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Serving Foggy Bottom & the West End Vol. VI, No. 19

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Foggy Bottom Current

Dispensary planned for 20th Street

Council refuses to pass Gray’s spending plans


■ Budget: Legislators cite

irritation over changing stats

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Having survived the D.C. Department of Health’s rigorous vetting process, Herbal Alternatives could open this summer near 20th and M streets NW as one of the District’s first medical marijuana dispensaries. On Thursday, the Health Department named the four proposed dispensaries that met its criteria, including the proposed site in an office building at 1147 20th St. The dispensaries are now subject to review by advisory neighborhood commissions. Herbal Alternatives managing partner Jennifer Brunenkant said in an interview that she spent last summer looking for a suitable location in the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan areas, seeking a centrally located site with both easy transit access and parking. The belowground office space she secured on 20th Street meets those criteria and is also more than 1,000 feet from any schools and recreation centers (exceeding the District’s 300-foot See Marijuana/Page 16

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown led his colleagues Tuesday in withholding support for nearly all the spending changes proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray to use additional revenue uncovered in recent months as the city’s fiscal picture improved. Instead, the council approved only two changes for the current fiscal year: $8 million to cover man-

Bike-lane program selects D.C., others for expansion ■ Transportation: Initiative

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Ed Abramic of St. Mary’s Court gives Colby Furman a twirl during Saturday’s 10th annual GW Senior Prom at George Washington University’s Smith Center. The intergenerational event drew students and seniors and featured performances by GW Ballroom and King James & the Serfs of Swing.

will add more protected lanes

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Tight budget puts Circulator plans on hold By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The expansion of DC Circulator bus service is on hold due to a lack of funding, according to D.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson John Lisle. Under its 10-year plan published last spring, the department was scheduled to begin adding service in the upcoming 2013 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The plan called for adding a “North Mall” route running from Georgetown to Union Station by way of the National Mall, and extending the Dupont CircleGeorgetown-Rosslyn route to U Street and Howard University. The Georgetown advisory neigh-

NEWS ■ Little League kicks off season. Page 5. ■ Area shop owners hope for relief on secondhand license. Page 2.

dated unemployment compensation costs, and about $7 million to pay for special education and summer school classes in the city’s charter schools. The actual cost or basis for other new spending proposed by the mayor, Brown said, was unclear and constantly changing. Some council members said their spending priorities differed from Gray’s. The debate seemed an unusually sharp clash between Gray and Brown, who campaigned together in 2010 and have been considered political allies. But Brown later denied any rift. ”We have a budget process. There’s the mayor’s role See Budget/Page 11

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Plans had called for new routes in fiscal year 2013.

borhood commission this month passed a unanimous resolution pushing for implementation of the two routes through its area. “Those routes would be good for Georgetown — they’d be good for residents, and

they’d be good for businesses,” commission chair Ron Lewis said at the April 2 meeting. According to the plan, the North Mall route would cost an estimated $4.5 million in its first year and the extension to U Street would cost $1.6 million, with costs projected to rise over the years. With these and other changes elsewhere in the city, the transportation agency had projected spending $13.5 million for new Circulator service in fiscal year 2013. But Mayor Vincent Gray’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, released last month, doesn’t include any of that money. “There’s no capital or operating See Circulator/Page 11

EVENTS ■ Classic musical numbers reimagined in show at Atlas. Page 29. ■ Building Museum to host 30th anniversary Craft Show. Page 29.

D.C. will be getting more “protected” bike lanes through a new program that’s aiming to build nationwide momentum for the trend. The Bikes Belong Foundation recently selected the District as one of six focus cities for its “Green Lane Project,” which will provide supportive resources for installing more protected bike lanes over the next two years. In D.C., the program will help officials move forward with an already-planned network of innovative bike lanes centered around downtown, according to Jim Sebastian, the bicycle program coordinator for the D.C. Department of Transportation. “This will give us a chance to highlight what we’re doing and take it to the next level,” he said. The Green Lane Project, based in Boulder, Colo., hopes to see protected lanes become more commonplace across the country.

PASSAGES Spring tours: Georgetowners open their homes and gardens in two annual neighborhood traditions. Page 15. ■

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D.C.’s first protected lane was a pilot project on 15th Street.

Such lanes, sometimes called “cycle tracks,” reserve dedicated space for bicyclists, separating them from car traffic with various types of physical barriers. Though the trend has been popular in Europe for years, it first debuted in the United States in 2007, in New York City. The District installed its first protected bike lane two years later through a pilot project on 15th Street NW. The Green Lane Project will help its six target cities develop more protected lanes by offering various forms of support, rather than direct funding. “We will help the cities in a variSee Lanes/Page 8

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Foggy Bottom News/13 Exhibits/29 In Your Neighborhood/12

Opinion/10 Passages/15 Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/17 Service Directory/33 Theater/29


Wednesday, April 18, 2012



The Current

Henderson lays out five goals for D.C. schools Shop owners hope for relief Current Staff Report D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says her five-year plan for the school system involves raising math and reading scores by nearly 30 percent and more than doubling the number of students who take advanced courses. These aims are part of Henderson’s five-goal plan to transform city schools into a “world-class” education system, she told DC Chamber of Commerce

members last week. The chancellor — who is slated to receive an honorary doctorate Saturday from Georgetown University for her contributions to education reform — wants to raise the number of D.C. students meeting national grade-level standards in math and reading to 70 percent from the present 42 percent. “No other urban school [system] has students at the 70 See Henderson/Page 22

from licensing requirement By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

New legislation might be the answer to gripes that have surfaced recently in Adams Morgan and U Street about the city’s secondhand dealers license. Earlier this month, a handful of shop owners in the area learned that they needed to apply for the secondhand license in order to continue selling vintage or used goods. Though a meeting last week at D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs headquarters appears to have smoothed over some initial anger and frustration, business owners are still hoping to find a way out of the license. Many believe its requirements — such as criminal background checks and daily inventory reports — are unnecessarily onerous. Robert Clayton, an attorney representing Crooked Beat Records,

said he’s now working to craft legislation that would create more flexible, nuanced licensing requirements for businesses like used-book shops and record shops. “What the business owners are doing is trying to draft legislation to fix some of the loopholes in the secondhand dealers law to make it so it wouldn’t apply to these types of businesses,” Clayton said. Crooked Beat was among the stores that a regulatory inspector and police detective visited on April 4, in an encounter that some have characterized as unexpected and brusque. The team also stopped by Smash Records, Idle Time Books, Treasury, GoodWood and Meeps. That day, store owners learned they were in violation of requirements for the secondhand dealers license — and would face steep fines if they didn’t apply for one within seven days. See License/Page 7


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Wisconsin Avenue Giant’s closure marks end of an era By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

When the clock struck six last Thursday, many said it was the end of an era. The Giant Food store, a fixture at Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street for 59 years, closed its doors to customers for the last time — at least for now. The existing building will soon be razed and a new, larger Giant will rise in its place as part of mixed-use development on the block expected to be complete in early 2014. But on the original store’s final day, many were sad to see it go. “We’re grieving — I don’t think people realize what they’re losing here,” said Militsa Samardzija, a longtime customer who made her last trip to the store that evening with her sister Mary. “Whatever the store lacked in selection or in its condition, it more than made up for it in customer service. It felt like patronizing a mom-and-pop store — its small footprint made it cozy.” Built in 1953, the store’s 14 aisles and 11 registers make it tiny in comparison to today’s typical grocery store. The new Giant will reflect the modern trend: Its size will more than triple, allowing a larger selection of products. The changes come after years of neighborhood battles over the size and nature of the development that

will accompany the new Giant. Many welcome the progress — and say they long ago stopped patronizing the store’s narrow aisles — but on Thursday, it was more common to hear reminisces about the relationships that blossomed between dedicated staff and loyal customers. “It’s been a tearful day. We’re like a family here — we know a lot of customers by name,” said Patricia McClinton, a 25-year Giant employee who has managed the dairy department for the last nine. “I remember one customer, David, whose mother became ill and couldn’t get to the store anymore. I knew she liked a particular kind of yogurt, and it would sell out fast, so when it came in, I would put some aside for her and call David to let him know it was here.” McClinton recalled that during 2010’s “Snowmageddon,” customers came to the store to make sure the staff was OK. Some also brought hot meals and invited stranded employees to their homes. Last week, several customers brought in cake and ice cream, hosting an impromptu party for the staff. “The store is small, everybody is close-knit and looks out for one another, and everyone knows where everything is — it’s real quaint,” she added. One of the shoppers who appreciated being able to find everything See Giant/Page 8


Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Residents complain about Glover Park work

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Planned construction for the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project started earlier this month, and some Glover Park residents are already up in arms about the impact they say the work is having on adjacent neighborhood streets. Residents raised concerns about pedestrian safety and increased traffic at last week’s Glover ParkCathedral Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting. They said cars, trucks and even

Circulator buses are cutting through the neighborhood at an alarming pace to avoid constructionbased delays on Wisconsin. What neighbors said they fear most is that drivers will get used to taking residential streets to avoid traffic on Wisconsin Avenue long after the construction project ends. Neighborhood commissioners responded last week by sending a letter to Terry Bellamy, director of the D.C. Transportation Department, relaying constituents’ concerns and urging the department to See Traffic/Page 11

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The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development will sponsor a “Housing for All” rally at 6 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Thursday, April 19

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 2 town-hall meeting on the D.C. budget from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. ■ DC Students Speak — GW, a student organization focusing on ways students and neighbors can work together, will host a panel discussion with members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A. The discussion will focus on issues facing the neighborhood and the city at large, as well as the commission’s role. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 113, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.

Monday, April 23

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 4 town-hall meeting on the D.C. budget at 6:30 p.m. at Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. NW.

Tuesday, April 24

The D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations will hold a citywide meeting on “D.C.’s Ethics Initiative: Can a Pledge Help Assure Government Employees’ Proper Behavior?” The meeting will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW.

Wednesday, April 25

The Tenleytown Historical Society and the D.C. Archives will present an Emancipation Day program. Historian and lecturer C.R. Gibbs will discuss “The Triumph of Freedom: The Story of D.C. Emancipation,” and attorney Donet D. Graves, a descendant of prominent 19th-century hotelier James Wormley, will discuss “Lafayette, We Are Here: A Story of a Family of Free Blacks in the City of Washington.” The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Monday, April 30

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Ward 1 town-hall meeting on the D.C. budget at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW.

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The Current

District Digest Six students contend for Presidential honor A panel has tapped six D.C. students as semifinalists in the 2012 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. The semifinalists are Eve S. Barnett and James F. Cohan of Maret School, Vadim A. Medish of St. Albans School, Erin H. O’Brien

and Julia F. Peck of Wilson High School, and Isaac M. StanleyBecker of Georgetown Day School. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will select up to 121 academic scholars and up to 20 arts scholars from the field of

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City smartphone app eases 311 reporting

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School system starts new grant program

D.C. Public Schools has set aside $10 million to award in grants to schools within the system that need special help under the new “Proving What’s Possible� program announced last Wednesday, according to a school system news release. D.C. schools with large numbers of struggling students or a group of students who have fallen far behind can seek “major grants� of $250,000 to $400,000 through the program; those that want to resolve a smaller problem can seek $50,000 to $100,000, the release says. According to the release, the $10 million was previously spent on pilot programs crafted by the central school system, while individual schools can now request the money to fund their own improvement plans. Schools have until May 18 to apply; winners will be announced June 1.

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Institute praises D.C. for pre-k enrollment

The District’s public schools are bucking a nationwide trend by enrolling increasing numbers of prekindergarten students, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research. The institute, part of Rutgers University, states in a news release that 75 percent of D.C. 3- and 4-year-olds were served through the city school system or public charter schools in the 2010-2011 school year. This increased from 44 percent of 4-year-olds and 20 percent of 3-year-olds in the 2002-2003 school year. Nationwide, just 28 percent of 4-year-olds and 4 percent of 3-yearolds received public pre-kindergarten education in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the release.

Crash victims were robbery suspects

Three of the D.C. teens involved in a fatal car accident last month at Chevy Chase Circle were part of a group that police believe attempted an armed robbery in Friendship Heights earlier this year, according to a Metropolitan Police Department official. Speaking at Thursday’s Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission meeting, Lt. Alan Hill said officers stopped a group of youths in February near 42nd Street and Military Road and found that one of them had a BB gun. Officers had heard someone in the group say “him, him, do him,� which they believed to be the youths identifying a prospective robbery victim, according to Hill. Police were unable to link the youths to any particular robbery, but Hill said they matched the pattern of previous street crimes in the area. The 16-year-old driver of an allegedly stolen car crashed March 23 while fleeing Montgomery County Police on Connecticut Avenue; the driver and two of three passengers died after the car caught fire.


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Incumbent Orange emerges as winner of at-large Democratic primary By CHRIS KAIN Current Staff Writer

On the night of the District’s April 3 primary, the spread between the Democrats’ two at-large D.C. Council candidates fluctuated as officials tallied precinct results. By the end of the night, the election day count had incumbent Vincent Orange with just a 543vote margin over Sekou Biddle, who briefly served as an interim council member last year before Orange defeated him in a special election. With thousands of absentee and special ballots left to be counted in this year’s primary, many observers thought Biddle might

close the gap — or that the end result might fall within the margin of 1 percentage point that triggers an automatic recount. Neither came to pass. Complete but unofficial election results finalized Friday showed that Orange defeated Biddle by 1,746 votes — 40.4 percent to 37.4 percent. The thirdplace finisher, Peter Shapiro, collected 10.6 percent, while E. Gail Anderson Holness finished with 7.4 percent. Orange dominated in wards 5, 7 and 8, where he received roughly six in 10 votes. Biddle prevailed by similar or larger margins in wards 1, 2 and 3. Biddle won but fell short of a majority in wards 4 and 6; in the former, he had a slim 129-vote advantage.

Late Friday, the Biddle campaign released a statement congratulating Orange on “winning this very close race. While the votes did not go in our favor today, it is clear from today’s results that the majority of residents of the District want and expect more of their leaders than they are getting right now.â€? The Orange campaign has not put out a statement. In a brief interview yesterday, he said he had been confident that the additional votes would go his way after analyzing the available data. “Once I examined the numbers ‌ I knew I had it.â€? As the nominee of the District’s dominant political party, Orange is widely expected to prevail in November’s general election, but

he will face several opponents in the race for the two seats up for election. “You always act like it’s a battle. You go out and do your due diligence and campaign hard,� he said. Council member Michael A. Brown, an independent, is seeking another term, and independent David Grosso is actively campaigning as well. Also in the race are Republican nominee Mary Brooks Beatty, who won 4,282 votes in an uncontested primary, and D.C. Statehood Green nominee Ann C. Wilcox, who received 223 votes in a contested race. Staff writer Elizabeth Wiener contributed to this report.

Capitol City Little League kicks off its season By CHRIS TREVINO Current Correspondent

There were no million-dollar baseball players strutting around the field, signing autographs for eager spectators. No overpriced hot dogs or sodas, no packed gift shop, no jumbo screens, long lines or stadium openings. None of these things could be found in Chevy Chase Saturday, but that didn’t matter: It was opening day. Players, coaches and parents kicked off the season that day for Capitol City Little League, a program that has been active in Northwest for more than 20 years. The day had a lot to offer: food, raffles, a parade and even a ceremonial first pitch from Mayor Vincent Gray. “It’s like a big party — a big neighborhood party is what opening day is,� said co-president Stephen Ganote. “It’s a rite of spring.� The party kicked off at Lafayette Park at 11 a.m., but as early as 10:15

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Capitol City Little League relies on volunteer support, involving 500plus local families. The program has been active for over 20 years. the park saw a stream of hyper kids in jerseys representing teams such as the Pirates, Tigers, Orioles and Nationals. Some ran the bases; others scuffled in the dirt with friends or played catch with gloves nearly as big as them. All while league board vice president Linda Geen zigzagged around, setting everything up.

“Because we’re starting a little later than we usually due to the spring break schedule in the schools, I think these kids have been practicing for a while and are so excited to start their games,� Geen said. The league caters to kids ranging from 5 to 12 years old, with co-ed teams in major and minor divisions, See League/Page 22

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This is a listing of reports taken from April 8 through 15 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

psa 101

PSA 101 â&#x2013; downtown

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 900 block, 10th St.; hotel; 4:19 am. April 14. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. April 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 1:40 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 10:03 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  700 block, 13th St.; store; 12:30 p.m. April 11. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 5:01 p.m. April 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, F St.; street; 9:56 p.m. April 13.

psa 102

â&#x2013; Gallery place PSA 102


Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 800 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 12:30 p.m. April 9. Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; public housing; 4 a.m. April 14. Burglary â&#x2013;  600 block, H St.; restaurant; 10 p.m. April 14. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  400 block, H St.; street; midnight April 9. â&#x2013;  800 block, 5th St.; drugstore; 12:01 a.m. April 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, H St.; restaurant; 7 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  600 block, Indiana Ave.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. April 12. Theft form auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  700 block, 5th St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. April 13.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; Van Ness Street and Wisconsin Avenue; sidewalk; 2:05 p.m. April 9. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  4800 block, Brandywine St.; residence; 2:45 p.m. April 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 8 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:25 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:57 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Brandywine St.; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 9 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:10 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  4700 block, 49th St.; residence; 9:30 p.m. April 12. Theft from auto (below $250)

â&#x2013; 3800 block, Alton Place; street; 12:20 p.m. April 9.

â&#x2013; 1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 10 a.m. April 13.

psa 203

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013; forest hills / van ness

PSA 203

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 36th and Porter streets; sidewalk; 5:32 p.m. April 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, 36th St.; residence; 1 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:33 p.m. April 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 7 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  32nd and Ellicott streets; street; 8:40 p.m. April 10.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 2600 block, Woodley Place; street; 11:15 p.m. April 8. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  3700 block, Benton St.; sidewalk; 2:45 p.m. April 13. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3100 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 7 p.m. April 10. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:29 p.m. April 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 3 a.m. April 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 10:15 a.m. April 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  27th Street and Woodley Road; street; 7 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 28th St.; street; 8 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and Devonshire Place; street; 9 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  2800 block, 27th St.; street; 1:30 p.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Massachusetts Ave; street; 12:15 a.m. April 13.

psa PSA 206 206

â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Burglary â&#x2013; 3200 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 7 a.m. April 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 7:26 p.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:40 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 5:52 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 6:56 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  M Street and Potomac Street; street; 1 p.m. April 14. â&#x2013;  2600 block, P St.; store; 2:30 p.m. April 14. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6 p.m. April 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; parking lot; 10 a.m. April 12.

â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 16th and L streets; street; 9:05 p.m. April 11. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; drugstore; 5:10 a.m. April 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, M St.; medical facility; 7:14 a.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 24th St.; street; 8:45 a.m. April 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 21st St.; government building; 8 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 9:15 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 15th St.; office building; 1 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  1400 block, F St.; restaurant; 9:30 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  1800 block, K St.; sidewalk; 9 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  800 block, 15th St.; store; noon April 12. â&#x2013;  2200 block, I St.; restaurant; 12:45 p.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; store; 2:40 p.m. April 12. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:43 p.m. April 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; alley; 10 p.m. April 14. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 11:30 a.m. April 15.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208 dupont circle

Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013; 2100 block, P St.; street; 1 a.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 2:40 a.m. April 15. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  20th and M streets; drugstore; 4:20 a.m. April 14. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 16th St.; hotel; 10:50 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 8:30 a.m. April 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; residence; 5 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 5:15 p.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 21st St.; office building; 12:15 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 15th St.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 3:15 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:45 p.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; sidewalk; 6:45 p.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  17th and P streets; restaurant; 9 p.m. April 12. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 5:20 p.m. April 13.

â&#x2013; 1200 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 10:55 a.m. April 14. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; noon April 14. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; sidewalk; 11:15 p.m. April 14. â&#x2013;  2200 block, P St.; church; 11 a.m. April 15. â&#x2013;  1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; restaurant; 7:30 p.m. April 15. Breaking and entering (vending) â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. April 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, R St.; street; 10:30 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 16th St.; street; 2 p.m. April 10.

psa PSA 301 301

â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Burglary â&#x2013; 1900 block, 14th St.; office building; 8:30 p.m. April 13. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1500 block, Caroline St.; street; 7 p.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 14th St.; street; 7:45 p.m. April 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; street; 4:30 p.m. April 15. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Riggs Place; street; 11:15 a.m. April 15.

psa PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; adams morgan

Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Euclid St.; sidewalk; 10:40 p.m. April 14. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 9:37 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  1700 block, California St.; sidewalk; 1 p.m. April 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Mozart Place; street; 1 p.m. April 14.

psa PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 10th and French streets; sidewalk; 1:20 a.m. April 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon (miscellaneous) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 9th St.; street; 2:01 a.m. April 15. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, 11th St.; store; 8 p.m. April 8. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Vermont Ave.; residence; 2 a.m. April 15. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Vermont Ave.; residence; 3 a.m. April 14. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; parking lot; 10:50 a.m. April 11. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 9th St.; street; 10 p.m. April 14. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 10:30 a.m. April 10. â&#x2013;  14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; street; 3 p.m. April 10.

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The regulatory department has since extended the olive branch, apologizing for the visits and offering flexibility and assistance. In a follow-up meeting with business owners and community representatives on April 12, agency director Nicholas Majett agreed to hold off on any fines until May 28. Agency staffers will also be available to help business owners work through the compliance process. Agency spokesperson Helder Gil said this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enforcement came about at the request of the Metropolitan Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pawn unit. The stores in question fall under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Class Aâ&#x20AC;? category of the secondhand dealers license, which falls under the same general umbrella that includes pawnshop licenses. Requirements for the Class A license overlap with those in place for the Class B pawnshop license, and some believe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly the problem. They argue that stores that sell items like vintage clothes, used books or old records shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be subject to the same type of scrutiny as pawnshops, which are monitored for stolen goods. Gil said this was one of the topics that came up at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. One business owner, for example, said it would be virtually impossible for him to send the police department inventory records for the thousands of used books he buys for resale, as the regulations mandate. But at least for now, the regulatory agency says it has no authority to exempt business owners from the Class A license. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not a new law; this was not something that was snuck in overnight,â&#x20AC;? said Gil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on the books for

decades.â&#x20AC;? Within its own scope of powers, the regulatory agency can only work to tweak the regulations. Gil said the department is now looking into how to do that, particularly in terms of the requirements for inventory reports and criminal background checks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at ... whether those types of requirements still make sense, and whether they could be modified or limited altogether,â&#x20AC;? he said. But several business owners still want to avoid the secondhand license entirely and stick with the more lenient general business license theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve held in the past. At the meeting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;several business owners said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We small businesses shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be subject to this law to begin with,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Gil said. For those who seek a more dramatic change, pursuing legislation through the D.C. Council seems to be the best approach. Though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working directly for Crooked Beat, attorney Clayton said the legislative solution heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crafting could help all the stores that are now subject to the Class A license. Clayton said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even possible that he could work something out before the May 28 deadline for the licenses, if council members agree to enact emergency legislation. Wilson Reynolds, director of constituent services for Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham, wrote in an email that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graham is being provided with comments and recommendations as this process moves forward.â&#x20AC;? Reynolds wrote that these recommendations would â&#x20AC;&#x153;be reviewed for legislative actionâ&#x20AC;? by the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs. Graham is a member of the panel, which is chaired by Ward 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yvette Alexander.






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he needed was 10-year-old Kess Clarke, who was there Thursday with his dad, Buck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They always had what I wanted: Nutty Bars!â&#x20AC;? Kess said. He and his father were lingering in the aisles, trying to be the last customers in the store that day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to be able to say I was the last one in the Giant,â&#x20AC;? Kess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the first ones in the new Giant!â&#x20AC;? Buck said that while heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll miss the intima-



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cy of the old Giant, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking forward to the new store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m one of the people who truly believes it will be a boon for the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great little store, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for it to be replaced.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bittersweet with the store closing,â&#x20AC;? said Jamie Miller, manager of public and community relations for Giant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is nostalgia there, but we hope once the new store opens and customers see the bright, fresh look, the product offerings, and the expanded variety because of the increased square footage, that they will be very pleased.â&#x20AC;? Some familiar fixtures will remain once

the new store is built. The historic Giant Food sign on the exterior of the original building will be preserved and reinstalled at the new store. And many of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going far, either. Giant offered every employee at the Wisconsin Avenue store a position at another location, and many of them will be heading to the Van Ness store on Connecticut Avenue. As the Newark Street store closed Thursday, customers gathered around manager Angela Bonds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a happy-sad day,â&#x20AC;? Bonds said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

sad because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of being torn in separate directions, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the beginning of something beautiful.â&#x20AC;? Bonds hopes she and several other employees will be back at this location when it opens in about 18 months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very happy Giant has placed me so close so that I can keep that bond with my customers, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to having a store with everything our customers would want â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a bakery and deli in the store, beer and wine,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And while the new store will be bigger, the service our customers have come to rely on wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change.â&#x20AC;?

LANES ety of ways â&#x20AC;&#x201D; technical assistance, strategic advice, communications work, really whatever the cities need,â&#x20AC;? said Martha Roskowski, director of the Green Lane Project. The project also hopes to foster collaborations and communication among its six cities. Along with the District, the participants are Austin, Texas; Chicago; Memphis, Tenn.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco. From studying the successes and failures in these cities over the next two years, the Green Lane Project hopes to spread best practices to other U.S. cities in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because this is a relatively new design approach in the United States, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a huge pool of experts in this country in this country to reach to,â&#x20AC;? said Roskowski. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of experience in Europe, in Denmark and Copenhagen,â&#x20AC;? she said, but some of that is not relevant to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;community and political processesâ&#x20AC;? in this country. Roskowski said New York City has so far â&#x20AC;&#x153;been the most ambitiousâ&#x20AC;? in installing protected lanes in the U.S., with about 20 active projects. And she said Chicago has presented â&#x20AC;&#x153;the boldest planâ&#x20AC;? for the near future, pledging to build 25 miles of protected lanes within the next year. The District started out with protected lanes in 2009 on 15th Street, where a two-way track now runs between Pennsylvania Avenue and W Street. Cyclists travel between

parked cars and the sidewalk, in a lane lined with flexible bollards. Sebastian said the Transportation Department has â&#x20AC;&#x153;learned a lotâ&#x20AC;? from this pilot, and plans to release a study about it on May 3. Cycling has more than tripled on the road since the lane was installed, he said. In 2010, the city created a second, high-profile protected lane down the center of Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 15th streets NW. More are planned. Next up, a one-way protected lane is set to be installed this summer on the north side of L Street between New Hampshire Avenue and 12th Street. In the future, the city aims to put in protected lanes on M Street between Georgetown and 15th Street, on 9th Street in the Mount Vernon Square area and on 1st Street in NoMa. Sebastian said the Green Lane Project is also looking beyond protected bike lanes to other types of innovative â&#x20AC;&#x153;facilities that put people on their bikes.â&#x20AC;? He pointed to a setup at the intersection of 16th and U streets and New Hampshire Avenue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which uses traffic signals and protected lanes to help cyclists cross safely â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as an example. Representatives of the six cities in the Green Lane Project are scheduled to meet for a national kickoff in Chicago in late May. The program chose the cities from a pool of 42 applicants based on their â&#x20AC;&#x153;ambitious goals and a vision for bicycling supported by their elected officials and communities,â&#x20AC;? according to its website.


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Parent coach offers concrete tips for change


orthwest parents in need of kid support have a new place to turn: Last year, former teacher and school counselor Meghan Leahy launched a coaching operation in Tenleytown that aims to help every mom and dad better handle their offspring with concrete plans for change. Take dinnertime, for instance. “I really don’t know that many families that don’t struggle with it, to a more or less degree,” said Leahy, who has three children of her own, ages 8, 5 and 2. “Mom’s trying to get dinner on the table; dad is coming in — as D.C. is — frazzled, rushing; the kids are underfoot, unhelpful, whining. They don’t sit. They don’t eat. Everyone ends up pretty much yelling at each other until they go to bed.” For one family with such a problem, Leahy’s solution was nitty-gritty, involving prescribed roles for each member. Mom and 4-year-old came up

ing the wallpaper off the walls. So they don’t care about your salmon and green beans,” she said. And beth cope since they probably ate a good bit with a list of tasks that the daughter earlier in the day — and will get another meal as soon as they wake can choose from each night, such up — that’s as setting the fine, she says. table. Mom This, of takes care of the course, is just cooking, and one of the when dad many issues arrives he picks Leahy addressa question from es in her praca pre-estabtice. She says lished “question most clients jar” to spur arrive with pleasant dinner“transitional” time conversaproblems, such tion, such as “If Bill Petros/The Current as leaving the you had to live Parenting coach Meghan Leahy house, mealin one room of times or bedhas three children of her own. the house, what time. And she would it be?” draws on vari The goal, ous pools of experience to help she says, is to foster family togeththem. erness, not to ensure major food Leahy began her work life as a consumption. See Coach/Page 16 “Most kids [at] 4, 4:30 start eat-


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Emancipation reflections

A parade, fireworks and more marked Monday’s Emancipation Day, and we hope that those who made it to the festivities enjoyed themselves. But we also hope that District residents took the opportunity, as we did, to learn a little more about the story behind the 150th anniversary of the event that preceded the Emancipation Proclamation by a full eight months. U.S. Sen. Charles Sumner, an abolitionist, asked Abraham Lincoln after the outbreak of the Civil War whether he knew the identity of the largest slaveholder in the country. That man, Sumner told the president, was Lincoln himself, because he held all the slaves in the District. Thanks to Sumner’s and others’ advocacy, Lincoln was primed to favor legislation introduced by Sumner’s colleague Henry Wilson to free the 3,100 slaves then in the city and compensate their owners. Despite considerable opposition from other members of Congress — and, notably, District residents — the bill passed and Lincoln signed it into law on April 16, 1862. Contrast this event, now a source of pride to all District residents, with the agendas and initiatives foisted on the city by today’s congressional politicians. In 150 years, we doubt that District residents will widely praise the bravery of those who sought to tinker with residents’ choices to fund abortion services or needle-exchange programs, or to impose unwanted gun laws on a city not their own. So we echo the observation of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton that the “city of the first liberated has become the last to win the same freedoms all other Americans now enjoy.” And we thank her and the others who continue to work to secure rights for District residents. We also commend at-large D.C. Council member Vincent Orange for his role in helping to elevate the day to its current status. Before the council member proposed the change in 2004, Emancipation Day was a private holiday. But such an important commemoration deserved better, and we thank Mr. Orange for pushing the issue.

It takes a village …

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Everyone knows the axiom about the value of a village in raising a child; someday, maybe the same will be considered true about the other end of life’s spectrum. Certainly, the “villages” that have cropped up in D.C. to help residents stay in their homes as they age seem poised to make a huge difference to Washington’s elderly population. In Foggy Bottom and the West End, a group of residents is working to create just such a village, spurred by — and drawing upon — the success of such endeavors in Dupont Circle and other local neighborhoods. A late-winter meeting featured advice from established groups to help get the burgeoning organization going. In these other communities, the organizations have helped connect members with local services, have provided rides to doctors’ offices and other destinations, and, perhaps most importantly, have established new connections among neighbors. In some cases, volunteers make regular visits to village members just to check in. The villages have found different ways to fund their operations. All charge dues, but many hold fundraisers or apply for grants as well. The Dupont Circle Village last year sold copies of a calendar that featured members of the village, which served both as a fundraiser and a way to draw attention to the organization and its many interesting members. We wish the Foggy Bottom and West End organizers the best of luck. Their surveys of the neighborhood have revealed strong interest in creating a village, and we envision a vibrant program in the near future. The area’s strong hospital, university and cultural institutions will no doubt be a boon, and we hope the community will support the effort as it gains ground.

EPA help needed for green infrastructure VIEWPOINT

david j. bardin and robin b. martin


he District of Columbia and its Water and Sewer Authority (now known as DC Water) wisely wants to try a green infrastructure approach for reducing overflows of combined rainwater and sanitary sewage into Rock Creek and the Potomac River — akin to innovations that Philadelphia and New York City are pursuing with cooperation and formal approval from their state environmental regulators. D.C.’s “state” regulator, however, is a regional official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency located, ironically, in Philadelphia. DC Water has been tussling with this official about modifying a 2005 consent decree among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Justice Department, DC Water and the D.C. government. In March, Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton elevated the issue to the Environmental Protection Agency’s national administrator, Lisa Jackson. Their letters to Ms. Jackson recognize that the high-cost construction of deep storage tunnels — the approach now under way to slash contamination of the Anacostia River — is not the best way to prevent contamination of Rock Creek and the Potomac during heavy rains. It would be far better to catch much of the rainwater before it can flow into these two waterways, which are less contaminated than the Anacostia. D.C.’s proposed greener alternative, they wrote, “would result in green job creation, improved air quality, enhanced green spaces, and expanded wildlife habitats.” DC Water, carrying out the 2005 decree, is now building a massive, $1.3 billion storage tunnel system to end 98 percent of sewer overflows into the Anacostia River. That system will go into operation over the next few years. It is unavoidable because D.C.’s tidal Anacostia usually resembles a lake (a molecule of water takes 30 days to get from the D.C.-Maryland line to the Potomac), and because it is much more polluted than the other streams. Yet that 2005 consent decree outlines more tunnel projects, this time for the Potomac and Rock Creek. They would add another $1.3 billion of ratepayer burdens. The alternative of capturing rainwater on

Letters to the Editor District taking wrong approach on zoning The more we see of the proposed new zoning regulations, the more I realize what we could lose if we sit on the sidelines and no one speaks up. I fear we are about to lose one of our most valuable assets: our vital neighborhoods where we raise our families. Zoning decrees size, height, use and density of buildings, the cumulative effect defining the character of an area. Each area satisfies the particular stage of life of its residents. Our neighborhood in Chevy Chase D.C. is low-density — single-family homes with room for kids, the elderly, friends, dogs, lots of birds, gardens and a general war on crabgrass. Fences are the exception — often, we don’t know exactly where our yard ends and the neighbor’s begins. We are mostly families, with many households of singles and couples, all races and creeds, all welcome. It’s a successful

the surface — by using landscaping and other solutions that enhance neighborhoods while dealing with storm water — deserves priority consideration. Other cities have plans focused on green infrastructure, and longer time frames for completion than D.C. For example, Philadelphia now has a 25-year plan based on above-ground amenities, such as gardens along the streets to absorb rain before it enters combined storm-and-sanitary sewers. These multipurpose amenities are greatly preferable to huge underground tunnels that solely provide storage after storm and sanitary sewage have combined. Last year, DC Water asked the Environmental Protection Agency to help get timetables for Rock Creek and Potomac tunnels suspended. DC Water wants to concentrate on green infrastructure instead of preparing requests for proposals to plan and design two more underground tunnels (which, in combination, would serve only 10 percent of D.C.’s total land area). Although policy statements out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters favor green infrastructure solutions, the Philadelphia office stalls. Instead of spending millions of dollars of ratepayers’ money to plan and design two additional underground storage tunnels, DC Water wants to use that money to pilot more green infrastructure installations and rigorous evaluations. Pilot studies might convince the Environmental Protection Agency that green infrastructure will yield results equivalent to tunneling — or perhaps better, considering the enhancement of overall sustainability — for the Potomac and Rock Creek watersheds. Mayor Gray and Del. Norton support DC Water’s “prudent proposal” because it could “create jobs, green public space, and reduce the burden placed on ratepayers for funding large tunnels.” All three of these are indeed major benefits. We should all carry an important message to the Environmental Protection Agency: D.C. needs your full support, not more stalling. Turn green talk into practical action now. David J. Bardin served on the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority’s board of directors from 2001 through 2011 and is a retired member of Arent Fox LLP. Robin B. Martin is chairman and executive officer of Deer River Group LLC and chaired the water authority board from 2007 through 2008.

neighborhood — low crime, good schools, responsible homeowners. In most cities, it would be the model to copy. The D.C. Office of Planning thinks we need to be fixed. Low density is apparently too low. Modest homes are wrong. The officials there think we need homes that are higher, wider and deeper. They say we need rental units in our backyards, and institutions and nonprofits on our blocks. Why? Well, who knows? As one neighbor put it, this mandate is turning her into a tea party advocate for less government. As a Chevy Chase resident most of my life, my memories of being a kid here are of relaxed freedom. We were blissfully unaware of the watchful eyes of neighbors who paid attention to us even when we didn’t want them to. Especially when we didn’t want them to. How strange would it be to have our blocks strewn with enterprises and single renters. It’s almost too elementary to say, but homeowners stay in place. They make a big investment, put down roots and are eager to integrate

into the community. I can’t speak for others, but my own experience as a renter earlier in life was specifically transitional — I wanted it that way, and held myself back from committing to anything beyond brief conversations. Not wrong, just different. When it was time for family and kids, I settled down. I paid attention to my own kids, and the neighbors’. And I did it in a place where we could safely incubate the next generation, surrounded by equally attentive neighbors. More transient occupants, like employees and patrons of various enterprises and single renters, would permanently change what’s working here. I would love for someone to tell me clearly what’s broken in my neighborhood, why we need all these fixes. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense. Linda Schmitt Chevy Chase

Tom Sherwood is off this week. His column will resume when he returns.

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funding proposed in the FY13 budget to expand the Circulator,â&#x20AC;? Lisle wrote in an email Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both routes are in Phase I of the Transit Development Plan (indicating current levels of activity merit the additional service) from April 2011 but need funding to move ahead.â&#x20AC;? In an email last year, when the agency announced the 10-year plan, Lisle noted that the expansions were dependent on city budget proposals,

but he expressed confidence that they would happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given the popularity and operational efficiency of the DC Circulator, DDOT anticipates continued support for the growth of the system,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in March 2011. Lisle didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to requests this week for revised projections of when the expanded DC Circulator service could become available. When the mayor introduces a proposed budget, the D.C. Council can add items to it only by finding that same money elsewhere â&#x20AC;&#x201D; either from increased revenue or reduced

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mitigate the constructionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on the neighborhood. The increased traffic is also putting a spotlight on several Glover Park intersections that community leaders have fought hard for years to get improved. Two need help the most, residents say: 37th Street and Tunlaw Road, and Wisconsin Avenue and 37th Street at Calvert Street. Both intersections were recommended for necessary improvements as far back as 2006, when the D.C. Office of Planning studied the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic patterns as part of the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape planning process. A 2009 study by Toole Design, commissioned by the Transportation Department, agreed with the earlier findings. City funding that would have included the 2009 recommendations in the current plan didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come through, so the residential streets were left off. Despite that deficit, Glover Park neighborhood commissioners are optimistic that the city will address issues raised by residents.

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and the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role,â&#x20AC;? he told reporters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is our responsibility to carefully examine all spending requests and only allocate funds when it is absolutely necessary.â&#x20AC;? He also showed the annoyance shared by his colleagues at the constantly changing budget numbers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We taxed municipal bonds, cut TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families], furloughed employees, because we said we needed the money. Then, we come to find out thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $77 millionâ&#x20AC;? in additional revenue as the economy brightened starting this past winter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only four months into the fiscal year. Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesperson issued a rebuke after the council vote. While pleased that the council had approved needed funds for unemployment compensation and charter schools, he said members were â&#x20AC;&#x153;just kicking the can down the roadâ&#x20AC;? on other important spending priorities. The mayor will submit a formal revised supplemental budget, presumably in time for debate at the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next legislative session in early May. Gray and his aides had lobbied especially hard to use about $20 million from the new revenue to repay city employees who had their pay withheld during four furlough days last year, when economic predictions were much more dire. Gray said it was a matter of fairness, and that some lower-paid employees

costs. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spokesperson said Evans â&#x20AC;&#x153;supports ANC 2Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request and will work to with DDOT to identify funding,â&#x20AC;? but he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say whether this could happen this fiscal year. The 10-year Circulator plan also includes additional service in Northwest further in the future. Two of the proposed routes start in Tenleytown, with one extending to Silver Spring, Md., and the other to Ward 5. Other lines would run between Adams Morgan and H Street NE, and between Dupont Circle and the Navy Yard.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;DDOT appears to have taken immediate action by instituting traffic counters and temporary speed-measuring devices on 37th Street,â&#x20AC;? commission chair Brian Cohen wrote in an email to The Current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe we have received a commitment from DDOT to address the problematic intersection at 37th Street and Tunlaw Road. â&#x20AC;Ś We hope they are just the start of DDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to address community concerns.â&#x20AC;? Residents at Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commission meeting werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as convinced about the helpfulness of the traffic counters. One resident commented that since the construction project had already begun, and since vehicles were already cutting through neighborhood streets, the data collected would be flawed. Through the project, Wisconsin Avenue will be transformed from a six-lane road with no turning lanes into a five-lane corridor with a painted median and leftturn lanes at intersections. The work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is slated for completion by Sept. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also includes upgrades such as new street lights. The commission has invited officials from the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic control division to attend its May meeting to discuss traffic signals, crosswalk issues and the possible use of speed cameras.

really need the funds. But Brown was upset at what he called fuzzy math. He said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear if the money would cover District employees whose salaries are paid with federal grants, whether those employees had actually had pay withheld, and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if so â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where that money went. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found discrepancies, and the numbers kept moving,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You had numbers that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add up.â&#x20AC;? At-large member David Catania objected to the entire proposal, saying District employees have suffered less than most state and city workers during the recession. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it should be a priority to pay back furlough days,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a promise to organized labor. Every other jurisdiction has had massive [job] cuts and furloughs.â&#x20AC;? Instead, Catania said, the money should be used to reduce cuts in hospitalization insurance for undocumented immigrants in the city. Other council members said new revenues should be used to â&#x20AC;&#x153;make wholeâ&#x20AC;? the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poorest residents by restoring cuts in the Housing Production Trust Fund, or in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We cut TANF recipients, the least able in the city, with nothing in place to move them out of dependency,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 1 member Jim Graham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion of restoring furloughed employees, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s put TANF on top of the list.â&#x20AC;? At-large member Phil Mendelson urged using more of the money to rebuild the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depleted funding

reserves, a pledge made by both Gray and Brown in recent years and still only partially fulfilled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true with every mayor,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money on the table, we will find ways to spend it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope we remember the taxpayers,â&#x20AC;? said Muriel Bowser of Ward 4, noting the council hiked several taxes and fees last year before it saw the more optimistic revenue projections. Gray, in a last-minute submission to the council Tuesday morning, had urged members not only to repay the furlough dollars, but also to allocate $1.1 million to delay a tax on out-ofstate municipal bonds for one year. He also proposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;addressing spending pressuresâ&#x20AC;? in libraries, unemployment compensation and charter schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the last two of which the council approved yesterday. But Brown, speaking with reporters after the vote, had different ideas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There could be enough money to do several things,â&#x20AC;? he said, such as restoring $8 million for affordablehousing programs, adding adult job training for those being kicked off welfare, repealing the controversial tax on bonds, and repaying employees for perhaps two of the four furlough days. If even more funding appears, he said, the council could add $600,000 to purchase new materials for the library system, which has suffered sharp cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have lots of new libraries open, but no new books,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But first we have to see what the pot of money is, then move forward.â&#x20AC;?


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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the West End Neighborhood Library, 24th and L streets NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; public safety report. â&#x2013;  public comments. â&#x2013;  update on Washington Circle improvements. â&#x2013;  presentation on the D.C. Superior Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Courts. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Office of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Counsel on Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requested rate increase, smart meters and other topics. â&#x2013;  update on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for proposals for redevelopment of the historic Stevens Elementary School site. â&#x2013;  presentation on the Army TenMiler on Sunday, Oct. 21. â&#x2013;  presentation on the National Multiple Sclerosis Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charity walk on Saturday, April 21. â&#x2013;  consideration of a State Health Planning and Development Agency application by Sibley Memorial Hospital for a certificate of need for an office at 2440 M St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a State Health Planning and Development Agency application by George Washington University Hospital for a certificate of need for neonatal bassinets at 900 23rd St. â&#x2013;  discussion of Zoning Commission matters, including an update on the planned-unit development at the West End Neighborhood Library site and a proposed minor modification to the George Washington University campus plan regarding the university-community advisory committee. â&#x2013;  discussion of D.C. Water and Sewer Authority matters, including the Cross-Town Tunnel Rehabilitation Project and the Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project. â&#x2013;  discussion of the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposals regarding the extension of hours for alcohol sales. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control matters: Arrowine, 2175 K St., license application; Market of Columbia Plaza, 516 23rd St., license renewal; Riverside Liquors, 2123 E St., license renewal; and Shadow Room/ Sanctuary 21, 2131 K St., order denying petition for reconsideration. For details, visit

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announced that a marijuana dispensary hopes to open at 1147 20th St. â&#x2013; commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the D.C. Department of Transportation relocate a Capital Bikeshare station from New Hampshire Avenue and U Street to New Hampshire and T Street so that it can expand without affecting as many parking spaces. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a public-space application for a sidewalk cafe at Stubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, 1401 T St., after the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners agreed to reduce the number of seats and the hours the outdoor space would be available to customers. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a public-space application for a sidewalk cafe at Fuel Pizza, 1606 K St. Several commissioners noted that they especially liked the pizza there. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a public-space application for a sidewalk cafe at Bombay Cafe, 815 Connecticut Ave. The establishment has had an Alcoholic Beverage Control license for outdoor seating there since 1995, but believed the space it was using was its own property rather than public space. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a public-space application for a sidewalk cafe at Cafe Grande, 1775 K St., but to oppose a plan to also place tables in front of an adjacent business with the same owner. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a public-space application for a sidewalk cafe at BonMi, 900 19th St., provided that a proposed planter be moved out of the way for more sidewalk clearance. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a public-space application for a sidewalk cafe at Paul Bakery, 1000 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a special exception request for DeLuca Studios at 2028 P St. The massage therapists hope to move to the P Street space from a smaller space at 1329 Connecticut Ave., but need Board of Zoning Adjustment approval to use the new spot. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a Historic Preservation Review Board application by Keegan Theatre for a side addition to the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on four liquor license renewals: Barmy Wine & Liquors, 1912 L St.; 1 West Dupont Circle Wine & Liquors, 2012 P St.; State Liquors, 2159 P St.; and Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquors, 1529 Connecticut Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0, with Mike Silverstein not participating, to protest an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for extended sidewalk cafe hours at Levanteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1320 19th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to modify the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voluntary agreement with Mansion on O Street, 2020 O

St., to allow buses to drop off and pick up patrons with disabilities. The buses would not be permitted to load and unload other passengers, commissioners said. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 8-0 to oppose an application for extended hours at Cafe Citron, 1343 Connecticut Ave., and to note to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that the establishment has been troublesome even with its existing hours. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to support an Alcoholic Beverage Control application for extended hours and a three-piece band at Keren Restaurant, 1780 Florida Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioner Victor Wexler reported that developers of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, site at 16th and I streets are now planning a building thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two stories shorter than earlier proposals. The commission will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  presentation on proposed renovations at 1100 16th St. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request by Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave., for a change to its sidewalk cafe. â&#x2013;  consideration of resolutions in support of two separate events in Stead Park: a summer movie festival, and the Stonewall Kickball Competition on April 28. â&#x2013;  consideration of a request for a letter in support of the Christmas Tree Half Marathon. â&#x2013;  consideration of support for the DC Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to obtain storefront space in the Reeves Center at 14th and U streets. â&#x2013;  approval of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal year 2011 annual report. â&#x2013;  committee reports. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; government reports. â&#x2013;  updates from neighborhood groups. â&#x2013;  presentation on the D.C. Superior Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Courts. â&#x2013;  open comments. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

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GW President Knapp to Address FBA George Washington University president Steven Knapp will address the Foggy Bottom Association on April 24, his first meeting with the group since 2008. “I am looking forward to seeing our neighbors...and sharing with them the ways in which the university is celebrating 100 years in the neighborhood,” Knapp says. “I also look forward to discussing a range of topics, including an overview of campus plan projects, sustainability and our rising research stature.” Current Building Projects Among projects FBA members have asked Knapp to discuss is the new School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) planned for Washington Circle. GWU plans to raze the existing 3-story Warwick Memorial Building, completed in 1954, to make way for a new 7-story structure at 2300 K St. The new building will consolidate

the 900-student SPHHS, currently functioning at scattered locations. The new structure’s design is also meant to provide an improved “front door” to the entire Foggy Bottom Campus. FBA members asked Knapp to review the project’s timeline as well as construction impact for drivers and pedestrians on Washington Circle, 24th Street and New Hampshire Avenues. Background documents on “Square 39” are posted at Knapp also expects to address questions regarding an 11-story commercial building planned for the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. According to materials filed recently with the Zoning Commission, GWU will work with a third-party developer to generate non-tuition-driven revenue at this site. The site currently consists of three elements: Lot 863, occupied by Kaiser

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or home and garden enthusiasts, spring can be a favorite time of year — homes are aired out and spruced up after a long winter, and the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours encourage new growth in cultivated outdoor spaces. It’s also the start of the home and garden tour season, and in Georgetown, two upcoming annual events are as indelible a mark of springtime as the season’s first blossoms.

Georgetown House Tour On Saturday, April 28, the Georgetown House Tour will offer the public a peek inside nine of the neighborhood’s historic homes. The tour, organized by volunteers, is said to be the oldest continuously running house tour in the country. Proceeds benefit St. John’s Episcopal Church on O Street and several of its charitable outreach programs. This year, the tour celebrates its 81st year and features the homes of two architects and one interior designer. One of the highlights is the home of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans and his wife, Michele Evans, who live on the 3100 block of P Street. The property is a Second Empire-style brick row house built in the 1870s. The house has been extensively renovated and expanded over the years, including by Evans, who purchased it in 1996. He and his wife completed a yearlong renovation in November 2011 that aimed to accommodate all eight members of their newly blended family. The first floor was converted into an open floor plan, and it incorporates décor that is both elegant and relaxed.

“It could be the most unique home on the tour,” said tour cochair Frank Babb Randolph, a renowned interior designer who decorated the vice president’s mansion while Dick Cheney held that office. Walking into the Evans’ home, the feature that steals the show is the set of floor-to-ceiling windows and doors at the rear of the house, looking out onto the back patio. Michele, who has been an interior designer for 10 years, said that space is her favorite part of the house. “We love to be outside, and it’s a gathering place for the whole family,” she said. On the patio, vines and potted plants surround a long dining table, with a large fireplace at the rear of the space providing a focal point. Two outdoor space heaters help keep the area warm, and string lights hung over the table cast a warm glow at night. Over the fireplace a cabinet houses a flat-screen television ready for an outdoor screening party. The family was

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The Georgetown Garden Tour will include a look at Anna Fuhrman and Joe Kerr’s recently renovated space, above, while the Georgetown House Tour features the updated home of local politician Jack Evans and his wife, interior designer, Michele Evans, left and far left.

even able to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner outside this year. A relatively new aspect of the Georgetown House Tour is the patrons’ party — a formal cocktail party honoring those who opened their homes for the tour — and it’s beginning to rival the tour itself for popularity. It was launched 10 years ago by Frida Burling, and the 96-year-old Georgetown resident is once again hosting the party at her home this year. The event has become another fundraising avenue for St. John’s, and tickets are avail-

able to the public. Co-chair Stephanie Bothwell, a city planner and landscape architect who has participated in the tour for more than 12 years, says the event isn’t just about the houses. “It’s an excuse to walk through an example of great urbanism,” she said. “It’s not just the individual homes but how they work together with the shops and the streetscape — it’s very European, very walkable, and as a result, it’s a very sustainable community.” The self-guided tour runs

The “use by” date has finally expired, The shelves depleted, slowly turning bare. And old store 29, though not retired, For now is shuttered up, and we’ll shop … where?

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between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Ticket holders are invited to stop by St. John’s Church at 3240 O St. for a Parish Tea in Blake Hall. Parish volunteers will serve homemade tea sandwiches and sweets between 2 and 5 p.m. on the day of the tour. Tickets cost $40 when purchased before April 20, and $45 thereafter, with discounted rates for groups. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to Georgetown Garden Tour On Saturday, May 5, the Georgetown Garden Tour will celebrate its 84th year by showcasing eight unique and creative private outdoor spaces, ranging from intimate home gardens to more formal spaces of the neighborhood’s grand See Tours/Page 38

To get a face-lift. (Would that we could, too!) But I’ll miss most the parking lot’s surprise: That great, vast sky! A liberating dome Of sunset hues, bright stars, a full moon rise, And knowing that, in minutes, I’ll be home.

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Leahy, with all her child-centered training, was distraught that she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do. Finally one day, she locked herself in the bathroom and called the Kensington, Md.based Parent Encouragement Program, known as PEP, â&#x20AC;&#x153;in a moment of emergency.â&#x20AC;? She spoke with parent educator Lynne Ticknor, who told her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just send her to school in pajamas.â&#x20AC;? It might seem like an obvious solution now, said Leahy, but at the time, she was â&#x20AC;&#x153;afraid of being judged. â&#x20AC;Ś Here I had been a teacher, certified counselor, and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do with my own child.â&#x20AC;? But what she learned â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through that conversation and the scores of classes with PEP

that she went on to take â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was that parents should pick their battles carefully. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was about pajamas, but it was really about me thinking I was in control. But youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not.â&#x20AC;? Eventually, Leahyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work with PEP, where she began teaching classes as well, inspired her to become certified as a parenting coach and open her practice. She now works with clients in person at her Tenleytown office, over the phone, on Skype and at their homes. Every relationship starts with a free 20-minute consultation, and services are billed at an hourly rate afterward. She said the first full session lasts 90 minutes, with her asking â&#x20AC;&#x153;a tremendous amount of questions,â&#x20AC;? and is usually followed by no

more than two or three further 60-minute conversations. She works just with parents, aiming to teach them new behaviors for addressing their kids. In between sessions, families get homework, like putting in place the aforementioned dinner schedule. Kids fussing about bedtime may be given charts of the allowed before-bed activities: bath, teeth, books and song. And parents anxious over potty training may be told to chill: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let your child be the guide and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about it,â&#x20AC;? Leahy writes in a list of her â&#x20AC;&#x153;top 8 parenting tipsâ&#x20AC;? on her website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seriously, that is the tip.â&#x20AC;? For more such advice, or more information on Leahy, visit


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requirement), she said. Brunenkant, whose background is in the financial industry and who has also recently worked in her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine business, said she saw a chance to do some good by participating in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new medicinal marijuana program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have some close friends who medical marijuana could help, which probably planted the original seed,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good mix for me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it combines something that I find interesting with helping people.â&#x20AC;? The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marijuana program has been in the works since voters called for its establishment in a 1998 referendum, and the D.C. Council has implemented strict restrictions on where the drug can be grown and sold. Unless strong community objections come up during the neighborhood commission review, Herbal Alternatives should be ready to open in June, Brunenkant said. Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein, whose single-member district includes the planned dispensary site, said Brunenkant made a good first impression on him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She seemed to be forthright, and she seemed to be very willing to work with the community,â&#x20AC;? Silverstein said in an interview. Brunenkant will discuss her plans at tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special meeting of the Dupont commission, and Silverstein said the commission expects to vote on the issue May 9. Because 20th Street is the boundary between the Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom/West End neighborhood commissions, the latter group may also weigh in on the plans. Silverstein said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personally comfortable with the idea of medicinal marijuana, but that a full public discussion of Herbal Alternativesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plans is an essential step. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medical marijuana, properly administered, is no different than any other drug or any other prescription,â&#x20AC;? Silverstein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If people are worried that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a bunch of stoners sitting outside this office, we should be certain that their concerns are unfounded.â&#x20AC;? Brunenkant said she expects to open the dispensary initially for six hours a day and to possibly increase those hours later, with security staff in place whenever it is operating.

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

The Aidan Montessori School upper elementary is very busy preparing for the school play, “The Sound of Music.” Sylvia Altman, a fourth-grader who is playing Franz, said, “I think I am really going to enjoy this year’s play, and I really like my role.” Edvin Leijon, a fourth-grader who is playing Fredrick, said, “The play incorporates a lot of music.” Leyu Negussie, a fourth-grader who is playing Baroness Elberfeld, said, “I think the school play is going to be fun because this is the first time I have real lines.” Ms. Esparza, the music teacher, said, “‘The Sound of Music’ is a challenging play because it’s a very long script. The movie runs for three and a half hours, and I wanted our musical to be one hour. It’s challenging to have the soldiers be Nazis, because sometimes it’s hard for kids to play bad guys. But it’s a beautiful story. It’s about a man willing to risk everything to not be with the Nazis.” All are welcome. The show is at 7 p.m. on April 27. Lucia Braddock, a sixth-grader who is playing Maria, said, “I’m really excited and I really enjoyed the movie. I think it will turn out great.” Of course, every play must have costumes.


Lukas Leijon, a fifth-grader who is playing Captain Von Trapp, said, “I like the costumes a lot. I thought they’re all quite good.” Ariel Garfield, a sixth-grader who is playing Liesl, said, “I’m not nervous, and I’m looking forward to it.” — Marshall Cooperman and Sebastian Lenart, fourth-graders

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

For two weeks beginning April 17, Banneker’s freshmen and sophomores will undergo standardized testing called the DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS). Students are generally not enthusiastic about testing, but the Banneker students are ready. During the school year, the freshmen and sophomores have had special time to prepare to do their best on the DC-CAS. The general goal is to have 100 percent of students achieve proficiency or advanced scores in each category of reading, mathematics and biology. This goal was achieved in 2010 in the mathematics category by the Banneker class of 2012. This goal seems achievable because past results have shown Banneker students in the top 90th percentile of proficiency on the DC-CAS.

Because of the past history and preparation, the students will do great and hopefully reach the goal. — Natia Contee, 12th-grader

British School of Washington

In Year Six, we had been learning about taking care of a baby. Our teacher put us in pairs and gave us an egg to look after for a week so that we could learn the shared responsibilities of being parents. We were told that if the egg didn’t break, the pair would get a prize at the end of the week. We were all very exited. Some of us got boy eggs and some girl eggs. There were even two pairs with twin eggs! My partner and I got a boy egg and called it Sam and looked after it like it was a baby. It was taken with us to lunch, outside to play and to all our lessons, and one of us took it home each night. We had to make sure it was safe and did not break. At home, my partner and I made a box for the egg with paper towels, cotton wool and a bed with a plastic case so it did not fall out. Then we made a birth certificate with everything that would be on a real one. It was hard to always remember your egg, especially during P.E. lessons, and many people left theirs at home, cracked it or left it unattended. If they did, the teachers would always find out before

we had a chance to get it and we would lose the challenge. At the end of the week, there were only four out of 13 eggs left in the competition. My partner and I had one of them. Our teachers gave us each a certificate saying we should be proud parents, and they gave us a Cadbury’s caramel egg. Everyone enjoyed the experience a lot! — Stella Raes, Year 6 New York (fifth-grader)

Edmund Burke School

I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, where sports are something of a way of life. Everyone plays a sport. Throughout my early years, I tried many different sports: In soccer, I kicked too hard. In baseball, I couldn’t hit the ball to save my life, nor could I catch it. Tennis was the same thing as baseball. In basketball, I was too short. And it just went on and on and on. When I was 11, I moved to Washington, D.C., with my mother and older brother and still never found any sports that I was good at playing. After sixth grade, I enrolled in the Edmund Burke School and found no sports until I looked at what the winter trimester had to offer. One of the sports on offer was wrestling. Wrestling soon became my favorite sport mainly because I wasn’t awful at it. Actually, I thor-

oughly enjoyed it as it became a great way for me to work out, meet and connect with some of the highschoolers and make friends with new people. Although Burke doesn’t have a full team and we will be losing many of our good team members as they are seniors, it has been a great activity for me. I hope that with new students or better recruiting for players, the wrestling team will continue to flourish because it is so valuable for me. It is not as mainstream as most sports, but I would recommend wrestling to anyone with a lot of energy. They should try it out. They may just be pleasantly surprised like I was. — Jacob Krauss, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School

Have you ever heard of Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg? Most people haven’t, but they do know his famous signature Rube Goldberg. Even though Rube Goldberg’s birthday isn’t till July 4, the Georgetown Day sixth-graders are honoring him now with a Rube Goldberg unit. In this unit, my class was given the challenge of pulling a tissue out of a box in the most complicated way possible. Some have as many as 40 transitions. We were also challenged to incorporate what we learned in our See Dispatches/Page 23

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BETHESDA $629,000 STUNNING renovated Townhouse w/dramatic floorplan, TS kitchen, cathedral ceilings in FR & MBR, great MBA, nice deck, 2 parking spaces & close to red line Metro. Susan Van Nostrand Friendship Heights Office

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ACCOKEEK, MD $949,000 “HISTORIC ESTATE” “Bellevue” Meticulously maintained Historic Estate c1800 on 10.23 acres. 23/30 minutes from Old Town/DC. 4BR/3BA Main House, 1BR / 1BA Guest House, Orangery, Folly (Greek Temple) w/1BA (currently used as office) Gated, wooded & private estate w/open green space & exceptional landscaping. Daniel Lusk 202.412.8885 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 ADAMS MORGAN $299,000 BEAUX ARTS BEAUTY. Pass thru the most beautiful lobby in Washington at The Wyoming. Corner 1BR w/high ceilings, wood floors, good closet space, extra stor. Pet OK, 24-hr desk, great bldg roof deck. Nr Metro; 42 bus at the door. Joe Kelley 202-238-2874 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


CHEVY CHASE $297,500 AFFORDABLE 700+sf 1BR w/low fee that allows DOGS, hi ceil, pretty HWD, updated kit, walk to Metro & shops. Susan Van Nostrand 301-529-1385 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200


FABULOUS large corner lot. Nr Capitol Crescent trail & shops/restaurants of Bethesda. Exceptional flow. 2BR, 3.5BA. Completely renov + new addn adjacent to KIT. Covered rear patio, heated pool. Huge LL w/full BA, den/BR and sep laundry. Wendy Gowdey Foxhall Office 202-363-1800



SUNNY 2BR, 1BA condo with 2 GARAGE SPACES, wood floors, fireplace and balcony in a full service bldg with doorman, pool and gym just 2 blocks to Metro! Richard Oder 202-329-6900 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

SUN-FILLED gem in prvt Timberwood. Updated & meticulously maintained 5BR/3.5BA, 3,000 sq.ft. Contemporary with 450 sq. ft. screened porch overlooking beaut garden. Granite counter, SS appls, walls of glass, open flr pln, cathedral ceilings, hrdwd flrs & gas FP, 2-car gar. Nr dining/shopping. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400



LARGE 4BR colonial with all the bells and whistles. New gourmet kit, redone BAs, and beautiful HWFs. Glenn Blong 202-256-2072 Friendship Heights Office 301-652-2777 MBR, 2nd BR, 1.5BA. W/D hookup installed. Fabulous roof deck w/ sweeping city views, common laundry room. Rental parking available monthto-month. Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

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BETHESDA $329,000 ENDLESS VIEWS! Beautiful sunlit 2BR, 2BA condo. Lovely HWs, spacious LR, bright KIT, Balcony. Garage PKG, pool, gym, sauna, party room, 24 hr desk. Nr Crescent Trail, Whole Foods & dwntwn. Emily Swartz 202-256-1656 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 BETHESDA $699,000 BEAUTIFUL unit with BR on each side of LR. HWFs, LR/DR, gourmet KIT w/ss Viking appl’s, granite counters & island. King-size master ste w/walk-in closet, BA w/marble shower. Washer/dryer in unit. 2nd BR & BA, Garage. Ingrid Suisman Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


STUNNING UPDATES! Perfect location near Broad Branch Market and Conn Ave. 4BR, 3FBA, great high-end remodeled KIT/FR Addition. Redone Pwdr Rm, huge DR, spacious LR, remodeled walk-out Basement. Patio, detached Garage. Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

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GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH $849,000 THREE LEVEL end unit rowhouse with large detached gar. Stunning KIT with granite, Viking & SubZero. 2BR, 2 designer BAs. Fin lower level, private rear entrance. Lovely brick patio & gardens. 3541 T St NW.


appls & gran counters. Sep Din, HWFs, freshly painted & custom bookcases. Full Svc bldg. Gar PKG to rent. Walk to Metro, shops. John Mammano 571-331-8557 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

CLEVELAND PARK $1,190,000 TOTAL CONVENIENCE! Historic, renov 1920's builder's home. SS KIT, LR with frplc, formal DR, sun room, office, wood floors, built-ins, fenced back yard, raised garden bed, garage. Close to everything with a Walkscore of 98! CHEVY CHASE, MD $855,000 Kathleen Ryan 240-418-3127 MUST SEE - 4BR, 3BA Colonial with a Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 collection of expansive rooms & wonderful entertaining spaces, priv deck and CLEVELAND PARK $1,399,000 porch, large yard. Well cared for home, BEAUTIFUL top-to-bottom renov on near park is just waiting for new owner prestigious Massachusetts Ave. Gorgeous to enjoy all it has to offer. HWFs, designer lighting and sound sysPatricia Murphy 202-445-4664 tem. 2-car garage, lovely garden & patio. Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 CLEVELAND PARK $409,000 A MUST SEE! The Broadmoor Co-op, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $529,000 Top Flr. Beautiful large, 1BR w/lots of COLUMBIA HEIGHTS CUTIE! Very well light & park views. Updtd KIT w/new SS maintained, updtd Wardman porch front.

GEORGETOWN $1,189,000 EAST VILLAGE, Just listed!!! Delightful, light filled semi-detached 2BR, 2.5BA + den. Large formal LR with frplc and a wall of windows opening onto beautiful patio & large garden; sep formal DR, charming eat-in KIT and MBR with private sitting area. 571-331-8557 FOREST HILLS $595,000 John Mammano 202-277-5487 FANTASTIC LOCATION! One of John Paynter Washington's best addresses. Stunning Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 corner unit, 2BR, 2BA in prestigious $259,900 Truman House. Lovely view. Large unit GLOVER PARK ready to move in. HWFs. Grand foyer, TOP-FLOOR large 1BR/1BA at The LR and DR. Eat-in KIT. Solarium, lots of Beecher House. Enjoy the western sun and closets. PKG & storage. Laundry room treetop parkland views. Updated kitchen/bath & amazing closet space. Fee on each floor. Near Van Ness METRO. Andra Gram 240-515-6059 includes all utilities and extra storage. Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Building does wait-list rental parking! 2400 41st FT. DUPONT PARK $160,000 Street, NW #512 202-441-7008 WALK TO METRO! Owner help with Chris Jones 202-944-8400 closing! Enjoy this 2BR well-maintained Georgetown Office semi-detach home w/HWFs look like new, $588,000 painted bsmnt great for RR/storage, KALORAMA SPACIOUS 1,471 SF condo at The Extremely deep yard! A must see! Norris Dodson 202-486-7800 Netherlands. Coffered DR, handsome Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 KIT opens to office/pantry, sunny Inviting foyer, bright & sunny LR, formal DR, HBA, open KIT to enclosed rr porch. 3 generous BRs, 2BAs up. In-law ste with W/D. 2 car secure PKG. Walking distance to 3 Metros. Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

LOGAN CIRCLE $479,000 NEW LISTING! Upper floor 1BR+Study/Den+1BA /deeded parking. Open LR/DR w/private balcony, open kitchen w/island, BR w/large WIC, study/den open to BR, luxurious BA w/2 entrances, coat CL and laundry CL. 1441 Rhode Island Ave NW #710. Richard Waite 202-821-8940 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 OLD CITY $435,000 THE CHASTLETON is one of Washington’s most sought-after gems. Wonderful light-filled 1BR, 1BA unit – recently renov w/top-of-the-line amenities. HWFs, gran and ss appls. Sale incls convenient (and rare) on-site parking! Mary Saltzman Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 SW/WATERFRONT $249,000 REDUCED! Fantastic View! Unique & spacious, numerous upgrades/move-in condition! This 836sf 1BR+deen has great flr plan & incredible big TS balcony. Just 1 block to Metro, Safeway & CVS. Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 TAKOMA PARK $630,000 STYLISH architectural jewel renovated with care & attention to detail. Dramatic lighting, high quality materials and fixtures, chef's KIT, lots of natural light, between the creeks, near 2 parks, metro, shops. TRUE BLISS! 7214 Central Ave. Kornelia Stuphan 202-669-5555 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 U STREET $384,900 BRIGHT, beautiful, new top floor 1BR in U Street. Just 2 blocks to METRO. High tray ceiling! Granite & stainless steel KIT, hardwoods. Low fee, bike storage. Casey Aboulafia 703-624-4567 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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ven top-notch additions often have features that give away their late-arrival status: a step up or down, wood floors that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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match, or a different style of trim around windows and doors. But buyers who love to hate those notquite-right transitions will search for them in vain at a newly listed property next to Lafayette Elementary. A two-level addition blends seamlessly with the original home and adds a large, bright kitchen and family room on the ground floor and larger bedrooms and bathrooms on the second level. Meticulously sourced doors and trim in particular keep the space feeling natural in the 1933 home. Original spaces here hold plenty of appeal as well. From the classic red-brick exterior with black and white accents to the living roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wood-burning fireplace and built-in bookshelves, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s period charm in nearly every room. The sunny living room flows into a dining room whose size will surprise buyers familiar with period architecture. From there, the home opens into the remodeled rear space

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This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home in Chevy Chase is priced at $1.05 million. The red-brick house features a two-level addition. lined by a wall of windows. Maple Brookhaven cabinets stretch to the ceiling and frame topof-the-line appliances, including a gas Dacor range. Around a corner from the main space, which includes a breakfast bar fitted with wine storage, a pantry opens to reveal loads of roll-out shelving. This is a large space that can really entertain a crowd; that bar, for example, can seat six. The openplan family room holds more seating, and a door to the deck and backyard allows parties to flow from outdoors to in. Owners also wisely added a half-bath to this level during their remodel. Kids will happily leave the ground floor to grown-ups, thanks to a finished lower level that offers

room to play and tons of storage for art materials, media and more. A full bath in this sunny yellow space means that the level can also easily house overnight guests. An exit door from the lower level connects the space to the rear yard as well as the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-car garage. Three bedrooms and two baths wait on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second level, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here that ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention to detail really shines, erasing the line between original and new. In both spaces, hefty moldings, period hardware and solid wooden doors speak to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage. But modern conveniences unimagined in 1933 are evidence of alterations. A walk-in closet supplements the masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original, and a

marble-lined en-suite master bath is classically luxe, with a large vanity and walk-in shower. The two other bedrooms share a bright, cheerful bath. One bedroom is extra long, and the current setup shows a clever way to take advantage of the space: A curtain now divides it into sleeping and hangout areas. The divider could also come in handy to separate beds in a shared room. A top-floor space is now used as a bedroom, but the large area could also be a home office, playroom or more. New owners could consider

adding a full bath here and closing off the stair for a defined, spacious bedroom suite. This propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal for buyers with children is obvious: The very popular Lafayette Elementary is one block away. But all home shoppers will enjoy the quiet, leafy neighborhood and easy access to downtown that this location offers. This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 6011 33rd St. is offered for $1.05 million. For details, contact Jennifer Knoll of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at 202-441-2301 or

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split into the National and American leagues. It also provides a softball league for girls 9 to 14. Because the league is built entirely on volunteer support and involves more than 500 families in Chevy Chase and nearby neighborhoods, it holds a special importance locally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a community trust,â&#x20AC;? said copresident Scott Gold, who has two kids in the league. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that families take a lot of pride in.â&#x20AC;? Ron Jolles, a fast-talking Washingtonian with sunglasses and a white-stubble beard, is the selfproclaimed caretaker of the field. He

the ceremonial first pitch. Gray, a lefty who once played semi-pro ball and earned a tryout with the White Sox, paused for a second before letting it fly to an Oriole Little Leaguer. Strike. After the pitch, the mayor stuck around to sign caps and shake hands with players, whom he said he hopes to watch as they come up through Capitol City and other D.C. leagues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a long period of time where baseball at the youth level had really declined,â&#x20AC;? said Gray. The crowd began to leave as the field was cleared for the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first game. Gray found himself standing by third base, and someone asked how his pitch felt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Felt wonderful,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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percent level,â&#x20AC;? she said. To help achieve this, D.C. is implementing a new curriculum, based on a nationally recognized standard called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;common core.â&#x20AC;? Her second goal is to increase proficiency of students at D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40 lowest-performing schools by 40 percentage points. As things stand now, these students test as low as 9 or 10 percent. Henderson said the District is considering extended-day programs and a longer school year at these schools, as well as increasing the use of technology as a learning tool. The third goal is to raise the rate at which students graduate high school in four years from the current 53 percent up to 75 percent. The school system is now looking at how less-traditional experiences could help students fulfill graduation requirements, such as internships or paid work as opposed

to strictly class credits. Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth goal is to achieve a 90 percent rate for positive responses from students when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asked whether they like their schools. And the fifth goal is to increase overall enrollment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to move with all cylinders blazing,â&#x20AC;? Henderson said. She described other goals and possibilities as well, such as offering more options for students who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan to attend college. The school system intends to restructure Spingarn High School in Northeast to create a transportation academy that prepares students for the maintenance field. Henderson also said she hopes to work more closely with the charter school community. She raised the possibility that the public school system someday could directly host its own charter schools. Another idea she discussed was that of closing down certain public schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re intent on making the hard choices,â&#x20AC;? she said.





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physics unit into our designs. Some of them are extremely complicated with sound triggers and robots. Others are as simple as a marble roll. And the most amazing part of this project is that everything used to create these things must be from around your house, such as toothpaste boxes, old board games, batteries, pennies, cardboard boxes, plastic bags and much, much more. On testing day, the anxiety was high and voices were loud. Only one group successfully ran and filmed its Goldberg project on the first day; the others will try tomorrow. Everyone was excited about Rube Goldberg. Our group even came in during recess to work on our project. Some of the projects have things flying through the air, seesaws and zip lines, and every crazy thing you can think of. I hope our groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project goes well. Wish us luck. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Hay, sixth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary

The second-graders went to visit President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage late last month. We have been studying biographies so we went to see how his life was and to understand the story of his life. The cottage is about 15 minutes from the U.S. Capitol on the grounds of the Old Soldierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home. It was nice and pretty and relaxing. President Lincoln probably liked to live there during the summer. His family lived with him, and his son, Tad, had a pet goat. He had a lot of visitors, and he did a lot of writing and thinking. He lived at the cottage during the Civil War, right near graves of soldiers who got killed in the war. He started writing the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves there. Any time he had an idea, he would write it on a slip of paper and put it in his hat! His butler would collect the slips and put them on his desk for him to find later. President Lincoln was a little bit of a messy person. We saw a statue of Lincoln standing next to his

horse, and we could see how tall he really was. He was 6 feet, 4 inches. With his hat, he was 7 feet. Sometimes kids would play tricks on him and knock his hat off and his ideas would fall out. Lincoln needed protection because some people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like his speeches. He had the first guards like the Secret Service, called Bucktail Guards. Someone tried to shoot him when he was going between the cottage and the White House. John Wilkes Booth wanted to catch him at the cottage but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, so he shot him at Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shaun Crouch, Maxwell Levine, Camsey Noonan and Grace McCormack, second-graders

Key Elementary

Next week at Key School, the students in second through fifth grade will be taking a big test, called the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS). The DC-CAS is a test that public school students in the District of Columbia take for the next two weeks. Students take the test to show how much they have learned this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The DC-CAS is a chance to show off what you know. It is a great opportunity to bring together what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. Shields, one of our fifth-grade teachers. The DC-CAS has different subjects for different grades. Secondand third-graders take the reading and math tests. Fourth-graders take the reading, math and writing tests. Fifth-graders have the most tests with math, reading, science and health. The health test is a new part of the DC-CAS testing this year. For students to do their best, it is important for them to eat a good, healthy breakfast. A good breakfast may include cereal, fruit or oatmeal. It is also important to sleep well so that students can be focused and able to concentrate on the test. Another way for students to be their best is to wear comfy clothes. It is best to stay calm and believe in yourself. We at Key School wish everyone luck on the DC-CAS. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maurice Sibaja and Erica Serrano, fifth-graders

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Murch Elementary

Charge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and bring your copy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phineas L. MacGuire â&#x20AC;Ś Erupts!â&#x20AC;? The Battle of the Books is raging on as readers study their books to answer questions. Ms. Holly Hope (ELL teacher) and Ms. Regina Bell (librarian) have been the battle administrators as students in grades three, four and five compete for glory. Each battle takes place in the library during specials time, and readers answer questions about specific books. The maximum each student can answer is twice because they only have two paint sticks. Each question starts with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In which book â&#x20AC;Ś ?â&#x20AC;? These battles tend to be competitive, and sometimes even luck plays a factor. Each team is asked 12 questions, and the team with the most correct answers wins. A team is awarded three points if the answer is fully correct. If they need an author assist, they are awarded two

points. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never to late to start reading because battles resume after the DC-CAS. If you want your class to win â&#x20AC;Ś read, read, read! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nadav Oren, fourth-grader

Parkmont School

On a typical day at my internship at the National Zoo, I clean out the water in the shrimp and prawn tank. After that, I sometimes go out to get food for the ants and the stick insects. The plants they eat are found around the Zoo, and we need to cut them off while not making it look too noticeable to others that they have been cut. I also clean the water insectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tanks by carefully removing the insects from one bucket to the other and the padding that they like to be on. They are fed crickets after that, and I cover the bucket to make sure that the crickets donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escape. Finally, I feed the animals in the touch tank, including sea stars, brittle stars, sea

urchins, hermit crabs and a horse conch. Having a job at the invertebrate exhibit would certainly be interesting. I would especially be interested in working with the octopus a bit more. It would be cool to interact with all sorts of animals that gross most people out. Studying and working with animals has interested me for a long time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only now that I have really gotten an opportunity to experience it for myself. The idea of seeing things up close that many people never see in their entire life would be a very exciting opportunity to take. Though it would be a lot of work to take care of the animals, I think I could manage it with a bit of help. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Josh Stanislawski, 12th-grader

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can enjoy! St. Albans was proud to present this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle school play, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Farm,â&#x20AC;? which explores the theme that with great power comes great responsibility. The play was directed by Mr. Mark Bishop and Ms. Kristin Campbell with the help of our set designer, Mr. Greg Lampasona. With spring comes flowers, and with flowers comes Flower Mart. The Washington National Cathedral has hosted an annual Flower Mart festival, sponsored by the All Hallows Guild, since 1939. Each year, one of the embassies located in Washington, D.C., is honored. This year Jamaica is the featured country. Flower Mart features plant sales, floral displays, boutique booths, yummy food, music and entertainment, plus fun activities for children, including rides on the antique carousel, spinning teacups, giant slide and mini Ferris wheel. Other games for children of all ages include â&#x20AC;&#x153;grab a duck,â&#x20AC;? a cakewalk, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;win a fish.â&#x20AC;? Winning these games earns participants prizes like goldfish, cakes, toys and balloons. All of the games are

The Current fun to play, and children can play while their parents shop. Last but not least, spring sports have started at St. Albans, and they all offer different and challenging activities. The spring sports program offers lacrosse, baseball, tennis, track and Voyager. Most of the teams will compete with local schools, with matches every week or two. There are lots of exciting events scheduled for the upcoming weeks at St. Albans! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matthew Andreoli, Form II (eighth-grader)

School Without Walls

Recently, School Without Walls made D.C. Public Schools history. Our robotics team was one of 63 teams (including nearly 19 from D.C. public schools) to compete in the D.C. regional of the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition. It was the first team in D.C. Public Schools history to reach the top three and was consistently ranked high over the two days of competition. Sadly, the Walls team missed the finals by a freshman-sized margin (tiny). Though Walls fell short, we were happy to cheer on Wilson High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robotics team, which was victorious in the D.C. regional contest and will go on to nationals. In other news, ninjas! Despite

ninjasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; famed stealth and infiltration skills, Walls students spotted several of the strange and wonderful assassins on campus Wednesday. Some students even stopped to take pictures with them. On Thursday, the ninjas reappeared, this time managing to infiltrate all the way into the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common room, where they were met by students, seated in rows, ready to receive them. A display of martial skill followed. There was choreographed fighting with swords, kunai knifes and an assortment of other weaponry, including an innocent seeming but nevertheless (in the right hands) dangerous rope. Sadly, it was not long before the visitors departed. They left behind their legacy, and a number of pamphlets detailing the Mei prefecture in Japan. Based on extensive research (mostly within those pamphlets), it was determined that the Walls students had just faced an extremely impressive Iga-ryu ninja show. Sadly, next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenge is mandatory testing, not swordwielding warriors. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We went to the National Zoo on a field trip by bus. We learned

about animals. Our favorite part was the Learning House. There are four centers in the house. Before we could go in the Learning House, we had to clean our feet. We got a â&#x20AC;&#x153;foot bath.â&#x20AC;? It was pretend. The floor has to be kept clean because the animals come in to get shots and checkups. We put on lab coats. Our favorite center was the poop-scooping. For us, it was pretend scooping. But did you know that the doctor can tell if an animal is going to have a baby by its poop? The doctor uses a microscope and flashlight to know. We got to go to the Great Ape House, where we saw gorillas. We saw a daddy gorilla with a really big head and a baby gorilla. We also saw monkeys. I had to pinch my nose in the Great Ape House. It was very smelly. We went into the reptile house. We are mammals. I knew that before we went to the Zoo. We saw an anteater, tigers, mole rats, porcupines, cheetahs, longneck turtles, pandas, red foxes and a baby ostrich. We had lunch at the Zoo, and some birds and pigeons ate some of our sandwiches! We used a map to find things like the bathroom and other animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; locations at the Zoo. Going to the Zoo is a really good field trip. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha Havern, Phoebe Bradburn, Devlin Gibbons and Daris Lohja, kindergartners

Washington Latin Public Charter School

After months of grueling hours spent freezing on the corner at

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Eastern Market, hanging around at school functions, collecting jeans, baking, setting up concerts and just outright begging, we had finally raised enough money to go to Rome over spring break. Our highest tier of students of the Latin language (that is, Latin 5 honors, Latin 5 and some seniors of Latin 4) has worked hard and stuck with it for years now. As a result of our hard work and perseverance, we were rewarded with a weeklong trip to the ancient city. Highlights included a trip to the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Beforehand, the Latin class was studying inscriptions that we would pass by, learning some last-minute Italian, and viewing images of buildings that we might see. Some of the students had been to Rome before, but none had gone with our friends from school and that is what made this trip special. Not only was it a chance for us to take what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned in class and put it to the test, but it was also a chance to really get to know each other better (if that is even possible) and share an amazing experience that we will all remember for the rest of our lives. Junior Claire Detrick-Jules compared this trip to the one her French class went on last year to Paris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all bonded, and by the end it felt like we were a family. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go home. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even want to have my birthday party, which was right after. I just wanted to stay with the people who went on the trip.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Timothy Hursen, 11th-grader


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Wednesday april 18 Concert ■ The U.S. Naval Academy Band Brass Quintet will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Djoomart Otorbaev, vice prime minister of the Kyrgyz Republic for economics and investment, will discuss his country’s economy. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Author John Feffer will discuss his book “Crusade 2.0: The West’s Resurgent War on Islam.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ “Tommy’s Traveling Book Club,” a quarterly discussion group led by Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, will read from Christopher Paul Curtis’ “The Watsons Go to Birmingham,” a 1996 Newbery Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King Honor book. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. ■ “D.C. Emancipation: The Struggle for Freedom, Liberty, Justice and Equality” will feature panelists Phillip W. Magness, professor of public policy at George Mason University; Roger Davidson, professor of history at Coppin State University; Andrew Zimmerman, professor of history at George Washington University; and C.R. Gibbs, public historian. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Glover Park Village will present a talk by Michael Mussio, senior portfolio manager at FBB Capital Partners, on “Investing

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Events Entertainment for Income in the Current Market.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Stoddert Recreation Center, 4100 Calvert St. NW. ■ Sadakat Kadri will discuss his book “Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law From the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ A.J. Jacobs will discuss his book “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Films ■ “Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festival” will feature Alice Rohrwacker’s film “Corpo Celeste,” about a 13-year-old who moves with her mother and sister from Switzerland to a small seaside town in Italy. 6:30 p.m. $11. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-628-3456. The festival will continue at various venues through Sunday. ■ The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will feature “The Green Wave,” about the most severe domestic crisis in Iran’s recent history. Joe Stork of Human Rights Watch will make introductory remarks. 7 p.m. $9 to $11. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. Special events ■ The National Archives will host its eighth annual Genealogy Fair, featuring workshops and exhibitions on how to use federal records and other resources for genealogical research. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th

streets NW. 202-357-5000. The event will continue Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ■ Featuring rooms by 24 local designers, the fifth annual DC Design House will raise funds for the Children’s National Medical Center. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20. 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW. dcdesignhouse. com. The design house will be open through May 13; viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Sporting events ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Milwaukee Bucks. 7 p.m. $25 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Houston Astros. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ■ D.C. United will play the Montreal Impact. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Thursday, April 19

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Benefit ■ The fifth annual Penn Quarter on the Block charity auction and cocktail reception will benefit the nonprofit group Sasha Bruce Youthwork. 6 to 8 p.m. $30 in advance; $40 at the door. Wechsler’s Auctioneers & Appraisers, 909 E St. NW. 202-628-1281. Children’s program ■ “Earth Day: Reuse, Recycle & Look Fresh” will offer teens a chance to make a necklace out of an old, unwanted T-shirt. 4 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd






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Thursday, april 19 ■ Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Stephen Hough will perform works by Bridge, Rachmaninoff and Elgar. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. Class ■ Chilean singer/songwriter Claudia Acuña will lead a Latin jazz vocal workshop. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Warner Brothers Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6333704. Demonstration ■ Clive Atyeo of the U.S. Botanical Garden will demonstrate how to repot orchids. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Discussions and lectures ■ Mark Klempner will discuss his book “The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage.” Noon. Free. Room 139, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-3779. ■ David Muir, former political adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, will discuss “Britain, the Eurozone Crisis, and the Future of Europe.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 450, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Ron Alquist of the Bank of Canada will discuss “Forecasting the Price of Oil.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Room 321, Monroe Hall, George Washington University, 2115 G St. NW. ■ Rania Elhilou, Gaza-based communications officer for the group American Near East Refugee Aid, will discuss “The Humanitarian Situation in Gaza.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ “Millennials, Values, and America’s Future” will feature authors Joshua Foer and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Sojourners founder Jim Wallis and student leaders from across the country. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Ma Weihua, president and chief executive officer of China Merchant Bank, will discuss “The Financial Reform of Chinese Banks.” 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5805. ■ Robert Austin of Princeton University will discuss “Darwin, Evolution and Cancer.” 4 p.m. Free. Room 101, Corcoran Hall, George Washington University, 725 21st St. NW. ■ Kent Calder, director of the School of Advanced International Studies Japan Studies Program and the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, will discuss “The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics.” 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5812. ■ Adair Turner, chair of the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority, will discuss “Shadow Banking, Prudential Risk and Social Value.” 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-6635636. ■ Susan F. Martin, professor of international migration at Georgetown University, will discuss “A Nation of Immigrants.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Life of the Line: Drawings From Bonnard to Vuillard.” 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ “The Change We Must Fight For” will feature a conversation between author E. Ethelbert Miller and Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. ■ Phillips Collection chief curator Eliza Rathbone will discuss “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard.” 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. See Events/Page 27

Continued From Page 26 ■ New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will discuss his book “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will discuss transportation in America and its vital importance to national interests. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. ■ The Classics Book Group will discuss “The Golden Bowl” by Henry James. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Michael Monroe, former curator-incharge of the Renwick Museum, will discuss “The White House Collection of American Crafts.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. $35. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-633-3030. ■ William Fitzhugh, archaeologist and director of the Arctic Studies Center at the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss his work in the Arctic and its relation to climate change. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Room 2, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ Paul MacLardy, co-author of “Kimono — Vanishing Tradition” and owner of Arise Bazaar, will discuss “100 Years of Kimonos and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.” After the lecture, visitors can try on kimonos using proper dressing rituals. 7 p.m. $20; $7 for college students. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ University of Pennsylvania professor Thomas Childers will discuss the Holocaust, its meaning and its lessons for the 21st century. A dessert and wine reception will follow. 7 p.m. $36 donation suggested. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss the first half of “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Lucy Walker’s 2012 film “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” about the tragic devastation from last year’s tsunami and the promise of recovery. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ Cine Francophone will feature Romain Gavras’ 2010 film “Our Day Will Come,” about a teenager who is bullied at school because of his red hair. 7 p.m. $9; $4 for students and seniors. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-2347911. ■ The School of Advanced International Studies will present Luna Shad’s documentary “Keys to My Home,” about an Iranian journalist who fled the country in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 elections. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required.


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Events Entertainment Room 203, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Performances ■ The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival will feature the national finalists for the Ten-Minute Play Award. 6 p.m. Free. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Poet and writer Davi Walders and cellist Douglas Wolters will present a Holocaust Remembrance Day performance featuring stories about women resisters intertwined with music by composers whose lives were interrupted tragically during the Holocaust. 7 p.m. $12 to $18. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. 202-789-0900. ■ The Women’s National Book Association will present “Three Divas of the D.C. Poetry Scene,” featuring Sarah Browning, Sheema Kalbasi and Siwar Masannat. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Georgetown will present its annual spring showcase, “¡Baila Conmigo!” 8 p.m. $4. Walsh Black Box Theatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. Reading ■ “Poetry on Cedar Street” will feature a reading by Niki Herd. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Aprilapril 20 Friday, Friday 20 Children’s program ■ Kids World Cinema Festival 2012 will kick off with French and Senegalese films for children ages 6 through 8 — “Frère Benoit,” “Train-Train Medina,” “Gom,” “Le Têtu fainéant,” “Rumeurs” and “OZO.” Workshops and a discussion will follow. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance

Friday, april 20 ■ Concert: Birdlips, a folk-rock duo featuring Linda Pitts and Cliff Usher, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Rossini, Fauré and Dvorák. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. ■ In honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, pianist Claire Huangci will perform works by Chopin, Tchaikovsky and other composers. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ K. Bryan Kirk of the First Presbyterian Church in Glans Falls, N.Y.,

will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Wilson High School Jazz Chorus will perform. 1 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. ■ The U.S. Army Band’s contemporary music ensemble will perform. 7 p.m. Free. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 703-696-3399. ■ The Embassy Series will feature the Mendelssohn Piano Trio and violist Michael Stepniak performing works by Haydn, Mahler and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. $50. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-625-2361. ■ The American University Chamber Singers will present “For Praise and Peace: Bach & Handel.” 8 p.m. $5. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8853634. ■ Concerto Köln and cellist Jan Freiheit will perform works by Bach. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. ■ The In Series will present MexicanAmerican tenor Jesús Daniel Hernández in “… de mi corazón latino (From My Latin Heart),” featuring classic Latin American songs. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ As part of the National League of American Pen Women’s biennial convention, a public concert will feature composers performing original work. 8 p.m. Free. Renoir Room, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW.

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Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. ■ Presidential historian Mark Updegrove will discuss his book “Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.” Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ Loras Schissel and Elizabeth Aldrich will discuss Martha Graham and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. ■ Peter Trubowitz, professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss his book “Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition & American Statecraft.” Noon to 1:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, 36th and N streets NW. politicsandstrategy.eventbrite. com. ■ David Cameron, professor of political science at Yale University, will discuss “The Eurozone Debt Crisis: Causes and Consequences.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 450, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ Whitney Robertson, museum collections manager for the Society of the Cincinnati, will discuss Larz Anderson’s diplomatic uniform. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ A public symposium will focus on “Samuel F.B. Morse’s ‘Gallery of the Louvre’ in Focus.” 3 to 5 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The symposium will See Events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013; David Laitin, professor of political science at Stanford University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Incomplete Assimilation Among Muslims in France.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area will hear from Philip C. Wilcox Jr., former U.S. ambassador and president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. 6 p.m. $15; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Gayle Gibson, an educator at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nakht: A Hard Life in an Interesting Time.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Van Jones will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rebuild the Dream.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  London-based journalist and filmmaker Ben Anderson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Worse Enemy: The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Divasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kenji Mizoguchiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1952 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life of Oharu.â&#x20AC;? 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Korean Film Festival DC 2012: The Art of the Moving Image From Koreaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Na Hong-jinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chaser.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and

Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. A free reception at 6 p.m. will feature Korean wine and appetizers and a chance to mingle with the director; reservations are required at Readings â&#x2013; At a PEN/Faulkner Fiction event, authors Gary Shteyngart (shown) and Adam Ross will read from their recent works. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  Taffety Punk Theatre Company will present a one-man adaptation of Gustav Meyrinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1915 novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golem,â&#x20AC;? performed by company member Daniel Flint. 8 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Performance â&#x2013;  Sidwell Friends Middle School Drama will present the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sneakers,â&#x20AC;? based on a Grimm fairy tale. 7:30 p.m. Free. Caplin Theater, Kogod Arts Center, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 1 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  An Earth Day celebration will feature cooking demonstrations using local foods and fresh ingredients. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Miami Marlins. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, April 21

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Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monarchaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luna.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. â&#x2013; The Old Stone House will host a Junior Ranger Day Open House with tours, games and craft activities for children ages 5 and older. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851.

Saturday, april 21 â&#x2013; Film: ITVS Community Cinema will present Danfung Dennisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hell and Back Again,â&#x20AC;? about the life of a Marine at war in Afghanistan and in recovery at home. A question-andanswer session will feature representatives of the group Give an Hour. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. by Coyaba Dance Theater. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  Architect Mary Kay Lanzillotta will lead a walking tour of Capitol Hill for children ages 8 through 14, followed by a chance to create an architectural masterpiece of their own. 9:30 a.m. to noon. $10; reservations required. Meet at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013;  The Rock Creek Nature Center will host a Junior Ranger Day Open House with hikes and craft activities for children ages 5 and older. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Peirce Mill will host a Junior Ranger Day Open House with tours, games and craft activities for children ages 5 and older. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202895-6070. â&#x2013;  Kids World Cinema Festival 2012 will feature six short features for children ages 6 through 8, including Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;School Trip With Pontaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Man Flowerâ&#x20AC;? and

Classes and workshops â&#x2013; An Earth Day seminar led by Dami Kim will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Steps of Creative Meditation for Healing Humanity and the Earth.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Washington DC Dahn Yoga, 700 14th St. NW. 202-3932440. â&#x2013;  Educational specialist Lena Sadowitz will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demystifying Learning Today,â&#x20AC;? featuring tips on activities to promote learning and ways to transform toys into rich learning tools. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lil omm yoga Tenley, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Concerts â&#x2013;  Lyric soprano Nancy Peery Marriott and pianist David Chapman will perform art songs, operettas and inspirational songs by Schubert, Mahler, Dvorak, Quilter and Romberg. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wind Through the Strings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a KyoShin-An Arts Programâ&#x20AC;? will feature James Nyoraku Schlefer, a master of the bamboo flute, and the Colorado String Quartet performing a program of shakuhachi quintets by Western composers as part of the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Levine Jazz Quartet will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? in conjunction with the opening of an exhibit of Joan Konkelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mesh and metal wall sculptures. 6 p.m. $15; reservations required. Lang Recital Hall, Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-686-8000, ext. 1057. â&#x2013;  The American Youth Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz: Made in America.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and students; free for children ages 6 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m. #BU?PB*SAC 2GKCRM1R?PR2FGLIGLE (Atlantic Monthly, $26) Like a British Tocqueville touring todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s America, Luce, The Financial Times Washington commentator, offers fresh insight into this countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political and economic woes. Drawing on a wide range of interviews with politicians, lobbyists, new graduates, and the unemployed, Luce has eschewed abstractions to fashion a comprehensive picture of how lives are actually being lived. Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. *SACRRC*?EL?BM 2FCPPME?LR7C?PQ (Ecco, $14.99) Join us for the paperback release of Lagnadoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second memoir. Having introduced readers to her father in The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, here she focuses on her mother. But the story of her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s privileged life in Cairo leads Lagnado to observe other models for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives as she struggles to position herself between her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past and her own future. Sunday, April 22, 5 p.m. %?PW)PGQR !GRWMD1AMSLBPCJQ (Crown, $26) Nearly 100 years ago, city planners were poised to make Chicago â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Metropolis of the world.â&#x20AC;? Then a series of disasters nearly turned the dream to a nightmare. In his fast-paced narrative history of the momentous events of 1919, Kris, novelist, journalist, and author of The White Cascade, recounts that summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riot, transit strike, blimp crash, and child murder. !MLLCARGASRTC,55?QFGLERML "!  z  z  D?V @MMIQNMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMKzUUU NMJGRGAQ NPMQC AMK

202-399-7993. â&#x2013; The Catholic University Chorus and the Sanctuary Choir of St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Methodist Church will perform music by American composers. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5414. â&#x2013;  GU Harmony and several other Georgetown University singing groups will perform a spring concert to benefit Casa Mantay, which provides assistance to young mothers and their children in Peru. 7:30 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  The New York Opera Society and the Embassy of Spain will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sounds of Catalonia,â&#x20AC;? featuring baritone Gustavo Ahualli, guitarist Giuliano Belotti, soprano Rosa Betancourt and pianist Rosa TorresPardo. 8 p.m. $35. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Edward Luce will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; Philip Auerswald will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy,â&#x20AC;? at 3:30 p.m.; and Michael Lind will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris will discuss a short video sequence that helped inspire his biography â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free; tickets required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by Sue Ruff, coauthor of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artie and Merlin.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  D.C. artist Lou Stovall will discuss his 60-year career and how he represents nature through movement, color and light in his works. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion will focus on Eugene Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strange Interlude.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series â&#x20AC;&#x153;1940: America Goes to the Moviesâ&#x20AC;? will feature Howard Hawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1940 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;His Girl Friday,â&#x20AC;? starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  The Film Noir Matinee Series will feature the 1940 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stranger on the Third Floor,â&#x20AC;? about a newspaper reporter beset by doubt and suspicion after his courtroom testimony puts a man on death row for murder. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shorts-Courts-Kurzâ&#x20AC;? will feature new short films from France and Germany, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luminaris,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flamingo Price,â&#x20AC;? See Events/Page 30


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he 30th Anniversary Smithsonian Craft Show will take place over four days at the National Building Museum. The juried show will feature the work of 121 craft artists, 44 of whom are new to the event. The show will begin tomorrow and Friday from

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10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and continue on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission costs $15, and a two-day pass costs $20. A preview and benefit will take place today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $200; reservations are required. The National Building Museum is located at 401 F St. NW. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,â&#x20AC;? a sculptural installation of 12 heads by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei around the fountain at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, will open tomorrow and remain on view through Feb. 24. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress,â&#x20AC;? celebrat-

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Josh Simpsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chandra Platterâ&#x20AC;? is one of the items featured at the Smithsonian Craft Show. ing the quincentenary of the beginning of Armenian printing, will open tomorrow in the Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jefferson Building and continue through Sept. 17. Located at 10 1st St. SE, the library is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 202-7078000. See Exhibits/Page 36

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Grand Night for Singingâ&#x20AC;? April 20 through May 6 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. This fresh take on the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canon features such curiosities as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shall We Dance?â&#x20AC;? as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer and a lovelorn young lad posing the musical Washington Savoyards will present a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you solve a revue â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Grand Night for Singingâ&#x20AC;? April 20 through May 6. problem like Maria?â&#x20AC;? Thursday through Saturday and 2 Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $38 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. to $43. Studio Theatre is located at cost $5 to $15. Catholic University Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; is located at 3801 Harewood Road Sunday. An additional performance NE. 202-319-4000; will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 26. â&#x2013; Catholic University will present â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatre will Tickets cost $15 to $40. Atlas is present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pure Tango,â&#x20AC;? a panoramic located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399- Arthur Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crucibleâ&#x20AC;? April 19 through 22 at the Hartke view of the music and dance, April 7993; Theatre. 19 through 29. â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre 2ndStage will â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pure Tango,â&#x20AC;? created by GALA When a group of teenage girls present Dan LeFrancâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s epic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The accuse others in 1692 Salem, Mass., co-founder Hugo Medrano, spans Big Mealâ&#x20AC;? April 25 through May the history of tango from early in of witchcraft to 20. the 20th century, featuring cover up their Written by renowned singers, dancers and own forbidden the playwright of activities, the actors. Performances will be in the 2010 town erupts with Spanish with English surtitles. 2ndStage hit hysteria and alle- Performance times are 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sixty Miles to Thursday through Saturday and 3 gations of satanSilver Lake,â&#x20AC;? p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to ic activity. The this tour of a $38. The GALA Theatre is located arrests and trials lifetime from the at 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234that follow vantage point of Studio Theatre 2ndStageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show 7174; a single restauâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Mealâ&#x20AC;? will open April 25. expose a community paralyzed â&#x2013;  French theater company Histrio rant table shows will celebrate its 30th anniversary by fear, religious extremism and five generations of a family in all with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Figures Feminines de France their embarrassment and heartbreak. greed. See Theater/Page 36 Performance times are 8:30 p.m. Performance times are 7:30 p.m.

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Continued From Page 28 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Centrifuge Brain Projectâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psoledmy Autobus.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 5 p.m. $10; $7 for students and seniors. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Divasâ&#x20AC;? will feature Yasujiro Ozuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1949 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Spring,â&#x20AC;? starring Setsuko Hara. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The Next Reflex Dance Collective and Dance Place will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electro Shutdown & The Pea,â&#x20AC;? offering a participatory experience within a nightclub-style environment. 8 p.m. $22 to $35; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Post-College Confusion Tourâ&#x20AC;? will feature D.C. and New York stand-up comedians Jordan Carlos, Jared Logan, Michael Che, Jared Freid, Kate Hendricks, Anthony P. DeVito, Carson Gross and Michael Quinn. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the show. Sixth & I


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Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013; Docents will lead tours of the Folger Shakespeare Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elizabethan Garden, which is filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works and herbs popular in his day. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

Sales â&#x2013; St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church will host a rummage sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Gym, St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Day School, 4701 Whitehaven Parkway NW. 202-342-2800. â&#x2013;  The United Methodist Women of Metropolitan Memorial will host a usedbook sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. Special events â&#x2013;  Members of the U.S. Navy Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clarinet Day for College and High School Students,â&#x20AC;? featuring recitals, clinics and a master class. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome School of Music, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Department of Transportation, Kidical Mass DC and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Family Biking,â&#x20AC;? featuring classes on basic riding skills, a group ride, and displays of bikes and equipment. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Parking lot behind

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Saturday, april 21 â&#x2013; Tour: Washington Walks will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;U Street and the Howard Theater,â&#x20AC;? about the history of a neighborhood known for many years as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Broadway.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $15; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meet outside the 13th Street exit to the U Street/Cardozo Metro station. 202-484-1565. The walk will repeat April 28 at 11 a.m. Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan, 215 G St. NE. â&#x2013;  Washington Fine Properties will host its Home & Design Weekend at stores along the 14th Street corridor, featuring lectures and hands-on demonstrations on subjects such as spring trends and bathroom design and using paint to transform a room. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. 14th Street between Rhode Island Avenue and U Street NW. wfphomeanddesignweekend. com. The event will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  Live Green and Clean Currents will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Rush 2012,â&#x20AC;? an Earth Day scavenger hunt for teams of two to five people. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. $35. Logan Circle, Rhode Island and Vermont avenues NW. â&#x2013;  Dance in the Circle, a six-hour event presented by In the Circle Productions, will feature 12 area dance companies performing and offering instruction in various styles. 3 to 9 p.m. Free. Dupont Circle Park, Massachusetts and Connecticut avenues NW. Tours and walks â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a stroll through historic

Concerts â&#x2013; The Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunday Gospel Brunch will feature singer Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Anna Crawley, the 2009 winner of BETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Bestâ&#x20AC;? and a graduate of Eastern High School. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Singers will perform Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requiem.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. St. Stephen Martyr Church, 2435 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Soprano Alison Buchanan will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Operatic Overtures for the Cherry Blossom Seasonâ&#x20AC;? as part of the Wesley Concert Series. 4 p.m. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144. â&#x2013;  The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present conductor Norman Scribnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final concert, a performance of Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ein deutsches Requiem.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $29 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Daedalus Quartet will perform the complete string quartets of American composer Fred Lerdahl. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  The Aria Club of Greater Washington will present a gala concert of opera favorites. 5 p.m. $25. Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW. 202723-1659. â&#x2013;  Gerhard Weinberger of Detmold, Germany, will perform an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral,


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mountainous Nara region. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Sporting event â&#x2013; D.C. United will play the New York Red Bulls. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. 23 Monday, MondayApril april 23 Concerts â&#x2013;  The New Orleans-based progressivefunk outfit Khris Royal & Dark Matter will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Hartke Theatre, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5414. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Orchestra will perform works by Britten, Copland and Milhaud. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Peter Beinart will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crisis of Zionism.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. org/1418181261. â&#x2013;  Sarah Fisher, senior conservator and head of painting conservation at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painting Conservation: Continuing Discoveries.â&#x20AC;? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waging Peace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nixon and Geopolitics in the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution

Monday, april 23 â&#x2013; Lecture: The National Endowment for the Humanities will present a talk by writer, historian and conservationist Wendell Berry. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Shahan Mufti, a freelance journalist and adjunct professor at the University of Richmond, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redrawing the Boundaries of War Journalism: Covering Complex Conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia Today.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Bob Doppelt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Me to We: The Transformative Five Commitments Required to Save the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  The D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Studies Center will present the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black






Wax,â&#x20AC;? about the life and work of poet, musician and social activist Gil ScottHeron. A question-and-answer session will feature WPFW radio host Wayne Tucker. 6 p.m. Free. Room 316, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013; Busboys and Poets will host a preview of the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV.â&#x20AC;? A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burt Lancaster: American Classicâ&#x20AC;? will feature George Seatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1970 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Airport.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7833372. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Mission Group and the St. Francis Guild of Christ Church, Georgetown, will present Robert Kennerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food, Inc.â&#x20AC;? A discussion led by the Rev. Tom Murphy will follow. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Parish Hall, Christ Church, Georgetown, 3116 O St. NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Ken Hughesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1978 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sextette.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401

Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-462-3356. Performance â&#x2013; Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;2012 New Play Festival: A Celebration of Bold New Voices,â&#x20AC;? featuring a familyfriendly evening of whimsical and hilarious new plays. 7:30 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Charlotte Bobcats. 7 p.m. $20 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. 24 Tuesday, TuesdayApril april 24 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature guitarist Clive Carroll. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble will perform works by Thad Jones, Michael Philip Mossman and Duke See Events/Page 32

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Change the World While Spending Almost Nothing.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013; Geneticist Rob Fleischer will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Genomics Revolution and the Origins of Life.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Loung Ung will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Lit Live Seminar series will feature Bel Kaufman, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Up the Down Showcase.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Marvin Center Amphitheater, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Dominic Lieven will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;War and Peace.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20; $7 for college students. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Films â&#x2013;  The West End Neighborhood Library will present Roy Ward Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1958 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night to Remember,â&#x20AC;? about the sinking of

the Titanic. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013; The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present the 1944 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double Indemnity.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robert Thalheim in Focusâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Along Come Tourists.â&#x20AC;? A discussion with Thalheim will follow. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160. Performances â&#x2013;  Towson University Department of Dance students will present a mixed repertory program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;2012 New Play Festival: A Celebration of Bold New Voices,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by older students about topics ranging from a war veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggle to overcome his own fear to a young womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battle with








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Concerts â&#x2013; Members of the Oud Hobbyists Association will perform a concert showcasing the Arabic lute, one of the oldest stringed instruments in the world. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Mount Vernon Brass Ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Musical March Through History.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Wind Ensemble will perform works by Shostakovich and Schumann. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Sarah Brokaw will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Through the 40s, 50s, and Beyond.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  David Ludden, professor of political economy and globalization at New York University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Articulations of Empire and Globalization.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, 36th and N streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Tenley Library Book Discussion Group will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Master and Margaritaâ&#x20AC;? by Mikhail Bulgakov. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1225. â&#x2013;  Tim Caulfield will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cure for Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness, and Happiness.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Room 2, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  U.S. Naval Academy historian Marcus Jones will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rise of the Nazi Juggernaut,â&#x20AC;? about the Nazi aggression between 1933 and 1939 that led to World War II. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fate or Free Will?â&#x20AC;? discussion series will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Naturalâ&#x20AC;? by Bernard Malamud. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Martin Fletcher, former Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv bureau chief for NBC News, will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The List.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 for seniors and students. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Reading â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature Grace Cavalieri, who will read from her poetry and discuss her work as host of the Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poet and the Poem.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. $20. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202331-7282, ext. 16.




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■ “Two Views/One Vision: The Paintings of Richmond Jones and Christine Osada Jones,” highlighting the works of a husband-andwife artistic team, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parish Gallery. The exhibit will continue through May 15. Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202944-2310. ■ “From There,” featuring mixedmedia works by Palestinian artist Manal Deeb, will open Friday at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and continue through May 11. An artist’s reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. ■ “A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic,” featuring portraits of eight women who lived during the American Revolution, will open Friday at the National Portrait Gallery and continue through Sept. 2. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000.

■ “Picasso & Matisse: Models & Muses,” featuring works on paper by two legendary 20th-century artists, will open Saturday at Neptune Fine Art and continue through May 25. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 1662 33rd St. NW,

Palestinian artist Manal Deeb’s “From There” is on display at Jerusalem Fund Gallery. the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-338-0353. ■ “You, Me and Everybody Else: Figurative Interpretations,” a group show of figurative works in diverse styles and media, opened recently at MOCA DC and will continue through April 28.

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(Feminine Figures From France)” April 19 through 21 at various D.C. locations. The show will feature nine excerpts from famous plays and poetry from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, performed in French by Teresa Spencer and Geneviève Brunet Smith. Performances will be at 7 p.m. at the Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW (April 19); the Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW (April 20); and the International Room of Hotel Lombardy, 2019 I St. NW (April 21). Tickets cost $12 to $20. Each performance will be followed by a reception. 202-333-2666. ■ The Kennedy Center will present Twyla Tharp’s Broadway musical “Come Fly Away” April 18 through 29 at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Performance times are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with an additional 1:30 p.m. show on Thursday, April 19. Tickets cost $59 to $125. 202-467-4600; ■ Theater J will present Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man,” exploring black-Jewish relationships in the postbellum South, April 18 through May 20 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $60, except to attend paywhat-you-can previews on April 18 and 19. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; ■ Georgetown University will close an ensemble rendering of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth” April 21 at the Davis Performing Arts Center’s Gonda Theatre. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $18 for the general public, $15 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors, and $10 for students. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; ■ Basil Twist’s “Dogugaeshi” — part of “Twist Festival

Located at 1054 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-3426230. ■ Touchstone Gallery opened two exhibits recently that will continue through April 29. “Spirit and Enigma” presents ceramic sculptures by Bill Mould. “String Theory” features stoneware by Elena Tchernomazova. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. ■ “One Morning,” an exhibit of 11 images taken by Woodley Park photographer Maureen Minehan over two hours on a single summer morning, opened recently at the Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. It will continue through May 6. Located at 105 North Union St. in Alexandria, the gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the “Second Thursday Art Nights” from 2 to 9 p.m. 703-838-4565. ■ “Gestures,” presenting paintings and works on paper by Jo Weiss, opened recently at the Washington Studio School, where it will continue through May 26. Located at 2129 S St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202234-3030.

DC,” a celebration of the renowned puppeteer — will close April 22 at Studio Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ Synetic Theater will close “The Taming of the Shrew,” part of its “Silent Shakespeare” series, April 22 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $43 to $65, with student tickets available starting at $15. The Lansburgh is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Pointless Theatre is presenting “Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher” through April 29 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $20. The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting “Strange Interlude” through April 29 at Sidney Harman Hall in conjunction with Arena Stage’s Eugene O’Neill Festival. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as noon April 25. Tickets cost $20 to $100. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; ■ Arena Stage is presenting Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” through May 6. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon April 25. Tickets cost $40 to $85. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; ■ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is presenting the D.C. premiere of “Arias with a Twist” as part of a regional festival of Basil Twist works through May 6. Performance times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $35. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939;




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N. CLEVELAND PARK, WASHINGTON, DC Light and bright home in terrific location! Large living & dining rooms, T/S kitchen leads to deck and lovely side garden. 3 well-proportioned bedrooms up; finished LL including full bath. $899,000 Anne Hatfield Weir 202-243-1635 Heidi Hatfield 202-243-1634

BERKLEY/PALISADES, WASHINGTON, DC Build your own house at Berkley Chase, or let Encore Development or Madison Homes build one for you similar to the rendering shown, beginning at $1,995,000. Lots from $895,000. Mary Grover Ehrgood 202-274-4694 Julia Ehrgood 202-274-4682

WESLEY HEIGHTS, WASHINGTON, DC NEW LISTING! Best location in Westover largest Decatur model--completely refreshed. Absolute move-in condition! Sunny garden and windows on three sides. 3 bedrooms, 2 full & 2 half baths. $875,000 Eileen McGrath 202-253-2226


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The Current

SoPhiSticateD elegance

Potomac, MD. Avenel. Luxury throughout w/two story entry foyer, great room, gourmet kitchen. 6 BRs, 5.5 BAs Wonderful entertaining space in acclaimed gated community of Rapley Preserve. $2,595,000

Karen KuchinS 301-275-2255 eric murtagh 301-652-8971

SPlenDiD Victorian

claSSic PreSence

Town of Chevy Chase. Truly impressive w/2 story foyer, 6 BRs, 51/2 BAs, chef’’s kitchen. Great rm w/frpl & French drs to patio & landscaped grounds. High ceilings & fine finishes. 2 car gar. Blocks to dwntwn Bethesda & Metro. $2,550,000

eric murtagh 301-652-8971

PaliSaDeS ParaDiSe

cheVy chaSe claSSic

Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Stunningly renovated & expanded w/6 BRs, 5 FBAs, 2 HBs. Gourmet kitchen, huge family rm, MBR w/marble BA, 3rd flr in-law suite. Finished LL. Garage, 11,500 sf lot. Walk to Metro. $2,169,000

Melissa Brown 202-469-2662

Kent/ Palisades. Classic colonial on beautiful 16,000 sf landscaped lot, steps from Key School, has spacious rooms, generous deck, updated kitchen, 3-4 Brs, 4 Bas, rec rm, den. $1,050,000.

nancy hammonD-202-262-5374 ellen maxwell- 202-297-5047

Chevy Chase Village. Picturesque home has grand foyer, “wedding” staircase, lge renovated rms throughout. 5 BRs, 5 FBAs, 2 HBAs, extensive grounds & pool. $2,495,000

Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219 Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117

claSSic charm

Chevy Chase, MD. Rollingwood Crisp white center hall Colonial w/5 BRs, 2 BAs, 2 HBAs. renov. kit/fam rm w/center island & table space. Awesome LL w/hrwd floors, rec rm, br & ba. Walk-up attic. Patio. $1,125,000

Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456 Suzanne Blouin 301-641-8448

Vintage lanDmarK

Chevy Chase Village. Classic front porch Victorian thoughtfully renovated & expanded. 3 light filled, airy levels w/6 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Fabulous kitchen, family rm, library, 3 frpls. Roof deck & large custom fenced yard. Det. garage. $2,225,000

Beverly Nadel 202-236-7313 Melissa Brown 202-469-2662

traDitional ValueS

Bethesda. Ashleigh. Just renovated grand Colonial w/new kitchen, baths, windows, hvac. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs, walk-out LL w/rec room. One half acre + lot. 2 car garage. Motivated Seller. $1,168,000.

Linda Chaletzky 301-938-2630

center Stage

Logan. Classic renovated townhouse w/3 levels. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, chef’s kitchen w/island, granite SS SPring treat Delightful flair Style & flair wooDlanD Perfection appliances. Open Forest Hills. Mid-century classic Forest Hills. Cozy & inviting well cared for Chevy Chase, MD. The Hamlet Rock Creek Highlands. Cherry tree lined street LR, spa-like BAs, backing on forest/woods. Stylish Rambler near shops & restaurants on Conn. Wonderful renovation in this always sought leads to this renovated Colonial w/5 BRs, 2 skylights, frpl, & chic 4 BR, 3 BA w/renovated Ave. Gracious arched doorways, crown after townhouse coop community. Over the deck & parking. 3.5 BAs. Wall of windows, expanded TS kitchen kitchen & baths. Walk-out LL. Private molding & sky lights add charm. 4 BRs, top kitchen, LL has unbelievable master that opens to deck & screen porch add to its $999,500 yard w/porch & deck. $820,000 charm. Walk out LL and a fish pond! $889,000 3 BAs includes a newly done au-pair on LL suite opening to brick patio. 3 bedrooms, leyla Phelan Bonnie Roberts-Burke 3.5 baths. Fee includes taxes. $695,000 Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219 w. sep. entry. Patio & garage. $799,900 202-415-3845 Kathi higDon-KerShaw 301-613-1613 202-487-7653 JuDy meyerSon 202-276-0755 Delia McCormick 301-977-7273

DeSigneD to Delight

16th Street Heights. Contemporary meets classic in this stylish, open 3 BR, 3.5 BA home. Kitchen w/granite & SS. 2 frpls. Tray ceilings. Deck & 2 car garage. $694,500

Bonnie Roberts-Burke 202-487-7653

all that matterS

StoP here!

wooDley claSSic

John Nemeyer 202-276-6351 Leslie Suarez 202-246-6402

Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219 Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117

anDrea eVerS 202-550-8934 meliSSa chen 202-744-1235

Old City. Spacious & bright one Brightwood. Charming renovated Woodley Park. Delightful one bedroom w/city views from classic townhouse w/3 BRs, 2 BAs bedroom, updated kit w/granite 3 exposures at The Whitman. on quiet one way street. Open cook’s & SS appliances, built-ins & home Open floor plan, small den W/D, kitchen w/breakfast bar, granite office. Hrdwd floors, great views. balcony & garage pkg. Full & SS. Delightful glassed-in porches LL Bldg w/24 hr desk & outdoor service bldg. $483,000. w/BA. Fenced rear yard. $419,000 terrace to enjoy. $355,000

SunShine anD SPace

McLean Gardens. Spacious one bedroom w/hrdwd floors & renovated kitchen. W/D. Lovely view of Cathedral. On site pool, walk to shops & restaurants. $329,000

Catarina Bannier 202-487-7177 Marcie Sandalow 301-758-4894

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