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By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

The Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission has joined two neighboring commissions in opposing a proposed liquor license moratorium in the area around 14th and U streets, recommending instead a case-by-case approach to addressing issues from alcohol establishments. ANC 6E, which oversees the Shaw, Mount Vernon Square and

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A crew of children and adults turned out Saturday in the Dupont Circle park for the sixth annual Pillow Fight Day, part of the Urban Playground Movement to energize public spaces.

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Owners have designed the new location with a European flair.

dents including Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon — earning it the moniker “The President’s Deli.” Longtime customer Fuchs bought the delicatessen in 1990 after he

“finally got the gumption” to ask Sam Wagshal’s son, Sam, if he would sell the business. Wagshal’s currently has one flagship location on the 4800 block of Massachusetts Avenue, though it is divided into a separate market and delicatessen. It also operates a rapidly expanding catering company, Spring Valley Catering. While the Massachusetts Avenue store remains a throwback to the traditional D.C. deli established almost a century ago, Fuchs has decided to forge a new identity at the 4,000 square-foot space at 3201 New Mexico Ave., formerly home to gourmet grocery market Balducci’s. “We didn’t want to try to repliSee Wagshal’s/Page 5


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Chinatown neighborhoods, voted to oppose the resolution in February; and ANC 1B, which encompasses Columbia Heights/U Street, voted against the petition last Thursday. The moratorium — which would put a five-year freeze on new liquor licenses within a radius of roughly four blocks centered at Ben’s Next Door, 1211 U St. — was proposed by the Shaw Dupont Alliance community group. The group says that alcohol-serving venues are disrupting the neighborhood and crowding out other businesses. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will review the issue next See Moratorium/Page 7

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Bowser spars with officials over plans for Roosevelt High






Vol. XI, No. 45

Court rules against Jack’s in fight to keep operating

Wagshal’s set to open Wesley Heights market When local landmark Wagshal’s Delicatessen opens its second location at New Mexico Avenue this spring, the new store will have a uniquely European — and ecofriendly — atmosphere. That’s because owner Bill Fuchs has devoted the past year to developing a cafe and deli that captures the essence of authentic Spanish “mercados” — markets where shoppers socialize, eat and buy groceries from experts in fresh ingredients. Wagshal’s, originally opened by Sam Wagshal at 9th and G streets NW in 1925, is known for gourmet eats that have fed former U.S. presi-


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By ELIZABETH WIENER The District’s continuing effort to reduce the number of special needs students sent to private schools could yield big savings — $30 million projected for the next fiscal year alone. But, Mayor Vincent Gray said at a budget briefing Monday, that’s not the main point. “I never represented this to be about dollars,” said Gray, who worked as an advocate for the developmentally disabled for years before joining city government. “The issue is that every child, to the extent possible, should have the opportunity to be educated in a public setting.” According to Gray’s latest budget proposal, city funds spent on “non-public tuition” would drop to $80 million — a stunning cut of $29.9 million, or 27.2 percent — from the $109.9 million allocated this year. That follows a fairly steady drop since Gray took office in 2011, with savings “invested” to modernize public and private school buildings, make them more accessible, and adapt more classrooms for those See Budget/Page 10


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After a contentious battle with the National Park Service, longtime Georgetown waterfront landmark Jack’s Boathouse will be under new management. Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly dismissed owner Paul Simkin’s injunction request against the D.C. government, wherein Simkin tried to argue that a loophole in a land transfer arrangement between the city and the Park Service some 28 years ago should allow him to continue operating at his boat vendor site. The action cleared the way for another operator to take over the waterfront spot at 3500 K St. But Kollar-Kotelly declined to dismiss Simkin’s claims against the Park Service, which included allegations that the agency had tried to evict him despite an earlier court order. With the judge deferring a ruling on that point, Simkin and his lawyer Charles Camp can still chose to pursue litigation against the federal agency, though they declined to comment on what type of action — if any — they may take.

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The owner says he has sold most of his boats to the new operator selected by the Park Service.

The Park Service and Simkin have been locked in a dispute since December, when the Park Service found that Simkin did not technically have a lease with the agency. Simkin took over Jack’s Boathouse after his business partner — and son of the original owner — died about four years ago, but the lease did not automatically transfer to Simkin, according to the Park Service. When the Park Service chose a See Boathouse/Page 10



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Bowser objects to cut in proposed modernization budget for Roosevelt By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The latest District budget proposal promises to “fully renovate� Roosevelt High School next year, but officials acknowledged Monday that that doesn’t include modernizing the whole school. As planned, the city will fully overhaul the entire exterior and all mechanical systems of

the aging building, located at 4301 13th St. NW. But because the school’s enrollment lags its capacity, some classrooms will be left alone as part of the renovation — reducing the cost of the work from $120 million to $100 million. The cut was apparently made after Mayor Vincent Gray submitted the full budget proposal in late March. At a briefing on Gray’s budget for fiscal 2014, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel

The week ahead Wednesday, April 10

The D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition will hold a candidates forum in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The forum will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW.

Bowser questioned why the capital budget for long-promised modernization at Roosevelt had shrunk. “Is the $100 million total renovation, like the community was promised?� Bowser asked. Brian Hanlon, director of the Department of General Services, which now handles all municipal construction, said the budget was reduced because enrollment projections for Roosevelt don’t justify renovating the entire




Thursday, April 11

The Washington Area Secular Humanists group will hold a “Secular Voter’s Forum� for candidates in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■The D.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration will hold a public meeting as part of the process of preparing the “Union Station to Georgetown Premium Transit Service Alternatives Analysis.� The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. ■ The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, Miriam’s Kitchen and the Latino Economic Development Center will hold a “Ward 2 Housing Town Hall.� The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. ■ Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 1 town hall meeting on the fiscal year 2014 budget. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW.

Tuesday, April 16

The Ward 2 Democrats group will hold a candidate forum and straw poll in the special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat. All registered Democrats in Ward 2 are eligible to vote in the straw poll. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW.

Wednesday, April 17

The League of Women Voters of D.C. will hold a panel discussion on “Current Issues in Public Education in D.C.� The forum will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the group’s 11th-floor offices, 1100 15th St. NW. ■The Woman’s National Democratic Club will hold a meet-and-greet for candidates in the special election for the D.C. Council at-large seat. The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Admission costs $25; register at or call Pat Fitzgerald at 202-2327363.

Thursday, April 18

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a Ward 1 town hall meeting to discuss proposed water rates, drinking water, infrastructure and other topics. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, 800 Euclid St. NW.


school. Only 210,000 of the school’s 300,000 square feet will be immediately needed, Hanlon said. The excess classroom space, he said “will be stabilized, core and shell,� so if enrollment grows, it can be fully renovated and put into use. That didn’t sit well with Bowser. “You’re only modernizing 210,000 square feet. I don’t See Roosevelt/Page 10




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sured waste containers have disappeared or been destroyed. At Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s council session, Ward 3 member Mary Cheh postponed consideration of McDuffieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill until June 4. That â&#x20AC;&#x153;keeps the bill alive,â&#x20AC;? she said, but it will become unnecessary if the council approves Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supercan plan as part of the 2014 budget. The council will vote on the budget in May. The District last replaced its supercans in 2001, although they have an expected livespan of only 10 years. Originally, stolen or damaged cans were replaced for free. But two years ago, for budgetary reasons, the city started charging for new supercans, which Cheh said can be a hardship for some residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Few functions of government are more fundamental than trash collection,â&#x20AC;? she said.

City plans events for Emancipation Day

On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln, with a stroke of his pen, freed 3,100 enslaved people in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nine months before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation to begin ending institutionalized slavery across the nation. This year city leaders are celebrating the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emancipation Day,â&#x20AC;? a local holiday, in a big way. Events announced for this April 16 include: â&#x2013; a prayer breakfast at the Willard Hotel, with the Rev. Al Sharpton as keynote speaker, followed by a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, featuring stars from the UniverSoul Circus. â&#x2013;  a 1:30 p.m. workshop in the Wilson Building, hosted by former D.C. Council member Frank Smith,

on the Emancipation Proclamation. â&#x2013; a 2:45 p.m. workshop on statehood, voting rights and budget autonomy, hosted by commentator Mark Plotkin. â&#x2013;  a 4 p.m. concert on Freedom Plaza with gospel star Kirk Franklin, followed by an 8:30 p.m. fireworks display.

Cheh seeks reviews for large projects

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh introduced a bill on Tuesday to extend the â&#x20AC;&#x153;large tract review processâ&#x20AC;? to substantial residential developments, allowing public input even on projects that can be built as a matter of right. The bill was prompted by concerns over an apartment building planned for Connecticut Avenue between Kanawha Street and Military Road, which developers say requires no zoning relief. But Cheh aides said the new bill wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply retroactively to the controversial glassy building proposed by Calvin Cafritz Enterprises. In a statement, Cheh said the Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large tract review process, which now applies to commercial and mixed-use projects, lets agencies and neighbors make suggestions and prepare to respond to the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impacts, but it does not require a developer to change a design thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fully in compliance with city regulations. There were no immediate cosponsors to the bill.


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WAGSHALâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: New location takes its cue from Spanish marketplaces

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cate exactly the same feel and look of those locations,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an icon, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to jeopardize that feeling.â&#x20AC;? Instead, Fuchs and his team traveled around Barcelona and Madrid, and quickly fell in love with the Spanish marketplaces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then set to work capturing that atmosphere at their new store. Fuchs imported terra-cotta tiles to mount on the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15-foot ceilings to simulate the clay roofs at the Spanish mercados, and installed steel poles and beams to emulate the look of the market stands. The Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is also taking unique steps to make customer service more personal. In 2007, Wagshalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s launched an importing business, and became the exclusive importers of the awardwinning IbĂŠrico de Bellota pork cultivated by FermĂ­n, a family-owned firm based in Salamanca, Spain. For the new store, Fuchs has also opted to import glass dividers from Portugal that are about 40 inches lower than typical deli or food counters. During travels in Europe for the importing business, he found that customers and butchers were not stuck on opposite sides of large glass cases at grocery stores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost like a jewelry case â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all glass,â&#x20AC;? he said of the Portuguese versions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can literally be talking to the person [behind the counter] face-toface.â&#x20AC;? The goal is to make the customers and retailers â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendlier and more in tune to each other, [rather] than just having someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand coming over the counter,â&#x20AC;? he said. The Wesley Heights location will also feature a sit-down restaurant, with between 45 and 50 seats inside and another 40 seats outside in the

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In Your Neighborhood ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1c Adams â&#x2013; adams morgan The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit









ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013; Foggy bottom / west end The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Room 108 of Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  safety report. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  consideration of a proposed alley closing by George Washington University in Square 77. â&#x2013;  consideration of Zoning Commission matters: Square 77, second-stage review of a plannedunit development; and zoning regulation rewrite. â&#x2013;  consideration of public space matters: George Washington University Museum, Square 102, curb cut; and Founding Farmers, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution on the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proposed food truck regulations. â&#x2013;  consideration of a historic landmark application for the D.C. War Memorial. â&#x2013;  discussion of Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Empowerment Amendment Act and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Allotment Efficiency Amendment Act. â&#x2013;  consideration of alcoholic beverage control renewal applications: District Commons/Burger Tap & Shake, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave.; Thai Place, 2134 Pennsylvania Ave.; Best Vending, 1776 D St.; Best Vending II, 730 21st St.; Exchange Ltd., 1730 Pennsylvania Ave.; State Plaza/F Street Bistro, 2116 F St.; Froggy Bottom, 2142 Pennsylvania Ave.; Bertucciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brick Oven Pizzeria, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave.; Primi Piatti, 2013 I St.; Meiwah, 1200 New Hampshire Ave.; Sizzling Express, 538 23rd St.; One Fish Two Fish, 2423 Pennsylvania Ave.; Cafe Lombardy/Hotel Lombardy, 2019 I St.; Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St.; The Prime Rib, 2020 K St.; Renaissance M Street Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave.; Courtyard by Marriott Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom, 515 20th St.; Marcelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave.; St. Gregory Hotel & Suites, 2033 M St.; Panda Cafe, 2138 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave.; Restaurant Associates, 2700 F St.; TGI Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave.; Tonic, 2036 G St.; Melrose Hotel, 2430 Pennsylvania Ave.; The River Inn/Dish, 924 25th St.; The Fairmont Washington, DC, 2401 M St.; The Westin Grand, 2340 M St.; Marvin Center, 800 21st St.; Grillfish, 1200 New Hampshire

Ave.; George Washington University Club, 1918 F St.; George Washington University Alumni House, 1925 F St.; Ristorante La Perla, 2600 Pennsylvania Ave.; The Caucus Room Brasserie, 2350 M St.; One Washington Circle Hotel/Circle Bistro, 1 Washington Circle; Notti Bianche, 824 New Hampshire Ave.; West End Cinema, 2301 M St.; Rivers at Watergate, 600 New Hampshire Ave.; Rasika West End, 1177 22nd St.; Circa at Foggy Bottom, 2221 I St.; RIS, 2275 L St.; Washington Marriott Hotel, 1221 22nd St.; and Charm Thai, 2514 L St. â&#x2013; discussion of matters related to George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 campus plan, including designation of community advisory members and the Foggy Bottom Streetscape Plan. â&#x2013;  discussion of the annual Best Buddies Challenge bike ride on Saturday, Oct. 19. For details, visit ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of alcoholic beverage control renewal applications: Alero Restaurant, 1724 Connecticut Ave.; Thai Chef, 1712 Connecticut Ave.; City Lights of China, 1731 Connecticut Ave.; Food Corner Kabob, 2029 P St.; Scion Restaurant, 2100 P St.; Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave.; Dupont Italian Kitchen, 1637 17th St.; Mari Vanna Restaurant, 1141 Connecticut Ave.; The Meeting Place, 1707 L St.; Trattu, 1823 Jefferson Place; Sichuan Pavilion, 1814 K St.; The Palm, 1225 19th St.; Bertucciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1218 Connecticut Ave.; Otello, 1329 Connecticut Ave.; Cafe Citron, 1343 Connecticut Ave.; Kababji, 1351 Connecticut Ave.; Selam Restaurant, 1524 U St.; Mandu, 1805 18th St.; Pesce, 2002 P St.; Ping Pong, 1 Dupont Circle; Raku, 1900 Q St.; McCormick & Schmick, 1652 K St.; Vapiano, 1800 M St.; Nooshi, 1120 19th St.; Vidalia, 1990 M St.; Zorba Cafe, 1612 20th St.; Loebâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli, 1712 I St.; Art Jamz, 1728 Connecticut Ave.; The Washington Post, 1150 15th St.; Hilton Washington Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave.; Tabard Inn, 1739 N St.; Courtyard by Marriott, 1600 Rhode Island Ave.; Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave.; and Sulgrave Club, 1801 Massachusetts Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application by Sakana, 2026 P St., for a 10-seat summer garden. â&#x2013;  consideration of an alcoholic beverage control application by Circa Dupont, 1601 Connecticut Ave., to change a â&#x20AC;&#x153;voluntary agreementâ&#x20AC;? to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;settlement agreementâ&#x20AC;? with additional sidewalk cafe hours.

â&#x2013; consideration of public space applications: Embassy of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Ave., for erection of a statue; Heritage India, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave, for a sidewalk cafe; and Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, 1900 M St., installation of benches. â&#x2013;  application of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a variance to permit a rear deck at 1412 Hopkins St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for construction on a vacant lot at 1412 T St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rooftop deck and concealment of mechanical equipment at 1216 18th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution inviting special guests of honor for the Capital Pride Parade. â&#x2013;  consideration of a resolution opposing the mobile vending regulations proposed by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama â&#x2013;  sheridan-kalorama The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  government reports. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  presentation by Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans. â&#x2013;  presentation by D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Kenneth Ellerbe. â&#x2013;  open comments. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. The commission has been holding a series of community forums on parking issues. The remaining discussion, focusing on visitor parking, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, during the community development committee meeting at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

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MORATORIUM: Logan Circle ANC votes to oppose ban on new licenses

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month. But many neighborhood commissioners were swayed by feedback at a “listening session” they held last month, where a crowd of more than 150 seemed largely opposed to the moratorium. Logan Circle commission chair Matt Raymond said Wednesday that by his count, 49 of the 59 people who formally testified at the session were against a moratorium. He also noted that an online petition against a licensing freeze had collected more than 1,200 signatures. The Logan Circle commission’s resolution on the proposal questioned the efficacy of moratorium zones and the possible negative impact on business owners and restaurants — noting that in moratorium-blanketed Adams Morgan, liquor licenses have become a fought-over and exorbitantly expensive commodity. Raymond added that he was also concerned with what he described as

“some broad and not entirely accurate complaints,” such as the supposed correlation between an increase in violent crime and a proliferation of liquor licenses in the area. Instead, the resolution suggests closer attention to settlement agreements between neighborhoods and establishments, as well as closer work among advisory neighborhood commissions, residents, business communities and District agencies. The Logan commission will adopt a stance of “blanket opposition, and see where the [alcohol board] will go from there” on the moratorium, Raymond said. But Joyce Tsepas, who lives by the 1400 block of S Street, told the commissioners she had received emails from or spoken with several neighbors who favored a moratorium. “They’d probably disagree with your sentence on the ‘open-armed welcomeness’ of the presence of liquor licenses non-stop,” she said, noting that residents who live near the U Street Metro station encounter considerably more noise and disrup-

tive nightspots. “This wasn’t intended to be a kind of Pollyanna-ish statement about the nature of these types of business,” Raymond responded. While he said the resolution tries to reflect the positive elements that liquor licenses can bring to neighborhoods, he also agreed that these establishments can also cause problems for residents that are not easily fixed.

“I wouldn’t rule out even some changes in law — there are a very small handful of bad apples out there,” Raymond said. “It’s frustrating to us that issues go on and on and on, and are sometimes not dealt with the way they should be.” The commission voted to oppose the petition in its entirety, and will forward its formal comments to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for review in a hearing on May 22.

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The proposed moratorium zone is centered at Ben’s Next Door.

The Dupont Circle neighborhood commission is slated to consider its stance in May.


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Modernizing the schools

There’s a lot to like in the mayor’s capital budget proposal, which includes funds for long-awaited school modernization projects. Mayor Vincent Gray decided to fully fund expansion projects at Ward 3’s Mann and Hearst elementaries. The two projects are desperately needed, with both schools relying on demountable classrooms and educating far more than their listed capacities in outdated facilities. Both schools share a reputation for strong academics — Mann is a highly rated “blue ribbon school” that draws strongly from its Wesley Heights and Spring Valley neighborhoods; Hearst, with a smaller attendance zone, attracts out-ofboundary students from throughout the city. The mayor’s capital budget proposes funds for similar improvements citywide, including major projects at Northwest’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Roosevelt High, Coolidge High, Shepherd Elementary, Garrison Elementary, Lafayette Elementary and Murch Elementary. Investing now makes sense. It’s a good time to borrow, with interest rates low and likely to rise in the next several years. But the capital budget proposal still requires scrutiny from the D.C. Council. The proposal came as the deputy mayor for education released a Facilities Master Plan. The document didn’t lay out plans for individual schools, but it does propose priorities. It calls for focusing funding improvements on middle schools, reasoning that these are the grades where many families choose to leave public schools. There’s evidence that the policy could pay off: Since its modernization a few years ago, Deal Middle School has solidified its already-sterling reputation, to the point that it requires capital funds to address crowding issues. We hope the D.C. Council will provide a comprehensive look at the capital budget, the facilities plan and Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s recently adopted consolidation plan. This is all the more important with word of late changes to the mayor’s proposal since the budget was released — namely cuts from Roosevelt’s budget and new delays in Coolidge’s timetable. To be effective, all of these policies need to lead in the same direction. There are also operational questions that factor into capital spending. Chancellor Henderson and others have rebuffed the notion of moving Ellington’s arts programs into a modernized facility elsewhere and creating a comprehensive Ward 2 high school at its Burleith location, but the idea remains popular in some quarters. And Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser is objecting to planned cost-saving measures in the Roosevelt modernization that will leave some classrooms unfinished since enrollment projections do not envision a fully occupied campus. In general, we fully endorse the idea of moving forward on long-promised school modernizations, but it’s important that the money is spent wisely. Tax dollars should not be squandered through misplaced spending.

A loss for the District

The District is quite fortunate that Richard England, a Massachusetts native, chose to move here in 1946 after his World War II service. After participating in the invasions of North Africa and Normandy and the Battle of Guadalcanal, he married Lois Hechinger, daughter of the founder of the Hechinger Co. hardware chain, and entered the family business. After several years, he became chairman of the board, and Mr. Hechinger’s son became president. From just a couple of small stores, the chain soon became a multibillion-dollar enterprise. Besides being a fabulous business executive, Mr. England became one of Washington’s foremost philanthropists — almost always helping organizations that others overlooked. He served on the boards of many groups, and played an instrumental role in various capital campaigns, including the drive to build Iona Senior Services’ Tenleytown facility. In recent years, he founded Chess Challenge in DC to help teach children to think strategically. A longtime resident of Chain Bridge Road, Mr. England was active in the Palisades Citizens Association and served as president in the mid-1960s. His children often joined him for walks in Battery Kemble Park across the street from his home. They say he always had a bag with him to pick up trash others had left. In the 1990s, he visited Bell Multicultural High School and was depressed by the decaying century-old building. He contributed $1 million and led the effort to raise millions more to build a new home for the school. Mr. England died April 1 at the age of 93 from prostate cancer. Though we are saddened by his passing, we also are thankful as we recall how much his efforts benefited the city he loved. In so many ways, he made it a better place to live.

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What color are your politics … ?


adio host Kojo Nnamdi has a knack for asking a complicated question in simple language. “What do you see as the disadvantage of having a council that is not African-American?” he asked Monday during a two-hour candidate forum on WAMU 88.5. His follow-up question had gone to veteran political operative Anita Bonds, the African-American who holds an interim appointment to the atlarge D.C. Council seat that will be filled in the April 23 special election. During the forum, Bonds had noted African-Americans were a smaller part of the population — now just 50 percent compared to 70 percent two decades ago. Currently, seven of the 13 council members are white; that number will be eight unless Bonds or Statehood Green candidate Perry Redd wins. “Well, I think I just try to make it clear that people want to have their leadership reflect who they are,” Bonds responded to Nnamdi. Redd, whose small party has had trouble winning recent city elections, is an advocate for progressive social spending on urban problems. He was much blunter than Bonds. “[It’s] not just Washington’s history, but America’s history,” Redd said to Nnamdi. “That whites, when Europeans, are in control in any elected body, they do not care for the most vulnerable who happen to be people of color.” Redd said the council and city government should strengthen its “inclusionary zoning” policy that requires new residential projects to include low- and moderate-income housing — “holding these developers accountable … taking away their tax incentives. The council doesn’t have the will to do that.” The four white candidates — Elissa Silverman, Pat Mara, Paul Zukerberg and Matthew Frumin — each contended that they would represent all of the District citizens fairly. Several gave examples of their inclusiveness. The race issue in city politics always is close by, either below the surface or — as in this case — in your face. It’s relevant now because the best-known candidate on the ballot is Michael A. Brown. He’s AfricanAmerican. He was an incumbent who lost his council seat last fall to David Grosso, who is white. Brown was trying to make a comeback in this campaign but dropped out for “personal and family matters.” Brown’s name remains on the ballot and as of Monday he had not formally pulled out of the race. But he told NBC4 his letter to the elections board soon would be on its way. Brown’s withdrawal opens the field for Bonds to claim African-American votes that might have gone to Brown. The Statehood Green Party also wants to capitalize on Brown’s exit for Redd, but the candidate is significantly less well known than Bonds.

Bonds is the longtime chair of the city’s Democratic Party. She has been directly involved in any number of campaigns going back over several decades. She has to get her voters out to the polls. But she has never been “the” council candidate. It’s a whole new world. Her side has made the calculation that she’ll win if she maximizes the AfricanAmerican turnout. That would mean Mara, the lone Republican and presumed leader in the field with endorsements and organization, would have to split votes with political activist and former journalist Silverman, defense attorney Zukerberg and community leader Frumin, who has an 18-year record of civic activism in Northwest. However it turns out, racial politics are part of this city’s and this country’s history, its present and by all accounts, the future. ■ Early voting. Your Notebook voted on Monday, the first day of early voting (which runs through April 20). We voted about 11:30 a.m. The polls had been open since 8:30. We were only the 67th voter. If you’re for a candidate, it’s truer than ever that in this low-turnout election, your lone vote could make a real difference. There is no runoff. The person who gets the most votes wins. Period. Whomever you are for, please vote. ■ Feds in our future? The federal Office of Personnel Management is preparing rules that would govern federal workers who run for local elected office in the District. It’s part of legislation altering the Hatch Act that was signed into law last year. Since the 1940s, federal workers in Maryland and Virginia have had limited rights to run for local public office. Soon, those in the District will, too. ■ And the mayor’s race? At-large Council member David Catania is more than hinting that he could seek the city’s top post in 2014. On Monday, he was the only council member to slam Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2014 budget. Even announced mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser was cautiously critical. Ward 2’s Jack Evans, who says he’ll run for mayor, praised much of Gray’s budget. And Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells was absent on vacation. But Catania, as usual, was direct and withering. He said the city budget had grown 23 percent in two years. “A budget that has grown 23 percent,” he said, “and I’m still searching to see what we have to show for it. Most families in our city have not seen their personal household budgets increase by 23 percent. … In fact many residents are still trying to make up for the losses of the last recession.” The scheduled mayoral primary election is almost exactly 12 months away. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Council called for no federal taxes

The final question in The Current Voters Guide, published April 3, asked candidates for the at-large D.C. Council seat about the option of pursuing territorial status, since the direct road to statehood seems blocked for the foreseeable future by opposition from both national political parties. All seven candidates advocat-

ed sticking with a direct statehood agenda. They are apparently unaware that in 1994, the D.C. Council enacted legislation (D.C. Act 10-222) stating that until Congress grants representation in both houses of Congress, D.C. residents should be exempt from federal income taxes, as are U.S. territories, which also have no voting members of Congress. The D.C. Republican Party platform contains a similar statement. Both D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and conservative Republicans have introduced legislation in recent sessions of

Congress to exempt D.C. residents from federal income taxation until statehood or voting representation is achieved. By precedent, under our federal system of government, territories, not cities, become states. Territorial status would give D.C. an elected governor, legislative and budget autonomy and control over appointments of our judges and district attorneys. Today, D.C. residents remain third-class citizens behind our compatriots in the territories. Nelson Rimensnyder Member, D.C. Republican Committee

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suade them to support, or at least not object to, budget autonomy. Lars H. Hydle Cathedral Heights

Mara shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t omit Republican affiliation Board of Elections Your April 3 endorsement of shows incompetence Patrick Mara for an at-large D.C. Council seat leaves more questions than answers. Sure, he is a Republican, and it is your right to endorse a Republican if you want. But why does Mr. Mara leave his party affiliation off his website and all his campaign ads, including his two-fifths-of-a-page ad opposite your endorsement and his full-page ad toward the back of the April 3 paper? No room? This â&#x20AC;&#x153;stealthâ&#x20AC;? Republican is no Carol Schwartz (who has not endorsed him). Make no mistake, Mr. Mara is a real old-school Republican, having financially supported the last three Republican presidential candidates, as well as serving as a Romney delegate at the Republican National Convention. If you are going to endorse a Republican in our Democratic city, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you at least find one who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to conceal his political party identity? Yes, I am a Democrat and proud of it. Jack H. Olender Foggy Bottom

Mara is backer of budget autonomy

As an advocate of D.C. voting rights and autonomy and a member of the D.C. Republican Committee, I take strong exception to a statement by DC Vote communications director James Jones. Your April 3 article on the D.C. budget autonomy referendum quotes him as saying that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take anything for grantedâ&#x20AC;? because, inter alia, there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a strong Republican candidate,â&#x20AC;? Patrick Mara, running for the atlarge seat. Mr. Jones knows, or should know, that Patrick supports D.C. budget autonomy. He testified last October in support of the charter amendment that is now before the voters, and in The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voters guide he says it again. In 2008, according to DC Voteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outreach director Eugene Kinlow, Patrick lobbied delegates to the Republican National Convention in support of D.C. voting rights. In 2011 through the beginning of this year, he served on the board of DC Vote, and his current campaign has reportedly received a maximum contribution from a senior DC Vote official. While other at-large council candidates might like to compete with each other in demonizing the national Republican Party, Patrick actually talks to congressional Republicans and has a better shot than any other candidate to per-

Recently many of us got a postcard from the D.C. Board of Elections about the April 23 election for the vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council. In the body of the postcardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s text is the following sentence: â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Judiciary Square is the only vote center open for this election.â&#x20AC;? While the fully informed can interpret the postcard to mean that One Judiciary Square is the only vote center for early and absentee voting, without such knowledge the sentence easily can be read to mean that One Judiciary Square is going to be the only voting location on April 23 itself. The board had to issue a second postcard to clarify the matter. Candidate Paul Zukerbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful contest of Elissa Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mean-spirited challenge to the validity of his petition signatures demonstrated the Board of Electionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incompetence. Its issuance of this postcard confirms that. Jonathan Strong Forest Hills

Support Matt Frumin for at-large position

On April 23, you have the opportunity to vote in a special election for a new at-large D.C. Council member. As community leaders we write to voice our support for candidate Matthew Frumin. First, Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tireless advocacy has helped ensure the successful modernization of schools throughout the city and played an important role in the modernization of Wilson High School. For nearly two decades, Matt has treated education as one of the most significant social and economic issues facing our city. He has been a strong voice for adequate funding for all D.C. schools and for ensuring that children of every ward in the city receive the support they need to succeed. His track record of working with parents, elected officials, supporters from the private and foundation sectors, and school and community leaders has been successful. We need this expertise on the council, where no one has the same depth and breadth of this knowledge. Second, Matt has engaged in sustained efforts to address a wide range of questions that are important to the electorate, from environmental to zoning issues. During his years serving on and chairing an advisory neighborhood commission, he demonstrated the skill of listening and learning from constit-

uents and others on such issues. Therefore, we question last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editorial support by The Current for one of Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fellow candidates. The Current seemed to find fault with Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position of waiting until the recommendations of the tax commission are made known. We find this to be a laudatory approach to public policy, and Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views only solidify our view of him as someone who listens first and avoids pontification. Third, Matt is running for growing our city together and not against anyone. Various parties, including The Current, seem to applaud the fact that one of Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitors is responsible for unseating Carol Schwartz over her position on medical leave for employees. (Ask Ms. Schwartz, as well as the citizenry, about that. It was special interests that were represented, not citizens, in that campaign.) Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach in this campaign has been to listen and learn from other candidates because in his experience it takes multiple perspectives to move our city forward. We need to elect an at-large member who has an extensive record of success and a vision for all of D.C. Based on our experience with Matt, we know he will continue to bring the passion and skills needed to find creative solutions to the many challenges facing our great city. Marlene Berlin Mary Giffin Miriam Gonzales Jack and Julie Koczela Leticia Barnes Long Washington, D.C.

Senior Living guide left out Seabury

The Senior Living section in your March 20 issue missed an important resource to older adults in the area: Seabury Resources for Aging. Seabury provides services and programs to assist older adults and those who care for them. Seabury at Friendship Terrace offers affordable independent living in Northwest Washington and has exercise and cultural programs that are open to the community. Seaburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s care management program assists clients as they navigate the health care system, plan for the future, and sort out resources and options available to them. In addition a free InfoLine can provide initial guidance. Seabury has served the Washington community since 1924 and looks forward to continuing and expanding our services to meet the needs of this growing population. Visit or call 202-364-0020 to learn more. Joseph E. Resch Jr.


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ROOSEVELT: Bowser pushes for change to latest modernization plan

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know of any other high school that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get completely modernized. That didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen at Wilsonâ&#x20AC;? High in Ward 3, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How is that fair?â&#x20AC;? Bowser also noted that ongoing school bound-

ary discussions may restrict access to Wilson for some Ward 4 neighborhoods now within its attendance zone. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also concerned that the longpromised modernization of Coolidge High School was pushed back again, from fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2018, according to her office. Bowser has already announced that she is run-

ning for mayor in 2014, possibly challenging Gray if he decides to run again. School modernizations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and whether the timing and funding has been fair citywide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is likely to come up. Gray told his potential opponent that the change â&#x20AC;&#x153;was an effort to get started immediatelyâ&#x20AC;? on modernization of Roosevelt.

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with special needs. Gray testified that in the year before he took office, the District spent some $168 million on nonpublic tuition, with funding â&#x20AC;&#x153;going north. We were at 20 percent, while the typical jurisdiction has only 3 to 5 percent in non-public placement. It was not financially prudent, or prudent for students with special needs.â&#x20AC;? The mayor set a goal then of cutting non-public placements in half by 2014. Already the number is down from 2,200 to 1,300, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given the trend line, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason to think we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring the

number down further, with aggressive efforts to expand [capacity] for special edâ&#x20AC;? in public and charter schools. Gray said a new program of early intervention for children showing signs of developmental delay will prevent some of them from needing intensive services later. Some D.C. Council members sounded a note of caution, noting that Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi had flagged that budget item for monitoring to assure the savings are actually achieved. But Gandhi told the council the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track record is good, and expressed optimism that non-public placements will continue to fall. Others were concerned about

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avoiding negative consequences. Not every child can be accommodated in the public schools, said at-large Council member David Grosso. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are circumstances that require us to put some children in private placement. Parents in that situation are in a real tough spot.â&#x20AC;? No parent should think his or her child was moved to save money, Grosso told the mayor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make sure every childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs are met, and make sure the process is fair and open.â&#x20AC;? Gray, too, acknowledged that some children need to be in private placement, although he predicted the number could be reduced to 700 or 800 eventually. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we modernize buildings, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making them acces-

sible,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But that said, not every child can be educated in public schools. Some disabilities are so severe they need to be in private school, even in a residential program.â&#x20AC;? At-large member David Catania, a harsh critic of the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education plans, wondered why special ed busing costs have not declined as well, and are in fact budgeted at $88 million next year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than the budget for tuition. Gray said the city is still responsible for transporting all children with special needs to school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We transport to private schools, charter and public. Their transportation need doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change.â&#x20AC;?

BOATHOUSE From Page 1 new vendor for the operation after canceling his lease, Simkin filed an injunction to prevent the agency from transferring the site. Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boathouse, located by the Key Bridge, has provided boat rentals and storage since 1945. In 1985, the District transferred jurisdiction of certain Georgetown waterfront property, including the Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site, to the National Park Service. The rental business has leased the property on a month-to-month basis from the Park Service â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unusual for the agency, which mostly allows vendors to operate on its land through concessions contracts. But Kollar-Kotelly ruled that there had been no previous challenge to the administration change by Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous owner. The judge added that Simkin had the opportunity to bid for the concessions contract but had declined to do so. Yesterday, though, Kollar-Kotelly chose not to respond to the National Park Service motion to dismiss Simkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim against them. Simkin is still pondering pursuing the lawsuit. The National Park Service announced in March that it had granted B&G Outdoor Recreation Inc., a Massachusetts-based company, a two-year temporary concession contract to provide non-motorized boat rental and storage. Simkin had kind things to say about Michael Aghajanian, president of B&G. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving it to a small-town guy like me,â&#x20AC;? Simkin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all I needed to do. I needed to make sure that the river was run by an organization that cared.â&#x20AC;? Simkin recently sold all his equipment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including his recently refurbished dock and more than 300 boats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to Aghajanian for an undisclosed sum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still have two kayaks, I have a motorboat on this river. I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost the river. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just lost the boathouse,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Georgetown may soon get bus arrival screens By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Georgetown Business Improvement District hopes to install small electronic screens in store windows near bus stops that will display projected bus arrival times and other transit-related information. There is no specific proposal yet, but the business groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly hired transportation director, Jonathon Kass, has been working with a contractor and local businesses toward installing the screens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; possibly iPads or computer monitors. The organization is prepared to spend several thousand dollars on the program, Kass said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to do everything we can to make it as accessible as possible for people trying to get to here, from here, around here,â&#x20AC;? said Kass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very valuable for the customer experience with a relatively cheap investment.â&#x20AC;? Studies have shown that knowing how soon a bus will arrive makes riders feel theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve waited for 30 percent less time, according to Kass, and it also allows customers to maximize the time they spend shopping or dining instead of standing on the side of the street. Furthermore, he said, bus riders will all be looking into the front window of a business with a transit

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The display screens would go inside windows of participating businesses near bus stops.

display screen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a handy subtle advertisement for the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wares. As with anything in Georgetown thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visible from the street, the display screens would require rigorous design review to ensure compatibility with the federally protected historic district. And electronic signage typically faces vehement opposition. For these display screens, though, the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission voted last week to say that it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rule out making an exception for small electronic boards displaying projected bus times. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution will go to the D.C. Department of Transportation as part of the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of citywide signage policy. Without the resolution, the

Transportation Department could have instituted a broad signage policy that poses problems for Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specific preservation needs, commission chair Ron Lewis said. Though commissioners expressed measured optimism that some sign schemes could meet the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards, they voted to request that the bus signs be prohibited pending review of specific designs and locations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly we want to promote bus usage and generally overall improve the transportation services that we have in Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Tom Birch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And because this is electronic signage that has no relationship to a commercial establishment, I think it falls very much as an asterisk to the comments we submitted about signage overall in historic Georgetown.â&#x20AC;? While most commissioners supported the concept, Bill Starrels said he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;skeptical at best,â&#x20AC;? especially considering that bus-arrival information can sometimes be sketchy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how they could do it appearance-wise, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accurate, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary,â&#x20AC;? he said. Starrels ultimately joined his colleagues in supporting the resolution but said it should not be read as blanket support for electronic signs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to make sure if we did this, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have some control about where it would go,â&#x20AC;? he said.

ANC opposes Chevy Chase apartments plan By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer


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Discussion of a traffic control plan for construction of a Chevy Chase apartment building on Monday became a forum for neighbors to air their broader long-running grievances about the project. Calvin Cafritz Enterprises intends to build a glassy 10-level, 263-unit apartment building at Connecticut Avenue and Military Road. Cafritz is proceeding with the plans with the understanding they meet all applicable zoning rules, and the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs last week issued permits for the firm to begin excavating and pouring a foundation. At Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission meeting, commissioners unanimously backed an appeal by the 5333 Connecticut Neighbors Coalition that seeks for the Board of Zoning Adjustment to revoke the permits. The commission also joined the group in pressing for city zoning authorities to review possible violations in the building plans. A construction permit for the building itself is pending, and neighbors say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll appeal it too if necessary. The meeting marked a rare public appearance by Cafritz representatives, who held one community presentation earlier this year but have otherwise declined to communicate with neighbors. But their focus was primarily on the traffic control plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how to move workers during construction of the new building. Matthew Marcou, who oversees public space permitting at the D.C. Department of Transportation, said he and his staff worked with the Cafritz team to create the traffic plan. The plan meets the goals of minimizing impacts on public space during construction and complying with D.C. traffic standards, he said. Cafritz has not yet given a start date for construction. According to Robert Lockhart, executive vice president of Capital Construction Consultants, Cafritz intends to have its loading facility and 173-space parking garage accessed from alleys that connect to Military Road and

Chevy Chase Parkway. Workers will take Connecticut Avenue and then enter the workspace through the Military Road alley, which will be both the main entrance and exit for the construction site. A flag will mark that spot, and a guard will be stationed there to control traffic. There will be extensive oversight over the trucks coming in and out, Lockhart said. He also stressed to neighbors that workers â&#x20AC;&#x153;wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be taking your parking spaces,â&#x20AC;? especially since the permitted work hours are restricted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re showing up as you leave for work, and they have to get off the job site as soon as you get back,â&#x20AC;? said Lockhart. But some neighbors raised complaints about using the alley as the entrance and exit, saying there is no apparent turnaround point and expressing doubts about the legality of the setup. Marcou said he would bring the comments back to the public space team. The bigger complaints from neighbors and commissioners, though, are more about the future apartment building than the construction process. Members of the neighbors coalition produced a fivepage memo detailing zoning regulations and governing laws they say the Cafritz building design appears to violate. Their contentions include that the building is taller than federal law and current zoning regulations allow, that the plans use an improper measuring point on Kanawha Street to plot the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s height, and that a portion of the structure would be built on land that is not zoned for an apartment building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of these issues are being taken very seriously,â&#x20AC;? said Whayne Quin, the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land-use attorney, who added that project managers will have more complete answers to these questions in May. Commission chair Jim McCarthy said that developers need to respond to residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns before moving forward, and that representatives from Cafritz had made themselves unavailable to the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If [neighbors] canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet with developers, the only thing the neighbors can do is bring them to court,â&#x20AC;? McCarthy said.



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Realtors aim to help buyers navigate a D.C. market short on inventory By CHRIS KAIN Current Staff Writer


ith limited inventory keeping the D.C. residential market firmly in check, one local real estate office is urging clients to consider properties that have sat on the market for more than 60 or 90 days — particularly when they’re priced a bit above what they were expecting to spend. It’s an attempt to work the num-

bers in the buyer’s favor by identifying sellers more likely to accept less than list price, and by avoiding competition from multiple offers. “We’ve been going after those because then we can be confident that we’re not in competition,” said Kevin McDuffie, branch vice president for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dupont Circle. The technique works for singlefamily houses and condos,

McDuffie said, and at various price points. If something has been on the market that long in D.C., “it’s seriously overpriced,” he explained. But the sellers may finally have realized that they can’t get their list price — and they’re also more likely to accept contract contingencies they could probably rule out in more competitive situations. “For buyers, their best friend is a seller who overprices because then they can negotiate without fighting

for it,” said Keene Taylor Jr. of the Taylor/Agostino Group at Long & Foster Real Estate. “If a seller overprices, it’s more likely a buyer can wait them out.” Realtors use other techniques to help clients find a suitable home despite the constrained inventory. Some are encouraging homeowners to sell, sending out mailings telling them that buyers are interested in their properties. Realtors also focus on ensuring their clients are well-

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positioned to write competitive offers. In other cases, it may mean working on altering the prospective buyer’s expectations — an adjacent neighborhood with less competition, or accepting a home that will need some renovations. “For buyers, the key is to be as flexible as possible,” Taylor said. “With the low inventory, be as open as you can to a variety of locations, See Market/Page RE22


Home of D.C.’s first governor up for sale in Georgetown for $5 million

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outed for years as D.C.’s next hot neighborhood, Petworth’s ongoing development has continued to produce a dynamic environment there, with an increasing number of stores, restaurants and bars going hand in hand with rising real estate values. Despite these changes, one thing remains constant: the neighborhood’s strong sense of community. Bounded by Arkansas and Georgia avenues to the west, North Capitol Street and Rock Creek Church Road to the east, Kennedy Street and Missouri Avenue to the north and Spring Road to the south, Petworth was once the site of two family estates, dating back to the 1700s. In the late 19th century, it became one of the city’s first subdivisions, and the streetcar line that traveled up Georgia Avenue to Silver Spring at that time spurred the development of the Wardman-style row houses that still define the neighborhood. Development has increased at a slow pace since the housing bubble burst in 2008, but several new high-rise apartment and boutique condominium buildings have been erected in the past few years and are creating a new landscape for Petworth, particularly near the

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Some residents see the increased development as all positive, while others say rapid gentrification is damaging the community.

Metro station on Georgia Avenue. Dan Silverman, who founded neighborhood blog Prince of Petworth in 2006 (which he recently expanded to PoPville, covering all D.C. neighborhoods), has lived in Petworth for 10 years. He says the best things about the neighborhood are “the people, the homes and the quality of life there.” “It’s a very friendly place — people are kind and welcoming if you are kind,” Silverman said. “You get to know your neighbors here. … A lot of people are fixing up

their houses, planting gardens, and you see people walking their dogs or pushing strollers around the neighborhood.” “Even though development is increasing, it’s still very neighborhood-y,” Silverman added. “It’s like a suburb in the city, with its tree-lined streets — it’s very close to Columbia Heights, which is nice, but when you want to go home to someplace quieter, you can do that in Petworth.” With businesses blossoming, Petworth’s real estate values have been rising steadily. The median sales price for single-family homes increased from about $177,000 in 2000 to $460,000 in 2010, according to the Urban Institute. A driving force in real estate See Petworth/Page RE8

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Historic Italianate house in Georgetown has storied past


n a rare opportunity in Georgetown, the historic, grand former home of Henry Cooke â&#x20AC;&#x201D; builder of the Cookeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Row homes on Q Street, and the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first governor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is on the market for $5 million. This eightbedroom Italianate manse, with five

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and half baths, five fireplaces and chandeliers in nearly every room, was built in 1868 and harkens back to an earlier era, while recent updates offer living spaces with modern amenities. Cooke built seven semi-detached houses along Q Street, but this home at No. 3023 is the one he created for his own family. A prominent figure in post-Civil War Washington, Cooke was appointed the first territorial governor of the District by President Ulysses S. Grant. The home, nestled in the city but with the spaciousness of a country estate, offers truly comfortable living. The same family has owned the property for the past 60 years. Before that, Navy Secretary Henry Latrobe Roosevelt lived there during Franklin Delano Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration and later Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney owned the home during Harry Trumanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration.

The property is marked by its elegant long windows (most with the original glass), 13-foot ceilings and exquisite craftsmanship throughout. One of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most stunning features is its curved staircase in the spacious foyer. From the first floor looking up, it spirals to the third floor in a sweeping oval shape. The dramatic design includes a dark brown wood banister and a scroll carved into the base, which is painted white. A double parlor off the foyer has two ornate glass chandeliers, two fireplaces and built-in bookcases. Hardwood floors span the length of this ballroom-like room; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to envision entertaining in the grand space. French doors at the far end, with windows on both sides and an arched transom above, lead to the solarium. This room features a marble floor and paned windows that stretch nearly from floor to ceiling, flooding the space with light. It overlooks the stone patio that leads to the garden at the rear of the property. A wide arched doorway in the solarium features wrought-iron gates in an intricate design, thought to have been imported from Italy.

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This eight-bedroom Georgetown mansion is listed at $4,995,000. That dramatic entranceway leads to the dining room, which continues the motif of the solarium with its wrought-iron wall sconces. One might notice a small circle in the center of the dining roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s floor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it once functioned as a doorbell-like button, which when pushed by the hostâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foot would alert servants that their services were needed. Almost every room in the house contains a similar button, though most are located along an interior wall near the doorframes. Although they no longer operate, the bells once connected to a panel in the butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry off the dining room, which would show which room was calling for service. The butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry is a wide galley-like room, which has been recently updated with granite countertops, a Bosch dishwasher, a SubZero mini refrigerator and a Thermador warming drawer. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original wood cabinetry, many with glass doors, offers an


abundance of storage space. Beyond the pantry is the large kitchen with the same elegant cabinetry, granite countertops and topof-the-line stainless steel appliances. It also features a contemporary chandelier and recessed lighting. The powder room on this level is tucked beneath the grand staircase, as is a coatroom. The second and third floors contain seven of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight bedrooms. The room at the top of the stairs on the second level could be used as a library or study, with its marble fireplace and walls lined with built-in bookcases. The master bedroom has double en suite baths, a fireplace and a dressing area with built-in closets. Two additional bedrooms on this level, including one that overlooks the garden, could be used as a sec-

ond dressing room or study. The top floor has three bedrooms and two full baths. Formerly the servantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarters, the open layout of one of the larger bedrooms could be reimagined into to a spacious playroom. A street-facing room at the top of the stairs was once called the trunk room, as it once served as the storage area for the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luggage. Perched high above the rooftops of Georgetown is what could be considered the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pièce de rĂŠsistance. Accessible via a narrow and steep stairway tucked behind a door on the third floor, a cupola affords a 360-degree view that includes the Washington Monument and the Potomac River. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arguably one of the best spots in the neighborhood for watching the See Cookeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Row/Page RE21


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Planners tout accessory apartments as an answer to D.C. housing needs By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


s the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population and housing demand continue to increase, the D.C. Office of Planning is pointing to a potential way to accommodate some of that growth: accessory dwelling units in singlefamily homes. Such units, the agency contends, could balance the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s need for new housing with existing residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interests in preserving the feel of their communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; although not everyone is convinced of their merit. Those who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intently followed the Planning Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-in-the-works effort to rewrite the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning code may not be familiar with the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;accessory dwelling unit,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;ADU.â&#x20AC;? But the idea is straightforward â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a self-contained apartment within an existing house, or inside a homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessory building, such as a garage or carriage house. Under the proposal, such accessory uses could move forward with fewer regulatory hurdles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It not only creates a smaller unit that by its nature is more affordable, but it also allows the property owner to supplement their income,â&#x20AC;? Jennifer Steingasser, deputy director

of the Planning Office, said in an interview. This would also allow older residents to age in place, either by earning money from part of their home or making space for a caregiver â&#x20AC;&#x201D; earning it support of the AARP, according to Steingasser. Furthermore, she said, it creates a space in pricey communities for young adults or empty-nesters. Accessory dwelling units are now allowed only if residents seek approval from the Board of Zoning Adjustment, a process that Steingasser said is often costly and time-consuming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything that delays the production of housing units is adverse to the ability to keep the units affordable,â&#x20AC;? she said. But for some residents, discouraging further housing production in single-family neighborhoods is a worthy goal. In many areas, they argue, increasing density alters the relaxed character that attracted residents in the first place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in particular, they say, families with more permanent roots to the District. One advisory neighborhood commissioner recently described liberalization of accessory apartments â&#x20AC;&#x153;a huge issueâ&#x20AC;? for her area. To critics of the idea, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential to have a voice at the table when their neighbors plan to incorporate an apartment into their home, garage or shed. This would protect against the


impacts of a higher population and, in some cases, the aesthetics involved with converting an outbuilding into a housing unit, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve argued at public meetings discussing the Office of Planning proposal. Steingasser said she believes those types of fears are misplaced, because the proposed regulations include strict limits on the size of an accessory dwelling unit and the number of people who can live on any property that includes an accessory apartment. Only fairly large homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with at least 2,000 square feet of living space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be allowed to have an internal accessory apartment under the proposal, and it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be larger than 25 percent of the total homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s square footage. Homeowners could not add a second street-facing front door to the house to serve the accessory apartment, and no more than six people could live in the home plus its accessory unit. Only one accessory dwelling unit would be allowed per property. When the unit is in a garage or other exterior building, the proposed regulations would limit it to 900 square feet and a height of 22 feet. Although decks and balconies would be allowed, they could not face a neighboring home. And unlike a group rental home, which is

permitted as long as it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include selfsustaining apartments, the property owner would be required to live on-site. Homeowners who wanted relief from these provisions would be able to request it from the Board of Zoning Adjustment, which would consider design concerns and weigh the opinions of neighbors. By limiting the scale and population of the accessory dwelling units, the Planning Office is confident itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protecting existing neighborhoods. The six-person cap is based on the size of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;family equivalentâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the household size many of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes were built for to begin with, according to Steingasser. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a capacity for more people to live back in the neighborhoods without overcrowding the neighborhood from its original design,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Office of Planning is still taking public comment on its proposals on accessory dwelling units and other zoning regulation changes at, and the agency will present draft regulations to the Zoning Commission in a series of public hearings later this year. The commission will ultimately vote on which provisions will be adopted, taking into account testimony from the Planning Office and from the public.

Dupont alley structure goes from bar to home By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer



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fter hosting restaurants and bars for the last half-century, the historic alley property at 2123 Twining Court in Dupont Circle is set to become a private home. Originally built in the early 1900s as a stable and carriage house, the two-story brick building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; last home to the Omega gay bar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sold for $1.9 million this winter. The two new owners intend to convert the space into their own four-bedroom residence, according to Ari Fingeroth of Federalist Builders, the firm undertaking the unusual renovation. The project will need a signoff from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Preservation Review Board, since the property is listed both on the National Register of Historic Places and as a contributing building to the Dupont Circle Historic District. Work will involve both restoring the faded or deteriorating historic features of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior and doing â&#x20AC;&#x153;a full gutâ&#x20AC;? of its interior, Fingeroth said. Inside, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;there were no original features to salvage â&#x20AC;Ś [of the] pretty unattractive rustic bar.â&#x20AC;? On the first level, the new owners will replace two bar rooms with a parking area, workout space and three guest rooms. Upstairs, Fingeroth said, additional bar space and a billiard room will be transformed into a large master bedroom suite and an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room combo. Topping the 5,985-square-foot home will be a deck carved into an existing slice of the roof and â&#x20AC;&#x153;not visible from any public space except for an alley that exits on O Street,â&#x20AC;? Fingeroth said. The alley building, sited behind the 2100 block of P Street, was originally constructed in 1905 to serve as a carriage house, stable and servantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarters for the home of wealthy railroad executive Samuel Spencer, according to National Register documents. Steering the project was prominent â&#x20AC;&#x153;master builderâ&#x20AC;? John McGregor, who also constructed the Hecht Co. department store downtown and the First Baptist Church at 16th and O streets. Spencer, who lived nearby in his mansion at 2012 Massachusetts Ave., died in 1906 before seeing completion of the carriage house. His son and later grandson inherited the building, which was used mostly for car storage until it was sold in 1957. After that it housed several restaurants and bars,

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The 1905 property was built as a carriage house and stables for railroad executive Samuel Spencer. including the Frat House gay bar, which opened in the 1970s and was later renamed Omega. The building went up for sale last summer, according to an article from the Washington Blade. Though this type of property would normally attract developers seeking either a condo conversion or a â&#x20AC;&#x153;flipâ&#x20AC;? job, Fingeroth said the new owners always intended to live there themselves. He described the buyers as â&#x20AC;&#x153;two guys who have been living in the city for a long time,â&#x20AC;? who were drawn to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the historic nature of the structure.â&#x20AC;? Tom Bower, president of the Dupont Circle Conservancy, said his preservation group reviewed initial drawings for the residential conversion last month, and generally supported them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They seem to be handling things in a sensible manner,â&#x20AC;? he said of the project team, which also includes local architecture firm Deco Design Studio. The conservancy was slated to see slightly revised drawings last night. The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission also expects to review the plans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; probably in May, according to commissioner Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor. Construction began in January with interior demolition, according to Fingeroth, who said the project is now â&#x20AC;&#x153;basically in a holding patternâ&#x20AC;? while awaiting approval of the roof deck. He said the preservation office has expressed â&#x20AC;&#x153;some concernsâ&#x20AC;? about altering the roofline, but his team will meet with staffers next week to refine plans. A preservation staffer said the office has received an application for the project, but no hearing is scheduled yet.

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Redone bungalow offers inviting master suite


he first floor of this 1931 American University Park home, at 4713 Asbury Place, offers a traditional layout for a bungalow: living room and dining room set in front of a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bath. But a renova-

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tion during the sellersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; considerable tenure created a major difference upstairs, where a soaring master bedroom is filled with light. The expansion added a scattering of skylights to the sleeping quarters and its attached bathroom, bringing the sky right into this airy suite. A buyer will be able to gaze at the stars from multiple spots, including the soaking tub â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where built-in speakers will add to the ambiance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and two-head shower. Yet the spacious suite, with a cathedral ceiling and room for a seating area, is also made cozy by the inclusion of a wood-burning fire-

place and natural wood accents. Realtor Susan Jaquet has dubbed it the â&#x20AC;&#x153;most inviting master suite in AU Park.â&#x20AC;? The home has a total of three bedrooms, one of which sits across the hall from the master on the second floor, where it would also work well as a small office or nursery. This second floor is accessed via a narrow staircase stretching up from a back room on the main level, which originally housed the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second bedroom and now serves as a mini-den. Like the secondary bedroom above it, the room looks out at the fenced back yard, where mature plantings stretch back to a rear alley. Building a further addition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as many neighbors have done â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be possible here without forsaking all yard space. The third bedroom sits on the main floor, where it would work well as a guest space, playroom or larger office should the buyer need only the upstairs rooms for sleeping. Painted lilac, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a peaceful spot with views of the greenery out-

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back. An updated full bath with tub and pedestal sink sits across the hall. Renovations there added large subway tiles on the walls but left the black-and-white basket-weave variety on the floor. The kitchen has had updates, but some buyers might do more, perhaps opening it to the dining room or replacing the floor tiles. New appliances are likely in store, but the cherry cabinets are in good shape and the granite countertops are brand-new. Sliding glass doors bring in light and open outside to a set of stairs with just enough room on the landing for a grill. The dining room can accommodate a four-person table, and three six-over-six windows make it a sunny space. A Tudor-style arch connects the room to the living room/entry, where the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second wood-burning fireplace provides a natural focal point. Threeover-three windows flank it on either side, and a custom mantel adds art deco-inspired touches to the space. Refinished oak floors

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This three-bedroom Asbury Place bungalow is listed for $849,000. cover this space and the rest of the first floor, while pine waits upstairs. Two six-over-six windows front the living room, looking out onto a wide porch with lots of room for fair-weather lounging â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a particularly appealing feature now that spring has finally sprung in Washington. About a mile away each are the Friendship Heights and Tenleytown Metro stations, along with commercial areas that provide groceries, a library, shopping and other attractions. An English basement rounds out

this property. The space is unfinished but large, with plenty of room for storage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and upgrades could make it quite appealing, as six windows that sit just above ground bring in ample light. The three-bedroom, two-bath home at 4713 Asbury Place, which has gas-fired radiator heat and central air conditioning, is listed for $849,000. For more information contact Susan Jaquet of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co., at 202-365-8118 or

Woodley Park rooftop deck brings questions By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer






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onverting a historic row house to condominiums can bring big profits, heartburn from some neighbors, and a long trip through the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regulatory maze. For one Woodley Park developer, conversion plans also brought consternation at the Historic Preservation Review Board, where members urged for minimizing a planned roof deck. A developer known as Garfield LLC wants to turn a 1909 Harry Wardman row house at 2616 Garfield St. into three luxury, multi-floor condos. The building was sliced up into rental units as long ago as 1956, and is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very rundown,â&#x20AC;? according to the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representative, Trent Heminger. Heminger told the preservation board April 4 that immediate neighbors support the plan because it will spruce the place up. But upscale condo buyers also expect outdoor space, Heminger said. The city Historic Preservation Office has already approved plans for two rear decks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pretty routine in row house neighborhoods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as interior demolition and a stair tower to connect the units to a rear parking pad. But for the top unit, the developer wants to add a roof deck â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not so routine in Woodley Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and an enclosed staircase to reach it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that we wanted to break it up. It was already broken up,â&#x20AC;? Heminger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people in the neighborhood have put on decks,â&#x20AC;? he added â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Woodley Park residents prize the long blocks of Wardman-built row houses, but sometimes find them a bit cramped even for single families. The proposal seemed problematic to Tim Dennee, an architectural historian for the city who produced an almost unprecedented 29-page staff report explaining his views. The report documents how rare â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and typically unsightly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; roof decks are in Woodley Park, particularly with enclosed stairs. Such roof decks â&#x20AC;&#x153;raise a new issue for Woodley Park,â&#x20AC;? he said. The neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic district includes 422 buildings. Of these, Dennee counted 10 or 11 with decks added on the uppermost roof, five of those on large apartment buildings and the rest on row houses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no ready evidence that these were reviewed by the Historic Preservation Office,â&#x20AC;? Dennee wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first three are pretty poor in terms of their compatibility with the underlying buildings and their effects on the roofscape. The early decks are less prece-

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The owner plans to turn the row house, previously used as rental units, into three luxury condos.

dential than something to be avoided,â&#x20AC;? he opined. Dennee apologized for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;verbose report,â&#x20AC;? but said the issue of roof decks needs to be considered by the community. When the historic district was created in 1990, there was almost an â&#x20AC;&#x153;anything goesâ&#x20AC;? sentiment about work on the rear of houses, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address the question of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening on top.â&#x20AC;? And the Garfield Street project raises a broader preservation issue, he said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;To what extent should the exterior of a row house designed as single-family be altered for the structure to serve as an apartment building?â&#x20AC;? Dennee acknowledged that the planned roof would not be visible from Garfield Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna do a rooftop enclosure, this is as good as you get,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the question is whether these stair enclosures are suitable for Woodley Park.â&#x20AC;? Despite the call for community comment, no one but the developer showed up at the preservation board hearing. There was a letter from John Goodman of the Woodley Park Community Association, wondering what the fuss was about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woodley Park is overwhelmingly a rowhouse neighborhood. Therefore homes â&#x20AC;Ś can typically be expanded only by going up,â&#x20AC;? Goodman wrote. The local advisory neighborhood commission, on a 4-1 vote with four abstentions, said it knew of no other enclosed staircase accessing a rooftop deck in Woodley Park, and urged the developer to find an alternative. See Woodley/Page RE21

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values was the 1999 opening of the Petworth Metro station at 3700 Georgia Ave. Homes within a mile of the station have seen the most significant rise in value. Right now there are about a dozen properties for sale in Petworth, ranging in price from $250,000 for a threebedroom row house that needs updating to $749,000 for a recently renovated four-bedroom row house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Properties in Petworth are often snapped up in a matter of days,â&#x20AC;? said Kevin Wood, a Realtor with William Sawyer & Co. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The neighborhood has the advantage of being close to the center of the city but prices are more affordable.â&#x20AC;? The changes have made Petworth more attractive to new residents. But those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived there longer arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a lot of tension around gentrification and the cultural changes in Petworth,â&#x20AC;? said Joseph Vaughan, a Petworth advisory neighborhood commissioner. Longterm residents often feel that many of the newer residents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appreciate the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The main fuel for gentrification is the rising rent costs, according to Vaughan. He says many of his African-American constituents have historically lived in rental properties, so when new development leads to increased rents, units often become unaffordable. Some residents who had lived in Petworth for decades are pushed out, creating transience within the community. Newer and long-term residents often also differ in their interests, tastes, values and visions about how the neighborhood should grow,


which can lead to strong disagreements, Vaughan added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest thing the community can do is not to ignore or provide short shrift to the reality that we are in the midst of a cultural clash of perspectives because it is always there in every conversation I have in my community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we work to bridge that at our ANC meetings,â&#x20AC;? said Vaughan. Those differences include the vision residents have for neighborhood parks. When Upshur Park was being renovated, some newer residents wanted to take out the basketball courts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a proposal that made others livid. New and old residents oftentimes also favor different types of businesses. To PoPvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silverman, Petworth has been able to attract a higher caliber of retail of late, which benefits all residents and visitors to the neighborhood. One of Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite spots is Qualia Coffee at 3917 Georgia Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only is their coffee delicious, but they have a great back patio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cool place to hang out, and you always see people you know there.â&#x20AC;? Chez Billy, an upscale French Bistro at 3815 Georgia Ave. is another of Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites. The restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners restored two historic storefronts to create a sophisticated Parisian environment complete with live jazz music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A good indicator that the neighborhood is ready to grow is Chez Billy,â&#x20AC;? said Silverman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they can do it, many other restaurants can do the same â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and I think they will.â&#x20AC;? A long-awaited development is the renovation of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safeway at 3830 Georgia

Ave. The new store, expected to be complete in summer 2014, will be one of the largest Safeways in the city. Above the grocery store, a mixed-use building will include five stories of residential apartments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is absolutely a net positive for the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Silverman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will have a quality grocery store in the neighborhood. Not to mention, it will improve density, and hopefully that will bring more quality developments.â&#x20AC;? Golden Heart Yoga DC, at 4804 Georgia Ave., is a one of several new businesses in the neighborhood. Petworth residents Elizabeth Lloyd and Julie Eisenberg opened it in January 2012 because there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any yoga studios nearby. Since then, they say, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a community anchor. After classes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;students sit and talk over tea about current events or whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in their lives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we see each other all the time, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real sense of community here,â&#x20AC;? said Lloyd. Being an integral part of the neighborhood helped when the studio needed support. Over the past month, Golden Heart has been burglarized twice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but after each incident, community members rallied around the studio to replace stolen items. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The robbers took everything, down to the cleaning supplies and toilet paper,â&#x20AC;? said Lloyd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I can look around the studio and see what each neighbor brought to us, from the music to the candles to the computer.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the essence of Petworth,â&#x20AC;? Lloyd added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look out for each other, and respect and care for each See Petworth/Page RE22



































































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This recently renovated four-bedroom Petworth row house is on the market for $599,900.

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omebuyers looking for a classic Petworth property could find just what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for in this four-bedroom Wardman-style row house at 4409 3rd St., on the market for $599,900. Built in 1929, the home was recent-

homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original exterior wall add a nice touch, while wall-to-wall windows bring in lots of natural light. The porch overlooks the fencedin backyard that features a stone patio with room for an outdoor table and chairs, a grill and a play area. An outdoor fireplace will convey with the sale. Behind the back gate is a private parking area off the alley. DEIRDRE BANNON Back inside, one half of the ly updated to add several amenities breakfast area opens to the wide while also maintaining many origigalley kitchen. Recently updated nal features, including the woodcabinets provide an abundance of work and traditional layout. storage space. Stone tile floor was The propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curb appeal benalso installed recently. efits from its corner-like lot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the A powder room off the foyer neighboring and next to the house faces main staircase adjacent is another of the Webster Street, homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s updates, so the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a common one front and back among many yards, as well as traditional row the sleeping houses in the porch at the neighborhood. rear, all enjoy At the top of lots of light. Its staircase is a welcoming covlanding that ered front porch leads to three of offers ample the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom for seatrooms. Here ing. again the Deirdre Bannon/The Current homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charm Once inside, a spacious foyer shines through: with a pressed copper chandelier Previous owners installed a wall of shines a light on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origiwindows and a glass-paned doornal wood floors that span throughway between the bedroom area and out the first and second levels. A the sleeping porch, simultaneously wide passageway leads to the large defining the two separate spaces living room, where current owners while also connecting them. The have a grand piano facing the front porch is furnished with an overwindows. sized loveseat, creating an ideal The adjacent formal dining reading area in the sunny space. room shows off several of the The master bedroom also faces homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original features, including the backyard, and current owners a glass chandelier and chair rail converted this side of the sleeping molding. Perhaps most charming is porch into a walk-in closet. the architectural feature at the far A third bedroom faces the street, wall, where owners restored the with a triple-window looking out French door with paned windows onto the treetops and rooftops of on either side and a transom above the neighborhood. that leads to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleeping A full bath on this level features porch. a pedestal sink, natural stone floor, The porch was renovated and new light fixtures and a skylight. extended, and the space now serves The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower level has also as a year-round sunroom and break- been fully renovated and includes fast area. Exposed brick from the See 3rd Street/Page RE21


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125-year-old firm enjoys flying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;under the radarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer


t H.A. Gill & Son Realtors, a century-old safe in the back of the office holds a small box of wedding bands collected over the past hundred years, given as collateral from homebuyers taking out a mortgage. John Gill, 90, and his son Nicholas Gill, 58 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the latest in a line of Gill sons at the firm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; enjoy showing the rings to visitors as one of the last vestiges of how the real estate game used to be played. H.A. Gill & Son, run out of a small storefront at 1722 Wisconsin Ave., is easy to miss. But the firm has become something of an institution in the D.C. real estate world. With roots reaching back to the 19th century, H.A. Gill & Son is celebrating its 125th anniversary. As a real estate firm that happily flies â&#x20AC;&#x153;under the radar,â&#x20AC;? according to Nicholas, H.A. Gill currently employs 15 agents and about 10 staff members. The small size has allowed Nicholas and John to stay on top of every movement of the business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We track everything. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have managers managing managers,â&#x20AC;? Nicholas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That model has worked.â&#x20AC;? The size of the firm also gives it an edge in customer service, Nicholas said, as the staff is able to attend to clients directly. H.A. Gill doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any kind

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Left, H.A. Gill founder Herbert (standing) and his son Theodore (left) at their firm, circa 1900; above, Nicholas Gill (left), his father John (center) and brother John Jr. of mass-marketing campaign, and most of their listings come through word-of-mouth recommendations. Though â&#x20AC;&#x153;we are not trying to be the company that everybody talks about,â&#x20AC;? Nicholas said, in their 100plus years in business, the Gills have managed to build up a significant client base through these personal endorsements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your clients are your best salesmen,â&#x20AC;? John said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with a good company, you still need to have that network of cheerleaders who recommend you,â&#x20AC;? Nicholas agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just rely on these strangers who call on you from the Web.â&#x20AC;? Realtors at H.A. Gill are licensed in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, though most of their market is in the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly in

Georgetown, according to the Gills. At times when sales are comparatively weak, other areas of their business have been able to pick up the slack. H.A. Gill has more than 300 properties in property management, which it leases out. This side of the business can be a source of â&#x20AC;&#x153;steadier incomeâ&#x20AC;? than fluctuating sales, Nicholas said. Originally founded by its namesake Herbert A. Gill in 1888, the firm was located for years in the now-demolished Evans Building on New York Avenue, where Herbert worked with his son. So it was perhaps inevitable that Herbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandson, John, would eventually go into the family business. A lifelong D.C. resident, John is now the patriarch of the firm. Before settling into real estate, John flew tailgunners in World War II â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he was a B-17 heavy bomber pilot who went on 50 missions and was once shot down over the former Yugoslavia. After the war, he studied economics at George Washington University and then

started work at the family firm. John soon grew tired of working with father and grandfather out of the downtown Evans Building offices, and eventually bought a building at 1880 Wisconsin Ave., where he built up his own crew of salesmen. They eventually outgrew the building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which John still owns and rents out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and bought and moved into the nearby property that currently houses the H.A. Gill offices. Since entering the real estate business, John said the biggest change heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen was the emergence of women Realtors, whom the firm began to hire in 1950. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When women came in, the men were very opposed to it and really hostile, I thought,â&#x20AC;? said John Gill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially the older men â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the women came in, they just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand it.â&#x20AC;? As for the state of smaller real estate firms today, John said that though they sometimes find themselves going head-to-head with larger businesses that employ more

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bought homes in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;primary target area,â&#x20AC;? within 2.4 miles of campus, and the other two got smaller grants for moving near a Metro station or a Metrobus line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our experience with the pilot program has been good,â&#x20AC;? Joiner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have enjoyed our partnership with the District and hope it can continue.â&#x20AC;? Sam Swiller, associate director for real estate and economic development at Gallaudet, said initial funding would have covered grants for 10 employees. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;we increased it by 50 percent to allow for 15 employees to benefit from this wonderful initiative.â&#x20AC;? Swiller called the program â&#x20AC;&#x153;a

pilot program to bring workers closer to their jobs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and into the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is showing promise at two universities partnering with the city to help staffers buy homes close to campus or major transit routes. Live Near Your Work, which the D.C. Office of Planning kicked off last spring, provides grants of $12,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; half from the city and half from the employer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for down payment and closing costs for university employees buying a home in D.C. within about two miles of campus. Smaller grants go to those moving farther away from their job but near a Metro stop or major bus route. Although still in the early stages, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;LNYWâ&#x20AC;? grants have already helped five employees at American University Bill Petros/The Current and six at Gallaudet Five employees at American University have University close on received grants to move near the campus. new homes, according great way to encourage Gallaudet to Art Rodgers, who is managing employees to become a part of the the program for the Office of community, support area businessPlanning. Nearly 20 more housees, reduce traffic and car-related holds are in the pipeline, getting homebuyer education and searching pollution.â&#x20AC;? Another Gallaudet staffer moved for homes, Rodgers said. from Rockville to Trinidad, which And even though $12,000 abuts the campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I save a lot of doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like much in a hot money in gas and time! My health housing market, Rodgers said, it has improved by a lot of walking to can make a transit-friendly move the university,â&#x20AC;? wrote Rafael feasible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is to make it Fernandez, a webmaster for usable for a down payment,â&#x20AC;? he said. There are currently no income Gallaudet Technology Services. The Planning Office intends to limits for participants. The program is intended to meet evaluate the pilot program, probaseveral goals: cutting auto use, traf- bly after some 30 households have enrolled. The application form indific congestion and pollution; and cates the type of information being also helping to lure more full-time collected: how many vehicles residents to the District, expanding owned, how long it takes to get to its tax base. work, average monthly cost of Initial reports are enthusiastic. transportation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;how much stress?â&#x20AC;? Bruce Peters, an academic/ before and after the move. career adviser at Gallaudet, moved Planners will also evaluate from a rented room in Cheverly, financial benefits for the District. Md., to a house near campus with But Mayor Vincent Gray has help from a LNYW grant. That cut already indicated, in his latest â&#x20AC;&#x153;sushis commuting time from between tainability planâ&#x20AC;? for the city, that he 20 and 40 minutes on congested hopes to expand Live Near Your New York Avenue to a pleasant Work grants to other employers 10-minute walk, he said. Peters has already sold his truck, and when his once the pilot is complete. Income limits may be imposed as the prowife and son join him from gram grows, Rodgers said. Indianapolis, the family will sell its Perhaps the biggest hurdle so far two cars. has been finding affordable homes â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found a nice property that is only .4 miles from my front door near the two participating campuses. Initially, said Rodgers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;all the to my office,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email closings for Gallaudet were within to The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still have a car two miles. Then we got feedback that I last filled with gas after that it was hard to find homes there. Thanksgiving weekend, and the So they extended the target area to tank is still half full.â&#x20AC;? include Metro.â&#x20AC;? Ann Joiner, who helps adminis Swiller said expanding the proter the pilot program at American, gram to include homes within a half said three faculty and two staff mile of a Metro station or a quarter members have received grants to mile of a Metrobus route â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but date. All but one already lived in still, only in the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;aided the District, but three of them rentthe search for affordable homes.â&#x20AC;? ed their previous homes. Three

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For some Realtors, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all in the family Arrangements can aid communication By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer


or some local real estate agents, the key to business success has been keeping it in the family. Married couples and other family teams can have more comprehensive client coverage, quicker communication among partners, and more efficient day-to-day operations, some D.C. real estate agents say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not at all unusual. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a business that lends itself to family involvement,â&#x20AC;? said Realtor David Hammond, who works with his wife Nancy at Evers & Co. Real Estate. Married agents say they already have a built-in shorthand when speaking with one another, a familiarity that makes businesses com-

munications both more relaxed and efficient. When it comes to real estate, Nancy Hammond and her husband â&#x20AC;&#x153;have a built-in sounding board,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very complicated business sometimes. ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an art more than a science, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very helpful to have somebody that you can just bounce things off of to make sure your thinking is on track before your proceed.â&#x20AC;? But for the Hammonds, their business has been a balance of showing properties together, while also establishing a division of labor

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her husband Tim through TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty, said that being married allows the division of work to occur â&#x20AC;&#x153;naturally.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know how each other operates. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always agree but ... we compromise, as you do in a marriage,â&#x20AC;? Jean said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really work like a relay team. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so easy for us to pass the baton from one to another.â&#x20AC;? Some husband-and-wife teams say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re met with surprise when clients find out that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re married. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only reaction specifically to being a married team is some people say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, we could never do that,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said David Hammond. But Marjorie Dick Stuart and her husband Bill Stuart, Realtors who specialize in Cleveland Park property, both grew up in family businesses, and have found that their own family operation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their daughter helps with marketing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; appeals to prospective customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our clients really like that we have a lot of family in our business,â&#x20AC;? said Marjorie, whose team is part of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co. The next generation of Realtors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their own children â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have also proved to be valuable assets, the agents said. Sons and daughters who come from Realtor families have already spent years watching their parents work, and some have been quick studies in the trade. When Delia McCormickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, James Gregory, graduated from college in 2009, she offered him a place in their business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and he immediately said yes. When it came time for him to try his own hand at the trade, â&#x20AC;&#x153;he was really natural,â&#x20AC;? she said. Some Realtors have also found that younger family members who are new to the trade are more comfortable directly seeking advice from them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential for a newbie to get tips in the business, they said, and that exchange can be easi-

er for two people who happen to be related. Ellen Abrams, a Realtor at Evers & Co., was in a position to mentor her daughter, Courtney, when she decided to pursue the residential real estate business about two years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter how long youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in this business, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always questions you need to run by someone,â&#x20AC;? Ellen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Courtneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] got instant answers, which is good because I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of times youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out there on your own and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily have the luxury of picking up the phone ... and getting advice.â&#x20AC;? One of the other advantages of taking on children as business associates is the extended network of potential clients. Once Courtney Abrams had built up the experience needed to sell to clients on her own, she found many of her friends were at the age where they were looking to buy homes in the area. She also opened up her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes to newer ways of advertising. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She knows all of the social media ... and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaching it to me and my partners. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have,â&#x20AC;? Ellen Abrams said, adding that her daughter had found many clients through Facebook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to continue to reinvent yourself as the market changes.â&#x20AC;? But when business becomes a family affair, some said it can get difficult to keep shoptalk away from the dinner table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our business is such that it sort of blurs with our personal life,â&#x20AC;? said Bill Stuart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people we do business with are people we know [from the neighborhood]. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bump into a client at a restaurant, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of a surprise.â&#x20AC;? McCormick said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had the same experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work a lot. At some point we have to draw the line and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OK, now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on personal time and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to talk about it,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Adams Morgan faces continued condo frenzy By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


hen Adams Morgan became a development hotspot starting in the early 2000s, investors had little trouble identifying prospective sites for new residential projects. At the time, the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reed-Cooke area in particular was still dotted with vacant or underused properties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; warehouses, parking lots and vacant commercial buildings that were easy pickings for developers. Wilson Reynolds, a longtime Champlain Street resident and an Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner, said seven such properties have been redeveloped on his block alone since 2000. Tanya Stern, chief of staff at the D.C. Office of Planning, said in an interview that the neighborhood has grown by 550 new housing units since 2001, and another 750 are predicted within the next five years. But with the low-hanging fruit now mostly picked, developers are tackling increasingly challenging spaces or settling for smaller-scale projects. And if the only easy way for Adams Morgan to grow is through conversions of single-family homes, some fear a threat to the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character and lower-income residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You start off with whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s empty,

what can be repurposed,â&#x20AC;? Reynolds said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those are the ones where developers are going to go to first. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s replacing it is smaller infill projects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the infamous pop-ups that convert a row house into four condos.â&#x20AC;? Just two undeveloped parcels remain on Reynoldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2300 block of Champlain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a parking lot and a long-shuttered car dealership â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and both already have zoning approval for new condo buildings. Elsewhere in Adams Morgan, developers have recently turned to more difficult projects as they scramble for remaining sites. For instance, the former Ontario Theatre at 17th and Columbia Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a condo project promising 65 to 85 units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is incorporating the cinemaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marquee canopy and aspects of its lobby as a concession to preservationists. Another project proposes a 36-unit mixed-use condo project on the site of the Exxon station at Adams Mill Road and Lanier Place, a site that requires environmental remediation and that works around an oddly shaped lot. And as reported in The Washington Post, developer Doug Jemal has even built 39 apartments in the dome of the former skating rink above Harris Teeter at 1631 Kalorama Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including some units that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have windows. Mark Adamo, a vice president at Perseus Realty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is working


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on the Exxon project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said Adams Morgan has â&#x20AC;&#x153;pent-up demandâ&#x20AC;? for new housing, and the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condo units typically spend less than 30 days on the market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Current market conditions lend themselves to residential condominiums due to the limited supply coupled with great interest rates for the buyer,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email. Investors are also snapping up Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single-family homes, carving them into condos and often adding a third story, according to Reynolds. In one particularly controversial case â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at 2012-2014 Kalorama Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; developers are proposing a large rear addition in order to create 17 condo units out of two row houses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of those homes are still lived in by single families, or a single family with a basement apartment,â&#x20AC;? said Reynolds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you the last time I heard about one of these town houses coming up for sale and a family moved into it instead of it being bought by a developer. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen â&#x20AC;Ś but every time I turn around, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another set of fences, another Dumpster in front of one the houses.â&#x20AC;? The housing demand has also led to a demographic shift in Adams Morgan. According to data from the 2010 Census, compiled by the Office of Planning, the neighborhood has become richer and whiter,

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Developers are building on increasingly challenging lots to meet Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demand for condos. This proposal would replace an Exxon gas station on a site that requires soil remediation. with sharp increases in median income and fewer black and Spanish-speaking residents. The biggest population spike was in the age range of 25 to 34. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also been some concern that a new luxury boutique hotel, planned for the corner of Columbia Road and Euclid Street, will cement that demographic shift. But Stern, of the Planning Office, said the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inclusionary zoning laws have yielded dozens of legally required affordablehousing units in Adams Morgan. In large projects, at least 8 percent of the residential space must be subsidized for lower-income residents, and developers can increase the density of their projects beyond the normal standards if more of the

units are affordable. In total, 15 percent of the 550 units added in Adams Morgan since 2001 were designated as affordable, Stern said. But affordable units arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t required for small projects like the conversion of a single home to condos. Reynolds said many longtime renters have felt the pinch as landlords renovate or sell their properties to cater to the Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hotter status â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a trend thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely to continue. And homeowners have faced rising property taxes. At the same time, Reynolds added, dividing a $1.2 million row house into four $600,000 condos makes Adams Morgan attainable for buyers in that price range. And the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity has brought amenities and reduced crime.




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These sales are among those recorded from Jan. 2 through March 5 by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue and listed on its Real Property Sales Database.


■ 3284 Aberfoyle Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Joel R. Elliott for $805,000. ■ 3127 Adams Mill Road in Adams Morgan. Sold to Christopher J. Kurz for $1,025,000. ■ 4400 Albemarle St. in American University Park. Sold to Emma ChanlettAvery for $950,000. ■ 3523 Alton Place in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Steven Schlein for $750,000. ■ 4236 Alton Place in American University Park. Sold to Eric S. Middleton for $750,000. ■ 6606 Barnaby St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Pierre-Louis H. Renou for $934,000. ■ 3823 Beecher St. in Glover Park. Sold to Lauren E. Crawford for $825,000. ■ 3850 Beecher St. in Glover Park. Sold to Luis F. Silva-Pinto for $952,500. ■ 3731 Benton St. in Glover Park. Sold to Neelima Grover for $1,030,000. ■ 3025 Birch St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Norman B. Piccioni for $655,000. ■ 4352 Blagden Ave. in Crestwood. Sold to Christopher J. Steinitz for $697,000. ■ 4510 Brandywine St. in American

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JUST SOLD University Park. Sold to Shreeyash S. Palshikar for $890,000. ■ 4601 Brandywine St. in American University Park. Sold to Adam Raviv for $1,360,000. ■ 4949 Brandywine St. in American University Park. Sold to Tyler B. Jamison for $625,000. ■ 712 Butternut St. in Brightwood. Sold to Rebecca S. Lipsitz for $490,000 ■ 2921 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to David T. Pearson for $995,000. ■ 3001 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Daniel A. Mulvey for $1,950,000. ■ 3005 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Jeffrey Balkind for $1,925,000. ■ 3815 Cathedral Ave. in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Denis Clarke Trustee for $1,260,000. ■ 2720 Chain Bridge Road in Kent. Sold to Michael E. Leiter for $2,600,000. ■ 4048 Chancery Court in Burleith. Sold to Michael Kaufman for $1,260,000. ■ 3718 Chesapeake St. in Wakefield. Sold to Anne H. Morin for $725,000. ■ 4820 Chesapeake St. in American University Park. Sold to W.S. Herndon for $1,275,000. ■ 1752 Church St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Michael D. Sisk for $1,525,000.





■ 4869 Colorado Ave. in Crestwood. Sold to Courtney E. Morris for $1,255,000. ■ 826 Crittenden St. in Petworth. Sold to A and M Homebuyers Inc. for $300,000. ■ 1502 Crittenden St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Karen C. Lawson for $417,000. ■ 1314 Decatur St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Joshua J. Hertzberg for $600,000. ■ 827 Delafield Place in Petworth. Sold to Teferi Zewdou for $267,000. ■ 4450 Dexter St. in Berkley. Sold to Momo 4450 LLC for $2,475,000. ■ 2719 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown. Sold to Naima Hasci for $1,100,000. ■ 2907 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown. Sold to Mary M. Handel for $1,100,000. ■ 3010 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown. Sold to Michele E. Williams for $1,900,000. ■ 3140 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown. Sold to Henry A. Dudley III for $1,250,000. ■ 2112 Dunmore Lane in Berkley. Sold to Michael D. Trager for $3,150,000. ■ 8030 Eastern Ave. in Shepherd Park. Sold to William R. Scott for $340,000. ■ 2910 Edgevale Terrace in Woodland Normanstone. Sold to the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan for $5,495,000. ■ 703 Elder St. in Brightwood. Sold to Alfred V. Johnson for $396,000. ■ 2907 Ellicott St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Stephen Bumbaugh for $1,250,000. ■ 4323 Embassy Park Road in Wesley Heights. Sold to Brendon L. Biddle for $735,000. ■ 2148 F St. in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Home for the Hatchet Inc. for $700,000. ■ 728 Farragut St. in Petworth. Sold to Focuswork LLC for $203,500. ■ 913 Farragut St. in Petworth. Sold to John Gattorn for $479,000. ■ 724 Fern Place in Brightwood. Sold to Nathalie Vacroux for $459,000. ■ 3823 Fessenden St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Tara N. Rice for $958,000. ■ 4315 Fessenden St. in American University Park. Sold to Todd D. Boley for $818,750. ■ 1219 Floral St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to 1219 Floral LLC for $340,000. ■ 916 French St. in Logan Circle. Sold to Clemens Kochinke for $810,000. ■ 3812 Fulton St. in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Fernando de Olloqui for $1,810,000. ■ 721 Gallatin St. in Petworth. Sold to James R. Spencer Jr. for $345,000. ■ 1206 Gallatin St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Marc S. Powell for $585,000. ■ 4518 Garrison St. in American University Park. Sold to Lyle E. Brenneman for $550,000. ■ 4527 Garrison St. in American University Park. Sold to David M. Lord for $890,000. ■ 7137 Georgia Ave. in Brightwood. Sold to Cathedral Development LLC for $218,000. ■ 1333 Hamilton St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Ward A. Huff for $605,000. ■ 3835 Harrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Donald H. Gips for $2,275,000. ■ 4209 Harrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Michael G. Wolf for $1,199,000. ■ 2109 Huidekoper Place in Glover Park. Sold to Jarrett Blanc for $840,000. ■ 4806 Hutchins Place in the Palisades. Sold to Hutchins DC LLC for $1,100,000. ■ 4829 Illinois Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Steven L. Hollingworth for $610,000. ■ 1881 Ingleside Terrace in Mount Pleasant. Sold to William L. Gans for $530,000. ■ 3620 Ingomar Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Abram Goodrich for $803,000.

Georgetown manse sells for $8.6 million

The former Georgetown residence of Jacqueline Kennedy’s mother, Janet Lee Bouvier, sold last month for $8.6 million, according to a news release from Washington Fine Properties, which represented the buyer and seller. The mansion at 3044 O St. dates to 1870 and offers more than 11,000 square feet of living space. Features include 12 fireplaces, nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a three-car garage and a deep south garden with a swimming pool. The Queen Anne-style brick home has been available only four times, according to the release. The first owners were Dr. Armistead Peter, previous owner of Tudor Place and descendant of Georgetown’s first mayor, and his wife Martha Custis Kennon, the great-great-granddaughter of Martha Washington. During John F. Kennedy’s presidency, Hugh Auchincloss and Janet Lee Bouvier purchased the property. Other prominent owners have included Louis Mackall, a Georgetown attorney; and Laughlin Phillips, former CIA officer, founder of Washingtonian magazine and former board chairman of the Phillips Collection. The most recent owner — Donald Roth, a former World Bank executive and the founder of a private equity firm — bought the home in 2001 for $3.75 million, according to media reports and public records. The buyers’ names have not been disclosed. Realtor Kimberly Casey, who represented the buyers with colleague Daryl Judy, said the transaction — along with two others so far in 2013 involving $7 million-plus properties in Georgetown — points to the market’s strength. “The fact that there have been three sales in Georgetown over $7 million this year, where there were only two in 2012, says a lot about the confidence in our market,” Casey says in the release. William F.X. Moody, Robert Hryniewicki and Adam Rackliffe represented the seller. ■ 3718 Ingomar St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Ilari Lindy for $925,000. ■ 523 Ingraham St. in Petworth. Sold to Eleanor M. Gease for $355,500. ■ 639 Ingraham St. in Petworth. Sold to Michael L. Hasenfratz Jr. for $445,000. ■ 3921 Ivy Terrace Court in Hillandale. Sold to Joan M. Gartlan for $1,300,000. ■ 1351 Juniper St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Lucius T. Outlaw III for $700,000. ■ 4835 Kansas Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Aul C. Dupnick for $358,000. ■ 1318 Kennedy St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Brendan Gotowka for $640,000. ■ 4334 Klingle St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Ivaylo G. Guenov for $885,000. ■ 4410 Lingan Road in the Palisades. Sold to Farzan Neisany for $737,000. ■ 625 Longfellow St. in Petworth. Sold to Erik Lindsjo for $459,000. ■ 4452 MacArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. Sold to Emeka Nwandu for $1,025,035. ■ 4456 MacArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. Sold to Warren P. Price for $978,100. ■ 4458 MacArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. Sold to Arum K. Sharma for $976,100. ■ 5836 MacArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. Sold to Michael O’Connor for $755,336. ■ 2747 Macomb St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Robert Epstein for $900,000. ■ 4532 Macomb St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Brad G. Welling for $1,195,000. ■ 1300 Madison St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Sara J. Lee for $549,000. ■ 4040 Mansion Court in Hillandale. Sold to George J. Arkedis for $1,425,000. ■ 4050 Mansion Drive in Hillandale. Sold to Monica A. Gonzalez for $1,275,000. ■ 4039 Mansion Drive in Hillandale. Sold to James J. Tier for $1,350,000. ■ 3907 McKinley St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Doron F. Ezickson for $1,350,000. ■ 3222 Military Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Mohan R. Wikramanyake Sr. for

$734,000. ■ 3934 Military Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Alyssa M. Katzenelson for $1,035,000. ■ 3820 Morrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Eric D. Greshekter for $960,000. ■ 2802 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Walter Arensberg for $929,000. ■ 3249 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to the Conklin Revocable Trust for $7,550,000. ■ 3304 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Rooney Real Estate Co. LLC for $3,640,000. ■ 3326 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to WSD Capital LLC for $1,275,000. ■ 5300 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Matthew Bonesteel for $715,000. ■ 5616 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Christopher M. Browne for $1,100,000. ■ 2606 Northampton St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Dymphna van der Lans for $765,000. ■ 2703 O St. in Georgetown. Sold to Fiona Macaulay for $1,260,000. ■ 3414 O St. in Georgetown. Sold to John H. Carlson for $450,000. ■ 2722 Olive St. in Georgetown. Sold to Carlos Gabriel Di Bella for $985,000. ■ 2446 Ontario Road In Adams Morgan. Sold to 2446 Ontario LLC for $850,000. ■ 4435 P St. in Foxhall. Sold to Patrick B. Nickerson for $925,000. ■ 3615 Patterson St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Evan R. Goldstein for $720,000. ■ 6629 Piney Branch Road in Brightwood. Sold to Natalia BanulescuBogdan for $430,000. ■ 3113 Quebec Place in Cleveland Park. Sold to Andrew D’Anna for $877,000. ■ 3312 R St. in Georgetown. Sold to 1501 Moran Road LLC for $1,795,000. ■ 5327 Reno Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Timothy P. McCormack for $1,420,000. ■ 1620 Riggs Place in Dupont Circle. See Sales/Page RE18

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To ready homes for sale, real estate firm turns to in-house interior designer By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


hen preparing to sell a home, the staging of a property can sometimes make or break a sale. Realtors typically work with homeowners to pick the right furnishings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether by bringing in new dĂŠcor or by rearranging what the homeowner already has â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always an easy process. One local firm has taken it a step further: Beasley Real Estate recently hired an inhouse interior consultant, Ruth Gorland, to help clients ready their homes for the market. Gorland, who brings more than 25 years of experience to the position, not only promises to enhance the way a home looks so it might sell more quickly, but also works with clients to ease their transition into their next home. Some might be downsizing from a family home and need to dispense with some furnishings, while others are looking to buy items for a larger house for their growing family â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Gorland is able to assist with it all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of a big-picture â&#x20AC;&#x153;lifestyleâ&#x20AC;? philosophy that Jim Bell, Beasleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder and managing director, came up with for the firm. When working with sellers, Gorland â&#x20AC;&#x153;knows how to get a house ready for market and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very good at it,â&#x20AC;? said Bell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming from a design perspective, she can say to people less is moreâ&#x20AC;? with their furnishings, and encourage them to depersonalize the home and pick paint colors to enhance the space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people are looking to purchase a

property, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about price or location or the materials a house is made of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about showing people how they could live in that space, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Ruth does,â&#x20AC;? said Bell. Having Gorland on board also frees up the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Realtors so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not running around town trying to stage properties. Clients are also often short on time, so â&#x20AC;&#x153;when you have someone who can hold your hand and help you out in this way, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an enormous relief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our clients are absolutely loving it,â&#x20AC;? said Bell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More importantly, Ruth positions the house professionally to go to market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the more buyers that like the house, the higher the price will be.â&#x20AC;? So how does Gorland make this happen? In her first assessment of a home, Gorland takes her cue from the architecture, the neighborhood and the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s price bracket. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think about how someone would want to live in this house, and while maintaining the integrity of the home, I work with the homeowner to evaluate what needs to be done with furnishings and other dĂŠcor to enhance the space and make it attractive to buyers,â&#x20AC;? she said. Gorland said she also hopes to help educate clients on the best placement of furniture and other design elements to help improve their environments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people are afraid of designers, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not trying to sell them anything â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I just want to share my expertise about what might work best in their home,â&#x20AC;? she said. She often encourages homeowners to keep things as sparse as possible, and to put personalized items away.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When buyers walk in, I want them to be able to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly how I would arrange the seating,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is where we could have our breakfast,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Gorland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is for the property to look like no one is really living there but for the buyer to think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want to live here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? In keeping with Beasleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle philosophy, Gorlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just about the sale but about helping clients afterward as well. When homeowners are selling in order to downsize to a smaller home, Gorland will work with them to assess their new space, what they might need there, and how their existing furniture would work best there. If needed, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also work with clients to take items they want to sell to auction houses or consignment shops. If a client has just bought their first home, Gorland will work with them to bring in the right furnishings â&#x20AC;&#x153;soup to nutsâ&#x20AC;? at their budget level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I talk with clients about how they live â&#x20AC;&#x201D; do they like to have dinner parties, or do they prefer to hang out and read or watch TV, or do they have pets?â&#x20AC;? Gorland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are often so busy, they need someone to help them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and if someone is doing it with you, it can be done in half the time,â&#x20AC;? she added. Since early February, Gorland has worked on readying seven properties for the market for Beasleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agents, and all have sold within a week or two, and with multiple offers. Last month Beasley also hired an inhouse landscape architect to similarly help its clients with the design, planning and selection of exterior amenities. Bob Bell (no

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Ruth Gorland of Beasley Real Estate stages properties that are on the market, and also helps clients transition into their next home.

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SALES From Page RE16 Sold to David L. Gilchrist Trustee for $1,315,000. â&#x2013; 1231 Rock Creek Ford Road in Brightwood. Sold to June Lendore for $350,000. â&#x2013;  4808 Rockwood Parkway in Spring Valley. Sold to Christopher J. Cannova for $2,300,000. â&#x2013;  3400 Rodman St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Justin L. Faulb for $900,000. â&#x2013;  3311 Rowland Place in Cleveland Park. Sold to Andrew D. Eskin for $1,500,000. â&#x2013;  1227 S St. in Logan Circle. Sold to Fatemeh Roshankar for $601,000. â&#x2013;  4628 Sedgwick St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Janne E. Nolan for $750,000. â&#x2013;  539 Shepherd St. in Petworth. Sold to Sarah L. Drew for $654,000. â&#x2013;  1909 Shepherd St. in Crestwood. Sold to Lloyd M. Mitchell for $1,200,000. â&#x2013;  707 Sheridan St. in Brightwood. Sold to Wendy Harman for $389,000. â&#x2013;  1306 Sheridan St. in Brightwood. Sold to Luke R. Meixner for $515,000. â&#x2013;  1316 Sheridan St. in Brightwood. Sold to Brian Smoluch for $359,000. â&#x2013;  5142 Sherier Place in the Palisades. Sold to Tania Kaddeche for $1,500,000.

The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2013 â&#x2013;  14 Snows Court in Foggy Bottom. Sold to William A. Crane for $450,000. â&#x2013;  717 Somerset Place in Brightwood. Sold to Teshale B. Gadissa for $270,000. â&#x2013;  723 Somerset Place in Brightwood. Sold to Roberto Merino for $325,000. â&#x2013;  1790 Sycamore St. in Colonial Village. Sold to Michael J. Reed for $700,000. â&#x2013;  1227 T St. in Logan Circle. Sold to Teresa Walrath for $855,000. â&#x2013;  432 Taylor St. in Petworth. Sold to Brooks Range LLC for $340,000. â&#x2013;  725 Taylor St. in Petworth. Sold to David B. Hauver for $520,000. â&#x2013;  1617 Taylor St. in Crestwood. Sold to Terry H. Miller Jr. for $580,000. â&#x2013;  1624 Taylor St. in Crestwood. Sold to Alan Field for $1,062,000. â&#x2013;  5025 Tilden St. in Spring Valley. Sold to David W. Bowker for $2,280,000. â&#x2013;  808 Tuckerman St. in Brightwood. Sold to Stefan Gibson for $420,000. â&#x2013;  2818 University Terrace in Kent. Sold to Cheshire Homes LLC for $850,000. â&#x2013;  1234 Van Buren St. in Brightwood. Sold to Luke E. Jones for $330,000. â&#x2013;  3251 Van Hazen St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Matthew Miller for $875,000. â&#x2013;  3256 Van Hazen St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Christopher J. Spiro for $850,000. â&#x2013;  1518 Varnum St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Mark A. Seltzer for $540,000.




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â&#x2013; 1605 Varnum St. in Crestwood. Sold to Thomas W. Sietsma for $1,270,000. â&#x2013;  1722 Varnum St. in Crestwood. Sold to Daryl A. Muller for $805,000. â&#x2013;  728 Webster St. in Petworth. Sold to John P. Osteen for $539,000. â&#x2013;  1617 Webster St. in Crestwood. Sold to Brickyard Development LLC for $600,000. â&#x2013;  7950 West Beach Drive in Colonial Village. Sold to Pamela A. Gibbs for $769,000. â&#x2013;  6025 Western Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Michael G. McManus for $1,265,000. â&#x2013;  3025 Whitehaven St. in Observatory Circle. Sold to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for $6,250,000. â&#x2013;  3718 Windom Place in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Kate R. Bowers for $740,000. â&#x2013;  2745 Woodley Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Ruth Madden for $1,099,000. â&#x2013;  4106 5th St. in Petworth. Sold to Shana S. Blenzer for $629,900. â&#x2013;  4618 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to Joseph F. Callahan for $585,000. â&#x2013;  5023 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to Adam Morrow for $415,000. â&#x2013;  5418 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to Beverly L. Goggans Trustee for $450,000. â&#x2013;  5730 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to Claudia L. Baker for $499,900. â&#x2013;  7011 8th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Jeremy Emmi for $525,000. â&#x2013;  4421 9th St. in Petworth. Sold to Scott C. Freeman for $693,000. â&#x2013;  5320 9th St. in Petworth. Sold to Lillian Suh for $439,900. â&#x2013;  6810 9th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Marjorie C. McCollough for $495,000. â&#x2013;  6203 12th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Hazel Broadnax for $336,310. â&#x2013;  7615 13th St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Nantucket Holdings Ltd. for $370,000. â&#x2013;  7707 13th St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to William B. Griffith for $594,900. â&#x2013;  4523 15th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Amy L. Madigan for $654,000. â&#x2013;  5333 16th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Virginia Savely for $1,095,000. â&#x2013;  7600 17th St. in Colonial Village. Sold to Lena Patmon for $878,000. â&#x2013;  1816 19th St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to 1816 19th St. LLC for $1,500,000. â&#x2013;  2334 19th St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to James Ratliff for $1,327,500. â&#x2013;  2430 20th St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Joshua B. Goldberg for $1,210,000. â&#x2013;  1528 26th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Dana Bahaddou for $619,000. â&#x2013;  5731 26th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jason R. Parish for $810,000. â&#x2013;  1337 28th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Gregory M. Luce for $800,000. â&#x2013;  2823 28th St. in Woodley Park. Sold to Meaghan Smith for $1,330,850. â&#x2013;  1406 30th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Anne Hance for $1,549,000. â&#x2013;  2601 30th St. in Woodland Normanstone. Sold to Frank White Jr. Trustee for $5,150,000. â&#x2013;  3410 30th St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Elizabeth J. Armington for $890,000. â&#x2013;  5525 30th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Rupsha 2013 Inc. for $550,000. â&#x2013;  6606 31st Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jacob J. Gullish for $956,500. â&#x2013;  1528 31st St. in Georgetown. Sold to James G. Clark for $1,866,000. â&#x2013;  1235 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Terry Ann Meurer Trustee for $1,130,000. â&#x2013;  1622 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Erin Mullan for $1,215,000. â&#x2013;  5108 34th St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Amy S. Levin for $1,037,500. â&#x2013;  1720 35th St. in Burleith. Sold to Shuguang Wang for $830,000. â&#x2013;  4519 36th St. in Wakefield. Sold to Ruy E. Lama for $950,000.

â&#x2013; 2113 37th St. in Glover Park. Sold to Vaso Kovijanic for $788,000. â&#x2013;  2209 39th St. in Glover Park. Sold to Manuel Perozo for $920,000. â&#x2013;  2818 39th St. in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Noah B. Pollak for $1,000,000. â&#x2013;  5310 42nd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Firooz Realty LLC for $720,000. â&#x2013;  5331 42nd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Susan Lazaroff-Cohen for $479,400. â&#x2013;  3006 45th St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Timothy C. Luwis for $2,200,000. â&#x2013;  3211 45th St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Meade J. Berman for $1,087,000. â&#x2013;  3215 45th St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Arthur H. Harding for $1,600,000. â&#x2013;  5121 42nd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jeffery L. Frank for $1,065,000. â&#x2013;  4212 46th St. in American University Park. Sold to Michael K. Melia for $830,000. â&#x2013;  4316 46th St. in American University Park. Sold to Jonathan D. Tipton for $849,000. â&#x2013;  3817 47th St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Pravin Krishna for $925,000. â&#x2013;  4705 48th St. in American University Park. Sold to Cathrin M. Stickney Trustee for $765,000. â&#x2013;  4527 49th St. in American University Park. Sold to William J. Musico for $812,000. â&#x2013;  3949 52nd St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Brent Shaw for $2,375,000. â&#x2013;  4050 52nd St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Kurt Ela for $1,720,000.


â&#x2013; 2310 Ashmead Place Unit 205 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Thomas C. Nickels for $345,000. â&#x2013;  2032-2040 Belmont Road Unit 123 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Hussein O. Aniishah for $260,000. â&#x2013;  2032-2040 Belmont Road Unit 503 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Craig A. Langford for $227,000. â&#x2013;  2123 California St. Unit E5 in SheridanKalorama. Sold to Julian Goodman Trustee for $550,000. â&#x2013;  2123 California St. Unit G8 in SheridanKalorama. Sold to David N. Levine for $749,000. â&#x2013;  2127 California St. Unit 807 in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Pietra Rivoli for $692,500. â&#x2013;  3901 Cathedral Ave. Unit 82 in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Rebekah Bernstein for $240,000. â&#x2013;  4200 Cathedral Ave. Unit 216 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Firoozeh Shahidi for $270,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 114W in Wesley Heights. Sold to Xinsheng Zeng for $385,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 718E in Wesley Heights. Sold to Jacqueline B. Lockward for $187,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 911W in Wesley Heights. Sold to Melanie Guerrero for $150,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 1408W in Wesley Heights. Sold to Nikolay E. Kolev for $255,000. â&#x2013;  2301 Champlain St. Unit T-04 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Richard R. Magnuson for $510,000. â&#x2013;  2363 Champlain St. Unit 25 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Lisette Gonzalez for $570,000. â&#x2013;  1747 Church St. in B4 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Joseph A. Taylor for $299,000. â&#x2013;  2006 Columbia Road Unit 43 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Matthew M. James for $517,000. â&#x2013;  3100 Connecticut Ave. Unit 216 in Woodley Park. Sold to Cynthia Butler for

$255,062. â&#x2013; 3100 Connecticut Ave. Unit 440 in Woodley Park. Sold to Dana Mooney for $358,000. â&#x2013;  3616 Connecticut Ave. Unit 206 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Sarah Clapp for $220,000. â&#x2013;  3901 Connecticut Ave. Unit 212 in Van Ness. Sold to Martin J. Monaghan for $356,000. â&#x2013;  3901 Connecticut Ave. Unit 510 in Van Ness. Sold to Thomas J. Marshall for $709,000. â&#x2013;  4600 Connecticut Ave. Unit 615 in Wakefield. Sold to Chandra Tiwari for $275,000. â&#x2013;  4740 Connecticut Ave. Unit 202 in Wakefield. Sold to Claudette P. David for $275,000. â&#x2013;  2126 Connecticut Ave. Unit 35 in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Manfred Baumgartner for $1,365,000. â&#x2013;  1718 Corcoran St. Unit 2 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Caitlin Q. Miller for $260,000. â&#x2013;  1748 Corcoran St. Unit 3B in Dupont Circle. Sold to Paloma Acevedo for $427,500. â&#x2013;  3819 Davis Place Unit 5 in Glover Park. Sold to Jane K. Spinks for $310,000. â&#x2013;  2737 Devonshire Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Harley J. McKinley for $542,500. â&#x2013;  2141 I St. Unit 409 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Patrick L. Robert for $225,000. â&#x2013;  2501 K St. Unit 1C in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Joshua Glazer for $417,500. â&#x2013;  2515 K St. Unit 712 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Chetan Bhargiri for $270,000. â&#x2013;  1910 Kalorama Road Unit 104 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Michael Goodman for $220,850. â&#x2013;  1910 Kalorama Road Unit 202 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Nicholas F. Marcinko for $300,000. â&#x2013;  1910 Kalorama Road Unit 203 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Michael J. Iannarino for $338,320. â&#x2013;  1910 Kalorama Road Unit 505 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Elizabeth D. Down for $434,900. â&#x2013;  1817 Kalorama Square Unit 9 in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Clarissa L. Bonda for $2,000,000. â&#x2013;  1101 L St. Unit 102 in Logan Circle. Sold to Caroline M. Scott for $275,000. â&#x2013;  2201 L St. Unit 408 in the West End. Sold to Elizabeth D. Hill for $239,000. â&#x2013;  2501 M St. Unit 607 in the West End. Sold to Albert R. Matney for $355,000 â&#x2013;  4471 MacArthur Blvd. Unit 303 in the Palisades. Sold to Jacqueline U. Varjao for $253,000. â&#x2013;  4570 MacArthur Blvd. Unit G5 in the Palisades. Sold to Mahdee Monam for $219,000. â&#x2013;  1711 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 102 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Emily Nalven for $230,000. â&#x2013;  1711 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 620 in Dupont Circle. Sold to John G. Swisher for $240,000. â&#x2013;  1727 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 808 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Shaun Ng for $224,900. â&#x2013;  4200 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 118 in Wesley Heights. Sold to David W. Callaway for $639,000. â&#x2013;  4200 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 904 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Katharine S. Sohier for $575,000. â&#x2013;  4200 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 1001 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Cynthia B. Schultz for $460,000. â&#x2013;  4200 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 1014 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Barbara B. Beatty for $337,500. See Sales/Page RE19

SALES From Page RE18 â&#x2013; 1440 N St. Unit 511 in Logan Circle. Sold to Alexander C. Ruda for $180,000. â&#x2013;  2114 N St. Unit 11 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Josep-Maria Colomer-Calsina for $407,000. â&#x2013;  2301 N St. Unit 110 in the West End. Sold to Jacques Besnainou for $385,000. â&#x2013;  2301 N St. Unit 403 in the West End. Sold to Steven R. Dimitriyev for $495,000. â&#x2013;  2301 N St. Unit 714 in the West End. Sold to John L. Beard for $700,000. â&#x2013;  3821 Newark St. Unit 440 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Mark P. Little for $430,000. â&#x2013;  1316 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 308 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Z Street LLC for $211,000. â&#x2013;  1735 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 202 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Raphael U. Goodstein for $700,000. â&#x2013;  1740 New Hampshire Ave. Unit NH-G in Dupont Circle. Sold to Alejandro Yarza for $700,000. â&#x2013;  1816 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 405 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Martin Feeney for $257,000. â&#x2013;  2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 402 in Glover Park. Sold to Alice L. Ritcheson for $328,500. â&#x2013;  3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 807 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Marina Alissa for $320,000. â&#x2013;  3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 552 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Francoise DreuilWynne for $220,000. â&#x2013;  2012 O St. Unit 41 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Serrana B. Mujica for $415,000. â&#x2013;  2755 Ordway St. Unit 209 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Pamela Long for $296,000. â&#x2013;  2141 P St. Unit 203 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Margaret M. Ensign for $550,000. â&#x2013;  2141 P St. Unit 205 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Mark Mlakar for $299,990. â&#x2013;  1030 Paper Mill Court Unit 1030 in Georgetown. Sold to Barron Martin for $595,000. â&#x2013;  1059 Paper Mill Court Unit 1059 in Georgetown. Sold to Mahnaz Essalat for $578,500. â&#x2013;  2555 Pennsylvania Ave. Unit 819 in the

The Current â&#x2013; Spring Real Estate Guide 2013 West End. Sold to Simon Alissa for $510,000. â&#x2013;  2600 Pennsylvania Ave. Unit 304 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Danilo A. Maia for $805,000. â&#x2013;  1200 Q St. Unit 3 in Logan Circle. Sold to Eduardo de Olloqui for $335,000. â&#x2013;  1201 Q St. Unit 301 in Logan Circle. Sold to Korab Zuka for $406,500. â&#x2013;  1201 Q St. Unit 304 in Logan Circle. Sold to Svetlana Goubanova for $329,000. â&#x2013;  1340 Q St. Unit 23 in Logan Circle. Sold to Michelle Haruvi for $659,000. â&#x2013;  1520 O St. Unit 3 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Angelle C. Smith for $274,000. â&#x2013;  1612 Q St. Unit 6 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Nicole Nesper for $466,250. â&#x2013;  1615 Q St. Unit 712 in Dupont Circle. Sold to John H. Wright III for $315,000. â&#x2013;  1625 Q St. Unit 103 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Douglas L. Farrar for $549,999. â&#x2013;  1702 Q St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Rashad Kawmy for $525,000. â&#x2013;  3035 Q St. Unit 1 in Georgetown. Sold to Victoria B. Kramer for $472,500. â&#x2013;  1423 R St. Unit 206 in Logan Circle. Sold to Audrey Chang for $452,000. â&#x2013;  1800 R St. Unit 807 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Patricia Geli for $457,500. â&#x2013;  1301 Rhode Island Ave. Unit B in Logan Circle. Sold to William M. Madison for $659,000. â&#x2013;  1426 Rhode Island Ave. Unit A in Logan Circle. Sold to Allan A. Friedman for $750,000. â&#x2013;  1821 Riggs Place Unit 1821 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Jennifer Thaxton for $395,000. â&#x2013;  1900 S St. Unit 202 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Ryann M. Collins for $342,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 220 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Ashley N. Ayers for $234,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 320 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Paul A. Godwin for $228,500. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 511 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Hillary Glassman for $260,000. â&#x2013;  3283 Sutton Place Unit 3283C in Wesley Heights. Sold to Jeff MacDonald for $509,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 511 in Glover

Park. Sold to Virpi H. Kairinen for $261,000. â&#x2013; 4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 621 in Glover Park. Sold to Rupal K. Mortensen for $426,000. â&#x2013;  1706 U St. Unit 303 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Olivier F. Riboulot for $284,500. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 627 in Van Ness. Sold to Lintung Liu for $258,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 945 in Van Ness. Sold to Eric Morrissette for $177,900. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 1014 in Van Ness. Sold to Jeffrey A. Crilley for $312,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 1218 in Forest Hills. Sold to Lawrence Chang for $300,000. â&#x2013;  1822 Vernon St. Unit 302 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Robert A. Schneider for $500,000. â&#x2013;  4100 W St. Unit 515 in Glover Park. Sold to Seth Gainer for $252,000. â&#x2013;  3 Washington Circle Unit 1003 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Ranjini Ramakrishnan for $365,000. â&#x2013;  2320 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 410 in Glover Park. Sold to James A. Brister for $390,000. â&#x2013;  2800 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 104 in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Sergio R. Valenzuela for $194,500. â&#x2013;  1308 12th St. Unit B in Logan Circle. Sold to Jamie Poslosky for $417,028. â&#x2013;  1245 13th St. Unit 516 in Logan Circle. Sold to George Taube for $256,320. â&#x2013;  1245 13th St. Unit 715 in Logan



Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Circle. Sold to Rafael D. Frankel for $292,000. â&#x2013; 1715 15th St. Unit 62 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Min W. Park for $599,000. â&#x2013;  1401 17th St. Unit 701 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Paul Aanonsen for $430,000. â&#x2013;  1724 17th St. Unit 44 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Paul Rosen for $515,000. â&#x2013;  1931 17th St. Unit 104 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Kari Comer for $257,000. â&#x2013;  1918 18th St. Unit 21 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Karina E. Parker for $460,000. â&#x2013;  2412 19th St. Unit 1038 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Joyce Bartoo for $499,000. â&#x2013;  2410 20th St. Unit 110 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Myrna Y. Peralta for $438,600. â&#x2013;  1260 21st St. Unit 103 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Maryann Derosa for $179,000. â&#x2013;  1611 21st St. Unit 3 in Dupont Circle.

Sold to Charles D. Ossola for $1,625,000. â&#x2013; 1155 22nd St. Unit N5H in the West End. Sold to Faheem A. Sandhu for $825,000. â&#x2013;  1111 23rd St. Unit S4B in the West End. Sold to Robert Qureshi for $1,660,000. â&#x2013;  1155 23rd St. Unit NPH3N in the West End. Sold to Luis G. Fortuno for $1,320,000. â&#x2013;  1077 30th St. Unit 606 in Georgetown. Sold to John M. Hamilton for $725,000. â&#x2013;  1045 31st St. Unit 11 in Georgetown. Sold to Kent G. Krejci for $489,000. â&#x2013;  3641 39th St. Unit 308 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Anne K. Cusick for $467,500. â&#x2013;  3700 39th St. Unit 177 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Mario C. Vilela for $200,000. â&#x2013;  3710 39th St. Unit 169 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Abigail Golden-Vazquez for $549,900. â&#x2013;  3800 39th St. Unit 131 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Danielle Pere for $429,000.














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Design House will benefit childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


he DC Design House is set to launch its annual monthlong fundraiser for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center this Saturday at a newly constructed Mediterranean-style home at 2507 Foxhall Road in Wesley Heights. More than two dozen Washingtonarea designers went to work creating 24 different spaces throughout the $14.9 million homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five levels and 14,000 square feet of living space, showcasing innovations on the latest design trends. Though the designers worked independently, a unifying element of the design house is the color palette many chose. Earthy neutrals are complemented by fresh spring colors like robinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s egg blue and soft yellows. Many of the rooms incorporate paints and wallpaper donated by British company Farrow & Ball. Just inside the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main entryway is the living room, designed by Bethesda-based interior designer Camille Saum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Color is the first thing I think about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where I start,â&#x20AC;? said Saum. For this room, she chose to work with a pale powder color, which has hints of blues and greens and on-trend green paint with strong yellow overtones. Known for her elegant yet whimsical style, Saum showcases two painted pink sculptures that she placed on pedestals flanking the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fireplace. Virginia-based artist Brian Kirk created both especial-

ly for this event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to find something you truly love, and I truly love these sculptures,â&#x20AC;? said Saum. The designer used color even more creatively on the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceiling. Saumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associate designer Whitney Hansen came up with a geometric design that incorporated Saumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary colors, and Atelier Artists executed the vision. Also taking center stage is a Trieste chandelier from Niermann Weeks. A circular table underneath features a custom-designed ceramic bowl from local artist Jennifer Hamilton. Saum also built a scene-stealing window box against the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far wall. Made of bamboo and painted white, the bench can be easily lifted out. Saum wanted to take advantage of the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large windows by creating a comfortable reading area. The space is framed by one of Saumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature elements: her crinoline-lined draperies, in blue and buff taffeta, which add an element of drama to the space. Two Camille Chairs in a champagne chevron fabric sit on either side of the fireplace. The pieces are part of a furniture line Saum is creating. The painting over the fireplace is by local artist Elizabeth Dax. One of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unique spaces is up on the top floor, where Jamie Brown and Jeff Akseizer, of Akseizer Design Group in Alexandria, further enhanced a loftlike environment by creating a feast for the eyes. On one side of the room, an oversized live-reef aquarium by Reef eScape is built into the wall, and on the other is a state-ofthe-art media wall that incorporates a large flat-screen television with three smaller screens running alongside it that could double as computer monitors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are so many bedrooms, lounges and seating areas in the

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The guest bedroom designed by Katherine Vernot-Jonas, left, and the living room by Camille Saum, above, are among 24 distinct spaces in the 14,000-square-foot Wesley Heights home. house that we really wanted to do something different with this space,â&#x20AC;? said Brown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal was to create a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; factor with this room, with lots of places for the eyes to go.â&#x20AC;? The pair took their cue for the light and airy space from the existing skylights and a wet bar area done in white lacquer. Through their firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in-house millwork shop, the designers continued that motif by installing sleek built-ins also in white lacquer. Those create a midcentury modern feel, further enhanced by the cylindrical wall sconces by Boyd and the handwoven wall coverings by Phillip Jeffries. Also significant to the space is the framed artwork on the walls. Brown and Akseizer asked kids being treated at the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medical Center to create paintings using black and white paint. The results include one piece that resembles a Matisse, and another that consists of a block print that complements the room. Also on this level is a guest bedroom designed by Katherine VernotJonas, whose firm KVJ Designs is based in Georgetown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love attics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I think they can be magical places,â&#x20AC;? said VernotJonas, who said she especially likes their angled rooflines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clients sometimes find them to be difficult spaces to work with, but you can create welcoming, inviting, livable attic spaces.â&#x20AC;? Vernot-Jonas built the room around a duvet cover designed by Yves Delorme, Paris that drew her

in with its elegant black-and-white strokes. To maximize flexibility and space, Vernot-Jonas used two twin beds instead of one large bed that would take up nearly all of the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real estate. She also used one-of-a-kind white linens on the beds, which were custom-embroidered by a local seamstress. Grays and whites balance out the color scheme, while the use of a warm citron on the walls and in the custom pillows makes the room pop. A handcrafted chandelier, an Oscar de la Renta chair with an ornate back in white, and Italian â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ortenziaâ&#x20AC;? bedside lights complete the look. Vernot-Jonas said she had trouble finding the right nightstands, so she created her own by taking two metal nesting tables and replacing the top with white marble. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I visualized sophisticated guests staying in this room, but I wanted to make it appealing to anyone,â&#x20AC;? she said. The roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique walk-in closet space on either side of the entryway incorporates a bold design that covers the interior walls with black, white and silver striped wallpaper. A storage ottoman amplifies the spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality. DC Design House visitors will find an abundance of unique and innovative design features to admire throughout the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 24 distinct spaces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the blocks of handmade paper hung on the dining room wall by D.C.-based designer Nestor Santa-Cruz, to the sunny morning room created by Silver

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Spring designer Iantha Carley, the exotic modern bar with burl mahogany wood inset by Arlington-based designer Andrea Houck, and the wood-paneled library with a Marrakesh motif by D.C.-based designer and DC Design House veteran David Mitchell. On the second level, bedroom designs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the twinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nursery by Nancy Twomey in Alexandria, the master bedroom by Susan Jamieson in Richmond and the teenage boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom by Regan Billingsley of New York City â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are sure to inspire. As visitors traverse through the spacious home getting ideas for their own projects or just admiring the designersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work, they should note that many of the furnishings are available for purchase, and five boutiques are selling various dĂŠcor items on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower level. Tickets cost $25 per person and 20 percent of all proceeds will go to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital. The annual Design House fundraiser last year netted more than $200,000 when it was held in Spring Valley. This year marks the first time the event is taking place at a newly constructed home, designed by Bethesda-based GTM Architects and constructed by D.C.-based Gibson Builders. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listed for $14.9 million by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martha Apel. The house will be open to the public April 13 to May 12. For more information or to purchase 2013 DC Design House tickets, visit

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D.C. Council bills would limit impact of residential assessment increases By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer


perennial push to limit property taxes has popped up again in the D.C. Council this spring, with major bills focused on helping longtime homeowners hit hard by assessments rising faster than their incomes. Getting most attention is a bill by Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans that would lower the amount a homeowners’ tax bill could rise each year from 10 to 5 percent, whatever the increase in a home’s assessment. Evans says even the current 10 percent annual hike can be a hardship. Evans offered a similar bill last year, but too late to come up for a vote. “Our residents are really getting clobbered on their property taxes, and that certainly wasn’t the intent,” he said at a recent hearing on the measure. “Virtually nobody gets a 10 percent raise every year.” Evans offered a bit of history. Before the recent economic slump, District residents saw a tremendous increase in assessments as the city became a more desirable place to live. The trend started in the west-

ern part of the city, “but now it’s taking place everywhere,” he said, with assessments hikes of 20, 25, even 50 percent not uncommon. That’s especially hard on people on fixed incomes, who aren’t realizing any of the increased market value and fear they may lose their homes if they get behind on taxes, he said. In the face of that hyperactive housing market, the council first imposed a 25 percent cap on annual property tax increases, then reduced it to 12, and then the current 10. The measure has already picked up six co-sponsors on the council, and Evans is in a position to steer it through as chair of the Committee on Finance and Revenue. But there’s also pushback. Mayor Vincent Gray does not support Evans’ bill or other efforts to reduce residential property taxes, according to spokesperson Pedro Ribeiro, who said the District’s property tax burden is already low compared to surrounding areas. Ed Lazere, director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, makes a similar point. In a hearing on a similar bill last year, Lazere said the District has the lowest homeowner property tax bills in the region in

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wall-to-wall carpeting. The main area currently serves as a family room, and offers plenty of space for playing board games or watching movies. The area could provide a fourth bedroom or a guest suite, with a full bath available on this level to make the transition easy. There are also several separate

storage spaces as well as a laundry room on this level. The home is located a few blocks away from the shops and restaurants along Upshur Street. This four-bedroom, two-and-ahalf-bath property at 4409 3rd St. NW is offered for $599,900. For details contact Kevin Wood of William Sawyer & Co. at 202-2979753 or

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Fourth of July fireworks. The home’s lower level is semi-finished and includes a bedroom with a clawfoot tub in its en suite bath, a wine cellar, and a spacious laundry room with a long, antique cast-iron sink. Several separate rooms on this level could be used as storage

spaces or as workrooms. Running alongside the home’s exterior is a long brick driveway that leads to a detached garage — a coveted amenity in Georgetown. This eight-bedroom, five-and-ahalf-bath property at 3023 Q St. NW is offered for $4,995,000. For more information contact Cathie Gill of Cathie Gill Realtors at 202364-3066 or

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Preservation board members were also concerned, but could find no better solution. They also argued that approval of the Garfield Street roof deck would not set a precedent. “This is really tough,” said member Andrew Aurbach. He said he would support the project, but wanted future approvals in Woodley Park to be “case by case.” Member Maria Casarella noted

that the various deck additions “are just higgledy-piggledy” and told Heminger: “You need an architect.” He said budget concerns kept him from hiring one. Board chair Gretchen Pfaehler agreed that the various decks should share “some intent that relates to the architecture of the building.” Though they urged the developer to create a “minimized” rooftop deck plan, the board members ultimately voted to approve the proposal.

part because of a series of council actions capping annual increases, lowering tax rates, and boosting the value of the “homestead deduction” on owner-occupied homes. The current 10 percent cap means most District homes are already taxed at less than their full worth, said Lazere, who has argued repeatedly that budget surpluses should be spent on programs for the neediest — not on tax cuts. There’s also the matter of lost revenue. At Evans’ hearing, a representative of the city’s chief financial officer said reducing the cap on annual property tax increases is “a straightforward change” that would be easy to implement by the start of the next fiscal year. But although the CFO hasn’t calculated the precise fiscal impact, he estimated that lowering the cap would cost the city 2.5 percent of the roughly $400 to $500 million it takes in annually in property tax revenues, or about $10 million a year. “Ten million,” Evans repeated, acknowledging that he would have to offer a budget proposal to make up the loss. Another bill introduced this year, from Ward 4 member Muriel

2014 assessments

These are the changes from 2013 in proposed residential valuations of assessment neighborhoods. The assessments reflect estimated market value as of Jan. 1, 2013. American University Park Berkley Brightwood Burleith Central Chevy Chase Cleveland Park Colonial Village Columbia Heights Crestwood Foggy Bottom Forest Hills Foxhall Garfield Georgetown Glover Park Hawthorne

– 0.28% + 1.44% + 1.15% + 1.44% + 3.71% + 1.21% + 2.18% + 0.61% + 5.38% – 0.62% + 3.80% + 4.82% + 0.42% + 2.07% + 1.28% + 2.10% + 5.54%

Bowser, would freeze property taxes for households with annual income of $125,000 or less who have claimed the homestead deduction for at least 21 years — the longtime and often elderly homeowners most threatened by rising assessments, Bowser has said. Evans is a co-sponsor of the

Kalorama Kent Massachusetts Ave. Heights Mount Pleasant North Cleveland Park Observatory Circle Old City II Palisades Petworth Shepherd Park Sixteenth Street Heights Spring Valley Takoma Wakefield Wesley Heights Woodley

+ 1.71% + 3.20% + 0.83% + 3.33% + 1.04% – 0.66% + 5.66% + 0.67% + 3.73% + 0.91% + 0.90% + 1.28% + 3.30% + 3.32% + 0.54% + 0.84%

Source: D.C. government

“Longtime Homeowner Incentive” measure, although his committee has not yet held a hearing. “There’s some sentiment on the council that if you live in your home for 20 years, your property taxes should not go up at all,” he said at the hearing on his bill. “But that’s a separate issue.”


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PETWORTH: New stores opening MARKET From Page RE8

and restaurant, has operated for 40-plus years at 200 Upshur St. And with spring in full swing, the Petworth farmers market — which often features live music — is set to open next month on Friday evenings at 9th Street between Upshur and Georgia. Other highlights of the neighborhood include President Lincoln’s Cottage, on the grounds of the

other. … Even as the community is gentrifying, the community is making it better for everyone.” Willow Fashions is another new business, opened last fall by Petworth resident Julie Wineinger. Described as the kind of boutique one might find in Greenwich Village, the store carries eclectic clothing, accessory and gifts at affordable prices at 843 Upshur St. Wineinger wanted to fill a need in the neighborhood with her boutique, and she has also started Bill Petros/Current File Photo branching out in Construction of Petworth’s new Safeway on new ways: One night a week, Georgia Avenue should wrap up by summer 2014. Willow plays host Soldiers’ Home at 140 Rock Creek to Crinkle Art Workshops, run by Church Road; and Rock Creek local art teacher and Petworth resiCemetery, an 86-acre green space at dent Amanda Rogers. 201 Allison St. Wineinger, along with 20 other Redevelopment of the Walter neighborhood businesses, also Reed Army Medical Center campus recently formed a cooperative further north on Georgia Avenue in called Heart of Petworth, in which entrepreneurs band together to raise Brightwood is also expected to be positive for Petworth, as temporary awareness of locally owned shops. uses and early-stage development The D.C. government is also get underway in the next year. focusing attention on Petworth’s “Everyone focuses on the develimprovement. The city’s Great Streets program recently completed opment of Petworth from the south and west, and we will continue to a streetscape project on Georgia see Petworth benefitting from that,” Avenue that included upgrades to said PoPville’s Silverman. “But the roadway, sidewalks, streetlights what’s really appealing is the develand tree boxes. The initiative aims opment that will come from the to support and attract local businorth with Walter Reed, which is nesses to the area. Local businesses with successful tied in with the new streetcar coming to Georgia Avenue as well. It’s track records include Domku Café all a good indication that the develat 821 Upshur St., and Annie’s opment in Petworth is going to be Hardware 1240 Upshur. The Hitching Post, neighborhood tavern quite positive.”

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of styles, of vintage.” “Change the parameters,” said McDuffie. “Open up the net.” But even that isn’t a guaranteed approach. A lot of investors are in the market, snapping up properties in neighborhoods such as Petworth and Bloomingdale, renovating them and then renting or selling them for a premium. “There’s more flipping now, especially in those emerging markets,” McDuffie said. The citywide statistics paint a clear picture — lots of activity but not much inventory, according to the market data compiled by RealEstate Business Intelligence and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors. In March, there were 559 singlefamily homes and 512 condos on the market in D.C. — down 32 percent and 38 percent, respectively, from 800-plus listings in each category a year earlier. New listings for the month were also down. That’s consistent with figures in February, when there were 983 active listings in the D.C. market — a 38.5 percent drop from last year and far below the five-year February average of 2,062. Even so, activity is solid. In the first three months, there was a 9.9 percent rise in contracts for condos and co-ops and a 0.8 percent increase in contracts for single-family homes, compared with the same period in 2012. Settlements are up in both categories — 25.6 percent for condos and co-ops, 6.3 percent for single-family homes. More March data are due later this week. “We’ve definitely seen things picking up,” said Joe Gentile, vice president of Federal Title & Escrow Co. In 12 key categories in one report comparing February 2013 with February 2012, only one measure fell — the average number of days on market, which went from 74 to 58. The median sold price climbed 8.5 percent to $421,000; the number of closed sales rose 16.2 percent, to 481. “Right now we’re in the beginnings of the first year of a really hot market,” McDuffie said. Realtors don’t expect a sudden change in the weeks ahead. They say D.C.’s spring market started early — as it has for several years now — with plenty of demand and little prospect for a quick influx of supply. “There’s a shortage of product and a lot of demand,” said Donna Evers of Evers & Co. Real Estate. “It’s interesting how people stay in the same frame of mind. It’s now such a seller’s market. Buyers are slow to recognize this.” The current environment makes it all the more important for buyers to have proper representation, Evers said. “They need a really good agent,” she said. “You need someone with knowledge and experience to guide you, now more than ever.”

Realtors hope for inventory rise By CHRIS KAIN Current Staff Writer


ealtors often say real estate is all about location, location, location. In D.C., they might also say assessing the market is all about inventory, inventory, inventory. “The issue really is lack of inventory,” said Fred Kendrick of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “We usually expect to see some buildup in January, February and March. That really hasn’t happened.” There are a few hopeful signs, however. For one thing, new construction is picking up. Building permits for new housing units in D.C. have climbed in each of the past four fiscal years, according to the Office of Tax and Revenue’s March report on economic trends. For the 12-month period that ended in January, the city issued 4,141 permits, a 21 percent climb over the same period a year earlier. It’s also more than eight times the 499 processed in fiscal year 2009. “During the recession we didn’t have any new building or any renovations,” said Donna Evers of Evers & Company Real Estate. “It’s going to get better slowly.” Additionally, as home values increase, fewer homeowners feel the need to stay put for fear of losing money on properties they bought near the height of the market. “We’re back close enough now that sellers are getting back in now, saying, ‘I’ve waited long enough,’” Evers said. “That’s happening, and that will happen much more.” “In pretty much all of D.C., everyone is close to where the peak was,” said Keene Taylor Jr. of the Taylor/Agostino Group at Long & Foster Real Estate.

Similar knowledge and experience are necessary on the other side of the table, in part to price a property correctly, Realtors said. “People think it’s easy when the market is like this,” said Fred Kendrick of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “There’s a process that you go through — from staging to marketing, you’re focusing everything on a one-week period. … You’ve got a short window where you’re trying to generate as much interest as possible.” Evers noted that many people wrongly think that they can put their house on the market and wait for the right buyer who will pay top dollar. “When you’re selling a property, time is not your friend,” she said. “If it sells right away, we’ve done everything right.”

“The only exception is where they bid up past the peak to prevail — people who paid a premium when they bought at the peak of the market might not be all the way back.” There’s also a psychological factor, in large part because people are feeling better about the economy and are cognizant of national headlines that match the positive narrative that has surrounded the D.C. market for several years. “Psychologically people are ready to make the move now,” said Kevin McDuffie, branch vice president for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “There’s been pent-up demand for a couple of years.” For potential sellers still inclined to wait in hopes of further appreciation, Realtors warn that they should consider the likely cost of their next property. “Yes, you won’t get as much as you would have, but you can get a better deal on what you’re buying,” Evers said. “But people base their feelings of security on what they’re selling, not on what they’re buying.” Taylor said he foresees another impact that will help build up inventory. Some sellers will respond too aggressively to signals of a stronger market and insist on overpricing. “They’ll sit on the market,” he said. “Over time, that will create a base that will help alleviate the inventory problem.” And McDuffie, whose firm has a substantial property management division, said he is already seeing a buildup from another source: new listings from owners who had little choice but to rent out their homes a few years ago, when the market was flat. “In the last couple months, there’s been a large number of managed properties that are now back on the market,” he said. Taylor said he tells sellers that their best chance to get the best return is to set a price just below the peak — “so roughly half the people think it’s a good price,” he said. Then bidding is likely to ensue. Realtors agree that multiple offers are increasingly common, but they differ on whether buyers are remaining cautious nonetheless. Kendrick said much of the caution that arose during the economic slowdown has evolved. “We’re seeing things sell pretty consistently above list prices,” he said. Taylor said clients remain sensitive to the idea of overpaying. Even when a property draws multiple offers, only one of the prospective buyers may be willing to go high. “The buyers are not willing to go crazy,” Taylor said. “They get spooked.”

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On March 20, Aidan had its annual Science & Math Celebration. Parents and friends were invited to celebrate with us to see our hard work. Some of the experiments included acceleration, memory, cracking eggs and the effects of chocolate in temperature. Josh Young, a primary student, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The science fair was nice and cool.â&#x20AC;? Helene Hendrix, a second-grader who did a project related to architecture, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was interested about architecture because my parents are both architects.â&#x20AC;? Second-graders Gino Gates, who worked with a microscope, and Savannah Wright, who did the plant kingdom, both called the event â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good learning experience.â&#x20AC;? Lily Dorton, a third-grader said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like the Science Fair because we get to show our projects to our parents and friends.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alexandra Bullock, fifth-grader and Zari Garfield, fourth-grader

British School of Washington

At the British School of Washington, learning comes in many different forms. Generally we have fun and our teachers make sure we are motivated and focused. Most importantly, our learning is varied. Everyone has a different method of obtaining knowledge, and so it is thought that through using different methods, learning can be improved and rounded. This we learned in Year Six, four years ago, when we both arrived here. I had come from a small public school in London, and Hannah had arrived from Denmark. Recently in our P.E. lessons, we were developing our understanding of the different topics of fitness, by constructing our own lesson. Put into groups, we all created a circuit for strength development, using various everyday objects. This was a very hands-on way of learning, and it progressed and showed our knowledge of the topic. An example of learning in a more individual environment is when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tasked with selecting seven to 10 pictures of people whom we aspired to be like. We then were asked to write what we admired or respected about them. Then we set targets to help us structure our futures and give us goals. As students who have been here for a long time, it will be a sad thing for both of us to move to new parts of the world next year, and put an end to the happy four years that we have spent learning at such an amazing school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Will Adams and Hannah Von Sprecklesen Syberg, Year 9 London (eighth-graders)

Edmund Burke School

In homeroom you learn about new rules and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new, ideas that might be different than your former school. Sometimes Monica, the head of the middle school, will


come in and make announcements about new rules and events going on at Burke. At Burke you get to talk about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on at school and what you like from your old school and what you dislike about Burke. Some days you could just be having a little talk with your adviser, while other days your homeroom might be having a party. During homeroom you can select community service from a list of choices. Another great experience that happens in homeroom is that you can make friends who are older than you. In Burke homeroom you can talk to your teachers if something is bothering you or if you need help. They will talk to you about it and tell what you need to do. They also help improve your self-advocating skills. Sometimes you just get to do cool activities. It can be nice to get to play a game, especially when you have a big project or test coming up or if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just stressed in general.

Burke students are lucky to have this opportunity to do all these great activities at homeroom. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Grace Rennie and Patrick Means, sixth-graders

Georgetown Day School

Classes resumed last Wednesday after spring break. To celebrate the final push to the end of the year, junior and Student Staff Council member Ilan Wallentin organized a tri-school dodgeball tournament! Last Friday evening, Georgetown Day, Maret and Sidwell gathered in our gym to compete in a 33-team tournament. According to longtime coach and P.E. teacher Harold Newton, this was the first event of its kind since the 1974 quad-school pillow polo tournament. After a disappointing but skillbuilding trip to Orlando, Fla., the varsity baseball team brought our regular-season record to 2-1 after defeating the St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes School 11-1. The contest was a great confidence-builder as the squad moves toward league competition. Senior pitcher Ben

Breuer threw just 51 pitches, while the opposing team threw more than 110 pitches. The game was fueled by nearly flawless defense and towering drives ranging from doubles to triples, and even a home run. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

student described her favorite version of Cinderella. The first-graders wrote opinion pieces, including opinion paragraphs, persuasive writing and book reviews. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

Ross Elementary

Hi! I hope everyone had an amazing spring break. (I know I did!) But now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back to school. We have DC-CAS testing from April 22 to May 1. Report cards will be issued on April 19. On April 16, there is no school because of D.C. Emancipation Day. On April 17, the St. Judeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Math-A-Thon ends. Over my spring break I visited the National Portrait Gallery to do an activity planned there. I also went to Splash Pool and to an amusement park. I went to the library to learn how to do an activity called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cups.â&#x20AC;? It was really fun. You need to learn a certain way to move the cup. Then, you can get into a group, start at the same time and pass the cups to each other. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Colyar Trimble, fifth-grader

Last Friday at Ross, we had celebrations in almost every grade, including first through fifth. Everybody had something going on! We had returned from testing that Wednesday and Thursday, so it was nice to celebrate our learning. Fifth and fourth grade had a math celebration where we showed what we know about math. We talked all about fractions in the fraction books we created! The third-graders each wrote about a notable person in history. They even dressed up as the person they studied! Some of the people were Cesar Chavez, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and Louis Armstrong. In second grade, students wrote about their favorite fairy tales. One

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Wednesday april 10 Book sale â&#x2013; Turning the Pageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12th annual Carpe Librum used-book sale will feature more than 50,000 books, CDs and DVDs. 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free admission. 1030 17th St. NW. The sale will continue daily through May 15. Concert â&#x2013;  Students from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform works by Ysaye, Scriabin, Scarlatti, Regondi and Mendelssohn as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by Martin Ganzglass on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Orange Tree,â&#x20AC;? about the unlikely friendship between an elderly Jewish woman and a young Somali Muslim caretaker. 7 p.m. Free. TenleyFriendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488 â&#x2013;  Dina Hampton will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond,â&#x20AC;? about graduates of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Red School House. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Palestine-Israel Advocacy Group will host Father Elias Chacour, who has worked for reconciliation between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. 7 p.m. Free. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202537-2228. â&#x2013;  Bowen Center faculty member Priscilla Friesen will discuss the differentiation of self in the past and present. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400. Films â&#x2013;  The CineAmericas series will feature short films from the Dominican Republic about environmental issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Primera ExpediciĂłn Educacional al Pico Duarte,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;De Espaldas al Mar,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barquitos de Papelâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Growth of Lake Enriquillo: Environmental, Social and Scientific Implications.â&#x20AC;? A discussion will follow. 6:30

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Events Entertainment p.m. Free. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016. â&#x2013; Red Wiggler Community Farm will host a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ingredients,â&#x20AC;? a documentary about organic food practices. A panel discussion will follow. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Martin SulĂ­kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gypsy.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  The American Ballet Theatre will present a mixed repertory program. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Performances will continue Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. $69 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago White Sox. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 11

Thursday april 11 Class â&#x2013; Arnaud Lucas and Corinne Merzeraud will lead an introductory workshop on tango dancing. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The class will repeat April 18 and 25 at 6:30 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  Students from the New England Conservatory of Music will perform works by Schwantner, SĂŠjournĂŠ, Cheung, JanĂĄcek and Liszt as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The International Contemporary Ensemble will present a program with composers Carla Kihlstedt and Phyllis Chen. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Lang Theatre,


adolescent passage from curious teenager to young father to morally principled hacker. 7 p.m. $30. Regal Gallery Place, 701 7th St. NW. The festival will continue through April 21 with screenings at various venues.

Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013; Neo-soul and blues musician Aaron Myers will perform with his jazz ensemble. 9 to 11 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-7892227. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sarah J. Shin will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bilingualism in Schools and Society: Language, Identity, and Policy.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-8852582. â&#x2013;  Uppsala Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stefan Hedlund will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Snow Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. Hedlund. â&#x2013;  Artist Daniel Bozhkov â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known for activating public spaces through frescoes, performances and videos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will discuss his work. 6 p.m. $5 to $10; free for students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Stacey Philbrick Yadav will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islamists and the State.â&#x20AC;? A wine reception will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solitary Genius? Debunking the Mythology of Jackson Pollock.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $10 to $12; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Kadija Sesay will discuss her book of poetry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irki.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Washington Post columnist Neil Irwin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  John Franklin of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will moderate a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Hundred Years: From the Emancipation Proclamation to the March on Washington.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.


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Thursday, april 11 â&#x2013; Discussion: Zainab Salbi will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;If You Knew Me You Would Care,â&#x20AC;? about women who have survived wars, violence and poverty. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Underwater archaeological explorer Barry Clifford will discuss his discovery of the pirate ship Whydah, which sank in 1717. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  Hans Rudolph Vaget, professor of German studies and comparative literature at Smith College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wagner and the Italian Renaissance.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. Films â&#x2013;  Local Academy Award winners Sean and Andrea Nix Fine will host a benefit presentation of their film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inocente,â&#x20AC;? a coming-of-age documentary about a teenage immigrant named Inocente Izucar. A question-and-answer session with the directors will follow. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. $15. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. â&#x2013;  The CineAmericas series will feature the 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Lucha de Ana,â&#x20AC;? followed by a question-and-answer session with director Vladimir Aboud. 6:30 p.m. Free. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016. â&#x2013;  Filmfest DC, now in its 27th year of spotlighting the best in international cinema, will open with the Australian film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underground: The Julian Assange Story,â&#x20AC;? about Assangeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s    








Performances â&#x2013; Theatre for the Very Young will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure,â&#x20AC;? about a brother and sister who use their imaginations to create adventures near their homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s porch. 10:30 a.m. $8. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Performances will continue through Tuesday. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will present a celebration of music from Italian city Mantua, a cultural â&#x20AC;&#x153;bridgeâ&#x20AC;? that connected Jews and Christians who enjoyed music, dance and theater. 6 p.m. Free. Bioethics Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, the resident dramatic organization at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School, will present the hit Broadway musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sound of Music.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $13 to $15. Frana Auditorium, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School, 2607 Military Road NW. 202-363-2316. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Reading â&#x2013;  Latino writers Fred Arroyo and Maria Melendez will read from their work. 6:30 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Friday, April 12 Friday april 12 Benefit â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village will hold its third annual benefit and auction. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Class â&#x2013;  Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will present a demonstration on cooking with fresh herbs. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. The demonstration will repeat April 18 at noon and 12:45 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Elgar and BartĂłk. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will present its Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the George Washington University Jazz Faculty Group will perform. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Phillips Hall, George Washington University, 801 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Friday Music Series will feature David and Ginger Hildebrand discussing and performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music of the War of 1812 in America.â&#x20AC;? 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, See Events/Page 39

Continued From Page 38 Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013; Musicians from the Washington International School will perform as part of the Glover Park Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Free-for-Allâ&#x20AC;? series. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. â&#x2013;  Students from Berklee College of Music will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waves of Visions,â&#x20AC;? a collaboration between pianist and composer Yakir Arbib and visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Carroll Cafe concert series will feature Ruthie & the Wranglers performing American roots music. 7:30 p.m. $15. Seekers Chuch, 276 Carroll St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present South African flugelhorn star Hugh Masekela performing world and jazz music. 8 p.m. $30 to $65. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-785-9727. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Museum of African Art and International Gallery will feature Cameroonian singersongwriter KaĂŻssa. 8 p.m. $35 to $125; tickets required. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. â&#x2013;  Harpsichordist Christophe Rousset will perform. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. â&#x2013;  The American University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform works by Brahms and Verdi. 8 to 10 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Folger Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vienna: Music for Maximilian.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $37. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The DC Tango Festival will feature Trio Las Morenas performing tangos by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. 8 p.m. $25 to $30. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 240-242-8032. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Annette Lu, former vice president of Taiwan, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Perspective for the Asia Pacific.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11 a.m. State Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  As part of the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival, curator and scholar Ann Marie Moeller will discuss the cultural meaning of a Japanese monkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kesa, or traditional robe, that is currently in the Anderson Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Elisabeth Littefield, president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corp., will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impact Investing and Sustainable Development.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW.


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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 200, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 615-423-7967. â&#x2013;  Ambassador Pierre-Henri Guignard, permanent observer of France to the Organization of American States, will discuss the tradition of diplomatic procedure and etiquette around the world. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $12. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Robin LaFevers will chat about her young adult book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Triumph,â&#x20AC;? the sequel to her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grave Mercy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Marie Arana will discuss her biography â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bolivar: American Liberator.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will screen a selection of films from the 1970s, including the anti-drug film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curious Aliceâ&#x20AC;? and the U.S. Forest Service production â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Belong to the Land.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The CineAmericas series will feature the 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;El Rey de Najayo,â&#x20AC;? followed by a question-and-answer session with director Fernando Baez. 6:30 p.m. Free. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016. â&#x2013;  The DC Tango Festival will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tango Nights at the Movies,â&#x20AC;? featuring Tulio Demicheliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1950 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arrabalera.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 240-2428032. â&#x2013;  As part of the 2013 Korean Film Festival, director Park Donghyun will introduce selections from Seoulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Experimental Film and Video Festival. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. Performances â&#x2013;  Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University will perform traditional Japanese dance to â&#x20AC;&#x153;taikoâ&#x20AC;? drumming. Noon. Free. Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts@Middayâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Mark Jaster performing mime for Arnold Schoenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pierrot Lunaire.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286. â&#x2013;  The AU in Motion dance organization will present its spring showcase. 8 to 11

sandwiches and scones. 1 to 3 p.m. $25 to $30. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. The tour will repeat Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 Saturday april 13

Friday, april 12 â&#x2013; Concert: The Kennedy Center Jazz Club will present the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. 7:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

p.m. $7 to $10. Tavern, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Visitation Masqueraders will present Stephen Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Award-winning â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Woods.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Nolan Center, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Belief + Doubtâ&#x20AC;? Poetry Showcase will feature poetry and prose readings inspired by a new Barbara Kruger exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum. 8 to 10 p.m. $10; tickets required. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. beliefdoubtpoetryshowcase.eventbrite. com.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;ImaginAsiaâ&#x20AC;? will feature an anime and manga drawing workshop. 1 and 3 p.m. Free. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. The workshop will repeat Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will celebrate poetry and jazz month. 3 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Psychotherapist and facilitator Rebecca Wilkinson will lead a workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bouncing Back: Creatively Dealing With Stress and Adversity.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-352-5225. â&#x2013;  The Greater Washington Urban League will host a Financial Fitness Seminar. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Greater Washington Urban

League Headquarters, 2901 14th St. NW. 202-265-8200, ext. 228. Concerts â&#x2013; Harpsichordist Christophe Rousset will perform works by Couperin and Rameau. 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. â&#x2013;  East River Jazz will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a Sentimental Mood,â&#x20AC;? featuring the Carl Grubbs Ensemble in a tribute to Duke Ellington collaborators Billy Strayhorn, Harry Carney, Ben Webster, Paul Gonsalves and Johnny Hodges. 3 p.m. Free. Fort Dupont Park Community Center, 3600 F St. SE. â&#x2013;  The Peoples Jazz Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth-anniversary concert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Voices in Jazz,â&#x20AC;? will feature vocalists Chad Carter, Andre Kearns, Dick Smith and James Zimmerman performing with the Davey Yarborough Ensemble. 4 p.m. $40. Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202-723-3953. â&#x2013;  Students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University will play works by Rachmaninoff, Bach, Barber, Ives, Bolcom, Mozart and Hindemith. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. See Events/Page 40

Special event â&#x2013; The Glover Park Village will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends, Fun & Foodâ&#x20AC;? get-together with games and potluck-style refreshments. 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Sporting events â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Philadelphia 76ers. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Tour â&#x2013;  Tudor Place will offer a tour of the estate and its cherry blossoms, followed by a traditional English tea ceremony with

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Continued From Page 39 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The Marlow Guitar Series will feature Marcin Dylla, a classical guitarist from Poland. 8 p.m. $25. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-6546403. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Artists featured in the new exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustainsâ&#x20AC;? will discuss contemporary textiles. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $20 to $25; registration required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Fred Hiatt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine Days.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Photographer Theron Humphrey will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maddie on Things,â&#x20AC;? a about his cross-country trip with his dog. 2 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Anacostia Community Museum and the National Portrait Gallery will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythm CafĂŠ: The Lives and Music of Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver,â&#x20AC;? a discussion about the contributions of both musicians. A performance by the Howard University Jazz Ensemble will follow. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-4844. â&#x2013;  Barbara Glickman and Valerie Brown will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington, DC.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  American University will host a symposium about President John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commencement address to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduating class in 1963. 2 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Nathaniel Rich will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odds Against Tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Family events â&#x2013;  The Washington International School

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will hold its annual Spring Bazaar. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Tregaron Campus, Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St. NW. 202-243-1800. â&#x2013; The Friends of Guy Mason Recreation Center and Playground will host an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoon Extravaganza,â&#x20AC;? featuring ice cream, a karate demonstration and a fire engine on display. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Marathon will feature all 26 episodes of the animated television series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Samurai Champloo.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. The episodes will be shown again Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Universal at 100â&#x20AC;? series will feature James Whaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1936 musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Showboat.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating a New Black Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? series, director S. Torriano Berry will join the National Gallery of Art at a screening of film shorts. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The National Museum of the American Indian will present Luke Griswold-Tergis and Cory Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smokinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fish.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Performances â&#x2013;  The Phillips Collection and Theater J will present a reading of the new play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hampton Years,â&#x20AC;? about the development of African-American artists John Biggers and Samella Lewis at Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hampton University under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee Viktor Lowenfeld. A discussion with playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton and director Shirley Serotsky will follow. 2 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations required.




Sporting events â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the New York Red Bulls. 7 p.m. $26 to $55. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.

Sunday, april 14 â&#x2013; Concert: The In Series will present Peruvian baritone Jose SacĂ­n as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaret Latino,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of Latino songs and singers. 3 p.m. $16 to $28. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m.

Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013; The Westside Club of Georgetown and Caron Treatment Centers will present Tara Handronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-woman play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drunk With Hope in Chicago,â&#x20AC;? about a woman named Hope and other female alcoholics of various ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. 7 p.m. $20. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. â&#x2013;  Choreographer Daniel Phoenix Singh will lead his company in a performance that blends classical Indian dance and modern dance. 8 p.m. $8 to $22. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The New Orleans Bingo! Show and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will present a multimedia stage show celebrating the culture of New Orleans with a program of black-andwhite silent films, aerialists, dancers, clowns and bingo games. Music ensemble Noisician Coalition, burlesque group Fleur De Tease, Mystic Ponies Aerial Troupe,


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Walks and tours â&#x2013; A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free African-Americans, at 1 p.m. $8 to $10 for one tour; $12 to $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacecivilwartour. â&#x2013;  Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Blossom Secrets Stroll,â&#x20AC;? about how 3,000 Japanese cherry trees arrived in the U.S. capital in the spring of 1912. 2 p.m. $15; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meet at the Independence Avenue exit to the Smithsonian Metro station. 202-4841565. Sunday, April 14

Sunday april 14 Classes â&#x2013; The Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Routes: A Day of Jewish Learning,â&#x20AC;? featuring speakers on topics from comedy to community. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $18 to $25. Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The Body You Want will present a metabolic acceleration class. 11 to 11:45 a.m. Free; requested donation of four pounds of lean protein (natural peanut butter or canned chicken, tuna or salmon). 1070 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-3161457. The class will repeat April 21 and 28. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will perform. 3 p.m. $5; free for students. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir will perform. 4 p.m. Free. St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 1514 15th St. NW. 301-320-2311. â&#x2013;  The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brass, Brahms, and Britten.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $35. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-244-3669. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Camerata and National Gallery of Art String Quartet will perform works by Beethoven. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Concert Series will feature members of the Washington National Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program performing semi-staged ensembles and arias from popular operas. 5 p.m. $15 to $30. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St.

NW. 202-338-1796. â&#x2013; New York-based organist Benjamin Sheen will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202537-2228. â&#x2013;  Students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music will play works by composers Lutoslawski, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Villa-Lobos as part of the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conservatory Project. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble will perform excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patience.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Parishioner Andrew Clarke, a native of County Roscommon in Ireland, will discuss the history of the Cross of Cong and its relevance to the church in Ireland during the 12th century. 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kaddish,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;America, Israel and the Jewsâ&#x20AC;? as part of a series of events marking Temple Micahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-342-9175. â&#x2013;  Illustrator Simon Tofield will present his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cat in Kitten Chaos.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Steven McLeod Bedford, principal architectural historian at the Louis Berger Group and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Russell Pope: Architect of Empire,â&#x20AC;? will discuss Popeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and work, which includes the Jefferson Memorial and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. â&#x2013;  Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art and professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In and Out of Time: Curating Architectureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  New Republic contributing editor Evgeny Morozov will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Poets Holly Bass, Fred Joiner, Toni Asante Lightfoot and Hermine Pinson will speak at a celebration for Emancipation Day, which commemorates the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Films â&#x2013;  The National Museum of Women in the Arts will screen Susanne Bierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a Better Worldâ&#x20AC;? as part of its Contemporary Danish Film Series. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art and See Events/Page 42


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one of North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful cabinet shops prior to the Civil War, will open Friday at the Renwick Gallery and continue through July 28. Located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; The Newseum will open two shows Friday to commemorate the 60th-anniversary year of President John F. Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assassination and continue them through Jan. 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Loweâ&#x20AC;? offers behind-the-scenes images taken by the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal photographer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Shots Were Firedâ&#x20AC;? examines how the news media reported the events that followed Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for

seniors, students and military personnel; $12.95 for ages 7 through 18; and free for children ages 6 and younger. 888-639-7386. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains,â&#x20AC;? exploring the intersection of traditional and contemporary textile traditions, will open Friday at the Textile Museum and continue through Oct. 13. Located at 2320 S St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. A donation of $8 is suggested. 202667-0441. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trash,â&#x20AC;? featuring art made from found objects by Reynaldo â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quinnessentialâ&#x20AC;? Quinn and Chuck Baxter, will open Saturday at Off-Rhode Gallery at Art Enables and continue through April 26. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will take place Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-554-9455. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Color Causality: Action and Reaction,â&#x20AC;? featuring layered paintings by Dupont Circle artist Shaun Rabah, opened recently at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, where it will continue through May 4. An opening reception will take

A new Renwick Gallery exhibit features furniture made by North Carolina craftsman Thomas Day. place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iva Gueorguieva,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multimedia prints and collages, opened recently at George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, where it will continue through May 3. An artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception will take place Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Located at 805 21st St. NW on the second floor, the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-994-1525.

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ALA Hispanic Theatre will present Luis Caballeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bilingual musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Storyâ&#x20AC;? April 18 through May 26. The bilingual musical provides a look at the star


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baseball outfielder who battled triumphantly on the field and against discrimination. Caballero explains why the first Latin American player elected to the Hall of Fame was so admired and loved for his talents and generosity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the barrios of Puerto Rico to his fateful flight to Nicaragua to deliver humanitarian aid. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $42. GALA is located at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174; â&#x2013; Faction of Fools Theatre Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lady Becomes Him,â&#x20AC;? a new show based on a classic farce, April 18 through May 12 at Gallaudet Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eastman Studio Theatre. In 17th-century Italy, two young lovers resort to magic to aid their thwarted affairs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and plunge the city of Naples into chaos through misdirection, mistaken identities and mutually assured embarrassment. Acrobatics, live music, sign language, slapstick and theatrical sleight-of-hand provide 90 minutes of off-thewall physical comedy. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $25. Eastman Studio Theatre is located in the Elstad Annex at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama school will close its 75th-anniversary season with a production of local playwright Ken Ludwigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare in Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;? April 18 through 26 at the Hartke Theatre.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Storyâ&#x20AC;? will run April 18 through May 26 at GALA Theatre. When Oberon and Puck magically materialize on the 1934 Hollywood set of Max Reinhardtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Midsummer Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream,â&#x20AC;? they become enchanted by the glitzy world of showbiz â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and look to make it big on the silver screen. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $5 to $15. Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hartke Theatre is located at 3801 Harewood Road NW. 202-319-5358; â&#x2013; Arena Stage has extended the world premiere of Tazewell Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary T. & Lizzy K.,â&#x20AC;? the first production of Arena Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project,â&#x20AC;? through May 5 in the Kogod Cradle. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300;

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Continued From Page 40 Austrian Cultural Forum will host the Washington premiere of Jem Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Museum Hoursâ&#x20AC;? and a discussion with the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director Jem Cohen. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013; The Capital City Symphonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera! Scenes and Songsâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a semi-staged concert reduction of Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Bohème.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. $16 to $25; free for children ages 16 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  The collective LYGO D.C. will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Stavros Halkias, David Tveite and others. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Desperados, 1342 U St. NW. Special events â&#x2013;  Stop the Silence Inc. will hold its

Events Entertainment 10th annual 8K race to raise awareness of child sexual abuse. 9 a.m. $35 to $40. Freedom Plaza, 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. â&#x2013; The Interfaith Meditation Initiative will present a meditation session guided by Islamic and Bahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i leaders. 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Free. D.C. Bahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i Center, 5713 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Students from McLean High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Living History Program will re-create a day in the life of late-18th-century Washington. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $4 to $5; free for students. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  The Museum of the American Cocktail will host a seminar by cocktail expert Luke Johnson on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chasing Dr. Silvius: The Story of Gin Through Five Cocktails.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. $45 to $50; reservations suggested. Occidental Grill and Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Monday, April 15

Monday april 15 Concerts â&#x2013; The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will host a musical presentation by Murray Howder on orchestral masterpieces. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United

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Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013; The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa will host the book launch of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redeeming the Past: My Journey From Freedom Fighter to Healerâ&#x20AC;? by Father Michael Lapsley. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  A D.C. Emancipation Day program will feature a talk by John Muller, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 310, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271261. â&#x2013;  Victoria Brittain will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology architecture professor John Ochsendorf will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art of Structural Tile,â&#x20AC;? about the engineering genius of the Rafael Guastavino family. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The Tenleytown Historical Society will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War Defenses of Washington, D.C.,â&#x20AC;? featuring B.F. Cooling and Gary Thompson, co-founders of a nonprofit that works with the National Park Service to better preserve the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forts and educate visitors. 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and author Timothy Noah will discuss todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy and prospects for the future in conversation with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. 7 p.m. $10. Meeting House, Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  David Downie will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Montgomery Clift â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hollywood Enigmaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Alfred Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Confess.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321


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and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-8853780. ■ The Historical Society of Washington, D.C, will host a D.C. Emancipation Day book talk by Lucinda Prout Janke, author of “A Guide to Civil War Washington, D.C.: The Capital of the Union.” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. ■ NASA scientist Pamela Conrad will discuss “Extraterrestrial Real Estate: Measuring Habitability on Mars With the Curiosity Rover.” 11:30 a.m. Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-7450. ■ The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by environmental expert Marcus Sarofim on climate science and observed trends in the United States. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. ■ Washington Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty will discuss current events and major national news stories. 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. ■ Ben Katchor, the first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, will discuss his new graphic narrative, “HandDrying in America.” 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877987-6487. ■ Jennifer Gilmore will discuss her novel “The Mothers.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ In honor of D.C. Emancipation Day, Tudor Place will screen the Emmynominated documentary “Traces of the Trade,” followed by a discussion with director Katrina Browne. 1 p.m. $10 to $12. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. ■ As part of this year’s Filmfest DC, the Inter-American Development Bank will present the D.C. premiere of “7 Boxes,” the most successful film of all time in Paraguay. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. Special event ■ The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will host a blacktop picnic to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Noon to 2 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Toronto Maple Leafs. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Wednesday, April 17

Wednesday april 17 Concerts ■ The Washington Balalaika Society will present a performance with Russian folk instruments. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. ■ Pianist Nima Sarkechik will perform music by French composers written between 1815 and 1915. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue


NW. 202-842-6941. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Bach, Gilière and D’Rivera. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ The Embassy Series will feature tenor Rafal Bartminski and pianist George Peachey performing works by Strauss, Schubert and other composers. 7:30 p.m. $85. Embassy of Poland, 2640 16th St. NW. 202-625-2361. ■ Stile Antico will perform masterpieces from the golden age of choral music, including works by Praetorius, Gombert, Palestrina, Gibbons, de Ceballos and Tallis. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. Discussions and lectures ■ Landscape architect Kim Mathews, principal of Mathews Nielsen, will discuss “Smart Growth: Smart, Green, and Connected.” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Mexican human rights activists Alberto Xicotencatl and Silvia Grijalva will discuss the risks and challenges they face in their work. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Jean Edward Smith, a visiting professor at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “Eisenhower in War and Peace.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202337-2288. ■ Veteran journalist Peter Eichstaedt will discuss his book “Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future — and Why America Should Listen.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. ■ John DeFerrari, editor of the Streets of Washington blog, will discuss the historic bridges of Rock Creek Park. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. ■ Ori Z. Soltes, resident scholar in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will discuss “Mothers and Sons” by Colm Toíbín. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. ■ Wharton School professor Adam M. Grant will discuss his book “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performances ■ National finalists for the Ten-Minute Play Award will perform their works as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Story League will hold a storytelling contest focused on tales of illness and injuries, with a $100 prize for the funniest story. 9 to 11 p.m. $10. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Special events ■ Heavenly Spirits Importers will present “Cognac vs. Armagnac Tasting.” 7 p.m. $20 to $30. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will host a trivia night and its sixth annual pickle-eating contest, along with a kosher dinner and drinks. 7 p.m. $15 to $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.

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Kent, DC $1,295,000

Wesley Heights, DC $3,895,000

North Potomac, MD $1,030,000

Potomac, MD $799,000

Lovely 6-bedroom Colonial with beautifully landscaped grounds. Flexible floor plan and full of light.

Exquisite new construction! Private setting adjacent to park. 4 finished levels (7,200 SF), 2 or 3 car garage.

Gorgeous Mitchell & Best colonial on .86 ac. in Potomac Chase backing to farmland. 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths.

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Katrina Schymik 202.441.3982

Silvia Radice 202.552.5612

Observatory Circle, DC $330,000

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4-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouse offers 2,600 SF of living space, hardwood floors, gas fireplace & more!

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Katrina Schymik 202.441.3982

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Arlington, VA $1,125,000

Rockville, MD $345,000

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Beautiful new construction in great location. 4,200+ SF, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths. High-end finishes throughout.

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End unit townhome with renovated kitchen & baths. Lower family room with fireplace walks out to patio.

Charming home across from Saint Paul Park. Large eat-in kitchen. Wonderful deck and private yard.

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Joan Caton Cromwell 202.441.8912

Rina Kunk 202.489.9011

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Bryce, VA $202,900

Kensington, MD $445,000

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A Bryce Resort property that exudes rustic charm in a quiet mountain setting. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths.

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