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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Vol. V, No. 51
THE FOGGY BOTTOM CURRENT Council tackles $188 million gap
■ Budget: Cuts, tax increases
produce spirited discussion By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
Staring down a very deep budget hole, D.C. Council members Tuesday insisted that residents protesting cuts in their favored programs also suggest ways to slim down the city government or raise
additional revenue. And in a daylong hearing, many of the roughly 150 witnesses complied, offering ways to shake loose more federal dollars, combine programs, cut salaries or overtime pay for city workers and — in a now familiar refrain — raise income taxes. Immediately at issue is Mayor Adrian Fenty’s new proposal to plug a $188 million budget gap for the current fiscal year. His proposal,
submitted to the council last week, avoids any tax increases, as the outgoing mayor has long promised. But it would cut funding for virtually every city agency, for a total savings of $161 million; use federal stimulus money to maintain current “per pupil” school funding levels; and eliminate 125 vacant or “redundant” positions. One controversial budget item identifies $22 million in savings from having moved about See Budget/Page 29
ANC protests Ghana Cafe patio bid By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer
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Sisters Caroline and Emory Haynes got a chance to meet Santa and pose for a picture with him Saturday afternoon at the Kennedy Center, which is hosting both Brunches with Santa and meet-Santa afternoons this holiday season.
According to Ghana Cafe owner Anthony Opare, business hasn’t been the same at the West African restaurant since it moved last winter to Logan Circle. In its previous home in Adams Morgan, Ghana Cafe reaped the benefits of the 18th Street nightlife scene with an outdoor patio, live music and late hours. Ghana said his customers aren’t used to the quieter, stripped-down version of the restaurant that opened in January at 1336 14th St. “I don’t have what it takes, so they leave,” he said. “My revenue was cut drastically.” To remedy the situation, Opare has applied with the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to open, and serve alcohol on, a 51-seat outdoor patio at the back of Ghana Cafe. But two groups — the Logan Circle advisory neighSee Ghana/Page 10
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The owner first envisioned a sidewalk cafe, but it proved too costly to move the bus stop. A planned rear patio has drawn opposition from neighbors.
Tree dispute looms large in Georgetown
Activists urge city to adopt new anti-bullying measure
By ELIZABETH WIENER
■ Legislation: Charter
Current Staff Writer
The preservation boards that protect Georgetown’s historic streetscape are facing off against local tree lovers who are trying to keep the neighborhood green. At issue is the height of the little metal fences installed around tree boxes to keep dogs, litter and heavy-footed pedestrians away. At this point the dispute, which has played out at the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission, Old Georgetown Board and — most recently — the august U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, comes down to a mere four inches. But to tree advocates, including the city’s chief forester, those four inches could determine the life or death of beleaguered street trees.
NEWS ■ Ellington looks to ‘Dreamgirls’ to fill its budget gap. Page 2. ■ Council considers scrutiny on Title IX compliance. Page 3.
schools argue for exception By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer
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A federal commission says the city’s 18-inch treebox standard is unsuitable for Georgetown. “It’s not easy for street trees out there. Let’s give them a little bit of real estate to do their thing,” said John Thomas, head of the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration. “When we use an 18-inch [fence], no one goes in — bikes, dogs, humans.” Thomas told the Fine Arts Commission that higher See Trees/Page 10
PA S S A G E S ■ GWU exhibition looks at summer World Cup trip. Page 17. ■ Local hospice aims for comfort during holidays. Page 17.
Trina Cole always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. She envisioned makeup and miniskirts, shoulder-length hair and knee-high boots. “Many children know what they want to be in life,” Cole testified Monday before the D.C. Council. “And so did I. I wanted to be female.”
EVENTS ■ Tony-winning ‘South Pacific’ comes to D.C. from New York. Page 36. ■ Kuitca offers deeply coded art at Hirshhorn. Page 37 .
The problem, of course, was that she wasn’t. For most of her life, Trina was a boy named Tristan. Then, when Cole was 14, she began attending classes at Dunbar High School dressed like a girl. And that, she said, was when the bullying got really bad. “I was assaulted verbally and physically abused at school,” she said. She was called “faggot” and “low life.” She was banned from the girls’ restroom, she said, and ridiculed in the boys’. Now, city council members say See Bullying/Page 30
INDEX Business/9 Calendar/32 Classifieds/45 District Digest/4 Foggy Bottom News/15 Exhibits/37 In Your Neighborhood/28
Opinion/12 Passages/17 Police Report/6 Real Estate/27 School Dispatches/18 Service Directory/40 Theater/36
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
Duke Ellington School looks to fill $1 million gap with ‘Dreamgirls’ By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer
When the Duke Ellington School of the Arts faces a crisis, principal Rory Pullens said, it doesn’t get panicked. It gets creative. Very creative. According to Pullens, the Burleith arts magnet is facing a nearly $1 million budget shortfall this year due to an unexpectedly high enrollment. “Our enrollment was higher than what the school district expected, and $400,000 was
trimmed from our budget,” he said. Pullens said the central office expected Ellington to draw 474 students this school year, but it opened with 518. Now, the administration is faced with a challenge: Raise additional funds or cut the arts staff. Pullens worries he might have to eliminate 15 full-time arts positions, which, he said, would “decimate our arts program.” But he’s hoping it won’t come to that. Instead, he’s betting the arts magnet will be able to stave off layoffs by doing what it does best: putting on a show. Tomorrow
evening, the curtain will rise on Ellington’s production of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls.” Pullens said more than 200 students are involved in the production, including cast, crew, orchestra members, costume designers and makeup artists. “It’s a lot of work,” said ninth-grader Anya Fredrickson. “But it makes sense. It’s what we do.” While she spoke, Frederickson — a student in the school’s museum studies program — was putting the finishing touches on an art
and photo exhibition chronicling the making of the musical. Pullens said students have worked on every element of the production. They even spearheaded a marketing and promotion campaign to create publicity for the production. “This is not a typical high school production,” he said. “This is a professional-level production.” And it has to be. The goal isn’t just to showcase Ellington’s talent, Pullens said: See Ellington/Page 8
In the Neighborhood December 2010
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY NEWS A NEW CAMPUS PLAN FOR AU AU is developing a new Campus Plan, a roadmap for all new facilities that the university plans to build on campus during the next decade. The new plan, which focuses on bringing students back to live on campus, proposes to build new residence halls on the university’s existing property. RESOURCE GUIDE FOR NEIGHBORS The new neighborhood resource guide features information about campus attractions for neighbors like the Katzen Arts Center and the Arboretum, as well as essential university phone numbers. The guide and a quick reference magnet will be distributed to the neighborhood. AU STUDENT WINS ELECTION SEAT FOR ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION AU student Deon Jones was elected to the long-vacant ANC3D07 Commissioner position to represent students on the South Side of the AU campus and nearby neighbors. A student in the competitive Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs, Deon also is one of the many AU students working as interns on DC Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray’s transition team. KAY SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER The interfaith Abraham S. Kay Spiritual Life Center is a hub of spiritual life at AU. Twenty ﬁve faith communities call the chapel their home, and it is frequently used for weddings, concerts, and other events. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the chapel, stop by the next time you are on campus. Visit american.edu/ocl/kay for hours and schedule of services.
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WINTER DANCE SHOWCASE* 7 p.m. Katzen Arts Center
Biannual celebration of AU’s dance program with student performances of modern jazz, ballet, tap, and African dances.
KIDS @ KATZEN* 3 p.m. Katzen Arts Center – Rotunda
AU’s popular workshop for children 5-12 years old will explore print-making and the Washington Project for the Arts 35-year retrospective show at the AU Museum.
4th ANNUAL HOLIDAY SOIREE 7 p.m. Katzen Arts Center – Rotunda
Join the AU Alumni Board and the Friends of the Library for a festive evening featuring entertainment by AU’s popular student a capella group On a Sensual Note. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. RSVP at (202) 885-5921.
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET* Dec 10 at 7 p.m. Dec 11 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec 12 at 5 p.m. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Ballet Petite and Young Performing Arts School presents The Nutcracker. *For tickets and more information, call (202) 885-ARTS or visit american.edu/auarts.
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Neighbors mull Fresh fight over Philly location By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer
Some Potomac Street residents are mulling an appeal of a recent city covenant that allowed Philly Pizza & Grill to reopen as Go Fresh, and on Monday, the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission pledged its support for the potential effort. Residents who live close to the now-open shop haven’t decided whether they’ll file the Board of Zoning Adjustment appeal, said Lynn Schubert, one of the parties to a zoning battle that shut down latenight Georgetown University hangout “Philly P’s” earlier this year. Though officials have described the city order that allowed Go Fresh to obtain a new certificate of occupancy as very strict, Schubert said neighbors have serious problems with it, including its allowance of a too-big oven typically not permitted for a prepared-foods shop. But the bigger issue remains with the shop owner, Mehmet Kocak, who has flaunted city rules in the past, she said. Neither Kocak nor his attorney appeared before the commission, but Kocak has said in the past that he has made every effort to mitigate his business’ impact on neighbors. If neighbors do file an appeal, commissioners will support them before the board and be represented by the same attorney. There is a danger to appealing the city-negotiated order, Schubert noted. If the challenge succeeds and the order is canceled, a matter-ofright operation there could leave neighbors “in worse shape” than does the order, which curtails Kocak’s operating hours and more. The resolution to support the potential appeal passed 5-2. Schubert and her neighbors successfully battled this year to convince city authorities to yank Philly Pizza’s certificate of occupancy on the grounds that it was operating as a takeout joint, not a restaurant. But the real problems for neighbors, they said, were the noise, trash and other nuisances from students gathering at Philly after area bars closed.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
After Georgia Ave. pawnshop issue, council orders community input By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer
While one new pawnshop opened recently on Georgia Avenue and another proposed store remains under review, the D.C. Council last week passed legislation that gives community members across the city greater input on the businesses. The legislation requires pawnbrokers to notify advisory neighborhood commissions of their intent to locate in their area, and requires the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to give “great weight” to commissions’ opinions. Though the law awaits mayoral approval,
it has already played a role in a proposal for a pawnshop at 7301 Georgia Ave. Last spring, when the Dallas-based Famous Pawn chain leased the vacant space in Takoma, several community members and business owners mobilized to intervene. Fearing a pawnshop could increase crime and reduce property values, a group of residents launched a lawsuit against the city for issuing a license to the chain. Amid this controversy, Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser introduced emergency legislation to reform the District’s pawnshop regulations, and the Takoma residents dropped their lawsuit. The council last week passed a tweaked,
permanent version of the emergency legislation. Attorney Roderic Woodson with Holland & Knight, who represents Famous Pawn, said he thinks “the matter just spun out of control” in Takoma and has created negative consequences across the city. “This entire piece of legislation, which came to address and attack this business citywide, was grounded in a single disagreement between a single neighborhood group and a single store,” he said. But Sara Green, a Takoma advisory neighborhood commissioner who has closely tracked Famous Pawn’s plans, said the new law simply clarifies — and encourages
UAE looks to convert residence to chancery By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
A vacant ambassador’s residence at 2406 Massachusetts Ave. in Sheridan-Kalorama would get a big addition in order to serve as offices for the chancery of the United Arab Emirates, under plans presented to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment last month. The zoning board is scheduled to vote on the application Dec. 14. The United Arab Emirates’ main chancery is at the International Center in Van Ness. But embassy officials said they need more space and want to use the Embassy Row property they have owned since 1973, vacant since the ambassador moved out in 2003. Plans include restoring the front of the 1912 mansion and building underground parking for 10 cars and a three-story L-shape rear addition that would back onto Rock Creek Park. Officials said the glassy addition would be only minimally visible from either
Tenleytown site poised for retail project By REBECCA ROTHFELD Current Correspondent
Paul Millstein of Douglas Development said last month that he’s anxious to “get going” with a retail project for the long-vacant corner site of the former Babe’s Billiards, at 4600-4614 Wisconsin Ave. Millstein explained to the Tenleytown-American University Park advisory neighborhood commission at its Nov. 18 meeting that Douglas Development has abandoned its initial hopes for a fivestory retail and office venue and has settled instead on a plan for a three-story “dramatic retail presence” with striking 20-foot ceilings. The firm also decided against pursuing a more recent plan for a six-story retail and residential project that would have required rezoning the parcel at Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street. The building’s existing lower level will be converted into a restaurant, and the top two floors will house 20,000 square feet of See Babe’s/Page 29
Massachusetts Avenue or the park. One Sheridan-Kalorama resident complained about the project at a recent advisory neighborhood commission meeting, arguing that the neighborhood is already overrun with chanceries and objecting to conversion of a residential building to offices. But no opponents showed up at the Board of Zoning Adjustment’s Nov. 9 hearing. The board, when it rules on foreign missions, is generally urged by the U.S. State Department to accommodate chancery projects in order to “fulfill international obligations” of the United States. The United Arab Emirates project will cover more of the lot than normally allowed, and provide less parking — 10 instead of 26 spaces — than required by current zoning regulations. Embassy representatives testified that they will try to preserve several large evergreens on the park border, maintain the appearance of the front of the building, and institute shuttle-bus service to the Van Ness chancery to minimize auto traffic.
The week ahead Wednesday, Dec. 1 The D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold a hearing on the status of emergency medical services reforms in the District. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 500 in the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Tuesday, Dec. 7 The Palisades Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature D.C. Council Chairman-elect Kwame Brown as guest speaker. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherier places NW.
Wednesday, Dec. 8 The University of the District of Columbia will hold its third community meeting as part of the development of a master plan for the campus. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Room A-03, Building 44, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition will hold its regular meeting, which will include a discussion of plans to highlight the 200th birthday of abolitionist and American statesman Charles Sumner. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW.
Thursday, Dec. 9 The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations and the Environment will hold a public roundtable to discuss the implementation of the Healthy Schools Act. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 500 in the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Saturday, Dec. 11 Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will hold a Ward 4 Holiday Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Day School, 5000 14th St. NW. Attendees are asked to bring a new winter coat for a child, sizes 2T through 18. To make reservations, contact Brandon Todd at 202-724-8052 or email@example.com.
Thursday, Dec. 16 The D.C. Department of Transportation will host an open house on the Rock Creek West II Livability Study and its recommendations for selected streets. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW.
enforcement of — existing law. The D.C. code already required the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to consider community impact when granting a pawnshop license, Green said. The new law gets more specific, allowing advisory neighborhood commissions “to be the community voice” on such applications, she said. Green’s Takoma commission voted in June, after the emergency legislation was enacted, to oppose Famous Pawn’s application. The owner of the vacant property, Wesley Gordon, has said he couldn’t find another See Pawnshop/Page 8
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District Digest Group fetes plaque for Gov. Shepherd Shepherd Elementary School students and five D.C. Council members joined the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia on Nov. 16 to unveil a plaque at the base of the Gov. Alexander Robey Shepherd statue in front of the John A. Wilson Building. The statue was installed unlabeled on Pennsylvania Avenue at
14th Street in time for President Barack Obamaâ€™s inauguration in January 2009. The new plaque enumerates Shepherdâ€™s accomplishments, including his dedication to public works projects in the District. Shepherd, who governed D.C. from 1873 to 1874, was responsible for the construction of numerous sewers, roads and buildings. The Alexander R. Shepherd Elementary School, which opened in January 1932, was named in
honor of Gov. Shepherd. R.S. Kinnaird Memorials of Thurmont, Md., designed and installed the plaque.
UDC gets recognition from Board of Trade The University of the District of Columbia received the Greater Washington Board of Tradeâ€™s â€œGolden Linksâ€? award last week in honor of the schoolâ€™s efforts to become a â€œworld-class institution
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Park service seeks input on fort plans The National Park Service is seeking public input on its proposed â€œLong-Range Interpretive Planâ€? for the Civil War Defenses of Washington. The plan, currently in draft form, will outline educational and interpretative programs for the parks â€” which include Fort Reno and Fort Stevens â€” for the next five to 10 years. Public comments will guide the final plan. The Park Service is inviting the public to attend meetings where the plan will be discussed. In Northwest, the meeting will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road. For details, call 202-895-6070.
Golden Triangle BID adds storefront art Last month, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District inaugurated its â€œArts in Storefrontsâ€? program with the unveiling of an eye-catching display in the Brawner Building at 17th and I streets NW, according
of higher learning,â€? according to a news release from the university. Earlier this year, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce also recognized the University of the District of Columbia and its president, Allen L. Sessoms, for developing novel and cost-effective approaches to providing public education in the District. In its 160th year of service, the University of the District of Columbia offers a community college with open admissions, a fouryear college, the David A. Clarke School of Law and more. For more information, visit udc.edu.
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to a news release. The project brings artwork to the ground floors of vacant buildings in an attempt to both beautify the district and attract potential tenants. Innovative exhibits will replace â€œfor leaseâ€? signs, drawing attention to the visibility and availability of unoccupied properties. The initiative represents the latest of the organizationâ€™s many efforts to enhance the aesthetic of the Golden Triangle district, which spans the 43 blocks between the White House and Dupont Circle from 16th Street to 21st Street. Previous undertakings have included installing three decorative bike racks in the district and placing artwork at the entrances of the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations. For more information, visit goldentriangle.com.
YMCA program hosts D.C. youth summit â€œDefining Our Future,â€? the first of two citywide YMCA DC Youth & Government youth summits, will bring elected officials, public policy experts and high school students together Friday to discuss political issues and careers as politicians. More than 200 students have registered to attend, according to a Nov. 24 news release from the sponsoring organization. Fridayâ€™s summit, to be held at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, will feature advisory neighborhood commissioners and other elected officials, Mo Elleithee of Hilltop Public Solutions and other public policy experts. The program culminates in a legislative weekend, to be held in March, when students will be given an opportunity to play the roles of city officials in a two-day simulation of the D.C. Council. The YMCA DC Youth & Government program, established in 2001, has provided more than 1,000 students in the metropolitan area with an opportunity to learn about governance. For details, call 202-380-7632 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Corrections In the Nov. 24 issue, an article on Giantâ€™s redevelopment project stated incorrectly that Giant official Guy Stutz had visited Philip Montaltoâ€™s house several times to discuss loading-dock alternatives. The two did meet, but not at Montaltoâ€™s house. In the Oct. 27 issue, an item in the Spotlight on Schools section misstated the name of Kingsbury Day School middle school student Zenzi S. 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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Foundation seeks â€˜Neighbors in Needâ€™ help Current Staff Writer
As the season of giving gets under way, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region is urging residents to remember their Neighbors in Need. The foundation, which administers funds to area nonprofits, launched its special Neighbors in Need program two years ago in an
effort to help those hardest hit by the recent recession. Thereâ€™s no management fee associated with the fund, and every penny goes directly to groups working on the ground to beat back poverty. â€œThe impact of the recession is far from being over,â€? said senior program officer Sylvana Straw. In fact, if providers are seeing any change, she said, itâ€™s a spike in
the level of need, not a reduction. For instance, Wendy Weinberg, a supervising attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, said her office has been flooded in recent months with clients seeking foreclosure prevention assistance. â€œIn some of these cases, it takes a couple of years for a person to reach a point where theyâ€™re facing forecloSee Neighbors/Page 8
Council may order study on Title IX compliance Brown said. Student athletes also have lower truancy, dropout, drug use and pregnancy rates, he said. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, the cityâ€™s mayorelect, who chaired the hearing and as mayor would be responsible for conducting the study and corrective action, said that the â€œbenefits of participation in organized sports extend well beyond athletics.â€? He cited the discipline, sense of competence and self-confidence that come with playing team sports. Title IX does not specifically mention sports. But as interpreted in numerous court cases, it requires schools to offer athletic programs that â€œaccommodate the interestsâ€? of both genders, with equal quality in coaching and athletic facilities, fairness in scheduling practices and games, and equal publicity for boys and girls sports. That sounds relatively straightforward, but witnesses at the Nov. 10 hearing discussed the many complexities of creating equal sports programming in District elementary, middle and high schools. Bruce Williams, executive director of the D.C. Coaches Association, said girls must be introduced to team sports at an early age if they are to continue in high school and college. But some elementary schools in the District have minimal physical education programs. â€œItâ€™s not equitable that one elementary school has a fulltime P.E. teacher, while others share. Kids have got to learn these skills when theyâ€™re young,â€? he said. â€œIt took me four months to field a volleyball team [at Anacostia High School], because the young ladies were scared of the ball,â€? said Tina Bradshaw-Smith, now a coach at Wilson High. â€œThe young ladies have to learn early how to win and lose, to compete under pressure.â€? See Title IX/Page 11
By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer
A recent D.C. Council hearing shined a spotlight on inequities in athletic opportunities for boys and girls in city schools. Nationwide the inequality is obvious, and witnesses said conditions are no better here. At issue is compliance with â€œTitle IXâ€? of the Education Amendments of 1972, a law that prohibits sex discrimination by any school or university that receives federal funds. Its most notable â€” and controversial â€” impact has been the push for equal opportunities, and equal facilities, for boys and girls to participate in sports. At-large D.C. Council member Michael Brown wants the city to conduct an â€œindependent analysisâ€? of compliance in District public and public charter schools, and then create a five-year plan to correct inequities. After five years, under a bill now before the council, there would be another analysis to see if compliance has improved. When the federal law was enacted, only one of every 27 high school girls played varsity sports. Today, itâ€™s one of every 2.5 girls, but gender imbalances persist. Brown said 80 percent of all colleges and universities are not in full compliance with Title IX. Thereâ€™s less data at the high school level, but he cited estimates that girls, roughly half the student body, receive only 39 percent of athletic opportunities. The imbalance has big consequences, well beyond trophies and sports. â€œAbundant research shows that involvement in well-run athletic programs leads to higher graduation rates and higher college acceptance,â€?
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Robbery (force and violence) â– 4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 6:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Theft (below $250) â– 4600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:52 a.m. Nov. 23. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 9 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 43rd and Jenifer streets; street; 5:50 p.m. Nov. 23. â– 4500 block, Ellicott St.; street; 5 p.m. Nov. 26. â– 5300 block, 42nd Place; unspecified premises; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26. Simple assault â– 4200 block, Nebraska Ave.; sidewalk; 1:45 a.m. Nov. 24. Unlawful entry â– 3700 block, Cumberland St.; residence; 3:25 a.m. Nov. 25. Destruction of property â– 5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 1:40 a.m. Nov. 24. Property damage â– 4100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 4400 block, Harrison St.; street; 7 p.m. Nov. 24. Fraud â– 5200 block, Western Ave.; store; 7:45 a.m. Nov. 26.
PSA PSA 203 203
â– FOREST HILLS / VAN NESS
Robbery (armed) â– 5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; gas station; 11:47 p.m. Nov. 26. Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 4900 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Burglary â– 3200 block, Ellicott St.; residence; 10:15 a.m. Nov. 22.
Theft ($250 plus) â– 4800 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 9 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3100 block, Chesapeake St.; parking lot; 10:09 a.m. Nov. 23. â– 3600 block, Ellicott St.; street; 3:25 p.m. Nov. 24.
PSA 204 â– MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE
HEIGHTS/ CLEVELAND PARK WOODLEY PSA 204 PARK / GLOVER
PARK / CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS
Burglary â– 3600 block, Edmunds St.; residence; 5:45 a.m. Nov. 22. â– 2900 block, Bellevue Terrace; residence; 10 p.m. Nov. 24. â– 2300 block, 39th St.; residence; 3:58 a.m. Nov. 25. Stolen auto â– 3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Theft (below $250) â– 2900 block, Edgevale Terrace; unspecified premises; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 28th Street and McGill Terrace; street; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Simple assault â– 4000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Property damage â– 38th and Garfield streets; street; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 3000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 3900 block, 37th St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24. â– 3000 block, Whitehaven St.; street; 9 a.m. Nov. 24. â– 2700 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; 11:50 a.m. Nov. 27.
PSA 205 â– PALISADES / SPRING VALLEY PSA 205
WESLEY HEIGHTS/ FOXHALL
Burglary â– 5000 block, Glenbrook Terrace; residence; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Theft ($250 plus) â– Tilden and Sedgwick streets; unspecified premises; 12:30 a.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â– 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 10:12 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 4200 block, Embassy Park Drive; residence; 9 a.m. Nov. 23. â– 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 5:38 p.m. Nov. 23. â– 4800 block, MacArthur Blvd.; drugstore; 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 4500 block, Clark Place; street; 7:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Property damage â– 4800 block, MacArthur Blvd.; street; 4 p.m. Nov. 22.
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â– GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH
Assault with a dangerous weapon â– M Street and Wisconsin
Avenue; sidewalk; 10:05 a.m. Nov. 23. â– 3200 block, M St.; tavern; 2:20 a.m. Nov. 25. Burglary â– 3500 block, Prospect St.; university; 11:10 a.m. Nov. 21. â– 2700 block, Olive St.; residence; 11 a.m. Nov. 25. â– 3500 block, Water St.; office building; 1 p.m. Nov. 26. â– 1200 block, 37th St.; residence; 4:05 p.m. Nov. 27. Stolen auto â– 3300 block, Reservoir Road; street; 4:19 p.m. Nov. 25. Theft (below $250) â– 3100 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 10 p.m. Nov. 23. â– 3000 block, M St.; store; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 26. â– 3000 block, M St.; store; 9:29 p.m. Nov. 26. â– 3200 block, M St.; store; 4:45 p.m. Nov. 27. â– 1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Simple assault â– 1700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 5:20 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â– Prospect Street and Wisconsin Avenue; sidewalk; 2:50 a.m. Nov. 25. Property damage â– 2900 block, M St.; store; 2:14 a.m. Nov. 25.
PSA PSA 207 207
â– FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END
Burglary â– 2400 block, K St.; church; 7:15 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 900 block, 24th St.; residence; 4 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â– 2100 block, H St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21. â– 2200 block, C St.; government building; 11 a.m. Nov. 24. â– 1100 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 4 p.m. Nov. 25. â– 2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; tavern; 2:15 a.m. Nov. 27. â– 900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 7 a.m. Nov. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 9:15 a.m. Nov. 23. Simple assault â– 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 6:55 a.m. Nov. 25. â– 2100 block, E St.; drugstore; 12:45 p.m. Nov. 25. â– Roosevelt Bridge; street; 4:15 a.m. Nov. 27. Property damage â– 2200 block, C St.; parking lot; 11 a.m. Nov. 23. â– 700 block, 24th St.; parking lot; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
PSA 208 â– SHERIDAN-KALORAMA PSA 208
Robbery (gun) â– 1900 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Robbery (pickpocket) â– 1900 block, I St.; restaurant;
12:45 p.m. Nov. 24. Assault with a dangerous weapon â– 800 block, 20th St.; park area; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24. â– 1800 block, M St.; tavern; 10 p.m. Nov. 24. â– 1200 block, 16th St.; street; 9:45 a.m. Nov. 27. Burglary â– 1600 block, 21st St.; residence; 9:55 a.m. Nov. 22. â– 1700 block, T St.; residence; 10 a.m. Nov. 23. â– 1200 block, 19th St.; office building; 8 p.m. Nov. 23. â– 1400 block, T St.; residence; 12:08 p.m. Nov. 24. Stolen auto â– 1500 block, Q St.; street; 9 p.m. Nov. 21. â– 1000 block, 17th St.; street; 11:15 a.m. Nov. 22. â– Connecticut Avenue and R Street; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 26. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1000 block, 16th St.; medical facility; 4:50 p.m. Nov. 23. Theft (below $250) â– 19th and M streets; street; 3:45 a.m. Nov. 21. â– 1800 block, 19th St.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Nov. 22. â– 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:53 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 1500 block, I St.; office building; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 23. â– 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 12:15 a.m. Nov. 24. â– 1800 block, L St.; sidewalk; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 24. â– 1100 block, 19th St.; medical facility; 11:45 a.m. Nov. 24. â– 1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 5:15 p.m. Nov. 24. â– 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. â– 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 12:15 a.m. Nov. 27. â– 1600 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 3:40 p.m. Nov. 27. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1100 block, 16th St.; street; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23. â– 1800 block, 17th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 17th and N streets; street; 9:30 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 1500 block, 16th St.; parking lot; 9 a.m. Nov. 23. â– 18th and H streets; street; 11 p.m. Nov. 24. â– 1200 block, 17th St.; street; 3:12 p.m. Nov. 26. Simple assault â– Connecticut Avenue and M Street; sidewalk; 11:10 p.m. Nov. 22. â– 1400 block, S St.; residence; 1:30 a.m. Nov. 23. â– 17th and Corcoran streets; 1:40 a.m. Nov. 26. â– 1000 block, 16th St.; tavern; 2:25 a.m. Nov. 27. â– 17th and I streets; tavern; 2:30 a.m. Nov. 27. Threats â– 1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
AU Park residents request speed humps to calm traffic on Brandywine By REBECCA ROTHFELD Current Correspondent
Complaining about speeding and reckless driving, residents of the 4900 block of Brandywine Street in American University Park are petitioning their local advisory neighborhood commission to support speed humps for their street. “Speeding has gotten aggressive,” said
Vernon Holleman, who has lived on Brandywine for 11 years. He said it poses a particular danger for the 18 children on the block of 26 houses. Another resident, Peter Carlson, said he believes unchecked reckless driving has led to a recent rise in area accidents. Support for the speed-hump proposal was unanimous among residents of the block in a D.C. Department of Transportation-required
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survey, surpassing the city’s required threshold of 75 percent approval. The plan encountered hearty opposition, though, from Joan Bartlett of Chesapeake Street, who claimed the measure would divert speeding cars to nearby roads, exacerbating the problem for Brandywine’s neighbors. The commission did not take any action on the residents’ request at its Nov. 18 meeting or set a timetable for consideration. Commission
GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome!
Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. Lecture: Eyewitness Account: Two Years Under the Red Flag, 1949-1951 1957 E St. NW
By CAROL BUCKLEY
For more information on the GW community calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Ofﬁce of Community Relations at 202-994-9132 or visit us at www.neighborhood. gwu.edu
Liliane Willens, with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Peace Corps, will describe her first hand account of the demise of the Kuomintang, China; the peaceful arrival of the People’s Liberation Army; the societal changes in the new government; the outbreak of the Korean War and subsequent virulent anti-American propaganda and increasing political repression. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Organization of Asian Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. RSVP by Dec. 3 at http://tinyurl.com/RedFlagDec6 William Atkins
Current Staff Writer
The arrival of a small restaurant on lower Wisconsin Avenue hit a possible snag recently when a neighboring business owner promised to challenge the establishment’s new liquor license. Although the advisory neighborhood commission declined to join the challenge and proceeded to approve a voluntary agreement negotiated with the owners of new eatery Lapis, neighbor Karen Brooks protested that the restaurateurs had violated city notice rules. Brooks, who co-owns BrooksBowerAsia, a firm that advises American companies operating abroad, said Lapis’ owners, who also operate Cafe Bonaparte farther north on Wisconsin, failed to display properly the placard required of license applicants. Her neighbors and staff saw no sign until Oct. 3, said Brooks — one day before the required notice period was to end. “We would have organized to present a protest,” said Brooks. And the city Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration had investigated the site days before, Brooks said, and found that the placard was not visible enough. But the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has already rejected Brooks’ argument; she plans to appeal that decision. Though the board suggested that Brooks work with the other protester in the matter — the neighborhood commission — there was little will among commissioners to join her effort. They had protested the license in order to craft a voluntary agreement. The voluntary agreement that will apply to Lapis, a small establishment with 28 seats inside and 12 outside, passed unanimously Monday night, and its authors tried to convince Brooks that the agreement — along with existing law — will address her concerns about noise and safety. Lapis must serve food until 45 minutes before closing time, and noise must be confined to the premises. In addition, Lapis’ owners must meet with concerned parties to iron out complaints, and any issues must be addressed within 10 days.
chair Matt Frumin said the heated discussion underscores the need for comprehensive traffic-control solutions. “The delicacy is [that] speed humps on one street affect other streets,” he added, recalling a similar situation in Chevy Chase that pitted neighbor against neighbor. The next step, Frumin said, is to “get together to talk about a more comprehensive solution.”
Dec. 8 at noon Perspectives on Current U.S.– Taiwan Relations Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 1957 E St., NW
Balance: The GW Ballet Group will perform The Nutcracker for free Dec. 5 in GW’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre.
A discussion with Bernard Cole, professor of international history at National War College, and Rupert HammondChambers, president of U.S –Taiwan Business Council. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. RSVP by Dec. 7 at http://tinyurl.com/TaiwanDec8.
Dec. 4–5, 10–12 Washington Revels presents: The Christmas Revels Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW
Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Chamber Concert Phillips Hall, B-120 801 22nd Street, NW
For the 28th annual Christmas Revels in Washington, D.C., travel to novelist Thomas Hardy’s beloved “Wessex” to the little town of Mellstock in the countryside of nineteenth-century England for a English Country Christmas with traditional carols, anthems, rounds, country dancing, and a hilarious mummer’s play. This year’s guest artists, The Mellstock Band, come from England with a wonderful collection of string and wind instruments, including the haunting ”serpent,” a snake-like ancestor of the tuba. Performances are as follows: Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $12-$45 at washingtonrevels.tix.com or by phone at 1-800-595-4849. Group sale discounts for groups of 10 or more available through the Revels office at 301-587-3835.
Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Balance: The GW Ballet Group’s annual production of The Nutcracker Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre 800 21st St., NW Come see a classic holiday performance for free with Balance: The GW Ballet Group’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Following the performance, there will be a meet and greet with the dancers. Feel free to come down to the stage to take pictures and see the costumes. For more information, contact Andrea Farnan, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To pre-reserve your seat, contact Amber Lewis at email@example.com or 202-994-0211.
Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-994-6245.
Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. All-Piano Concert Phillips Hall, B-120 801 22nd St., NW Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-994-6245.
Dec. 17 at noon Jazz Jams Phillips Hall, B-120 801 22nd Street, NW Patrons are encouraged to bring instruments to join the band. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-994-6245. $
Dec. 17–19 Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents: Men in Tights: A Pink Nutcracker Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW This holiday fantasia arrives complete with the Sugar Plum Fairy, lots of vodka and, of course, sexy men in tights. GMCW revives its popular take-off of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite, set to a wonderland of choral singing. Performances are as follows: Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50 at www.gmcw.org.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
PAWNSHOPS From Page 3 suitable tenant to fill the space. According to regulatory department spokesperson Michael Rupert, the city is now reviewing the application. He said thereâ€™s no â€œclear timeline for when they will come to a decision.â€? Meanwhile, another Famous Pawn outlet opened this fall lower on Georgia Avenue, in Brightwood. Sources said the store, at 6400 Georgia Ave., was immune to the new legislation because it won
approval for its application a couple of years ago. To Green, the store signals an unwelcome direction for Ward 4. â€œThis is our economic development? Pawnshops?â€? she said. â€œI donâ€™t think that says good things about us.â€? Woodson said the public perception of pawnshops is faulty. â€œThe image that has been created is that this business is essentially a conduit for criminal activity,â€? he said. â€œThat has never been the case.â€? Woodson proposed two amendments to the pawnshop legislation that were not included in the final
NEIGHBORS From Page 5 sure,â€? she said. â€œThe economy is still bad. People are still unemployed. And people are still facing foreclosure because of fraud or because of financial reasons.â€? But while need is far from disappearing, Straw said, it is evolving. Back when the fund started, she said, people needed emergency items like food, clothing and assistance to pay rent and utility bills. They still do, she said, but other issues are cropping up as well. According to Straw, as unemployment rises, more people need help covering the costs of prescription drugs. â€œWhen people lose their jobs, they lose their health insurance,â€? she said. Meanwhile, as the economy continues to drag, the signs of stress are becoming more apparent.
THE CURRENT version, which would have allowed pawnshops to relocate under certain conditions without the input of advisory neighborhood commissions â€” for example, in the event of unforeseen circumstances like a fire. The final legislation, in addition to giving neighborhood commissions great weight, sets a maximum rate of interest for pawnbrokers to charge â€” 5 percent per month for the first six months of a loan, and 3 percent thereafter. Those figures were reduced slightly from those in the emergency legislation, according to a Bowser staffer.
â€œThereâ€™s an increased need for mental-health care,â€? Straw said. â€œProviders are seeing more and more people with depression and suicidal tendencies as a result of losing their homes.â€? George Jones, executive director for Bread for the City, which operates an emergency assistance center in Shaw, said itâ€™s still essential that groups provide services for â€œthe spirit and the body.â€? â€œLast year, when we were in the throes of the recession, people were really focused on basic needs,â€? he said. â€œBut now we need to support mental and social needs as well.â€? The Community Foundation recently awarded Bread for the City $25,000 to support mental-health services through its Neighbors in Need fund. The foundation has distributed $3.6 million since the fund was created in 2008, including $585,000 in grants just last month. To learn more about the foundationâ€™s Neighbors in Need fund, visit thecommunityfoundation.org.
ELLINGTON From Page 2 The musical has to make money. The school gets most of its funding from the District, but itâ€™s also supported by the Ellington Fund, a nonprofit that promotes the schoolâ€™s arts mission. In addition, the school has historically used grants to help cover salaries. Tuition from students who commute from the suburbs goes straight to the cityâ€™s coffers. â€œEllington is a revenue booster,â€? Pullens said. But Pullens said this yearâ€™s budget difficulties are heightened by the fact that some grants the school used to receive to cover salaries can no longer be put toward personnel costs. He said that shift â€” plus the unfunded increase in enrollment â€” has left Ellington struggling to cover its operating costs, which are more than those of a typical public high school in D.C. At Ellington, students earn 34 percent more credits than those at other D.C. public high schools. The Ellington Fund and donations from supporters help. But sometimes, Pullens said, itâ€™s just not enough. As a result, the arts programming central to Ellingtonâ€™s mission is at risk. While arts programs are â€œjust as
essential as math, science and English,â€? Pullens said, theyâ€™re often the first to go when schools have to make tough choices â€œbecause we canâ€™t cut graduation requirements.â€? So, instead of the usual three to five performances, this yearâ€™s show will have 14, running from Dec. 2 through 18. And a gala performance featuring a cameo by original â€œDreamgirlsâ€? star Jennifer Holliday will take place Dec. 9. Tickets cost $25 to $35 for regular performances, and $200 for the gala. Pullens hopes the school will be able to raise a $300,000 profit from â€œDreamgirlsâ€? alone. And he said heâ€™s feeling good about Ellingtonâ€™s prospects. The school has already pre-sold 4,500 tickets, he said, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. Plus, he said, local businesses have also pitched in, either through sponsorships or in-kind donations of goods and services. Meanwhile, Ellington has adopted some other moneymaking strategies â€” like renting out its theater and arts studio â€” in an effort to protect staff salaries. â€œItâ€™s just an awesome experience,â€? said teacher Marta Reid Stewart. â€œAll the departments of Ellington are coming together to demonstrate their craft. ... Theyâ€™re working to make this thing work.â€?
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Jobs â€“ and free food â€“ feted at new IHOP Current Staff Report
new IHOP â€” formerly known as International House of Pancakes â€” opened its doors last week in Columbia Heightsâ€™ DC USA. The new eatery touted its employment figures at the opening celebration: 120 new employees, 95 percent of them District residents and 90 percent previously unemployed. Mayor Adrian Fenty, at-large D.C. Council member Kwame Brown and Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham represented the city at the celebration. The first 1,500 customers received free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes.
In addition, Park Row Shelter residents were invited to enjoy free meals as new employees were being trained. â€œNothing gets your kitchen to rock and roll better than a full room,â€? said Birch. The franchise owner is Tyoka Jackson, a retired 12year player with the National Football League. Jackson, with family members, owns an IHOP on Alabama Avenue in Anacostia, which opened in 2008. Financing of $800,000 for the venture came indirectly from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Anacostia Economic Development Corp., and $900,000 came from Industrial Bank, guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to Doyle Mitchell, the bankâ€™s president.
Pampered pets and their people go Unleashed
he dog treats offered at the new Unleashed by Petco store in Georgetown are so tempting, even people are digging in. â€œTheyâ€™re a favorite of one of my staff members,â€? manager Kyle Butler-Myers said of the Duplex sandwich crĂ¨me cookies. And the treats, made even more appealing by their attractive display jars, arenâ€™t the only human-grade eats available. The 1855 Wisconsin Ave. shop is part of a new line of stores aimed at enticing high-spending animal owners. â€œItâ€™s all about the humanization of pets recently,â€? said ButlerMyers, explaining the storeâ€™s collection of pet outfits, as well as its focus on offering â€œpremium, natural, organic, holisticâ€? foods. Along with dry and wet food brands that meet those criteria â€” including Wellness, Natural Balance, Halo, Natureâ€™s Best, Pinnacle and Avoderm â€” the shop carries frozen raw-food options for dogs and even â€œYoghund,â€? a probiotic frozen yogurt to help a dogâ€™s digestion.
those already doing errands. The co-locations allow shoppers unsatisfied with grocery-brand pet food BETH COPE to easily grab a grain-free or organâ€œFifteen years ago, â€Ś we all fed ic option at the same time. And while theyâ€™re at it, they [our pets] Iams â€” one flavor,â€? said might pick up something from the Butler-Myers. Now, â€œWeâ€™re taking other pet necessities â€” litter, more time.â€? leashes and the The trend like. Unleashed doesnâ€™t seem to also carries have been some items for impacted by the non-furry financial fallfriends. One out, either. aisle includes â€œWhereas the stuff and susteeconomy has nance for fish, gone up and birds and repdown, you Bill Petros/The Current tiles, and hamhavenâ€™t seen a lot of shrinkage Unleashed by Petco provides pet ster and rabbit gear is here, in the pet indus- food alternatives. too. try,â€? he said. Unleashed by Petco is open 9 Georgetownâ€™s Unleashed â€” located on the first floor of the new a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (6 Social Safeway building â€” is the p.m. after the holidays) Sunday. companyâ€™s 25th store, and its third Weekend afternoons often feature in the D.C. area. Along with findadoption events with the ing locations where likely cusWashington Animal Rescue tomers live, the company is siting League, Washington Humane its shops near large grocery stores, in an effort to capture the dollars of Society or Capital Cats.
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TREES From Page 1 fences protect soil around the trees not only from litter and dog poop, but also from compaction that locks out water and nutrients, jeopardizing the treesâ€™ long-term survival. But Thomas was on the losing end of the argument at the commissionâ€™s Nov. 18 meeting. The panel voted unanimously to limit tree box fences in Georgetown to 14 inches in height, pitting the federal panel against the D.C. government. Some background: A group called Trees for Georgetown, part of the neighborhoodâ€™s citizens association, has helped plant close to 2,000 trees since its inception in the 1980s. Three years ago, Thomas asked the group to consider putting 18-inch fences â€” now the cityâ€™s standard â€” around newly planted trees. Trees for Georgetown gladly complied, according to chair Betsy Emes, ordering custom-made wrought-iron fences and installing them around about 150 trees. But the Old Georgetown Board balked at the height of those fences,
arguing they were too high, a tripping hazard and visually intrusive, given the narrow sidewalks in much of Georgetown. Some board members said they preferred no fence at all, but voted to limit the height to 12 inches plus a 2-inch gap at the bottom to let storm water run in and out. That would normally be the end of the matter. But Trees for Georgetown appealed to the boardâ€™s parent body, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. City forester Thomas was wellresearched in his testimony. Noting the heavy traffic of people, dogs, bikes, scooters and Segways on Georgetown sidewalks, Thomas said the little fences are â€œa cheap wayâ€? to protect newly planted saplings, as well as trunks and roots. â€œIf we want large, healthy trees, they need enough soil volume, enough space. Trees with an 18-inch fence are more protected,â€? Thomas said. â€œThe higher fence correlates with effectiveness.â€? He showed photos of street trees on busy 14th Street, protected by a taller fence and doing well. â€œWeâ€™re not concerned about design or appearance.
THE CURRENT We only require it be 18 inches high.â€? Mark Buscaino, the cityâ€™s former top arborist and now head of Casey Trees, spoke of the decline of the Districtâ€™s tree canopy, and the precarious state of street trees wedged between concrete roads, sidewalks and buildings. â€œThe worst place for a tree is between the street and building. A barrier as formidable as 18 inches will do a good job protecting them,â€? Buscaino told the commission. â€œThis is not just a nitpicky thing. This will carry forward for decades.â€? Emes herself told the commission that â€œtree survival rates have soaredâ€? where the higher fences were installed. The attrition rate for street trees was 15 percent with lower fences, she said. But with the 18-inch fence, â€œonly one or two of 150 have been lost.â€? One of the first higher fences was installed outside her own house on N Street. â€œIâ€™ve seen no footprints. Car passengers have space. The tree is healthy,â€? Emes said. The Fine Arts Commission was not moved. â€œThe question is whether a 14-
inch fence does the job, with less impact to the historic district,â€? said commission secretary Tom Luebke. â€œIn Georgetown, sidewalks are narrow. The Old Georgetown Board thought an 18-inch fence would create another barrier,â€? said Jose Martinez, who acts as staff for both the board and commission. â€œOur history is to go with the Old Georgetown Board. They have done a lot of homework,â€? said Pamela Nelson, vice chair of the Fine Arts Commission. The commission then unanimously adopted the boardâ€™s decision to keep the fences at 14 inches, set back 12 inches from the curb. Itâ€™s still unclear whether the Urban Forestry Administration, which is part of District Department of Transportation, will recommend denial of public space permits for the shorter tree fences. â€œThe Urban Forestry Administration will not give us a permit for the fence the Old Georgetown Board recommends,â€? Emes said. â€œThey would have to apply for a public space permit, and we would not approve it,â€? Thomas said.
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PARK From Page 1 Barry. Barry said he wanted to examine whether the construction contract was â€œlegitimateâ€? amid allegations that Mayor Adrian Fenty was handing city parks contracts to friends. Once Barry reviewed the contract and withdrew his opposition, the project ran into further delays when the facilities agency couldnâ€™t immediately secure required construction permits from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, according to Sanath Kalidas, a member of the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernizationâ€™s project team. At the Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissionâ€™s Nov. 18 meeting, Kalidas spoke of the difficulties of the permitting process. â€œWe have eight to 10 agencies within DCRA and sister agencies that need to sign off before they release the permit,â€? he said. â€œEven with a cadre of experts, there are some things that come up that arenâ€™t planned for.â€? In an interview, Robinson said getting the right permits is usually a multi-step process and that he â€œwouldnâ€™t necessarily say thereâ€™s been a delay.â€? Though Robinson said the facilities agency is still waiting on a few permits necessary for later renovation stages â€” such as those for the new elevator and heating and cooling systems â€” he said the project is ready to begin this week. Dan Melman, president of Friends of Guy Mason, said heâ€™s pleased to hear the renovation work is ready to move forward. He and others â€œare very grateful to the council for keeping it on the forefront,â€? he said. But, like other residents who attended the recent Glover Park meeting, Melman expressed concern over the projectâ€™s tendency to run into what Kalidas called â€œpermitting snafus.â€? â€œThe city has kind of squandered three months by not having plans finalized and permits ready to be pulled,â€? Melman said, â€œand this primarily rests with two agencies, DCRA and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.â€? Melman also worries that if the project continues to drag on, Guy Masonâ€™s program offerings will suffer a hit. â€œWe are very concerned about losing the people who run our programs because transferring them â€Ś away from where theyâ€™ve been based is disruptive not only to the instructors but to the people that have been taking the class,â€? he said. Neighborhood commissioner Brian Cohen suggested that someone should be held accountable for the holdups. â€œDCRA has to do its job,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s somebodyâ€™s fault. â€Ś They need to expedite [the permits].â€?
TITLE IX From Page 5 Lack of facilities citywide is a huge problem. A shortage of fields and gym space means either boys or girls teams must practice into the evening hours, returning home after dark, sometimes in dicey neighborhoods. â€œThe kids are afraid, having to play after dark,â€? said Joy Taylor, vice president of the Capital Athletics Association. â€œThereâ€™s a space issue in D.C.,â€? added Bradshaw-Smith. â€œWhen I was coaching volleyball, we had to practice from 3:30 to 5:30. The boys came in at 5:15, saying the gym was theirs. Our boys intrude on the young ladies. Nobody has anywhere else to go.â€? There are also inequities between schools. Several witnesses noted that Wilson offers 26 varsity and JV sports for boys and girls, including crew, lacrosse and skiing â€” activities found in few other city schools. â€œThereâ€™s 26 reasons why itâ€™s the highest-rated high school,â€? said Robert Clayton, a consultant on sports opportunities. â€œThereâ€™s a direct correlation between high grades and athletic programs.â€? Gray noted that Wilson benefits not from city funding inequities, but from the contributions and involvement of its relatively affluent parent body. He wondered how to provide equal programs at other schools without discouraging parent contributions at Wilson.
â€œI would applaud Wilson for having 26 sports,â€? said Williams, of the coaches association. â€œBut on the other side of town, we have locker rooms where weâ€™ve not been able to take a shower in 30 years.â€? Some fear the only way to balance opportunities for boys and girls, in tight fiscal times, is to shrink funding for boys programs. â€œIf you offer nothing to anyone, youâ€™re in compliance, but I hope thatâ€™s not where weâ€™re going,â€? Gray said. The â€œelephant in the room,â€? Clayton testified, is football, a boys sport that attracts huge publicity and eats up funding. â€œOnce you have football, how will the girls catch up? How can you match the opportunity and resources?â€? One answer, he said, is to emphasize sports â€œother than football and basketball, where results are not based on size. Size and brawn donâ€™t determine the outcome in crew, tennis or skiing.â€? Charter schools, popular in the District, present a different problem. Josephine Baker, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, said that until recently few charters had the facilities necessary to offer team sports. â€œWe want to change that, so not only girls get a fair chance, but all charter students get a chance.â€? â€œIf you donâ€™t have places to play, what good is equality?â€? asked Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, director of athletics at Friendship Public Charter School. Abdul-Rahim,
Baker and other charter school representatives said they are still trying to get access to gyms and fields at closed public schools. Still, progress has been made. Phyllis Lerner of the Sankofa Project, a local group that monitors Title IX compliance, recalled growing up in the 1960s with few athletic opportunities. â€œMy first and last letter was for a cheerleading team in junior high,â€? she testified. â€œGirls had no uniform other than pinnies, no formal games except play days. The boys received huge trophies and full four-year college scholarships.â€? But for Claire Keller, an outspoken eighth-grader at Hardy Middle School, the progress seems slim. â€œFemale athletes in DCPS are being left behind,â€? she told the council members. Unlike in suburban and private schools, there are no middle school leagues and no field sports in the fall, said Keller, who plays basketball and soccer. â€œMillions were spent on the renovation of turf football fields,â€? she said. But â€œwhile most are lined for soccer, athletic directors monopolize the fields for boys football.â€? When teachers tried to set up a girls soccer team at Hardy, she said, publicity was poor and few girls showed up to try out. â€œCuts are practically nonexistent, because so few are interested. It makes me sad to remember all the girls who dropped soccer later in school because they lacked coaches and teams to support their continued efforts.â€?
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Changing the mix A number of key issues are at stake in the District’s update of its zoning regulations, and the Zoning Commission’s decisions in the coming months could help shape the look and feel of our neighborhoods for years to come. One such issue is the proposal to allow neighborhood-serving businesses, under certain conditions, to locate in residential zones without having to go before the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment for a special exception or variance. At present, the proposal applies to medium- and high-density residential zones, which are generally dominated by apartment buildings. But it may be extended to low- and moderate-density residential areas, for which proposed regulations have not yet been drafted. As the Office of Planning’s Travis Parker noted at a recent debate held by the Citizens Association of Georgetown, many historic D.C. neighborhoods have neighborhood-oriented businesses such as Sara’s Market and Georgetown Wine & Spirits that offer convenience and add to the local character. Encouraging such mixed-use neighborhoods sounds nice in theory, but we recall many disputes over the years at spots with business concepts less palatable to neighbors — for example, a site near Georgetown University where a national pizza chain hoped to open up shop. We’re reluctant to sign on to an idea that might limit neighborhood input in such instances. The Office of Planning notes that its proposal would impose a number of conditions on such uses — including a 2,000-square-foot size limitation and a cap on the number of commercial uses per block. Planners also suggest that, at least initially, the new rules prohibit the sale of alcohol and on-site cooking of food, presumably to avoid the kinds of problems that have cropped up in the past. These are good steps, but the decision to let the businesses open would be administrative, not requiring a public Board of Zoning Adjustment proceeding — or, presumably, advisory neighborhood commission review. We would prefer to see both. At the very least, the rules should explicitly provide for notice to affected advisory neighborhood commissions and an opportunity for them to weigh in.
Lunch and other pressing matters … In between two wars, some new saber rattling by North Korea and — oh, yeah — the still limping economy, President Barack Obama was to sit down Wednesday for lunch with D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray. Maybe they’d talk about the 12 stitches Obama got from a pickup basketball game. The mayor-elect is pretty good at basketball. Maybe they’d talk about how Obama needs to show a more human side to the cold calculations he has to make. The mayor-elect knows something about defeating a rival who failed to do this. Maybe they’d talk about how the president in nearly two years basically hasn’t found time to do anything locally but go to sporting events and restaurants. The mayor-elect knows a place or two the president might visit. So on Monday, we asked Gray about his lunch plans with the president. You might be surprised. Gray said he intended to bring up the massive transformation of the old St. Elizabeths Hospital grounds in far Southeast into the sprawling headquarters for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Gray and other city officials worry that the hypersecret facility will turn its back to the local communities along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Gray doesn’t just want Homeland Security to be a good neighbor; he wants jobs for District citizens. Maybe he’ll invite Obama to his Dec. 13 jobs summit at the Reeves Center. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has fought to include local contractors in the construction and is pressing for permanent jobs to go to city residents. We say you might be surprised at the mayorelect’s agenda because build-out of the security headquarters is moving rapidly. If you haven’t driven along I-295, you haven’t seen how whole hillsides have been eaten away by bulldozers. It appears the federal officials are preparing the site so that it could have exclusive offramps. That means that thousands of workers could drive into the facility and return to the expressway without ever setting foot on MLK. And that means there wouldn’t be any economic development of restaurants, shopping or housing to serve those Homeland Security
workers. And that would be a shame. ■ D.C. voting rights. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray was expected to press at least a little for the District to have voting rights in Congress. But that issue has been dead ever since city leaders refused to allow gun amendments on the compromise bill that thenRep. Tom Davis, R-Va., crafted. Ilir Zherka, who runs the lobby group DC Vote, tried to put a positive face on the situation. “We will not give up just because the fight is getting harder,” he said. But with the U.S. House of Representatives in Republican hands, and Davis out of Congress, there is zero hope the voting rights issue will come up again anytime soon. And we may be talking a decade or longer. Zherka pointed out that national elections have swung dramatically. “None of us know what lies in store for the next two years, much less the next ten,” he wrote. No, we don’t know. But the case for optimism seems mighty thin gruel. You wouldn’t want it for lunch. ■ Federal paychecks. There are about 200,000 federal workers inside the Beltway, not counting military personnel. Most of the civilian workers learned Monday that Obama is freezing their pay as part of a budget-cutting effort. Obama is said to have done it in part to get ahead of Republicans who have the federal bureaucracy in their sights. The federal workers are just the first to feel the effects of the coming partisan battles. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., warned that the pay freeze was tantamount to unilateral surrender and warned that the GOP won’t be satisfied. “This move will only embolden the opponents of civil service, those who got elected claiming the federal government is broken and will now set about trying to break it,” Moran said Monday. Moran said the two-year pay freeze would exacerbate a “brain drain” and penalize hardworking employees. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
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George Washington University recently announced an exciting partnership with D.C.-based solar energy company Skyline Innovations that will reduce pollution, save the university money and yield a profit to Skyline. The project is expected to be operational by the end of the spring semester. New rooftop solar panels will provide the energy to replace gas water heating for three campus dormitories, all at no cost to George Washington. The university will pay Skyline for the heat it needs, at a lower cost than the university now spends for gas. Skyline, according to one of its principals, will make enough profit on the heat sales to pay back the cost of the solar panels within four to six years. Since the partnership is to last for 10 years, the firm will earn a nice profit overall. According to Skyline, federal tax credits mean that nonprofits such as George Washington can get a better deal forming a partnership with a for-profit company than they could doing the project on their own. But Skyline’s business model extends beyond the nonprofit sector: The firm is negotiating with the owners of several privately owned apartment buildings as well. The project represents a major step in fulfilling the tenets of the university’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for carbon neutrality by 2040 and reduction of carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2025. According to the university, the project will create the District’s largest source of on-site solar power. We commend George Washington University and Skyline for coming together on this project, and we hope other nonprofits will follow the university’s lead.
Redirecting traffic is not a solution In July 2007, I stood next to Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and D.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson Karyn LeBlanc at the intersection of River Road, Fessenden Street and 45th Street NW to witness the removal of a barrier on River Road that had been erected in 2004. We were there to see the resolution of what had become a contentious matter in the neighborhood, consuming untold amounts of the time and energy. The barrier had been erected without neighborhood consultation in response to allegations by some residents on Fessenden that the intersection was particularly unsafe — a claim that was later found to be unsubstantiated. A group of neighborhood residents organized to oppose the installation. Our opposition was based primarily on the fact that the bar-
rier simply redirected traffic from Fessenden to nearby streets, most notably Ellicott and 44th. It took three years to reverse the Transportation Department’s ill-advised action. Now, three years later, under the auspices of the department’s Rock Creek West II Livability Study, proposals for “calming” traffic at this intersection are once again being offered without any regard to the lessons learned from the divisive history of this issue. The Transportation Department is once again proposing to reconfigure the intersection, this time by making Fessenden one-way eastbound and reducing the capacity of this collector street to serve its intended function of allowing traffic to move efficiently between Connecticut Avenue and River Road. While the livability study has many reasonable recommendations, the acceptance of these particular proposals will again serve to shift traffic away from a collector street and onto other local streets. It is understandable why residents of one street would be
supportive of proposals to reroute traffic flows away from their own street and onto adjacent ones. But why is the Transportation Department making recommendations that would undermine its own hierarchy of street designations, shift traffic onto local streets, create new safety concerns and further constrain efficient traffic flows? All residents want safe streets, minimal traffic congestion and a livable neighborhood. But the way to achieve that goal is not to transfer the burden of traffic from one set of residents to another. We live in an urban neighborhood and need to share both the benefits and burdens. Sadly, the current proposal for this intersection will reward some residents while unjustifiably burdening others. The Transportation Department should stop setting neighbor against neighbor through its traffic-shifting suggestions and bear in mind the need for approaches that are fair to the entire neighborhood. Paul Fekete American University Park
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he proposal under consideration by the D.C. Zoning Commission to establish parking maximums and impose requirements for commercial car-sharing is the wrong way to go for D.C. The proposal fails to meet the needs of areas such as Ward 4, which has a diverse population that includes seniors, individuals with disabilities and others who drive. Ward 4 residents rely on their cars because public transportation options are not always feasible. By making things harder for motorists, D.C. loses considerable business to neighboring jurisdictions that provide parking. The proposal drafted by the D.C. Office of Planning would take away from dedicated public transportation purposes for the benefit of commercial ones that do not provide the maximum public benefit. D.C. has grown to be one of the countryâ€™s most densely populated cities and one of the regionâ€™s largest employment centers, with more than 500,000 residents and 750,000 jobs. As the nationâ€™s capital, it is also a popular tourist destination. As a result, the cityâ€™s transportation network experiences significant congestion. The District has 1,153 miles of roadway, 229 vehicular and pedestrian bridges and a worldclass mass-transit system. In terms of transportation, the District governmentâ€™s function is to improve accessibility and transportation choices in the District and to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods and information move efficiently and safely, with minimal adverse impacts on residents and the environment. City officials should consider several key points: â– No need has been shown to justify imposition of public parking maximums or end parking minimums. â– Parking is a huge issue, and this shortsighted proposal could make it a lot worse. â– This proposal is inconsistent with our transportation needs. Parking in the District is at a premium, and the number of public parking spaces is inadequate to meet the needs of residents, commuters and visitors. The District has only an estimated 260,000 on-street parking spaces, according to a 2003 report. By comparison, there were 248,590 households in the District, according to the 2000 census. At the time, 36 percent were zero-car households, compared with the national average of 10 percent. As of 2000, more than 13 percent of District residents biked or walked to work, and more than 43
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gray needs to show better judgment Tom Sherwoodâ€™s revelation that Mayor-elect Vincent Gray would be hosting his victory party at a nightclub whose owner owes the city $864,000 in unpaid taxes was troubling [â€œGood, bad and Gray areas â€Ś ,â€? Nov. 3]. But even more disturbing was Mr. Grayâ€™s response that he didnâ€™t know about the manâ€™s â€œfinancial challengesâ€? but that â€œheâ€™s always
percent carpooled or used transit to get to work. Among large U.S. cities, only New York had a higher percentage of residents who commute by public transit, and only Boston had a higher percentage who walk to work. The proposal by District planners are based on a misguided idea that making parking spaces available is a problem. Gridlock is the issue. The proposal fails to mention that 72 percent of the trips ending in the District each day originate outside of the District. There is no mention of the needs of D.C. families or seniors. The proposal ignores the need to accommodate staff, caretakers, students, individuals with disabilities, and visitors to private homes. One proposal would base the number of parking spaces a residential building could have on the number of dwelling units â€” one space per unit. For the residents of highend residential dwellings, there may be a desire to have access to two spaces. To attract million-dollar investments, that should be an option. Otherwise, we risk the loss of potential real estate taxes by limiting what D.C. can offer. The proposal says that â€œrequired parking spacesâ€? may be used as commercial parking and that â€œcarshare parking spacesâ€? may be counted toward fulfillment of a minimum public parking requirement. Does this mean that someone has to lose a current parking space? If the spaces are limited, it will mean spillover from those who used to have a spot, but are now forced to park in the adjoining residential neighborhoods. Rather than attracting people to return to D.C., this will push people away. Empty nesters who return need a place to park their car. Professionals who work here need to know that safe parking is available. Those who have signed leases need to know that their spaces will not be turned over to a car-sharing vendor. Those who want to shop here may need accessible parking. How many people used bikes to shop for Thanksgiving? It is not in D.C.â€™s financial interest to give up public spaces to a commercial business. Itâ€™s not forward-thinking. Itâ€™s the wrong way to go for Ward 4 residents. Gale Black is the advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 4A08.
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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. 51, No. 51
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Belated Happy Third Anniversary to Trader Joe’s from the FBA! A Bright Spot for FB/WE If you’re one of the many folks who regularly frequents Trader Joe’s, you may have tuned out the wall-filling murals—depicting the historic FB/WE location—as well as the painted banner above the manager’s perch that notes the store’s opening on September 1, 2008. And you’ll know that even if you shop during “prime time” with a line snaking around the store (sometimes reaching all the way back to the entrance), there are up to 14 cashiers and you’ll be checked out very quickly. Nice and Easy–NOT By contrast, getting TJ’s and the larger project, the Residences at the Columbia and home to TJ’s, into Foggy Bottom/West End was anything but fast and easy. To FBN’s knowledge, D.C. government has never supported the FB/ WE community’s objections
to projects, no matter how odious. In this instance, not only did the city not help with the development, but also our “public servants” nearly scuttled the project altogether. Blast from the Past With no input from or consultation with fellow residents, the now-inactive FB Historic District Conservancy filed a landmark application for the old Columbia Hospital (less than half of the development on the site at the time) with the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and it was declared historic. Despite unanimous support from the community, ANC, and FBA for the
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WEDNEsDAy, DECEmbER 15, 6:30 pm — AuthoR book tALk “When the Luck of the IrIsh ran out”
Veteran journalist David Lynch comes to Reiter’s to discuss and sign his latest book, When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out. Just a few years after celebrating their newly-won status among the world’s richest societies, the Irish are now saddled with a wounded, shrinking economy, soaring unemployment, and ruined public finances. Reiter’s Books 1900 G Street N.W. 202.223.3327, www.reiters.com Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.
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ABOVE: TJ’s makes shopping fun! LEFT: Past FBA President, Ron Cocome (L), and Perry Zettersten (R), FB/WE TJ’s super and dedicated Store Manager, share a warmer moment (in September) outside the store.
project, the HPRB dragged the design review process on for nearly a year with nine separate hearings, finally approving a building of reduced square footage. This effectively lowered the developer’s offer—negotiated by then-FBA President, Ron Cocome, on behalf of the FBA and ANC— for the community’s ownership interest* in the property from $5 million to $3.6 million. Moving Forward Setting aside disappointment, Cocome spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to TJ’s Corporate and teamed with developer Trammel Crow’s VP Jeff Sherman to pursue a contract through to conclusion, using $1.12 million of the settlement to entice the reluctant grocer (remember, this was 2002-3) to FB/WE. Never resting on his laurels, Cocome made (Continued on next page)
At thE WEst END NEIghboRhooD LIbRARy Ori Z. Soltes has been our resident scholar and returns for this year’s Family Relations Book Series. He is Goldman Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts at Georgetown University, as well as a frequent lecturer in the National and Resident Associate Programs of the Smithsonian Institution.* The book selection and schedule for the program follows. A fuller program can be viewed on the website. There are multiple copies of each of these books available at West End Library (Continued on next page)
THE FOGGY BOTTOM NEWS THE FFoggy OGGY BOTTOM NEWS Bottom Association 2560 Virginia Ave.Box NW,58087 Suite 195 Post Office Washington, Washington,DC DC20037-8087 20037 Editor-in-Chief:Susan SusanTrinter Trinter Editor-in-Chief: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com The Foggy Foggy Bottom Bottom News News isis published publishedbybythe theFoggy FoggyBottom Bottom The Associationasasa aservice servicetotoitsitsmembers membersand andprovides providesinformation informationonon Association FBAand andneighborhood neighborhoodnews, news,programs, programs,activities activitiesand andother otherevents eventsof of FBA interesttotoFBA FBAmembers. members.Contributions Contributionsand andstory storyideas ideasarearewelcome, welcome, interest butthe theFBN FBNreserves reservesthe theright righttotoedit editororhold holdpieces piecesasasspace spacerequires. requires. but The Foggy Bottom Association was formed by a group of citizens The Foggy Bottom Association was formed by a group of citizens in 1955 and was formally incorporated in 1959. Attendance at FBA in 1955 and was formally incorporated in 1959. Attendance at FBA meetings is open to all residents of Foggy Bottom and the West End. meetings is open to all residents of Foggy Bottom and the West End.
FBA Officers: FBA Officers: PRESIDENT – Asher Corson PRESIDENT – Joy Howell V ICE PRESIDENT – Lev Trubkovich VICE PRESIDENT – Jacqueline G. Lemire ECRETARY – Jill Nevius SSECRETARY – Jill Nevius T REASURER – Bille Conlan Hougart TREASURER – Russell MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR – David Hertzfeldt
FBA FBABoard BoardofofDirectors: Directors: Rita Aid,Victor Elizabeth B. Elliott, David Hertzfeldt, Horwitt, Ciardello, Lisa Farrell, Dusty Dusty Horwitt, Donald W. Kreuzer, Mrozinski Lucia Pollock, GregLawrence Snyder, G. John Woodard Ex-Officio: Ex-Officio:Ron Joy Cocome Howell (Immediate (ImmediatePast PastPresident); President); Susan Trinter (FBN Editor) Susan Trinter (FBN Editor)
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certain that thousands of fliers were distributed to residents to alert them to the TJ’s grand opening. The remaining $2.48 million was used to endow the FBA Defense and Improvement Corporation as a non-profit trust for the neighborhood with grant making capability to advance the quality of life for our residents. The establishment of a community trust was a long-held goal of 30-year FB resident, Elizabeth Elliott, who as Chairperson led the ANC’s efforts on the project. And We All Know How That Turned Out… Our TJ’s has become one of the most robust, retailtax-generating, commercial, non-restaurant ventures in the neighborhood—a boon to the city and gem for our community. Perry Zettersten—inaugural (and current) manager—came to the D.C. store from TJ’s in Centerville, VA. He remembers seeing the store on a side street and thinking, “There won’t be much traffic.” He chuckles at how quickly
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saturday, December 4th, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm st. Lucia procession performing holiday songs at 4 pm Welcome to the Swedish Holiday Bazaar hosted by SWEA Washington DC and supported by Embassy of Sweden. Festivities include: Children’s activity room with Swedish craft, Swedish artwork, crafts, crystal, textiles, books, glögg, and much more. Raffle with prizes and the popular Swedish Café with home baked goods and traditional Swedish delicacies. Gingerbread House Challenge Display of creations on December 4th The visitors of the annual Swedish Holiday Bazaar will vote for their favorite creation and you can pick up your gingerbread house after 6 pm on Saturday, December 4th. for more information, please contact Pernilla Jonsson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit sWea Dc’s website that thought was disproved. Zettersten notes that the FB/ WE produce sales surpass all other TJ’s stores on the East Coast. “Our sales now have more than doubled since we opened. The staff has increased from 80 to 120 and, of those, about 36 are the original staff. And, I’d say that at least 80 percent of our staff** live in the District.” “I really enjoy the people, the community, and the store. You get to know people, seeing them every day.” The one downside, Zettersten shared with FBN, is that he had to inform his wife he has a TJ’s
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“peanut-butter habit.” FBN has no sympathy! *Both the FBA and Foggy Bottom/West End ANC2A had signed written and legally enforceable covenants with Columbia Hospital owners in 1987 that ran with the land not the ownership. These covenants limited development to what was on the site at the time of the Trammell-Crow purchase. **TJ’s percentage of D.C. resident-employees far exceeds that of D.C.’s government (approx. 40-50 percent).
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Student journey to South Africa on view at GWU By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent
n a grand journalistic undertaking, three George Washington University students traveled to South Africa last summer to dig into the groundswell of excitement surrounding the World Cup and explore the event’s impact on the country and its residents. After having documented their travels on a blog, shot more than 10,000 photographs and recorded hours of video, they are now presenting their discoveries in a multimedia-packed exhibition at the university’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through Dec. 17. Recent grads Ryder Haske and Gabriel Seder and senior Tyler Perry first cooked up the idea for the project two years ago when they learned that the World Cup would take place in South Africa. They envisioned a journalistic odyssey that would lead them to the crux of what the World Cup really meant for South Africans. “We said, ‘Oh, wow, that would be a perfect way to end college,’” said Haske, a 2010 graduate who did most of the photography for the project. At first, they referred to their idea as simply “The Project,” imagining its epic proportions. But as time passed, they acknowledged that “an enormous budget, a crew
of guides, translators, and fixers, and travel by train, bus, boat, camel” were probably a little unrealistic, according to a description they wrote for the exhibit. Scaling down the magnitude of the project as they tried to make deals with major news outlets, they finally found a sponsor in the spring of 2010: an alum of their own school. After Haske met with Luther W. Brady, benefactor of the university’s gallery, the donor awarded
Photos from “South Africa Kicks”
The exhibit’s photos of South Africa include shots of a living-room-turnedquasi-legal bar, above; Port Elizabeth, left; and picnic tables freshly painted to advertise Coca-Cola, a major World Cup sponsor, above left.
financial support to the trio with no strings attached. “We had complete freedom. We got a fat check written to us on the spot,” said Haske. They left for South Africa in the spring of 2010, armed to the teeth with digital tools and resources. Not only did they bring along cameras, video cameras and laptops to capture what they saw, but they
also used a Facebook group, Twitter feed and YouTube channel to project their findings back home. “It was nice to use everything available in terms of self-publishing tools,” Haske said. Another online tool also proved critical to their mission: couchsurfing.com, which allows travelers to link up with hosts offering free accommodations. The students said the resource allowed them to spend hardly a dime on lodging and enjoy enhanced interaction with locals. And through that interaction, they found what they were looking for.
From late-night talks with South Africans in their homes to the conversations they managed to squeeze out amid the ubiquitous drone of vuvuzelas at fan parks (the three never attended a stadium match due to ticket prices), they repeatedly observed the “unity that the World Cup brings on a micro and macro level,” according to Haske. For South Africans, they said, that unity manifested itself most saliently in improved race relations. It was a shift that Haske, Perry and Seder experienced firsthand. One night they crowded into a sheSee Soccer/Page 21
Local hospice strives to create comfort, particularly during the holidays By TEKE WIGGIN Current Correspondent
nd-of-life care typically takes place in hospitals, facilities well-equipped to administer conventional medicine to the dying. But according to Cynthia Carney, these giant structures of medical apparatuses lack something of vital importance to the bedridden, particularly during the traditionrich holiday season: comfort. That’s why, Carney said, she decided to dedicate herself to hospice care. It’s an alternative form of care giving that allows patients to live out the rest of their days in their own homes. “Surveys show that most people would like to die at home,” Carney said. “Hospice allows people to die at home instead of getting treatment that is unnecessary at the end of life.” Carney is general manager of the D.C. team of Capital Hospice, a nonprofit founded in 1977 that provides services to more than 1,000 clients daily in D.C., Northern Virginia
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Capital Hospice D.C. general manager Cynthia Carney says the nonprofit takes pride in never turning a patient away. and Prince George’s County. The organization’s goal is to furnish clients with a comprehensive form of care that caters to all facets of health while allow-
ing patients to reside at home, whether that’s a private residence, apartment, assisted-living facility or nursing home. In some cases, Capital Hospice also provides its services to patients in hospitals to supplement standard hospital care. Carney calls hospice care “an interdisciplinary care for the patient” that “recognizes their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.” “We look at the person holistically,” she said. To provide its services, Capital Hospice utilizes a diverse team of care professionals including physicians, nurses, social service workers, chaplains and 750-plus volunteers. On top of administering care themselves, the professionals also work hard to train family members to help, making the process more sustainable and pleasant for patients, Carney said. “We teach our families how to take care of their loved ones at home.” D.C. residents Charles Lee, a patient of Capital Hospice, and his wife, Geneva, say they appreciate the program’s multipronged
approach to care giving. “They’ve come out to explain things,” said Geneva. “They talk to the family members. They have everybody in hospice care that you could need for support.” The couple decided to try hospice a few months ago because Charles, who has prostate cancer, didn’t want to spend time in an assisted-living facility or nursing home. “Everybody wanted him home, and he wanted to be home,” said Geneva, who administers care to her husband daily, drawing on experience and instructions from Capital Hospice. Geneva said that under the health plan Capital Hospice tailored for Charles, a health aide checks in daily while a nurse visits once or twice a week. Carney said Capital Hospice assigns a team of professionals to each patient, avoiding the complications of working with a “scattered” assortment of practitioners. “We help to coordinate care,” she said, “so, instead of having one doctor over here See Hospice/Page 21
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School DISPATCHES and Service (CAS) requirements. The main objective of CAS is to provide students with opportunities for personal growth, self-reflection, physical and creative challenges and awareness of themselves as responsible members of their communities. On Nov. 20 we volunteered with Casey Trees, a nonprofit organisation established to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of Washington, D.C. We worked collaboratively with local volunteers to plant 23 trees in the Edgewood community. Through this experience, we learned that planting trees not only enhances the natural aesthetics of an area but also allows the residents of a community to engage in an activity that brings them together. This is just one example of many volunteer programs that students at the British School take part in. We feel that CAS is a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to increase their awareness of their local community and contribute to its growth and development. â€” Neha Rajpal and Satya Piccioni, Year 12 Oxford (11th graders)
Deal Middle School Things have been very busy around Deal as we enter the middle of the second marking period and get ready for winter. The girls and boys basketball teams have started practicing to get ready for their upcoming season, and indoor track has also begun. History Day and Science Fair projects are well under way, the choir and band are preparing for the winter concert, and there is always homework. Deal recently hosted the Wilson High School drama departmentâ€™s production of â€œHairspray.â€? The students used our auditorium while Wilson is under construction. It was a great show, and everyone is proud of all the Deal graduates who were in the play. It was nice to have them back at Deal. On Nov. 24, the whole school gathered in the auditorium for the annual Thanksgiving assembly. A lot of students brought in donations of canned goods or dry food for less fortunate families. Teachers and students shared the things for which they are most thankful. The choir also had an amazing performance. It was a great way to get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. There is a lot more to come at See Dispatches/Page 19
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Wilson High School students performed the Broadway musical â€œHairsprayâ€? last month at Deal Middle Schoolâ€™s auditorium.
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ouâ€™ve got a corny dance show, big hair, crazy dance moves and a â€œrainbowâ€? cast all held together with a touch of Ultraclutch! Why, itâ€™s Wilson High Schoolâ€™s zany production of â€œHairspray.â€? â€œHairsprayâ€? tells the story of a plump young girl who is obsessed with being on the Corny Collins show. While she canâ€™t wait to join the likes of the â€œnicest kids in town,â€? she embraces the â€œafrotasticâ€? side of the tracks as well. She fights racial prejudices as she shakes her thang on television, wins the heart of the cutest guy in town and beats out her blondehaired, blue-eyed rival for Miss Teenage Hairspray. â€œHairsprayâ€? is a well-known musical with an inspiring film adaptation, so it would be easy to mimic Nikki Blonskyâ€™s portrayal of Tracy Turnblad, the big-haired, boisterous Baltimorean. Maggie Roos played the part of Tracy and truly made this part her own. Roos had a unique attitude when dealing with her crazy crush, Link, that left the audience bursting at the seams. Roos did not limit her creativity with the role to acting. She varied the vocals, a risk with such a well-known show, and pulled it off magnificently. Each note seemed effortless. Each dance move was performed with spunk and attitude. Roos was a standout performer and was greeted with a welldeserved standing ovation at the end of the night. Thereâ€™s nothing like a
spoiled brat and her controlling mother â€” the roles of Amber Von Tussle and her evil producer mother Velma Von Tussle, played by Abby Melick and Chloe Menderson. Their performances as a mother-daughter dynamic duo stole many scenes. Melick and Menderson were hated by the end of the first number. Melick stayed in character no matter the circumstances on set. Menderson portrayed with finesse a character well beyond her years. Queen Latifahâ€™s got nothinâ€™ on Timaya Greenâ€™s portrayal of Motormouth Maybelle. Greenâ€™s voice was like a dark chocolate wave that layered the audience with its warmth. Her soulful voice set the tone for many numbers such as â€œI Know Where Iâ€™ve Beenâ€? and â€œBig, Blonde, and Beautiful.â€? While there were a few technical slips, the sound never failed. The mics were always there to pick up the actorsâ€™ beautiful voices, and the costumes accurately highlighted fashions of the 1960s. â€œHairsprayâ€? was written by Mark Oâ€™Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music written by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman in response to the 1988 film by John Waters. A movie version of the musical was made in 2007 starring John Travolta. You certainly were not able to â€œstop the beatâ€? of Wilson High Schoolâ€™s tremendous production of â€œHairspray.â€? â€” Elizabeth Stapula of Hayfield Secondary School
DISPATCHES From Page 18 Deal before the winter break. The winter concert is a lot of fun, and the school will be selling holiday greens on Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12. They will have candy and a great selection of trees, greens and candleholders. There will also be more homework for the break. — Sam Meroney, seventh-grader
Eaton Elementary The first-graders have been learning all about Thanksgiving. We learned about how the Pilgrims were thankful for the Native Americans because they taught them how to get food. We read many books about Thanksgiving, and we talked about what we are thankful for. Ms. McKinley’s firstgraders drew pictures and wrote sentences to show what is most important to them. Alex, Hannah, Hunter, William and Zoe are all thankful for their parents and families. Ayana, Calla and Jackie wrote that they are thankful for having a nice place to live and for clothes to wear. Justice, Diana, Miranda and Sydney mentioned food as something they are very thankful for. Bennett and Ishat told us that they are lucky to have toys and books, and Lydia is thankful for her friends. Charlie told us that he appreciates having nice
teachers. Felseta, Mei-Mei, Mattie and Viggo didn’t forget nature and animals. Our teachers made a bulleting board of our pictures and words telling what we are thankful for. We had our own Thanksgiving feast at school with all the firstgraders and their families. — First-graders
Georgetown Day School Everyone was off for the majority of last week due to the Thanksgiving break. One exciting piece of Thanksgiving news was that members of the Georgetown Day School community made about 225 pies that were then sent off to D.C. Central Kitchen to be distributed throughout the city to serve the area’s many hungry on Thanksgiving Day. According to the project’s coordinators, parents Sue Cohn and Jessica Gladstone, this was a record number of pies compared to those donated by Georgetown Day in years past. — Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader
Hearst Elementary Ms. Weng and Mr. Wallace’s pre-k class recently spent several weeks learning about their neighborhoods and community. Some of that time focused on community helpers and how they help us. Making text-to-self connections,
students were asked how they can help others. Some of their responses included: “I can help a friend clean up blocks,” “I can help my mom with the dishes,” “I can help my friends zip their coat,” and “I can help [Ms. Weng] with snack.” Their enthusiasm to help others was never more apparent than it was this past Tuesday. Armed with an understanding that some people “don’t have enough money to buy food [and] if we don’t help them, they’ll starve,” a recipe for turkey and cheese sandwiches and a little help from our awesome parent volunteers, 18 4-year-olds eagerly set out to make sandwiches for Martha’s Table. Their sandwich goal, depending on who you asked, varied widely from 16 sandwiches to 1 million; yet in all, the class made more than 200 turkey and cheese sandwiches for those in need (and they didn’t even taste them for quality control)! — Pre-kindergartners
Janney Elementary Traditions are a fun way to preserve happy memories of friends and family. Members of the Janney community celebrate using a variety of traditions when it comes to Thanksgiving. Third-grade teacher Ms. Nichole David keeps her dog from eating her turkey, while secondgrade teacher Ms. Elizabeth Koruda travels home to North Carolina and spends the Friday fol-
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 lowing Thanksgiving shopping. Mr. Ryan Varner, one of Janney’s pre-k teachers, said, “I go home and pick a veggie and my mom makes it. I like Brussels sprouts!” Isabella Warner, a student in Ms. Lauren Rockwell’s kindergarten class, said her family plays a game called “pin the tail on the turkey.” — Sophie Anderson, second-grader; Molly Ehrlich and Sophie Schiff, third-graders; Natalia Facchinato-Sitja, fourth-grader; and Claire Medina, fifth-grader
Kingsbury Day School October and November have flown by at Kingsbury Day School. We have been involved in several events. On Oct. 27 the middle school students participated in the Walk for the Homeless sponsored by the group THC. Due to the rainy weather we showed our support for the homeless by walking around the school building. We raised more than $1,700 to help homeless children and their families. On Nov. 6 one of the lower school teachers participated in the autism walk in D.C. Kingsbury students donated approximately $50 to the group Autism Speaks. On Nov. 12 we had our fall dance. The theme was “Masquerade Party.” Some students wore costumes, and others
came casually dressed. We had lots of fun. In my reading class we are reading a book called “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.” It is about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. In my social studies class we are learning about Reconstruction. Reconstruction was a time period after the Civil War when people began to rebuild our country. I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with my family and friends. Thanksgiving is a time when we should take time out from our busy schedules to thank the people we love and care about. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday! — Zenzi S., middle school student
Lowell School On Nov. 12 the Lowell School sixth-grade public art elective class sponsored “An Amazin’ Night Out.” This event allowed parents of kids in kindergarten to fourth grade to enjoy a night out while their kids were entertained. It was a fundraiser for a mural that the public art elective students are going to make for the new middle school lunchroom. At the Night Out, kids could do a variety of activities. They could get their faces painted, with the designs ranging from rainbows to See Dispatches/Page 20
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DISPATCHES From Page 19 zombies. They could crawl through a huge cardboard maze built by the public art elective students. Dinner was also provided. Students could eat a sandwich, vegetable soup or pasta with Parmesan cheese. Finally, the kids watched â€œToy Storyâ€? while eating popcorn at the end of the night. The Amazinâ€™ Night Out was a great success. The parents loved it, the kids loved it, and public art raised more than $200. â€” Sam Kwait-Spitzer, sixth-grader
National Presbyterian When most people think of hunger, they think of people who are homeless, without a job and with little family. Yet many who are suffering from or are at risk of hunger have a job and a family whom they have to feed. But their incomes are low, and they are forced to make difficult decisions â€” for example, should they feed their family or pay the bills? When
THE CURRENT worse comes to worst, they are deprived of the food that many of us take for granted. This is just one of many facts that the All-School Service Learning Committee, a branch of the National Presbyterian Schoolâ€™s student government, learned while visiting the Capital Area Food Bank on Nov. 11. Our mission was to gain information about hunger and poverty in the Washington area so that we can educate our school about hunger. Did you know that 1 in every 2 children in D.C. comes home to no dinner? Without this food, children, like adults, are not able to focus. Suppose your family lives in an area of town where there arenâ€™t any good grocery stores, your family doesnâ€™t own a car, and, to make matters worse, you and your family are struggling. The food bank calls the area you live in a â€œfood desert,â€? a place where you donâ€™t have access to healthy food, like fruits and vegetables. This is one of the main causes of hunger in the metropolitan area. I am proud to announce that the National Presbyterian School will
commence a food drive January to support the Capital Area Food Bank in its month of greatest need. â€” David Rubenstein, sixth-grader
Paul Public Charter School On Nov. 17 Paul had an international family night. Students brought their families to learn about different cultures, and each family went to a different station and made something or learned something different. During the school day our teachers all dressed up in clothing from different places around the world. Then after school we had homework help and prepared for the evening activities. We helped sell snacks to raise money for our end-of-the-year trip to New York City on June 8. Then our families came, and we did fun things like make Chinese folding cubes with the math department, read different versions of â€œCinderellaâ€? from around the world with the English department, go out of this world and visit the International Space Station with the science department, and test our geography skills with a quiz show with the social studies department. The best part of the night for us was getting help with homework and selling snacks and drinks for our trip. â€” Ashlynn Boodhoo and Omosefe Aledan, sixth-graders
The River School This week in the Falcon Class we are starting our new theme, â€œMagic and Wizardry.â€? We are going to learn magic tricks and learn about optical illusions. For our dramatic play we are building Hogwarts from the Harry Potter books. Each student will be on a different team. Some of the
students will be painting the window, other students will draw posters or paint a banner, and some students will create the Hogwarts School. On Tuesday, we will have a community meeting. This is when the entire school gets together to meet in the gym for the holiday and we sing songs. At this one we are going to sing Thanksgiving Songs. My class will play a song where there are singers, piano players, guitarists and percussionists. In math, we are learning how to multiply double-digit numbers. We learned some tricks about multiplying double-digit numbers. â€” Cyrus Rahbaran, The Falcon Class (third-grader)
Rock Creek Academy Rock Creek Academy is a good school for kids who have disabilities. It has a good junior varsity football team and a good football coach, Mr. Payne. The Rock Creek Rams went 6-1 on the season due to good leadership and strong teamwork. They won the playoff game, and hopefully now they are going to win the championship. â€” Niles Barnes, eighth-grader
Coached by Mrs. Amory Barnes, the Form A (sixth-grade) soccer players showed great promise and talent during their first year of competitive sports. The tennis players improved their various strokes during an intramural season as well. Finally, students in Voyager continued to increase their knowledge and skill in rock climbing. In the upper school, the varsity Bulldogs suffered just one loss to Georgetown Prep, and they went on to win the Interstate Athletic Conference championship for football. In a 13-7 win against Landon, the Bulldogs showed they had what it took to win the championship for the second year in a row. The cross country team did just as well as its lower school counterpart, also earning the conference championship title. Under the leadership of Mr. Hart Roper, the varsity soccer team had an exceptional season. He said, â€œThe team finished in the IAC with a 9-5-4 overall record. We graduated a wonderful group of nine seniors, and we look forward to next fall.â€? â€” Nelson Billington, Form II (eighth-grader)
St. Annâ€™s Academy St. Albans School St. Albans is unique in the fact that it requires all students to participate in three seasons of sports. This fall has been a successful season at St. Albans. In the lower school the heavyweight football team performed well and suffered few losses. The lower school cross country team, coached by Mr. Mario Masso and Ms. Julie Haas, won the Middle School Interstate Athletic Conference Championship at Landon. The Form II (eighthgrade) soccer team battled together throughout a challenging season.
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During the month of November St. Annâ€™s Academy had a turkey feather competition. The whole school took part. We had this competition to raise money for a charity, the Pajama Project. The Pajama Project gives new pajamas to children in need. The classes competed to see which one bought the most feathers for their turkey, which was hanging outside of each classroom. The feathers were all made out of colorful construction paper. The fifthgraders cut out the feathers and counted the money. Fifth-grader See Dispatches/Page 21
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