a.m. Jan. 27.

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 6:15 p.m. Jan. 26. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:20 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4 p.m. Jan. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4600 block, 46th St.; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  4600 block, Butterworth Place; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  4600 block, Ellicott St.; street; 9:45 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Butterworth Place; unspecified premises; 9:14 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  4900 block, 47th St.; street; 4:31 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  4100 block, River Road; unspecified premises; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Military Road; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 26.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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

Burglary â&#x2013; 3000 block, 32nd St.; residence; 9:10 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Calvert St.; unspecified premises; 7:14 p.m. Jan. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:47 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  Calvert Street and Wisconsin Avenue; unspecified premises; 1:33 a.m. Jan. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, 29th St.; parking lot; 12:43 a.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Woodley Road; street; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Tunlaw Road; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  36th and Fulton streets; street; 2 a.m. Jan. 26.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Burglary â&#x2013; 3100 block, Dumbarton St.; church; 12:10 a.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 35th St.; residence; 9:14 p.m. Jan. 24. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Jan. 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:15 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:47 p.m. Jan. 26.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Burglary â&#x2013; 1000 block, 14th St.; office building; 6:10 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  1700 block, New York Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:05 a.m. Jan. 23. Theft ($250 plus)

â&#x2013; 1000 block, 16th St.; hotel; 7:45 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  2100 block, H St.; restaurant; 9:25 p.m. Jan. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; hotel; 11:30 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; medical facility; 1:43 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  2000 block, I St.; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; restaurant; midnight Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; office building; 12:58 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; grocery store; 8 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  2000 block, E St.; office building; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; medical facility; 5:55 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, I St.; unspecified premises; 12:48 a.m. Jan. 27. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 24th St.; parking lot; 4:21 p.m. Jan. 22.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; Unspecified location; office building; 8:27 p.m. Jan. 23. Burglary â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  2300 block, California St.; residence; 11:45 a.m. Jan. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  15th and P streets; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; street; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1800 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 12:15 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; noon Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 5 a.m. Jan. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; store; 4:55 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:10 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; restaurant; 9:40 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 8:46 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Swann St.; unspecified premises; 5:53 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Church St.; parking lot; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013; 1500 block, Corcoran St.; alley; 7:05 p.m. Jan. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, 16th St.; residence; 12:02 p.m. Jan. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Swann St.; street; 6:30 a.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; unspecified premises; 7:20 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; street; 11:40 a.m. Jan. 25.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 1600 block, Lanier Place; sidewalk; 12:53 a.m. Jan. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 1:15 a.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 3 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Belmont Road; residence; 2:20 p.m. Jan. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  19th and Vernon streets; unspecified premises; midnight Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Kalorama road; street; 8:45 a.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  Champlain Street and Florida Avenue; parking lot; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (assault) â&#x2013; 1600 block, 11th St.; sidewalk; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Corcoran St.; alley; 6 a.m. Jan. 22. Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 2:17 a.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 1 a.m. Jan. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  900 block, P St.; street; 1 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  1200 block, R St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Jan. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 4 a.m. Jan. 27. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, S St.; unspecified premises; 11:50 a.m. Jan. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 11:30 p.m. Jan. 20. â&#x2013;  14th and Q streets; unspecified premises; 1:31 p.m. Jan. 21. â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; street; 12:12 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Columbia St.; unspecified premises; 2:56 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 9th St.; unspecified premises; noon Jan. 26.

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Cafritz vows to tweak Chevy Chase project By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Developers of a 10-level apartment building in Chevy Chase have promised to modify their buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facade in response to community objections, but have otherwise defended their right to proceed with the project as designed. Calvin Cafritz Enterprises intends to construct the glassy 263unit building along Connecticut Avenue between Military Road and Kanawha Street. As proposed, it would be 90 feet high and nine stories facing Kanawha, and 10 stories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including an exposed cellar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; facing Military, because of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sloped grade. Cafritz representatives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Calvin Cafritz and his wife, Jane â&#x20AC;&#x201D; attended a community meeting on the project last Wednesday, offering the first public appearance by the project team since neighbors happened upon plans for the site online in November. Residents have argued that the building is out of scale and out of character with the community, and have called for Cafritz to redesign it. At least 250 residents attended the meeting, and most appeared to oppose the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the reasons that we are here is to listen to the community, and that picture is not what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to build,â&#x20AC;? Jane Cafritz said to mild applause, referring to a muchcirculated rendering of the project at 5333 Connecticut Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In response to the community we have decided to modify the facade.â&#x20AC;? But the extent of changes the community can expect remains unclear. Cafritz declined to discuss specifics or timing in a brief interview with The Current after the meeting, but The Washington Post quoted her saying the glass will remain. Residents and the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission are pushing for negotiations with Cafritz to create a design with less vehement community objection. Project architect Eric Colbert said that although the glassy design is unlike other buildings nearby, the Connecticut Avenue corridor has a history of building designs that match their contemporary eras. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The beauty of Connecticut Avenue is in part due to the stylistic diversity of the apartment buildings lining the avenue,â&#x20AC;? Colbert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My client has asked me to create a 21st-century design that will be a continuation of the pattern that has been established.â&#x20AC;? Developers and city officials are confident that the project can be built as a matter of right â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is to say, it meets all applicable zoning rules for the property, and therefore requires no further public input. Only when a project requires relief from its zoning must a developer seek public input and support. At the meeting last week, Whayne Quin, the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land-use attorney, restated that the project is

Rendering by Eric Colbert & Associates

Neighbors have criticized this design for the apartments as out of character for the area. Developers say they will revise the facade. designed to comply with zoning rules. The project is 90 feet as measured from Kanawha Street, not counting its rooftop penthouse, which is set back so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not visible from the ground. Although a building fronting a 50-foot-wide street like Kanawha would normally be limited to 70 feet, the federal law governing building heights in D.C. makes an exception for corner lots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You may not like it, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it says,â&#x20AC;? Quin told residents who questioned the measuring approach. But Richard Graham, chair of the 5333 Connecticut Neighborhood Coalition group that formed in response to the project, said in an interview after the meeting that the group has retained its own attorney who says the project is not compliant with the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning in several ways. Graham said the presentation was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of half-truths or very misleading statements. â&#x20AC;Ś Nobody bought any of it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our position is still very much the same as it has been,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would very much like to engage the developer to design a building that meets zoning laws and addresses the issues that have been discussed for decades at this point.â&#x20AC;? Graham declined to say which areas the attorney had identified as out of compliance. Although the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size, shape and appearance has attracted much of the community opposition, residents have also said they worry that a 173-space parking garage is insufficient for residents of 263 apartment units and their guests. Zoning laws require one parking space for every three apartment units, but a previous plan for the site prepared in the 1980s had one space per unit. Quin said that demand for parking has dropped since then. Residents also said that having the garage open out into a narrow public alley would send traffic to Chevy Chase Parkway and other side streets. They asked developers to instead create an access point separate from the alley network. Sam Zimbabwe, who attended the meeting on behalf of the D.C. Department of Transportation, said that the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy is to use

existing curb cuts wherever possible to minimize the number of places where pedestrians and cars might interact. Residents argued that having the same number of cars in a quiet residential alley is a greater hazard. At Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission meeting, commissioner David Engel said the curb cut issue allows residents to assert more influence on the project than they can on other points. Differentiating between law and policy, Engel called the Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curb cut practice â&#x20AC;&#x153;asinineâ&#x20AC;? and worth fighting, but said that Cafritz has no legal obligation to redo its plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting aside the legal and technical issues for the moment â&#x20AC;Ś the real issue is whether or not any developer can impose his will upon a community without its consent,â&#x20AC;? one resident replied at the Monday meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a question of negotiating the terms of the plan so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acceptable to the community.â&#x20AC;? Key concessions neighbors have sought include a height reduction, a brick facade rather than glass, and more parking spaces, among others. But noting again that the developer has no legal obligation to compromise, commissioners voted down a proposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;sense of the commissionâ&#x20AC;? letter that would relay community objections to various city officials. They opted instead to ask Cafritz to work voluntarily with the community on aspects of the project, and to ask the Transportation Department to reconsider its curb cut position and to evaluate traffic impacts in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can express angst and pound our chests, but that does nothing,â&#x20AC;? said Engel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The areas we can affect are transportation and negotiating with the developer as best we can.â&#x20AC;? Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who organized the Wednesday meeting, said in an interview that she, too, was seeking more from the Transportation Department: an analysis of potential traffic impacts from the project, and suggestions for mitigation. Cheh said agency director Terry Bellamy told her he will direct transportation planners to take those steps.

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District of columbia office on aging news

Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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

Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA D.C. Office on Aging in last month’s issue of the Spotlight on Community Living, i highlighted our ambassador Program and how we plan to offer opportunities for the office on aging ambassadors to become involved in a meaningful way through volunteerism. in this month’s issue, i will discuss the valuable role an ambassador can play in changing the lives of our District’s seniors and persons with disabilities. i trust that by the end of this story, you will be convinced that you can make a difference and will be energized in partnering with the office on aging. i have a cousin who suffered from a stroke and was in an intensive care unit for a short period of time until she was admitted into a nursing home for rehabilitation service for what was considered a shortterm stay. however, two years later, she is still in a nursing home spending nearly $7,000 of retirement money on institutional services. she desires to return home, but does not have family members in her immediate area advocating for her or just simply understanding how to get her home. therefore, she remains in a nursing home and does not know how to begin the nursing home transition process. after learning of her story and her desire to return home, i visited my cousin in late December and she explained her situation to me. as i listened to her, i learned that she was anxious to return to her residence where she has called “home” for over 50 years

raising her children, spending many holidays cooking and baking in her kitchen, and fellowshipping with family and friends by her fire place. she no longer felt that she should remain in a nursing home where she simply did not participate in the social activities offered at the facility. she explained to me that her days were spent looking out of the window of her singleoccupancy room without any meaningful tasks. based on my visit to the nursing home, i immediately connected with the options counselor for the local area agency on aging (similar to the work of the Dc office on aging) in fayetteville and explained my cousin’s situation to her. in a matter of a week, the options counselor met with my cousin, reviewed her medical files, assessed my cousin, and offered her viable solutions in helping her to transition back home. this is exciting news for my cousin! i am hoping that she can return her home within the next 30 days. you may know of someone in a similar situation as my cousin or someone in a hospital who needs home and community-based services upon discharge, or someone in his/her home who need services to remain in the community. if so, you can help as an ambassador! my experience in working with my cousin has been an easy and rewarding one and i am confident that you will experience the same joy and excitement in helping

someone. Please contact us at 202-724-5622 to enroll into an office on aging ambassador training Program. ~

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Links incorporated award for seniors The Capital City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, a volunteer community service organization, has announced that it will accept nominations for its 2013 “Sage Senior Award” honoring Greater Washington Area seniors who are 70 years of age and older for outstanding community service contributions. For consideration, nominations must be received by February 27. For further information and to obtain nomination forms, please contact Link Stephanie Myers at 202-327-4301 or by email at: ~

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dcoa provides options counseLing Options Counseling provides individuals, family members and/or significant others with support in their decisions to determine appropriate choices. During this process, a written plan for receiving community resources is developed based on an individual’s needs, preferences, values, and circumstances. This services is available regardless of income or financial assets. The ADRC Options Counselor also provides clients with: A “live” voice that listens and understands the client’s needs • Respectful and truthful guidance • Knowledgeable & responsive staff • Thoughtful client follow-up, including a consumer satisfaction survey If you are: • In a nursing home • In the hospital • Or in your own home

SEEKING: District Centenarians

Contact the D.C. Office on Aging Information and Assistance Line for more information about counseling services or to make an appointment 202-724-5626.

heLping seniors in the coMMunity Seniors – do you need a bedroom painted, kitchen or bath? Do you need to replace damaged drywall, mend a wood fence or have small house repairs? If your answer is yes and you can afford to purchase the paint or building materials for any job that does not require a DCRA building permit, this is your lucky day! The DC Office on Aging in collaboration with Youth Build Public Charter School has developed an intergenerational program to help seniors in the community. Youth Build is providing the labor to help seniors and older adults with disabilities to repair or paint their homes. If you are a resident and a senior living in one of the District of Columbia’s eight wards, you qualify to get your home fixed at No Cost for the labor; all you need is pay for the materials. We will visit your home or apartment with the Youth Build Construction Manager to conduct a scope of work and provide you with a cost estimate for your material. Youth Build Public Charter School offers on the job training programs; while helping the students to obtain their GED and learn a viable trade. The school will use their Workforce Construction team supervised by a professional project manager to improve your home. Visit their website to know more about the school. Reservations will be taken on a first come basis. To take advantage of this wonderful service, please contact the DC Office on Aging at 202-724-5626 or you can email: to register and get started.~

The District is searching for residents who are age 100 or older to honor during an event planned for this spring. If you know of residents who have celebrated their centennial birthday by March 30, please call Darlene Nowlin or Courtney Williams at (202) 724-5626 or you may email: When registering centenarians, please make sure you know the name, birth date and contact information for each individual. Government of the District of Columbia Vincent C. Gray, Mayor

Community EvEnts CalEndar february 10th • 2–3:30pm “EYE HEART CONNECTION... INFO IS POWER” Andrew Adelson, M.D., ophthalmologist, Macular Degeneration Network, Sibley Memorial Hospital Medical Building, Room 2, 5215

Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, DC, (free parking in garage adjacent to the medical building). Presented by the PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS SOCIETY OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON co‐sponsored with Sibley Senior Association. For more information, please call 202-364-7602.

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

12th • 11am–12:45pm THE PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS SOCIETY OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON presents, Low Vision Lunch & Learn, “Understanding the ABC’s of Eyeglasses and Other Optical Aids,” Rana Mady, M.D.,. MedStar Washington Hospital Center Eye Clinic, 110 Irving Street,NW, Washington, DC, (Bus circle entrance). Call for more info: 202-877-5329.

13th • 11am–1pm LOW VISION INDEPENDENCE Through Arts & Culture,“With a Song in Your Heart Remembering Music!” Guest Speaker: Gloria Sussman will share her musical journey as she faced severe vision loss on her road to enhancing her independence. Co‐sponsored by DC Public Libraries, Adaptive Services Division, Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 901 G Street NW, Room 215, Washington, DC. To register and reserve lunch, please call 202-727-2142.

19th • 1–3pm IONA SENIOR SERVICES will present “Opera Gems,” a six-week class presented in partnershsip with the Washington Concert Opera. The fee is $60. Iona is located at 4125 Albemarle St. NW. To register, call 202-895-9448.

20th • 10am THE HATTIE HOLMES SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER and the Office on Aging will present

a BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION RECOGNIZING “Answer: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington” at Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, 324 Kennedy Street, NW. For more information, contact 202-291-6170.

March 4th, 11th and 18th • 6–7:30pm IONA SENIOR SERVICES holds a class called “Living with Middle Stage Alzheimer’s for Caregivers.” The class is designed to provide caregivers with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope. Iona is located at 4125 Albemarle St. NW. To register, call 202-895-9448.

apriL 27th THE WASHINGTON SENIORS WELLNESS CENTER is sponsoring a nine-day, eight-night trip to Branson, Mo. from April 27 to May 5. The fee is $739 per person double occupancy. The trip departs from the Wellness Center, 3001 Alabama Ave., SE, at 8 a.m. on April 17. For more information or to sign up, contact Helen Clarke at 202-581-9355.

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Spotlight on Schools The upper elementary class had Market Day on Jan. 9. We raised $715. Proceeds will go toward purchasing a microscope, and a portion will be given to the Amman Imman organization in Africa to support its efforts and to provide help to vulnerable people worldwide. Elliot Sealls, a sixth-grader, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that Market Day was very successful; my group raised $157.23 and we sold a lot of products.â&#x20AC;? Alana Hodge, a fifth-grader, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It went well and earned a lot of money. We each made a good amount, and we sold a lot.â&#x20AC;? Edvin Leijon, a fifth-grader, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was a fun opportunity to make money for a good cause.â&#x20AC;? Zari Garfield, a fourth-grader, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun and I liked it; everybody was working together.â&#x20AC;? Eva Sophia Shimanski, a sixthgrader, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really fun; we sold a lot of things.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Josie Schiffer, fifth-grader; and Keely Ferrando, fourth-grader

British School of Washington

After the return from Christmas break, the Year 10s were given the opportunity to take up ice skating in some of our PE sessions. Having ice skating as one of our options for PE this year was a real chance for some people to get out, have a fun time and show off their skills; for others it was a whole new adventurous experience that was just dying to be explored! From getting on the bus to slapping on our skates and hitting the ice, ecstatic emotions, huge smiles and lots of opportunities to bond were shared amongst us. Having the chance to have fun whilst maintaining the ideology of keeping fit opened my eyes to a new experience. As students glided over the white, silent ice, a feeling of high morale and lively energy was instilled. For those who were less


familiar with skating, we witnessed a real determination flow through their boots. Whenever someone was in need of advice or guidance, there was always someone willing to help. It was a truly rewarding experience and one not to be missed! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sarika Saxena, Year 10 Cardiff (ninth-grader)

Edmund Burke School

Burke is a special place full of laughter, games and many, many activities set up by the school. Last week my school had a pep rally for the big game against the Field School. There were prizes that you could win by getting a piece of Burke history right or even having the best goal freak-out! On the day of the pep rally many students and teachers wore black to support Burke and show some school spirit. At the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pep rallies it feels like the whole school knows each other. The sports teams such as the girls and boys basketball team create hilarious skits to perform at the assembly or show films that they have made earlier in the week. The two middle school bands played great upbeat music that kept everyone singing and cheering. The high school teams always have the best skits because they take a lot of time and effort to put them together. The excitement was lingering in the air all day long until 3:30 p.m.! Then it was time for the games. At the games there is usually free food like pizza and chips, and the gym rocked with excitement and cheers. Sadly, Burke lost both games against the Field School. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop us! We will keep training to make better bonded teams! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ian Bergman, \-grader

The Field School

Many students last week were able to go to the 57th presidential inauguration, celebrating Barack Obama, as they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have school

Monday because of the inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The week was additionally shortened by a two-hour delay on Thursday because of snow. The sixth grade was supposed to go to Crosssway Community in Wheaton to participate in community service, but the snow postponed the visit. Winter sports are starting to wrap up, and middle school girls basketball has begun to turn a corner, winning several games in the past week. The team won against Jewish Day School, 28-2, and also defeated Washington International School in a much closer contest, 6-5. The boys basketball team lost a 26-27 heartbreaker to Washington Christian Academy. Students are also starting to get excited for their winter internships,

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Georgetown Day School

The first noteworthy snow of the year fell last week in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. To many studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; disappointment, Georgetown Day received neither a snow day nor a school delay. In sports, the boys and girls indoor track teams finished in second and fourth place overall,

respectively, at the Maroon & Black Relays held at Episcopal High School. The boys and girls swimming teams were in first place going into the Independent School League championships, which took place at Madeira last Friday. They finished their regular season with a repeat victory over the Potomac and Bullis schools. Congratulations to our little-known and small-sized diving team! At the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent diving championships, sisters Lexi and Frannie von Friedeburg finished in first and second place, respectively. The girls varsity basketball team defeated Flint Hill. In other news, the annual Winter One-Acts took place last week. These short performances, involving more than 80 students, ranged See Dispatches/Page 25

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manent damage, Callcott wrote in a report to the board. Moreover, he said, the real estate firm agreed to remove what Callcott called apparently unapproved â&#x20AC;&#x153;vestigial attempts at signage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; things posted in the yard, two large flagpolesâ&#x20AC;? on the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second floor. Still, there was some concern about the

commercialization of Q Street. The Dupont Circle Conservancy voted to oppose the sign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We prefer commercial signage be limited to 17th Street so as not to detract from the residential character of the historic 1700 block of Q Street,â&#x20AC;? testified president Tom Bower. There were slight echoes of a previous controversy around 2005, when former advisory neighborhood commissioner Babak Movahedi used his row house directly across the street at

1700 Q as an office for his company. Movahedi has since moved out, saying the raucous noise from the bars and restaurants of 17th Street made the structure unusable as private residence. That building is now being converted into condos. Bower said his group is worried about precedent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our concern is, if we put up one sign, what about the building across the street thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going condo? Century 21 is a fine firm, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

creep that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned about.â&#x20AC;? After a brief debate, the board approved the new sign on a 3-2 vote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an elegant solution. It will protect the building, and encourages [reuse] of our historic buildings,â&#x20AC;? said member Maria Casarella. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m opposed to any sign on the Q Street side, period,â&#x20AC;? said member Joseph Taylor, dissenting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out of place on a residential facade.â&#x20AC;?

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waiting as long as 50 minutes for a bus to stop. Hamre said Metro encourages bus drivers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;leapfrogâ&#x20AC;? or pass each other to reduce traffic backups, though he admitted that some drivers may take advantage of the opportunity to drive off without picking up any passengers. Commuters said the overcrowding problem is mostly between 8 and 9 a.m. In part, they said, this is because 16th Street is served by just one Metrorail station â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Columbia Heights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; between Silver Spring and Farragut North. Metro recently added an S9 bus, which starts at Silver Spring Metro station and makes limited stops through McPherson Square â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

essentially an express bus. Putta, who was newly elected to the neighborhood commission in November, said he became aware of the bus overcrowding while speaking with residents during his campaign and that the S9 has not sufficiently resolved the problem. There are only 10 buses that run the 16th Street route, Putta said, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re often unable to accommodate riders south of Columbia Heights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People down below Columbia Road, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really stuck,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost a crisis.â&#x20AC;? Hamre empathized with the commuters, though he said that budget restrictions limit the potential solutions. He also shot down suggestions to redesign the buses with fewer

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seats to fit more standing passengers. One issue, said resident David Greengrass, may be reluctance from bus drivers to ask passengers to move around the vehicle to make room. Drivers, he suggested, could continually announce that riders should move to the back of the bus in order to free up space. Putta suggested exploring whether some buses could begin picking up passengers near Columbia Heights, rather than farther north, to lessen the crowding. The additional service wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to serve each bus stop, he said, but could instead arrange its pickups with southern Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle residents in mind. When Putta encouraged Metro representatives to explore adding more buses in the 8 to 9 a.m. commute, Hamre said that the authority would only be able to add an extra bus if it ran all day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather than simply an hour in the morning. And Steve Strauss, the Transportation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation services administrator, said that adding a bus would require finding a place to park the vehicle, which he said would be particularly difficult given Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constrained bus garages in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get us a parking spot, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get you a bus,â&#x20AC;? Hamre added. Hamre encouraged the residents to lobby their D.C. council members and transportation officials for more bus funding, and urged interested commuters to attend Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public budget meeting next month. Putta said residents understand Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial limitations, but still want to see solutions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though resources are so tight, people seem pretty frustrated that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t solve a one-hour problem.â&#x20AC;?

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Takoma Village Cohousing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; located just inside the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s border at 6824 4th St. NW. Cohousing is a European concept whereby a residential building is designed to foster a sense of community, with individual units bolstered by common areas like a community kitchen, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playroom and gardens. Typically, residents get together for group meals and often help each other out with childcare or projects like home or car repair. The idea is to create a multi-generational, diverse community that maintains a balance between private and community living. Takoma Village Cohousing shares those qualities, but is legally structured as a condominium. Built in 2000, the 43-unit complex is U-shaped, with a large courtyard and fountain in the center. The building takes on a Craftsman-style aesthetic, which blends with the

character of many Takoma neighborhood homes. The two-bedroom unit is designed like a town house, spanning three levels with 1,235 square feet of private living space. The entryway contains a foyer and a large coat closet, and a stairway leads up to the main level. Here, an open dining and living room space is flooded with light coming in through large windows and the balconyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glass doors. A gas fireplace situated in a corner of the living area brings a cozy feel to the space. The kitchen is bright and airy, with wood cabinets providing plenty of storage space. A breakfast and powder room adjoin it. New homeowners may want to update the kitchen and its appliances, which are original. Upstairs, the master bedroom with en suite bathroom has windows that span the width of two walls, creating the feeling of being in a birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nest, perched as it is on the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top floor. Views extend toward the Capitol on one side and feature treetops of the leafy neighborhood on the other. The room also comes complete with two closets, one double-door and one walk-in. The brightness spreads into the

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Two condo units are on the market at Takoma Village Cohousing. A two-bedroom unit is priced at $349,303, and a one-bedroom is listed for $275,210. second bedroom, which has its own set of large windows. A doubledoor closet offers plenty of room for clothing and storage. Off the main hallway is another full bath; an adjacent closet contains a stackable washer and dryer. In the one-bedroom unit, hardwood floors extend throughout one level with 727 square feet of living space. Just outside this unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main entrance is a patio area with room for a small table and chairs. The foyer leads to a central hallway and to the kitchen, which has been updated with granite countertops. The well-maintained appliances and wood cabinets look new. One side of the kitchen opens up into the living and dining space, and an extended countertop there cre-


ates an eating area with room for three stools to slide underneath. A den is located adjacent to the foyer, and could easily be converted into a study or a guest bedroom. Back toward the living and dining area is a full bath. A large adjacent closet that originally contained a stackable washer and dryer has been converted into storage closet outfitted with shelving, but without much effort it could return to its first purpose. The master bedroom across the hall shares the bright and airy feel of the other rooms thanks to its large windows. A double-door closet has custom shelving, making

organization a snap. All residents of Takoma Village Cohousing share the Common House, located at the center of the complexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U-shaped configuration. A great room spans the height of building, which opens up into a large dining room with modular long tables that can seat more than 40 people for community meals. A commercial-grade kitchen is fully equipped with everything one might need for such a large gathering â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from plates and utensils to an oversized refrigerator and gas oven and stove. All thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed is the food â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and residents sign up to prepare See Cohousing/Page 19


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Chevy Chase Village. Outstanding home w/fine architecture on gorgeous treelined street. True period details, pocket doors, high ceilings, grand hall. 4-5 BRs, 2.5 BAs + 3rd floor. Porches balconies & large landscaped garden. $1,885,000 Penny Mallory    301-654-7902 Beverly Nadel  202-236-7313

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

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West End. Exceptional light filled one bedroom fully updated. Kit. w/ SS appliances & glass tile backsplash. Refinished flrs. Roof deck, courtyard garden. Great location! $379,000 Ben Dursch 202-288-4334

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  presentation on Envision Adams Morgan and the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. â&#x2013;  discussion of light fixtures at Marie Reed Community Learning Center. â&#x2013;  discussion of planning, zoning and transportation matters: 1700 Columbia Road, application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment; 23292335 Champlain St., application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment for an extension; 2435 18th St., application to the Historic Preservation Review Board for an awning; and the Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll Marathon. â&#x2013;  discussion of a possible letter to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed bylaws change. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 16 meeting: â&#x2013; commissioner Asher Corson told residents that the meeting was beginning late because only the chair or vice chair can call a meeting to order under the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

rules, and neither was yet present. Chair Florence Harmon began the 6:30 p.m. meeting at 7 p.m. â&#x2013; three new commissioners introduced themselves: Jackson Carnes, Patrick Kennedy and Peter Sacco. All three are George Washington University undergraduates. Returning commissioners are Rebecca Coder, Asher Corson, Graham Galka, Florence Harmon and Armando Irizarry. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to elect 2013 officers: Florence Harmon, chair; Patrick Kennedy, vice chair; Graham Galka, treasurer; and Peter Sacco, secretary. â&#x2013;  commission chair Florence Harmon announced that she had gotten a plaque for outgoing commissioner David Lehrman, but he has been unable to attend commission meetings to receive it. â&#x2013;  commissioner Patrick Kennedy reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation will install three new Capital Bikeshare stations in the neighborhood in February or March. They are located at 20th Street and Virginia Avenue, 23rd and E streets, and 21st Street and Constitution Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0, with Rebecca Coder and Graham Galka absent, to support an application for a summer garden at Froggy Bottom Pub, 2021 K St. Commissioners had previously supported a sidewalk cafe at the site, but the city later determined the outdoor seats were located on private property and therefore needed a different license. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to protest a liquor license for several outdoor summer gardens at the Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave., but said they would drop their protest if the hotel owners reach an agreement with the three condominium boards in the Watergate complex. Those negotiations are ongoing. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to support a public space application for an awning over existing outdoor seats at Tonic, 21st and G streets. The establishment will return to the commission when it seeks Historic Preservation Review Board approval for an additional doorway. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to not oppose a series of public space permits for two EastBanc projects on the sites of the West End firehouse and library. â&#x2013;  Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Donald Craig reported that there had been relatively little crime in the neighborhood in the previous month. There were several notable New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve incidents, he said, but they occurred elsewhere in the city. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to support a certificate of need application for a MinuteClinic at CVS Pharmacy, 2240 M St. MinuteClinics provide vaccinations and other basic medical procedures and have proved popular elsewhere in the city. The neighborhood commission had previously supported the certificate of need appli-

cation, for which a healthcare provider must demonstrate there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an oversupply of its particular service, but the city didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approve the West End location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this fills a gap in our health care system that is so needed,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Asher Corson said. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 5-0, with Rebecca Coder and Graham Galka absent and Patrick Kennedy abstaining, to authorize chair Florence Harmon to make any necessary Zoning Commission filings regarding a George Washington University development proposal in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. The university recently received a preliminary zoning approval to construct a 130-foot-tall office building there, but zoning commissioners urged the school to consider focusing on neighborhood-serving retail for the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storefronts. The neighborhood commission can file responses to any new university submissions in the case. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to spend $25 to participate in the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Security Fund, which protects the commission against misappropriation and negligent losses of funds by the chair and treasurer. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 6-0 to spend $200 on nameplates for commissioners and $30 per commissioner on business cards. â&#x2013;  commissioner Patrick Kennedy requested that none of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meetings be less than two and a half hours, saying the agendas are often too full to properly discuss items in less time. The commission will review the suggestion at a future meeting. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

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the once-a-week group dinners. A sitting area with a large fireplace is adjacent to the dining area. The Common House also has a woodworking room, a laundry room and a library with comfy couches and a flatscreen television. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an indoor childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playroom here, along with another kid-friendly area just outside, complete with a small slide and other outdoor toys. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an exercise room, two guest suites, and one table in the dining area that is regularly topped with a

puzzle, in progress. At the rear of the property is a communal garden. Residents also maintain window boxes that line the courtyard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; many contain herbs like basil and rosemary, which can be picked and used by any of the community members. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an off-street parking lot where each unit is assigned one space. The building is energy-efficient with cellulose insulation and ground-source heat pumps providing the heating and cooling, which keep utility costs low. Shared Internet service is another bonus.

Takoma Village Cohousing is located two blocks from the Takoma Metro station, and is about three from the neighborhood library. Just a bit farther in the opposite direction is a community center. The two-bedroom unit at Takoma Village Cohousing, located at 6827 4th St. NW, is offered for $349,303 plus condo fees of $404 per month. The one-bedroom unit is offered for $275,210 with condo fees of $311 per month. For more information contact Elizabeth Russell of Long & Foster Real Estate at 202966-2598 or

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Reilly of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators, see it as a barrier to graduation for some students, who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the guidance they need to complete the project. Board members Patrick Mara (Ward 1) and Mark Jones (Ward 5) said at the meeting that they were receptive to the idea of a special diploma for students who choose to complete a thesis. Students and other stakeholders also urged the board to drop its plans to make U.S. government a social studies elective rather than a requirement, arguing that students canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become responsible citizens if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to participate in the decision-making process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can we have student government in every school if students are not required to learn about government?â&#x20AC;? asked Dunbar junior Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;znee Currie. Erich Martel, a retired D.C. Public Schools teacher, said it would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;an embarrassmentâ&#x20AC;? not to require

government in the city that just hosted the presidential inauguration. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson joined with leaders of seven charter schools to send a letter to the board expressing concerns with the proposed rules. Alexandra Pardo, executive director of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, signed that letter. At the meeting, she said that adding two more credits to the overall graduation requirements â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which she said are already among the most rigorous in the country â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would create a burden for higher-achieving students and those who need more help. She said she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to tell a student that they had to drop an Advanced Placement class, which might span two class periods, in order to take more physical education, art or music courses. Alternatively, Pardo said, failing classes is a reality for many high school students, who need time to recover lost credits. Others may enter high school in need of remedial

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The Common House includes a dining room that can seat more than 40 people.


reading and math classes. Adding two more units to the graduation requirement, Pardo said, would prevent those students from taking extra classes they need. Dan Gordon of the D.C. Public Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Academic Programming Office testified that some of the proposed changes could substantially increase staffing, scheduling and accountability-related expenses. Several school board members said they were open to making changes to the current proposal. Ward 4 representative D. Kamili Anderson noted that not all members agree on the recommendations. Public comment on the proposed requirements ended last week, but board members said they hope to hold roundtables with students and school principals in the next 30 days for further discussion. The board will draft a final proposal by Feb. 6 to submit to the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education, which will provide feedback on implementation. The board plans to vote March 20.

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Wednesday january 30 Concert ■ Members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will join pianist Luke Frazier to perform a program of works from musical theater to jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Jamie Drake, founder of New Yorkbased Drake Design Associates, will discuss his exuberant color sense, taste for glamour and eye for telling detail. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Peter Dreier will discuss his book “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social History Hall of Fame.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Helmut J. Schneider, professor emeritus of German at the University of Bonn, will discuss “Goethe’s Concept of Art Collections and the Museum in the Context of Modernity (1798 Until 1817).” 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 443-542-2263. ■ Paul Krugman will discuss his book “End This Depression Now!” 7 p.m. $12; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ Rebecca Gale will discuss her novel “Trying,” about a romance complicated by government secrets. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Trevor Aaronson, co-founder of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, will discuss his book “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Keynote speaker Chen Guangcheng, the blind lawyer and activist who escaped house arrest in northeast China and took refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing before obtaining a student visa to enter the United States, will join a panel of experts to discuss “In Search of China’s Soul: Money, Politics, and the Pressure for

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Events Entertainment Social Change.” 7:30 p.m. $20. Nave, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Films ■ The National Archives will screen Ben Moses’ 2012 film “A Whisper to a Roar,” about democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. A discussion will follow with Esraa Abdel Fattah and Roberto Patiño, who appear in the film, and with Moses, who wrote, produced and directed it. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ West End Cinema will host a screening of Thymaya Payne’s documentary “Stolen Seas,” about Somali high-seas piracy. Afterward, the group 100Reporters will host a panel discussion with experts. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202419-3456. Performance ■ The Falun Dafa Organization of Washington, D.C. will present classical Chinese music and dance in “Shen Yun 2013: Reviving 5,000 Years of Civilization.” 7:30 p.m. $50 to $250. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31

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Benefit ■ The Washington Humane Society’s 12th annual dessert and champagne reception will feature creations by local pastry chefs and mixologists. 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a VIP Chefs’ Tasting Room; 7 to 9 p.m. for the general reception. $90 to $150. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Book signing ■ Joy E. Stocke, co-author of “Anatolian Days & Nights: A Love Affair With Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints,” will sign copies of her book about ancient Anatolia and modern-day Turkey. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 29.    

Class ■ Casey Trees will present a class on “Pruning Trees to Reduce Risk and Prevent Breakage,” led by University of Florida professor Edward Gilman. 8 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by attorney Arnold Leibowitz about the history of presidential impeachments. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox Jr., president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, will discuss the possibilities of American involvement in mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Artist Lynn Cazabon will discuss her “Uncultivated” exhibit, which uses photography and Google Maps to highlight vegetation in neglected urban areas. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Walsh Black Box, Walsh Building, Georgetown University, 1221 36th St. NW. ■ University of California at San Diego international relations professor Miles Kahler will discuss the emerging economies in China, India and Brazil. 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations recommended. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. ■ Tara Sonenshine, U.S. undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, will talk about “Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in 2013.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Painting Provence: The Riviera of van Gogh and Bonnard.” 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ Craig Symonds, professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, will discuss his book “The Civil War at Sea.” 6 p.m. $10 to $20. President Lincoln’s Cottage, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. ■ Georgetown University will present a seminar about Islamic teachings. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Room 107, St. Mary’s Hall, Georgetown University, 3700 Reservoir Road NW. ■ Neuroscientist and author Ron Clavier will discuss “Understanding the Teenage Brain.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. British School of Washington, 2001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-829-3700. ■ Panelists will discuss maritime piracy off Somalia and West Africa. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Studies, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Amy Wilentz will discuss her book “Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti,” a profile of Haitians and their history. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film ■ The Institute for Policy Studies will

Thursday, January 31 ■ Discussion: Humor columnist Dave Barry will talk about his latest novel, “Insane City.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. present a screening of Bernardo Ruiz’s 2012 documentary “Reportero,” about reporters working at an embattled Tijuana-based independent newspaper. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Meeting ■ The Teen Book Club will discuss “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green and David Levithan. 4 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Performances ■ Four authors will read from their writing to a panel of judges in a “Literary Death Match.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Ambassador Theater will present “The Little Theatre of the Green Goose” by Konstanty I. Galczynski. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. Special events ■ The Phillips Collection and Arena Stage will present a preview of “The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century),” a world premiere inspired by the work of Marc Chagall and created by Double Edge Theatre. The event will feature video, costumes and props, as well as a talk by director Stacy Klein and members of the company on the study of Chagall that informs the wordless, music-infused production. 6 p.m. $20; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The GI Film Festival will host a military bachelor auction fundraiser. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $30 to $40; reservations recommended. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Friday, Feb. 1

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Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Schubert, Arensky, Chevalier de St. Georges, Frederick Eliot Lewis and John Childs. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.

■ The ensemble Modern Musick will perform 17th- and 18th-century instrumental and vocal music composed for Jesuit schools. 1:15 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ D.C.based indie rock band The Riverbreaks will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Classical guitarist Benjamin Beirs will perform, with a wine reception to follow. 7 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. Belle Vue Room, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. ■ “Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour” will host vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Chamber music group the Merlin Ensemble Vienna will perform “Glorified Night.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. ■ The harp and saxophone chamber duo Pictures on Silence will perform as part of the “New Music at the Atlas” series. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ Gender equality experts will discuss women’s international human rights issues. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free. Room 206, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ The African American Civil War Museum will kick off Black History Month with a talk by curator Hari Jones on “Adding a Powerful Ally: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Civil War.” 7 p.m. Free. African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. Expo ■ The 2013 Washington Auto Show will feature displays by more than 43 domestic and import manufacturers, interactive events and a new luxury showcase. Noon to 10 p.m. $12; $5 for ages 6 through 12; free for ages 5 and younger. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The show will continue through Feb. 10. Film ■ The Iranian Film Festival 2013 will feature Bahman Ghobadi’s 2012 film “Rhino Season.” 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. Performances ■ The KanKouran West African Dance Company will perform. 10:15 a.m. $8; $3 to $6 for children. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-8700. ■ Ronald K. Brown and his Brooklynbased dance company Evidence will perform a program that includes “Gatekeepers” and “On Earth Together,” comprised of Stevie Wonder songs. 8 p.m. See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 $20 to $75. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st. St. NW. 202-785-9727. Special event ■ Cognac expert Guillaume Lamy will host a cognac tasting. 7 p.m. $35 to $45. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Philadelphia Flyers. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Saturday, Feb. 2

Saturday february 2 Children’s programs ■ “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature “Tim Marrone: Clowning Around With Shakespeare,” about a court jester preparing for his first audience with England’s newly crowned monarch, King James I. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ Families will explore Colonial-era games and toys. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Gallaudet University students will sign Julia Donaldson’s “The Gruffalo” in American Sign Language. 11 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-559-5368. ■ The Textile Museum’s fourth annual Mid-Winter Family Festival will teach students the traditional Turkish art of paper marbling and feature performances by Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Children will hear a story about civil rights activist Rosa Parks and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Concerts ■ Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater will lead a master class, where audience members can observe the creative process as pre-professional performers receive instruction from some of the greats in jazz. 11 a.m. $12. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, pianist Anna Balakerskaia (shown) and violinist Zino Bogachek will perform the world premiere of “I Have Felt to Soar” by Christopher Weiss and works by Prokofiev and Haydn. 3 p.m. $10; free for ages 18 and younger. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. ■ The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Copland, Lan-In Winnie Yang, Prokofiev and Beethoven. 6 to 8 p.m. $67. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. ■ Teatro Lirico of DC will present mezzo-soprano Gina Maria Perregrino, baritone Jose Sacin and soprano Callie Schlegel performing “Rossini in Spain.” 7 p.m. $30; $20 for students and seniors. Casa Italiana, 595 1/2 3rd St. NW. 202-3603514. ■ Ensemble Gaudior will perform works


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Events Entertainment by Beethoven, Albrechtsberger, Boccherini and Mozart. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 3rd St. SE. ■ Jazz pianist Kris Bowers will perform as part of the KC Jazz Club series. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures ■ A roundtable discussion will examine the role African-American troops played in the Civil War. 9:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ The Interactivity Foundation will discuss public policy regarding private property. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Second-floor conference room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. ■ Landscape architect Ethan Carr will discuss “Portraits in Design: Frederick Law Olmsted.” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Louis Michael Seidman, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “On Constitutional Disobedience” in a conversation with Georgetown University law professor Gary Peller. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ On the 20th anniversary of the first American publication of Ian Rankin’s work, the Scottish writer will discuss his latest mystery, “Standing in Another Man’s Grave.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ John B. Radner, author of “Johnson and Boswell,” will talk about the friendship between writers Samuel Johnson and James Boswell. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Mystery authors Jenny Milchman, Allison Leotta and Anthony J. Franze will talk about balancing work, life and art at a dinner discussion. 6:30 p.m. $90 to $160. The Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle NW. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will screen winter-themed children’s movies including “The Gruffalo’s Child” and “The Snowy Day” (for ages 5 and older). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The films will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ■ The National Gallery of Art will host the Washington premiere of a digital restoration of Volker Schlöndorff’s 1979 political thriller “Ashes and Diamonds,” set in a Polish town in 1945. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Meeting ■ The Shaw Reading Club will discuss the works of Nobel laureates. 10 a.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. Performances ■ Comedian Marc Maron will perform stand-up as part of his “Out of the Garage” tour. 8 p.m. $27.50; reservations required.

NW. ■ Alliance Française de Washington and Hillwood will celebrate “Crêpe Day” with food and games. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15; $8 for ages 2 through 18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW.

Saturday, february 2 ■ Concert: Singer-songwriter Justin Roberts will perform with his group The Not Ready for Naptime Players. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. ■ The In Series will present Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito.” 8 p.m. $42; $38 for seniors; $21 for students. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m. ■ San Francisco-based LEVYdance and Sidra Bell Dance New York will collaborate on two new works. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Special events ■ The group Dupont Festival will present a Groundhog Day event featuring prognostication by “Potomac Phil, the National Groundhog,” live accordion music, polka dancers, and presentations by local celebrities and schoolchildren. 7:30 a.m. Free. Dupont Circle fountain, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire avenues

Sporting event ■ The DC Rollergirls will present bouts between the Majority Whips and the DC DemonCats and between the Cherry Blossom Bombshells and Scare Force One. 4 p.m. $12; $6 for ages 6 through 11; free for ages 5 and younger. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. Walk ■ A walk through Georgetown will explore vestiges of the vibrant 19th-century African American community in the Herring Hill neighborhood. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-8956070. Sunday, Feb. 3

Sunday february 3 Concerts ■ Music Celebrations International will present the National Presidents Day Choral Festival, featuring “A Musical Remembrance of the Life and Service of John F. Kennedy.” 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 800-395-2036. ■ The Verdehr Trio will celebrate its 40th anniversary by performing some of its most significant commissions. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. music. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of Philip Radcliffe, Herbert W. Sumsion and Edward C. Bairstow. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church,

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Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202333-6677. ■ SongRise, a local women’s social justice singing group, will present a benefit concert for the group Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice. 5 to 7 p.m. $10. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ Listen Local First will present D.C.based band Shark Week, which blends garage rock, psychedelic, blues and surf music with a punk rock attitude. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Bryan, Carter and composer-inresidence Jeffrey Mumford. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures ■ The Middle East Peace Forum will present a talk by Israeli social activist Iyad Burnat. 9 to 11 a.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Queens Museum of Art executive director Tom Finkelpearl and artists Tania Bruguera and Mierle Laderman Ukeles will discuss “Social Art, Social Cooperation.” A book signing will follow. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Park rangers will lead a program about how enslaved African-Americans used the night sky to escape northward. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Busboys and Poets will host a discussion about issues involving race. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and See Events/Page 22


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Continued From Page 21 Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Film â&#x2013; The National Gallery of Art will screen Edmon Rochâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garbo the Spy,â&#x20AC;? about double agent Juan Pujol GarcĂ­aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work for both Britain and Nazi Germany during World War II. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club and Lean & Hungry Theater will present a Latin-infused performance of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Taming of the Shrew.â&#x20AC;? 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. $20. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Special event â&#x2013;  The DC Youth Poetry Slam Team 2013 Semifinals will feature some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top high school poets performing original work to be judged by audience members. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 12:30 p.m. $77 to $425. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202397-7328. Tours â&#x2013;  Head docent Mike Bloom will lead a tour of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral

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â&#x2013; As part of the Visiting Writers Series, literary journalist Ted Conover will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Studies Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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Classes and workshops â&#x2013; David Newcomb will lead a threepart class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meditation and Personal Happiness.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. The workshop will continue Feb. 11 and 25. Concerts â&#x2013;  D.C. group Bad Influence Band will perform a blend of Chicago blues, swing, American roots and rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Local group Music at the Met will play jazz selections. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Soprano Patricia Racette will lead a master class where audience members can watch her coach the next generation of opera singers. 7 p.m. $12. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  John A. Allison, president and CEO of the Cato Institute and former chairman and CEO of BB&T Corp., will speak. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Carol Christensen, senior conservator of paintings at the National Gallery of






Tuesday, february 5 â&#x2013; Concert: Young Concert Artists will present the Washington debut of German violist Veit Hertenstein, accompanied by pianist Pei-Yao Wang. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Art, and Gretchen Hirschauer, associate curator of Italian and Spanish paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heroes and Heroines From a Sienese Renaissance Palazzo.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Experts and practitioners will discuss the current state of human rights in China. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Fred Coleman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marcel Network,â&#x20AC;? about how the Catholic Church, French Christians and Jewish resistance saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Lise Pearlman will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Limit: People v. Newton, the Real Trial of the 20th Century?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Tracy Metz, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch,â&#x20AC;? will discuss water management lessons from the Netherlands. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  David Nirenberg, professor of medieval history and social thought at the University of Chicago, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Films â&#x2013; The National Archives will screen the 2002 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parksâ&#x20AC;? as part of its tribute to the late civil rights activist. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will screen the French film â&#x20AC;&#x153;8 Womenâ&#x20AC;? as part of its Marvelous Movie Mondays series. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  The Classic Films Series will screen Stanley Kramerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1967 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guess Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coming to Dinnerâ&#x20AC;? as part of its spotlight on actor Sidney Poitier. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mapping Democracy in Filmâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Christos Karakepelisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raw Material,â&#x20AC;? about a community of people who live in the shadow of the Acropolis and subsist on collecting discarded metal. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Opera in Cinema series will feature Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lohengrin.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. Meetings â&#x2013;  The American History Book Club will discuss historical figures through biographies. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. DanielShaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-7271288. â&#x2013;  The CCHDC Book Club will discuss the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pymâ&#x20AC;? by Mat Johnson. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Performance â&#x2013;  The Cultures in Motion series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smoking Out the Beehive,â&#x20AC;? a Black History Month tribute to Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Claude McKay, Audre Lord, Amiri Baraka and Yusef Komunyaka. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-8520. Special event â&#x2013;  Dan Beck of Northwest Shellfish Co. from Olympia, Wash., will lead an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oyster



Class,â&#x20AC;? featuring a chance to sample eight types of raw oysters, two cooked oyster preparations and an oyster shooter. 7 p.m. $35. Telâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Veh CafĂŠ & Wine Bar, 401 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-758-2929. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Wizards will play the Los Angeles Clippers. 7 p.m. $10 to $605. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tuesday, Feb. 5

Tuesday february 5 Concerts â&#x2013; Pianist Jeremy Filsell and organist Nigel Potts will perform Rachmaninovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Opera will present members of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program performing a preview of musical highlights from upcoming productions of Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manon Lescautâ&#x20AC;? and Belliniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norma.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17-member Next Wave Jazz Ensemble will perform with the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Terrorism expert Anat Berko will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smarter Bomb: Women and Children as Suicide Bombers.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-2905. â&#x2013;  A discussion of Leonard Freedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly published photo essay â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Is the Day: The March on Washingtonâ&#x20AC;? will feature Georgetown University sociology professor and author Michael Eric Dyson, who wrote an essay for the book; Paul Farber, a scholar of popular and visual culture and author of the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s afterword; and Brigitte Freed, Leonard Freedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s widow. Noon. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Jeanne Theoharis, a political science professor at Brooklyn College, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  The Bread & Roses Labor Series will lead a discussion on David LindsayAbaireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good People,â&#x20AC;? about a single mother in south Boston. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Guatemalan archaeologist and National Geographic explorer Francisco Estrada-Belli will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maya Civilization: 3000 Years in the Making.â&#x20AC;? A video and tour of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heavenly Jade of the Mayaâ&#x20AC;? will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. AndrĂŠs Bello Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013;  Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Digital Divide: Challenges and Achievements.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Artist Jackie Bailey Labovitz will discuss her interests in selective depth of See Events/Page 24


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tudio Gallery will open two exhibits today and continue them through Feb. 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadowsâ&#x20AC;? features photographs and assemblages by Spring Valley artist Peter Karp inspired by the interplay of light and dark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rough, Smooth, Evolvingâ&#x20AC;? spotlights

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sculpture by Trish Palasik that plays with rough and smooth textures. A reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will be held Feb. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-2328734. â&#x2013; The Arts Club of Washington will open an exhibit Friday of oil paintings and mixedmedia work by Michael Spears, mixed-media collages by Megan Coyle, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whimsical Artâ&#x20AC;? by Martine Khadr-Van Schoote. The

exhibit will continue through Feb. 23. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Located at 2017 I St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfiltered,â&#x20AC;? featuring paintings by Leslie M. Nolan with bold brushwork and compositions, will open Friday at Touchstone Gallery and continue through Feb. 24. An opening reception with wine and live music will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Third Thursdayâ&#x20AC;? reception will be held Feb. 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;International Connections,â&#x20AC;? a group show featuring a diverse selection of established artists from around the globe, will open Saturday at International Visions Gallery and continue through March 2. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Located at 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intimate Network,â&#x20AC;? presenting paintings and drawings by Lisa Marie Thalhammer on themes such as marriage equality and gender identity, will open Saturday at the Fridge and continue through Feb. 24. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., and the artist will give a talk and demonstrate mural painting Feb. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. Located at 516 1/2 8th St. SE, rear alley, the gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-664-4151. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncultivated,â&#x20AC;? presenting an art project by Lynn Cazabon that uses photography and Google Maps to draw attention to vegetation in neglected urban areas, opened last week at Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spagnuolo Art Gallery. It will continue through April 14. An opening reception and artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk will take place tomorrow at 4 p.m. Located in the lobby of the Walsh Building at 1221 36th St. NW, the gallery is

Arena brings â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Grand Paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; premiere to D.C.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin Windowâ&#x20AC;? by Peter Karp is part of a new exhibit at Studio Gallery. open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-687-9206. â&#x2013; Addison/Ripley Fine Art recently opened an exhibit of recent works on paper by the celebrated Alabama artist Thornton Dial and will continue it through Feb. 23. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-5180.



rena Stage will host the world premiere of Double Edge Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)â&#x20AC;? Feb. 6 through 10 at the Kogod Cradle. The production, which will travel next to Moscow, offers an evoca-


tive journey through the 20th century by fusing music, dance and flying. Its style is inspired by Marc Chagallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kaleidoscopic vision of humanity at play, at war and at rest. Performance times are Wednesday at noon; Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $40. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202488-3300; â&#x2013; Theater J will present the D.C. debut of David Mametâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raceâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 6 through March 17 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. In this examination of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue about racial issues, an accomplished black lawyer and his white partner are contemplating taking on the case of a wealthy white man who is charged with raping a black woman. Performance times are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-4948497; â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatre will present Caridad Svichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La casa de los espĂ­ritus (The House of the Spirits)â&#x20AC;? Feb. 7 through March 10. Based on the novel by Chilean-

Double Edge Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)â&#x20AC;? will open at Arena Stage before traveling to Moscow. American author Isabel Allende, the play incorporates the power of remembrance to depict four generations of upheaval in Latin America. It will be performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $36 to $40, with discounts available for students, seniors and military personnel. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; â&#x2013; Arena Stage, in association with Lookingglass Theatre Company, will present Mary Zimmermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosesâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 8 through March 17 at the Fichandler Stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosesâ&#x20AC;? brings the mythical tales of Ovid to life in a wondrous world where gods and mortals interact. A decade after Zimmerman won a Tony Award for the Broadway premiere, she will direct the show in the round for the first time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a custom set that features the largest pool of water ever created for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphoses.â&#x20AC;?

Performance times are generally Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; â&#x2013; The Washington Stage Guild has extended Karoline Leachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s romantic thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trystâ&#x20AC;? through Feb. 10 at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240582-0050; â&#x2013;  Keegan Theatre has extended â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaretâ&#x20AC;? through March 2 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $40. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202;


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Continued From Page 22 field, formal composition and natural light in fine painting and drawing. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013; Betty Shanahan, executive director and CEO of the Society of Women Engineers, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diversity Fueling Innovationâ&#x20AC;? and accept the Henry C. Turner Prize on behalf of the organization. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Robert Ehrlich, professor of physics and astronomy at George Mason University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Search for Tachyons.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  James Srodes will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World.â&#x20AC;? A taco dinner will be included. 7 to 9 p.m. $10. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Jeanne Theoharis will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Editor Robert Bettmann and contributors will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Monroe House, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 116. â&#x2013;  Georgetown Day Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parenting

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Events Entertainment in the 21st Centuryâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a talk by Jim Steyer, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talking Back to Facebook: A Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Ageâ&#x20AC;? and CEO and founder of Common Sense Media. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St. NW. â&#x2013; National Geographic Travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travelers of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? will feature Theron Humphrey, who took a yearlong road trip across America; Booker Mitchell, a 15-yearold student who is skateboarding his way around the world; Paula Busey, a Colorado high school librarian who set up a cultural exchange with a Maasai warrior; and the Davises, a Canadian couple who took their sons out of school to journey around the world. 7 p.m. $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202857-7700. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Library John Singletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1997 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosewoodâ&#x20AC;? as part of its February Film Series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The 24th annual Black Film Festival will show Robert Zemeckisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flight,â&#x20AC;? starring Denzel Washington. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Palestine Center will screen Mahasen Nasser Eldinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restored Picturesâ&#x20AC;? and Azza El-Hassanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kings and Extras: Digging for a Palestinian Image.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-3381290. â&#x2013;  Alliance Française de Washington


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Tuesday, February 5 â&#x2013; Reading: First-time novelists Chad Harbach (shown) and Karen Russell will read from their respective books, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Fieldingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swamplandia!â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202544-7077. will screen Michaele Boganimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odessa â&#x20AC;Ś Odessa!â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. â&#x2013;  National Geographic producer David Hamlin will show and discuss clips from the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Elephants.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform new and classic works. 7 p.m. $30 to $120. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. This program will repeat Feb. 6 through 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 and 10 at 1:30 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The 14th annual Washington, DC International Food & Wine Festival will feature educational seminars, focused tastings, chef-inspired dinners and demonstrations, competitions and a silent auction to benefit Cohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen. 4 to 9 p.m. Free for Wine Cooperative Tasting Room (from 4 to 8 p.m.); $35 to $270 for other events. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The festival will continue through Feb. 9. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Toronto Maple Leafs. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, Feb. 6

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Classes â&#x2013; Landscape architect Danielle Pieranunzi, director of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;SITES Rating System: Encouraging and Rewarding Leadership in Site Sustainabilityâ&#x20AC;? as part of a series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Principles of Sustainable Design.â&#x20AC;? 9 a.m. to noon. $20; reservations required. Casey Trees Headquarters, 3030 12th St. NE. â&#x2013;  Instructor Stacey Rusch will lead a series of Vinyasa yoga classes. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. Concerts â&#x2013;  Soloists from the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir will perform. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013; Local folk duo The Sweater Set will perform on the ukulele, guitar, flute and kazoo. 5:30 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform works by Stravinsky and FaurĂŠ. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Misha Dichter and the Harlem Quartet will perform piano quintets by Schumann and Shostakovich at a Fortas Chamber Music concert. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  International security expert Robert Litwak will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain, or Engage Regimes.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Historian Heather Andrea Williams will use slave narratives, letters and interviews in her lecture â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Experts will discuss Hizmet, a social movement built around the ideas of Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen. 12:15 p.m. Free. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Eric Weiner will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Geography of Bliss: One Grumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Search for the Happiest Places on Earth.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. â&#x2013;  Marjorie Lightman and William Zeisel, authors of â&#x20AC;&#x153;160 Years of Scholarship and Achievement in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the role Congress has played in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educational system since the 19th century, including the effects of segregation and desegregation and the formation of the University of the District of Columbia in the 1970s. 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  Galina Korneva and Ulla TillanderGodenheilm will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romanov Splendor.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 6:30 p.m. $20; $7 for students. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  Mattea Kramer will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to the Federal Budget.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Science historian W. Patrick McCray, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future,â&#x20AC;? will discuss technological visions of the past half-century. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Craig L. Symonds, professor emeritus

at the U.S. Naval Academy, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War at Sea: Ironclads, Rams, and Blockade Runners.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013; The Friends of Tenley-Friendship Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local author series will feature a talk by chef and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids With Cancer.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A book discussion series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Sweet Homeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about the notion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;homeâ&#x20AC;? as a nebulous place of nostalgia, security and betrayal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zeitounâ&#x20AC;? by Dave Eggers. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Susan Cain will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Talking.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  Willis Jenkins, a professor at Yale Divinity School, will discuss sustainability in poverty-stricken communities. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202537-6200. â&#x2013;  Writer and adventurer David Roberts will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Along on the Ice: Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration,â&#x20AC;? about Australian Douglas Mawsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 300-mile trek across Antarctic ice after the death of his companions and the loss of most of his provisions. 7:30 p.m. $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films â&#x2013;  The American Grand Cru Society will present the East Coast premiere of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Story of Grapes and Wine in the Russian River Valley,â&#x20AC;? which will include a wine reception and discussion with the filmmaker, Maurice â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joeâ&#x20AC;? Nugent. 6 to 9 p.m. $15; reservations required. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HDâ&#x20AC;? will feature an encore showing of Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maria Stuarda.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $18 to $24. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Human Rights Watch Film Series will feature Susan Youssefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Habibi,â&#x20AC;? about two young lovers who are forced to return home to Gaza before they can complete their university studies in the West Bank. 7 p.m. $7.52 to $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. Performance â&#x2013;  The Happenings at the Harman lunchtime performance series will present Quest Visual Theatre performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mosaic.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Special event â&#x2013;  The Austrian Embassy and the International Spy Museum will host a party inspired by the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Third Man.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $20 to $25. L2 Lounge, 3315 Cadyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley, NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the New York Knicks. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.

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DISPATCHES From Page 15 from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” to Anton Pushkin’s “Mozart and Salieri.” On Jan. 29, head of school Russell Shaw delivered his annual State-of-the-School Address. The tradition, established by Shaw, brings the Georgetown Day community together to discuss student learning, student life, faculty and curriculum development, and more. — Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Key Elementary

Each winter, Key School offers the After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) for students during the cold months of January, February and March. The program runs Tuesdays through Fridays, on the Key School campus, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each year there are new classes to choose from, so it is always exciting to see what is being offered. This year’s classes include chess, debate, sports, iMovie, cooking, knitting, French, friendship bracelets, movement and many more. “I love taking time to do art and be creative with students,” said Kelly Shields, who teaches a class on the Art of Friendship. It is a lot of fun to be with different teachers and students from Key School, as well as learn new abilities. Myriam Tron, a Key parent and the program’s co-coordinator, said, “We have a great lineup of cool classes that I think our students will thoroughly enjoy. The amazing, talented and brilliant Key school teachers have created really fun classes, in spite of being educational, too (something we parents LOVE).” — Duncan Ryan, fifth-grader

Maret School

Last Friday, we gathered in the theater for an assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We saw a PowerPoint presentation that included a timeline ranging from President Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Then we had a wonderful storyteller who claimed to be Frederick Douglass (though his real name was Bill Grimmette). He told us stories including how he met Lincoln, how he learned to read and how he became free. At the end, the whole lower school sang “Lift Every Voice And Sing.” On Saturday, many Maret families came to school to bag groceries that we had collected all week for the Martha’s Table Pantry Program. — Shira Ben-Ami and Kasey Orava, fourth-graders

Murch Elementary

Every month at Murch, all the classes file into the All Purpose Room. There, we greet each other warmly and in a friendly way. We also join together in a fun activity that helps build a community. This

is called a School Wide Morning Meeting. The Morning Meeting is made up of four components: a greeting, a share, an activity and a morning message. Students and classes are able to share important school news and community service projects that help people in need. At this meeting, students at Murch see how we can work together in such a diverse school and community to help out other people in our community. We share what goes on in the classes. “I think it’s really fun, seeing what my class does and seeing friends I can’t see during the day,” said Golden Davis. School Wide Morning Meeting is a time to express what you do during the day. You can tell your opinions. It’s a time to see your schoolmates and strengthen your community. — Leah Winchell and Emma Saenz, fifth-graders

National Presbyterian School

On Jan. 18, students, faculty, and staff all helped out for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We all did something to be helpful to people in need. Nursery made hygiene boxes for Children of Mine, which is a youth center that also serves the homeless. Pre-K and the third grade made trail-mix bags for the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. Kindergarten and the fourth grade sorted clothes for wounded veterans. First and fifth grades made lots of sandwiches for McKenna’s Wagon. Last but not least, second and sixth grades made cards for Central Union Mission. After all that hard work, we had an all-school assembly to share, celebrate, and thank everybody for all their service. We sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “World of Differences.” We also made “We Have a Dream” mobiles. Thank you to Rev. Dunfee and the Faculty Service Learning Committee for organizing the day’s events. — Lucia Vasco, fifth-grader

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

This winter, we began studying Jamestown, the first English settlement in Virginia. In February, we will take a field trip to see the settlement firsthand! This is my account of life at Jamestown, from the perspective of an English colonist: “I’m seasick every day. Everyone on board is starved. It’s freezing at night. Godspeed is slow and rocks a lot. All I can see on deck (when I’m allowed on deck) is blue sea and sky. I wish I saw land. Captain Newport says only two more days. I hope I make it to Virginia. Three men already died. “Captain Newport was wrong. I woke up this morning and, just as I sat up, I heard the words ‘Land Ho!’ It was followed by a loud cheer. “Out exploring, our men found a river that they named the James in

honor of King James. Then they agreed to name our little village Jamestown. The men chopped down loads of wood to build a fort. They worked all the time. When they took breaks, my ears felt strange without all of the noise. For our protection, they put cannons at every corner. “We soon realized that Jamestown was not safe. Indians lurked in the tall grasses nearby, which made it almost impossible to go outside the fort. A few weeks later, disaster struck. The fort and all but three houses burned down. Luckily, no one was injured and my house did not burn down. We’ve begun to rebuild and are hoping that we can be successful now that we have made peace with the Powhatans.” — Helena Hunter, third-grader

School Without Walls

Typically at Walls, National Honor Society induction is a schoolwide celebration. The whole school gathers in George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium to induct students. Most

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 of our assemblies occur here because we do not have the auditorium space to fit all of our students. This year, the inductions were held in front of a smaller crowd — friends and family — in the school multipurpose room. To qualify for National Honor Society, or NHS for short, students must have a 3.5 GPA un-weighted and show examples of the tiers the organization is founded upon: leadership, service, scholarship and character. The program began with speakers on the tiers from current seniors who are members of the society. There was also a speech by LearnServe International CEO Scott Rechler. It is traditional to light a candle for each part. Then, students took the pledge to become members and received certificates marking the occasion. Senior Teddy Rycroft then performed an original song. It was followed by a reception. This year there were 44 inductees. — Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader

Wilson High School

This is the second year Wilson has had a wrestling team, and it has


already turned into quite a popular sport. There are 22 boys on the team this year, and for many this is their first time wrestling. The team practices every day after school from 4 to 6 p.m., running stairs, lifting weights or working on technique. The Wilson team is the only one in the D.C. public schools, but it holds matches against private schools from around the area. Like most other high schools, Wilson participates in folkstyle wrestling. Folkstyle wrestling consists of three rounds. The first round is three minutes long and both wrestlers start out in a neutral position. The way to win the match is by “pinning” your opponent. If neither wrestler can pin his opponent in the first round, they continue on to the second round, which is two minutes long. If neither is victorious, they move on to the third round, also two minutes. After the conclusion of the third round without a winner, the match goes to a “sudden victory” period. In that period, the first wrestler to take down his opponent wins the match. — Henry Shuldiner, 10th-grader




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COUNCIL From Page 2 education, and it’s important to make sure both public and charter schools have the resources they need, but we also need more oversight,” Mara added. “We need to do more with what we have, and we need to do a better job at measuring the outcomes.” Mara is a former board member for DC Vote, a local advocacy group that fights for the District’s autonomy and voting rights in Congress. He makes regular trips to Capitol Hill to talk with representatives about the District. “Most people on the Hill have no idea what the local issues are,” he said. Mara owns The Dolan Group, a business development consulting firm. If elected, he said, he would focus solely on his work as a council member. ■ Perry Redd, Statehood Green Redd is a D.C. native and Woodson High School graduate who currently lives in Brightwood. He works as a community organizer and hosts an Internet radio show called “Socially Speaking,” which focuses on social justice issues including workers’ rights and racial inequality. But officially, Redd said, he’s “counted among the unemployed.” Redd’s central campaign issue is statehood. “I believe in equal human rights, and D.C. residents are not equal to people in other states — it equates to colonialism. We should have two senators and representatives in Congress. We have a higher population than Wyoming or Vermont,” he said. Redd spent time in jail on gun and drug trafficking convictions, which were overturned in 2007. This experience, he said, gives him “an intimate understanding of the plights of the underserved.” Redd now mentors “returning citizens,” and said if elected he would work to remove barriers many face in getting jobs, housing and education. Redd also said he would establish “citizens drafting sessions,” whereby residents could go to the Wilson Building and “draft legislation for the laws they want passed.” ■ John Settles, Democrat Settles grew up in D.C. and is a Howard University graduate. He summarizes his campaign platform with an acronym: HELPS — housing and neighborhood development; education; labor and economic development; public safety; and senior services. “These are the pillars of the city,” Settles said. “It’s like a table: If you take one leg off, it becomes wobbly.” “The overarching problem has been at council level,” he added. “Council members haven’t been able to focus on real problems like the ones I mentioned because they have a problem with ethics — the politicians are more interested in ‘fully loaded’ luxuries than in the good of the city.” Settles lives in Logan Circle, and

has three children in D.C. public schools. With education as a priority, he would advocate for more oversight of and collaboration with the school system, and would encourage co-locations versus closings. Settles this week left his position as a branch manager of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in order to dedicate himself to his campaign. If elected, however, he may choose to take on another job in order to help support his family. ■ Elissa Silverman, Democrat Silverman is a former reporter with The Washington Post and the Washington City Paper, and she now works for the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. In all three jobs, she has concentrated on D.C. government accountability and the city budget. “I’m running to ask the hard questions on oversight and to bring transparency, accountability and a focus on strategic investment to D.C. government, now on the inside instead of being on the outside,” Silverman said. “I’ll be able to come to council being up to speed on the budget and ready to drill down to advocate for residents,” she said. Silverman says her job experience has allowed her to work with stakeholders from across the city, and that the “800-pound elephant in the race is race.” “It’s a big issue in the city, and it’s a changing city. … We need to make sure that people feel included and not ignored, and that they feel like they are getting the attention that they deserve for their tax dollars,” she added. A D.C. resident for the past 15 years, Silverman lives in Capitol Hill. If elected, she would resign from DC Fiscal Policy Institute to work full-time on the council. ■ Paul Zukerberg, Democrat Zukerberg is a sole practitioner attorney who works and lives with his family in Adams Morgan. A graduate of American University’s law school, he’s been a District resident for more than 20 years. While he may be known best as a defense attorney who advocates for the decriminalization of marijuana, he has also worked to protect employees in fair wage civil cases. His No. 1 concern in the District is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “The health exchanges kick in Oct. 1, and D.C. is not ready. There has been no period of public comment because there have been no proposed regulations,” Zukerberg said. “Our website is not up. Individuals and businesses don’t know the costs or what plans will be available. We need to address this right away.” Zukerberg and his wife are among the founding parents of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Petworth, and education is one of his priorities. “I’m very concerned about the loss of neighborhood schools — the idea of choice is that you have a choice, but if you don’t have a neighborhood school you don’t have a choice,” he said.

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