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Serving Foggy Bottom & the West End Vol. VI, No. 48

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Foggy Bottom Current

Bike program grapples with helmet issue

Hearings can begin for Adams Morgan hotel

FOR THE VETS

■ Zoning: Long list of issues

gave commissioners pause

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

“Wear your helmet.” It’s a standard rule when kids head out on bikes — but with the increasingly popular and ever-expanding Capital Bikeshare program, not so much. A simple research survey presented to the D.C. Council Nov. 2 found that only 18 percent of bikeshare riders wear helmets, compared to 48 percent of District riders using their own bikes. “The unfortunate lack of a system to provide for helmets has remained a noticeable problem in an otherwise outstanding program,” testified research coordinator Han Shen-Huan. Supervised by Georgetown University professor of emergency medicine Dave Milzman, the visual survey of about 1,000 riders at 20 bike-share sites found disturbing, if not surprising, results. Like other bike-share sponsors, the District hasn’t found a way to supply or require helmets — even though, Milzman said, helmets are known to reduce the risk of head injury to cyclists by 65 to 90 percent. See Helmets/Page 38

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

A complex hearing process seems in store for the Adams Morgan hotel project, if an early zoning discussion offers any preview. On Monday the D.C. Zoning Commission considered holding off on hearings for the hotel, which is now envisioned as a nine-story building behind a restored historic church at Champlain and Euclid streets.

Local officials don’t want to lose 14th St. post office ■ Services: Lease is set to

expire on existing facility

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A Vietnam veteran salutes while “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays during Friday’s annual Veterans Day observance at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Local issues reign at WWI memorial event By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

With the Duke Ellington School of the Arts orchestra playing Sousa marches in a brisk fall breeze, city and federal officials rededicated the District’s iconic World War I Memorial on the National Mall last Thursday. But the reopening, after a major restoration, quickly became part of the District’s campaign for voting rights in Congress and statehood. “Why can’t we dedicate ourselves today to bringing freedom to citizens of the District of Columbia?” said Mayor Vincent Gray, waving a small statehood flag from the podium. “Because that is precisely what

NEWS ■ Long-planned Glover Park streetscape work moves forward. Page 7. ■ ANC backs proposed addition to Deal Middle School. Page 5.

Commissioners aired concerns about the hotel’s height and aesthetics, and an overall lack of precision in the application from developer Brian Friedman’s team. Ultimately, though, the commission voted narrowly in favor of starting the process — however involved it might become. “It will be a very brutal hearing,” predicted commissioner Michael Turnbull. The zoning application — originally filed in July, then tweaked a bit in October — lays out plans for a 92-foot Marriott-affiliated boutique hotel, featuring a rooftop deck, a See Hotel/Page 38

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City officials focused on voting rights at Thursday’s rededication.

they fought for” in the First World War. Not incidentally, the opening speakers indicated that a push to turn the 47-foot-high circular structure with Doric columns into a national

World War I memorial is fading. Edwin Fountain, vice president of the World War I Memorial Foundation, said a national memorial is important. But, he added, “It’s less important whether it’s this memorial, or in Pershing Park,” or in another state. “After World War I, the people of the United States decided they didn’t want one memorial in Washington for the whole war. They were so proud that each and every state built its own memorial,” said D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. “The people of the District were no different. We wanted our own memorial, even though we had no local government, no vote — but lots of taxes,” Norton See Memorial/Page 22

EVENTS ■ Arena Stage features Roman Empire farce ‘You, Nero.’ Page 31. ■ Museum looks at ‘Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt.’ Page 31.

With the lease for the post office at 1914 14th St. NW set to expire, local officials are emphasizing that the station needs to secure a new home — rather than simply close down. Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham said the issue is not finding a spot for the post office to relocate, but whether the U.S. Postal Service has any interest in reopening it in the first place. “It’s not a typical situation of we don’t know where to locate — it’s a question of if they’re looking to locate anywhere,” he said yesterday. The lease for the post office, on 14th between Wallach Place and T Street, will expire in February, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who said she got confirmation from the Postal Service. This information triggered statements from both Norton and Graham last week. Both officials said the

BUSINESS Barre 3 owner brings ballet-inspired workouts to Georgetown. Page 9. ■ Officials talk up Microsoft entrance to District. Page 9. ■

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A mixed-use development is planned for the block between Wallach Place and T Street.

neighborhood can’t afford to lose the well-used postal facility, and stressed the need for a new location. Though the station is “just barely functioning” now, Graham said in an interview, “we need it.” The council member said his “sources at the post office say there’s going to be no new location — that’s why I issued that alarm bell.” Since then, he said, “I’ve called the D.C. postmaster to advise me on what their plans are for a new post office, and I have not heard back.” Communications staffers at the U.S. Postal Service didn’t respond by press time to a request for details. See Post Office/Page 25

INDEX Business/9 Calendar/26 Classifieds/37 District Digest/4 Exhibits/31 Foggy Bottom News/13 In Your Neighborhood/24

Opinion/10 Passages/15 Police Report/6 Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/16 Service Directory/33 Theater/31


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Thank you to the thousands of DC residents and neighbors for supporting Georgetown’s quality of life initiatives and our campus plan. Georgetown University is investing in quality of life initiatives to benefit our students, our neighbors and our entire community. New Daily Trash Patrol

More than 132 tons of trash collected off neighborhood streets this school year on twice daily trash patrols in Burleith and West Georgetown

New M Street Shuttle Service

Since the start of the fall semester, more than 10,000 students rode new M Street Shuttle on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights between campus and M Street

Increased Partnership with MPD

Increased partnership with MPD to put additional officers on neighborhood streets seven nights a week, including seven officers Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, to help deter and prevent crime

More Undergraduate Beds

Georgetown committed to an additional 250 beds on campus or outside immediate neighborhood

Alternative to Loop Road Proposal

Hearing neighbors’ concerns, Georgetown offered alternative to the loop road proposal, instead centralizing shuttles on campus

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S&T parks group gets new partner in efforts By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The Friends of S & T Parks group aims to team up with the Dupont Circle Citizens Association to care for two triangle parks in the neighborhood. The Friends group formed more than a decade ago to rehabilitate the

sister parks, located along 17th Street and New Hampshire Avenue between S and T streets. Since 2009 the southern parcel has served as a fenced-in area for dogs, while the northern area has been devoted to people. The Friends group helps manage the park in coordination with the D.C. Department of Parks and

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Recreation. As that partnership now goes up for renewal, Friends group president Iris Molotsky views this as an opportune time to pull in the citizens association as a third party. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I looked around and realized, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We really need a partner, too,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Molotsky said at a community meeting last week. See Parks/Page 25

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Several schools slated for 2012 renovations By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

Cardozo High School in Columbia Heights celebrated the groundbreaking of its $100 million renovation project Monday, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only school in the District that will see renovations in 2012: Three Northwest elementary schools are also slated for work next year as part of the D.C. Public Schools modernization project. Ross, Powell and Marie Reed elementary schools are all named in an Oct. 31 request for proposals for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phase One Classroom Modernizationsâ&#x20AC;? issued by the D.C. Department of General Services, which oversees the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $3.5 billion campaign to renovate the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging schools. Across the District, 16 schools are listed to receive classroom renovations next year. According to the document, contractors will be selected in December, with the planning, bidding and approval process to continue through April 2012. Construction is planned to take place between mid-June and mid-August of next year.

The scope of the work could include replacing window, lighting and heating/cooling systems, and upgrading classroom designs, furniture and equipment, including computer technology for classroom use, as noted in the request for proposals. Schools spokesperson Fred Lewis said in an email to The Current that Mayor Vincent Gray â&#x20AC;&#x153;still needs to review and acceptâ&#x20AC;? the proposed capital improvement plan the school system is working on. Until the plans are accepted, details regarding the timeline and scale of the work are â&#x20AC;&#x153;only a draft,â&#x20AC;? he said. According to Lewis, D.C. Public Schools will submit its recommendations to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office around Nov. 18. Ross Elementary School principal Holly Searl said she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;excited about the renovations,â&#x20AC;? but that she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have details yet on the plans for her school, other than that a â&#x20AC;&#x153;phase oneâ&#x20AC;? renovation will take place at Ross over the summer. She said a kickoff meeting is scheduled at her school for early December with D.C. Public Schools officials and other government representatives, during which more details about the planned renovations will be unveiled.

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The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to discuss high school graduation requirements for global education. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Thursday, Nov. 17

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include a an addition to the Woodhull House in the pending George Washington University Historic District; a rear addition at 1845 Kalorama Road; alterations at Engine Co. 28 at 3522 Connecticut Ave.; and rehabilitation of the Reno School and construction of a connection to the adjacent Deal Middle School. â&#x2013;  The Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Reform Implementation Committee will hold a community dialogue for Ward 1 residents on the future of health care in the District. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will host a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Coexistence: Cooperation and Conflict on the Avenues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bicyclists, Drivers and Pedestrians.â&#x20AC;? Speakers will include Shane Farthing, director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association; John Townsend, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic; and Jim Sebastian, a supervisory transportation planner at the D.C. Department of Transportation. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place NW.

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Saturday, Nov. 19

Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a Youth Town Hall on School Truancy from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Takoma Community Center, 330 Van Buren St. NW.

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Tuesday, Nov. 22

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District Digest Preservation board to review fire station The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Preservation Office is recommending against a plan to widen doors at the historic Cleveland Park fire station in order to accommodate modern firefight-

ing equipment. The staff recommendation, which will be considered by the Historic Preservation Review Board tomorrow, could further complicate long-delayed plans to modernize the 1916 station and restore much of its exterior. The station was closed a

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year ago as â&#x20AC;&#x153;unfit for human habitation,â&#x20AC;? and city officials hope to award a contract for the renovation this winter. According to a report by city architectural historian Tim DennĂŠe, although the board has approved widening doors at other historic stations, the two-foot increase proposed for Cleveland Park would â&#x20AC;&#x153;require reconstruction of the entire stone face of the facadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first floor.â&#x20AC;? DennĂŠe wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the visual appearance of the buildingâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its â&#x20AC;&#x153;carefully composedâ&#x20AC;? beaux-arts facade and rusticated stone base â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;would suffer most.â&#x20AC;? If the board rejects the plan, DennĂŠe recommends that Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department officials take their case to an administrative law judge known as the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for Historic Preservation. The mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent can overrule the board, after an additional hearing, if â&#x20AC;&#x153;operational needs of a public safety facilityâ&#x20AC;? outweigh â&#x20AC;&#x153;the strict preservation interest.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

City breaks ground on Petworth facility

District officials formally broke

ground on a new Raymond Recreation Center last week, and construction work to build the new facility and connect it to the adjacent Raymond Elementary School is set to begin later this month. According to a news release from Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, the existing recreation center will be demolished to make room for a new 17,000-square-foot facility at 915 Spring Road. The new center will meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards with new entrances and an elevator, the release states, and it will include a gymnasium, exercise equipment and a computer room. Last month, the project appeared to be at risk when the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation said it was considering relocating its headquarters to the site. The agency abandoned that idea after community complaints.

Sibley head honored by hospital group

The legacy of outgoing Sibley Memorial Hospital president Robert Sloan will live on at the District of Columbia Hospital Association, which last month established a leadership award in his name. The associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors will annually select an individual who has â&#x20AC;&#x153;demonstrated the

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Skating rink prepares to reopen for season

The ice rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden will open for the winter season as early as Friday, weather permitting, according to a news release. Located along Constitution Avenue NW between 7th and 9th streets, the rink can hold more than 200 skaters at a time, the release states. Most patrons pay $8 for two hours. See nga.gov/skating for more information.

Cathedral gift shop reopens in garage

The All Hallows Guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Herb Cottage, which sells products grown on the Washington National Cathedral grounds and other gifts, has temporarily reopened in the Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking garage, according to a news release. A crane repairing the Cathedral fell next to the Herb Cottage in September, damaging the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof, the release states. The temporary location is in level B-2 of the garage, and it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except holidays. The Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main building is also now open amid ongoing repairs from the August earthquake.

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In the Nov. 2 issue, an article about the Cleveland Park firehouse reported incorrectly that plans for modernization and restoration of the 1916 station had already passed historic review. In fact, the Historic Preservation Review Board will review revised plans this week. In the Nov. 9 issue, an article on Kanawha Street incorrectly stated the number of signatories on a petition asking the D.C. Transportation Department to maintain the streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-way designation while it considers other traffic-calming options. The Current received only one page of the petition, listing seven signatures; in fact, the document had 20 signatures on multiple pages. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

 

  




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AU may tweak law school plans for Tenley By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

American University may offer last-minute revisions to plans for its Tenley Campus before presenting them to the Zoning Commission Monday if officials successfully hammer out concerns with neighborhood groups in closed-door meetings this week. University officials and community leaders declined to comment on the substance of the discussions, but

the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Taylor said in an interview Monday that much of the discussion has so far surrounded concerns that neighbors had raised previously. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sizing up what we might be able to do, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in an ongoing conversation with the community members to figure out what we might be able to accomplish,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said after a presentation to the Forest Hills advisory neighborhood commission, which borders the Tenley site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying to be con-

structive and helpful, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see if we can close the gap a bit.â&#x20AC;? American University hopes to relocate its Washington College of Law from a Massachusetts Avenue office building to its campus off Tenley Circle, now occupied by dormitories. The school plans to retain some buildings there and replace others for a total of more than 300,000 square feet of space, and would enroll up to 2,000 students. See Tenley/Page 22

ANC backs Deal-Reno connection, upgrades By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Plans to restore the historic Jesse Reno School and connect it to the adjacent Deal Middle School gymnasium won support from the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission last Wednesday. As proposed, a two-story glassy addition will extend from the hallway of the Deal gym, with a 20-foot-long connection to the 1903 Reno School. The neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unanimous support came as the school system prepared to bring its plans before the Historic Preservation Review Board tomorrow. The resulting 37,000 square feet of new space for Deal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 24,000 square feet in the addition, plus use of the vacant Reno School â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would add 12 classrooms and additional program space to the over-capacity facility. Officials hope to make the space available in time for the 2013-2014 school year. The plans, which architect Ronnie McGhee said were developed in cooperation with D.C. Historic Preservation Office staff, will have a minimal impact on the historic Reno School structure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the standard the review board will evaluate. A glassy hall is a common way to link a new and old building, McGhee said, and it would connect only to a narrow section of the back of the historic schoolhouse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone way to the side of conservative of how we touch Reno,â&#x20AC;? McGhee said at the neighbor-

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hood commission meeting. Besides keeping the addition fairly small and mostly transparent, he said, the plans call for no significant reconstruction of the Reno School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reversible connection,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying 10 years, 20 years from now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to take down the addition, but nothing is lost.â&#x20AC;? The Jesse Reno School was constructed in the early 1900s as part of the former community of Reno City, which developed around Fort Reno after the Civil War. Most other buildings in the neighborhood were demolished to build Deal, Wilson High School and Fort Reno Park, according to the Tenleytown Historical Society. The Reno School received landmark protection in 2009, the reason for the historic reviews of its proposed renovation. Because the Reno School has suffered water damage and vandalism since its last public use in 2003, it will require significant upgrades to suit Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic needs, according to McGhee. But he said the original design of the school is sound. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically going to restore the first floor, so when you walk in, it will look like it did in 1903,â&#x20AC;? he said. The four Deal classrooms planned for the Reno School would be on that main floor, with mechanical equipment and other space available in the basement. McGhee said outgoing Deal principal Melissa Kim had successfully pushed for a day-care center for teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; children to be included in the plans, but he said it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet clear whether that element would move forward See Reno/Page 25

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â&#x2013;  2700 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 9 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 12:50 p.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; noon Nov. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Place; residence; 5:05 p.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 5:40 p.m. Nov. 10. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 6:45 p.m. Nov. 10. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2200 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 5 p.m. Nov. 11. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Cleveland Ave.; street; 6 p.m. Nov. 12.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Murdock Mill Road; street; 8:05 p.m. Nov. 7. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 6:20 p.m. Nov. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  3900 block, Ingomar St.; residence; 9 a.m. Nov. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 6 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:29 p.m. Nov. 12. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 7:15 p.m. Nov. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Belt Road; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  5300 block, 42nd St.; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 12.

Burglary â&#x2013;  4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 9:15 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 10 a.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  4900 block, Glenbrook Road; residence; 7:20 a.m. Nov. 10.

Tenleytown / AU Park

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â&#x2013;  forest hills / van ness

Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4300 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:11 p.m. Nov. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 10 a.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Tilden St.; street; 6:45 p.m. Nov. 12.

psa 204

â&#x2013;  Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover

PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2900 block, Wisconsin Ave.; park area; 11:09 p.m. Nov. 12. Burglary

Wesley Heights/ Foxhall

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â&#x2013;  georgetown / burleith

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 1 p.m. Nov. 9. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; church; 4:45 p.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5 p.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  M and Potomac streets; street; 5:50 p.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; restaurant; 10:10 p.m. Nov. 13. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 29th St.; street; 8:20 p.m. Nov. 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 35th St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

psa PSA 207 207

â&#x2013;  foggy bottom / west end

Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; street; 11:55 p.m. Nov. 7. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  24th and M streets; sidewalk; 6 p.m. Nov. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; unspecified premises; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10. â&#x2013;  1700 block, G St.; store; 10:45 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 25th St.; residence; 12:05 p.m. Nov. 13.

psa 208

â&#x2013;  sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (armed) â&#x2013;  20th and N streets; sidewalk; 4:55 a.m. Nov. 12. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 2:59 a.m. Nov. 13. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; bank; 11:38 a.m. Nov. 9. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 9 p.m. Nov. 10. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 2 a.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; tavern; 2:35 a.m. Nov. 13. Burglary (armed) â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; hotel; 8:40 p.m. Nov. 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100 block, Florida Ave.; residence; 1 a.m. Nov. 13. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 6. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  19th and M streets; bank; 9:35 a.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; unspecified premises; 8 p.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:45 p.m. Nov. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2100 block, L St.; school; 5:15 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:45 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; sidewalk; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 9 a.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  20th and M streets; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, K St.; park area; 1 p.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; office building; noon Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; hotel; noon Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Willard St.; residence; 3:51 p.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  2200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 11:16 p.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  1700 block, N St.; bank; 1:15 p.m. Nov. 10. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 3 p.m. Nov. 10. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 12:45 p.m. Nov. 11. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:10 p.m. Nov. 11. â&#x2013;  900 block, 19th St.; tavern; 12:01 a.m. Nov. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 6. â&#x2013;  17th and P streets; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 6. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Church St.; parking lot; 7 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Q St.; alley; 8 a.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, U St.; street; 2:15 p.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; parking lot; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 16th St.; street; 11 a.m. Nov. 10. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 16th St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10. â&#x2013;  16th and M streets; street;

3:15 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 16th St.; parking lot; 2:45 a.m. Nov. 13.

psa PSA 303

303

â&#x2013;  adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 6. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2200 block, 18th St.; tavern; 12:55 a.m. Nov. 13. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 17th St.; street; 6 p.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; grocery store; 8:45 a.m. Nov. 10. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Belmont Road; residence; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 12. â&#x2013;  2100 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 5:05 p.m. Nov. 12. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  3000 block, Ontario Road; street; 7 a.m. Nov. 9. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; street; 9:25 a.m. Nov. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 7 a.m. Nov. 6. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 16th St.; street; 12:09 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  Ontario Place and Ontario Road; street; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

psa PSA 307

307

â&#x2013;  logan circle

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Q St.; sidewalk; 1:10 a.m. Nov. 13. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 12:40 a.m. Nov. 10. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1100 block, 12th St.; street; 7:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; hotel; 1:20 p.m. Nov. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 2:20 p.m. Nov. 13. â&#x2013;  1200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 6:50 p.m. Nov. 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 13th St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 15th St.; street; 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, M St.; parking lot; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; alley; 6 a.m. Nov. 7. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 11th St.; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 11:20 a.m. Nov. 9. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 13th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11. â&#x2013;  1300 block, R St.; street; 11 a.m. Nov. 12.


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City plans fewer traffic lanes in Glover Park By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Planned revisions to Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park will reduce travel lanes, widen particularly narrow sidewalks and replace streetlights next year, but physical and fiscal constraints will prevent creation of bike lanes and improvements to nearby side streets. Residents and city streetscape improvement plans have called for the more expansive work since 2006. But D.C. Department of Transportation officials say the $3.8 million project can cover only Wisconsin Avenue. Even so, advisory neighborhood commissioners said Thursday at a special meeting on the project that they’re just glad to hear “from the horse’s mouth” that work will begin

early next year and likely finish in early 2013. As planned, motorists will ultimately see Wisconsin Avenue reduced to two travel lanes in each direction during rush hour and one lane in each direction at other times, similar to the avenue’s layout farther south in Georgetown. But because the roadway is wider in Glover Park than in that section of Georgetown, there is room to replace two through lanes with a painted median strip and left-turn lanes. Having fewer lanes will decrease the street’s highway feel in Glover Park, transportation officials said at the Thursday meeting. Pedestrians will also have to cross fewer travel lanes under the planned configuration and will have the median as a “refuge,” they said. The costliest aspect of the project

— 123 new and replacement streetlights and several replacement traffic signals — will require the agency to install a new electrical conduit under the roadway, officials said. Once construction begins, likely early next year, work on the conduit’s trench will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with a lane closure near the work site; exact schedules aren’t yet available. Wisconsin Avenue will have temporary asphalt patches and steel plates until the conduit’s installation is complete, at which point the street will be fully repaved and striped with the new lane configuration, said project manager Paul Hoffman. But during the year of construction, he warned, “It will look like a war zone from end to end.” At the regular neighborhood commission meeting Thursday,

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A $3.8 million project to upgrade Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park will begin early next year, requiring lane closures. which followed a two-hour special meeting focusing on the streetscape plan, some residents said they were concerned the new lane configuration wouldn’t work. One said she routinely cuts through neighborhood streets in Georgetown to avoid backups on Wisconsin and worries drivers will do the same in Glover Park. Since the current streetscape

project doesn’t have funding for major physical changes to the roadway, the new configuration will be marked only with painted lanes, at least initially. Commission chair Brian Cohen said the Transportation Department would look at adding a raised concrete median in the future, but only if the new traffic setup proves successful.


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Bill could mandate unit prices at grocery stores Council members urge limits All city grocery stores would have to post unit pricing information to help consumers compare costs under legislation introduced Tuesday by Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. Cheh said many stores voluntarily post signage indicating the cost of various products per ounce, per unit or per pound, while some retailers do not use unit pricing at all. Unit prices help consumers make

informed decisions, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;for those on a fixed budget, correct unit pricing is even more important,â&#x20AC;? she said. Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consumer protection amendment is modeled on a unit pricing law in Maryland and legislation by the National Conference on Weights and Measures. According to the National Consumers League, the cost to retailers would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;minimal,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

on immigration enforcement By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The D.C. Council is continuing to push back against a controversial federal program that requires local law-enforcement authorities to share information on arrests of illegal immigrants. Yesterday the entire council introduced legislation indicating that police and corrections officials should cooperate with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secure Communitiesâ&#x20AC;? program only in the case of violent crimes. District officials had previously tried to opt out of the informationsharing system, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced in August that all states and localities are required to participate. The program is designed to help federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities identify and possibly deport immigrants who are here illegally.

At-large Council member Phil Mendelson said the new measure, if adopted, means D.C. Department of Corrections officials would not enforce federal orders to detain arrestees with no history of violent crime. He said several states and cities, including Chicago and New York, have also balked at cooperating with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secure Communitiesâ&#x20AC;? except in cases of dangerous or violent crime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to maintain a bright line between federal immigration and our local police,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want our local police dedicated to crime and crime prevention, and we want to maintain trustâ&#x20AC;? between the immigrant community and local law enforcement. The measure, which Graham said may be amended, was referred to the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.



    

           

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Creating a college

Two years ago, the University of the District of Columbia spun off its associate-degree and workforce-development programs into a community college. The move allowed the 100-year-old institution to introduce selective admissions and to focus on bachelor’s and graduate degree offerings as it works to boost its reputation and quality. Now, officials are preparing for a major milestone in the creation of a flourishing community college in the nation’s capital. Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council have named a high-caliber panel to guide the creation of an independent institution. The appointees bring a welcome gravitas to the task and an established record of civic involvement. They are: Alice Rivlin, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget; John Hill, chief executive officer of the Federal City Council; Carrie Thornhill, managing director of Israel Manor Inc.; Walter Smith, executive director of the DC Appleseed Center; and Joshua Kern, former executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School. The board members have a lot of work ahead. The council wants a transition plan in hand by Nov. 28; after that, the board will work with the university’s president and the chair of its board of trustees to accomplish the transition. The logistical issues are many. They include the transfer of employees, property and funds, as well as identifying all of the actions necessary for the community college to operate independently. Officials also must seek accreditation for the institution. Given the complexity, it might be tempting to forgo independence. But we agree with D.C. officials that separating the two institutions is necessary for both to flourish — an important goal if we are to help more D.C. residents attain their educational potential, and to reduce unemployment by creating a better-trained workforce. What’s more, both of these very different entities deserve administrators and trustees devoted to their issues and needs. In states like Maryland, Virginia and California with successful systems of higher education, separate institutions are in place to serve the diverse educational needs of their residents. The nation’s capital deserves no less.

Marketing Foggy Bottom

The Safeway chain has announced that its small Foggy Bottom store, housed in the Watergate complex, will close next month. The news comes after months of chatter — and protest. About 1,300 residents signed a petition urging the grocery store to remain open, and the Foggy Bottom advisory neighborhood commission passed a resolution supporting the effort. But a Safeway spokesperson said that with the lease expiring — and uncertainty over future ownership of the building where the store is located — there was little choice but for the 45-year-old shop to close. “Obviously it’s difficult when we close a store,” said Craig Muckle. “We don’t like to do that. We know the store is a vital part of the community.” Rumors swirling before the closure was announced pointed to the recent arrival of Whole Foods in the neighborhood as a factor. And we imagine this gleaming new shop provided serious competition, as did the Trader Joe’s that opened nearby in 2006. But neither store provides many of the offerings at Safeway, and we wish the new shops had spurred improvements to the chain’s Watergate store, rather than retreat. Safeway’s spokesperson said the company appreciates its loyal customers and hopes they will shift their errands to the chain’s Georgetown location. Yet we imagine that along with Safeway’s prices, what many Watergate and nearby residents appreciated about the shop was its convenience. It wasn’t long ago that Foggy Bottom residents were desperate for a full-service grocery store in their neighborhood. It’s unfortunate that the arrival of new options had to coincide with the closing of a familiar standby.

The Current

Progress to be proud of … We’ll put the ethics megaphone aside for this week to compliment a few cool things. First, there’s the renewed World War I Memorial on the National Mall. The National Park Service has spent nearly $4 million to restore the 1931 monument to District of Columbia citizens who served in the Great War. Its base is ringed with the 499 names of local men and women who died in that conflict. And notably, the names are not segregated by race or sex. The monument itself, with its 12 Doric columns and domed roof, looks like the gleaming top of a wedding cake. It’s certainly a place where newlyweds might consider posing. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said it would be a great place to hold her annual “dance day” on the Mall. But, of course, it’s more than that. It’s a symbol showing that District citizens are part of the nation’s fabric, yet we are kept separate and unequal by our lack of voting rights in Congress. Mayor Vincent Gray and others vowed to use the monument — sitting just across Independence Avenue from the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial — as a staging ground for demonstrations for voting rights. But apart from such activism, you ought to add the modest memorial to your list of places to visit. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy seeing this bit of history. ■ A WWI controversy. Not all is right with the updated memorial, however. There is a movement in Congress to have our little piece of history renamed as a “national” monument to the sacrifices of all Americans in World War I. The initial plan by a private foundation is to call it the “District of Columbia and National World War I Memorial.” But District leaders and many citizens are skeptical of the renaming effort. First, they don’t want to diminish in any way the somber, elegant and uniquely local memorial. And surely anyone who knows how Congress works — and how the city is disadvantaged in its hallways — must worry that a name change could actually eliminate the reference to the District A foundation pushing for the nationalization of the memorial insists that it’s not trying to diminish the city at all, but to give it even more prominence by enhancing the purpose of the memorial. The World War I Foundation noted on its website that the war’s centennial will be observed in 2014. It says the absence of a national memorial in Washington to the nearly 5 million Americans who served is disrespectful and should be addressed. Del. Norton and the mayor are vowing to fight to keep the memorial unchanged.

Some advocates looking for a compromise say that Pershing Park, situated at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, could be designated as the national memorial. But the fight is not over. ■ Cardozo proud. The Cardozo High School building is about 95 years old. This week, Mayor Vincent Gray led a ceremonial groundbreaking to herald a $100 million makeover of the 1916 building whose architecture has it on the National Register of Historic Places. The school was built for 1,100 students, but only about 600 attend now. The hope is that a new facility will bring new interest to Cardozo. Mayor Gray said the new school will offer hightech classes that will equip students with the knowledge to land jobs right out of school or enhance their college choices. The school is in a gentrifying community. It will be interesting to see how the restored school attracts — or doesn’t attract — new students. At the news conference on Monday, we talked to longtime teacher Frazier O’Leary. He has taught English at the school for 34 years. He coaches the baseball team. He is anxious to get into the new school for the 2013-14 academic year. “People should be taking care of the students,” he said Monday in an interview. “Our students have always overcome adversity and have become successful in life in spite of the building.” O’Leary, his ruddy face beaming, got the loudest applause of all when he spoke during Monday’s ceremony. Why has he persevered for 34 years? He gave an answer that all great teachers might give. “I love it,” he said. “I can’t wait to get here each day. It’s fun.” ■ A final word. We’re in such a good mood after attending the Cardozo event that we hesitate even to bring up the woeful Redskins, who suffered their fifth loss in a row on Sunday. But we noticed that our neighbors in Montgomery County this week are holding an event to promote the county’s new 5 cent bag tax that goes into effect Jan. 1. It’s similar to the fee in the District, which has cut down bag use sharply. But what caught our attention was the county announcement. It said the event, hosted by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, would be held on Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda “near the Washington Redskins store.” Well, that makes sense. If you’re going near the Redskins store, you certainly won’t mind paying 5 cents for a bag that you can put over your head. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor Writer incorrect on council legislation

Paul Craney, executive director of the D.C. Republican Party, is attempting to make the GOP credible in D.C. That is a good thing. But, if he is to succeed, he has to get his facts right and know what he is talking about. In his letter to The Current last week, Mr. Craney did neither. Mr. Craney wrote that I and the entire council voted to bar police officers and firefighters from running for office. He stat-

ed that, but for the council’s action, they could run for office. That’s not true. The U.S. Office of the Special Counsel has concluded that police officers and firefighters, like all D.C. government employees, are prohibited from running for partisan, political office by the federal Hatch Act, contrary to Mr. Craney’s allegations. This fact is confirmed by Metropolitan Police Department Circular 10-01. In an effort to advance the District’s home rule, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced legislation to exempt the District government from the federal Hatch Act. To get the exemption, however, the District must enact a similar local law to

prohibit District government employees from engaging in political activities while on duty. The legislation that Mr. Craney referred to, Bill 18-460, was intended to do just that. Contrary to Mr. Craney’s claims, this bill would apply to all District government employees — not just police and firefighters — and it is an effort to give greater local control over a law now administered by federal officials. I realize that Mr. Craney struggles to make his party relevant, but he could help his case by doing his homework before criticizing others. Mary M. Cheh D.C. Council member, Ward 3


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History suggests fears of growth overblown VIEWPOINT neil flanagan

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hirty-six years ago, residents in neighborhoods such as Wesley Heights, Foxhall and American University Park were up in arms over the construction of new residential areas, from which current residents now protest American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for growth. Just as some residents are fighting the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed expansion, so too did an earlier generation fight the development of the parcels that abut the fiveacre parking lot that the university wants to turn into a leafy low-rise residential complex. In particular, much of the opposition has arisen in Westover Place, a gated complex of row houses between Massachusetts Avenue and New Mexico Avenue. Residents of the private community led this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic protest, and they have been the most vocal at advisory neighborhood commission meetings, even insisting on some alternatives that would have the university building next to other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes. But in 1977, it was Westover Place that was vexing locals. In a Sept. 25, 1977, article in The Washington Post, Phil McCombs wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś [A]djacent to the 5-acre university parking lot, Kettler Brothers Inc., the giant development company that built Montgomery Village, has already cleared more than eight acres where 149 town houses will be constructed. Houses in this development, Westover Place, will sell from about $135,000.â&#x20AC;? The article, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bulldozers at the Estates,â&#x20AC;? reports on arguments and characters not unlike the current fights over American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion and other developments in the area. Just as now, opponents appealed to a right of first arrival and lamented the problems that more residents would cause. The similarity of their claims to our contemporariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exposes the hypocrisy of living in one development while fighting another because it will have the same effects as oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own house did decades ago. The 1970s objections could be mistaken for tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s posts on the Tenleytown listserv. Just as opponents of Douglas Developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal for the former Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site would argue decades later,

Letters to the Editor City mustnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impede emergency capacity

I am writing regarding The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 2 article on the renovation of Wisconsin Avenue between the Whitehaven Parkway and Calvert Street. This renovation must be cancelled immediately. Wisconsin Avenue is a major six-lane roadway and, more important, a designated emergency route. The intent is to keep traffic flowing, particularly in emergencies. Any impediments such as a pedestrian refuge island, bike lanes and widened sidewalks will create a bottleneck, backing up traffic into Georgetown and possibly as far north as Friendship Heights. It is not acceptable and it should be illegal to reconfigure any road lanes for other purposes on designated emergency routes. All six-

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Area residents said they are concerned that students from the nearby university will team up in the apartment buildings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; creating what one person called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rabbit warrens.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; There is also concern that parking space will be insufficient, or that residents of new developments will park in the streets rather than pay to park in areas provided by the developers.â&#x20AC;? The 1977 article quoted then-Ward 3 D.C. Council member Polly Shackelton bemoaning the change: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here you have these fine established residential neighborhoods, which will be impacted with increased density and traffic and all kinds of things that really could be very damaging,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think in a way itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too bad we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a comprehensive plan.â&#x20AC;? She said that development of the Rockefeller estate (now home to the Foxhall Crescents subdivision) â&#x20AC;&#x153;will be devastating because Foxhall Road is already crowded. With 100 new houses there, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll deal with it.â&#x20AC;? The problematic idea here is â&#x20AC;&#x153;establishment,â&#x20AC;? that because a neighborhood has reached a particular level of development, it should be maintained as it is. Are the current residents who now enjoy this property more justified than their neighbors who lived there in 1977, or farmers who lived there in 1917? No, these developments were part of the gradual urbanization of rural estates with density that is more appropriate to a close-in area. In 1977, it was the end of estates, and now it is a shift away from suburban growth patterns. Planning should manage change, but we cannot presume to think that any section of a city is in its final state. Whether at Westover Place in 1977, the TenleyFriendship Library in 1960, or Sears Roebuck in 1941, an enormous to-do was made over a project, but all have become part of the landscape. All, too, can adapt and change. Long-term residents recall the fight of the development of the Glover estate (now home to Sutton Place) as heated, but the predicted cataclysms never came to pass. Residents of newer developments have integrated into the community. Why should we now expect any of the dire predictions about American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion to occur? Neil Flanagan is a student at the Yale School of Architecture and a member of Ward 3 Vision.

lane-plus roadways in the city must be preserved as is so they can be used for their intended purpose. The D.C. Department of Transportation should be coordinating with the federal government to fine-tune its existing comprehensive plan for all of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designated emergency routes in order to evacuate our city expeditiously in all types of emergencies. Only motorized vehicles should be permitted on our roads. Bikes should not be allowed on sidewalks either. It is frightening to have bicycles whiz past you from behind when you are walking on the sidewalk. Existing bike trails should be used by bike riders to get into the city. Perhaps more bike trails can be added, but they should not be on our roadways to interfere with motor traffic. The Transportation Department should also adjust the timing of stoplights so drivers do not have to stop every block or two for red lights. This would keep traffic flow-

ing and ease driver frustration. Patricia Senchur Cathedral Heights

Statehood advocates are on the right track

Certainly something needs to be done about D.C. residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inability to have full rights on par with other U.S. citizens, and I salute the coalition of city officials and activists organized to move seriously on the issue, even if a â&#x20AC;&#x153;51st stateâ&#x20AC;? concept is just a negotiating tactic [â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. officials lead push for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Columbia,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 9]. Correctly, they are using an approach of education and publicity about the denial of rights. Support for a flag with 51 stars, however, will not reach a critical mass throughout the rest of the country, I believe. And what would the folks in Charlotte, Raleigh, et al. say about a co-opting of â&#x20AC;&#x153;N.C.â&#x20AC;?? Barrett Newman Cathedral Heights

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Published by the Foggy Bottom Association – 50 Years Serving Foggy Bottom / West End The Neighbors Who Brought You Trader Joe’s!

Vol. 52, No. 49

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Join your neighbors saturday, noveMber 19 10 aM to 1 pM For a Fall leaFing expedition at 26th Street Park (between I and K Streets NW) The Foggy Bottom Association needs your help! Share an hour Saturday morning, November 19 to bask in the beauty of fall’s splendor in our 26th St Park – while meeting and greeting neighbors doing some old-fangled raking. Tell Your Neighbors AND bring a friend! sponsored By The FoGGy BoTToM AssoCIATIon

Rakes, brooms and bags available and provided by Helping Hand, a program sponsored by DC Department of Public Works.

Let’s Make a West End Deal: What does the public gain/lose? With the Foggy Bottom/West End ANC meeting tonight and potentially voting on the longgestating, complicated EastBanc Planned Unit Development (PUD) proposal that goes before the Zoning Commission next month, we have a few lingering thoughts. New York City represents a striking 20th-Century example of urban landscape transformation. And no one has been more successful (nor famously controversial) in effectuating that transformation than Robert Moses*, convincing the powers in government that a new highway system circumventing New York City traffic and advantageously linked to Long Island was essential to its growth. While Moses awarded the construction contracts, and built, owned and operated the highways for a prescribed time, it is his “publicprivate partnership,” transferring the property back to the public trust after the contractual time expired, that is of interest to us.

Update on MLK Library “Assessment Project”

Ann Loikow, aloikow@verizon.net (Reprinted from the November 14 Issue of “THEMAIL”) The DC Public Library posted a notice at http://www.dclibrary. org/node/28663 describing their project “in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District” to engage the Urban Land Institute for $125,000 for five days work to “review and assess the value of the historicdesignated Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building at 901 G Street, NW, which houses the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library and discuss how to leverage the value of the building the benefit of the District of Columbia.” This clearly says that Ginny Cooper and/or the Library Board want to develop the property. We are assured that a library (probably much smaller) named for Martin Luther King will still exist somewhere “downtown,” but not necessarily in this building. The eight members of the

ULI panel are all from out of town, five from California, one from Tennessee, and one from Texas. Most are developers or architects or planners for developers (including the VP of architecture and planning for Disney’s real estate development group in France, an adviser to NBC Universal on the master plan for its back lot development, and a consultant for real estate developers of urban mixed use, master planned residential and commercial land and multifamily apartments and senior housing). Another creates marketing programs for home builders. Only one has any experience as a librarian. Another was a project manager for construction of two libraries, and one is a historical architect with some experience in adaptive re-use. Although the ULI panel is to

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consult with “stakeholders,” it is questionable how many citizens and real library patrons they will really consult. The public is invited to the presentation of their “findings and recommendations” (but not to comment!) on Friday, November 18, from 9-11 a.m. in the Great Hall of MLK Library. Buried in the notice is a sentence that the public “is also invited to share their thoughts about the use of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library building at the Library Board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 6 p.m., at Southwest Neighborhood Library, 900 Wesley Place, SW.” You can find the list of the members of the Board of Library Trustees at http://dclibrary.org/ about/boardoftrustees. It also makes interesting reading. I hope many readers of (continued on next page)

In the case of the West End Library and Engine Co. No. 1 Fire Station, we are aware that the District certainly cannot afford to rebuild these public service facilities, and developer participation is essential for this to occur. We wonder, however, if the best framework has been chosen to help shape the process and contractual agreements for these, and future, development projects. And we ask, “What questions would be raised— the same or different—if these properties were to revert to the city after the land lease? Will the level of public services offered not only remain but also improve? What does the community gain/lose during construction? Who pays for moving and retrofitting temporary quarters for these public services (out of old and back into new facilities)? And will that result in further reduction of hours? Has the special tax fund been structured for maximum possible public benefit? Has the LEAD Act been properly

considered and addressed? We applaud creative, collaborative solutions in urban redevelopment, and also value the process whereby planners, activists and residents raise questions and ultimately make it easier for our elected and appointed officials to choose positive outcomes for our communities. In particular, we thank our ANC Commissioners for their continuing hard work on our behalf. *From Robert Caro’s website www.robertacaro.com/broker.htm “Robert Moses held power in the state for 44 years, through the governorships of Smith, Roosevelt, Lehman, Dewey, Harriman and Rockefeller, and in the city for 34 years, through the 111 mayoralties of La Guardia, O’Dwyer, Impellitteri, Wagner and Lindsay. He personally conceived and carried through public works costing 27 billion dollars—he was undoubtedly America’s greatest builder. This is how he built and dominated New York—before, finally, he was stripped of his reputation (by the press) and his power (by Nelson Rockefeller). But his work, and his will, had been done.”

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FBAOfficers: Officers: FBA PPRESIDENT – Asher Corson RESIDENT – Joy Howell VRESIDENT ICE PRESIDENT – LisaG.Farrell VICE P – Jacqueline Lemire ECRETARY– – Nevius SSECRETARY JillJill Nevius REASURER Samira Azzam TTREASURER –– Russell Conlan MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR – John Woodard FBA FBABoard BoardofofDirectors: Directors: Rita Aid, Elizabeth B. Elliott, DavidGayley Hertzfeldt, Dusty Horwitt, Jill Crissman, David Hertzfeldt, Knight, Lucia Pollock, Donald W. Kreuzer, Lawrence G. Mrozinski Greg Snyder, John Woodard Ex-Officio: Ex-Officio:Ron JoyCocome Howell (Immediate (ImmediatePast PastPresident); President); Susan Trinter (FBN Editor) Susan Trinter (FBN Editor)

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Update on MLK Library “Assessment Project” the themail will attend the November 16 Library Board meeting and the November 18 “presentation” and call and write the council with their comments on this proposal. Why we are spending $125,000 of our hard earned tax money on this “study” when just a month or so ago the Library Board was going to close MLK Library on Sundays (the last library with Sunday hours) until public outcry lead to the mayor’s finding the money to keep it open. Somehow there is always money to promote “development” of our public properties while there is not enough money to operate them or keep them in good repair. [Finished online at http://www.dcwatch.com/ themail/2011/11-11-13. htm#loikow] As many citizens testified five

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(cont’d) because our forebears had the foresight to acquire the property in places best located to serve residents, and they are property we can not afford to replace. This whole process just brings to mind the sorry saga of the Wilson Building and how we almost lost it to the Federal Government because the District Government didn’t properly maintain it. Let’s learn from history and maintain and renovate our landmark central library rather than sell our crown jewels for fast money. The “public” is invited to the ULI panel’s presentation of findings and recommendations on Friday November 18 from 9 to 11 AM in the Great Hall of the MLK Library, located at 901 G Street, NW, a short walk from either Metro Center or Gallery Place Metro stops.

years ago, when Ms. Cooper and the Library Board tried to get rid of MLK Library, the big problems are inadequate maintenance and the need for updating old systems and the District’s lack of adequate facilities for the homeless so our libraries, whether they are brand new or old, become a place for people to go in the day when they have nowhere else to go. None of these reasons justify getting rid of Mies’ building. In addition, the mayor and counsel, as well as the Library Board, need to do their real homework and consult with the citizens of the District of Columbia first before they spend big dollars on disposing of public property, particularly iconic and important public properties such as our central library. Many public facilities are on valuable land

Cooking Demonstration

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Fba Monthly Meeting. tuesday, noveMber 29, 7:30 pM

You are cordially invited to join us at Grand Oaks for a Cooking Demonstration with Samir Labriny, honored as one of the top 12 chefs in the Washington area. With masterful culinary skills and a sparkling personality, Samir will demonstrate preparation of the following delectable menu: Butternut Squash Soup Champagne Grape Chicken Rosemary Red Bliss Potatoes Roasted Root Vegetables

Thursday, December 1st 5:00pm Champagne Reception 6:00pm Chef Labriny presents Seating is limited. Parking is available.

Autumn Purse Enjoy the company of residents, friends and neighbors, and experience the social atmosphere that makes life at Grand Oaks so special. We hope you will join us!

RSVP with Vanessa Spevacek at 202.349.3400 grandoaks.dcr2@sunriseseniorliving.com

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Friday, noveMber 18, 7:30 pM piano ConCert: diMitar nikolov, pianist, playing Mussorgsky’s FaMous piCtures at an exhibition Concordia DC will present Dimitar Nikolov, pianist, in Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 at The United Church (1920 G Street). The corresponding images by Viktor Hartmann will be projected during the concert. Before emigrating to the U.S., Nikolov studied piano and conducting at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music in Sofia. Nikolov’s playing is virtuosic in the tradition of the Russian piano school, with rich sound, great dynamic contrasts, and strong rhythms. Friday’s concert also includes Béla Bartók’s 1926 Piano Sonata, and Three Pieces, op. 15 by the revered 20th century Bulgarian master, Pantcho Vladigerov.

Dimitar Nikolov

Final FreshFarM Market day oF the 2011 season Wednesday, noveMber 23 Pick Up Your Thanksgiving Turkeys and FB Fresh Farm Market is hosting a BENEFIT & FUNDRAISING DRIVE FoR MIRIAM’S KITCHEN. There are three ways that people can donate: 1. People can bring non-perishable items from the grocery store to the market info table. 2. Customers can shop at market for donations (including fresh fruits and veggies) and leave them at the market info table. 3. Customers can make a cash or check donation and FFM staff will shop at market for them.


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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Nov. 4, the upper elementary classroom made a great journey to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. We walked about a mile and a half. It was a cold and long walk, but it was very much worth it. The memorial had a long granite wall blocking it from the street. A lot of Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quotes were on the wall. On either side of the wall was rushing water, representing life. In the middle, a statue of King stood looking out on the Potomac River. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was really inspiring,â&#x20AC;? said Alana Hodge, a fourthgrader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The statue was carved really well,â&#x20AC;? said Serena Brown, a sixthgrader. Fifth-graders Isabel Bouhl and Eva Gondelman and fourth-grader Alexandra Bullock said they liked the sound of the rushing water, the view of the Jefferson Memorial and how peaceful it was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the placement of the memorial because you have the Jefferson Memorial on one side, and Jefferson wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All men are created equal,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Lucia Braddock, a sixth-grader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then you have the Lincoln Memorial on the other side; Lincoln abolished slavery. I was generally in awe of everything.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ariel Garfield and Nina Gumbs, sixth-graders

British School of Washington

Last week, Casey Trees visited the British School of Washington.

School DISPATCHES

The student council had arranged for a tree planting, and we found out that the students would be allowed to use equipment like a pickax, shovel and stake driver to help plant the trees. We planted six trees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two honey locusts, three river birches and one hophornbeam. The trees were huge, so it took about two hours to plant them all. Everyone got a turn at all the things, and we found interesting rocks and charcoal. Our favorite thing was the pickax because you had to swing it so it stabbed into the ground. Putting in the trees was the hardest part. We had to clear all of the loose rocks and put them around the edge. Then we rolled the trees into the hole and cut off the dirt sack. After that, we started to fill in the soil we had dug out. Once we finished, we had to put mulch on top of the soil to make sure it was safe for the roots. Finally, we put in stakes by using the stake driver. At that point, we thought we were done. But actually that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the end, because now we have to look after the trees and water the trees once a week. Year 2 is helping, filling old milk jugs to add the 25 gallons each tree needs. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Oliver Cooke-Welling and Caedmon Kollmer-Dorsey, primary student council

Edmund Burke School

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at Edmund Burke School is a class well-liked by many. When I asked my classmates their opinions, here is what they said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting and innovating,â&#x20AC;? said one friend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daniel our teacher cracks funny jokes,â&#x20AC;? added another. A third said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is my favorite class.â&#x20AC;? It is clear that Daniel Running is a visionary when it comes to eighthgrade English. Currently, we are reading the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A House on Mango Streetâ&#x20AC;? by Sandra Cisneros. This book is about a girl named Esperanza and her life as a teenage girl in the 1980s. Prior to this, we read â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Days of Summer,â&#x20AC;? which is about a boy named Joey who gets to know his idol, a baseball player named Charlie Banks. Everyone in our class loved every moment of this book and will most likely read it again and again. Later in the year, we will read â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Kill a Mockingbird,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Catcher in the Ryeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of Mice and Men.â&#x20AC;? We are also doing a bit of poetry. Daniel instructs us to highlight our favorite sentence or phrase of a chapter in the book weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reading, then write a poem with that sentence or phrase as the title. He also has us write poems about our attributes, such as our laugh or our hair. Almost every day, Daniel writes a thesis question on the board and tells us our homework is to write an analytical paragraph answering that question. Daniel is one of the best teachers I have ever had, and he alone is a reason to enroll at Edmund Burke School. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Talia Smerling, eighth-grader

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ing stories. At morning meeting today, Saranda shared, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad and his six cousins would make a pyramid after eating Thanksgiving dinner. Then they went inside and played lots of games. We play lots of games now, too!â&#x20AC;? We will be collecting family recipes for our book as well. Lily told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am bringing a recipe for mashed potatoes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the recipe my grandma has been using since my mom was a child!â&#x20AC;? Graham is excited about bringing a recipe for apple pie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best!â&#x20AC;? he exclaimed. In addition to our illustrations and explanations of our familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; traditions and recipes, our books will also list things for which we are thankful. We have lots to be thankful for here at Hearst: nice people, fun projects and a great community! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Morrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

The fifth grade has been studying the Civil War since the beginning of the school year. We have done a variety of different projects. Each person in the class wrote a persuasive essay about one event in the Civil War and presented it to the class. Some arguments, such as the argument that the Civil War was not about slavery, were hard to make, but doing this project helped us look at all sides of the story. Each person in the class also wrote about a person involved in the Civil War. I wrote about Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. His best-known achievement was the firing on Fort Sumter. One component of our Civil War study was a trip to the Newseum. We went to the learning lab. There we split up into two groups: Union and Confederacy. We decoded Morse code from the Civil War. We also wrote headlines for the Union and Confederate newspapers. After our visit to the learning lab, we were able to walk through the Newseum. My favorite part was

   

 

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Maret School

Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower school has a partnership with Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table. Every, week one of our classes goes to Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table to teach a lesson to the preschool children. Using pattern blocks, colored objects and wooden blocks, the preschoolers learn their colors, shapes and numbers. They benefit from working one-on-one and being exposed to a lot of language. This is an obvious learning opportunity for the preschoolers, but Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower school students also learn from the experience. Not only do we learn patience and ways to ask questions, but we also use our time spent in the preschool classroom as part of our writing program. We focus on using realistic dialogue and writing in the moment. We then revise and edit our pieces and work with a partner to improve our writing. Our final drafts are shared with the rest of the lower school when we go around in small groups and read our Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table stories to each class. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Celia Waldman and Grace Noll, fourth-graders

Murch Elementary

Every year for the past five years, the peer mediators at Murch have sponsored a peace poster competition. Peer mediators are fifthgraders who go out at each recess in groups of two or three to help kids solve problems. Lauren Miller, our school counselor, and Vicki Otten, a fifth-grade teacher, are the leaders of the peer mediators. A few weeks ago, peer mediators went into classes to tell students about the poster competition. This is a chance for all classes to show what peace means to them by making a poster. The competition is split into two grade groups, grades three through five and pre-k through second. The class that wins the competition gets an ice cream party. The peace posters came out amazing. They were colorful and detailed, and they really showed peace. After the classes finished their posters, students voted for their two favorites. The winners were Charmaine Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-k class and Orly Friedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thirdgrade class. Ms. Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class did a rainbow peace sign with colorful childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands in the background. Ms. Friedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class did a poster of a dove. Half of it had white doves on a tie-dyed background, and the other half had a white background with colorful doves. The peace poster competition was a great way for Murch students to show what peace means to them. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julia Arnsberger and John Keating, fifth-graders

National Presbyterian

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best the student team has ever played. In previous years, the team lost, but this year, we tied. The players were so happy! We played the game at American University. At the beginning of the game, we were losing 2-0, but we never gave up. When we were down, sixth-grader Eliot Koch scored our first goal. Fourth-grader Nicolas Scurfield scored our second goal. We were doing really well, and we kept fighting. With the score 2-2, one of the faculty members, Vanya, a soccer coach, scored a bicycle kick into the goal. With 10 seconds left, I scored the final goal that again tied the game. We wanted to win, but we were happy to tie. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; David Giannini, fifth-grader

Ross Elementary

On Nov. 10, the fifth-graders went to the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to learn about Veterans Day and the Civil War. We learned the original name of Veterans Day was Armistice Day. This day is to honor all people who have fought in all of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wars. Civil War re-enactors taught us how to march. We also studied the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spirit of Freedomâ&#x20AC;? memorial, which honors all of the AfricanAmerican soldiers who served in the Civil War. Then, we went into the museum and learned how soldiers lived in tents. We learned about what they ate, like dried fruit, licorice root, horehound root, rock candy and hardtack. We smelled coffee, which was a luxury for soldiers. We met the curator of the museum, Mr. Jones, a Marine Corps veteran. He told us a lot about the infantry, cavalry, artillery, pioneers, musicians and sailors. Did you know that children as young as 8 served in the Civil War? We also learned that hot air balloons were used for spying and the first hand

grenades were used in the Civil War. The first submarines were also used during the Civil War. Mr. Jones told us that he has been teaching for eight years and he loves to tell stories about freedom fighters. Anthony said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a great experience and you should visit the museum.â&#x20AC;? Diamonte said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You will learn new things if you visit.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maisha Malia, Diamonte Douglas, Anthony Hunt and Jaelen White, fifth-graders

St. Albans School

In one month, members of the seventh and eighth grades from both St. Albans and National Cathedral School will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working,â&#x20AC;? a musical about the daily life of the American workforce. The musical is by Steven Schwartz and Nina Faso, and it was adapted from a book by Studs Terkel called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do,â&#x20AC;? published in 1974. The show was adapted for television by PBS. It includes accounts of many different professions, such as parking attendant, ironworker, migrant worker, waitress, mill worker, mason and senior citizen. Students have as many as four two-hour rehearsals a week. Students have learned most of the songs and are now learning their blocking. Mark Bishop is teaching the acting and blocking, while Kristin Campbell is teaching the singing. The main challenge of this show is the musical aspect of it. In the past, most of the shows we have done have been plays, so few students have experience performing in musicals. Members of the seventh and eighth grades are also participating in the technical side of the show, running the rehearsals and assisting with costumes and props. They will also assist during the performances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Workingâ&#x20AC;? will be performed Dec. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. in the

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St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

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came. Soon we will be taking a field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian to learn more about different tribes and to listen to a Native American storyteller. In math, we are learning multiplication. We are not only working on our times tables, but we also learned three strategies to use to solve a problem if we do not have the answer memorized â&#x20AC;&#x201D; arrays, drawing a picture and repeated addition. We made an art project with sponge paints to show arrays for our four times table. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gregory Kennison and Gerard Rivera, third-graders

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pionship trophies to the trophy cabinet. Throughout the season, fall sports had showed promise. This past week, their hard work finally paid off. The girls tennis and soccer teams are familiar faces to the WCAC playoffs and championship finals. Both teams battled through their playoffs and ended victorious as champions. The tennis team, bouncing back from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WCAC championship loss, definitely did not disappoint this year, ending with an undefeated season. This victory led the team to earn its fifth WCAC championship title in the last six years. The soccer team also showed much heart when it faced Bishop Ireton in the championship finals this past Sunday at the Maryland See Dispatches/Page 19 ,_JLSSLU[(JHKLTPJZ



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and the appeal of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s museums, theaters and nightlife to the young scientists who would work there. In an interview, Lancaster said the District center would start out with 30 employees on site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and more working from home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and ultimately grow larger. Hoskins said the center would be

The Current comparable to Microsoftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities in Germany and China. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website says the German center, established in 2003, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;unique to Microsoft in its focus on collaborative applied research and technology development and in its goal of contributing to the public research programs of the European Commission and the German government.â&#x20AC;? The website says the Bejing location, founded in 1998, â&#x20AC;&#x153;has attracted over 100 top-caliber

researchers and scientists from all over the world â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? In an interview, the mayor said the planned center is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wonderful unique opportunity.â&#x20AC;? He said he was particularly pleased that the facility will open in Ward 8, which has the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest unemployment rate. Microsoftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival will greatly increase the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as a technology center, Gray added, and might help area universities attract top scientists as professors.

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And of course, she found that it is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially when you factor in all that entrepreneurship actually involves, such as getting a loan, signing a lease and even negotiating with other lawyers. For instance, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the franchise agreement is this big,â&#x20AC;? she said, opening her hands wide apart. As a franchisee, Warren will follow certain guidelines â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like offering the child care ($5 per child), and meeting design standards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but she also has leeway to suit Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. One of her site-specific goals is to create a fitness community around her shop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really like it to be is a hub of other [physical activities],â&#x20AC;? she said, noting that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cycling shop a couple doors down from her 1000 Wisconsin Ave. site and a gym above it. And with the Potomac River and Georgetown Waterfront Park out front, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also room for outdoor exercise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want clients to start developing their own groupsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a running

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Soccerplex. In a game played under the lights, the seniors definitely stepped it up, leading the team to victory. Shannon Collins, senior midfielder, scored the only goal of the game, and Kirsten Glad, senior goalie, came up with pivotal saves that led the Cadets to their third WCAC championship title in the last five years. In honor of these two titles, the administration decided to give a school holiday on Nov. 28, extending the Thanksgiving break and congratulating the two teams with a day of rest they definitely deserve. — Jessica Uy, 12th-grader

School Without Walls

On Monday, three members of the Walls student government attended the Public Education Network’s national conference, held at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., hotel. Officers Jacob Bray, Dakota Ross-Cabrera and Keanu RossCabrera provided a student perspective on the Alliance for Education and Youth Truth, both of which use surveys and feedbacks to improve school programs. In sports news, the Walls track team finished its last meet of the season a solid third. After a brief lull, runners will jump back into action in the indoor winter season. The girls volleyball team won its first game of the season, against Eastern High School on Wednesday, but suffered a close loss to McKinley Tech on Thursday. Both were well-fought matches. Walls has a record number of swimmers competing with the Wilson swim team. Eight swimmers have joined and the cutoff date to make the roster hasn’t come yet! In other news, the school’s Green Team and Global Issues Network have teamed up to create a eco-friendly roof garden. On Thursday, Principal Trogisch met with each class to discuss grades from last semester as well as the number of people on academic probation (meaning they received two Ds or one F). The penalties include the loss of off-campus lunch privileges, prohibition from school dances, and a requirement for weekly progress reports. The Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for Nov. 23. — Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

At Sheridan School, fourth-graders participate in a class called “Reading the World.” In this class, students analyze images, such as advertisements, maps and illustrations from books. They do it to think deeper and to try to think about the messages the pictures send us. For example, one day the class discussed an ad for the new Volkswagen Beetle. The ad had a picture of the car and the line, “It’s a boy.” The fourth-graders ques-

tioned what that means. Can cars be boys? What, in particular, would make this car a boy? The students also watched a commercial for Dr Pepper Ten, a new diet drink. The commercial says, “It’s not for women.” “Why not?” the students wondered. The class decided there are messages about boys and girls out in the world, like girls are cutesy and nice and boys are tough and fast. They talked about whether they agree with those messages and, if not, what they can do to change them. The class looks at all kinds of

pictures and tries to find the messages. They do it every Monday. — Mia Shocket, Mica Maltzman, Serena Landers, Arielle Popovsky, Mara Lurie, Zoe Oboler and Daniela Vargas, fourth-graders

Sidwell Friends School

In October, one of the sixthgrade classes and a fifth-grade class went to A Wider Circle for a field trip. A Wider Circle is an organization that gives food, furniture, baby clothing and other necessities to families and individuals living in

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 poverty. The organization emphasizes the importance of providing its clients with an environment that promotes respect and dignity. People living in poverty who find out about this charity call and are put on a waiting list. They then make an appointment and come in. They tell the helpers working there what they are looking for and they can take as much as they need. Then a big truck takes all of their new things back to their home. On the field trip, we learned about the group’s history, including why founder Mark Bergel wanted

to start this organization. We took a tour of the facility, where we saw the storage area and the store. Finally, we were divided into groups and put to work. There were many different groups, such as the loft group. The loft group worked in the loft and helped sort and fold baby clothing and blankets. There was also the kids’ corner, where books, games and toys were sorted. There were many other jobs, too. We also got to help actual customers pick out what they needed. — Lia Assimakopoulos and Ella Stark, sixth-graders

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sunny bonus room on top + LL w/private entrance that could be an office, Guest Room or possible Au Pair. Metro, shops, restaurants, health club + more just outside your door. Harry Moore 202-362-4663 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 CONN AVE / VAN NESS $275,000 NEW PRICE! Large & bright 1 BR facing RC Park. Newly updtd Kit, freshly painted, beautifully refin parquet flrs. Wall of closets. Walk to shops, restaurants & METRO. Great building amenities incl 2 pools, gym, bike storage, 24/7 desk. Cats only. FHA approved. Orysia Stanchak 202-423-5943 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

EMBASSY ROW $6,300,000 EXQUISITE 1926 Mediterranean villa situated next to the Vice President’s residence and one of the largest remaining private parcels on Massachusetts Ave. Wonderful period details, 2 KIT. Expansion incl home/office, 2-car gar and apt above. Addl PKG for 10 cars. A rare op for an embassy or private residence. Call for priv viewing. 3400 Mass Ave NW. CLEVELAND PARK $700,000 Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 WALKSCORE 86! This sun drenched Denise Warner 202-487-5162 home as an updtd Kit and BAs, 3BR up + Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

FOGGY BOTTOM $926,000 STUNNING 1900 SF 2BR, 2BA PH with sweeping views, updated gour KIT, Mste with sumptuous BA & ample closets, huge LR & DR, spacious priv balcony, & garage PKG space in top notch bldg with pool. View at www.robythompson.com. Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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PALISADES $1,125,000 ON QUIET cul de sac, warm and inviting home offers a large open floor plan with great southern exposure. KIT, DR and FR are designed for fun and relaxation. Wonderful deck and private, fenced yard overlooks Battery Kemble Park. New KIT offers premier ss appliances and granite counter tops. Spacious MSte is a pure delight. Completely finished LL. Garage. Scott Polk 202-256-5460 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 PENN QUARTER $422,900 PLUSH 5th flr 1BR condo at the Clara Barton. Unique interior corner flr plan overlooking landscaped courtyard. So much more! Daryl Laster 202-294-9055 Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 PETWORTH $199,900 - $259,900 ALMOST SOLD OUT! FHA APPROVED! Light filled, fantastic condos in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR w/den or 2BR/2BA. Quality & affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: gran, ss, HW & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! www.804taylorstreet.com. 804 Taylor St NW. Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 ROCKVILLE / GLEN HILLS $1,019,000 DRASTIC price reduction on charming and spacious stone & frame Cape Cod on 1+ acre w/pool. 4BR with potential for a 5th, 4FBA, study, sunroom, eat-in KIT, 2 frplcs, HWFs & 2-car gar. Lovely landscaped patio & deck surrounding pool. Tasia Pappas Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

SHAW $599,900 BEAUTIFULLY renov home in hot Shaw neighborhood on Marion St. Nr Metro & new O St market. 3BR, 1FBA, 2HBA. HWs. Central air. Fin bsmnt. Charming screened-in porch overlooks lovely yard. Lots of street PKG but yard can be converted for PKG. www.DonGuthrie.com. 202-486-7543 GAITHERSBURG $345,000 Don Guthrie BEAUTIFULLY renov Colonial, 3 fin lvls, Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 brand new Pergo floor, designer granite, $529,000 FR off KIT, screened-in porch w/step TAKOMA PARK Just 3 blks to down deck. Located near Metro & ICC. GREAT LOCATION! Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Farmers’ market & ½ mile to METRO Friendship Hts Office 301-652-2777 this Charming 3-4BR/2.5BA home has much to offer: Updtd Kit, LR w/FP, formal GERMANTOWN $479,900 DR, terrific Fam Rm add’n w/PR on 1st THIS HOUSE shows like a new model flr. Fin LL w/ Rec Rm, BR & BA. New home! Almost everything has been CAC, pretty landscaping, inviting Front Porch, Rear Deck, & OSP! redone! Please call for further details. 202-276-5854 Glenn Blong 202-256-2072 Julie Roberts 301-986-1001 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 Chevy Chase Office FOREST HILLS $1,500,000 NEW LISTING. Stately, brick Georgian on priv lot. Gracious, expansive space for contemp living. 5BR, 4.5BA. Panoramic views of Rock Creek Park. By Apt. Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400


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will nevertheless be drawn to the traditional properties here, such as this 1951 classic home. A simple palette â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hinted at by its white-brick exterior â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and honest materials such as wood and marble make this space seem fresh, and updates help the home stay relevant. A marble-floored entry lets visitors choose between a stairway and two ground-floor spots. On one side, a wood-paneled library shows that paneling doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to feel dark and dated. Medium-toned wood keeps the room cozy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as does a fireplace â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but bright, thanks as well to a large window. Across from the library, a classically proportioned living room centers on another fireplace. Wood floorboards line the sunny space, which is brightened by a sunroom at the rear. The window-walled solarium lets light flow to the living room from a third exposure. Renovations have also updated a large powder room and the kitchen,

with a second round of alterations adding new stainlesssteel appliances, including a SubZero refrigerator. White cabinetry and blue floor tiles keep the kitchen simple and classic, but this tablespace room is large enough to accommodate a host of renovation schemes. And if buyers wanted an even larger space, the wall between the kitchen and the formal dining room could come down. The sunroom, dining room and kitchen look out on one of this homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main attractions: a rear-yard setting with dual decks ideal for entertaining. Designed by local architect Stephen Muse, the structure has white columns that add a touch of stateliness, while pergolas allow a bit of shade. The bottom level of this 4,400-square-foot home offers casual lounging space and more. Renovations have yielded a wall of smart media storage and other fea-

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This four-to-six-bedroom, 3.5-bath home in Forest Hills is priced at $1,599,000. tures, and an expansive floor plan would allow loads of seating around the fireplace or even â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as is here now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a pool table. A wet bar with refrigerator makes this level great for parties, including those that spill outdoors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it opens to a covered terrace below the ground floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deck â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but there are everyday amenities here, too. A home gym is an ideal use for a sunny spot, but take out the equipment now there and the space could be the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth bedroom. A full bath here includes a spa tub and a steam shower. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ample storage on this level â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as throughout the home â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

and a laundry room with a sink waits off of a large utility and storage room. Four bedrooms are on the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second floor. All are roomy, but the master suite is the largest and includes two walk-in closets, one with a built-in dresser. A master bath is a luxurious spot lined in floor-to-ceiling marble. The top level would make an ideal site for a home office or playroom, but with its roomy cedar

closet it could easily work as a bedroom as well. This property includes a two-car garage and is a short distance from Beach Drive as well as shops such as Politics and Prose. This four-to-six-bedroom, 3.5bath home at 2916 Ellicott Terrace is offered for $1,599,000. For details, contact Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Realtors Sylvia Bergstrom at 202-471-5216 or Marin Hagen at 202-471-5256.

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said to laughter. A citywide campaign raised the funds to build it, Norton said. The original 1931 dedication featured President Herbert Hoover as well as native Washingtonian John Philip Sousa, who led the Marine Corps band. But over the years, the little memorial surrounded by a grove of ash trees on the south side of the reflecting pool grew neglected, its Vermont marble covered with mold, the surrounding landscape weedy and overgrown. From Independence Avenue, passersby barely noticed the little memorial hidden by trees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no lighting, no inclusion on the map, even a dispute on who was responsibleâ&#x20AC;? for maintenance, said Rebecca Miller, executive director of the D.C. Preservation League,

which placed the memorial on its â&#x20AC;&#x153;most endangeredâ&#x20AC;? list and campaigned for restoration. The nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last surviving World War I veteran, Frank Buckles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who died last spring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; visited the memorial in 2008 and found it abandoned and filthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The image of Mr. Buckles in a wheelchair making his way across cracked pavementâ&#x20AC;? helped spur the National Park Service to act, putting the District memorial on its list of projects seeking federal stimulus funding, said Fountain. Congress approved funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the restoration effort, and the Park Service spent $3.6 million over the past year or so restoring landscaping and walkways, replacing the electrical system and lighting, and painstakingly cleaning marble columns and roof. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a labor of love,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Vogel, the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superintendent of the National Mall

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and Memorial Parks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The repairs are sustainable, but true to the original.â&#x20AC;? The memorial was reopened just one day short of the 80th anniversary of its original dedication. Two days earlier, District officials had announced a renewed pitch for statehood on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building, with a new logo, website and ads on Metrobuses. At the rededication, the little memorial seemed an even more potent symbol for that cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was built for veterans who went to war without any home rule, no representation in the Congress that voted to send them,â&#x20AC;? said Norton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty-six thousand District residents fought a great war for democracy that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy in their own capital.â&#x20AC;? As she spoke, activists unfurled a big â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Taxation without Representationâ&#x20AC;? banner in front of the memorial, which bears the names of the 499 District veterans who did not return. As the restoration was under way, a push

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Some neighbors have raised concerns over the past year that attracting commuters to the site would worsen traffic conditions in the area and lead to students and faculty parking on neighborhood streets. Some have also complained that the proposed buildings are out of scale with the Nebraska Avenue corridor. In addition to holding private meetings with neighbors, American University has presented its plans to the Forest Hills and Friendship Heights neighborhood commissions in recent days; both commissions are planning additional special meetings later this month after the university details its latest changes. The school must convince the Zoning Commission that its plans present no adverse impact on the

began to convert the site to a national memorial for all World War I vets. There is no national memorial to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great War,â&#x20AC;? and, Fountain noted, the location is ideal. It was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lonely orphan, a local memorial on federal property,â&#x20AC;? he noted, until memorials to the Vietnam and Korean wars, and finally to World War II, sprouted around it, making the area â&#x20AC;&#x153;a de facto war memorial park,â&#x20AC;? Fountain said. Norton pushed back with a bill demanding it remain a local memorial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I intend to make sure this memorial remains dedicated solely to those residents of the Districtâ&#x20AC;? who served and died in the war. In early November, the D.C. Council unanimously passed a resolution backing Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s war memorial will probably see more visitors now that the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has opened just across Independence Avenue.

surrounding communities from any of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;objectionable conditionsâ&#x20AC;? listed in the D.C. zoning code. University officials have said they anticipate little noise from the law school, noted that fairly tall buildings already exist in roughly the footprints of the proposed construction, and presented a traffic study projecting few additional vehicle trips. The D.C. Office of Planning issued a report Thursday backing the plan, agreeing with the university that conditions are likely to be unobjectionable. The Transportation Department will review the traffic impact to see whether it agrees with the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consultant that proximity to the Tenleytown Metro station will limit the number of students and faculty members who drive to the law school. At last Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friendship Heights neighborhood commission meeting, university officials said

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â??There still exists a path at which ANC 3E can support this project.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Commissioner Tom Quinn simple process,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said in the interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of people involved, a lot of different levels, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an honest effort â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all trying to do the right thing.â&#x20AC;? The Friendship Heights commission, which represents the Tenley Campus, has previously opposed the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans. Commissioners there voted last Wednesday to continue their opposition at least until the special meeting, a date for which has not yet been set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There still exists a path at which ANC 3E can support this project,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Tom Quinn said at the meeting. The Forest Hills commission, which includes residents across Nebraska Avenue from the Tenley Campus, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a position on the plan at its meeting Monday. Cathy Wiss, who represents those nearest neighbors, said a planned 63-foot-high law library would be too close to those homes, but no commissioner seconded her motion to oppose that concept. Some Forest Hills commissioners said they support the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan and others said they simply didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough information to take a position yet. The bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special meeting is tentatively set for Nov. 28. Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoning Commission hearing will likely continue Dec. 1 and possibly on future dates. These discussions of the Tenley Campus will follow months of hearings on American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broader campus plan, which the Zoning Commission is scheduled to approve or reject Jan. 23. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;further processingâ&#x20AC;? application being considered for the Tenley Campus is contingent on approval of the broader campus plan.


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Picture perfect! Open plan, great for entertaining. granite Island Kitchen, Pantry with Laundry, large Deck off Family Room, Den/Library/Office. Lower level Recreation Room and au Pair Suite. Membership available in avenel’s Swim-tennis Club and tPC golf Course. Chevy Chase Sales Office 202-363-9700

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Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this inviting home offers a large open floor plan with southern exposure. the kitchen, dining and family room are designed for fun and relaxation. New chef’s kitchen. Spacious master bedroom suite is delightful. Deck, garage. scott.polk@longandfoster.com Scott Polk 202-256-5460 / 202-339-9249 (O)

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Mediterranean villa style grandeur, elegance and privacy. Rebuilt, renovated in 2001, hardly used palatial property nestled in natural splendor of Rock Creek Park near Embassy Row. One of the premiere residences in Washington, DC. W.C. & a.N. Miller Bethesda Office 301-229-4000

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Striking, newly constructed Mediterranean style home in close-in Bethesda. Elegant interior boasts 5BR/4.5Ba, great Room, Library, Rec Room, Media Room, guest Suite, and 3FPs. almost 6300sf of living space backs greenwich Park. Friendship Hgts Ofc 202-364-5200 / 301-652-2777

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the very best of one level living in a fabulous full service building on the prominent water front of georgetown. 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath plus den complimented by an 850 square foot terrace garden. W.C. & a.N. Miller Spring valley Office 202-362-1300

Stately sun filled tudor, situated on a quiet street, offering 4 levels of finished living space, perfect for today’s living style. Skylit kitchen with fireplace connected to sun infused family room with access to large deck, screened porch and rear yard. W.C. & a.N. Miller Bethesda Office 301-229-4000

Fabulous 1917 6 BR, 3.5 Ba home on over 10,000 sqft lot in the shadow of the National Cathedral. Period details, large rms, high ceilings, updated kitchen and baths. Off street prkg, in ground pool and much more in this stately property. Judi Levin and Peggy Ferris 202-438-1524 / 202-364-1300 (O)

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Classic 2 BR, 2.5 Ba tH, circa 1900, on a corner lot. Large open living/ dining spc w/ FP, eat-in kitchen w/ French drs to patio/garden. Second level has master ste w/ vaulted ceiling, claw foot tub in MBa, private dressing area, 2nd BR and Ba. Lower level in law suite w/ private entrance. Foxhall Sales 202-363-1800

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stage planned-unit development under the 2007 campus plan. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application by District Commons Restaurant for a valet parking permit at 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. â&#x2013;  consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Control license renewal applications for Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2425 L St.; Walgreens, 1217 22nd St.; and Whole Foods, 2201 I St. For details, visit anc2a.org. ANC 2B ANCCircle 2B Dupont

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 9 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioners heard an update on a project to renovate the Dupont Circle Resource Center, the small National Park Service-owned building west of the circle between P Street and Massachusetts Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been fixed in 12 years, and it needs a little nip and tuck,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Mike Silverstein. He said a variety of groups â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the Metropolitan Police Department, Historic Dupont Main Streets and the neighborhood commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; make use of the space. Project architect John Jedzinak described plans for new lighting and shutters, improved storage and new work-space options like center tables. The project would also improve the bathrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; used weekly by patrons at the Dupont Circle Freshfarm market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and make them handicap-accessible. Commission chair Will Stephens estimated that the project would cost less than $30,000, and said funding would be worked out after the Park Service gives input on the project. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to support an agreement that would add the Dupont Circle Citizens Association as a third party to the Friends of S & T Street Parks groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partnership with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. The Friends group has been involved with the two sister parks, on 17th Street and New Hampshire Avenue between S and T streets, for about a decade. The group is now planning for improvements to the T Street area, including creation of a butterfly park. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to support Historic Preservation Review Board approval of redevelopment plans for the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, building at 16th and I streets. The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution makes a few suggestions. Since a planned parking vault might impede tree growth, commissioners recommend limiting parking to the second and third levels; they said they also hope to see setbacks that â&#x20AC;&#x153;better relateâ&#x20AC;? to adjacent buildings. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to support renewal of a public-space permit to allow Freshfarm Markets to operate its Dupont Circle farmers market for the next year. The permit includes use of three parking spots for farmers on Massachusetts Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted to support a public-space permit for several res-

taurants on the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue, including Kabab-Ji and Heritage India, to reserve two valet parking spots. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-1, with commissioner Bob Meehan abstaining and Jack Jacobson opposing, to support a public-space permit to allow off-street parking in a driveway at 1841 16th St. Commissioner Ramon Estrada noted that the driveway, on the T Street side of the condo building, has already been used for parking for years. â&#x2013;  commissioners took no action on grocery store liquor license renewals for 1500 Market, at 1500 Massachusetts Ave.; Dupont Market, at 1807 18th St.; New Hampshire Market, at 1900 16th St.; and Prego Again, at 1617 17th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 8-0 to support a request from Komi, at 1509 17th St., for an amendment to a voluntary agreement that would allow for 40 more seats in the restaurant. The expansion would take place on the lower level, in the former Dunkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Donuts spot. Commissioner Mike Silverstein, a member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, did not participate in the discussion of Komiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license or other Alcoholic Beverage Control matters on the commission agenda. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with three abstentions, to oppose a stipulated liquor license for Crown Liquors, at 1325 Connecticut Ave., and to draw the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention to an ongoing legal dispute involving inventory left in the store by a prior tenant who was evicted. The Crown Liquors owner had requested the expedited license so he could take advantage of holiday sales. Commissioners took no action on the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular liquor license application. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0, with one abstention, to support a new tavern liquor license application from Board Room, a bar planned for 1737 Connecticut Ave. A representative for Bedrock Management â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which now operates Atomic Billiards, Buffalo Billiards and Nanny Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Briens, among other local establishments â&#x20AC;&#x201D; described Board Room as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighborhood watering hole with games,â&#x20AC;? like chess, backgammon and Scrabble, along with vintage video games like Pac-Man. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The first year of the partnership would focus on the T Street park, she said, describing the area as â&#x20AC;&#x153;underused and poorly maintained.â&#x20AC;? One of the goals is to create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;butterfly parkâ&#x20AC;? there, with help from Ross Elementary School. Students could

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On the stretch of 14th Street that includes the post office, developer Eric Colbert is now moving forward with plans for a condo project with ground-floor retail. Graham said developers previously discussed the possibility of including the post office in that project, but the idea never got off the ground. Del. Norton, after hearing of the lease issues with the station last week, sent a letter to local and federal postal authorities seeking more information. She noted that the 14th Street office didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear on the list of potential station closures the Postal Service pinpointed this summer. In August, the cash-strapped agency announced that it was looking into closing 3,700 stations nationwide,

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;help with plantings and use it as an educational tool,â&#x20AC;? Molotsky said. Other goals include installing a bulletin board â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an old feature of the park that disappeared a few years ago â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and putting in more seasonal plantings. The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission last week voted to support the proposed collaboration between the Friends group, the citizens association and the parks department.

schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population continues to grow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re challenged by the building we have right now with what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need down the road,â&#x20AC;? said Albright. Neighborhood commissioners generally supported the new concept, especially in light of Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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capacity needs, and their resolution states that the plans â&#x20AC;&#x153;best honor the history of the building by putting it to use in the education of a diverse student body.â&#x20AC;? Commission chair Jonathan Bender said D.C. officials have been discussing a new use for the Reno School since at least 2006.

including 19 in the District. Officials said an extensive public input process would come before any decisions. One station on that list was the Kalorama office at 2300 18th St. In her letter, Norton said neighbors were concerned about rumors that this station was slated for â&#x20AC;&#x153;imminent closureâ&#x20AC;? along with the 14th Street facility. But when she checked into it, Norton wrote, she learned that â&#x20AC;&#x153;no decision has been made yetâ&#x20AC;? on the Kalorama station. Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter also requests that the Postal Service provide information on all post offices in the District with leases expiring between now and the end of 2012. In an attached release, she said this information could help â&#x20AC;&#x153;avoid any surprise possible closures and [make] certain that expiring leases will not become an excuse for closures.â&#x20AC;? A Norton staffer said the office hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet received a response to that request.

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Concerts â&#x2013;  Ghost Train Orchestra will perform the music of 1920s Chicago and Harlem. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Concert Choir will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Billings to Ives.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Radwan A. Masmoudi, founder and president of the Center of the Study of Islam and Democracy, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tunisians and Their Hopes for Democracy: Islam and Democracy.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. itlong@jhu.edu. â&#x2013;  Michael Farr of CNBC will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arrogance Cycle: Think You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Lose, Think Again.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Books-AMillion, 11 Dupont Circle NW. 202-319-1374. â&#x2013;  S. Brian Willson will discuss his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood on the Tracks.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St.

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Events Entertainment NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will present a talk by Walt Francis, author of the Washington Consumer Checkbookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual review of federal employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health benefits programs. 6 p.m. Free. Conference room, Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. â&#x2013;  Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, professor of political science at the United Arab Emirates University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U.S. and the Arab Spring: An Arab Perspective.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/meph11-16. â&#x2013;  Giselle Mora-Bourgeois, science education coordinator for the Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Climate Change and Our Urban Forest.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casey Trees Headquarters, 3020 12th St. NE. ct.convio.net/calendar. â&#x2013;  Michael Ondaatje will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $22. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.

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â&#x2013;  Paul Greenhalgh, former president of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fair World: A History of Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fairs and Expositions From London to Shanghai 1851-2010.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Films â&#x2013;  The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington will present six Austrian short silent movies, with live accompaniment by pianist Gerhard Gruber. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Joann Sfarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gainsbourg: A Heoric Life,â&#x20AC;? about Jewish singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  Cirque du Soleil will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quidam,â&#x20AC;? its newest arena show, featuring 52 acrobats, musicians, singers and characters. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $85; $36 to $72 for seniors, students and military personnel; $32 to $69 for children ages 12 and younger. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. The show will

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs will present a conference on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s So Special About Religious Freedom?â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. berkleycenter@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  National Archives staff member Rick Blondo will discuss the plight of the Rev. Samuel Green of Dorchester County, Md., a free man of color convicted and sent to prison in 1857 for possessing a copy of Harriet Beecher Stoweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncle Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabin.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Washington Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Harvard Divinity School professor Leila Ahmed will discuss the emergence of â&#x20AC;&#x153;feministâ&#x20AC;? activism among American Muslim women in the past decade. 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. eventbrite.com/event/2126369027. â&#x2013;  Jan W. Mares, senior policy adviser for resources for the future and former U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for import administration, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prudent Development: Realizing the Potential of North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Abundant Gas and Oil Resources.â&#x20AC;? See Events/Page 27

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Book signings â&#x2013;  RenĂŠ Palmer Amstrong will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wings and a Ring: Letters of War and Love From a WWII Pilot.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Sova, 1359 H St. NE. 202-397-3080. â&#x2013;  Annie Leibovitz will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pilgrimage.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Class â&#x2013;  Guitarist Greg Koch will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tasty Chopsâ&#x20AC;? workshop. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. Concerts â&#x2013;  Asleep at the Wheel will perform Western swing music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Conductor Christoph Eschenbach will lead the National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Leonidas Kavakos (shown) performing works by Brahms and Beethoven. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy

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Continued From Page 26 12:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. eregloballeadersforum@jhu.edu. ■ Richard King, creator and director of the Solar Decathlon, will offer a behind-thescenes view of the biennial competition, which featured teams from 19 universities this year. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ A panel discussion on President Richard Nixon’s judicial appointments and the legacy of their decisions will feature panelists Patrick J. Buchanan (shown), Wallace H. Johnson, G. Robert Blakey and Earl Silbert. 1 p.m. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Alexander Evans, former senior adviser to the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, will discuss “Pakistan’s Strategic Culture and U.S.-Pakistan Relations.” 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3302. ■ The National Women’s History Museum will present a talk on “African-American Women: Refugees in the Civil War” by Duke University professor Thavolia Glymph. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. swinston@nwhm.org. ■ Robert Guest, global business editor of The Economist, will discuss his book “Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5790. ■ Historian James Barber will discuss Elmer Ellsworth and the Civil War. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “Finding Beauty in Struggle — The Inspiration Behind ‘The Migration Series.’” 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ “Under the Influence” will feature 10 local artists discussing their work and the influence that the artists included in the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s “30 Americans” exhibit have had on their artistic practice. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. ■ Leonora Saavedra, associate professor at the University of California at Riverside, will discuss “Copland’s Mexico and Chávez’s New York: Notes on a Creative Friendship,” about the relationship between American composer Aaron Copland and Mexican counterpart Carlos Chávez. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org. ■ Tony Barthel, curator of the National Zoo’s Elephant Trails and Cheetah Conservation Station, will discuss the Zoo’s cutting-edge new building and philosophy of caring for elephants. A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. ■ Phillips Collection chief curator Eliza Rathbone will discuss Edgar Degas’ frequent representations of ballet dancers in a wide range of media. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and

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Events Entertainment younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ “A Viewpoint — Women Making Sculpture” will feature artists Carol Brown Goldberg, Dalya Luttwak and Martha JacksonJarvis. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10; reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. ■ Author, entrepreneur, television host and magazine publisher Martha Stewart will discuss her book “Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations,” her influences and inspirations, the continuing evolution of American domestic culture, and entertaining in the home. 7 p.m. $35. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. 800-745-3000. ■ Erika Lee, director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, will discuss “Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America.” 7 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ The “Immigrants in America” book discussion series will delve into “A Gesture Life” by Chang-Rae Lee. 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3072. ■ Alia Hatoug-Bouran, the Jordanian ambassador to the United States, will discuss relations between the two countries. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 213, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. dpe.gwu.publicity@gmail.com. ■ The Palisades Garden Association will present a talk on the Asian tiger mosquito by Jeannine M. Dorothy, regional entomologist with the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Mosquito Control Division. 7:30 p.m. Free. Grand Oaks, 5900 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-363-6743. ■ Academy Awardwinning actress Diane Keaton will discuss her new memoir, “Then Again.” 7:30 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. ■ Rabbi Levi Cooper will discuss “The Villager and the Flute: Hasidic Tales That Contravene Jewish Law.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. ■ The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Libyan author Hisham Matar’s novel “Anatomy of a Disappearance.” 7:30 p.m.

required. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. bmw47@georgetown.edu. ■ The National Museum of the American Indian will host a screening of Georgina Lightning’s film “Older Than America,” about Indian boarding schools. 7 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

Friday, november 18 ■ Concert: David Enlow of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in New York City will present “The Pipe Organ Goes to the Opera,” featuring works by Vierne and organ transcriptions of operas by Strauss and Verdi. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Festival ■ The country of Chile will celebrate its indigenous communities with an art market, an exhibition of traditional arts and crafts, hands-on demonstrations and a sampling of traditional cuisine. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Films ■ Georgetown University will host a screening of Marina Goldovskaya’s 2011 documentary “A Bitter Taste of Freedom,” about a Russian journalist and human rights activist who was murdered in 2006 for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and the Russian government. A question-and-answer session with the director will follow. 7 p.m. Free; tickets

Performances ■ The Beijing Dance Company will perform an array of classical and contemporary dances. 7:30 p.m. $58. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. ■ “Fuego Flamenco VII” will feature José Barrios and Company in a new piece, “Flamenco Algarabía/I Refuse to Stop Laughing.” 8 p.m. $30. Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Special events ■ The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library will celebrate its 100th birthday with a talk by poet, educator and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller, a jazz performance by a local

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guitar duo, and remarks from library administrators and government officials. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ Takoma Park Baptist Church’s community services committee will sponsor its 17th annual Thanksgiving dinner and program. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Social Hall, Takoma Park Baptist Church, 635 Aspen St. NW. 202-7234700. Friday, Nov. 18

Friday November 18 Concerts ■ The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Mendelssohn and Whitacre. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. ■ The “Arts@Midday” series will feature guitarist Peter Griggs presenting “500 Years of Music for Guitar.” 12:15 to 1 p.m. Free. 202-363-8286. ■ The Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra will perform classic big band music of the swing era. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. See Events/Page 28

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Continued From Page 27 â&#x2013;  Singer/songwriter Chris Cherry, pianist Stefan Brodd and singer Ian Brown-Gorrell will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theater Monk: A Divinely Entertaining Cabaretâ&#x20AC;? to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Washington National Cathedral and Loyola Retreat House. 7 p.m. Pay-what-you-wish. First Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 4th St. NW. 202-737-4859. â&#x2013;  Pianist Dimitar Nikolov will perform Mussorgskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pictures at an Exhibition,â&#x20AC;? with slides of the Hartmann drawings that inspired the suite. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Chamber Singers will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pergolesi Remembered.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6873838. â&#x2013;  The Washington Chorus, sopranos Marie-Ă&#x2C6;ve Munger and Arianna Zukerman, tenor Arnold Rawls and baritone David Kravitz (shown) will perform the Washington premiere of music director Julian Wachnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come My Dark Eyed Oneâ&#x20AC;? and Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Mass in

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vations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp. â&#x2013;  The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington will present Mihaly KertĂŠszâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1924 silent epic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Moon of Israel,â&#x20AC;? with live accompaniment by pianist Gerhard Gruber. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Performances â&#x2013;  Wilson High School will present the hit musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oliver!â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; $5 for students and children. Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. wilsondramatickets@ gmail.com. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Howard University will present a dance showcase, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unleashed: Inventive Explorations and Inhibitions.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $15; $8 for seniors; $5 for students. Ira Aldridge Theater, Howard University, 2655 6th St. NW. 202806-7700. â&#x2013;  Black Movements Dance Theatre will perform. 8 p.m. $10; $8 for students. Walsh Black Box Theatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Special events â&#x2013;  In honor of the launch of Jacques PĂŠpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cookbook â&#x20AC;&#x153;Essential Pepin,â&#x20AC;? Michel Richard will present a three-course lunch designed from PĂŠpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite recipes. 11:45 a.m. $95; reservations required. Michel Richard Citronelle, 3000 M St. NW. 202-6262150. â&#x2013;  The International Spy Museum and the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stalinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spies: From Paris to the Gulag,â&#x20AC;? featuring a display of unique artifacts from the life of Soviet spy Dimitri Bystrolyotov and a panel discussion. 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required.

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Continued From Page 28 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ National Symphony Orchestra violinist Elisabeth Adkins will lead a master class. 11 a.m. $5. Rehearsal Room, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Members of the Manhattan Transfer will lead a jazz master class for selected collegiate vocal jazz students. 1 p.m. $12. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Soprano Alexandra Phillips will lead a vocal workshop with demonstrations of breathing and vocal techniques. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. Concerts ■ The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will perform their fall concert. 2 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique performing works by Beethoven. 3 p.m. $39 to $100. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Washington National Cathedral’s chamber voice ensemble will perform works by Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. 5 p.m. $25 to $45. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. ■ The “Swing, Swing, Swing” series will highlight collegiate jazz vocals with an a cappella group from the University of North Texas. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Adés and Bartók. 6 to 8 p.m. $63. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The American Youth Chorus will present “American Voices/Global Songs,” featuring songs from many different time periods and corners of the globe. 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and ages 6 through 18; free for children 5 and younger. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-393-7993, ext. 182. ■ Greek classical guitarist Dimitris Kotronakis will perform as part of the John E. Marlow Guitar Series. 8 p.m. $25; $12.50 for ages 18 through 22; free for ages 17 and younger. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301654-6403. ■ The Georgetown University Wind Ensemble will perform works by Holst, Smith and Holsinger. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. ■ Singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega will perform. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures ■ Scholar Lisa Aronson will discuss “African Cloth as Language.” 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. ■ Artist and museum educator Susan Fillion will discuss her children’s book “Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: Bringing Matisse to America.” Noon. Free. Bookstore, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. ■ Gail D. Spillsbury will discuss her book “A Washington Sketchbook: Drawings by

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Events Entertainment cuss the diverse natural and cultural resources that surround the historic water crossing. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Cardozo High School will host “The Last Old School Stroll,” a reunion and tour prior to the school’s modernization. 4 to 8 p.m. Free; donations suggested. Cardozo High School, 1200 Clifton St. NW. cardozohigh2011@ gmail.com.

Robert L. Dickinson, 1917-1918,” at 1 p.m.; David Elfin and Art Monk will discuss their book “Washington Redskins: The Complete Illustrated History,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Ann Blackman will discuss her book “Off to Save the World,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks and arts management consultant Howard Sherman will discuss “Theater Beyond Twitter,” a live expansion on their frequent cyberdebates. 5 p.m. $10. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202488-3300. Films ■ The “Opera in Cinema” series will feature Verdi’s “Nabucco,” from Teatro Antico in Taormina, Italy. 11 a.m. $20. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. ■ The National Archives will present Chester Erskine’s 1947 film “The Egg and I,” starring Claudette Colbert. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present two of Andy Warhol’s 16 mm films — 1965’s “John and Ivy” and 1964’s “Soap Opera.” Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Ali Khamraev: Uzbek Triptych” will feature the director’s 1985 film “I Remember You.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “Le Cinéma Fantastique” will feature Louis Malle’s 1975 film “Black Moon.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ Dance Place and its resident companies will present intergenerational workshops and performances. 4 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, teachers and artists; $10 for college students; $8 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. ■ The Capital City Showcase, a variety show hosted by Christian Hunt, will feature comedians Matty Abrams, Tim Messenger, Adrian Rodney and E.J. Ruchman and musicians Don Kim and Jacob Panic. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. capitalcityshowcase.eventbrite.com. Sales ■ A Christmas bazaar will feature collectibles, antiques, toys, designer bags and scarves, handicrafts, homemade baked goods and preserves, and a silent auction. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-362-3323. ■ The Friends of the Georgetown Library will sponsor a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Downstairs Meeting Room, Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Special events ■ First Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church’s seventh annual Community Fair will feature health screenings, information and referrals; a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for the community; and distribution of food, clothing and care packages for the homeless. 9 a.m. Free admission. 602 N St. NW. firstrising.org. ■ WAMU 88.5 will record interviews with Shaw residents as part of an oral history project. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-

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Saturday, november 19 ■ Concert: Urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet (shown) and singer/ songwriter Wayna will perform at the third annual “Mo’ Than Jazz” concert to benefit Faces of Our Children, a nonprofit dedicated to the fight against the sickle cell disease. 6 p.m. $25. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 623 Florida Ave. NE. 202-667-3409.

727-0971. ■ The Willard InterContinental will host an afternoon tea with artist Emily Lapisardi as she portrays writer, feminist and reformer Julia Ward Howe, who wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” at the D.C. hotel 150 years ago. 2:30 p.m. $52; reservations required. Crystal Room, Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-637-7350. Walks and tours ■ A park volunteer will lead a tour highlighting the hidden historical, cultural and natural treasures of the 100-year-old Montrose Park. 11 a.m. Free. Meet near the park bulletin board at Avon Place and R Street NW. 202-895-6000. ■ The Kreeger Museum will offer its monthly public architecture tour, which highlights the residence of David and Carmen Kreeger, designed in 1963 by renowned architect Philip Johnson. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors and students; free for ages 12 and younger. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3552. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford and dis-

Children’s program ■ Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about Sitting Bull and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Class ■ Artist Lisa Shepard Stewart will lead a hands-on workshop on how to create mudcloth covered journals using professional nosew techniques. 1 to 5 p.m. $75; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Concerts ■ A Festival of Hymns, Anthems and Readings will feature the Saint John’s Choir.

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11 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. 202-338-1796. ■ A music festival service in honor of the last Sunday of Pentecost will feature anthems by William Harris, William Mathias, William Walton, Duke Ellington and others. 11 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766. ■ The Capital City Symphony’s annual family concert —“What’s It All About, Maestra?” — will feature an instrument petting zoo and special guest Oren Sandel of the Washington Revels. 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. $16 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ Lyric soprano Joann Moorer will perform works by Liszt, Bernstein and Britten. 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202. ■ The National Gallery of Art Wind Quintet will perform works by Danzi, Ewazen, Jongen, Lesnick and Sabaneyev. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by Philip Radcliffe, Charles Wood and Gerald Near. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. ■ The “Swing, Swing, Swing” series will See Events/Page 30

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Continued From Page 29 feature Howard University’s Afro Blue vocal ensemble. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The National Gallery of Art Orchestra, violinist Charles Wetherbee (shown) and violist Victoria Chiang will perform works by Barber, Bernstein, Ives and Leshnoff. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. ■ The Manhattan Transfer will perform with vocalist Jon Hendricks, Howard University’s Afro Blue and the University of North Texas Jazz Singers. 7 p.m. $20 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society will present Dutch violinist Vera Beths, Canadian violist Douglas McNabney and Castle Trio members Lambert Orklis and Marilyn McDonald performing works by Schumann. A talk will precede the concert. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $28. Hall of Music Instruments, National Museum of Musical Instruments, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Discussions and lectures ■ The Sunday Forum series will feature a talk by McKinley Technology High School instructor Shira Fishman, the 2011 D.C. Public School Teacher of the Year and a 2011 recipient of the Milken Award. 10 a.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-3478766. ■ “Antico: The Making of an Exhibition” will feature panelists Eleonora Luciano, associate curator of sculpture; Dylan Smith,

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Events Entertainment research conservator; Naomi Remes, exhibition officer; Donna Kirk, senior architect and designer; and Brad Ireland, publishing designer. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Daniel R. Green will discuss his book “The Valley’s Edge: A Year With the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ ITVS Community Cinema will present Anne Makepeace’s documentary “We Still Live Here — Âs Nutayuneân,” about a social worker whose dreams helped unlock the secrets of an American Indian language. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. communitycinema-dc.org. ■ “Le Cinéma Fantastique” will feature Georges Franju’s 1963 film “Judex.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Cineforum Italiano will present Silvio Soldini’s 2010 film “Come Undone.” 4 to 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. meetup.com/italiano/events/36890942/. ■ The Earth Ethics Committee of the Washington Ethical Society will host a screening of the ABC News documentary “Earth 2100.” 7 p.m. Free; donations invited. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. 301-325-8001. Performances ■ DancEthos, Dissonance Dance Theatre and UpRooted Dance will present “X3,” fea-

Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sale ■ Temple Sinai Sisterhood will host its annual Holiday Mart, featuring various vendors, food, a bake sale and raffles from neighborhood merchants. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW. 202-363-6394.

Sunday, november 20 ■ Concert: Washington National Cathedral organist Scott Dettra will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. turing modern, contemporary and theater dance in once concert. 5 p.m. $22; $17 for seniors, students and military personnel. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. ■ The Japanese taiko drummers of Yamato will present “Gamushara.” 7 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Reading ■ “Sunday Kind of Love” will feature readings by Shadab Zeest Hashmi and Kathleen O’Toole. An open-mic segment will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston

Special events ■ Eatonville Restaurant’s Food & Folklore dinner series will feature Ellen Sweets, author of “Stirring It Up With Molly Ivins: A Memoir With Recipes.” 6:30 p.m. $45; reservations required. Eatonville Restaurant, 2121 14th St. NW. 202-332-9672. ■ One Common Unity will host an openmic event about “The Digital Divide & Net Neutrality.” 8 to 10 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Tour ■ A park ranger will lead a tour of Peirce Mill and discuss how the use of water power to make flour advanced the industrial revolution. Noon. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, Nov. 21

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Children’s program ■ Barefoot Puppet Theatre will present a retelling of the classic tale “The Little Red Hen.” 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $3 to $8. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The performance will repeat Tuesday at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Concert ■ The “Swing, Swing, Swing” series will feature the D.C.-based salsa band Timba Street. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage,

Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “The Only Restorer Degas Trusted: Charles Chapuis.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will host a talk by surgeon Anthony Cordaro, head of the National Capital Foot and Ankle Center. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900. ■ Leslie Brody will discuss her book “Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Elliot A. Cohen will discuss his book “Conquered Into Liberty.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The Slovak American Society of Washington, D.C., will present a talk on “Slovak Family Traditions” by Marta Botikova, professor of ethnology and cultural anthropology at Comenius University, Bratislava. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Slovakia, 3523 International Court NW. 703869-7088. ■ A panel discussion on sustainable agriculture will feature Kathleen Merrigan (shown), deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; José Andrés, chief culinary adviser for the exhibition “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”; Ann Harvey Yonkers, codirector of Freshfarm Markets; James C. Hanson, professor of agriculture and extension economist at the University of Maryland; and Bob Young, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1995 film “Horseman on the Roof.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ A film series on globalization and scientific progress will feature the second part of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film “World on a Wire.” 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Bobcat Goldthwait’s 1991 film “Shakes the Clown.” 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202462-3356. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the Phoenix Coyotes. 7 p.m. $47 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tuesday, Nov. 22

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gym and swimming pool, 174 underground valet parking spots, and space for a restaurant, retail and bars. The project would also renovate and preserve the century-old First Church of Christ, Scientist building, which would serve as the hotel’s lobby and special-events space. Developers, who hosted a series of community meetings this fall, have touted the project as “the first truly green hotel in the city,” and a boon for taxes and jobs. Their application — which seeks approval for a planned-unit development and map amendment — is available online at adamsmorganhistorichotel.com. The D.C. Office of Planning released a report on the project last week, supporting the general idea of “redevelopment of the site and preservation of the church,” but offering a slate of concerns about current plans. With zoning commissioners Monday, development review specialist Matt Jesick focused on the building’s height. “A lower height … would be more compatible with the neighborhood,” he said. Mostly three- and four-story buildings surround the site, Jesick said. And part of the project falls within an area protected by the Reed Cooke zoning overlay, which restricts building heights to 40 feet. In spite of the height concern, a lack of “unanimity of opinion on the project,” and other issues, Jesick recommended that the project move forward to hearings. Development partner Matt Wexler, in an interview yesterday, took issue with the suggestion that the project lacks community support. “We have well over 500 letters of support from Adams Morgan residents, property owners and business owners — in support of hotel, the planned-unit development and the height,” he said, on top of the backing of several neighborhood civic groups. But there is also vigorous opposition in the neighborhood as well, much of it focused on the upscale hotel’s potential impact on neighborhood character and rents, as well as the height. On the latter issue, developers have held firm at nine stories — and Wexler repeated that stance yesterday.

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“Advanced riders wouldn’t think of getting on a bike without a helmet,” Milzman said in a phone interview. “Capital Bikeshare has done an outstanding job [providing] decent bicycles at a reasonable price.” Members “love the availability, but they’re as bad as anyone in not putting on a helmet. We know helmets work,” he said. “They might mess up your hair, but there’s no other downside.” Yet even Milzman acknowledges that the obvious problem has no easy solution. Capital Bikeshare, started in 2008, now boasts 116 stations in the District and Arlington, over 1,100 bikes and more than 1 million rides. But as with other bike-share programs abroad and in the United States, officials can’t figure out how to dispense helmets at unmanned stations, especially when different sizes are needed and users are resistant to sharing headgear. John Lisle, spokesperson for the D.C. Department of Transportation, notes that his agency encourages helmet use, with promotional materials featuring helmeted cyclists on the sturdy red bikes. Cyclists must be over 16 to join, and there’s been “no evidence of significant safety issues — only 20 serious accidents out of 1 million rides so far,” he said. Like many jurisdictions, the District

“We have to,” he said. “The economic feasibility of the project is questionable without that height.” He pointed out that the developers already made several concessions recently — like setting back the top floor of the building and reducing its massing. But zoning commissioners Monday debated whether the project is in good enough shape for review. “I have an issue with the laundry list,” chair Anthony Hood said of the Office of Planning’s report. “The only positive element I got out of it for the applicant was preservation and restoration of the church,” said Turnbull. “From the tone of [the report], it sounds like it shouldn’t be set down” for hearings. Jesick responded that both planners and community members “have been working with [the developers] for a number of years,” he said. “It would be beneficial for the [Zoning] Commission to weigh in at this point.” Commissioner Peter May argued for a delay to allow time for a fundamental rethinking of the project. “It seems to me they need to be taking two or three floors off,” he said. “The best way for them to get the message would be for us not to set it down” for hearings. But others saw the benefits of starting now. “When there’s been very little movement after several years of negotiations, something should happen,” said commissioner Marcie Cohen. It’s not good for the neighborhood “just to have a vacant building, with no hope of it being restored,” she said. The commission ended up voting 3-2 to “set down” the development, with Hood, Cohen and Konrad Schlater supporting and Turnbull and May opposing. Before doing so, commissioners highlighted a number of issues for developers to consider. Several worried about the visual impact of the hotel’s proposed black brickwork. Commissioner Schlater said his first impression was: “Darth Vader building, lording over Adams Morgan.” Overall, commissioners agreed that they needed to see more detailed drawings and plans. Development partner Wexler said his team was pleased with the final vote. They expect to take plans before the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board in January, before any zoning hearings take place.

mandates helmet use only for cyclists under 16. The Transportation Department, which oversees the program, did launch a small pilot program last summer, providing complimentary 24-hour bike-share memberships to guests at four downtown hotels, complete with complimentary helmets to lend them. But, Lisle said, there’s no easy way to go much further. “We don’t have a way to distribute helmets,” he said, adding that “people don’t like to share helmets” due to size and hygiene issues. Meanwhile, requiring helmets has been shown to discourage bike-share use in cities like Melbourne, Australia. Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, emphasized another angle of the dilemma. “Helmets make you safer, but the focus should be on proper driving and proper cycling skills that prevent accidents,” he said in an interview. Given the number of rides, Farthing added, Capital Bikeshare’s safety record is absolutely phenomenal. Capital Bikeshare’s website seems slightly conflicted on the issue. Under “Safety Tips,” it says, “Always wear a helmet.” But other areas on the site say the program “encourages,” or “recommends” that users wear a helmet. Milzman, who also works in emergency medicine at the Washington Hospital Center, said he’s treated too many head injuries

in cyclists — not just simple concussions, but “facial fractures, brain injuries.” Medical experts say twothirds of all deaths from bike injuries are head-related, and wearing helmets is a proven way to prevent death or disabling injury, he said. Milzman said he knows of no bike-share program in the United States that requires the use of helmets. A similar survey in Boston by one of his researchers found only 17 percent helmet use at the new “Hubway” bike-share system there, but a more robust 70 percent for cyclists riding their own bikes. But according to its website, Boston’s Hubway program, started in July, allows users to add a helmet to their purchase when they sign up for membership online, with the helmet delivered to the member’s home. Hubway also has staff or volunteers making helmets available at some of the busiest stations. “Helmets dramatically reduce the risk of head injury,” Hubway’s website says. At-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson, head of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, said he’s pondering the issue. “What is the best public policy: promoting bike use or reducing injury?” he asked. “We could require wearing of helmets, but with bike-share it’s easier said than done.” “It’s good they brought it up,” Mendelson said of the helmet survey, “but frustrating they didn’t have a solution.”


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