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Vol. XI, No. 20
So far, ANCs wary of visitor pass
■ Parking: Evans seeks input
on pilot program’s expansion By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer
Ward 2 advisory neighborhood commissions are weighing in on whether they want to participate in a visitor parking permit program, in response to a request for feedback from D.C. Council member Jack
Evans. So far, the two commissions that have voted on the issue — in Dupont Circle and Logan Circle — have unanimously asked to opt out of a program that could grant residents an annual visitor parking pass. Evans asked neighborhood commissions for input on visitor parking after the D.C. Department of Transportation adopted emergency rulemaking in July that gave the agency authority to expand the sys-
tem — which currently exists in pilot form — citywide as funding allows. The department is currently weighing options on how to implement the expanded program. The pilot program provides residents in parts of wards 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 with yearly visitor parking placards that allow guests to park on residentially zoned streets for more than two hours. In addition to accommodating guests, the passes See Parking/Page 30
South Korea reacquires Logan mansion By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
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S Street resident Travis Hatch opened his home to tourgoers during Sunday’s 45th annual Dupont House Tour, which was sponsored by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association.
An elegant 135-year-old mansion on Logan Circle has returned to its roots. The building served as Korea’s first embassy here in the late 19th century before being seized by the Japanese in 1910 and sold off as a private residence. Now, 15 Logan Circle is back in the hands of the South Korean government and destined to become a cultural center or perhaps a museum of the diplomatic history of the Republic of Korea and the United States. A bevy of South Korean officials and KoreanAmericans closed the loop in an unusual deed-signing ceremony at the National Press Club last Thursday. “Although we’re not able to recover all history stolen from us by the Japanese imperialists, this Korean Empire legation building miraculously survived,” said Kim Chan of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. “For us, this is a very meaningful and historic day.” See Logan/Page 12
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The mansion was Korea’s first embassy in the United States. Japan seized it in 1910, and it became a private residence.
Effort aims to get more student representation
Mendelson, elections board clash over charter proposals
By BRADY HOLT
■ Ballot: Measure’s wording
Current Staff Writer
An unusually high number of university students are seeking advisory neighborhood commission seats this year, part of an organized citywide effort to boost students’ voices in local government. Three students are seeking seats in and around George Washington University, two are vying for spots representing the Georgetown University campus, and three are running for districts in and around American University. An American University student is also seeking a Ward 5 seat. The initiative was spearheaded by the DC Students Speak group. Organization president Michael Panek, a junior at American University, said in an interview that he has attended community meetings in which various
NEWS Washington Latin presents plans for new campus
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is subject of disagreement Photo courtesy of Peter Prindiville
Peter Prindiville is one of two students at Georgetown University running for seats on the local advisory neighborhood commission.
residents criticize students because, he believes, they’ve noticed them only when the students are being disruptive. “Some people floated the idea that students are second-class citizens, ... that we don’t really deserve the same level of representation and respect,” said Panek, See Students/Page 32
EVENTS As Election Day nears, Arts Center to stage ‘Nightmerica’
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By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and the city’s elections board are at odds over the meaning of two charter amendments that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Taken together, the amendments would make any council member or mayor who is convicted of a felony ineligible to continue holding the office. A summary of the amend-
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ments written up by the D.C. Board of Elections says the convicted party would also be “ineligible to ever hold the office again.” Mendelson, however, says the council never intended for a lifetime ban — instead, the intent was simply to remove the person from the currently held position. “The summary statement speaks to a lifetime ban, but I think the summary statement’s incorrect,” he said. “I’ve heard from some folks who are critical of the lifetime ban. We do have a belief in our society that a person who has done his time can See Charter/Page 15
INDEX Business/9 Calendar/36 Classifieds/45 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/13 Exhibits/39
In Your Neighborhood/8 Opinion/10 Police Report/6 Real Estate/30 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/42
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Arts panel backs plans for Washington Latin By ELIZABETH WIENER
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The week ahead Thursday, Oct. 25
CentroNía bilingual multicultural education center will hold an open house for parents interested in its early childhood program for ages 2.5 through 4 and its multidisciplinary afterschool program for ages 5 through 8. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1288 Upshur St. NW. For details, call 202-726-1275. ■ DC Voice and other public education advocacy groups will hold a candidates forum in the D.C. Council at-large race. The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, 474 Ridge St. NW. ■ D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will hold an “All-Parks Town Hall” meeting to discuss how residents can work with the National Park Service to enliven D.C.’s green spaces and adapt them to the needs to their neighborhoods. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
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Washington Latin Public Charter School’s permanent home will have a big new gym, library/media space, separate entrances for the upper and middle school, and a tree-lined outdoor “forum” where students will gather, under plans presented to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last week. The commission, which reviews designs for D.C. schools and other municipal and federal buildings, unanimously endorsed Latin’s plan for “adaptive reuse” of the now-closed Rudolph Elementary School at 5210 2nd St. NW. “We like the concept,” said chair Earl “Rusty” Powell. But the project must proceed on a very fast track. The high-performing charter school is now spread among three separate sites along 16th Street, and the facilities lack a gym, large meeting room and outdoor space. Leaders want to have Rudolph, which has been vacant for several years, ready to welcome the entire middle and upper school by next August. Thus the transformation of the old elementary school into a middle and high school will proceed in phases. The first phase will include renovation of the 1939 redbrick school building, demolition of what architect Sean O’Donnell called an “ill-conceived 1968 addition,” and construction of the basic box of a modern gym. The second phase — “predicated on funding,” O’Donnell said — will include building the library and media center, and completion of the gym with locker space and other facilities on the north side of the block-long site. Latin currently occupies “a diffuse campus, deficient in outdoor space, housed up and down 16th Street,” O’Donnell told the commission. Current space on the scattered sites totals about 31,000 square feet, while the transformed Rudolph will offer 75,000 square feet on five acres, including two large playing fields. Although the school will more than double its square footage, the current enrollment of 598 will expand only to a maximum of 650, said head of school Martha Cutts. “We’re not planning a big increase,” she said in an interview, adding that the school wants to offer better facilities — indoors and out — for its students. The current front steps of Rudolph on 2nd Street are not accessible to the disabled. So O’Donnell also wants to add a gentle entrance ramp that would create a small
Friday, Oct. 26 Bill Petros/The Current
Washington Latin Public Charter School is moving into the former Rudolph Elementary School building, above, which will undergo renovations.
“amphitheater” of seats in its curve. He also noted that the school, near the eastern edge of Ward 4, is a short walk from the Fort Totten Metro station and well-located for students from across the city. Latin prides itself on offering students from all eight wards of the city a “rigorous classical education,” with all students taking Latin and French or Mandarin, as well as a full college prep curriculum. It opened in a church on Massachusetts Avenue in 2006, with 179 students in grades five through seven, and added a grade a year as it spread out — adding makeshift space — along upper 16th Street. All 42 students in the first graduating class last June were accepted to colleges. Amid the ongoing competition for space among charter schools — and especially for space in the city’s many “surplused” public schools — Latin in July won the right to a 25-year lease for Rudolph, with an option to renew. The city provides charter schools $3,000 per pupil per year to pay for facilities, but Cutts said the school also expects to take out loans and seek donations to pay for the ambitious renovation and expansion project. The fine arts panel seemed inclined to help the school meet its hurry-up timetable. “I’m thinking we could let the architects finish it up, and delegate final approval to staff,” said Powell.
The Tregaron Conservancy will present a talk by landscape historian Judith Tankard on “The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman.” The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Tregaron Estate mansion on the Washington International School campus, 3100 Macomb St. NW. Admission is free, but reservations are required; visit tregaronconservancy.org.
Saturday, Oct. 27
McEnearney Associates Inc. will hold a free shredding and electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon at its D.C. office, 4315 50th St. NW. For details, contact email@example.com.
Monday, Oct. 29
DC Voice and other public education advocacy groups will hold a candidates forum in the D.C. Council chairman’s race. The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, 474 Ridge St. NW. ■ The Crestwood Neighborhood League will hold a candidates forum in the D.C. Council at-large, chairman’s and Ward 4 races. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 4850 Blagden Ave. NW.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
District Digest Task force will work on streetcar plans
A newly appointed task force will identify possible funding sources for the Districtâ€™s 37-mile streetcar plan, the mayorâ€™s office announced Thursday. The 14-member panel will report back to the mayor with construction and operation cost estimates and timelines, potential sources for financing construction, and possible governance structures for completing and operating the streetcar system, according to a news release.
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Education official leaves for New York
D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Deâ€™Shawn Wright has been named the deputy secretary for education in New York state, officials announced Thursday. Wright worked in New York City and for the state of New Jersey before taking the D.C. post in January 2011. His chief of staff, Jennifer Leonard, will take over as interim deputy mayor next month and serve through the 2014 budgetplanning process.
Tenley polling place relocating to church
Residents of Precinct 31 will vote in the multipurpose room of St. Columbaâ€™s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St., on Nov. 6 following a decision from the city Board of Elections. The board had moved the location to Janney Elementary School for the April primary because the church was unavailable on that day.
Drinkers can get free Halloween taxi rides
Partiers who drink on Halloween can get a free cab ride, up to a $30
fare, between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. through the SoberRide program. Call 800-200-TAXI to request the ride. The program is administered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program.
Tree-planting season is now under way
The District is working to plant 5,400 trees through late spring of 2013, having officially kicked off the tree-planting season Friday, according to a news release. The Urban Forestry Administration has already planted 1,000 trees so far this fall; when complete, the season will represent a record number of trees planted, the release states. Visit ddot.dc.gov/ trees for a map and schedule.
Preservation office seeks nominations
The D.C. Historic Preservation Office is seeking nominees for its annual awards, which recognize preservation initiatives and the people and groups behind them. Through Nov. 2, residents can download a nomination form for the â€œExcellence in Historic Preservationâ€? awards in six categories: archaeology, design and construction, education, stewardship, lifetime achievement, and volunteerism/community involvement. Visit tinyurl.com/hpo-form-2013 to download the form.
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Council grants parent-run programs reprieve on rent By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer
A city policy that recently put a language program at Lafayette Elementary at risk has now inspired new legislation, along with a call for the city to rework its rules for rentals of school space. Last week the D.C. Council unanimously passed an emergency bill from Ward 3 member Mary Cheh, which allows before-school Spanish classes to continue at Lafayette. Parents had worried the popular program would have to fold due to recently enforced $1,000 monthly rental fees. While the new bill was â€œcertainly crafted to coverâ€? the Lafayette program, Cheh said, it will have a broader impact across the city. The legislation prohibits the District from charging rent to parentrun nonprofit enrichment programs that take place before or after school
in D.C. Public Schools building space. Though the legislation was passed â€œas emergency and temporary, to carry us through the school year,â€? Cheh said, it sets up a foundation for the future. The bill includes a directive for the D.C. Department of General Services, requiring the agency to develop new procedures for these types of enrichment programs by March. For Chehâ€™s office, the struggles of the Spanish program at Lafayette helped underscore the need to revamp the existing rules. Parents first developed the offering 14 years ago to compensate for Lafayetteâ€™s lack of foreign-language instruction, according to current parent organizer Julie Stewart. The program, which has enrolled about 85 kids this year and hired nine teachers, uses space in the Chevy Chase school building three mornings a See Lafayette/Page 15
Bowling alley planned for Georgetown mall By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
A small chain of upscale restaurants that feature bowling and bocce plans to open its first East Coast location in the Shops at Georgetown Park mall in the second or third quarter of 2013, the companyâ€™s founder said yesterday. Pinstripes, which has three locations in the Chicago area and one outside Minneapolis, will offer â€œsophisticated funâ€? in its Georgetown location, Dale Schwartz said in an interview. â€œThe ambiance and the
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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Oct. 14 through 21 in local police service areas.
psa PSA 101 101 â– downtown
Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â– 14th Street and Constitution Avenue; unspecified premises; 8:20 a.m. Oct. 18. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1100 block, G St.; unspecified premises; 5:50 a.m. Oct. 17. â– 500 block, 14th St.; government building; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18. â– 600 block, 13th St.; unspecified premises; 3:06 p.m. Oct. 21. Theft (below $250) â– 600 block, Independence Ave. SW; unspecified premises; 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15. â– 600 block, 13th St.; office building; 6 p.m. Oct. 15. â– 700 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. Oct. 17. â– 900 block, E St.; parking lot; 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18. â– 1200 block, G St.; store; 1:18 p.m. Oct. 18. â– 800 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 5:45 p.m. Oct. 19.
psa PSA 207 207
â– foggy bottom / west end
Robbery (gun) â– 1100 block, 21st St.; parking lot; 8:33 p.m. Oct. 19. Robbery (force and violence) â– 1400 block, K St.; sidewalk; 5:50 p.m. Oct. 21. Robbery (fear) â– Roosevelt Bridge; unspecified premises and time; Oct. 15. Robbery (snatch) â– 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; sidewalk; 12:08 a.m. Oct. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â– 1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:20 p.m. Oct. 15. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â– 1700 block, I St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2:24 a.m. Oct. 16. Burglary â– 2300 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 4:52 p.m. Oct. 15. â– 1000 block, 17th St.; office building; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:29 p.m. Oct. 21. Theft (below $250) â– 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 9:41 a.m. Oct. 15. â– 1700 block, F St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1700 block, K St.; sidewalk; 2:50 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 10:13 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 500 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 12:50 a.m. Oct. 17.
â– 1700 block, G St.; medical facility; 10:05 a.m. Oct. 17. â– 900 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; noon Oct. 17. â– 2100 block, K St.; office building; 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. â– 1400 block, I St.; office building; 9:29 a.m. Oct. 18. â– 2100 block, G St.; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. Oct. 19. â– 800 block, 17th St.; office building; 2 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 1900 block, I St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:33 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 2100 block, L St.; sidewalk; 9 a.m. Oct. 20. â– 2500 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 2 p.m. Oct. 20. â– 300 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 6:45 p.m. Oct. 20. â– 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; hotel; 10:30 p.m. Oct. 20. â– 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 10:42 p.m. Oct. 20. â– 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:49 p.m. Oct. 21. Theft (shoplifting) â– 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 5:43 p.m. Oct. 20. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 2600 block, Virginia Ave.; unspecified premises; 11 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 900 block, 21st St.; street; 12:45 a.m. Oct. 21. â– 1100 block, 26th St.; unspecified premises; 6:40 p.m. Oct. 21.
PSA 208 dupont circle
Robbery (force and violence) â– 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 4 a.m. Oct. 21. Stolen auto â– 1600 block, N St.; street; 6:15 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; sidewalk; 2:27 a.m. Oct. 20. Theft (below $250) â– 19th and M streets; unspecified premises; 4:15 p.m. Oct. 14. â– 1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6 p.m. Oct. 17. â– 1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 9:43 p.m. Oct. 18. â– 1600 block, 19th St.; residence; 8 a.m. Oct. 19. â– 2000 block, Hillyer Place; alley; 5:39 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:49 a.m. Oct. 20. Theft (shoplifting) â– 1200 block, 22nd St.; unspecified premises; 3:35 p.m. Oct. 19. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 6:13 p.m. Oct. 15. â– 16th and O streets; street; 11:05 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1700 block, Q St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18. â– 2000 block, Hillyer Place; alley; 4:59 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 1500 block, 17th St.;
unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Oct. 20.
psa PSA 301 301
â– Dupont circle
Robbery (force and violence) â– 16th and R streets; sidewalk; 12:31 a.m. Oct. 16. â– 14th and U streets; street; 2:28 a.m. Oct. 21. Burglary â– 1700 block, S St.; residence; 7:30 a.m. Oct. 18. Stolen auto â– 1800 block, T St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Theft (below $250) â– 1800 block, 14th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 12:52 a.m. Oct. 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 14th and V streets; unspecified premises; 12:13 p.m. Oct. 15. â– 1800 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1600 block, Corcoran St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Oct. 16. â– Johnson Avenue and S Street; unspecified premises; 2:45 p.m. Oct. 17. â– 1600 block, Riggs Place; unspecified premises; 11:43 a.m. Oct. 18. â– 1700 block, 15th St.; street; 7:38 p.m. Oct. 18. â– 15th and Corcoran streets; street; 10 p.m. Oct. 18. â– 1500 block, Corcoran St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 16th and Corcoran streets; unspecified premises; 3 p.m. Oct. 21.
PSA 303 â– adams morgan Robbery (gun) â– 1600 block, Belmont St.; sidewalk; 12:44 a.m. Oct. 15. Robbery (armed) â– 20th Street and Belmont Road; street; 5:36 a.m. Oct. 20. Robbery (force and violence) â– 1600 block, Fuller St.; sidewalk; 2:30 a.m. Oct. 14. Robbery (snatch) â– 18th Street and Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 10 p.m. Oct. 20. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â– 2300 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2:24 a.m. Oct. 21. Burglary â– 2500 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Burglary (attempt) â– 1700 block, Columbia Road; office building; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Stolen auto â– 2400 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21. Theft (below $250) â– 1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 2:31 p.m. Oct. 14. â– 1800 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 6:08
p.m. Oct. 15. â– 1700 block, Columbia Road; medical facility; 12:27 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1600 block, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 4:13 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1800 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 2400 block, 20th St.; storage facility; 10:02 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1800 block, Kalorama Road; residence; 4 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 1600 block, Kalorama Road; grocery store; 6:15 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:40 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 12:45 a.m. Oct. 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– Columbia Road and Euclid Street; street; 8:17 p.m. Oct. 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1700 block, Florida Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:12 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 2500 block, Mozart Place; street; 11:48 a.m. Oct. 17. â– 16th Street and Florida Avenue; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. Oct. 18. â– 1800 block, Ontario Place; street; 7 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 18th and U streets; unspecified premises; 3 a.m. Oct. 20. Theft from auto (attempt) â– 1700 block, Kalorama Road; unspecified premises; 1:59 a.m. Oct. 18.
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Robbery (force and violence) â– 1300 block, R St.; sidewalk; 2:27 a.m. Oct. 21. Stolen auto â– 1200 block, 12th St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Oct. 19. â– 1200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1200 block, M St.; residence; 4 p.m. Oct. 17. Theft (below $250) â– 1400 block, 9th St.; restaurant; 2 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1000 block, Rhode Island Ave.; liquor store; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. â– 1000 block, N St.; street; 6:17 p.m. Oct. 18. â– 900 block, S St.; parking lot; 10 p.m. Oct. 19. â– 1200 block, 10th St.; sidewalk; 12:01 a.m. Oct. 20. â– 1100 block, Q St.; residence; 5:01 p.m. Oct. 20. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1500 block, Kingman Place; street; 9:20 a.m. Oct. 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1700 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 8:20 p.m. Oct. 15. â– 1400 block, 11th St.; street; 7:17 p.m. Oct. 17. â– 1200 block, M St.; street; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 19. â– 1300 block, Riggs St.; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. Oct. 20.
Wednesday, OCTOber 24, 2012
Demolition scheduled for Glenbrook Road house to allow for cleanup Current Staff Report The long-awaited demolition of the house at 4825 Glenbrook Road is expected to start in early November, with excavation of the site taking place over the next year. The timeline was announced at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board, the panel that coordinates community involvement in the cleanup of World War I-era chemical weapons debris in
the area. The Glenbrook Road house, owned by American University, is believed to sit atop a pit of hazardous materials. Experts think the pit was disturbed when the home was built there in the early 1990s. Two investigations of the property during the past decade have uncovered considerable munitions, glassware and contaminated soil, said demolition project manager Brenda
Barber. More are likely to be found once the house is torn down, she said. Various issues have delayed the demolition, including complications in securing an agreement between American University and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Barber said that the property has now been divided into two zones — one with a high probability of containing hazardous materials, and one with lower probability.
The first step will be to demolish the house itself down to the basement floor, then start cleaning up most of the “low-probability” areas. Soil will be removed down to the bedrock. If any highly toxic items are found in these areas, work will stop immediately, Barber said. Work on “high-probability” areas is expected to start in January and last through next See Glenbrook/Page 35
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In Your Neighborhood ANC 1C ANCMorgan 1c Adams â– adams morgan
â€œI am very proud of the support my campaign has received in the press. But the BEST endorsements have come from YOU, the residents of Ward 4. On November 6, I ask that you return me to the DC Council so that I can continue the progress that we have made together."
â€œThe Washington Postâ€? Â„ â€œWashington City Paperâ€? â€œThe Northwest Currentâ€? Â„ Jonetta Rose Barras, â€œWashington Examinerâ€? Ward 4 Democrats Â„ H.O.T.E.L Organization to Elect Leaders Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Â„ UNITE HERE Local 25 Washington, DC Association of Realtors Â„ DC NOW Laborersâ€™ Union Local 657 Â„ Gertrude Stein Democratic Club DC Chamber of Commerce Â„ Latino PAC of Washington Caribbean-American PAC Â„ Sierra Club DC Building Industry Association Â„ AFL-CIO
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At the commissionâ€™s Oct. 3 meeting: â– commissioners heard an announcement that commissioner Adian Miller has resigned as she and her husband have moved to Chicago. â– commission treasurer Kathy Boettrich said the city is withholding an allotment of approximately $4,500 because the commissionâ€™s second quarterâ€™s financial report, due May 30, was late. She said there are at least three other commissions with a similar problem, and all are appealing the withholding. In years past, she added, there had never been such penalties. â– commissioner Marty Davis announced that there will be a recycling event with a shredding truck and dumpster on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marie Reed Learning Center. Davis also announced that Community Vision Adams Morgan will create a website on the history of Adams Morgan, and plans to hold a meeting at the Kalorama Recreation Center on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. â– Kalorama Citizens Association president Denis James said the commissionâ€™s finances should be more transparent, and commission treasurer Kathy Boettrich replied that there is a financial report available on the D.C. auditorâ€™s website. James also said he considered it inappropriate to allow at-large D.C. Council member Michael Brown to address the commission shortly before the election without including other candidates. â– guest speaker at-large D.C. Council member Michael Brown told commissioners that new residents coming to the city are putting a strain on its affordable-housing stock. Gentrification is â€œnot a bad thing,â€? he said, if it doesnâ€™t force out low-income residents. Brown said the city has become more effective in enforcing a requirement for firms that receive city assistance to hire D.C. residents as the majority of their workforce since his committee rewrote the law. When Kalorama Citizens Association president Denis James said the city should stop giving companies tax breaks, Brown responded that the District must be competitive with Maryland and Virginia. Former commissioner Chris Otten said the new Adams Morgan hotel will push up rents and force out â€œmom and popâ€? businesses, and Brown responded that the hotel will be a job source for many local residents. â– commissioners voted 5-2, with commissioners Stacey Moye and Olivier Kamanda opposed, to approve a future grant of $1,000 toward the restoration of the Pueblo Desmuralizado Mural at the Kogibow Bakery at 1817 Adams Mill Road. Kristen Barden, executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District, said
the District of Columbia Arts Center has offered to help finance the restoration if enough funds are raised elsewhere. â– commissioner Marty Davis said a local kickball group represented by Laura Clarkson would have a â€œtrial runâ€? within the next two weeks to see if evening games are appropriate at Walter Pierce Park. The main potential problems are excessive noise from a generator for lighting and wear and tear on the field. Commissioner Stacey Moye added that the group has not been â€œgood about picking up the trashâ€? when using the park during daylight hours. Clarkson said the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation has indicated it would only issue a permit if the commission recommends it. â– commissioners voted unanimously to support Adams Morgan Main Street Groupâ€™s application to beautify a decommissioned fire service call box at the corner of Ontario and Kalorama roads. â– commissioners voted 4-3, with commissioners Marty Davis, Kathy Boettrich and Steve Lanning opposed, to support historic landmark designation for the Arthur and Mary Baker House at 1767 Lanier Place. The Historic Preservation Review Board plans a hearing on the issue on Oct. 25. The site is being considered for development into a condominium. The 1884 property is the oldest house in Lanier Heights. Andi Adams, an architectural historian representing the buildingâ€™s ownership, said the house does not meet the designated criteria for historical designation since the original building has been so altered. She said the house did not influence the neighborhoodâ€™s development, nor â€œis it a great design.â€? Designating it historic would be â€œa misuse of the historic preservation process,â€? Adams argued. Laura Trieschmann, an architectural historian who worked on the application, strongly disagreed and said the house did influence and reflect the development of Lanier Heights, as did a significant 1912 alteration. Several neighbors of the building spoke in support of landmark application. â– commissioners voted 5-0-1, with commissioner Olivier Kamanda abstaining, not to oppose a reduction in the planned distance between the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist, building and the proposed 168,858-square-foot new Adams Morgan hotel. The project architect said the hotel â€œwill look like a separate buildingâ€? from the church. â– commissioners voted unanimously to approve a new voluntary agreement between Mellow Mushroom, the commission, the Kalorama Citizens Association and the ReedCooke Neighborhood Association. A previous voluntary agreement had banned Mellow Mushroom from having a sidewalk cafe at 2436 18th St. Thanks to the widening of the sidewalk due to an extensive
streetscape project, the commission and the neighborhood groups no longer oppose a sidewalk cafe with 14 seats. The revised agreement also allows a roof deck to be open until 11 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Maryâ€™s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â– public safety report. â– public comments. â– consideration of a motion in support of creating a Capital Bikeshare station on the east side of the 2200 block of 18th Street. â– consideration of a motion in opposition to a valet parking application by Sutra Lounge, 2406 18th St. â– consideration of a motion in support of a Historic Preservation Review Board application at 1858 Mintwood Place. â– discussion regarding a Historic Preservation Review Board application at 2012-2014 Kalorama Road. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org. ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy
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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Saint Stephen Martyr Church, 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For details, visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont
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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, on the fifth floor of the Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2C ANC 2C Shaw â– SHAW
The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, call 202-387-1596. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact email@example.com. ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan
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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit anc2f.org.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Blowout-only salon unpacks hairdryers in D.C.
f the word â€œblowoutâ€? conjures not party hats, but hair dryers and round brushes, you may be a prime customer for Drybar, a new blow-dry-only salon that opened last week in Georgetown and Bethesda. The shops are the 17th and 18th, respectively, for the company, which Allie Webb launched two years ago in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The concept is simple: For $40, customers get a shampoo and blow-dry â€” no cut, no color and no pressure to add extra services. â€œWe were getting inundated with requests from D.C.,â€? Webb said on the first day of operation last week at 1825 Wisconsin Ave. and 4840 Bethesda Ave. â€œBoth of our shops are booked solid all weekend.â€? Clearly, Washington was clamoring for smooth hair. At Drybar, though, customers can come out with not just the bone-straight look of a really thorough blowout, but any kind of blown-out coiff. A visit begins with a choice of â€™dos â€” all named after cocktails, as per the â€œbarâ€? concept â€” from the stick-straight Manhattan to the loose-curled Cosmopolitan to the messy, beachy Mai Tai. Thereâ€™s also a Hot Toddy for ladies with shorter locks; a Southern Comfort, for the volume inclined; a Straight Up for a smooth look with body; and a Cosmo-Tai for the woman who canâ€™t choose between curls and beach. Little girls can get a Shirley
background, but she came up with a new twist: house-call blowouts. â€œI posted on a mommy blog,â€? she beth cope said, â€œand got tons of responses. I was so busy that I was having to Temple, and those en route to an say no to clients.â€? event can opt for the Up-Tini. She said the appeal was likely â€œFor me these are timeless because of lacking alternatives: styles,â€? said Webb. â€œWomen can Busy women in style-conscious come in and get whatever they L.A. could spent $70 or $80 at a want, but [the menu is] a good full-service jumping-off salon to get point.â€? their hair And she tamed, go to a works hard to discount chain make sure the (â€œsneak in there outcomes match with [dark] the request. glasses onâ€?) or â€œQuality expend the time control is so and energy to important to do it themme,â€? she said. Photo courtesy of Drybar selves. After all, she Her travelknows how it is: Drybar opened last week on ing business â€œIâ€™ve always Wisconsin Avenue. was so successhad really curly, frizzy hair,â€? she said. As a child, she ful that she decided to open a shop. And a listing in the popular email made her mother blow-dry her newsletter Daily Candy drew so locks, but the operation wasnâ€™t much buzz that she sold out slots on always successful. â€œâ€˜Mom, itâ€™s not opening day. Within six months, she right. Thereâ€™s a ridge in it,â€™â€? she had a second operation. By the end remembers complaining. of 2012, sheâ€™ll have 26 across the Webb eventually became a stylcountry. ist herself, a gig she stuck with for Part of the appeal of Drybar is 15 years before breaking to have clearly the quality, but the vibe children. Then, after two years as a doesnâ€™t hurt. All of the bars â€” stay-at-home mom, she became Webb prefers not to call them restless. salons, since they offer only styling â€œI wanted to talk to adults!â€? she â€” share a sleek, cheerful look, and said. â€œAnd I couldnâ€™t go to another flat-screens offer a steady diet of park.â€? See Salon/Page 34 She turned to her professional
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Sticking it to the parents
Lafayette Elementary School doesn’t offer foreign language instruction, but a parent-run program does, providing before-school Spanish classes to 85 students this year. The classes meet in unoccupied corners of the school, and parents of participants pay $495 per eight months to cover the costs of teachers, who receive $46 per class. This system has been operating well for 14 years, run by two parent volunteers. But this fall, there was a glitch — an $8,000 glitch. The issue arose after school principal Lynn Main asked the parent organizers to fill out a required “building use agreement” to use the spaces. (She acknowledged to The Washington Post that she had not always demanded such paperwork but that she “tightened up this fall.”) Once parents submitted that form to the city, officials responded with the request for $1,000 a month in rent. We think this is absurd. We understand the bureaucratic logic at play: The school system must be aware of who is using its spaces and when, and it’s reasonable to require such groups to obtain insurance, which the Lafayette group has willingly purchased. But while rental fees might be appropriate for a for-profit company using a school building, it seems counterintuitive to apply them to parent groups working to enrich a school’s offerings. Parent involvement can make the difference between a poor performer and a stellar school. Asking Lafayette’s parent group to pay rent to offer children an otherwise unavailable educational perk — for which no one makes any profit — makes our heads spin. Thankfully, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh has stepped in to right the wrong. At her behest, the council has passed emergency legislation allowing this program and others like it to operate without paying rent this school year. Her measure also requires the Department of General Services to develop a new system for leasing out school spaces, charging only for insurance and “operational fees and costs.” A clear policy would be welcome, given the inconsistency of rental enforcement that Council member Cheh’s office has found.
Fixing the fines
We’re generally pleased with last week’s proposal from Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells to revamp the city’s traffic-camera fines, creating a $50 fee for most infractions instead of the $250 ceiling now in place. The new legislation is a welcome fix to skyhigh fees that, as Mr. Wells put it, work as “kind of a backwards tax.” But, as we’ve said on this page before, lower fees must be accompanied by a larger system of cameras in order to let drivers know that they are often at risk of a camera’s flash. It’s that general expectation, we believe, that will encourage safer behavior. Council member Wells’ bill promotes that idea, requiring that half of the revenue from the fines goes toward expanding the camera network as well as re-establishing a traffic enforcement unit, adding traffic-calming measures and more. The bill would also require signage alerting drivers entering the District to the cameras. We’re glad too that Mr. Wells’ bill proposes another fix for a common complaint against the city’s camera fines. Some residents testified at task force meetings that they had racked up $1,000 in fines before receiving a single ticket in the mail. The new bill institutes a 30-day warning period after the first violation. The bill lists the violations that will now trigger a $50 fine when caught on camera: speeding up to 20 mph over the limit; blocking the box; running a stop sign; failing to yield to a pedestrian; turning right on red when it is prohibited; and failing to stop before turning right on red. Higher fines would remain for running a red light and speeding more than 20 mph over the limit. We agree with those changes — with one exception. When drivers fail to yield to pedestrians, they endanger lives in a way that requires more than a $50 fine. That infraction should be grouped with excessive speeding and running red lights as aggressive, dangerous acts.
Have you voted … ? The Nov. 6 election is now less than two weeks away. The Notebook has already voted. We cast our ballot on Monday, the first day of early voting in the District. Hundreds of citizens had done likewise before we arrived at One Judiciary Square, the headquarters of the Board of Elections. “I wanted it out of the way,” one voter told NBC4. “I was very enthusiastic this time. That’s why I came down early. I don’t normally vote early. … This time I wanted in.” Election officials stopped one female voter at the door. She was wearing a Barack Obama baseball cap and an Obama shirt. She also was carrying a colorful Obama shopping bag. She was ready to vote for her president. The only thing is, electioneering — and that includes wearing or carrying campaign stuff — is not allowed inside the polling place. “So I had to go around there,” she said, pointing to the building, “find a bathroom, turn my shirt inside out and tape a piece of paper over this [Obama insignia.]” She came back to vote and left shortly after, still wearing her shirt inside out. She went to a lot of trouble to vote. Will you? Remember 2008: The District began more aggressive early voting after the historic 2008 election, when voters formed long lines to deliver 93 percent of the vote to Obama. There also were problems with voting machines and a shortage of ballots. “We had a situation where the morning vote on Election Day, the lines extended, you know, blocks and blocks and blocks and blocks,” said Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. “We’ll see whether the early voting takes some of that pressure off, but we’re ready.” Cheh previously chaired the committee that oversees elections, and she shepherded a 2009 elections law that made it easier to cast absentee ballots without having to dream up a reason you wanted one. It also allowed early voting at several sites around town as well as at the board’s headquarters. It’s unclear whether there will be a historic turnout again this year — and many think it’s unlikely. Mayor Vincent Gray told NBC4 on Monday that he thinks Obama will easily get 85 percent to 90 percent of the vote in D.C. this time, but that he’ll fall short of his 2008 total. The mayor said early voting over a two-week period “gives people maximum flexibility to … get out and exercise the precious opportunity we have.” The mayor also said District citizens should vote in
large numbers to show that we’re serious about expanding voting rights here. ■ Tracking early voting. After Monday’s third and final presidential debate, all that’s left of the 2012 election are the aggressive get-out-the-vote efforts of the campaigns. Early voting plays a different role in several key battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia. We found a cool website from George Mason University that tries to track early voting without the partisan spin found from campaign or fundraising groups. The university site is called the “United States Elections Project.” It addresses all sorts of elections issues. Check it out at tinyurl.com/gmu-elections. As of midday Tuesday, the site showed that 4,850,521 citizens had already voted with early ballots. There’s a state-by-state breakdown, with voting histories that could help you understand how important early voting may be in this close presidential election. Michael P. McDonald, an associate professor at George Mason, oversees the site. ■ A final word. Former Sen. George McGovern died this past week. He is best remembered for his ill-fated 1972 run for president. He carried only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia against incumbent President Richard Nixon. Two years later, of course, Nixon resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal that began with the 1972 break-in. McGovern’s life has been broadly covered in any number of obituaries, which described the “prairie populist” as a veteran of World War II who saw the folly of Vietnam before the nation did. But we liked D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s brief news release this week. She praised McGovern for a couple of things. Norton notes that it was the McGovern-Fraser Commission that changed the rules of party nominations to make the people’s voice louder and more effective. That commission came after the disastrous 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. But in this current era of partisan rancor, Norton notes that McGovern “is especially remembered for conceiving the Food-for-Peace program and for his leadership on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and on civil rights. At a moment when the parties have become so polarized that they are often dysfunctional, McGovern, an unabashed liberal, will also be remembered as a Senator who was admired by his Democratic and Republican colleagues alike.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
Letters to the Editor Voters should reject expulsion provision
I urge voters to reject proposed Charter Amendment V, which provides for the expulsion of council members for gross misconduct. The legislative text, as it is written in the D.C. Board of Elections’ 2012 Voter Guide, contains vague criteria for expulsion and does not guarantee due process of law. These flaws make the amendment subject to misuse. Just as 12 council members participated in a retaliatory vote against Ward 6 member Tommy Wells in 2011, the council could likewise apply the expulsion law in a retaliatory or partisan manner. Because of its
political nature, the council should never have the authority to remove one of its own members. As an alternative to Amendment V, I recommend expanding proposed Amendment VI, which provides for expulsion for a felony conviction. Additional provisions ought to require expulsion for repeated misdemeanors, including those committed in any of the 50 U.S. states and territories, and guarantee First Amendment rights as Amendment V does. I would likewise revise Proposed Amendment VII, which applies to the mayor. My recommendations, I believe, would guarantee that only a conviction by a court of law (or a recall election by the voters) could render council members ineligible to remain in office. Proposed Charter Amendment V is a dangerous proposition and
must be rejected.
Douglas Rowe Cathedral Heights
Board should have preserved garden
I am writing to voice my sorrow that the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board has approved the destruction of a lovely green space in SheridanKalorama [“Condos approved for Kalorama garden site,” Oct. 10]. I went to Kalorama Day School in the 1940s, and while I can’t say I remember the garden from that time, I do mourn its loss today. It sounds as though the board better represents developers than historians and folks longing to preserve a bit of green space in our increasingly impermeable city. Bonnie Coe American University Park
Letters to the Editor Council should pass ABC reform measure
As the owner of Madam’s Organ I have had to deal with Mr. Denis James of the Kalorama Citizens Association for most of years that I have been in business. And, although Madam’s, which celebrates its 20-year anniversary this week, has never had an Alcoholic Beverage Control violation (did I mention, never?), Mr. James has protested every renewal of our license, costing me and my business tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and untold hours of hearings and “mediation” sessions. He first protested to make us remove the bench in front of our restaurant; he did not like the “kind of” people who sat there in the daytime before we opened. He is currently protesting our ability to serve alcohol at the two tables (four seats total) on our already-operating and -licensed sidewalk cafe. Because of this protest, our application, filed in May, will not have a hearing until January. Mr. James has been able to use the regulatory system to bully the same businesses that have made Adams Morgan vibrant and provided jobs for its residents. Is this really what his membership wants? No wonder he is fearful of open and noticed meetings [“ABC bill would impeded community input,” Viewpoint, Oct. 10]. That Mr. James finds onerous proposed new regulations that would require him to notify his membership in advance of a meeting about a potential protest, and allow the affected business owner an opportunity to speak at said meeting, should be proof enough to any outside observer that this man has no regard for local businesses or even his own membership. These meetings need to be noticed, and his membership and any affected business should be given an opportunity to speak. He complains about the proposed rule in which, should a business come to an agreement with the elected advisory neighborhood commission, protests from other community groups like his would be dismissed. How could this possibly be unfair? If he believes he deserves more of a voice, he should run for office and find out whether other residents feel he should speak for them. Madam’s employs approximately 40 people, mostly D.C. residents. We and businesses like ours contribute daily to both the cultural and economic vitality of this city. And yet we are under almost constant siege from the Denis Jameses of the city, who contribute
nothing. The new Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act is not perfect, but it does attempt to give more weight to elected neighborhood officials and less to neighborhood bullies. If only for this fact, it should be passed by the council. Bill Duggan Owner, Madam’s Organ
ABC bill’s opponents more than ‘faction’
Are the majority of informed residents of the District a “faction”? In labeling opponents to Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham’s new alcohol bill as “factions,” The Current’s Oct. 17 article on the legislation succumbs to Jim Graham’s rhetoric. Mr. Graham constantly implies that the bill (co-sponsored by Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans and Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander) represents the consensus of a business/resident task force. Those who disagree with the results are thus labeled in your article as a “faction” in the sense of a small opposing minority. However, those factions have always been an overwhelming majority of residents considering these provisions. When the task force discussed the provisions residents are objecting to, business members simply voted down resident members by slim majorities. As the wider community has become aware of the anti-resident provisions of this bill, more and more are crying “foul.” Protests by individuals and community associations concerning the provisions of the bill that would restrict their ability to protect their neighborhoods (outlined by Denis James in his Oct. 10 Viewpoint, “ABC bill would impede community input”) make it increasingly apparent that the so-called faction is, in fact, an overwhelming majority. Our objective remains an alcohol licensing process that is fair and efficient for alcohol establishments, their neighbors and the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. This bill reaches for efficiency by dealing residents out. Abigail Nichols
Let me put our situation in a historical perspective. D.C.’s government is less than 50 years old. Our political support structure is dominated by interests who need government contracts or other direct assistance. Too many of our citizens like living here but have not been willing to invest time, contributions or passion into building a broad citizen base that can watchdog officials, penetrate the weeds of public policy and demand accountability. Our tradition up to this point has been for career politicians to reap the special-interest money, say whatever it takes to build a voter base in low-turnout situations, and take care of business that suits them until the next election. That doesn’t make everyone bad. Many leaders have been thoughtful decision makers careful to meet the city’s long-range needs. But many are lazy, self-motivated and given to taking the easy route to please the special interests. And some have been over the line. All of us want something different, and we are ready to fight for it. I think my campaign is leading the way. At the last campaign reporting, on Oct. 10, my campaign recorded 871 contributions averaging $131 each. That is a new mark in participation. And I listed more campaign money on hand than all the rest of those running for at-large seats put together. By comparison, Michael Brown’s average contributor gave $456, and Vincent Orange’s average contributor gave $505. As new frontiers of democracy emerge all over the world, we learn anew of the power each voter has. My hope and my prediction for America’s capital is that we will collectively grab our individual power and build the best schools, the best quality of life and the best opportunity for each of our citizens. There is still time before Nov. 6 for each of us to learn the issues, meet the candidates and express ourselves at the ballot box. Let’s turn the corner on underground politics. Let’s build our new day in D.C. David Grosso Candidate, D.C. Council at-large seat
Georgetown ice rink long overdue New political culture is As the architect of Washington Harbour, I have urged each succesneeded in District Dupont Circle
All the carefully crafted whining and excuses cannot hide the fact that D.C. Council members Michael Brown and Vincent Orange represent a political culture that the citizens of D.C. want to end. Voters who two years ago gave the council high marks have been direct in saying they are tired of being embarrassed and poorly served.
sive owner of the complex to turn the fountain into a skating rink for the winter season, showing through an overlay how the rink could be made larger than the one at Rockefeller Center in New York. So I am delighted that my idea is finally being implemented. Arthur Cotton Moore Washington, D.C.
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LOGAN: Korean government re-purchases mansion that once housed its embassy
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was attempting to firm up ties with the United States, purchased it in 1891 to serve as an embassy. But in the early years of the 20th century, Japan colonized Korea, taking over the legation building here as part of the spoils â€” and then, adding insult to injury, quickly selling off the building to private buyers. The Japanese Imperialist era, as Koreans call it, lasted until Japanâ€™s defeat in World War II, when Korea was divided into communist North Korea
Timothy Jenkins, who with his wife Lauretta purchased the house in 1977 and happily sold it back to the Korean government this fall, told the group, â€œWeâ€™ve done everything in our powerâ€? to preserve the house. The red-brick house on the north side of Logan Circle was built in 1877, according to documents distributed at the ceremony. The Josean dynasty, which then ruled Korea and
and democratic South Korea. A movement to buy back the legation building gained steam in the past few years, with help from some of the estimated two million Koreans now living in the United States. Researchers from the cultural trust sifted through D.C. property archives, finding the 1891 bill of sale to the Korean government for $25,000, and another bill of sale showing that the Japanese government purchased it in 1910 for $5.
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The Jenkinses relocated from Woodley Park to Logan Circle when the latter was run-down and considered dangerous by many. Why? â€œThe house was so beautiful,â€? said Lauretta Jenkins. In a brief interview, Timothy Jenkins said the couple was always aware of the history of the house, but there was nothing left from the embassy era to tell the tale, except one mirror with what seemed to be Korean ornamentation. Still, they lovingly preserved the house. Jenkins, a law professor and former interim president of the University of the District of Columbia, said he and his wife were often approached by developers who wanted to turn the building into condominiums. But they were happy to accept the offer this year from the Korean government. Jenkins said the couple intends to remain in
Northwest Washington. The Korean hosts gave the Jenkinses a small plaque in a blue velvet box, honoring them for helping to preserve the building as â€œa place of shared history between the United States and Korea.â€? Plans for the building are not yet fleshed out, although officials said money is available to restore, preserve and operate it. A translator said Korean officials know the building is in a historic district and will follow all District laws. Kim Chan, of the cultural heritage administration, noted â€œthe strong desire of the Korean people to recover lost history,â€? and said the building could be used â€œto embody the history of the American-Korean relationship, and as a platform to raise awareness of traditional Korean society. We are open to all ideas.â€?
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Animal hospitalâ€™s expansion takes shape By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
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The Friendship Hospital for Animals will add a rooftop dog-walking space and free valet parking to offset the community impacts of its planned expansion, under the terms of an agreement between the hospital and the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission. The animal hospital hopes to add a second story on top of its existing building at 4105 Brandywine St., which owner Peter Glassman says will allow it to add specialists and make more space for its existing employees and services. Friendship needs a waiver from zoning requirements that would force it to double its number of parking spaces to 20, and neighbors have worried about the impact of additional pets walking along nearby yards. The closest residential neighbor has also clashed repeatedly with the hospital over the years on issues of noise
and traffic. When the hospital briefed the neighborhood commission in September on the plans, commissioners implored Glassman to consider an accessible roof and valet parking, which he did. Commissioners voted 4-1 to support the hospitalâ€™s zoning application. The hospital, which opened in 1960, offers 24-hour emergency care and other services during the day. With the new second story, it would have space to offer two specialists â€” in cardiology and neurology â€” plus support staff. There would also be more room for the 27 vets who now work in a building that once housed just three. A vegetated area on the roof will provide a place for the hospital to walk dogs outdoors without needing to go in front of neighboring properties. Glassman said a few weak or injured dogs who are too big to be carried up a flight of stairs could still be walked on the street, but the numbers would be minimal. The hospital will go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment on Nov. 7.
Advocatesâ€™ court challenge draws criticism By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer
Community groups are rallying to support a development project that will bring a new library and firehouse to the West End and urging a library advocacy group to drop a lawsuit opposing the deal. The D.C. Council and Zoning Commission have approved EastBancâ€™s plan to build apartment buildings on the sites of the existing library, in the 2300 block of L Street, and the firehouse, at 23rd and M streets. To cover the land value, the firm agreed to incorporate replacements for those aging facilities into its new buildings. The DC Library Renaissance Project, founded by Ralph Nader in 2002 to push for library funding, has argued that the city should be getting more money for the land. After fighting the project in many of its approval stages, the group earlier this year appealed the zoning order allowing the plans to move forward. City officials have said the lawsuit doesnâ€™t just delay the library and firehouse. It could also interfere with a project at 21st and L streets that will rehabilitate the vacant Stevens School and construct an office building on the site of its playground, or disrupt park space elsewhere. Matt Troy, a representative of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, said at last Wednesdayâ€™s Foggy Bottom/West End advisory commission meeting that the city hoped 14 months of construction at the firehouse site could begin soon. This would allow the city to locate an interim fire station on the Stevens playground before work begins there. But officials have said the city cannot close a deal thatâ€™s subject to a lawsuit, effectively putting off the fire station project until the case is decided. So either the Stevens School project would be delayed until a new firehouse is complete, Troy said, or the interim firehouse would likely be located on National Park Service land. Two possible sites are Francis Field on 25th Street near
M Street, and atop two of four tennis courts near 23rd and N streets. Citing the far-reaching impacts of the delay, five organizations have signed a letter asking the Renaissance project to drop its lawsuit: the Foggy Bottom Association, the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission, the West End Citizens Association, the West End Friends and the West End Library Friends. Most recently, the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission sent its own letter to the District and to the Renaissance Project asking the two to work out their differences quickly, though the commission refrained from taking a side. In an interview, EastBanc president Anthony Lanier said he hoped the lawsuit wouldnâ€™t disrupt the timing of his projects, but said, â€œCertainly it is a headache,â€? and questioned what the Renaissance Project hopes to achieve. â€œIf they had their way, this might result in the failure to redevelop the library,â€? Lanier said. Troy said at last weekâ€™s West End neighborhood commission meeting that the city anticipates that the suit will be heard in February and possibly decided by May. This would allow the city to close on the project in June or July, allowing EastBanc to reopen the firehouse in fall 2014. The two-year Stevens project is also set to begin in 2014, and the Ivymount special-needs school that intends to operate there hopes to open at the start of a school year. If the work began too late in 2014, because of the lawsuit, lvymount could miss the start of the 2016-2017 school year. The neighborhood commission will vote at a future meeting on its preferred location for the temporary firehouse. Fire and Emergency Medical Services officials prefer the tennis courts to Francis Field, said Troy, but neither site is ideal. The firehouse project also needs Board of Zoning Adjustment relief for several relatively minor points. EastBanc will seek neighborhood commission support at a future meeting.Â
The Renaissance Project was due to have filed an explanation of its suit with the D.C. Court of Appeals yesterday. The Current was unable to get a copy of the filing by deadline, but members of the Renaissance Project said at this monthâ€™s Dupont neighborhood commission meeting that the city is giving â€œa favored developerâ€? a discount. Part of the complaint regards affordable housing units. EastBanc had argued that it shouldnâ€™t be required to provide any affordable units at the library site because of the cost of building the city facilities; the Renaissance Project argued that EastBancâ€™s funding of those buildings is its payment for getting the land and should not free it from other requirements. Therefore, Renaissance Project members said, the library and fire station shouldnâ€™t count as public amenities for zoning purposes, and both buildings should be required to include affordable-housing units. Selling the library site properly, they argued, would have generated enough revenue to fund multiple library projects. At the Dupont meeting, group members further argued that EastBancâ€™s decision to locate affordable housing units only on the firehouse site is a form of economic segregation that violates the intent of the Districtâ€™s inclusionary zoning requirements. Robin Diener, the groupâ€™s executive director, did not respond to messages. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans offered a sharply worded rebuke of the Renaissance Projectâ€™s argument. â€œItâ€™s completely false,â€? Evans said in an interview. â€œThe city negotiated this deal and got a very good deal: a new library and fire station, and a very positive development for the neighborhood.â€? Evans noted that thereâ€™s unusually strong neighborhood support for the EastBanc plans. â€œYou have all the local community activists, everyone, in support of the project as it stands, and you only have this group saying itâ€™s not something that they support,â€? he said.
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CHARTER: Amendments at issue LAFAYETTE: Bill waives rent for parent-run programs From Page 1
then re-enter society and then be able to contribute as a productive member of society.â€? Representatives from the elections board, meanwhile, say the board interpreted the councilâ€™s action correctly. The actual text of the amendments would alter the city charterâ€™s â€œqualifications for holding officeâ€? section for both council members and the mayor by adding the requirement â€œhas not been convicted of a felony while holding the office.â€? â€œThe council put that language in the qualification sectionâ€? of the charter, said board general counsel Kenneth McGhie. â€œBecause they put it in the qualifying section,â€? it applies in all future cases, he said. Mendelson has written the board seeking a change in the summary, and the board plans to write back to him this week, but McGhie and board members said their interpretation will stand. McGhie said that should the council want to retract the amendments, it can simply tell the board not to count the votes. He and board chair Deborah Nichols say they are frustrated to be dealing with this issue this late in the game. â€œMr. Mendelson sends this letter to us dated Oct. 9 â€Ś . The ballots are printed,â€? said Nichols, noting that the ballot language was originally published back in May. â€œIn this case there was no comment from anyone,â€? said board member Stephen Danzansky. â€œWe had no option, really, but to place this on the ballot. â€Ś Our hands are sort of tied.â€? They also say that there were other ways for the council to enact this change â€” such as by amending the cityâ€™s election code. â€œThere were much easier ways to do this other than through a charter amendment,â€? said Nichols. â€œWe suggested other ways of accomplishing what they wanted to do.â€? For his part, Mendelson said he
supports the amendments â€” and thinks voters should back them â€” but believes itâ€™s crucial for the summary to change. â€œThe summary statement isnâ€™t something to be taken lightly. â€Ś It could very well be a factor if the provision ever had to be used,â€? he said. The Nov. 6 ballot will also include a potential amendment allowing council members to expel a
â??We had no option, really, but to place this on the ballot.â?ž â€” Stephen Danzansky colleague who commits â€œgross misconductâ€? while in office. A vote of five-sixths of the council â€” or 11 out of 13 members â€” would be required to remove the member. A summary of the amendment describes â€œgross misconductâ€? as â€œan action that amounts to a gross failure to meet the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.â€? The amendment notes that no exercise of free speech, no matter how distasteful, may be grounds for expulsion. The council proposed the three amendments as part of an ethics package led by Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser last year. Ward 6 member Tommy Wells was the only legislator to oppose the overall measure. He was frustrated that the bill did not address corporate campaign contribution bundling and contributions from contractors and lobbyists. Ward 8 member Marion Barry and Ward 7 member Yvette Alexander voted against the proposal allowing council members to remove their colleagues. â€œPower resides with the people. The people put you there, and only the people can take you out,â€? Barry said at the time.
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week. Until this year, the program had run without any red tape. But this fall Lafayette principal Lynn Main decided she needed to go by the book â€” something sheâ€™d let slide in past, she told The Washington Post â€” in requiring all extracurricular programs to fill out formal paperwork with the General Services Department. A â€œbuilding-use agreementâ€? with the agency requires proof of insurance, among other documentation, and releases the principal from liability. â€œWhen I walked in the first day of school, I learned that we had to apply to use the space, we had to get insurance and we had to pay rent,â€? said Stewart. She said parents accepted the first two provisions, but were wary of the latter â€” then angry, when they later learned the charge would be $1,000 a month. When the city declined to waive those fees, Stewart turned to her council member. â€œIf forced to pay 6HUYLQJ=LS&RGHV
rent,â€? she wrote in an Oct. 1 message to Cheh, â€œwe will have no choice but to close down the program.â€? Cheh responded to her quickly: â€œIt is really absurd. Let me see what can be done.â€? Representatives from the General Services Department didnâ€™t respond to questions by The Currentâ€™s deadline. An email this month from the agencyâ€™s Kenneth Diggs explained to Cheh that the city typically charges $360 per month per classroom to for-profit groups using D.C. Public Schools buildings. Enrichment programs get a discount rate of $100 per month, Diggs wrote. But after reaching out to local school leaders for information on other such programs, Chehâ€™s office couldnâ€™t find any evidence of consistency in the rental requirements. The responses indicated such programs typically havenâ€™t paid any rent â€” and would have to shut down if they did. The city reduced its original rental rate of $1,000 to $400 after learning the Lafayette Spanish pro-
gram didnâ€™t use official classroom space, but various â€œnooks and crannies,â€? said Stewart. The rental requirements were affecting not only the Spanish classes, Stewart said, but also a French program and a chess club. But with the D.C. Council action last Tuesday, the programs can now continue running without paying rent. Cheh said her legislation â€œwasnâ€™t an attempt to have people overrun the schools and use them without paying appropriate rent.â€? Thereâ€™s a distinction, she said, between profitbased activities â€” like a large organization coming into a school to conduct SAT tests â€” and â€œparentrun operations that provide enrichment.â€? â€œParent-runâ€? is the key word in the legislation, Cheh said. â€œThat way itâ€™s going to be self-limiting and [something] that that particular community wants.â€? Unless the council adopted the legislation on a permanent basis, the changes approved last week will apply only to the current school year.
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When the rooster crowed at the crack of dawn on Oct. 3, Blessed Sacramentâ€™s eighth-graders were riding buses on their way to â€œgleanâ€? at Volunteer Farms in Culpepper, Va. Gleaning is when, after the farmer has harvested, you go into the fields and search to find what has been left over. Gleaning is a very old tradition that is being used in a new way today to help feed the hungry. Everything that is gleaned from Volunteer Farms is donated to homeless shelters all over D.C. Our eighth-graders worked very hard on a sweaty and mucky day picking all sorts of crops, ranging from string beans to potatoes â€” as well as rocks! By removing the rocks from the fields, the farmer is getting ready for his next crop. The eighth-graders even planted some kale to be harvested next season. â€” Emily Orem, sixth-grader
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Last week, we could wear orange as part of a charity event held at the British School of Washington to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of the daughter of one of the schoolâ€™s learning assistants. We each donated $1 or more to the charity to wear orange. There was also a large bake sale, organised by the Parents Association, where we paid for various tasty treats. All of the income was donated directly to the charity. A friend of mine was very generous with his â€œdoughâ€? and lent me some money to get my share from the bake sale. In total the school raised
more than $3,500. â€” Lorenzo Last, Year 8 Plymouth (seventh-grader)
Edmund Burke School
The eighth-grade English class at Edmund Burke School is one of the most exciting classes I have ever taken. Our teacher, Daniel Running, makes the class interesting and fun. For starters, Daniel does not lecture us. Instead he lets the students teach each other. By talking to each other we help each other understand other peopleâ€™s views of the topic and take more from what we are learning. We are reading a book called â€œLast Days of Summerâ€? by Steve Kluger. It is a really funny book about a 12-year-old boy who writes to his favorite baseball player and becomes friends with him. The book is written like a scrapbook, full of all the letters that they send to each other. Daniel assigned each student a character in the book. We are reading the book out loud in class and each student reads the part of his or her character. This makes it easier to understand who all the characters are. Another way in which Daniel makes this class different is the names he has given to the different topics we study. For instance he has a subject that he calls â€œhappy fun day.â€? Based on this title it should be fun, but this topic is grammar. We have been working on prepositions and direct and indirect objects. This is the opposite of having fun! Daniel tells us we will be reading â€œTo Kill a Mockingbird,â€? â€œThe
Catcher in the Ryeâ€? and â€œThe House on Mango Street.â€? â€” Mimi Thomas, eighth-grader
Georgetown Day School (lower/middle school)
The seventh-grade Chesapeake Bay trip was was awesome! We got very, very muddy and then got very, very cold from swimming in the bay. We also learned about detritus, a type of mud that fertilizes the marsh surrounding the bay. The detritus, which is the mud-like stuff we were â€œlearningâ€? (more like playing) in, is mineral-based, so it smells like sulfur. The two words I would use to describe the bay trip are crabs and mud. Crabs because on the very first day we put out crab pots, which are like giant crab houses that the crabs crawl into and get stuck in. Mud because we got very muddy after going to the marsh and for a bay bath. The next night for dinner we had crabs, which we learned to crack and eat. We learned about all types of wildlife plants by using a net called a scraper. The scraper dragged along the bottom of the bay behind us as we rode around on the boat. When we pulled the scraper up, it was filled with fish, crabs, eels and even a seahorse. All in all, the bay trip was awesome and really fun. â€” Catherine Hay, seventh-grader
Georgetown Day School (high school)
Almost every grade took part in a different activity last Wednesday. Sophomores and juniors took the PSAT, the freshmen took a field trip See Dispatches/Page 17
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DISPATCHES From Page 16 to Calleva, and the seniors had the morning off, not being required to come to school until noon. The PSAT is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT, which most students take during their junior year. Juniors who take the PSAT can enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition and gain access to college- and career-planning tools. The three-hour test measures reading, math and writing skills. On Oct. 20, we had our popular Country Market Day! Country Market Day is always a highlight of the school year. Taking place on the lower/middle school campus, Country Market Day is a day full of fun and games. The entire campus is transformed into a marvelous space featuring games and rides, arts and crafts, a bakery, a farmer’s market, and much more! For the second year in a row, there was an exhibition flag-football game between the students and faculty! In sports, the golf team finished in third place at the MAC championships, ending the season 7-5-1. — Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader
Holy Trinity School
At Holy Trinity Lower School we had an ice cream party to celebrate summer reading. First through fourth grades read books over the
vacation. Each class had a suggested reading list and chose lots of books to enjoy. We had to come back to school with a list of books we had read. Some classes had to complete book reports. To celebrate our reading, we went downstairs to a big room and had ice cream sundaes. It was fun because we could line up for three different flavors, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. The best parts were the delicious toppings like M&M’s, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and butterscotch syrup. Boy, do we love ice cream parties! — Kamsi Obiorah and Paul Salvi, fourth-graders
The Janney elections for student council were held earlier this month. Forty-eight students were in the running for seven positions. Election Day started with an assembly in the auditorium, where students gathered to listen to speeches. Students had to be in the second grade or higher to attend the assembly, vote for candidates or run for office. Some creative ideas were presented in the speeches, like bringing back a talent show and creating a suggestion box for students to give their thoughts and ideas to the council. There were some silly ideas for “spirit days,” too, like mustache day and candy wrapper day, where students would dress up as their favorite candy wrapper.
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After the speeches, voting took place in the classrooms and the winners were announced over the loudspeaker at 3. It was a very emotional time, especially for the fifth-graders who knew this would be their last chance to be on the council. Some people were happy, while some were sad and crying. The new president is fifth-grader Sydney Weisman. “I ran because I like being in a group of people helping the school,” she said. The other winners were Max Karp, vice president; Michaela Bauman, treasurer; Candace House, corresponding secretary; Amanda McHugh, recording secretary; Alejandro Jorge, local school advisory team representative; and Maggie Furco, parliamentarian. — Andrew Colaizzi, fifth-grader, and Nicole Weigmann, fourth-grader
On Oct. 12, Key students attended a Passport Presentation assembly on the country of Pakistan. Passport Presentations are assemblies led by international Key School families who share their cultures and traditions with the Key community. During our “visit” to Pakistan, the parent presenters explained the pictures of buildings, animals and scenery they had put up around the school. One of our favorite pictures featured snow leopards, because the leopard has gorgeous fur and the setting was in the mountains.
Another favorite picture was of a lake. The water reflected the mountains in the background, like a mirror. We also learned about how people from Pakistan celebrate with festivals, kites, music and fireworks. The festivals sounded like a lot of fun. We were also able to compare ourselves to the children in Pakistan. We were a lot alike, but there were some differences, including the sports they like to play. We really enjoyed learning about Pakistan and are looking forward to our next Passport Presentation. We wonder where we will go next. — Lily Nadel and Katie Hester, fifth-graders
Last week, the fourth-graders went to Mountainside Camp. It was amazing, with lots of challenging activities and teamwork. We did a lot of cool things, including a zip line, a giant swing, hiking up Sugarloaf Mountain, fishing and climbing a bouldering wall.
We learned about teamwork by doing some cooperative activities. One of the best things that we did was make forts with another group. Out in the open, each group made its own fort out of sticks and twigs. There was a connecting creek near each of us, where we collected flat rocks and clay. Some of us decorated our forts with tree-stump chairs and little gardens. Every night we played flashlight tag, where we hid away from the teachers and their flashlight partners. It was one of the best games we played at camp. We ended our perfect days in the yurts with bunk beds, where everyone slept for the night. Overall, it was a perfect chance to encourage teamwork, challenge ourselves and just have fun being in the outdoors. — Nozomi Shima and Sarah Petro, fourth-graders
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DISPATCHES From Page 17 National Walk to School Day with many fun activities. The day before Walk to School Day, Murch held an assembly in the gym. Mr. Cebrzynski, our principal, talked about what would happen the next day. Also, we had a special visitor, Officer Clark, a police officer from the 2nd District. â€œBe active, be healthy, be safe,â€? he told us. My mom led one of the walking
buses to Murch. There were four walking buses in all. A walking bus is a group of people walking instead of driving. At first, we started out with only two students, but as we got closer to school we became a buzzing group of about 30 students determined to get to Murch. One reason we do this is because it helps the environment. Cars pollute the air, so if we have more people walking and fewer people driving then we will have less pollution. As the walking buses arrived at Murch, they were greeted by cheering fire-
fighters and police officers! Later that day, Mr. Cebrzynski walked around the school counting his steps. Before he walked, every student guessed how many steps he would take. A student in each grade who guessed the closest number won a pedometer. Mr. Cebrzynski walked 667 steps around the school! â€” Madeline Conway, fourth-grader
On Oct. 12, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School had its annual
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The event was held in the gymnasium of the Adams campus of our school from 5 to 8 p.m. This yearâ€™s event was called â€œNoche de la Hispanidad,â€? or Hispanic Heritage Night. The event featured music, dancing, food and displays from various Latin countries. More than 300 people attended. It was coordinated by Parent Teacher Organization volunteers Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda and Rachel Lerman. I interviewed two of my friends about the activities. My friend Jimena said it was great fun and a good way to meet people. Another friend, Ani, said she was there because her mom was helping out and she would get to see her friends. She enjoys playing with her friends during the celebration and watching the traditional Hispanic performances. I asked our school principal, Monica Liang-Aguirre, why this event was important. She said, â€œIt is important to recognize what Latinos do in our school and all around the world every day.â€? ÂĄFue muy divertido! (It was a blast!) â€” Moorea Bell, fifth-grader
St. Albans School
One more full week until the first quarter ends, and St. Albans students are working extra hard to finish the quarter strong. After a relaxing summer break, St. Albans students returned with their minds in back-to-school mode. As the first quarter comes to a close, students
are used to working hard. During the first quarter, students new to St. Albans have been introduced to school traditions like Free Dress Day, when students are allowed to come to school in any type of clothes they choose. New students were also introduced to the St. Albans Lower School motto: â€œHonor, Respect, Responsibility and Compassion.â€? This fall, St. Albans students have been introduced to many exciting people like Matt de la Pena, writer of â€œMexican White Boyâ€? and â€œBall Donâ€™t Lie,â€? who talked about becoming an author. Students are excited for the start of annual Blue/White competition, which splits the lower school into two groups. These groups participate in events such as a swimming competition and a field day consisting of three-legged races, sack races and tug of war to gain points and lead their team to victory. â€” Edward Zhao, Form II (eighth-grader)
St. Annâ€™s Academy
Our third-grade class recently went on a field trip to a pumpkin patch at Butlerâ€™s Orchard. We saw animals, did a hayride, ate freshly picked apples, chose our very own pumpkins and went through a giant corn maze. The trip showed me that everything that I am learning in school, I can see in real life. For example, we had to go right outside of the city, to an area known as the suburbs. As we got closer to the farm, we See Dispatches/Page 19
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DISPATCHES From Page 18 noticed that houses were spread farther apart and there was more space for farming and animals to roam. We learned this to be a rural community in social studies class. We go to school in an urban community. We were able to see all three types of communities that we have been studying in one day. We had a great time and even brought apples home to share with our families. â€” Gabrielle Williams, third-grader
St. Patrickâ€™s Episcopal Day School
St. Patrickâ€™s is a great learning community. It is a place that helps us develop mentally, emotionally and physically. For many of us, St. Patrickâ€™s has been a second home since nursery school, and we want to share with you what has made our years here great. The campus is a kind and safe environment that makes learning easier and more fun. St. Patrickâ€™s is a caring place. The teachers care about our needs and want us to succeed. When they see us having trouble or having a bad day, they go above and beyond to help us get through it. The St. Patrickâ€™s community is like a family. We work together and always welcome new students and their families into our â€œhome.â€? The St. Patrickâ€™s creed is one of the main things that make St. Patrickâ€™s such a wonderful place. The creed tells us to live by four
principles: honesty, responsibility, kindness and respect. Because St. Patrickâ€™s teaches these principles from nursery school to grade eight, we have learned to always live by the creed â€” and will even when we go our separate ways. We would like to acknowledge two of our wonderful mentors at St. Patrickâ€™s, Mr. Barrett, head of school, and Mr. Spector, assistant head of school and head of upper school. They have always been there for us and our needs. They also listen to all our ideas so that we can help make St. Patrickâ€™s an even more wonderful place. â€” Tyler Francis, Brittany Hunter and Cara Price, sixth-graders
School Without Walls
Last week, I had the privilege of giving a tour to an official from the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Massie Ritsch, the deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and outreach, was part of an outreach effort by his department in shadowing principals locally. He started the job in April 2009, and he is a political appointee, meaning he came to work after President Barack Obama was elected. In simple terms, he described his job as â€œconcierge of the Department of Education.â€? His job includes being a connector point for grants. The staff in his office also works on programs such as parent outreach, minority outreach and giving out blue ribbon and green ribbon awards. Green ribbon awards are awards given to schools that take initiative in sustainability. When asked why he chose to shadow the School Without Walls
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It is almost time for basketball season. This week some boys met up with Mr. Burgess to condition and work out. I only watched this week, but I canâ€™t wait until it is the girlsâ€™ turn. The girls basketball team will be conditioning with Ms. Hamer and Ms. Moorefield, hope-
fully beginning next week. The basketball teams were pretty good last year. Good luck to the boys and all of you girls trying out for the team (including myself). Letâ€™s make Shepherd, Mr. Burgess, Ms. Hamer and Ms. Moorefield proud! â€” London Downing, fourth-grader
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Last Friday, music classes in seventh grade and high school of Washington Latin went to see the Sphinx Virtuosi perform at the Kennedy Center. It was a chance for the classes to come together and listen to classical music. The Sphinx Virtuosi is an all-string group, playing instruments from the â€œstring familyâ€? â€” violin, viola, cello and bass. The group is a conductorless chamber orchestra, meaning it has no conductor on stage. By the time the show was ready to begin, the cozy theater was full, and 15 musicians took the stage. The show began with â€œAir de Balletâ€? by H. Villa-Lobos, a cheery and thoughtful piece. The highlight of the day was when 15-year-old Chicago violinist Ade Williams came on. She answered questions from the crowd about herself, such as when she began playing â€” when she was 4 years old. Someone even asked if the piano is a string instrument â€” apparently it is â€” and if so, why isnâ€™t it on the stage. â€œDelta lost it!â€? said one of the musicians. In total, only seven pieces were played, and time flew by. The trip was a refreshing experience for both high-schoolers and seventh-graders, as many students donâ€™t listen to classical music regularly. â€” Cuneyt Dil, 11th-grader
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at age 12 to show the Jewish community they are starting their adulthood. We got to look at a Torah up close when we were done. At the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, we saw a tabernacle and the chapel. We learned that the trinity is God in three different ways. There is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We learned that confession is when you confess your sins to a priest. We look forward to going to a mosque next! â€” Shay Houseknecht, Maia Swamy and Sophia Nehme, fourth-graders
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November 6, 2012 ■ GENERAL election
About the Nov. 6 general election
About the Voters Guide
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. You may request an absentee ballot by mail through Oct. 30. Early voting began Oct. 22 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, and will continue daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Nov. 3 except Sundays. Satellite early-voting locations — including the Chevy Chase, Columbia Heights and Takoma community centers — will be open Oct. 27 through Nov. 3, except on Sunday. Voters registered as of Oct. 19 are eligible to vote; if you are not registered to vote, you may register at an early voting location or on Election Day and cast a special ballot. The ballot will include the following offices: U.S. president and vice president; delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives; D.C. Council chairman; at-large member of the D.C. Council (two seats); ward member of the D.C. Council from wards 2, 4, 7 and 8; U.S. shadow senator; U.S. shadow representative; at-large member of the State Board of Education; ward member of the State Board of Education from wards 2, 4, 7 and 8; and advisory neighborhood commissioner. There are also three proposed charter amendments. For details, visit dcboee.org or call 202-727-2525.
The Current’s staff interviewed candidates running for the at-large D.C. Council seats, at-large member of the State Board of Education, D.C. Council chairman and D.C. delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. There are no contested races for the Ward 2 and Ward 4 seats on the D.C. Council and the State Board of Education. In the at-large D.C. Council races, two of the seven candidates — Leon J. Swain Jr. and A.J. Cooper, both independents — were not included because they were not party nominees and had not raised at least $50,000 in campaign funds for the citywide race. In the featured races, the interviews provided the basis for profiles detailing candidates’ biographical information and their top priorities, as well as charts offering brief positions on a variety of issues. Photos were provided by the candidates’ campaigns. A supplementary guide in next week’s Current will feature charts highlighting the positions of candidates for U.S. shadow senator and U.S. shadow representatives. On the front page of this week’s issue of The Current, there is an article on three proposed charter amendments on the ballot.
At-large D.C. Council seat ■ VOTE FOR TWO
Mary Brooks Beatty
Michael A. Brown
Former Capitol Hill advisory neighborhood commissioner Mary Brooks Beatty is the Republican Party’s nominee for an atlarge seat on the D.C. Council. Beatty, who served on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A from 2004 to 2010, including stints as vice chair and chair of the alcoholic beverage committee, has worked for three decades in legislative and policy formation. If elected, Beatty would focus most on ethics and transparency, economic development and qualityof-life issues. “I think there is a real problem ... in our ability to trust the government,” Beatty said. “It means we don’t have a vibrant democracy in D.C.” She pointed specifically to at-large Council member Michael Brown’s effort to stick an Internet gambling measure into a budget bill. That he did that “without public input or a committee hearing was shameful,” she said. Beatty backs Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposals for campaign finance reform, but she said council members should also be See Beatty/Page 28
Michael A. Brown is an independent running for a second term as an at-large D.C. Council member. In addition to his D.C. Council duties, Brown, who lives in Chevy Chase, lobbies with Edwards Wildman Palmer for Fortune 500 companies and public entities on Capitol Hill. The firm does no work with the District, he said. If re-elected, Brown would concentrate most on affordable housing, jobs and improving the safety net. “One of the first things I did after being elected was get the rent-control law extended for 10 years,” Brown said. “I strengthened our tenants’ rights laws to protect their ability to purchase a rental building when it is sold.” Brown said he improved the Rental Housing Commission by introducing legislation that sets qualifications for members. And he strengthened the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force by pushing legislation that requires the panel — which is dedicated to updating the city’s affordable-housing efforts — to undertake a comprehensive study. Brown also takes credit See Brown/Page 23
David Grosso, a former staffer for both D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and past Ward 6 D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose, is running as an independent for an at-large council seat. To run for the post, the Brookland resident took leave from his position as vice president for public policy with the healthinsurance company CareFirst. If elected, Grosso would concentrate most on ethics, education and economic development. In terms of ethics, Grosso is calling for a general ban on legislators holding outside employment, because “it affects the entire culture of the council.” He said current members with other jobs should be grandfathered in, while new members hoping to hold a second gig should apply for annual waivers, proving that there would be “very few potential conflicts.” Grosso would explore providing public financing for campaigns and banning sitting members from receiving donations. Challengers would be required to raise a certain amount of money to show See Grosso/Page 28
Democratic nominee Vincent Orange is seeking re-election to the at-large D.C. Council seat he has held since winning the April 2011 special election. He chairs the council’s Committee on Small and Local Business Development. Orange, a certified public accountant who lives in Brookland, previously served as the Ward 5 council member, from 1999 to 2007. He has also been chief financial officer of the National Children’s Center and a vice president for Pepco. He unsuccessfully ran for council chairman in 2010 and for mayor in 2006. If he is re-elected, Orange said, he would focus on education, employment and economic development. “I think education is the starting line for a life of productivity and happiness,” said Orange, citing studies that predict prison populations based on fourth-grade test scores. “And in the District of Columbia, we have had problems educating our children.” Fourth-graders must be able to read for comprehension and do basic math to be able to progress in the educational system and ultiSee Orange/Page 27
D.C. Statehood Green Party nominee Ann Wilcox is running for an at-large D.C. Council seat. Wilcox, who lives in Scott Circle, is a lawyer who specializes in housing and First Amendment issues. She has also long provided legal services to protesters. If elected, Wilcox said, she would push for improvements in affordable housing and unemployment and work to secure the local safety net. “The Housing Production Trust Fund should be [fully] funded to develop and maintain” affordable housing, Wilcox said, referring to the city’s pot of money for such projects. She also advocates implementation of the city’s inclusionary zoning laws — which requires affordable units in certain development projects — for “projects built by the city or on city land.” Tax breaks could also encourage developers to add affordable units to non-city projects, she said, noting that a lower income threshold should be established for applicants for those units. Wilcox also addressed the issue of gentrification. “We need to preserve diversity in neighborhoods,” she See Wilcox/Page 27
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D.C. Council At-lARge Seats
Mary Brooks Beatty Republican Party
David Grosso Independent
Michael Brown Independent
Vincent Orange Democratic Party
Ann Wilcox Statehood Green Party
What would be your three major areas of concentration as a D.C. Council member?
Ethics and transparency, economic development, general quality of life.
Affordable housing, jobs, safety-net issues.
Ethics, education, smart economic development.
Education, employment, economic development.
Affordable housing, D.C. residents’ jobs, safety-net issues.
In looking over the upcoming budget, what spending areas, if any, would you like increased? Decreased?
I would avoid increases. Concentrate on cutting out waste through regulatory and contracting reform.
Increase affordable housing, job training and safety net. Unsure as to decreases.
Be more intentional with developer breaks. Control administrative spending, particularly in education, health and human services. Increase spending on affordable housing and on community college. Overall spending is too high.
Increase safety-net needs, particularly affordable housing. Can’t say area that needs cuts.
More money for affordable housing, safety-net programs and job creation. Can’t think of any reductions.
Which taxes would you like to see increased and which taxes decreased, given the city’s current budget situation?
No tax increases. Would study possibility of decreases.
Favored past increases for people over $350,000. Would like cut for teachers and other public-sector workers if they live in the District.
None until we have an adequate budget analysis. If possible, decrease sales and restaurant tax.
Given rising housing values, the tax base is secure. Possibly reduce sales and residential property taxes. No increases.
The DC Chamber of Commerce and some other groups have urged the council to use some of the District’s budget surplus to lower the recently passed increase in income taxes on the wealthy. Should we?
Not until I see evidence we are losing wealthy residents because of the tax.
Yes, probably. We must dig into it.
No, but we should examine it as there were no public hearings.
It should be considered to keep them in the District.
Should the District have a lower corporate-profits tax for firms in industries where it now has few firms — and thus not much to lose, such as the high-tech sector — but for which the city is an attractive location?
No. We should look at a lower corporate tax rate for all businesses, but not for specific companies or industries.
Yes, by industrial sectors.
Yes, if done thoughtfully.
Yes, so we can expand our tax base.
Yes, if they create jobs for District residents.
Should the city have opposed or encouraged Walmart to locate here? Why?
The role of the government should not be to attract specific companies, but to create a business-friendly environment.
Neither. They were coming no matter what we did as they want to grow in urban markets.
Encourage, if the city had gotten a better deal.
Encourage, but only if they commit to a community benefits agreement.
Encourage if they provide a living wage and employee health care.
Should the sales tax include services such as gym memberships?
What steps do you believe the city should take to improve public education?
Emphasize improving all neighborhood schools with greater parental involvement. You can address issues of poverty through job creation and other means.
More per-pupil funding to classrooms and not administration. Better wraparound services.
The council must continue educational reform and establish a long-term vision allowing Kaya Henderson to better succeed.
Continue reform; train 3- and 4-year-olds for kindergarten; ensure fourth-graders can read independently and add, subtract, multiply and divide; provide vocational training in high schools.
Increased technology, parental involvement and teacher training.
What line items in the school budget, if any, should be reduced, deleted or supplemented?
More money for special education.
Libraries, physical education, art teachers and nurses should be in every school. The administrative budget is too large.
More for basic goals such as reading, math and vocational training. Look for savings in central administration.
Reduce the central office and put it in the local schools.
According to the D.C. auditor, the city does not enforce its rules that city contractors hire local residents. Do you agree with this assessment? What if anything should be done about it?
Review requirements as there is a disconnect between skill levels of local residents and available jobs.
I do agree. That’s why I helped write the new First Source law.
I agree. We should do a better job providing qualified workers for them to hire.
I agree. We should penalize developers who do not follow the law after examining their claim that they can’t find suitable workers.
I agree. The city should fund inspectors to oversee the contractors on site.
Is the District’s present openmeetings law adequate?
No. It should be very hard to close the door.
Should D.C. turn over citizenship information to U.S. immigration officials when suspects are arrested? When they are convicted? Just when convicted of a violent crime? Or not at all?
Only after conviction.
Not at all.
If convicted of a violent crime.
If convicted of a violent crime.
D.C. Council At-lARge Seats
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Michael Brown Independent
Vincent Orange Democratic Party
Ann Wilcox Statehood Green Party
Do you think we have an adequate number of police officers on the force?
Yes. We can make better use of resources by changing the “catch and release” law and extending bail requirements for more crimes.
Yes, coupled with the other law enforcement branches operating here.
We are short of the authorized level and should be there.
Is the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board generally too friendly to licensees, or to local residents, or is there a proper balance?
Too friendly to licensees.
Too friendly to protesters. More people should have to be involved in non-advisory neighborhood commission protests.
Often too friendly to licensees.
Generally a proper balance.
Should D.C. allow residents to set up self-taxing districts where residents agree to pay extra taxes to receive extra services, similar to business improvement districts or Maryland municipalities?
Generally no, as it would allow the “haves” to have more services.
No. It’s a slippery slope.
Should D.C. Council seats become a full-time job, with a ban on members earning outside income?
Yes, to reduce conflict of interest.
Yes, due to unethical activities in the past. A council member once shared an office with a lobbyist.
No. We’d lose some good members. We should have stricter rules about conflicts of interest.
What do you think of Mayor Gray’s proposed campaign finance legislation, which he says is designed to restore trust in elected officials?
The reforms are very much needed. He might not be the best person to advance them.
It’s a good first step. I favor public financing for campaigns.
It’s a good start, but it won’t completely solve the problem.
If he would add a ban on outside employment for council members, I would sign on.
I would support it.
Have you ever received campaign contributions from Jeffrey Thompson, whose firm holds the city’s health-care contract; or Joe Mamo, who owns more than 70 percent of D.C. gas stations; or any of their business associates?
Yes to Thompson in past races; unsure about Mamo, but voted against his interests.
Yes to Mamo; yes to Thompson in past races.
Should council members be allowed to keep constituent service funds? If yes, should they be larger, smaller or left as they are now?
Yes. They should be larger. There are lots of people in need.
No, there should be taxpayerfinanced fund in the executive branch to help with needs.
Yes. I voted for the reduction from $80,000 to $40,000.
Should these funds be allowed to buy sports tickets?
Have you ever been convicted of any criminal activity?
Yes. I exceeded the campaign finance limit for Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994.
Yes. Twenty years ago I had a misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession.
In 20 words or less, explain why voters should elect you to the D.C. Council.
I want to put residents in control of government — and have the life, legislative and leadership experience to accomplish this.
My record reflects my commitment to making the District the most family friendly and business friendly city it can be.
Time for change on the council is now! We need fulltime council members. Vote David Grosso for a better D.C.
I represent honest, effective and intelligent leadership we desperately need to address ethics, education, employment and the economics of D.C.
I believe my experience in D.C. government, including on the elected school board, and as a public-interest lawyer, qualifies me.
BROWN From Page 21 for restoring $50 million to the city’s affordable-housing budget. He said the money went to many programs, among them the Housing Finance Agency, for help with rent; the Housing Production Trust Fund, for producing and preserving affordable housing; the Home Purchase Assistance Program, for help with down payments; and the Local Rent Supplement Program. “I would like to try to figure out how to increase the available funds ... to stop the wave of diminishing affordable housing,” he said. Brown also highlights his record
on job training and creating. “I led the council … and co-wrote the new ‘First Source’ law establishing the highest resident-hiring requirement in District history,” he said. “It mandates local hiring requirements for projects that receive between $300,000 and $5 million in government subsidies and adds them for projects over $5 million.” City leaders must pay attention to industries that are likely to create jobs in the coming years, Brown said. “Construction may be the most visible form of job creation, but it actually is very small,” he said. “Tourism, hospitality, local universities’ service side, weatherization, green jobs and [information tech-
nology] are where the jobs are.” He said he has “sat down with local university presidents ... to encourage them to hire more D.C. residents.” Light manufacturing — “such as assembling solar panels and modular housing” — is another sector with growth potential, he said. Brown also said that he has helped improve the city’s troubled summer jobs program, making it “more efficient and cheaper” and ensuring that only D.C. residents use the program. Brown said he championed the new University of the District of Columbia Community College and helped increase its budget by $6.7 million for fiscal year 2013.
The incumbent touted his “leadership role” in reforming the District’s primary welfare program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. “I mandated a standard for robust upfront assessments for all participants, thereby identifying their barriers for work,” he said. Brown said the city should pay benefits for only five years, “the same as in 44 states. [Recipients could] still receive city funds for year six provided they do job training.” Yet he noted that it’s crucial to fund his proposal, saying that without it, “6,000 families with 14,000 children will lose 25 percent of their benefits. The current payment for a family of three is $428 per
month. That’s why we have a spike in family homelessness.” Brown also takes credit for getting $20 million more from the federal government for the city’s food stamp program; proposing pending legislation to update the lowincome property tax credit; lobbying Congress for $17 million for “the chronically homeless” and disabled residents; and “successfully [pushing] for increased funding ... to cover 180 more children cared for by grandparents.” Brown, 46, is a third-generation Washingtonian. He is divorced with two children. Brown is an alumnus of Clark University and the Widener University Delaware School of Law.
24 Wednesday, October 24, 2012
D.C. Council CHAIRMAN ■ SPECIAL ELECTION
Calvin Gurley Native Washingtonian Calvin Gurley, who has served as the president of the Fairlawn and Takoma civic associations, is running to be chairman of the D.C. Council. The Takoma resident formerly worked as an auditor with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a position he left to seek election. If he does not win, he expects to return to the federal government, as he did after losing last spring’s primary race for the Ward 4 seat on the council. If elected, Gurley would focus most on restoring respect and dignity to the city’s leadership, addressing crime, and increasing job opportunities for residents. “The chairman has to lead by example,” Gurley said. He said that quality has been lacking in the current chairman, Phil Mendelson. Mendelson, the longtime head of the committee with jurisdiction over public
safety agencies, “has not done it in his atlarge position or as chair,” said Gurley. “He has been invisible. He failed to fulfill the council’s oversight responsibilities over D.C. agencies and operations such as the breathalyzer test scandal, and the Pershing Park/World Bank demonstrators’ lawsuit.” Gurley emphasized that he is not accusing Mendelson of unethical behavior, but he said the council member “allowed The Washington Post to be the bloodhound” rather than himself scrutinizing matters related to the agencies under his purview. “I’m going to bring my auditing and accounting skills to improve the oversight responsibilities,” Gurley said. On crime, the candidate also faulted Mendelson, saying the incumbent is pushing legislation to “pardon out-of-state visitors who violate D.C. gun laws.” Gurley also said he will push the police department to put more officers on the streets. “I will request the police chief to reassign the 300 officers behind desks to street patrol until calm returns,” he said. “We could have police cadets and civilians do the desk work.” See Gurley/Page 27
Phil Mendelson Phil Mendelson, who is serving as chairman of the D.C. Council on an interim basis, is running to retain the post. Mendelson’s political involvement began in 1975, when he joined the McLean Gardens Residents Association amid battles over proposed development and potential tenant displacement. He later served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner and worked for former Ward 3 Council member Jim Nathanson and former Chairman David Clarke before being elected as an at-large council member in 1998. Mendelson, who now lives in Takoma, became chairman this year by vote of his colleagues after Kwame Brown resigned. If elected, Mendelson would focus most on public safety, school truancy and restoring trust in the government. In terms of safety, Mendelson wants the city government to launch a campaign
to reduce gun violence. “We have enhanced penalties if criminals use a gun, but we don’t remind exoffenders,” he said. “The police have a gun tip hotline that is not properly advertised. There should be posters in the jail, and in schools to encourage children to report when they know of a gun.” He said prosecutors and police should get more training on the subject, and he pointed to special courts in New York City and Rhode Island that help send gun offenders to trial more quickly. “With a coordinated effort coupled with publicity, ... we could reduce gun violence substantially,” he said. Mendelson also believes there should be more transparency surrounding prosecutorial discretion, which can lead to reduced sentences. “There is no data so there can be informed conversation,” he said. He also wants to focus on truancy in D.C. schools. “Truancy should be looked at as a way of identifying children at risk of going into the juvenile justice system,” he said. “I’m not suggesting truancy be a crime. But it’s a way of identifying kids at risk.” See Mendelson/Page 27
D.C. COUNCIL CHAIRMAN Calvin Gurley Democratic Party
Phil Mendelson Democratic Party
What would be your three major areas of concentration as a D.C. Council member?
Respect and dignity for council, addressing crime problems, full employment for residents.
Public safety, student truancy, restoring trust
Have you ever received campaign contributions from Jeffrey Thompson or any of his business associates, or from Joe Mamo or any of his associates?
What do you think of Mayor Gray’s proposed legislation on political contributions, which he says is designed to restore trust in the District’s elected officials?
It does not address the full implications of corporate influence on the council.
Much of it is good. Prohibitions on some contributors is problematic when it comes to enforcement.
In looking over the upcoming budget, what spending areas, if any, would you like increased? Decreased?
Increase education funding and public safety. No decreases.
Increase truancy enforcement and crime victims assistance. Improve efficiency in social service delivery.
Which taxes would you like to see increased and which taxes decreased, given the city’s current budget situation?
Decrease residential property taxes. No increases.
No list of increases. If we can afford it, have more progressivity in income tax by reducing lower levels; cut sales tax from 6 percent to 5.75 percent; eliminate personal property tax for businesses.
Should the District increase income taxes on those with incomes of more than $250,000? $500,000? $1,000,000?
Must address government waste and fraud before answering.
No, we’re already at 8.9 percent.
Should D.C. have a lower corporate-profits tax for firms in industries that are currently underdeveloped — and thus not generating much revenue for the city, such as the high-tech sector — but for which the city is an attractive location?
No, but we should look at other barriers to business development such as the personal property tax.
What approaches, if any, could decrease the likelihood of lowincome, long-term D.C. residents being forced from their homes because of increasing real estate values and taxes? Or are our current policies generally adequate?
We should have a moratorium on increases in residential property taxes for everyone.
We have the lowest residential tax rate in the area, combined with a 50 percent senior credit if household income is under $100,000. These are generally adequate.
The District’s commercial real estate and corporate business taxes are the highest in the area. Should there be a major effort in future years to reduce them to compete better for businesses?
Yes, on a case-by-case basis.
I’d like to see reduction of commercial real property tax. The franchise tax is more easily manipulated and reduced.
The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services has been criticized over the years for alleged lax supervision of juvenile offenders. Is the department overall doing a good job? If not, what should the council do?
We should conduct a total review and audit of its operations.
I think the department can do much better, but the problem is larger than one agency. We must focus on school truancy. It’s a way to intervene before they become delinquent.
What steps do you believe the city should take to improve public education?
Increase teacher salaries and funding for classroom resources; open several vocational training schools.
Review high rate of turnover of principals and teachers. Give substantially more resources to underperforming schools, and move dollars from administration to the classroom. Find effective strategies to reduce truancy.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
D.C. State Board of Education at-large seat ■ non-partisan
Mary Lord Mary Lord, who represents Ward 2 on the D.C. State Board of Education, is running for an at-large seat on the board. Currently a writer and editor for the American Society for Engineering Education, Lord has covered educational issues for years for various outlets, including U.S. News & World Report. If elected, she would concentrate on reforming graduation requirements, improving science education and empowering students, parents and community groups as education partners. “We are in the middle of revising graduation requirements with an eye to giving schools more flexibility,” Lord said. Lord said the four-year requirement for science and math should remain, but she gave examples of appropriate areas for the added flexibility. “Varsity athletes and ballet dancers should receive physical education credits,” she said. “Study abroad programs should [translate to] foreign language credits. ... Playing in a youth orchestra could get an art credit.” Lord would expand the arts requirement to two years. She also favors revising the two-year foreign language requirement to demand consecutive years and
possibly expanding it to three years. She said she would “use graduation requirements to compel high schools to offer more arts, improve science and expand history offerings.” Lord highlighted the importance of science education, particularly hands-on engineering and design. “Every leader in the country has said science, technology, engineering and math are vital to our economic and national security,” she said. “These are also where the great jobs are right here in the District.” Lord said empowering parents and the community is essential to educational success. “Every study says that involved parents and other caring adults are the miracle substance that raises student achievement and gets them excited,” she said. “The education reform act has shut out parents. ... Where do parents take their concerns? “Let’s at least follow the law and have an ombudsman,” Lord added. “Let’s create a parents’ bill of rights ... and responsibilities.” She said she would “love” to see the school system adopt a satisfaction survey for students and parents. “That dovetails with DCPS’ plans of having 90 percent of students liking the school they attend.” There’s a payoff to ensuring student satisfaction, she noted. “Engaged students will not drop out and will graduate.” Dupont resident Lord, 58, is married and has two children. A cum laude Harvard College alumna who majored in East Asian studies, she moved to D.C. after college.
D.C. State Board of Education At-lARGE SEAT
Marvin Tucker Marvin Tucker, a retired plumber and football coach, is running for an at-large seat on the D.C. State Board of Education. For 25 years, Tucker was an offensive line coach for the Anacostia High School football team. He is executive director of the One City AllStar Extravaganza, which helps local high school athletes get college scholarships. If elected, Tucker would concentrate most on graduation requirements, special education and truancy rules. Tucker said there are now “too many different entities setting graduation requirements” in the city. The rules the board approves, for example, might conflict with rules set by the D.C. Council, he said. The candidate said D.C.’s requirements “should be in alignment with colleges and universities around the country so our students can qualify to go to college if they want to,” but he also noted that students who are not interested in college should be able to graduate from high school. On special education, Tucker complained that the buses assigned to take students to class are often late or absent altogether.
He also said the school system needs more special-education teachers. Tucker has no problem with sending children who need special-education services out of the city for schooling “if we don’t have the services.” He noted, though, that it would “save us a lot of money if we had more programs in the city” because of transportation costs. He believes the school system could improve its truancy rates by becoming less rigid on certain rules. For example, many schools won’t allow students to enter the building if they are late. “We need to find why schools are not allowing students to enter if they are late. We need to go back to a homeroom system to verify students’ attendance,” he said. At Ballou High School, he noted, security checks at the entrance can often delay students. “When you are not there in the first-period class on time, you are marked absent for the whole day,” he said. Tucker also believes the school system needs to move away from suspensions, and should place such students elsewhere within their schools — such as in the principal’s office or a separate classroom — rather than shutting them out. Brookland resident Tucker, 54, is married and has four children. He was born in North Carolina but moved to D.C. with his family when he was 2. Tucker attended Watkins Elementary, Hine Junior High and School Without Walls before switching to Eastern High School to play football.
What would be your three major areas of concentration as a member of the D.C. State Board of Education?
Revising graduation requirements; improving science education; empowering students, parents and community groups as education partners.
Graduation requirements, special education, truancy.
What do you consider to be among the most important responsibilities of the D.C. State Board of Education?
Establishing what children must know and be able to do in every subject and at every grade level, in both public and charter schools.
Parent participation, teacher certification, student wellness.
Are “common core” (semi-nationwide) subject standards that are being developed with many other states a good idea?
Yes. They level the playing field worldwide, they move students from passive studying, and they emphasize critical thinking, writing and analysis.
Should there be a foreign language requirement for high school graduation? If so, what languages?
Yes. Any major world language, as well as Latin.
Yes. Spanish and Chinese.
What would you like to see in the next state superintendent?
Someone who is collaborative, who knows our communities and schools, and who invites experts, board and community members to improve education together.
Someone who is local and knows the lay of the land and doesn’t have to take the time to find out how it works.
What elements of the reform effort over the past several years should be continued, and what areas should be reworked?
Continue focus on student achievement, teacher quality and using data to drive decisions. End narrow focus on annual test scores. Too much is spent on testing and not enough on arts, history, sports, science and other untested subjects.
The board should have more authority. There should be a collaborative effort among the board, the mayor and the city council, not just the mayor.
Should the board be responsible for hiring and firing the state superintendent?
Yes, but not the D.C. Public Schools chancellor.
Yes, as well as the D.C. Public Schools chancellor.
Should experienced private school teachers who have never taken an education course be allowed to teach in the city’s public schools?
There are some good teachers, but they should go through the certification process.
Are opportunities for the District’s brightest students adequate across the city? If not, what should be done about it?
No. We should expand outside partnerships, such as studying and staging Shakespeare with professionals from the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and give credit for appropriate internships.
No. Give students opportunities to take Advanced Placement courses at other schools, or enroll in classes at local universities as School Without Walls students can do at George Washington University.
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U.S. HoUSe of repreSentativeS ■ D.C. Delegate
eleanor Holmes norton
natale ‘Lino’ Stracuzzi
West End resident Bruce Majors is running as the Libertarian Party candidate to fill D.C.’s non-voting seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Majors is a real estate agent working for a local boutique company. If elected, he would focus on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, decriminalizing drugs and eliminating the federal income tax for District residents. Majors said he objects to the 1996 marriage law, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage; he called it a “states’ rights issue.” He noted that the law prevents same-sex couples who married legally in states that allow it from getting federal tax benefits available to other married couples. In addition, surviving spouses and children don’t get Social Security or other government benefits. He noted that all other marriages are recognized by the federal government and other states — even states that would not allow the marriage, for instance because one spouse was underaged. Majors favors decriminalizing drugs, particularly marijuana, in order to save police time and prevent the dangers of illegal sales. “Scarce police resources should not be devoted to [fighting drugs],” he said. “I think the danger is in creating black markets where criminals get involved, just as in the days of prohibition.” He noted that legalizing drugs would allow for better regulation. “You might not know what you’re buying on the black market as you would if you’re buying from a dispensary,” he said. And he also said that drug laws are enforced unevenly. “Young African-American men are more See Majors/Page 27
Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton is running for reelection as the District’s non-voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, a position she has held since 1991. Before her election, Norton chaired the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Capitol Hill resident is currently a parttime professor at Georgetown University’s law school. If re-elected, Norton would focus most on gaining budget autonomy, bringing jobs and economic development to Washington, and keeping Congress from overturning District laws. “I believe we can get budget autonomy [in the next session of Congress], as we have support from three of the top Republican leaders,” she said. She said eliminating congressional oversight of the city’s local budget would remove the opportunity for members to add troublesome riders. “Some members of Congress try to amend our budget in order to overturn some of our laws,” she said. “Getting budget autonomy will keep these riders out. ... We will get rid of the mechanism most used to defeat District legislation.” On jobs and the economy, Norton said national problems threaten local strength. “We are facing a structural change in the U.S. economy that is bad news for the District,” Norton said. “The recent growth of the District has been essentially because of the dot-com and the housing bubbles. They let loose a lot of capital.” She said her seat on the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management “will be very important for See norton/Page 27
Natale “Lino” Stracuzzi is the Statehood Green Party candidate running to be the District’s non-voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. An auto mechanic by trade, he is also a representative for high-end Chinese furniture manufacturers. Stracuzzi, who lives near Congress Heights in Southeast, said if he’s elected he will focus on Social Security and Medicare, employees’ rights and health care. The candidate believes there’s a need to restructure both Medicare and Social Security “so they will be there for us in the future.” One way to increase funds for Social Security, Stracuzzi said, would be to allow the federal government to receive dividends from the investments it makes in energy and medicine. For example, if a pharmaceutical company develops a drug based on National Institutes of Health-funded research, the government should get a share of the profits, and part of that money could go to Social Security. He opposes raising the age for recipients. “Our retirement age is our decision, not the government’s,” he said. Employment conditions in the U.S. need to improve, Stracuzzi said. “Employees in this country have no rights unless they are members of a labor union,” he said. “They are paid minimally. Some companies take away vacation time when they have to pay employees for overtime.” He thinks there should be government-set wage guidelines based on type of work. Employers should have to provide 401(k)s to all workers, with a one-year vesting period. Employees should also not face punishment for cirSee Stracuzzi/Page 27
D.C. DeLegate to tHe U.S. HoUSe of repreSentativeS
Bruce Majors libertarian Party
natale Lino Stracuzzi Statehood green Party
eleanor Holmes norton Democratic Party
What would be your three major areas of concentration as D.C.’s delegate to the House of Representatives?
Terminate Defense of Marriage Act, decriminalize drugs, end income tax for D.C. residents
Budget autonomy; jobs and economic development; keeping Congress from overturning laws such as needle exchange and marriage equality.
Social Security, employee bill of rights, restructuring health care.
As delegate, would you introduce a D.C. statehood bill in the next Congress?
I would, but also a bill to end the federal income tax in D.C. as we don’t have a vote.
I’m going to put in three bills in order to get an informed conversation about options: one granting D.C. statehood, one giving us a House and Senate vote, and the other giving us just a House vote.
As an interim measure, should the District go for territorial status, which would exempt residents from federal taxation but not provide a vote in the House or Senate?
If D.C. voters approve of the approach in a plebiscite.
No, as we would lose current federal per-capita appropriations.
No. It would close the door to statehood.
Would you support a voting rights bill that would provide the District with a vote in the House, paired with another state so that both Democrats and Republicans would probably pick up one seat?
Yes, if it would make our seat more likely to pass.
Yes. I would.
No. I would prefer us to become the 51st state.
Do you agree with the decision not to move forward with the last voting rights bill due to the inclusion of a gun-rights rider?
No. I would have voted for it with the rider attached.
Yes. It was mandatory. The rider said you could carry guns in the streets.
Yes. I would have opposed the bill even without the rider.
Would you pursue legislation to give D.C.’s elected officials the right to ease building height limitations?
Yes. We had a hearing this year. The chair and I have asked the District to prepare a master plan to see if it would be feasible in some parts of the city.
No. We don’t want to look like New York.
Is it appropriate to spend time and energy on getting the District budget and legislative autonomy, or should efforts focus just on statehood or full congressional representation?
Yes. It is appropriate.
Yes. I have gotten out of committee a bill providing budget autonomy for money we have raised for the first time in 200 years, and I predict it will happen.
No. We should just push on our becoming the 51st state.
GURLEY From Page 24 And he hopes to discourage court leniency for many criminals, urging that the system not “release on bail or their own recognizance repeat offenders or those accused of serious crimes,” he said. Finally, Gurley said he wants to strengthen school bullying laws and ensure that police officers undergo annual training to address hate crimes. Jobs are another focus for Gurley, who said that each year D.C. is denied statehood he would ask Congress for hundreds of positions. “Our request for jobs ... would be on the same premise as the federal government
giving us money since we cannot tax their property,” he said. He said he would use federal Housing and Urban Development funds to make rents affordable for graduating college and university students to provide a stronger labor force to lure businesses into the city. And he proposed hiring unskilled elderly residents as teachers’ aides and establishing a GED-based vocational training program for dropouts. Gurley, 54, is married with two children. He was raised in the Capitol Hill area and graduated from Eastern High School and Bowie State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has also taken graduate business administration courses at the University of the District of Columbia.
ORANGE From Page 21 mately prepare for the next stage of their lives, he said. “We need to ensure that we produce a high school graduate that has a diploma of value that indicates that person is either ready for college or a vocational trades job or a business opportunity,” Orange said. The school system should offer programs designed to give students a taste of different careers, Orange added, such as the wood-shop courses that persuaded him not to go into carpentry. “One of the glaring areas of improvement in educational development for our young people is helping the young person find their skill,” he said. He said the school system should identify students who need special help and connect them with additional resources; it should also provide for more special-education services within D.C.-run schools rather than paying tuition to send students to private schools. On employment, Orange said the District needs a “jobs czar” — a central official who can align vocational training with available D.C. jobs. For instance, he said, the city knows that Walmart expects to hire hundreds of employees for its planned D.C. stores. Orange said the city’s community college should offer classes in “how to run cash registers, teaching [students] how to manage inventory, ... how to stock the shelves,” he said. “Instead of us having training dollars all over this government, we’re going to put it into this community college and we’re going to train for the
WILCOX From Page 21 said, adding that rent control and help for seniors to perform home improvements are some ways to accomplish that. She would also seek to expand credits for lowincome homeowners, particularly in rapidly changing areas such as Columbia Heights and Capitol Hill. Wilcox said the city should finance the continuation of affordable-housing leases provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “When the HUD leases expire, the city should pay for the development of properties where [residents] can move” or find ways to entice developers to do so, she said. On employment, Wilcox believes a mix of job creation and job training is necessary, along with enforcement of existing hiring preferences for D.C. residents. “We must have enforcement of the hire D.C. first [rule] on projects that the city is helping with financing,” she said. “I agree with Vincent
MENDELSON From Page 24 He said schools should do more to keep track of truants, and the city should develop a referral process so the proper services are available to them. “A kid may be truant because of domestic violence. Because he’s truant, we would find there is domestic violence, so the Child and Family Services Agency could help the child,” he said. “If a kid is truant because of mental health issues, the Department of Mental Health could intervene.” Finally, Mendelson spoke about the local government’s need to re-earn the confidence of local citizens. “Government needs the pub-
job,” he added. With sufficiently trained residents, said Orange, contractors and agencies will have no excuses for avoiding city law that requires a percentage of local hires — which he said should be enforced more rigorously. On a smaller scale, Orange noted that he helped prepare residents for jobs when large retailers were readying to open in Ward 5. He said the city should also incentivize new job-creating industries to operate in the city, such as filmmaking, garment production and automobile sales. Orange’s two top issues — education and employment — combine to make his third priority, he said: economic development. Residents who are educated can get the available jobs in the District and attract more employers to the city, both of which would improve local financial well-being. A clear plan should also drive economic development, Orange said. When he was the Ward 5 council member, he said, the city set distinct goals for itself after years of budget deficits — and fulfilled them. “We had something to prove: that we could dig ourselves out of that hole and get rid of the [financial control board].” Orange, 54, lives with his wife; they have three grown children. Orange grew up in Oakland, Calif., and received a scholarship to attend boarding school in Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific, a law degree from Howard University and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. A version of this article ran in The Current’s primary election Voters Guide.
Orange that all the people working at the new Center City Marriott [should] be D.C. residents as we’re paying for some of the development.” The D.C. government should also find creative ways to create jobs, she said. “Have the city finance a civilian conservation corps to give jobs cleaning parks,” she suggested. And while job training is essential, the city must “make sure there is a job at the end of training. Otherwise [participants] may lose hope and get involved in crime.” Wilcox also advocated in some cases removing drug testing as a requirement for employment, saying that the tests should be given only when necessary. As with affordable housing, tax breaks could be tools to encourage job creation, Wilcox said. The city should “give tax breaks or subsidies to businesses if they hire D.C. residents.” Companies that provide training for high school graduates in labor-intensive fields should be especially encouraged, she said. Wilcox said she is most con-
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
cerned about the city’s safety net for homeless families. The government should “place people first who have a history of being in the District. You put them in housing and then you provide them with the wraparound services,” including child care, drug treatment and counseling. The availability of food for the poor and homeless is a bright spot in the city, according to Wilcox. The Capital Area Food Bank is a wellrun program, she said, but such programs should be protected. “If necessary, the food bank should get a subsidy.” Wilcox, 57, lives near Scott Circle, and has been a D.C. resident for more than 30 years. Divorced with no children, Wilcox was born in Columbus, Ohio, and attended Wittenberg University, where she majored in history and political science. She attended law school at American University. In addition to serving as a member of the steering committee of the D.C. Statehood Green Party, Wilcox is a former member of the D.C. Board of Education and a past member of the D.C. Commission for Women.
lic’s trust to function,” he said. While “there is no single gesture or move that will make everybody behave ethically,” Mendelson said, he would “lead by example and continuously look out for measures that will improve disclosure, increase transparency and remove the suspiciousness that we’ve invited.” Mendelson said as chairman, he can work well with other members to address concerns. “As chair I need to talk to members individually where there is a potential problem and urge them to get advice from our general counsel about a proper course,” he said. Mendelson, 59, was born in Cleveland. He moved to D.C. in 1970 to study at American University, where he majored in political science. Separated, he has a daughter at Deal Middle School.
MAJORS From Page 26 likely to be prosecuted for doing the exact same thing as Caucasians. Caucasian women are much less likely to be prosecuted than black men when both smoke pot in the open.” On federal income taxes, Majors said that District residents — like inhabitants of Puerto Rico and Guam, which also do not have voting rights in Congress — shouldn’t have to pay. “I like Eleanor [Holmes Norton’s] 1995 bill coupling us
NORTON From Page 26 keeping the District’s economy stable, as [the committee] controls the government’s construction budget … and where federal jobs go.” She said that even as a member of the minority party, she has managed to push through several measures, including bills that paved the way for redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront and the river frontage near Nationals Stadium. She also won approval to locate the Department of Homeland Security in the District “instead of in Maryland or Virginia.” Norton is also extremely concerned about preventing Congress from overturning District laws.
STRACUZZI From Page 26 cumstances beyond their control. For example, he said, “We are dependent on our public transportation system. But employees are sometimes sent home without pay when the bus does not get them to work on time. The same holds for traffic delays. They should be able to punch in late. People are dependent on their paychecks.” On health care, Stracuzzi believes a federal system modeled after the Veterans Health Administration should be offered to everyone. There should be a tax of about 2 percent paid into this fund. Private health-care programs would
with Puerto Rico and Guam,” he said. “Most of D.C.’s problems are due to runaway spending, and both the federal government and D.C.’s having less money is probably a good thing.” Majors, 53, received his bachelor’s degree from American University after doing most of his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, and he went to Catholic University to earn a doctorate but did not write a dissertation. Majors is single and has a 14-year-old son. “This year some members of Congress went even further than in the past and proposed two standalone bills that would have limited abortion rights to just the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, but doing it only for the District,” she said. “Another proposal would have permanently kept the District from spending its own funds for abortion services for low-income women. We defeated both of them.” Norton, 75, is divorced and has two grown children. Norton, was born in D.C. An alumna of Antioch College, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from Yale University. While in college and graduate school she was an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. have to compete with the federal system based on quality of service, but even subscribers to private systems would still pay the tax to the government system. “The Europeans do it,” Stracuzzi said, and “Japan has the world’s most cost-effective system.” Stracuzzi, 47, is a single father whose daughter is in a Montgomery County high school. He spent his childhood living in Prince George’s County and Silver Spring before his family moved to the District. Stracuzzi served as a member of the Montgomery County Action Board for four years and now serves as co-chair of the Parent Policy Council for Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
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BEATTY From Page 21 excluded from contract negotiations. “The council as a whole through its attorney would still have oversight,” she said. “Perhaps even the mayor should not be allowed to pick the winner of a contract.” She advocates for government contracts with local businesses that use residents as workers — “but only if it is the best net value, including city profits and employee taxes, for the District taxpayer.” On economic development, Beatty pointed to her experience helping revitalize the H Street NE corridor. “As an ANC commissioner I looked at the root cause why the area was not developed. There was a lot of street drinking and drug dealing, which kept businesses from investing.” She said she “seized upon the idea” of putting a moratorium on sales of single containers of alcohol. “We were successful after a two- or threeyear effort. … It had an immediate impact and opened the door to businesses coming in.” In general, businesses in D.C. face too many hurdles, Beatty said. She believes solutions could come through lower taxes and fewer regulatory burdens. “Going through the [Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs] process can add 30 percent to the cost of opening a business. It can take a year and a half to get a permit, but meanwhile, they’re paying for a lease,” she said. Beatty said the Internet-deals company Living Social “should not have needed special treatment,” and she’s opposed to the special tax rate Mayor Gray proposed for
The Current high-tech businesses. The District could encourage more businesses to come here by making its corporate taxes comparable to Virginia’s, she said. “Lower taxes would need to be phased in.” Beatty is also concerned with general quality-of-life issues for D.C. residents. “We need a government that performs efficiently,” she said. “We should serve families with good choices for education, have affordable housing, and ensure people have no fear of walking on the streets.” To help achieve these basic standards, she said, the District must improve its neighborhood schools and allow the charter system to foster improvements citywide. She also said more funds should go toward Advanced Placement classes and vocational programs. For affordable housing, Beatty suggested regulatory reform and lower tax rates. In general, she said, “the government should be more responsive to its citizens. There is a real sense of frustration right now. Many residents feel that the city is not looking after their interests.” Married with two children and four grandchildren, Beatty, 61, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, where she majored in history and education, and holds a master’s in social science from the University of Oklahoma. She moved to D.C. in 1999. Beatty previously served as president of Women in Government, which represents female state legislators, and as executive director of the National Environmental Policy Institute. She has also worked in state government affairs for a Texas energy company, and as a teacher of American history and civics to public high school students.
GROSSO From Page 21 they’re viable. They could use public money “from that point forward,” while the city would provide incumbents with the same amount. “The goal is to keep incumbents [from] ... getting into positions of conflict of interest,” he said. Educationally, Grosso said the city must provide not only “high-quality schools in every neighborhood,” but also wraparound services for children in need. He said all areas of government must address the education problem. “Government must fill the gap when parents have multiple jobs or are simply not involved,” he said. “It’s not going to be solved overnight.” Other educational needs, he said, include addressing Ward 3’s school overcrowding problems. He supports investing in a highly selective math and science program along the lines of those offered at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria. “Kids will rise up to the challenge,” he said. In terms of paying for such educational programs, Grosso said the city should be able to provide the same quality of education as private schools “at a far lower cost. ... I don’t think we need to spend more money to create better results — not counting wraparound services.” He also called the University of the District of Columbia Community College “vital.” “It offers an opportunity to take people who are unemployed or underemployed and align them with available jobs,” he said.
While the traditional components of the university should be successful, he said the District’s focus should be on the community college as well as primary and secondary education, to battle unemployment problems. Grosso’s third area of emphasis is economic development, for which he thinks the council should have a dedicated committee. He favors large residential development projects with affordable units partially funded by the city’s housing trust fund. He thinks apartments built near Metro stations should be required to include parking spaces — but fewer than those that are located farther from transit. “No parking doesn’t make a lot of sense. Limited parking does make sense,” he said. Grosso also said that developing a streetcar network is “extremely important.” He also endorses the use of subsidies to draw businesses to underserved areas. “We ought to explore tax increment financing and other subsidies to get businesses into the community, especially in wards 7 and 8 around Metro stations,” he said. He supports tax deals for businesses on a “case-by-case basis,” but opposes the special tax rate for high-tech companies recently pushed by Mayor Vincent Gray. “I’m not against giving a deal, but it shouldn’t be with an open book,” he said. Married with no children, 42-year-old Grosso was born in the District. He spent his early years in Virginia, moving back into the city with his family, to Petworth, when he was 16. After finishing at Fairfax’s Paul VI Catholic High School, he graduated from Earlham College, where he majored in philosophy. An alumnus of Georgetown Law School, Grosso is a member of the D.C. Bar.
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Northwest Real Estate PARKING: Ward 2 commissions weigh in on visitor passes
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allow for people like nannies and hired laborers to park without getting a ticket. A final verdict on expanded visitor parking is likely several months away, according to the transportation agencyâ€™s parking manager, Angelo Rao. â€œWe want to make it clear that no decisions have been made in terms of how we are going to develop visitor parking permits,â€? Rao said in an interview. â€œItâ€™s such a sensitive topic that we want to make sure that we get it right before we implement anything.â€? Evansâ€™ office has heard mixed reactions to the idea of distributing
annual visitor passes to all residents, according to spokesperson Andrew Huff. Calls to the office indicate that residents are â€œsplit down the middleâ€? in their opinions, he said. To gain wider community input, Evans has asked neighborhood commissions in his ward to discuss and vote on the issue by November, so he can share that information with transportation officials. But in Ward 2, where there is high demand for a limited number of street parking spaces in neighborhoods such as Georgetown and Dupont Circle, residents have raised concerns that widespread distribution of the passes could lead to potential fraud and abuse, and more parking congestion.
Currently, Ward 2 residents and those in other parts of the city that arenâ€™t part of the pilot program can access only 15-day visitor passes, which they must go to a police station to pick up. But some say those are sufficient. â€œIf it ainâ€™t broke, donâ€™t fix it,â€? Mike Benardo, chair of the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission, said at the groupâ€™s October meeting. â€œThere is enough stress on residential parking as it is. We donâ€™t need to create artificial demand.â€? Several commissioners were concerned about potential corruption, fearing that the visitor passes could be sold to the highest bidder â€” possibly to commuters from outside the city who would park on
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residential streets all day, every weekday. In voting unanimously to tell Evans that they donâ€™t want to participate in the visitor parking program, commissioners emphasized that the current system of temporary passes obtained through the police station works well â€” though theyâ€™d like to see an online option available for downloading those passes. The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission also voted unanimously to hold off on participating in the visitor pass program, at least for now. â€œThe discussion was that itâ€™s a system thatâ€™s very much in flux,â€? chair Will Stephens said at the commissionâ€™s October meeting, referring to a recent community discussion on parking. â€œAll this change is going to happen in the next six to 12 months, so there was no sense in asking to join the existing program.â€? The commission decided to wait until the details on the new system are more firm before weighing in on whether they want to take part. In Georgetown, neighborhood commission chair Ron Lewis said in an interview that the panel is still in the â€œinformation-gathering and idea phase,â€? and is encouraging more community input. He expects his commission to weigh in on the matter next month. In Sheridan-Kalorama, commissioners gathered community consensus more informally: At a meeting Monday night, eight residents voted for the passes and 10 voted against. The Foggy Bottom commission had planned to vote on visitor parking this month but didnâ€™t have a quorum at its meeting. Within the Shaw com-
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mission, which will be split between wards 2 and 6 after redistricting goes into effect in January, the city is distributing visitor passes to those who live on blocks with residential parking restrictions. The part of the commission that will remain in Ward 2 is located in commercial areas downtown and does not have residential parking zones. Rao of the Transportation Department said his agency is open to a number of possible options for rolling out visitor parking passes citywide. The solutions might end up varying from neighborhood to neighborhood, as he said a â€œonesize-fits-allâ€? approach might not work for the cityâ€™s diverse needs. The Transportation Department has been seeking community input on a variety of parking policies by meeting with stakeholders and by hosting a series of â€œParking Think Tankâ€? meetings across the city, which wrapped up Oct. 20. The agency plans to hold a summit on the think tanks before the end of the year, and hopes to release draft recommendations on visitor parking in the spring, according to Rao. Residents can submit comments on parking to the Transportation Department through Oct. 31 at tinyurl.com/parkingthinktanksurvey.
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fice the character and solid feel of the cityâ€™s deep bench of Wardmans, prewar Tudors and more. But a new house from Gibson Builders solves that ease-or-charm conundrum. The Loughboro Road property is the third of four custom homes that Gibson is erecting on a large lot near Sibley Memorial Hospital, and its strong design and attention to detail will likely draw in even those buyers who swear theyâ€™d never buy a new home. Gibson Builders is known for its custom woodwork, and this property is no exception. Cove crown molding, substantial baseboards that hold electrical outlets, and trim that lines a double tray ceiling in the dining room are some of the homeâ€™s small touches; big ones include custom white kitchen cabinets and elaborate framing around the master bathâ€™s mirrors. Kitchens and baths provide
another point of distinction from many other new homes. Buyers looking at those properties may have noticed a money-saving habit that some builders, even high-end ones, employ when picking out surfaces. Theyâ€™ll buy in bulk, leaving kitchen counters and bathroom vanities looking identical throughout the property. The problem is, even if buyers like the material, the sameness can get old. But this property carries no risk of design ennui. The roster of surface materials â€” from Carrera, Crema Marfil and Desert Gold marbles to Caesarstone to limestone â€” is an extensive one that will leave stone aficionados happy at every turn. In general, this new home offers materials that are surprisingly oldworld. The exterior is composed of true stucco in a sun-baked hue. Along a broad central stair, iron railings twist to follow the steps. And a stone-floored rear loggia with a ceiling fan suggests a slower pace of life. That long terrace â€” which could look over a lap pool one day thanks to a leveled spot below â€” opens to the heart of this home, a large family room and a white, bright kitchen. Just as a limestone
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This five-bedroom, 6.5-bath house on Loughboro Road is priced at $2,795,000. mantel does in the formal living room, a stone hearth here provides a focal point for the large space, which also gets intimacy from a coffered ceiling. The 5-inch-wide planks of white oak that run throughout the ground floor continue into the kitchen, providing a stronger connection between the spaces. Plus, the deeper hue works â€” like the islandâ€™s dark-wood base â€” to ground the white kitchen, which extends into a window-lined bay thatâ€™s ideal for casual dining. The ground floor also includes a half-bath and a mudroom that leads to the two-car garage.
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Upstairs, four bedroom suites offer distinctive bath options that will leave guests arguing over which type of marble they want. Many fixtures in those baths are Kohler and Restoration Hardware, and vanities resemble custom furniture rather than off-the-shelf bath products. Hardwood floors continue throughout this level, though easyto-clean tiles take their place in a large laundry room. The master suite is the show-
stopper. A large, sunny bedroom has ample space for a seating area. Hisand-hers dressing rooms include drawers, rods, shelves â€” and windows, to help prevent black-andnavy mix-ups. In the glam-but-soothing bath, limestone floors get a pop of contrast from marble inlays. A soaking tub sits on the opposite side of a large, frameless glass shower, and even more storage is available here. A fifth bedroom suite waits on See House/Page 32
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who is not running for office. â€œI think what student commissioners do is, you see these smart students who want to help the community and create change, and they become the public image of students at the local level.â€? A number of students have served on neighborhood commissions in the past, and there are currently students representing on-campus districts at American and Georgetown universities. But redistricting based on the 2010 Census carved out additional seats in exclusively student areas: There are now two each at Georgetown, George Washington and American universities. Two students are also facing nonstudent opponents in mixed districts that include both types of residents. Near American University, student Joe Wisniewski â€” who lives in the bulk-leased Berkshire apartment building at 4201 Massachusetts Ave. â€” is facing Silvia Lucero, who lives in an adjacent apartment building in the newly created single-member district 3D10. In Foggy Bottom, George Washington University junior Patrick Kennedy is challenging five-term incumbent David Lehrman for single-member district 2A01, where the two live in the same building. Like many student candidates, Kennedy said he will bring an undergraduateâ€™s perspective to university issues but emphasized that he doesnâ€™t want to be defined by his age and occupation. â€œI think that it is important that students are represented on local governing bodies so that they have a voice,â€? Kennedy wrote in an email, â€œbut town/gown relations arenâ€™t really any more of a focus for me than generally providing active and responsive constituent service to all residents of my district.â€? In an interview, Lehrman, 66, questioned whether students have the time and maturity to serve, and he said student candidates appear to be â€œresumĂŠ-enhancing.â€? â€œItâ€™s not normal for a 20-year-old
to say, â€˜I want to throw myself on the altar of self-sacrifice,â€™â€? said Lehrman. â€œYou should be thinking about dating the prettiest girl and getting into the best graduate program. You should be thinking about yourself.â€? Although students are running for three of the eight seats on the Foggy Bottom commission, Lehrman said he thinks student organizers want even more. â€œTheir real goal is to have five 20-year-olds and then muzzle the three grownups,â€? he said. â€œAnd that was never the intention of creating the ANC. It was to have people with long-term commitments to the neighborhood.â€? Most of the students running in this yearâ€™s races are unopposed and running for on-campus seats that represent students almost exclusively. Peter Prindiville, whoâ€™s running in Georgetown Universityâ€™s 2E08 district, said he hopes to address â€œthe institutional culture of shoving students asideâ€? in negotiations between neighbors and the university administration. That said, Prindiville added, there shouldnâ€™t be a division between â€œstudentsâ€? and â€œresidentsâ€?; theyâ€™re simply different types of residents whose perspectives should be heard. â€œThis terminology that weâ€™ve seen thrown around here a lot is, â€˜We have a student commissioner,â€™â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m trying to really challenge that language. Every commissioner is equal, and regardless of who the constituents are, they should be respected and listened to.â€? Deon Jones, an American University student who is finishing up his term on the Palisades/Spring Valley neighborhood commission, said he has been able to earn that level of respect from his colleagues and the broader neighborhood â€” which includes both students and other residents. â€œThere are times I had to disagree with the students and go in the best interests of the community,â€? he said. And as a result, he said, â€œcommunity relations have gotten 100 percent better, and I also think the community is more accepting of students [being] involved.â€?
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chick flicks. Drybar also keeps you covered: Umbrellas are for sale should a downpour threaten your shiny style, as are shower caps to help maintain a look for days. Thereâ€™s no pressure to upgrade, but there are a few add-on services available: a $10, 10-minute scalp
massage or a $20 color or dry-hair treatment. The up-tinis cost $70, rather than the $40 blowout rate (which is $35 everywhere except New York, D.C. and San Francisco, where Webb said rents are higher), and the Shirley Temple costs $24 for girls 10 and younger. House calls are even an option, for $75, and customers can rent out a back room for a private party or wedding prep.
It all adds up to a straighter, sleeker Washington. So which style will be most popular in the typically buttoned-up town? â€œThe Straight Up seems like the most obvious choice for D.C.,â€? said Webb, referring to the most basic style, â€œbut I predict â€Ś Cosmo and Mai Tai.â€? Clearly, our reputation is changing.
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have a very strong residential community that appreciates quality, and we also look for markets that have a very attractive business community.â€? As planned, the restaurant, 12-lane bowling alley and three bocce courts would occupy Pinstripesâ€™ lower level â€” below two more bocce courts and space for private events. The mall building includes 100 condominium units, and some residents there have expressed concerns about noise. Schwartz said Pinstripes has done noise mitigation at other locations, like one in Minnesota. â€œThis was a very, very quiet setting where we had to be very sensitive to noise traveling across the water â€” a considerably quieter setting than the Georgetown mall,â€? he said. Bowling alleys are permitted only with a special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in the Georgetown Park mallâ€™s zone,
which allows medium-density residential and commercial uses. Pinstripesâ€™ zoning application says bowling will account for just 10 percent of its revenue and that less than 5 percent of its patrons would come to the location only to bowl. The zoning application was first reported Friday by DCist. According to Schwartz, bowling would cost $2 to $7 per game, while bocce would cost $4 to $10 per person per hour. (The rates would vary by time.) The price of restaurant entrees would range from $17 to the mid-$20s. The Georgetown Park mall, located at 3222 M St., is mostly closed now for extensive renovations. Co-owner Vornado, which is managing the renovations, has declined to comment on the specifics, but the New York-based firm has sought large anchor tenants in place of a wider variety of smaller businesses. Marketing documents suggest that discount clothing store T.J. Maxx and the HomeGoods furniture store are planning to open there.
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September. Those areas will be cleaned out beneath a protective tent, with three chemical agent filtration systems ensuring that no contaminants are released. In order to work on different areas, the protective tent will have to be moved with a crane three separate times. Peter deFur, the Spring Valley boardâ€™s technical adviser, wrote in a printed report that the Army Corps hired an outside consulting firm to estimate the reliability of the tent. The firm reported â€œminisculeâ€? chances that the tentâ€™s containment systems would fail, and a 9 percent chance of a chemical release inside the tents. Safety precautions during the project will include an on-site chemical expert, constant air monitoring, and training and protective gear for workers. There were no problems when another â€œhigh-probabilityâ€? area in Spring Valley was cleaned up in May 2005, Barber said.
After cleanup of the high-probability areas, work on the final lowprobability areas will begin next fall, with an expected finish in November. During the project digging will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at which time the filtration systems will be turned off. At 5 p.m., an overnight security guard will arrive. Noise silencers will be placed on the site to prevent disturbances. Any possibly dangerous materials that are found will be temporarily stockpiled behind Sibley Memorial Hospital before being moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for testing and destruction. In the past, toxic items have been stored behind Sibley for as long as two years without any ill effects, Barber said. No containers would be opened at the hospital. During World War I, the countryâ€™s major experimental poison gas station was located at American University. After the war, much of the material was buried in the woods near the university in areas that are now part of Spring Valley.
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Wednesday october 24 Concerts â– Georgiaâ€™s Sakhioba Ensemble will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– â€œJazz at the Atlasâ€? will feature the Alan Blackman Trio with Donald McCaslin. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â– Graham T. Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and author of â€œEssence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis,â€? will discuss â€œThe 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons Learned.â€? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/Allison. â– â€œChina Policy Debate: Democratic and Republican Presidential Race 2012â€? will feature Jeffrey A. Bader, a member of the National Security Advisory Committee for President Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election campaign, and Aaron L. Friedberg, co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Working Group for Mitt Romneyâ€™s presidential campaign. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– As part of the D.C. Public Libraryâ€™s â€œDC Readsâ€? program, Azar Nafisi will discuss her book â€œReading â€˜Lolitaâ€™ in Tehran.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â– Austrian journalist and writer Klaus Stimeder will discuss his book â€œHere Is Berlinâ€? (published under the pen name JM Stim). 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations
required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200. â– Author Scott Hutchins will discuss his novel â€œA Working Theory of Love.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– As part of the â€œDC Readsâ€? program, the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library will host a discussion of â€œReading â€˜Lolitaâ€™ in Tehranâ€? by Azar Nafisi. 7 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â– The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival will feature a closingnight talk by William Mann on his book â€œHello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand.â€? 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/litfest. Films â– In celebration of Food Day 2012, Focus-In Films will present Kip Pastorâ€™s 2012 documentary â€œIn Organic We Trust.â€? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– The Neighborhood Farm Initiativeâ€™s fourth annual film fundraiser will feature Severine von Tscharner Flemingâ€™s 2010 documentary â€œThe Greenhorns,â€? a whimsical look at the lives of young farmers in
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America. The event will begin with a reception featuring pies made by Dangerously Delicious Pies from produce grown at the Neighborhood Farm Initiativeâ€™s local urban farm. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $20. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. foodandfilm.eventbrite.com. â– The Reel Israel DC series will feature Noa Haroniâ€™s 2011 film â€œBy Summerâ€™s End.â€? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â– â€œEvenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ€? will mark the 20th anniversary of the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company with performances from some of the troupeâ€™s favorite ballets. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. Special event â– The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show will feature more than 500 of the top national and international horses and riders competing for the $100,000 Presidentâ€™s Cup and other prizes. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $40. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. The competition will continue through Sunday. Thursday, Oct.october 25 Thursday 25 Book signing â– David Porter, a former counterintelligence specialist and retired Navy pilot, will sign copies of his crime novel â€œIn the Shade of the Mango Tree.â€? Noon. Free admission. Shellyâ€™s Back Room, 1331 F St. NW. 202-737-3003. Concerts â– NSO Pops will present singer-songwriter Roberta Flack performing songs by The Beatles and some of her other favorite tunes. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â– Musicians from Marlboro will present a concert of works by Haydn and Mendelssohn. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets
Thursday, october 25 â– Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present violinist Paul Huang performing works by Beethoven, Saint-SaĂŤns, YsaĂże, Ravel, Debussy and Waxman. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â– The Embassy Series will present the Israeli Chamber Project in a concert dedicated to the memory of Daniel Pearl. 7:30 p.m. $55. Embassy of Israel, 3514 International Drive NW. 202-625-2361. Discussions and lectures â– Mark Hertling, commanding general of the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, will discuss â€œThe Future of U.S. Military Presence in Europe.â€? 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. eventbrite.com/event/4516996458. â– Historian George H. Nash will discuss the book â€œFreedom Betrayed: Herbert Hooverâ€™s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath,â€? which he edited. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– Robert Jones, chief executive officer
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and scholar at the Public Religion Research Institute, will discuss â€œThe Role of Religion in American Presidential Elections.â€? Noon. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. email@example.com. â– Virginia Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, will discuss â€œThe Fight to Maintain Womenâ€™s Rights in the Commonwealth.â€? Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â– Pamela Constable, foreign correspondent at The Washington Post, will discuss her book â€œPlaying With Fire: Pakistan at War With Itself.â€? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 605, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Siri Holland, political adviser to the Norwegian Parliament, will discuss â€œPolitics and Energy: The Norwegian Cure for Dutch Disease.â€? 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/holland. â– David Shambaugh, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, and Amitai Etzioni, professor of international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss â€œThinking Through US-China Relations.â€? 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/ChinaConversation. â– Joel W. Palka, professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will discuss â€œChak Aktuun: A Monumental Maya Pilgrimage Shrine at Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico.â€? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202-339-6440. â– Bill Schneider, professor of public policy at George Mason University and former CNN senior political analyst, will discuss â€œThe Election: What to Look for on Nov. 6.â€? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. cnnbillschneidersaisafp.eventbrite.com. â– Artist Matthew Day Jackson will discuss his work, which juxtaposes objects and philosophical thoughts to explore the potential of peopleâ€™s actions to bring both beauty and horror. 6 p.m. $10; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. â– A gallery talk will focus on â€œNorthern Exposures: Kirkebyâ€™s Geologies.â€? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â– British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore will discuss his book â€œJerusalem: A Biography.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â– Tarek Kahlaoui, assistant professor of Islamic art at Rutgers University and general director of the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies, will discuss â€œThe Arab Spring: The Tunisian Experiment.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 See Events/Page 37
Continued From Page 36 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â– Glover Park Village and AARP will host a talk on the long-term financial challenges facing Medicare and Social Security. 7 p.m. Free. Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4100 Calvert St. NW. email@example.com. â– British novelist Jasper Fforde will discuss his book â€œThe Last Dragonslayer.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Caroline Kennedy and a panel of experts will discuss President John F. Kennedyâ€™s secret White House recordings. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy will present a talk by landscape historian Judith B. Tankard on her book â€œBeatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes.â€? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– As part of the D.C. Public Libraryâ€™s â€œDC Readsâ€? event, the Non-Fiction Book Club will host a discussion of â€œReading â€˜Lolitaâ€™ in Tehranâ€? by Azar Nafisi. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â– Cameron Silver will discuss his book â€œDecades: A Century of Fashion.â€? 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â– The GW Jackie and Rachel Robinson Society will present its Community Recognition Award to political analyst, news anchor and MSNBC host Alex Wagner at the groupâ€™s annual Jackie Robinson Night, which will also feature a talk by Elizabethtown College professor Michael Long on Robinsonâ€™s political and social activism during and after his baseball career. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Room 103, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. â– The Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy will present a talk on â€œDemocracy in America 180 Years After Tocquevilleâ€? by political analyst Michael Barone. 7:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. tocquevilleforum.org. Film â– The 17th annual Arabian Sights Film Festival will open with Radu Mihaileanuâ€™s 2011 film â€œThe Source,â€? about an isolated Maghreb village where the women vow to withhold sex until there is running water. A wine and cheese reception will follow. 7 p.m. $20. La Maison FranĂ§aise, 4101 Reservoir Road
NW. 202-234-3456. The festival will continue through Nov. 4 with events at various venues. Performance â– The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform a Balanchine program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Walks â– Washington National Cathedral horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer will focus on native trees and shrubs on an autumn walk through the Olmsted Woods. 10 a.m. Free. Meet on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral at Pilgrim Road and Garfield Street NW. 202537-2319. â– Washington Walks will present â€œThe Most Haunted Houses,â€? a pre-Halloween walking tour. 7:30 p.m. $15. Meet at 18th Street and New York Avenue NW in front of the Octagon Museum. 202-484-1565. The tour will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, october 26 â– Concert: Cellist Pieter Wispelwey (shown) and pianist Lois Shapiro will perform works by Beethoven, Ligeti, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502.
Oct. 26 Friday, Friday october 26 Book sale â– The Friends of Palisades Library group will hold its fall used-book sale, with bargain books available for 25 cents and most others priced at $1. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. friendsofpalisadeslibrary@ gmail.com. The sale will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Childrenâ€™s program â– The National Zooâ€™s annual â€œBoo at the Zooâ€? will feature more than 30 snack and treat stations, as well as animal encounters and keeper talks. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30; tickets required. Visitor Center, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. The event will repeat Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Concerts â– The Friday Noon Concert series will feature pianist Tanya Vegvary Plescia performing music from the era of James Monroe. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282. â– Charles Miller, resident organist at the National City Christian Church, will perform with a brass quintet. 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â– The Friday Music Series will feature clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Lura Johnson. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â– The KC Jazz Club will present pianist Jason Moran (shown) with his group The Bandwagon, guitarist Bill Frisell and mezzosoprano Alicia Hall Moran performing â€œLIVE: TIME,â€? a commission from the
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Philadelphia Museum of Art based on the quilts and quilters of Geeâ€™s Bend, Ala. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26 to $30. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Amernet String Quartet and pianist James Tocco will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Franck. 7:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The U.S. Air Force Bandâ€™s Airmen of Note will perform with jazz trombonist Andy Martin. 8 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-767-5658. Demonstration â– Leah Hadad, owner of Tribes-ADozen, will demonstrate the art of baking in â€œVoilĂ ! Hallah Egg Bread Mixes.â€? Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Rodmanâ€™s, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures â– A workshop on â€œAmericaâ€™s Role in the World: Views From Abroadâ€? will feature scholars from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Asia. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. american.edu/sis/AmericasRoleRSVP.cfm. â– Sloan Rogers, a professional senior caregiver now receiving care for her husband, will discuss her memoir â€œAnd Then There Was Me: Living With a Dying Loved One.â€? Noon. Free. Seabury at Friendship
Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. 202-244-7400. â– Michael Walton, lecturer in the International Development Program at Harvard University, will discuss â€œUnited States as a Developing Country.â€? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. email@example.com. â– A philosophy lecture series in honor of the Rev. Kurt Pritzl will feature Duquesne University professor Ronald Polansky discussing â€œAristotle on Accidental Perception.â€? 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202319-5259. â– Cuban author, poet and editor Nancy MorejĂłn will discuss her work. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â– Michael Dobbs will discuss his book â€œSix Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman â€” From World War to Cold War.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Film â– The Global Lens 2013 series will feature Zhang Yuanâ€™s 2012 film â€œBeijing Flickers.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Performances â– Sojourn Theatre Company and The Team will present a work-in-progress show-
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ing and discussion of â€œWaiting for You on the Corner of (â€Ś37th & O),â€? an original devised play about how Americans talk and listen to each other. 6 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â– The group ILL-Abilities â€” whose mission is to redefine societyâ€™s view of disabilities, promote empowerment and encourage limitless possibilities through motivational entertainment â€” will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Georgetown University Childrenâ€™s Theater will present â€œAladdinâ€? by Kathryn Schultz Miller. 7 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Reading â– The â€œTea at Two Readingâ€? series will feature the world premiere of Jacqueline E. Lawtonâ€™s â€œThe Hampton Years,â€? commissioned by Theater J. 2 to 4 p.m. $5. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Special events â– â€œHistory Haunt!â€? will feature ghost stories during a walk through Tudor Placeâ€™s five acres of gardens, followed by cocktails and refreshments. 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org/calendar.html. â– Craft2Wear, a show and sale of wearable art presented by the Smithsonian Womenâ€™s Committee and featuring clothes, jewelry and accessories, will open with an Advance Chance Party with wine, hors dâ€™oeuvres, music and modeling. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. See Events/Page 38
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Continued From Page 37 888-832-9554. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission costs $5. 27 Saturday, SaturdayOct.october 27 Children’s programs ■ The “Saturday Morning at the National” series will present Bright Star Theatre Company performing “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ “Fête de la Science 2012”will feature a children’s workshop on sustainable construction. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. ■ The Weekend Family Matinees series will present the eighth annual “John Henry’s Halloween Costume Concert Spooktacular!” 10 a.m. $6.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. ■ A workshop and tea will feature stories about tea-drinking history and lore, as well as a chance to create a three-dimensional chocolate house decorated with edible wonders. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $25; $10 for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org/calendar.html. ■ Children will hear a story about Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Classes ■ Longtime Istanbul enthusiast Lawrence Butler will lead a seminar on the city’s neighborhoods and their richly layered history. 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $130. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Oncology nurse Laura Pole and certified holistic nutrition counselor Ruth Fehr will lead a class on “Nourishing Foods for People With Cancer.” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20; reservations required. Smith Center
for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. smithcenter.org. ■ Marva Makle will lead an “Eating for Energy” class. 12:15 p.m. $25. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, Suite 217, Georgetown Plaza, 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. Concerts ■ The 21st Century Consort will present “Music for Uncivil Discourse,” featuring works by Rzewski, Deak and Davies. 5 p.m. $20. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6333030. ■ Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will perform Schubert’s “Octet in F major.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ Violinist Natasha Bogachek and pianist Dasha Gabay will present “A Parisian Salon,” featuring works by Ravel and Fauré. 7 p.m. $15. Lang Recital Hall, Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-686-8000. ■ Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will perform “1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project,” highlighting songs by Paul Simon, Duke Ellington and Carole King. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ The Capital Area Performing Arts Association will present “A Creative’s Conversation: Living the Artist Life While Parenting.” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. eventbrite.com/event/4320253996. ■ Sarah Pleydell and Molly Best Tinsley will discuss their books “Cologne” and “Entering the Blue Stone,” respectively, at 1 p.m.; Sheila Bair will discuss her book “Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street From Wall Street and Wall Street From Itself,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Mark Bowden will discuss his book “The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ D.C. artist and clothing designer Lynne Hanson will discuss her book “Do
Saturday, october 27 ■ Concert: Pianist Yuliya Gorenman, musician in residence at American University, will perform works by Schubert. 8 p.m. $25; $10 for students. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. You Think I Need to Wear Boobs With This Dress?” about her battle with breast cancer and crusade to design a line of clothes for breast cancer survivors. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Soho Tea & Coffee, 2150 P St. NW. ■ The Cottage Conversations series will feature a talk by Yale University history professor David Blight, author of “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era.” 6 p.m. $10 to $20. President Lincoln’s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. Films ■ “The Met: Live in HD” will feature the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Otello.” 12:55 p.m. $18 to $24. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fathomevents.com. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present King Vidor’s 1928 film “The Patsy,” with live accompaniment by Ben Model. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
■ “Ernie Kovacs: Video Art for the Intimate Vacuum” will feature screenings of the comedian’s television work, followed by a discussion with Kovacs historians Bruce Bennett, David Bianculli and Ben Model. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ The Goethe-Institut will present Wim Wenders’ 1987 film “Wings of Desire.” 6 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ “Outdoor Movies at the Palisades Park,” sponsored by Friends of Palisades Park and the Palisades Community Fund, will feature Mel Brooks’ 1974 film “Young Frankenstein.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherier places NW. Special events ■ “Peirce Mill Grinds Again!” will offer a chance to explore the building’s four floors and to see the waterpowered machine in action, with milling demonstrations every half hour. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. ■ The third annual Metro Washington Financial Planning Day will feature one-onone counseling and classroom-style presentations by professional financial planners. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. financialplanningdays.org/dc. ■ Shaw Main Streets will host a Halloween Bar Crawl featuring seven area establishments. Proceeds will benefit the group’s historic fire and police call box project. Noon to 6 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Duffy’s Irish Pub, 2106 Vermont Ave. NW. shawmainstreetbarcrawl.eventbrite.com. ■ “Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration” will provide guests and their dogs an opportunity to explore the Hillwood grounds, walk through wooded trails and participate in a pet costume contest. 2 to 4 p.m. $15 per dog and up to two owners. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202686-5807. ■ Actors from the Georgetown Theatre Company will present “Halloween in Georgetown,” featuring a reading of poems and short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. A reception will follow. 8 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 703-271-7770. Walks and tours ■ Whitman-Walker Health will present AIDS Walk Washington, a fundraising walk and 5K timed run. 8:15 a.m. $25 to $50; $15 for students and seniors. Freedom Plaza, 13th Street and Pennsylvania
Avenue NW. aidswalkwashington.org. ■ Washington Walks will present a walking tour of Woodley Park and the Washington National Cathedral. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the Woodley Park-ZooAdams Morgan Metro station entrance. 202-484-1565. The tour will repeat Oct. 28, Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. ■ “Autumn Candlelight Mill Tours” will explore how the Oliver Evans-style gristmill helped jump-start the Industrial Revolution. 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. Sunday, Oct. 28
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Children’s program ■ “Haunted Halloween Pop-Ups” will offer participants a chance to build and decorate their own haunted houses using the pop-up technique taught by artist Carol Barton (for children ages 6 and older). The event will include crafts, treats and ghost stories. 1 to 3 p.m. $15 per child; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Classes ■ Gen Kelsang Varahi will lead a weekly class on “Advice for Life — Relying Upon Conscientiousness and Mindfulness.” 10 to 11 a.m. $6. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1803 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9862257. ■ The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation will present a master class with cellist Matthew Zalkind. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Concerts ■ The National Symphony Orchestra’s “Halloween Spooktacular!” will feature musicians dressed up as ghosts, ghouls and goblins performing works by Berlioz, Williams, Dukas and Prokofiev (for ages 5 and older). 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ “The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Bolling. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011. ■ Guitarist Christopher Jenkins will perform works by Dyens, Bach, Rodrigo, Mangoré, Albéniz and Brouwer. 3:30 p.m. Free; donations will benefit the Tower Restoration Fund. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. ■ To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth, British pianist Leon McCawley will perform works that demonstrate influences on the composer’s style. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. See Events/Page 40
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usan Calloway Fine Arts will open an On exhibit exhibit tomorrow of drawings by Dana Westring and photography by Andrew Sovjani and continue it through Nov. 23. All NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through the works are on paper and share a sensibility Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from of line and form. noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. An opening reception will ■ “Words Like Sapphires: 100 take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 Years of Hebraica at the Library p.m. of Congress, 1912-2012,” high Located at 1643 Wisconsin lighting Hebrew manuscripts, Ave. NW, the gallery is open scroll, sheet music and other artiTuesday through Saturday from facts, will open tomorrow in the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-965-4601. South Gallery of the Library of ■ “Personal Passages,” featuring Congress’ Thomas Jefferson drawings that blend fine art and Building and continue through medicine by Georgetown March 16. University alumnus Dr. David Located at 10 1st St. SE, the Hidalgo, will open today at the Jefferson Building is open Spagnuolo Gallery and continMonday through Saturday from Jeff Gates’ twists on 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202-707ue through Dec. 9. Hidalgo will give a talk today World War II posters 8000. are on display at at 12:30 p.m., and an opening ■ “The Ripple Effect: Currents of reception will take place today Socially Engaged Art,” showcasCurator’s Office. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ing artists from Latin America Located in the lobby of the Georgetown and the United States who are motivated to University’s Walsh Building at 1221 36th St. create social change in such areas as the envi-
ronment and immigration, will open tomorrow at the Art Museum of the Americas and continue through Jan. 13. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 201 18th St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-463-0203. ■ “The Chamomile Tea Party,” featuring posters by Jeff Gates that combine World War II propaganda images with new text about current political and social issues, will open Saturday at Curator’s Office and continue through Nov. 7. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 201, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-387-1008. ■ “Nothing Lasts Forever,” presenting new paintings by Julie Roberts and new sculptures by Kenny Hunter, will open Saturday at Connersmith and continue through Dec. 20. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., preceded by an artists’ talk at 5 p.m.
Andrew Sovjani’s “Cades Cove No. 5” is part of an exhibit at Susan Calloway Fine Arts of the photographer’s work. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. ■ “Fashioning the New Woman: 1890-1925,” highlighting changes in women’s fashion around the turn of the 20th century, opened recently at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, where it will continue See Exhibits/Page 46
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Continued From Page 38 Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. â– Middle C Music will host its annual Halloween Recital. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2447326. â– Musician Jerzy Sapieyevski will present â€œNewCenturyMusicClub,â€? a concertconversation about and beyond the moods of music. 5 p.m. $20; $10 for students. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. â– The Thomas Circle Singers will present â€œMusic of Heaven and Earth,â€? featuring works by Bloch, Stanford, BartĂłk, Whitacre and others. Proceeds will benefit the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. 5 p.m. $20; $15 for seniors and students. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. thomascirclesingers.org. â– The City Choir of Washington will perform Handelâ€™s â€œCoronation Anthemsâ€? and â€œDettingen Te Deum.â€? 5 p.m. $15 to $50. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-572-6865. â– Pianist Tanya Vegvary Plescia will perform works by Hewitt, Mozart and Reinagle. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â€œDC Jazz Jamâ€? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â– The Cuban choir Schola Cantorum Coralina will present â€œA Night in Havanaâ€? as part of its first visit to the United States. 7 p.m. $20; $15 for students and seniors. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 703-683-6040. Discussions and lectures â– Artist Joel Shapiro, one of the most widely exhibited American sculptors, will
discuss his nearly 50-year career. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– George M. Church and Ed Regis will discuss their book â€œRegenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves,â€? at 1 p.m.; and David Skinner (shown) will discuss his book â€œThe Story of Ainâ€™t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published,â€? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â– Wendy Cooper, senior curator of furniture at the Winterthur Museum, will discuss â€œTriumphs in Craftsmanship: Masterpieces of American Furniture From the Kaufman Collection, 1700-1830.â€? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films â– The National Museum of American History will present Milos Formanâ€™s 1975 film â€œOne Flew Over the Cuckooâ€™s Nest.â€? A panel discussion on the movieâ€™s Czech and U.S. inspirations will follow. 1 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â– â€œShostakovich and the Cinemaâ€? will feature the North American premiere of Lew Arnstamâ€™s 1960 film â€œFive Days, Five Nights.â€? A post-screening discussion will feature Roy Guenther, Tony Palmer, Peter Rollberg and Solomon Volkov. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– â€œCinema Francais a Mount Vernonâ€? will feature Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenneâ€™s 2011 film â€œLe Gamin au vĂŠlo (The Kid With a Bike).â€? 4:30 p.m. Free. Eckles Memorial Library, George Washington University Mount Vernon
Seventh-floor auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â– Peter MacLeod, historian at the Canadian War Museum, will lead a tour of the exhibition â€œ1812: A Nation Emerges.â€? 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Monday, Oct. 29
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Monday, october 29 â– Discussion: Daniel Mendelsohn will discuss his book â€œWaiting for the Barbarians: Essays From the Classics to Pop Culture.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202-2425117. â– ITVS Community Cinema will present Brad Lichtensteinâ€™s film â€œAs Goes Janesville,â€? about a Wisconsin town in the aftermath of the 2008 closing of a century-old General Motors plant. A discussion with economist Dean Baker will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. Performance â– The Paulatuk Moonlight Drummers and Dancers, a group from the Invialuit settlement region of Northwestern Canada, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Special event â– Bahaâ€™i and Buddhist leaders will guide meditation together as part of a program of pre-Thanksgiving, stress-free interfaith gatherings. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Bahaâ€™i Center of Washington, D.C., 5713 16th St. NW. interfaithgatherings.org. Walks and tours â– Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead a walking tour of Georgetown, with stops at three of the neighborhoodâ€™s cupcake shops for a sample at each (included in the ticket price). 10 a.m. to noon. $20; reservations suggested. Meet at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. octobercupcaketour.eventbrite.com. â– A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate the Washington National Cathedral. 2 p.m. $10; $5 for children ages 12 and younger.
Concerts â– Vocalist Sandra Y. Johnson will perform with the University of the District of Columbiaâ€™s small jazz ensemble, the UDC JAZZtet. 6:30 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1261. â– The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation will present the Avanti Orchestra and soloist Matthew Zalkind performing works by Brahms and Shostakovich. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â– Historians will participate in a symposium on â€œ1812: Portraits of War,â€? about the individuals depicted in the exhibition of the same name. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Charlotte Pierce-Baker will discuss her book â€œThis Fragile Life: A Motherâ€™s Story of a Bipolar Son.â€? 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-238-2523. â– Former U.S. Rep. Mickey Edwards, R-Okla., will discuss his book â€œThe Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans.â€? 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW. mickeyedwards.eventbrite.com. â– Father Michael Lapsley will discuss his book â€œRedeeming the Past: My Journey From Freedom Fighter to Healer.â€? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â– Author Helen Caldicott (shown) and contributor Arjun Makhijani will discuss their book â€œLoving This Planet: Leading Thinkers Talk About How to Make a Better World.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Experts will discuss the design, engineering and construction challenges that complicate plans to deck over the exposed portion of I-395 and reweave F and G streets NW back into the urban fabric. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $12 for students.
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Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â– Kim Oâ€™Donnel will discuss her book â€œThe Meat Loverâ€™s Meatless Celebrations: Year-Round Vegetarian Feasts (You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into).â€? 7 p.m. Free. Modern Times Coffeehouse at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â– Ellen Cassedy will discuss her book â€œWe Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.â€? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Films â– A foreign film series will feature Mike Leighâ€™s 1999 film â€œTopsy-Turvy.â€? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â– The Goethe-Institut will present Stefan Kaegiâ€™s 2010 film â€œSoil Sample Kazakhstan.â€? 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â– â€œOver the Rainbow for Judy Garlandâ€? will feature George Sidneyâ€™s 1946 film â€œThe Harvey Girls.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. â– A classic film series will feature Tod Browningâ€™s 1931 film â€œDracula.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â– â€œBallet in Cinemaâ€? will feature Verdiâ€™s â€œUn Ballo in Maschera.â€? 7 p.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. The film will be shown again Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. â– â€œFĂŞte de la Science 2012â€? will feature Martin Meissonier and Pascal Signoletâ€™s documentary â€œMy Trash Is a Treasure.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Alliance FranĂ§aise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Performances â– The Kids Euro Festival 2012 will feature Luxembourgâ€™s Traffik Theater performing â€œRed Riding Hood.â€? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– Theater J will present a reading of Ari Rothâ€™s family comedy â€œAndy and the Shadows.â€? 7:30 p.m. $5. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â– As part of the national â€œPlays for Presidents Festival,â€? the theater group dog & pony dc and other local ensembles will present â€œ44 Plays for 44 Presidents.â€? 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. dogandponydc.com. Special event â– In conjunction with National Opera Week, the In Series will present a Directorsâ€™ Salon featuring director Alan Paul, music directors Paul Leavitt and Carlos RodrĂguez, designers and performers with a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming pocket opera â€œLove & Witchcraft,â€? a pairing of Purcellâ€™s â€œDido & Aeneasâ€? and De Fallaâ€™s â€œEl Amor Brujo.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Arts@1830, 1830 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. Tuesday, Oct. 30
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Concerts â– The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Armonia Nova performing Medieval and Renaissance music of Europe. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G See Events/Page 41
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EXHIBITS From Page 39 through Aug. 31. Located at 1776 D St. NW, the museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202879-3241. â– President Lincolnâ€™s Cottage recently began displaying a rare signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and will keep it on view through February. Admission to President Lincolnâ€™s Cottage is by guided tour only. Tickets are required and cost $15 for adults, $12.50 for military personnel and $5 for children ages 6 through 12.
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Yard/Moving/Bazaar HUGE RUMMAGE SALE! Sat., Oct. 27, 9 amâ€“2 p.m. Clothing, housewares, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, toys. St. Margaretâ€™s Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave. NW, Dupont Circle Metro. www.stmargaretsdc.org
present George Bernard Shawâ€™s â€œPygmalionâ€? Oct. 25 through Nov. 18 at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $50. The church is located at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-5820050; stageguild.org. â– American University will close â€œGuys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadwayâ€? Oct. 27 at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. The Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre is located at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787; american.edu. â– The Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society at Georgetown University will close Alan Bennettâ€™s â€œThe History Boysâ€? Oct. 27 in Poulton Hall. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets cost $8 to $10. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; performingarts.georgetown.edu. â– Studio Theatre will close an extended run of Oren Jacobyâ€™s adaptation of Ralph Ellisonâ€™s â€œInvisible Manâ€? Oct. 28. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $72. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org. â– Michael Merinoâ€™s â€œHemispheric Dysfunctionalism and the Cortical Titanicâ€? will close at The Shop â€” Fort Fringe Oct. 28. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $25. Dress in 20th-century finery for priority seating. Fort Fringe is located at 607 New York Ave. NW. 866-811-4111; capfringe.org. â– The Spooky Action Theater will close Craig Lucasâ€™ â€œRecklessâ€? Oct. 28.
Located at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street NW, the cottage is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202-829-0436, ext. 31231. â– â€œBirthday,â€? celebrating the life of D.C. leukemia victim Isabelle Scott, will close Sunday in Satterlee Hall at St. Albanâ€™s Parish. It features tributes to her from friends and family collected by her son, Scott Rosenberg. Located at 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the hall is open Wednesday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. birthdayexhibition.org. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $20. Spooky Action Theater is located at 1810 16th St. NW. 202248-0301; spookyaction.org. â– Washington Improv Theater is presenting its long-form improv production â€œPOTUS Among Usâ€? through Nov. 3 at Source. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7770; washingtonimprovtheater.com. â– Arena Stage will present â€œOne Night With Janis Joplinâ€? through Nov. 4 in the Kreeger Theater. 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 $45 to $94. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org. â– Shakespeare Theatre Company has extended Nikolai Gogolâ€™s â€œThe Government Inspectorâ€? through Nov. 4 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $43 to $95. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. â– Theater J is presenting the Polish epic â€œOur Classâ€? through Nov. 4 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Centerâ€™s Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $45. The community center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-4948497; theaterj.org. â– The Washington Savoyards is presenting â€œThe Rocky Horror Showâ€? through Nov. 4 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $40. Atlas is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; atlasarts.org.
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...and while you’re cleaning out your basement or attic, please bring along any household items, furniture, sealed food or personal items to donate to A Wider Circle, an organization that assists homeless families moving into new housing. (www.awidercircle.org) The shredding truck, electronic recycling truck and A Wider Circle truck will be in our parking lot behind our building waiting for you. We’ll be there to help you unload.
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What’s REALLY Happening in NW Real Estate?* Zip Code 20016 20015 20012 20011 20010 20009 20008 20007
YTD Median Sales Price 2012 $925,000 $855,000 $524,000 $375,000 $579,000 $865,000 $1,147,000 $1,200,000
Median Sales Price Same Period 2011 $930,000 $820,000 $523,000 $355,000 $505,000 $854,000 $1,225,000 $1,025,000
Percent Change -.5% +4.3% No change +5.6% +14.7% +1.37% -6.47% +17%
The statistics above prove the old adage, all real estate is local. Also, with low inventory in our area, data shows that homes are selling faster than last year… more than 1/3 of properties go under contract within 1 week of coming on the market. Now more than ever, local knowledge and in depth analysis are critical to your success! Contact us to put our experience and savvy to work for you: 202-321-5506 or www.TaylorAgostino.com *data compiled from Metropolitan Regional Information System and includes only fee simple sales (condominiums and cooperatives excluded).
CHEVY CHASE HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
the 11th Year and the best yet. Upper Connecticut Avenue merchants will provide treats for the costumed younger (or older) set! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 4:00 TO 6:00 PM. ON CONNECTICUT AVENUE BETWEEN LIVINGSTON ST AND CHEVY CHASE CIRCLE
Be there or be scared!