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Vol. VII, No. 25

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City details K Street transit options


■ Transportation: Streetcar,

premium bus service weighed By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

After several months of traffic analysis, the D.C. Department of Transportation last week presented three possible “premium transit” systems — two streetcar options and one bus system — that could con-

nect Union Station with the Georgetown waterfront. Using three months of data from more than 140 intersections along the K Street corridor between 33rd Street NW and 3rd Street NE, the Transportation Department anticipated a major increase in ridership for the route, now served by the DC Circulator and various Metrobus lines. The agency expects weekday transit ridership could jump from the current 7,000 riders to an estimated

13,500 in 2040, said project manager Lezlie Rupert. “We’re establishing that there is an actual need; you can actually quantify that,” said Rupert. “There is a real demand for a premium transit service.” Last Thursday’s event was the final in a series of public open houses that the agency has hosted since the start of the year to discuss options for rapid and consistent serSee Transit/Page 7

Work to begin on repairs to school entry By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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The Kirov Academy of Ballet performed “La Sylphide” over the weekend at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium.

Last August, just before the start of classes at OysterAdams Bilingual School, parent Beverly Paul made a joke about the crumbling stairs fronting the historic middle school building in Adams Morgan. “I laughingly predicted … that [D.C. Public Schools] couldn’t get them fixed before school gets out,” she wrote in an email. With classes ending soon, Paul’s prediction has proved correct, and many neighbors and members of the school community are concerned about the safety and appearance of the site. So a recent email from Paul asked city officials whether the entrance would be accessible and safe in time for next school year. The answer is: Maybe. There’s now funding — just under $2 million — in place for the repair of the stairs, plaza area and walls at the Adams campus of the bilinSee Adams/Page 20

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Waterproofing problems have complicated the work on the main entrance at the 19th Street campus of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School.

Senior’s residence gets ‘Design Star’ makeover

ABC Board members offer doubts about proposed ban



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When Chevy Chase resident Fran Ferguson learned that her one-bedroom suite at Sunrise Senior Living would be completely redesigned by HGTV personality Emily Henderson, she had one request: aquamarine and turquoise. Lots of aquamarine and turquoise. Ferguson, 81, learned in April that she had been selected by the Home & Garden Television channel to win an all-expenses-paid professional redesign to her home at the 5111 Connecticut Ave. independent senior living center. After an interior makeover that lasted several days, the final product was unveiled earlier this month: a bright, organized living space with new furniture, paintings, artwork — and enough personal touches to floor Ferguson.

Proponents of a proposed freeze on new liquor licenses along 14th and U streets were out in force last Wednesday at an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board hearing, held in the heart of the envisioned moratorium zone. Despite the supporters’ testimony, the two members of the six-person alcohol board who spoke at the hearing seemed unconvinced that a moratorium would be helpful or warranted — though a decision by the full board on the contentious


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HGTV’s Emily Henderson, right, helped re-envision Fran Ferguson’s Chevy Chase suite in aquamarine.

“They had gone through my family photographs and framed family pictures, and that was a big surprise,” she said after the unveiling. “I had no idea that they knew about that, or even had that.” An essay from Ferguson about her devotion to preserving family mementos — records, pictures, memorabilia — may have been what won her the free redesign. See Redesign/Page 20


Historic designation forces redesign of Howard Town Center — Page 2

Kennedy Center to host Tony-winner ‘Anything Goes’ — Page 25

issue is likely months away. As requested by the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance, the moratorium would put a five-year prohibition against new liquor licenses within a circular, roughly three-block radius centered at Ben’s Next Door at 1211 U St. NW. Some residents within that zone want to see a check on nightlife venues there, which they said squeeze out other community amenities and increase litter, latenight noise, and parking and safety problems. Arguments at the hearing focused on the balance between promoting See Moratorium/Page 15



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Landmark designations force redesign of Howard Town Center project By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Developers of the proposed Howard Town Center were sent back to the drawing board last week after the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board unanimously landmarked two big buildings that Cohen Cos. had planned to raze to make room for the new mixed-use complex.

Now the project — which is to fill an entire city block bounded by Georgia Avenue, V Street, 8th Street and a reconstituted W Street — must be redesigned to incorporate larger portions of the 1929 Bond Bread factory and 1930 Washington Railway and Electric Co. garage, the board said. Opponents of the landmarking warn that these setbacks threaten the project’s timeline, financing and amenities.

The need for further revisions also delays a scheduled June 7 hearing before the mayor’s agent on historic preservation, who could authorize some demolition if he deems the town center to be “a project of special merit.� Developers envision 400 to 450 housing units, a 41,000-square-foot grocery store, other retail space and two levels of underground parking. Board members said the developers would

have a better shot if they preserve more of the now-landmarked buildings. “It’s clear the concept was developed with the idea that site would be cleared,� said Steve Callcott, deputy preservation officer for the city. Even hastily revised drawings that retain the facade of the bread factory and portions of the bus garage “will result in substantial demolition.� To move forward “requires a fundamental See Howard/Page 6


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Wilson pool ups security after thefts By BRADY HOLT


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The Wilson Aquatic Center has boosted security in its locker rooms following recent thefts there, according to Department of Parks and Recreation spokesperson John Stokes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DPR has placed a locker room attendant at the Wilson Aquatic Center,â&#x20AC;? Stokes wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DPR is also monitoring the locker rooms. Moving forward, DPR is looking into having security detailed to the aquatic facility.â&#x20AC;? John Doolittle, an American University professor who lives in Georgetown, said he witnessed the aftermath of a spree of thefts on a recent visit to the Tenleytown pool: Victims were left without even the towels and dry clothes theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stashed in their lockers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m walking in on a cold day and a guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming out ignoring the weather in flip-flops, no towel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just in his wet trunks,â&#x20AC;? Doolittle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the lobby, someone else was very excited and agitated and quite upset, and he said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They even took my eyeglasses.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? On that day, according to Doolittle and other witnesses, an unknown thief had struck multiple menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lockers and emptied them of stashed belongings. Locks were broken open, according to some witnesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided not to swim that day,â&#x20AC;? Doolittle said. Stokes didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer questions about specifics, but he wrote that it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a series of locker room theftsâ&#x20AC;? rather than a particular incident that led to the increased security at the pool, located at 4551 Fort Drive. Calls to the Metropolitan Police Department on the issue were not returned. Doolittle said he thinks the increased security â&#x20AC;&#x153;will probably offer some deterrent for a whileâ&#x20AC;? but that it has come too late. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like putting a lock on the barn door after the horse has gone out,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, the lifeguard standing duty in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing room was being engaged in lots of conversation with lots of the people there [about the thefts], so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge topic within the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locker room,â&#x20AC;? he added.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Council decides not to shift Lafayette alum returns to help arts program funding to Ward 4 projects By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bold bid to get more capital dollars for projects in Ward 4 fizzled last week when the full council restored most of the money to its original destination â&#x20AC;&#x201D; relocation of a DC Water facility to allow new development near Nationals Park. Bowser won funding for one item sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d requested â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a streetscape project on Kennedy Street. The council member had surprised her colleagues earlier in May by steering her Economic Development Committee to, in her words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;relocate funds to projects with real action plans.â&#x20AC;? The committee voted to redirect $8 million originally slated for the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority project, moving most of it to the redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and some to the long-stalled modernization of Coolidge High School. Bowser, an announced mayoral candidate, also suggested using some $3.5 million for the redevelopment of Poplar Point along the Anacostia River to boost funding for Walter Reed. District officials have suggested Poplar Point as a possible site for a relocated FBI headquarters, and they say the shift in funding could jeopardize that effort. Mayor Vincent Gray, who would face Bowser in next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic primary if he runs for re-election, shot back against the Walter Reed funding attempts. In a May 17 letter to the council, he said additional money for that project is â&#x20AC;&#x153;unnecessary at this time as the property has not yet been transferred to the District.â&#x20AC;? And once the transfer occurs, the mayor wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is expected that due to the premium site location, development costs at Walter Reed will â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;self-finance.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Gray also argued that no addi-

tional funding is needed for the Coolidge modernization â&#x20AC;&#x153;at this time,â&#x20AC;? while funding for the Kennedy Street project could be considered next year. The redirection of funds â&#x20AC;&#x153;would not be a prudent use of taxpayer resources,â&#x20AC;? Gray said, also arguing that it would slow the mixed-use development springing up around the baseball stadium. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson agreed. At a news briefing last week, he said simply that he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;recommending a return of funding to the DC Water project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $5 [million] of $8 million returned.â&#x20AC;? Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal passed as part of the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of next fiscal yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $12 billion budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approach this as a test of wills,â&#x20AC;? Bowser said in an opening statement. She said her committee â&#x20AC;&#x153;looked across the city to be sure economic development priorities are met. The city says Walter Reed will be self-financing, but that remains to be seen.â&#x20AC;? Bowser did get $3 million for the Kennedy Street revitalization project, and she also won approval for establishment of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walter Reed Community Advisory Committeeâ&#x20AC;? to oversee the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to redevelop the 67-acre campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Currently thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an informal group with no legal status, no open-meeting requirements,â&#x20AC;? she said. The new committee â&#x20AC;&#x153;will make it clear thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an open and transparent process, and [have] a voice in how [Walter Reed] is redeveloped.â&#x20AC;? Gray disagreed. In his letter to the council, he said establishing â&#x20AC;&#x153;a duplicative community-led committee â&#x20AC;Ś will in fact likely impede efforts to move the project forward.â&#x20AC;? In other budget action, Bowser won council support to fully fund tax credits to help older residents stay in their homes as property taxes rise, as well as $4.5 million to help seniors rehabilitate their homes.

If you want to see the impact arts education can have on students, check out RADICArtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming show. The new organization, founded by Chevy Chase native Jeffrey Prost-Greene, is presenting work by both Lafayette Elementary students and two emerging artists the group brought in to give the kids lessons. RADICArt stands for revolutionizing artistic dreams in classrooms, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all part of a concept developed by recent college grad Prost-Greene to enhance arts education in D.C. Public Schools while also supporting the careers of new artists. Prost-Greene, who majored in marketing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and studied social entrepreneurship, got the idea about a year ago. He noticed that several of his artist friends were looking for a platform to showcase their work. At the same time, funding for arts education at public schools was being slashed. He thought that if he could bring the two groups together, it could be a win-win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a student at Lafayette, Deal Middle School and Wilson High School,â&#x20AC;? said Prost-Greene, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and while I had a lot of advantages, I was aware of the inequities within DCPS and even within Wilson, including the low graduation rates citywide. I wanted to find a way to give back to DCPS to help improve educational outcomes for all students.â&#x20AC;?

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Prost-Greene

RADICArt brings artists like Marc Ginsberg, shown, to classrooms to foster arts education.

In its inaugural year, RADICArt brought two artists to Lafayette: Jennifer Levy, also a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate, and Marc Ginsberg, a recent American University grad. They shared their own paintings with students and talked with them about inspiration, imagination and self-expression before giving lessons on drawing and painting. Julia Young, another Wilson graduate, serves as the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic director and helps form the lesson plans. All four RADICArt team members have day jobs while they work to get the organization off the ground. Prost-Greene hopes that RADICArt can become his full-time work soon. See Art/Page 20

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District Digest Foxhall market seeks restored ABC license

The owner of a Foxhall liquor store that recently lost its license to sell alcohol is asking the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to reverse its decision. Richard Kim, who owns Town Square Market at 4418 MacArthur Blvd., wrote in a May 15 letter to the board that the decision to not renew his liquor license was unfair and discriminatory. The board originally granted the renewal last year

before reversing itself earlier this month on the grounds that Kim had been convicted of selling alcohol to a 17-year-old. In his request for reconsideration, Kim wrote that he had made only one such mistake and that other liquor license holders in the same situation have avoided such stiff repercussions. Kim’s brief letter states that this disparity is the result of discrimination and “a set up operation.” But Stu Ross of the Palisades/ Foxhall advisory neighborhood

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commission filed an objection Friday, arguing that Montgomery County Police — in investigating underage drinking — repeatedly tracked Maryland teens to Town Square. The neighborhood commission also contends that even a onetime offense is enough to make an applicant unfit for licensure. An alcohol board hearing on the issue is scheduled for today, and the board will issue its decision tomorrow, according to Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesperson Bill Hager.

More material found on Glenbrook Road

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week uncovered a test tube containing an unknown substance while cleaning up World War I-era contamination at 4825 Glenbrook Road in Spring Valley, the Army has reported. Excavation is on hold pending analysis of the substance, but the Army is continuing to prepare for further excavations to minimize schedule disruptions, according to project manager Brenda Barber. The tube was found behind a retaining wall at the rear of the property, about 4 feet below grade.

The week ahead Thursday, May 30

Janney Elementary School will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at the school, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or visit and search by Sponsor Code 05311835. Prospective volunteers are asked to contact Patty Furco at or 559-836-9802.

Saturday, June 1

Hearst Elementary School will host an e-cycle event, used-book sale, bike swap and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Organizers will collect old electronics items and take them to Fort Totten for recycling; the event will also include a “free-cycle” element for still-working equipment. The school is located at 3950 37th St. NW. A list of acceptable items is available at ■ The D.C. Department of the Environment will host an EnergySmart DC community meeting for D.C. residents on short- and long-term energy goals, strategies and initiatives. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. For details, visit

Tuesday, June 4

The National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office of Planning will host a public meeting on the master plan to study height restrictions in D.C. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Suite 500, 401 9th St. NW. For details, call 202-482-7200 or visit

Friday, June 7

Sibley Memorial Hospital will celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day with an event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Leonard Memorial Chapel in the hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road NW. Registration is required by June 3; call 202-537-4084. The Army says there was never a threat to the community from the substance. Earlier this month, workers had also found other glassware and a 75-millimeter shell on the site, which is believed to hold a burial pit of chemicals and munitions; tests on those items showed no chemical contamination.

Shepherd Park group to host library event

The Friends of the Shepherd Park Library group will hold an after-hours open house Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring a talk by Rachel Swarns, the author of “American Tapestry: The Story of

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Tudor Place garden party raises $250,000 The annual spring garden party at Tudor Place raised $250,000 last week to support the historic estate, built for Martha Park Custis Peter — Martha Washington’s granddaughter — in the early 1800s. About 450 attendees joined to honor Phillips S. Peter, a local attorney who is descended from Martha Peter’s brother-in-law, War of 1812 hero Maj. George Peter. Phillips Peter led Tudor Place’s board of directors in 2002 and 2003. Current president Timothy Matz wrote in the event’s program that without Peter’s philanthropy over the years, “Tudor Place would not be here today.”

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New traffic signals yield debate over safety issues on Foxhall, Loughboro By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Some residents of the Palisades and Spring Valley are stewing over new traffic signals the D.C. Department of Transportation has installed at two intersections: at Foxhall Road and W Street, and Loughboro Road and Dalecarlia Parkway. The agency earlier this spring issued a â&#x20AC;&#x153;notice of intentâ&#x20AC;? to install the lights and promptly began doing so â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sparking concerns from some residents and members of the advisory neighborhood commission whose

boundaries include the two intersections. They questioned whether the lights are necessary and might have unintended consequences, and criticized the Transportation Department for not providing more notice or soliciting community feedback. Most debate has swirled around the W Street light. Proponents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who include a majority of neighborhood commission members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said that the new light is essential for safety, and that cars trying to pull out have been in accidents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both sides of W are very low and peak on Foxhall; the line of sight is very bad,â&#x20AC;?

Grant program could spruce up Connecticut Avenue strips By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Aiming to boost the Cleveland Park and Van Ness commercial corridors, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is working to get the two Connecticut Avenue strips designated as â&#x20AC;&#x153;retail priority areas,â&#x20AC;? making businesses there eligible to apply for city grants to renovate, expand or improve their offerings. Cheh worked with Ward 5 member Kenyan McDuffie to get the areas designated via an amendment to the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget support act. A second vote on the act will take place next month. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail priority program is part of a multi-agency effort to help revitalize neighborhood business corridors. The two strips will be the first in Ward 3 to win the designation. Commercial areas previously designated include Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and South Capitol Street SE, Minnesota Avenue NE and SE, Georgia Avenue and 7th Street NW, and H Street NE. Grants from the program have been used, for example, to help a bike shop renovate its facade, a furniture store

improve signage, and a pet store maximize use of existing space. The Barracks Row Main Street also won support for technical assistance to area businesses under the competitive grant program. Cheh, in a brief interview, said that while the two strips in her ward are â&#x20AC;&#x153;not hurting,â&#x20AC;? the business districts â&#x20AC;&#x153;could use sprucing up.â&#x20AC;? She noted that as demographic changes take â&#x20AC;&#x153;energy and activityâ&#x20AC;? to other parts of the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Southwest Waterfront, U Street NW, H Street NE and other recent hot spots â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she wants to make sure that businesses in Ward 3 are not left behind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not jumping the queue, just making grants available,â&#x20AC;? Cheh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a need in our part of town.â&#x20AC;? Van Ness has long been thought to lack the pedestrian traffic, attractive retail and historic charm that keeps customers coming. Business owners have tried to create a business association, but there is currently no organized group to speak for retailers. Cleveland Park is more lively, but business owners say it could always use a little help. See Retail/Page 6


Penny Pagano, who chairs the commission and represents the west side of the intersection, said at the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 1 meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cross the street.â&#x20AC;? Opponents counter that there were already too many traffic signals on that stretch of Foxhall Road, and adding another will likely tie up traffic more. Some also voiced concerns that the change could make W Street a more popular cut-through to MacArthur Boulevard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a worry that helped derail past suggestions for a light at that spot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suddenly weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be inundated with red, green blinking lights,â&#x20AC;? one resident

near the W Street light said at the neighborhood commission meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is supposed to be a residential neighborhood. It looks like a major highway in a suburban shopping corridor.â&#x20AC;? For the Transportation Department, the issue is more simple: The agency recently reviewed the intersection, at the request of a resident, to see if it met federal guidelines for installing a traffic signal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it did, according to James Cheeks, the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief traffic engineer. Although this wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case the previous See Signals/Page 6

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SIGNALS: ANC debates two new traffic lights From Page 5

times the agency examined the intersection, a traffic light at W and Foxhall was deemed â&#x20AC;&#x153;warrantedâ&#x20AC;? under those guidelines in the latest study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the signal is warranted, I have to put it up,â&#x20AC;? Cheeks said. Unlike many government actions, public safety matters arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t based on public opinion, Cheeks added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have hearings on traffic signals.â&#x20AC;? Foxhall traffic gets a red light only at times when a car is waiting on W Street, Cheeks said. He added that the light is synchronized with others nearby, so that cars on W Street will get their own green light based on the timing of those signals. Alma Gates, a Palisades resident who previously served on the neighborhood commission, said in an interview that the community has a history of opposing this stoplight, dating back to resolutions from the commission and the Palisades Citizens Association in 2000. Had the Transportation Department sought feedback

RETAIL: Cheh obtains funds for two Ward 3 areas From Page 5



from residents, she said, the agency would have learned why people are opposed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that when these studies are done, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to get community input, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that DDOT can demonstrate that,â&#x20AC;? Gates said. Neighborhood commissioner Gayle Trotter, the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main opponent of the W Street light, said her constituents are concerned about increased congestion and resulting safety hazards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the point of an ANC if we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have input on something like this?â&#x20AC;? she asked. Her colleagues agreed to ask the Transportation Department to improve its procedures. There was less objection to a light at Loughboro and Dalecarlia, which had also been deemed unwarranted in earlier studies. Residents have long pushed for improvements to the intersection, such as a three-way stop, but Cheeks said a signal is the better approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of right turns where people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they just whip around,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just thought we needed a bit more control at this intersection.â&#x20AC;?

Susan Linh, who owns the Wake Up Little Suzie gift store at 3409 Connecticut Ave., is co-president of the Cleveland Park Business Association, formed a few years ago when the recession left some storefronts empty. Linh said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now only one vacancy on the strip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re little small stores and restaurants, in tiny spaces, really

supported by the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Linh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People want us to stay what we are.â&#x20AC;? But Linh said Cheh already helped the group obtain a $1.5 million grant for plantings, lighting and other streetscape improvements, and any additional help would be welcome. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic,â&#x20AC;? she said of the retail priority program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You do need to pay attention, and I think she

does.â&#x20AC;? The commercial area â&#x20AC;&#x153;has vastly improved in the past four years,â&#x20AC;? said Susie Taylor, president of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is vibrant, it looks better and is saferâ&#x20AC;? thanks to the grant and efforts of the business association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do I think there is room for improvement? Of course. Would additional funds be helpful? You bet.â&#x20AC;?

HOWARD: Preservation board blocks raze plans From Page 2




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rethinking,â&#x20AC;? he said. Callcott pointed to the redevelopment of the Sears building in Tenleytown, also landmarked and preserved, but with six ultramodern floors added on top. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big beefy buildings like this can takeâ&#x20AC;? substantial additions, he said. The town center project, planned in cooperation with Howard University and city economic development authorities, has been in the works for nearly a decade. Last Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing highlighted some of the miscommunication and misunderstanding along the way. Rebecca Miller, director of the D.C. Preservation League, said her group submitted landmark applications in February â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after Cohen applied for raze permits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because it thought the university had promised to at least partially preserve the two buildings. But Alan Brangman, Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associate vice president for facilities and real estate, said demolition was always the intent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There has never been anyone at Howard who ever said we would not take these buildings down,â&#x20AC;? he testified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The assumption was always that they would go away, and we would have a better project.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you really want to know, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think these buildings are significant at all,â&#x20AC;? Brangman said. Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project manager, Eric Siegel, said the original design was guided by a 2005 city plan, the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duke Plan,â&#x20AC;? to add vitality and density to the U and 7th streets area. His firm signed a covenant requiring affordable housing and a full-service grocery store on the site, he said. The District, which traded the bread factory to Howard, â&#x20AC;&#x153;always intended Bond Bread to be demolished.â&#x20AC;? Now Philadelphia-based Fresh Grocer has signed a lease, but it requires big windows, high ceilings and a glassy corner entrance where the landmarked bread factory building stands, Siegel said. And contamination on the site, particularly under the old bus garage, must be removed to a depth of 20 feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; under what is now a

landmarked garage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to put housing on top. Siegel said his firm now has financing in place for the entire project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prior to the landmark nomination, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in for $2 million. We now have to rethink everything, and that moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lost.â&#x20AC;? Sylvia Robinson of the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force bemoaned the current imbroglio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not insensitive to the fact that these buildings have history,â&#x20AC;? she said. But progress on the town center project has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;very complex and very hardwon. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy to reproduce if we have to start over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The affordable-housing piece is very important,â&#x20AC;? Robinson added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we fear the cost of preservation will create something we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford.â&#x20AC;? But board members agreed with their staff that the art deco bread factory and bus garage meet legal criteria for landmarking for their distinctive architecture â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unusually fine for industrial buildings, some members said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a relatively small corpus of industrial buildings, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to recognize the good ones that are left,â&#x20AC;? said city architectural historian Tim Dennee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And this is a good one,â&#x20AC;? he said of the former bus garage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting a building on the National Register doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be modified, reused, adapted,â&#x20AC;? board chair Gretchen Pfaehler assured the developers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a roadblock to development.â&#x20AC;? But some seemed uneasy forcing changes in a project so late in the process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vote in a vacuum,â&#x20AC;? said member Maria Casarella. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want us as board members to be put in this position again.â&#x20AC;? She said the preservation league should notify property owners annually if their building is eligible for landmark designation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There needs to be a grocer, retail, housing,â&#x20AC;? said member Andrew Aurbach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Staff and the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent will have to be pragmatic about how many ways you can squeeze a balloon.â&#x20AC;? State preservation officer David Maloney said he will continue consulting with Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architects on ways to modify the design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in discussion with the developer, and making progress,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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TRANSIT: Three options presented for improved service from Georgetown to Union Station

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vice for the corridor. The Federal Transit Administration had awarded the department a $1 million grant to conduct the analysis, and the local agency hopes to eventually land federal support to construct the new system. The first option would install a streetcar line starting at K Street in Georgetown from Wisconsin Avenue and 29th Street. It would proceed east along K Street before cutting over to H Street NE via New Jersey Avenue NW. The route would end on H Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hopscotch Bridge. This option would run 3.41 miles through eight stations and eliminate approximately 278 parking spaces, according to the agency. Estimates for construction costs are between $340 million and $370 million. The second alternative, also a streetcar route, would begin on M Street NW between Wisconsin and Pennsylvania avenues. The streetcar would take riders along Pennsylvania Avenue around Washington Circle, on K Street to Mount Vernon Square, south on Massachusetts Avenue to Union Station, and then on H Street east to a final station at Hopscotch Bridge. Heading west, this line would pass Mount Vernon Square to take I Street back toward Washington Circle. This second streetcar prospect would run 3.6 miles with nine stations, eliminate approximately 814 parking spaces, and cost between $380 million and $415 million, according to agency estimates. The third option, a premium bus, would begin at the same location in Northwest D.C. as the first streetcar option and follow the same route along K Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though the bus would continue east past New Jersey Avenue and turn south on North Capitol Street, to reach a final stop at Columbus Circle. Premium bus service generally has fewer stops, dedicated lanes and faster fare collection, all with a goal of reduced travel times, consultants said. The bus line would wind 3.67 miles with nine stops. It would eliminate approximately 321 spaces, and it would most likely be the cheapest of the various proposals, with estimated construction costs of $210 million to $230 million. Rupert said her team was pleased with the estimated travel times: Each transit option would typically be able to run the route either direction in 21 to 25 minutes during rush hour, according to the Transportation Department. But Bradley Green, a Ward 4 resident who attended the presentations, said that he was disappointed that the study area didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include the Georgetown University campus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially since creating a connection with the university is a priority for many following the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of benefit to be gained to having that included,â&#x20AC;? said Green. He also encouraged the city to explore utilizing M Street as a possible transit artery to the school.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly a lot of concentration of potential riders along that corridor.â&#x20AC;? The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second streetcar option and premium bus plan may allay those concerns, though. According to the Transportation Department, both schemes could possibly be extended farther west along Canal Road in the future â&#x20AC;&#x201D; right up to the driveway entrance of Georgetown University. For forum attendee Howard

Marks, president of the board of the 1150 K Street condominiums, the answer is anything but the first streetcar alternative. Marks said in an interview that his buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents fervently object to that proposal, which would widen K Street from four to six lanes from 10th Street to 12th Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; right in front of his building. The design would take away about 11 feet of sidewalk, Marks said, and would force the removal of

a beloved shade tree and other landscaping, cut off part of the complexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveway, and bring noise and air pollution closer to the building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our condo board is not opposed to a streetcar at all â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we are opposed to widening the roadway,â&#x20AC;? said Marks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to use every legal recourse at our means to stop this widening from happening.â&#x20AC;? But Marks said his primary concern is actually the impact on Asbury United Methodist Church, located at

926 11th St. If the roadway were widened, the historic church could lose some of the trees and plants that grow in front of the entrance, as well as a railed stairway needed for handicapped and elderly parishioners, he said. The Transportation Department is accepting public feedback about the three options. The selection of a recommended option is slated for June, and the release of a final report on its analysis this summer.


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An emergency situation

There’s clearly a problem with ambulance scheduling in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department: Despite sharp peaks in demand in the afternoon and early evening, and relatively few calls for service overnight, the agency maintains a consistent level of ambulance and paramedic availability at all hours. This arrangement is illogical on its face, but what makes the situation dire is the shortage of ambulances and personnel at the hours the District is bursting with commuters and tourists. Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Kenneth Ellerbe are right to push for an overhaul. Their proposed solution, however, would create a glaring problem of its own: In rescheduling more paramedic-equipped “advanced life support” units to be available during peak hours of 1 to 7 p.m. — which we strongly endorse — the agency is seeking to offer no such units from 1 to 7 a.m. Currently, 14 of the “advanced” ambulances are available at all hours. We support a reduction in staffing when less capacity is needed. But we fear that paring back late-night service too far could have grave consequences. To be clear, the agency’s proposal would not eliminate all ambulance service overnight. As the chief described at a May 17 D.C. Council committee hearing, emergency medical technicians — who are trained and certified for “basic life support” emergencies — would remain on call at all hours. So would firefighters with the more advanced paramedic training. But as union leaders note, a sudden reduction in overnight staffing leaves the District vulnerable when there are simultaneous but far-flung medical emergencies, or in the case of a mass-casualty event. They also point out that many incidents that occur between 1 and 7 a.m. are serious; even if overnight emergencies are fewer in number, they routinely include violent crimes that are less common in daylight. Clearly the status quo is unacceptable, and the agency is on the right track with its proposed solution. We also applaud Chief Ellerbe for pledging to review the new system and make quick changes as appropriate. But there should be no question that at whatever time of day a disaster strikes, the District should have at least some advanced life support ambulances on call with a trained paramedic at the ready. At the May 17 hearing, the chief said he was open to making a few advanced life support ambulances available around the clock. We wouldn’t support anything less. Also notable at the hearing was yet another flare-up of the intense hostility between the department and the two unions representing its paramedics (firefighter and civilian). We urge Mayor Gray, Chief Ellerbe and labor leaders to improve the relationship between labor and management to collaboratively address ambulance scheduling and other issues affecting public safety. After all, the two sides already agree, as do we, that part of the problem in this case is a dwindling number of paramedics on the agency’s payroll. Fixing that is of paramount importance.

Bravo, Mr. Amaya

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Juan Amaya is hardly the first young person to write an opera. After all, Mozart penned “Apollo et Hyacinthus” at 12, and Mendelssohn began “Die Hochzeit des Camacho” at 15. But that’s pretty good company. Last weekend, Duke Ellington School of the Arts presented the premiere of Mr. Amaya’s opera, “Cinde’ella,” a religious twist on the classic tale. It was the first time the specialty school has presented an original opera written by a single student. And Mr. Amaya’s work was impressive. The senior spent three years on the project, writing both the music and the libretto. And that was after beginning his training in music composition only upon arriving at Ellington. The senior also advocated for his work to get on stage. As a sophomore, he approached Mary Jane Ayers, chair of the vocal music department, about presenting his work. She runs the school’s opera workshop class. “When Juan first came to me, it was difficult to know if it would work because I didn’t know his skill level,” said Ms. Ayers. “But he just kept coming back.” Twenty-two of Mr. Amaya’s classmates at the Burleith arts school joined him in the cast last weekend, and another 30 provided the music. Senior soprano Victoria Ellington was lovely as Cinde’ella, and contralto Rikki Morrow-Spitzer offered an outstanding performance as the cruel stepmother. But it’s hard to draw the spotlight from Mr. Amaya and his impressive accomplishment. We wish him the best of luck next year at Catholic University — where he plans to major in music composition — and on the many stages in his future.

Cannonball run (for mayor) …


ormer D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams was always a little bit shy and, yes, a little bit nerdy. But as NBC4 recalled last week, he made one really big splash as mayor. No, we weren’t talking about his landing the Washington Nationals or balancing the city’s red-ink budgets. We’re talking about the big splash he made with the Tony Williams cannonball that he did for several years to open the annual summer swimming season. Williams was the first modern mayor to make a real effort to improve the city’s recreation centers and swimming pools. Your Notebook stood in the bottom of more than one empty pool to make the point that children, families and citizens were being shortchanged. Mayors Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray have kept up the improvements. But let’s go back to the cannonball. Williams brought attention to the recreation improvements by donning a swimsuit and splashing into the water of different pools. But the mayoral gimmick ended when Williams left office in 2006. Neither successor Fenty nor Gray has taken the plunge. On Friday, Mayor Gray showed up in a full business suit — full business suit — to sit in the lifeguard stand as a group of people jumped in to start the season. Now, it was very cold on Friday, about 52 degrees. We’re not sure anyone should have been jumping into an outdoor pool. But we digress. And maybe things are changing. Maybe the next mayor, assuming for a moment it’s not Gray, will revive the Tony tumble. On Twitter and elsewhere online last week, people were demanding that the next mayor, whoever it is, bring back the mayoral cannonball. Well, to be truthful, a few people were rabble-rousing about it. But NBC4 took the bait. We decided to ask the mayoral candidates (such as they are right now) to weigh in on the cannonball issue. First up was Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, who was appearing with us on the WAMU 88.5 Politics Hour hosted by Kojo Nnamdi. We grilled Wells about reviving the tradition. We even warned him his answer would be splattered on television. “I’m not sure people want to see me do a cannonball,” he demurred. (His own Wells 2014 campaign staff is urging him to commit, and now there’s a poll on his website asking whether he should.) Muriel Bowser met us in Northeast Washington at Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue. Bowser stepped up the challenge. “Why not?” she replied when asked about the cannonball. “And while we’re at it, we should do some laps.” She said it would be a good way to promote fitness. Both Wells and Bowser already are in the mayoral

race. Ward 2’s Jack Evans — who is to become a candidate in early June — plunged ahead into the cannonball issue. “Will you bring back the Tony cannonball?” we asked. “Absolutely,” Evans replied without a pause. Evans wondered if others were afraid to be seen in a swimsuit. “I don’t get it.” Evans noted that he and his young children did a ceremonial jump into the Volta Park pool when it reopened. Now what about atlarge Council member David Catania? He hasn’t stated his intent, but he’s being mentioned as a potential candidate in the 2014 November general election. The Notebook didn’t catch up with him on Friday, but we did send a text message asking whether Catania would restore the Tony tradition. “Absolutely” was his one-word reply. We’re on to something here, folks. The candidates have been given a heads-up. The opportunity for the next cannonball is not until next May. We might have a Democratic nominee by then. That could be a new tradition: The party nominees do the jumping. Maybe former Mayor Williams could come out of retirement — no, no, not to run again, he won’t do that — to do the cannonball every year. Experience counts. ■ Some pool stats. The District operates 19 outdoor pools, four children’s pools and 11 spray parks. The Department of Parks and Recreation offers pool safety classes (no official cannonball instructions) and programs for adults and seniors. “I would like to remind everyone that safety is the key,” said recreation director Jesús Aguirre. “Learn how to swim and follow all the rules.” ■ Bike update. Organizers of Bike to Work Day report that 14,500 cyclists participated this year. That’s about 15 percent growth. It was the largest number since the annual event began in 2000. But maybe more importantly, word came late last week that the District government is going to do more to protect cyclists who use the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue downtown. Police have ticketed taxi drivers and others who make mid-block U-turns that endanger the cyclists. Some of them have been hit by vehicles. The website DCist published a chilling picture of a bicycle crumpled to the ground. And NBC4’s Mark Segraves did a story about the dangerous practice and efforts to ticket offenders. Now it appears that some plastic white tubing will be put up to discourage the U-turns and to increase safety for the cyclists. The Notebook thinks those plastic tubes rapidly become eyesores as vehicles brush by, bending them or knocking them over. But better that than brushing off the cyclists after they’re knocked down. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Official overstated frequency of repairs

I read with great interest The Current’s May 22 article “Pepco, D.C. propose to underground wires.” The work cannot begin too soon. My one comment on the article concerns City Administrator Allen Lew’s statement that street repair in the District is on a 10- to 15-year cycle: “In 15 years every street in the city is redone.” Well, this is a gross inaccuracy in my opinion. I have lived on the

4400 block of Faraday Place NW since 1971 and the street, per my records originally obtained from the D.C. Department of Transportation, was resurfaced in 1974 and 1997. Currently it does not need to be resurfaced compared to many other streets in the neighborhood. The one exception would be the hole left by Washington Gas at 4420 Faraday Place several months ago. It is an eyesore, and no one seems to be able to get Washington Gas to complete its work. Mr. Lew should inspect the 4200 block of Ellicott Street NW. It has now become a street of pothole-filled sections, a real chal-

lenge for any all-terrain vehicle. Robert Linden Friendship Heights

Washington Latin offers solid program

As a parent of two children at Washington Latin Public Charter School, I appreciate the public advocacy of Robert Cane [“Public charter schools need funding equity,” Viewpoint, May 15]. Washington Latin is a wonderful community of learners, and I encourage parents considering options for middle school to add Washington Latin to their list. Robert Burchard Friendship Heights

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Argument for more charter funds is flawed VIEWPOINT erich martel


obert Cane, executive director of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, claims that D.C. Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 budget underfunds D.C. public charter schools [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public charter schools need funding equity,â&#x20AC;? Viewpoint, May 15]. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charters are funded only for the students they actually enroll,â&#x20AC;? he says, whereas the D.C. Public Schools system is funded on â&#x20AC;&#x153;its always-inflated estimated enrollment.â&#x20AC;? D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charters, he continues, â&#x20AC;&#x153;have an ontime high school graduation rate 21 percentage points higher than the school systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular high schoolsâ&#x20AC;? and enroll students who are â&#x20AC;&#x153;more disadvantaged and more academically successful.â&#x20AC;? D.C. Council members! Each statement is a halftruth in need of investigation, not greater funding. Cane omits what happens to the students after the October enrollment count, which is the basis for setting per-pupil funding. Last school year, 786 students disappeared from the rolls of chartersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seven testing grades (10th, and third through eighth) after the October count and before the setting of the April testing roster. With no ninth-grade test, charter high schools have used that year and the semester before the April test to winnow their rolls of academically weak and disruptive 10th-graders to boost test scores, graduation rates and per-pupil funding. Unlike D.C. Public Schools, charters are not â&#x20AC;&#x153;schools of right,â&#x20AC;? and so their one-way student transfer privilege accords to them the private-school ability to determine which students may attend. Data available from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education contradict claims that charters are â&#x20AC;&#x153;academically more successful.â&#x20AC;? Students who graduated in 2012 entered the ninth grade in 2008. That October, D.C. officials counted 1,974 ninth-graders in 21 charter high schools. A year and a half later, the number of charter 10th-graders on the April 2010 testing roster had fallen to 1,296 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a loss of 678, or 34 percent, of the original ninth-graders. The charter schools most often cited as â&#x20AC;&#x153;high performingâ&#x20AC;? shed the most students: the two Cesar Chavez campuses dropped 156 students; Friendship Collegiate, 89; IDEA, 67; and Thurgood Marshall, 51. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voluntary transfersâ&#x20AC;? far exceeded reported expulsions. The state superintendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office reported 888 on-

Letters to the Editor Priorities are skewed with ambulance cuts

I was quite concerned by The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 22 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ambulance scheduling changes eyed.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;¨ It seems thatâ&#x20AC;¨ Mayor Vincent Gray and Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Chief Kenneth Ellerbe are proposing schedule changes that would reduce the emergency services available at night. According to the article, this proposed change in service would increase the availability of ambulances and paramedics between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. by decreasing or eliminating their availability at other times. Apparently there would be no advanced life support units from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. The most highly trained paramedics are

time charter graduates in 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 45 percent of the 1,974 ninth-graders. The chartersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 77 percent graduation rate (versus the D.C. Public Schools rate of 56 percent) is based on a reduced enrollment of 1,150. The exclusion of 824 students from the graduation calculation reveals a process that treats students as pawns and is of questionable legality â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 318 were in schools that the charter board shut down, 42 were in a school that reclassified students as â&#x20AC;&#x153;ungradedâ&#x20AC;? in 2012, and 464 were dropped by the remaining 14 charter high schools. Again in this instance, we see that charters often cited as â&#x20AC;&#x153;high performingâ&#x20AC;? shed the most: After transferring 198 of their 335 starting ninth-graders, the two Chavez schools graduated only 91 of the remaining 133 (or 68 percent). Thurgood Marshall dropped 57, graduating 63 of the 138 starting ninth-graders (46 percent). After dropping 123 of its 390 ninth-graders, Friendship Collegiate claimed a graduation rate of 91 percent. These are conservative numbers that reveal a multiyear pattern. The council and the public deserve to know the test scores and graduation status of these students, as well as the reason for their removal from charter high schools. How can the mayor and council tolerate charter schools receiving public funds and then selectively removing large numbers? If the average transfer rates of all D.C. public schools (14 percent) and all charter high schools (41 percent) were switched, the impact of the charter transfer privilege on school performance rates would be dramatically revealed: The charter graduation rate would drop from 77 to 52 percent, while the D.C. Public Schools average would rise from 56 to 81 percent. Mr. Cane, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, the D.C. Public Charter School Board and charter schools are members of the Enrollment Audit Stakeholders Working Group. This panel, established by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, is considering the idea of replacing the census-style October audit with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sample-style student enrollment auditâ&#x20AC;? as an efficiency measure. Evidence suggests that a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sample auditâ&#x20AC;? would be subject to being gamed by schools wishing to conceal unethical and possibly illegal student selection practices from the public and the council. Will the council investigate these practices and require complete information, or will it allow this disparate impact to define our taxpayer-supported schools? Erich Martel is a retired D.C. Public Schools social studies teacher.

assigned to advanced life support units; very efficient but less highly trained emergency medical technicians are assigned to the basic life support units. The alleged justification for this change is that â&#x20AC;&#x153;onlyâ&#x20AC;? 15 percent of calls come in during those evening hours, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;onlyâ&#x20AC;? a third of the calls placed actually require a paramedic. If I were to need assistance overnight, I would be hard-pressed to accept that â&#x20AC;&#x153;onlyâ&#x20AC;? counts when a life is at stake. Paramedic and firefighter unions oppose this proposal. At a D.C. Council hearing, Chief Ellerbe indicated that the changes will be re-evaluated if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;¨ work. Just how many folks must receive an inadequate response before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s determined that this proposed change is not wise? Will there have to be loss of â&#x20AC;¨life first?â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;¨ Concurrently, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh has proposedâ&#x20AC;¨ a 30-employee increase in the num-

ber of parking enforcement personnel. According to a WTOP report, a half-million tickets have been written by D.C. parking enforcement so far this year. The city collected $92.5 million in revenue fromâ&#x20AC;¨ parking enforcement in 2012. â&#x20AC;¨â&#x20AC;¨ I am the first to admit that I know nothing of the nuances of running a city as â&#x20AC;¨vital and challenging as ours. However, if there is money in the D.C. budget (apparently thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a surplus at this time), what is the justification for hiring 30 new employees to write parking tickets, while decreasing the availability of trained medical responders? The priorities seem skewed. Great, I can park my car when I want to because someone isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 15â&#x20AC;¨ minutes beyond his or her allotted parking time. But heaven help me if I need advanced medical help during the â&#x20AC;¨hours of 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Susan Pizza Chevy Chase

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

We had our Special Persons Day on May 10. This is when a person who is special comes to school with you. You show your special person the work that you do in class. Josie Schiffer showed her special person the peg board. Edvin Leijon showed diagramming and the binomial cube. Sebastian Lenart showed geography pin maps and Pranav Sethi-Olowin did cubing. We also went to the church audi-


torium across the street, where all our special persons gathered and we sang a few songs to them. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stephen Sealls, fifth-grader, and Pranav Sethi-Olowin, fourth-grader

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ter trimester sometime after Thanksgiving. I was on the team this past year and I had a lot fun during the season. We worked together as a team, and the coaches were kind to us, teaching us the techniques, defense (zone defense, one-on-one man defense and so on.) During the practice, I had a chance to improve my skills since I only played basketball for half a year before joining the team. But I worked hard, listened to the coaches and learned


from my teammates and made really good improvement. After the season was over, when I looked back, I suddenly discovered that I had made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun. But most importantly, I learned about basketball and really like the sport! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Siyao Lu, seventh-grader

Georgetown Day School

The 2012-2013 school year has, at last, come to a close for students at the high school. After enduring more than 35 weeks of schooling, the final week of regular classes took place last week. On the other hand, final exams begin tomorrow, May 30. Between the athletic championships, theater performances and academic team feats, this school year was successful and enjoyable. Every year, each senior must complete a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senior Quest,â&#x20AC;? applying his or her talents, interests or skills to answer a question, carry out a task or solve an issue. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors showcased their projects during an assembly period last Friday. The Senior Quest gives graduating seniors a chance to truly display their unique ideas and creations, as the project can be completed on almost any topic. The end of the school year means graduating seniors, departing staff and, this year, the retirement of lower school principal Gloria Runyon. After teaching for 38 years, Runyon will step down from being lower school principal and serve next year as the interim director of diversity at the high school. On

May 18, alumni, students and parents gathered at Ronald Reagan National Airport for a reception in Runyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honor. Additionally, the lower/middle school held a studentinvolved and beach-themed retirement ceremony. Hopefully, students will be at the beach soon, as summer vacation is mere days away! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Powell Elementary

Congratulations, Powell, for being the second-place winner of the National Bilingual School of the Year Award! On May 22, five Powell students including myself participated in the United Nations Embassy Adoption Program which was held at Takoma Education Campus. Each school in attendance chose a country to adopt and represent, and we, the delegates of Powell, represented Spain. This program is a way to let the students become global citizens and learn about the different nations and their cultures. It also helped us increase our environmental education and awareness. This mini-United Nations summitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topic was climate change. Delegates argued and debated which of the three following resolutions is best: Governments must reduce carbon emissions by 10 percent over the next five years, governments must invest in renewable energy, or governments must pay a tax on carbon usage. After the nonstop all-day debate, the second resolution won the majority vote. See Dispatches/Page 31



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Trash and Recycling in DC: A Short Course Proper disposal of trash and recycling is key to a clean, safe, and pleasant neighborhood. That almost goes without saying. But in Washington, DC, things can be complicated. Even longtime residents get confused about trash and recycling. So let’s take a few minutes to review the rules and regulations governing solid waste collection in the District – at least as they apply in Foggy Bottom.

2750 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032. You may also provide your own trash can. Be sure to put your address on the can and the lid to ensure your can comes back to your address.

about the dance here. We’re referring to what happens to the trash and recycling collection schedules when there is a District holiday. When a District holiday occurs, all trash and recycling collection “slides” one day for the rest of that week. In Foggy Bottom, that means trash collection will “slide” to Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and recycling collection will “slide” to Saturday.

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hAzARDouS WASTe Hazardous waste includes ReCyCliNg the following: acids; aerosols; The District offers “single antifreeze; asbestos tile; stream” recycling, which means batteries; cleaning chemicals; that all of your recyclable drain openers; fluorescent light items can be placed in one bulbs; furniture stripper; stains; can. DC collects and recycles varnish; fertilizer; lighter fluid; most paper, plastic, cans, and mercury thermometers and glass. DC does not recycle mercury-containing devices; TRASh Styrofoam, “clamshell” Bulk TRASh moth balls; motor oil; paint; The District collects trash packaging used for food, Say you have a really big item pesticides and poisons; roofing from houses and small multimetallic papers, peanuts (foam you’d like to discard. Please tar; solvents and thinners; family buildings (four or packaging), or pizza boxes. do not put it out with your transmission fluids; windshield fewer units) twice each week, Recycling is collected in regular trash. DPW’s trucks are wiper and brake fluids; and usually on Tuesday and Friday Foggy Bottom on Friday scheduled in such a way that wood preservatives. mornings. (Residents of larger mornings. Place your recyclable they fill up on their regular Please do not place hazardous multi-family or commercial items in the proper container routes, leaving no room for waste at the curb. You will need buildings should contact their and place them at the curb unexpected large items. The to take hazardous waste to the buildings for trash collection between 6:30 pm the night District will collect large items, Fort Totten Transfer Station requirements and schedules.) before collection, and 6:00 am however, if you schedule them the first Saturday of the month Trash should be placed in that morning. in advance. between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, sturdy cans – with secure lids DC DPW provides 32-gallon To schedule a bulk trash except holidays. An additional - at the curb between 6:30 pm recycling containers for $45. pickup, call 311 (from a phone household hazardous waste the night before collection, Make a check payable to the with a 202 area code) or visit drop-off occurs the Thursday and 6:00 am that morning. DC Treasurer, and send it to and follow the preceding the first Saturday of It is important to place trash 2750 South Capitol Street, instructions. The evening the month (except holidays), in cans because of the many SE, Washington, DC 20032. before your scheduled pickup, between 1:00 pm and 5:00 rats with which we share our You can also provide your own place the items on the curb pm. The Fort Totten Transfer neighborhood; given half a recycling container; just be sure where you place your regular Station is located at 4900 John chance, a rat will chew through it is blue to avoid confusion trash. Acceptable items for F. McCormack Drive, NE. even a heavy-duty trash bag to with trash containers. bulk trash collection include If you have questions, reach the goodies inside. air conditioners (drain water please reach out to the DC The DC Department of The “SliDe” and fluids), hot water heaters, Department of Public Works. Public Works will bring you Back in the day, DC was household furniture, large Call them Monday through a 32-gallon trash can for $45. famous for, among other toys (kiddie pools, playhouses, Friday between 8:15 am and Make a check payable to the things, a dance called the disassembled swing sets), major 4:45 pm at (202) 673-6833 or DC Treasurer, and send it to Electric Slide. We’re not talking appliances, e.g., refrigerators visit ~

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Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA D.C. Office on Aging last month during older american’s month, the District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA) hosted mayor gray’s second annual senior symposium: An Age-Friendly City at the omni shoreham hotel. the world health organization (who) defines an agefriendly city as an inclusive and accessible environment that encourages active and healthy living for all residents by making improvements focused on eight domains of city life affecting the health and well-being of older people. these domains include: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services. in addition to who’s eight domains, Dcoa has added two domains, emergency Preparedness and adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation. the symposium drew nearly 600 seniors, caregivers, healthcare and social services providers, and top District of columbia government officials. mayor vincent c. gray delivered a rousing speech

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about his expectation for transforming washington, Dc into an age-friendly city and identified age-friendly Dc efforts that are currently underway. the mayor announced the District’s first ever silver alert Program, which is similar to the amber alert system for alerting the public about missing children. silver alert establishes in the District a coordinated effort between metropolitan Police Department, homeland security and emergency management agency, Department of transportation, and Dcoa to quickly inform the public of missing seniors and to mobilize resources to locate missing seniors. statistics show that as people age, some will have alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. unfortunately, seniors with dementia are prone to wander from their homes. the District’s silver alert system will actively address this issue and return more missing seniors to their homes safely. additionally, mayor gray discussed the District’s nursing home Discharge Program, which also aligns with an age-friendly city. the purpose of this person-centered program is to identify and

transition willing and able nursing home residents back into the community from nursing homes. through this program, the Dcoa transition care coordinators will work closely with the identified nursing home residents during their transition and will ensure that the appropriate home and communitybased services are available to ensure their success in a non-institutional setting. the mayor’s speech was followed by the morning plenary, facilitated by Dr. ruth finkelstein, senior vice president for policy and planning at the new york academy of medicine. Dr. finkelstein led symposium attendees in a live survey to assess the District’s readiness to become an age-friendly city. Preliminary findings show that 88.28% of survey participants agree that the District has dependable public transportation. however, an area for improvement through the age-friendly transformation is to ensure that all seniors, especially those with very limited income, have access to reliable transportation to medical appointments and other destinations to help them to remain an active part of society.

Americans Month under the theme “Think Healthy, Eat Healthy, Act Healthy… Be Healthy!” This year’s theme was among 1,000 entries submitted by older adults from across the country. Mature Market Resource Center

solicited the entries and the winning theme was submitted by a local resident. Contest winner and Ward One resident Clarence “Buddy” Moore was presented with a plaque, a $250 cash prize and a t-shirt bearing the winning theme. Because Moore lives

Mayor Vincent C. Gray greeted more than 500 participants at the Mayor’s Second Annual Senior Symposium” An Age-Friendly City. The Mayor made announcements for the District of Columbia Silver Alert Program, RFAs for Senior Transportation and Senior Villages and the Nursing Home Transition Program.

one interesting statistic gained from the survey was that 18% of participants feel that they are treated like they are less capable or important because of their age when frequenting stores, restaurants, and banks. as we transform washington, Dc into an age-friendly city through enhanced programs and services, we will also work to transform perspectives about seniors in the business community. as i know, seniors are filled with wisdom and have so much to offer society and we should take the time to capitalize on their abilities. if you did not attend this year’s symposium, i hope that you can join me for the mayor’s third senior symposium, which will be held in may 2014. in the interim, i ask that you share your per-

spectives on how the District can transform into an agefriendly city for all seniors and everyone living and visiting our great city. we will be scheduling community stakeholder meetings across the District to listen to your ideas and perspectives as we begin strategic planning to transform the District into an age-friendly city. Please stay tuned for more information on the times and locations of these meetings. if you are on twitter, please follow us on @dcagingnews and @drjohnmthompson to stay current on upcoming agefriendly Dc and other Dcoa activities in your neighborhood. if you are not on twitter, feel free to visit our website at or call us at 202-724-5626 for more information. ~

this motto daily, he didn’t have to think twice when he wrote it down and submitted the entry. Moore, 75, is an active participant of the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center, where he chairs the Outreach Committee, is coordinator of the Memoir

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Writing Workshops, a member of the walking club and the bowling and basketball teams. Mr. Moore is also very active as a volunteer with the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association. Congratulations Buddy! ~

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MORATORIUM: Board hears views on proposed liquor license freeze for 14th and U area

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growth in the transitioning neighborhood and ensuring that the changes are sustainable in the long run. Most moratorium proponents who spoke had taken a chance on the area — they moved in 15 to 20 years ago when violent crime and drug sales were still everyday problems — and witnessed its evolution into an indemand hot spot with surging commercial and residential growth. “I have seen a lot of growth in the last 10 years, most of which I have welcomed and supported,” testified Ramon Estrada, a former Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner who lives at 14th and T streets. “We reached a tipping point when it seemed that every new business coming into the neighborhood at that time was an alcohol-serving establishment.” A moratorium wouldn’t kick out the 100-plus restaurants, bars, clubs and liquor stores already operating in the area, proponents said — it would only prevent their numbers from growing. “We need to cap it out so we can deal with what we have. We’re already overwhelmed,” said Dan Wittels, a Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance member who lives on Wallach Place. But opponents of the moratorium — including all four of the neighborhood commissions within the affected zone — painted the supporters as a vocal minority overstating the issues facing the area and ignoring the unintended consequences a sudden ban could have. “Yes, we have problems. I can’t park my car as easily as I used to,” testified Sharon Dreyfuss, a 12th Place resident. “But I’ve lived here when 14th Street was scary to walk on after dark. I’ve seen it change; I’ve seen it grow. I love it.” Dreyfuss launched an online petition at opposing the moratorium; as of last night, it had collected more than 1,200 signatures. Neighborhood commissioners testified that they also have heard from few constituents who support a moratorium but many who want to see continued growth of dining and entertainment options. Other opponents also warned that a sudden liquor license freeze could jeopardize upcoming mixed-use developments that hope to incorporate restaurants, and could turn the existing licenses into pricey commodities available only to wealthy restaurant groups. “That’s going to be chain restaurants; that’s going to be high-volume bars. I don’t think that’s the change people in the neighborhood want,” testified Dante Ferrando, who owns the Black Cat at 1811 14th St. Alcohol board chair Ruthanne Miller asked moratorium supporters whether they’d consider limiting their request to certain types of alcohol licenses — freezing bars and nightclubs while allowing new restaurants, for instance. Supporters said some restaurants cause the same problems as clubs,

and it’s hard to isolate which establishments are troublemakers. But Wittels said the alliance would be open to exempting some geographic areas from the moratorium zone. Miller also questioned some residents’ criticism that a preponderance of alcohol-serving establishments is squeezing out other types of businesses, saying the area has enviable retail diversity. Board member Mike Silverstein, who is also a Dupont Circle neigh-

borhood commissioner, noted that property values have soared within the area proposed for the moratorium. Furthermore, he said, many neighborhood residents have clearly demonstrated their desire for restaurants and entertainment venues. (Silverstein recuses himself from his neighborhood commission’s votes on alcohol matters to participate in the board’s proceedings.) “This is a neighborhood where you can walk down the street at 3:30

in the morning and get vomit on your shoes,” said Silverstein. “But it’s also a neighborhood where the president can take the president of France for a half-smoke, where a Supreme Court justice can live. This is not a neighborhood that’s going to hell in a handbasket.” Moratorium supporters countered that most opponents live outside the area directly affected by the nightlife problems, particularly given that four neighborhood com-

missions are involved. These nearby residents come there to drink and dine but do not have to deal with the consequences directly outside their own homes, the supporters contend. One point of consensus was that increased enforcement is needed against the bad actors who contribute to objectionable conditions. “We are concerned about the problems that you spoke to and would like to work ... to help solve those problems in whatever way,” Miller said.

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CAPITOL HILL $840,000 SPACIOUS, UPDATED bayfront 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths Townhouse with legal 1 bedroom rental income unit! Open living space, warm hardwood floors, grand master suite, charming patio and a quick stroll to the H Street corridor, Eastern market, and METRO! Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300




CHARMING clapboard and brick home in Kent. Spacious, light-filled LR w/FP, large FR w/FP, sunny DR & KIT. MBR with BA and 3 additional BRs and BA. Rear lawn with patio and beautiful, terraced garden. Off-street PKG. Near schools and shops. Estate sale sold in “as is” condition. Pat Gerachis Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


ROCK CREEK PARK at your doorstep. Stunning 2005 renov w/ breathtaking views. Owner’s suite w/marble BA, 4BR, 3.5BA, 2FP. Wainscoting, crown moldings, hdwds. Chef’s KIT/brkfst rm overlooks landscaped yard/patio, tree house & 2 car gar. Dianne Bailey 301-980-5954 Matthew Paschall 202-439-7063 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700



RARE 4BR, 3.5BA home with unobstructed Potomac River view! Exacting renov & expansion featuring 2-lvl addn w/ rich finishes. MBR ste w/spa bath & jacuzzi, opens to deck. European KIT w/ top of the line applcs, 3 marble frplcs. 2-car garage. 4615 Laverock Place NW. Denise Warner 202-497-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400



MID-CENTURY CHARMER! Stone-front 4BR, 3BA Colonial nestled in a lush setting. Well-proportioned rooms, w/possible main-flr BR. 4 good-sized BR up, hrdwds, abundant light. Side porch is fin & could be FR. Super-EZ access to SV amenities & Mass Ave corridor from quiet, non-thru street. Diane Adams 202-255-6253 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

Daryl Laster/Lance Horsley Friendship Heights Office

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

BETHESDA $650,000 SOUGHT-OUT 2BR, 2BA, 1,703 sf & den corner unit set among trees. New Chef’s KIT, formal dining, LR & FP and wall of glass that leads to priv balc. A must see! Connie Parker 202-302-3900 Friendship Hgts Office 202-364-5200 BETHESDA, MD $620,000 JUST LISTED! Fab twnhse w/4BR and 3.5BA. Deck & terrace, 2 frplcs, updtd KIT and BAs. Overlooks mature trees in a private setting with 2 parking spaces. Beautiful FR! 7521 Bradley Blvd. Mary Bresnahan 202-841-4343 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 BETHESDA / WESTMORELAND HILLS $1,100,000 RENOV 4BR, 3.5BA Colonial sited on large lot. Side porch, brick patio w/gas BBQ, lush yard. Upper level has 3BR’s w/upgraded BAs. Fully fin LL w/full BR & BA, rec rm w/den & FP. Sunny & bright! Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 BRIGHTWOOD $629,900 GREAT RENOV! Open, bright. Gour Island KIT w/ss, gran, upgraded cabs.

Wood flrs + carpet. MSte w/high ceilgs and gabled windows, gracious MBA, spacious closets. LL In-Law Ste w/kitchenette. Large landscaped lot, BBQ grill, xtra stor, workshop, HUGE 2-car garage. Samuel Davis 202-256-7039 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 CAPITOL HILL, WDC $975,000 FANTASTIC Capitol Hill location! Handsome Victorian w/3BR, 2BA, double LR, 3 frplcs. LL w/KIT & FR, convenient for home office, open to outside patio. Nr Capitol, metro, shops! 221 3rd St SE. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

CLEVELAND PARK $299,900 LOCATION is everything! Classic, contemporary, quiet 1BR Cleveland Park Coop, one block to METRO. Hrdwd flrs, built-ins, modern KIT. Extra storage in basement. Grow your very own veggies in the amazing back yard! Traci Mitchell-Austin 301-332-8172 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

CLEVELAND PARK $1,395,000 TOTAL RENOV of lovely home sited on cul-de-sac near Metro, shops, restaurants. Renov’s incl new piping, wiring, water filter, chef’s KIT, new dual zone climate control, Finnish sauna w/deluxe shower. LL in-law suite with kitchenette & walkCHEVY CHASE, DC $849,900 out entrance. 3BR, 3FBA. Private fenced PICTURE PERFECT COLONIAL 3BR, back yard with patio. 3.5BA home w/HWFs, 1st fl den and Kari Seppala 202-363-1800 powder rm addition, granite & SS KIT, Foxhall Office double pane windows, attached Gar. $649,000 Enjoy the beautiful & extensive landscap- COLUMBIA HEIGHTS ing while entertaining or lounging on the PREPARE TO BE WOWED! 1,100 SF large rear deck. Info & tour at condo. Large LR, dining area, brkfst bar & open plan. Gourmet KIT w/ss Shelley Gold 202-271-5885 Bosch/Jenn Air applcs, gas cooking, Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 wine fridge, granite counters, 42” cabi-


THIS 1BR CONDO is appox 900sf of living space. 15’ ceilings compliments this corner unit with large windows offering abundant of lighting & volume, kit feat granite counters, glass mosaic & SS appl.Call for further details.

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

ARLINGTON $1,925,000 Spectacular 5 level end unit TH w/ incredible views! Exquisite detail throughout. 3BR, 4FBA, 2HBA. Marble foyer, formal living room. gourmet kitchen, custom closets, high ceilings, moldings. Large roof top terrace, elevator. Close to Metro. 1421 N Nash St. Sara Bjerde 202-374-0052 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400


GORGEOUS 6BRs, 4.5BA contemporary privately nestled on 2.5 acres of secluded woodland. This home features vaulted ceilings thru-out, gracious entertainment space, swimming pool, & tennis court. Bill Fitzgerald 202-213-3489 Friendship Heights Office 301-652-2777


16TH ST HEIGHTS $169,000 STARTING? Downsizing? 2nd Home? Can’t beat the price. 1BR, 1BA co-op 1 block from Rock Crk Pk @ Carter Barron. Art Deco bldg! Pet OK! Roof top deck! Xtra stor. District plans new Arts District! Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 ARLINGTON $1,299,000 SOUGHT-AFTER 2BR, 2BA “E” floor plan with stunning views of Gtown U at Turnberry Tower. Wall of windows and 2 priv balconies flood unit with light. MSte w/stunning marble BA. Gour KIT with top-of-the-line finishes. Valet PKG, 24-hr doorman/front desk, concierge, full srvc health club w/indoor pool. 1 gar space & 1 valet PKG. Nr Metro, shops, restaurants. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800


202-294-9055 202-364-5200

MT PLEASANT $325,000 FANTASTIC SPACE and layout in this Superb 1BR condo in the historic Alroy. High ceilings, HWFs, crown moulding, generous-sized BR and closets, CAC + bike & xtra stor in bsmnt. Low fee, pets up to 30 lbs, nr restaurants, shops, Farmer's Mkt, Zoo, RC Pk Trails & Metro. Mitchell Story 202-270-4514 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 MT PLEASANT $899,000 STUNNING 4BR, 3.5BA twnhse. Renov by contractor owners. Custom quartz and SS KIT, MSte w/tile and marble MBR. 2nd BR suite w/full BA. Fin LL w/rough-in KIT and FBA for guest suite. Custom features thruout. Porch, patio, decks, 2-car secure PKG. Minutes to Metro. Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PETWORTH $649,900 WONDERFUL RENOV HOME! Main level has great flow. LR w/WBFP opens to sep DR. Grand Gour TS KIT w/gran, ss, custom cabinets. Large deck, gleaming HDWDs, sep-metered In-Law Ste. Fin Attic can be Office. Detached 2-car gar. Samuel Davis 202-256-7039 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

U STREET $499,900 PRIME U Street location. Spacious bright corner 2BR, 1.5BA Apt w/winnets. Relax on 175 SF deck! Close to dows on 3 sides. MBR has circular wall of windows overlooking U. HWFs & METRO. Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 decorative FP. CAC. W/D in unit. 3 blks to U metro. Pets welcome. 2001 DUPONT / LOGAN $625,000 16th St #206. 202-256-5460 BRIGHT, t2 level, 2BR, 1.5BA. Kitchen Scott Polk 202-944-8400 with brick wall & tile floors. Fireplace, Georgetown Office parking storage included. Low fee. 1502 U STREET CORRIDOR $839,900 Q St NW #3. Roberta Theis 202-538-7429 GREAT LOCATION! Stunning, contemGeorgetown Office 202-944-8400 porary PH unit at the award winning Visio. 2BR, 2BA on 2 lvls featuring 20’ LEDROIT PARK $384,500 ceiling; expansive windows; maple flrs; WONDERFUL opportunity in LeDroit MBR loft with private terrace. Euro-style Park! Convenient to downtown! 3BR, KIT with granite counters & SS appli1.5BA home with off street PKG, partially ances. Covered parking & Metro. John Plank 703-528-5646 finished attic & garage. Call for details. Norris Dodson 202-486-7800 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 Friendship Hgts Office 202-364-5200 WASHINGTON GROVE $410,000 LEDROIT PARK $850,000 CLASSIC GROVE COTTAGE (1891) MONUMENT VIEWS! Huge 3 story w/FR & Sun Rm for xtra space. 3BR, Victorian with English basement. Ready beamed ceilgs, siding to parkland, for your renovation or condo conversion. come be charmed! 100+acres of parks, Convenient to U Street & Metro. forests, & swimming lake. This is an Oasis!!! 301-529-1385 Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Susan Van Nostrand Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Friendship Hgts Office 301-652-2777

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New Chevy Chase house incorporates classic touches


he Chevy Chase neighborhood is known for its treelined streets and classic homes, many of which date back to


the early 20th century. But in a rare opportunity, homebuyers looking for new construction in this wellestablished neighborhood could find just what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for at 5516 33rd St., where a five-bedroom home is on the market for $1,550,000. Relux Homes, a custom builder based in McLean, Va., finished the house earlier this year. The exterior takes its cue from the Craftsman style with shingled siding and a wide front porch, but inside the home takes on a more a contemporary feel while still incorporating traditional details. The main level features an open floor plan with an abundance of architectural details. Substantial columns help define separate entertainment spaces: a sitting area at the front, a dining area in the middle and a family room with a large gas fireplace and stone mantle in the rear, which opens to the chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

kitchen. Custom millwork includes double crown molding and wainscoting, as well as a dramatic coffered ceiling in the family room. There are hardwood floors throughout, as well as a number of carefully selected chandeliers and lighting fixtures. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of natural light too, thanks to the oversize windows that take advantage of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corner-lot location. Home cooks will appreciate the expansive gourmet kitchen, which includes a center island with plenty of room for seating. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s custom wood cabinetry in ivory, granite countertops and a quartzite backsplash. Stainless-steel appliances from GE Monogram include a sixburner stove, refrigerator, microwave and oven. Above the island is a contemporary rectangular crystal chandelier. Off the kitchen is a large mudroom with built-in shelving, ideally located adjacent to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twocar garage. A dramatic curving staircase off the foyer leads to the second level. Not to be missed is a unique chandelier above, enclosed by a birdcage-like fixture. At the top of the landing is a comfortable sitting area with French doors opening to a spa-

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This newly built five-bedroom home in Chevy Chase is priced at $1,550,000. cious veranda, which looks out over the side yard. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master suite is situated at the front of the house, and it too has French doors that open to an east-facing balcony â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a quiet spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a large walk-in closet with custom shelving and built-in bureaus. The master bath features a modern freestanding oval soaking tub as well as an oversized shower with a frameless glass door. The double vanity has ceramic square vessel sinks, a granite countertop, and custom shelving. Three additional bedrooms on this level all feature spacious closets and large windows; each has an en suite full bath with individually


Tudor Treasure

Kenwood, Chevy Chase, MD. Magnificent expanded home on almost a double lot. Sweeping foyer staircase, library, family rm, kitchen w/brkfst rm. 4 BRs, 3.5 BAs include 2 MBR suites. Sun deck, patio, rear stairs, 3 frpls. $2,295,000 Pat Lore 301-908-1242 Ted Beverley   301-728-4338

Simply Elegant

Town of Chevy Chase. Gracious home w/5 BRs, 5.5 BAs. Dramatic renovated kitchen w/adj. family rm, study w/frpl. MBR suite w/sitting rm & frpl. LL 2nd fam rm. Expansive flagstone patio & side yard. $1,475,000 Laura McCaffrey   301-641-4456

Stylish & Unique

Barnaby Woods. Charming custom 1938 center hall Colonial. 4 BRs, 2 BAs, updated TS kitchen, LR w/adj sunroom. Finished 3rd flr. Beautifully landscaped lot on one of the prettiest blocks in this convenient neighborhood. 3298 Arcadia Place NW. Ellen Abrams 202-255-8219 Anne-Marie Finnell 202-329-7117


DuPont Circle. Your own private entrance to this one of a kind multi level 1 BR condo in legendary Swannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way. Gourmet kitchen, W/D, balcony. High end finishes. Hrdwd flrs, high ceilings. Pet friendly. $399,000 Denny Horner  703-629-8455

finished storage room provides plenty of space to tuck away seasonal items. The property is within walking distance to Lafayette Park and Recreation Center in one direction and Rock Creek Park in another. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also close to the shops and restaurants along Connecticut Avenue. This five-bedroom home with five-and-a-half baths at 5516 33rd St. is offered for $1,550,000. For more information contact Kymber Menkiti of the Menkiti Group Real Estate, part of Keller Williams Capital Properties, at 202-997-8010 or


Classic & Traditional

Kent/Palisades. Handsome brick Colonial w/5 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Gracious entertaining spaces. Family rm off kitchen. Finished LL. Lovely landscaped garden & patio. Walk to MacArthur shops & restaurants. $1,125,000 Nancy Hammond 202-262-5374

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selected contemporary fixtures. The laundry room, also located on this level, is outfitted with a GE Energy Star washer and dryer and an oversized utility sink. The finished lower level provides even more living space. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a second family room with a wet bar that has custom cabinets, granite countertops and a GE Profile wine refrigerator. A gas fireplace with stone mantel makes the space even cozier. French doors along one wall lead to the side yard. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a guest suite on this level, with a full en suite bath that opens to the main hallway. A large

Kalorama. Large one bedroom at the Valley Vista w/coveted solarium. Foyer, sep. dining rm. Updated kitchen. Spacious LR & DR. Staffed front desk. Cat friendly. $369,000 Leyla Phelan 202-415-3845

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of a grant request from the H.D. Cooke Elementary School PTA. â&#x2013;  report on an anti-erosion project at Kalorama Park. â&#x2013;  discussion of funding for Adams School. â&#x2013;  consideration of proposed development at 1837 Kalorama Road. â&#x2013;  discussion of an Adams Morgan parking survey. â&#x2013;  consideration of sidewalk cafe applications for Angles/Little Fountain Cafe, The Diner, Tryst and New Orleans Cafe. â&#x2013;  consideration of alcoholic beverage control matters: Millie & Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, stipulated license; Napoleon, restaurant license renewal; and Habana Village and Meze, settlement agreement amendment/termination applications. â&#x2013;  discussion of meeting space for future commission meetings. â&#x2013;  discussion of a proposed bylaws amendment. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â&#x2013;  Foggy bottom / west end The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court, 725 24th St. NW. For details, visit ANC 2B 2B ANC Dupont Circle â&#x2013;  dupont circle The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The commission will hold a series of â&#x20AC;&#x153;listening sessionsâ&#x20AC;? on the 17th Street moratorium, which will expire later this year unless the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board renews it. The second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, at The Chastleton, 1701 16th St. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 20 meeting: â&#x2013; commission chair David Bender reported that the Board of Zoning Adjustment voted 3-1-1 on May 7 to approve an application for construction at 2130 Bancroft Place, which the commission had opposed. The homeowners plan to construct a wall between their garage and main house, among other changes, which required a variance to exceed lot occupancy limits. Bender added that the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant Trust could still veto the work because it holds a conservation easement.

â&#x2013; commissioner Eric Lamar announced that the commission is accepting applications for grants of up to $500 for charitable organizations based in Sheridan-Kalorama. Applications are due June 14 and should be sent to Lamar at 2122 California St. NW #62, Washington DC 20008. â&#x2013;  Sarina Loy, representing Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, reported that her office is working on getting city help to restore the recreation building at Mitchell Park and for maintenance of the Spanish Steps. Work would be scheduled once the budget is approved, she said. â&#x2013;  Consultant Chris Reutershan provided an update on the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republic of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential building construction at Kalorama Road and Connecticut Avenue. Noisy excavation and foundation preparation work will start the end of June and continue for the next six months. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy by July 2015. It will include 130 two- and three-bedroom units. When a neighbor suggested that the embassy consider beautifying the small park in front of the building, Reutershan asked an embassy staff member to discuss it with the ambassador. â&#x2013;  Sally Berk, who lives near a condo project under construction at 2225 California St., said the developer has been the most â&#x20AC;&#x153;considerateâ&#x20AC;? sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dealt with and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost every concern has been addressed to some satisfaction.â&#x20AC;? Berk added that she remains unconvinced, though, that the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned materials are harmonious with the historic neighborhood, and she said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be discussing the issue with the project team. Another neighbor said the contractor has been taking up six parking spaces in front of the building instead of just two, and that illegal parking is occurring there on Saturday evenings and Sundays. Commission chair David Bender said he would raise the concerns with the contractor. â&#x2013;  commission chair David Bender reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation has agreed to conduct a traffic study and safety review of Connecticut Avenue between Calvert Street and Wyoming Avenue due to a series of traffic accidents there. The city will also install speed cameras and speed limit signs and ensure that all crosswalks are clearly marked. Work will begin by early June. â&#x2013;  a resident announced that the Turkish ambassador is hosting a benefit for the Spanish Steps preservation project and endowment fund at his residence, 1606 23rd Place, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 6. â&#x2013;  Phil Baker announced that he is stepping down as chair of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Call Box Restoration Project and is looking for a replacement. Prospective volunteers should contact him at Baker also reported that the company his group has hired to do some small decorative

metal work has not been that cooperative and that he is looking for an alternative supplier. â&#x2013; Cindy Davis, the new editor of the Views From Sheridan-Kalorama newsletter, announced that the spring 2013 issue will be published in the next two or three weeks. â&#x2013;  several residents complained that the new bump-out at the corner of California Street and Massachusetts Avenue is causing traffic accidents, because it makes it difficult to turn onto California Street from Massachusetts when a car is waiting on California for the traffic signal to change. The bump-out is supposed to help with pedestrian safety, but resident Patrick Netter said there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a problem there before. Commission chair David Bender said the corner was mentioned in a traffic study, but he added that several others should have had a higher priority. Resident Steve Chapin suggested that the city redesign the bump-out to be half its current size. â&#x2013;  a resident raised concerns about a lack of street lighting in the area, and the commission agreed to share the concern with the D.C. Department of Transportation. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit or contact ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 3, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 2F ANCCircle 2F Logan

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email or visit anc3b. org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit

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Northwest Real Estate ART: Group organizes exhibition REDESIGN From Page 3

Laurie McLaughlin, who has taught art at Lafayette for more than 30 years (she was Prost-Greeneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art instructor when he was a student at the Chevy Chase school), said the students were â&#x20AC;&#x153;really excited to talk with live artists.â&#x20AC;? She said it had a more immediate impact than a typical lesson would. Both Levy and Ginsberg engaged the students in group settings and one-on-one talks, asking them what inspiration means to them and showing them how they could express that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think art can be that piece that makes the rest of school more engaging â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it can help kids find a way to communicate their ideas, which can help their entire educational experience become more meaningful,â&#x20AC;? said McLaughlin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For kids with special needs or for whom English is a second language, art can really level the playing field and offer them an equal opportunity to express themselves. RADICArt really helped with that.â&#x20AC;? At the end of the lessons, RADICArt gave students handmade sketchbooks so they could take part of the experience with them, and ideally build upon it. RADICArt doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there: Part of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to showcase both studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. The exhibitions also provide a

forum for the group to demonstrate how its programming is impacting students, which is documented through photographs and stories about each lesson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A typical exhibition might just feature work by the artists, but we wanted to treat the kids as equals and put their art on display [too] so they could have a sense of ownership and could feel empowered by being on the same level as the artists,â&#x20AC;? said Prost-Greene. He said it was invaluable to work with Lafayette in the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year, as it allowed RADICArt to improve its programming in familiar and friendly territory. As the organization grows, Prost-Greene hopes to take the program to D.C. schools where arts education has been cut or is nonexistent. The group would tailor the number of lessons and the classroom instruction to fit the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Proceeds from this exhibition will go back to Lafayetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art program as well as to RADICArt and the two artists. The group is also aiming to raise funds on indiegogo. com, a global crowd-funding site. RADICArtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut exhibition, featuring the work of artists Jennifer Levy and Marc Ginsberg as well as Lafayette Elementary students, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1920 I St. NW. For more information go to






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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was [an essay contest] we read about â&#x20AC;Ś and one of my daughters said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh Mom, you should be able to do that,â&#x20AC;? Ferguson said. Sunrise Senior Living Assisted Living Facilities, a McLean, Va.-based company that serves about 30,000 residents in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, has been partnering with designer Henderson for years, including at the Chevy Chase center. The season five winner of â&#x20AC;&#x153;HGTV Design Starâ&#x20AC;? and host of the networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secrets From a Stylistâ&#x20AC;? has offered tips to seniors on their suites and distributed home design guides for living in comfort and style, said Sunrise Living Inc. director of operations Brent Russell. But Russell said he thinks Ferguson made a distinct impression on HGTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Henderson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a Mac addiction!â&#x20AC;? Russell exclaimed of the octogenarianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computer skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the biggest damn thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen, and I was thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This woman is 81 years old, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got this huge Mac computer!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? She uses that computer to preserve precious memories and create her own greeting cards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but her suite still needed better organization of her family mementos, Russell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emily [Henderson] to the rescue, please,â&#x20AC;? he added with a laugh. While Ferguson stayed with a friend in another suite for a week, a crew from HGTV â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as Sunrise employees who work in designing the senior centers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; got to work. The crew removed all items and furniture from the suite, and began to add shelves to display Fergusonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arts and crafts work, as well as new drapes and a slick coat of bright turquoise paint. Henderson brought in new chairs and a desk to create a craft center for Ferguson to continue pursuing her hobbies. And since Ferguson uses a wheelchair, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Design Starâ&#x20AC;? also replaced some fixtures with round furniture to allow more room for moving around. After the unveiling, Ferguson didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to start showing off her new digs to neighbors.

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Before the redesign (shown above), Fran Fergusonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living room was cluttered and drab. After, her newly organized suite had more color and space.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of them are very pleased, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure that everyone likes aqua as much as I do,â&#x20AC;? she joked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice of colors to live with.â&#x20AC;? Ferguson, who was born in New York but raised in D.C., worked as a teacher, and moved often with her late husband, an Air Force general, and their four daughters. One daughter, who now lives in Silver Spring, helped the Sunrise and HGTV crews design the suite to her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exact tastes. According to Russell, helping residents maintain their identity is an important part of the work at Sunrise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something the staff can explore through interior design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing about Sunrise is, when you come to one of our communities, we really do recognize the fact that it is your home,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are all about resident independence and individuality.â&#x20AC;? And Ferguson said she suspects her contest win may lead to an influx of requests for suite decorating at the Connecticut Avenue center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of residents who had not given any thought to doing something like that â&#x20AC;Ś they think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ooh, that might be fun,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may end up with more people having their suites done. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let Sunrise worry about that.â&#x20AC;?

ADAMS: Parents clamor for repairs to entrance From Page 1

gual school, which serves about 350 students from grades four through eight at 2020 19th St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are funds sufficient,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who added that his office â&#x20AC;&#x153;has been into this issue for several weeks now.â&#x20AC;? Graham said the funding is part of the 2013 capital budget. According to the Department of General Services, which is working on a design for the project, that funding is part of a budget reprogramming that awaits final approval from the council â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then contract approval, also from the council. The hope is for construction to start this summer while classes are out, said the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Melissa Millar. In a recent email chain with Adams parents and city officials, Millar wrote that the agency aims to restore the plaza area by August, in time for the start of the school year. Some of the other work, however â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like replacing brick and decora-

tive railings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could take longer, she said. Complicating the project is failed waterproofing that has been a problem for years, causing unseen damage to the front plaza and masonry veneer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The waterproofing has been hidden by the brick pavers and brick facade,â&#x20AC;? Millar explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no way to tell it had failed.â&#x20AC;? Those problems came to light when the agency started to work on the visible issue of the crumbling stairs earlier this school year. Since then, safety walls and fencing have been installed to keep the public away. Students have entered through a side front stairway, according to Wendy Jacobson, co-chair of OysterAdamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; local school advisory team. Another complication for this project, Jacobson said, is the historic nature of the 1928 school building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a historic building, so they have to preserve every brick,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such an important structure and part of the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said education activist Terry Lynch. He

said community members are â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointed with the status of the building, [which] â&#x20AC;Ś looks like a construction zone,â&#x20AC;? and hoping to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get this back on track and reopened.â&#x20AC;? The bigger problem, Lynch said, is that the historic â&#x20AC;&#x153;grand entrance of the buildingâ&#x20AC;? has been neglected for decades. The $2 million estimated repair cost â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the price we pay because we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do basic maintenance,â&#x20AC;? he said. Lynch added that the site impacts many in the Washington Heights section of Adams Morgan, given that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;on a tight street, with a large hotel and a lot of surrounding residential.â&#x20AC;? According to Millar with the General Services Department, the planned work will involve repairing and strengthening the existing plaza surface, installing a new drainage system, and replacing brick veneers and waterproofing features. She said her agency anticipates getting contract approval by the third week of June.

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Wednesday, May 29

Wednesday may 29 Concert ■ The New York-based Kyrenia Opera will perform “Cyprus in the Heart of Europe,” a concert of arias and songs from the Mediterranean. The program will feature soprano Rebecca Davis, baritone Constantinos Yiannoudes and pianist David Holkeboer. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussion ■ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will discuss her novel “Americanah.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films ■ Family & Friends of Incarcerated People and the Institute for Policy Studies will host a screening of the documentary “Up the Ridge,” followed by a panel discussion. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202789-2227. ■ The Czech That Film Festival will fea-


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Events Entertainment ture the 2012 movie “In the Shadow,” followed by a discussion with director David Ondrícek. 7 p.m. $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. ■ The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature J.J. Abrams’ 2009 movie “Star Trek.” 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. Performance ■ The collective LYGO D.C. will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a standup comedy show featuring Kyle Martin, Sara Armour and Rallo Boykins. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. Special event ■ A Corcoran Gallery of Art happy hour will include drinks, live music by saxophonist Bob Schwartz, and a docent-led tour of toys and miniature dioramas in the gallery’s exhibition “War Games.” 5 to 9 p.m. $8 to $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. ■ The “DanceAfrica, DC 2013” festival will feature a master class by Nkenge Cunningham of Farafina Kan. 6:30 p.m. $15. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-2691600. The series of master classes will

continue through Sunday; the festival will feature an outdoor marketplace, arts and crafts activities, and free and paid performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Chip Han, the Dave Tauler Music Group and hip-hop duo SNRG. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Friday, May 31 Friday may 31

Thursday, May 30

Thursday may 30 Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present an orientation session for first-time homebuyers. 11 a.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7006. Concerts ■ The Doane College Concert Band from Crete, Neb., will perform. Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Overtures Chamber Music Project will feature performances by violinist Tamaki Kawakubo and other young musicians. 6 p.m. Free. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The National Symphony Orchestra will present composer John Adams conducting his “City Noir,” as well as Ravel’s “Piano Concerto” performed by Jeremy Denk (shown). 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ The German Women’s Jazz Orchestra will perform a new musical arrangement that matches Wagner’s original music with jazz. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Woman’s National Democratic Club president Nuchhi Currier, a Pakistani American, will share her experiences traveling to Pakistan to witness the country’s recent historic election. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $15. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ A gallery talk will focus on “A Fusion of Styles: Renoir’s ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party.’” 6 and 7 p.m. By donation. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ Naomi Schaefer Riley will discuss her book “‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage Is Transforming America.” 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. Films ■ The Fiesta Asia Film Festival will feature the 2012 movie “Din Tao: Leader of the Parade,” about a young man reconciling with his father, and “Lessons in Forgiving,” about a single father trying to find his teenage daughter. 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. $9.40. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. ■ “Oscar’s Docs: American Stories From the 1970s” will feature the 1973 film “Princeton: A Search for Answers,” about the prestigious university, and the 1972 film “Marjoe,” about former child evangelist and faith healer Marjoe Gortner. American University professor Larry Engel will introduce the films. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Performances ■ The all-volunteer Picnic Theatre

Thursday, may 30 ■ Discussion: Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and former Green Party presidential candidate, will discuss his book “Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.

Company will bring its brand of site-specific cocktail party theater to the Phillips Collection with a performance of Molière’s “Tartuffe or The Hypocrite.” 5:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The Arts Club of Washington and Fabum arts organization will present “Dream Wedding,” a walk-through, immersive journey through a bride’s dreamscape. 7 p.m. $15. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. ■ Washington & Lee Repertory Dance Company will present an aerial dance performance piece celebrating the Corcoran’s interior architecture. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $45; includes reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. Reading ■ The Austrian Cultural Forum will present a staged reading of Myron Robert Hafetz’s play “Anna Freud at the Hotel Regina.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Special events ■ Global Voice Hall will present a screening of the film “Youth Unemployment: Where Do I Stand in Line?” The event will also feature performances by jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson and multimedia artist Yassin Alsalman, also known as The Narcicyst. 5 to 7 p.m. $10. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. ■ The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, will present “Conversations on Great Streets: It’s All About the H!” Each of the honorees — Jane Lang and the Atlas Performing Arts Center (accepted by Ann Belkov), Anwar Saleem and H Street Main Street, Betty Hart and With These Hands Salon, and Leon Robbins and Stan’s Discounts Clothing — will share stories about living and working along the H Street NE corridor. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, 1104 H St. NE. conversationsongreatstreet.eventbrite. com. ■ Mayor Vincent Gray’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration will feature an awards presentation and performances by violinist Jonathan C. Chen, spoken-word performer G. Yamazawa Jr., singer Lumi Bustamante, beatboxer

Concerts ■ Organist Anthony Rispo of Mahopac, N.Y., will perform. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The S&R Foundation Artist Concert Series will present a concert by pianist Ryo Yanagitani. 6 p.m. Free. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Afrofunk big band ensemble Chopteeth will perform. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Discussions and lectures ■ Scholar J.L. Bell will discuss an engraved powder horn that belonged to Continental Army Capt. Thomas Kempton, and what it can tell modern audiences about the 1775-1776 siege of Boston. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ The fifth annual Botstiber Lecture on Austrian-American Affairs will feature a talk by former Austrian ambassador Hans Winkler on “Coming to Terms With Austria’s Past — the Role of the United States.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. ■ Olivier Magny will discuss his book “Stuff Parisians Like.” 6:30 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ Journalist Scott C. Johnson will discuss his memoir “The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ “Oscar’s Docs: American Stories From the 1970s” will feature “The Flight of the Gossamer Condor” and “The Great American Cowboy.” American University professor Larry Engel will introduce the films. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Dancer and actress Betty Low will introduce Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film “The Red Shoes.” 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Russian art and theater historian Anna Winestein will host a screening and discussion of the 2005 documentary “Ballets Russes.” 3:45 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Meeting ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances ■ At the opening of her exhibit “Hopes See Events/Page 23


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Continued From Page 22 and Dreams,” artist Vian Shamounki Borchert will paint live to oud music. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. ■ Agis Center for Arts and Humanities will present “The Embroidery Girl,” a traditional grand dance drama performed by China Wuxi Performing Arts Group. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $75. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ■ GALA Hispanic Theatre will present “Memorias de una diva de las pupusas (Memories of a Pupusa Diva),” featuring a solo performance by El Salvador’s beloved La Tenchis with commentary, jokes and songs in Spanish. 8 p.m. $20. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. ■ Czech actress Miřenka Čechová and her mime theater company Tantehorse will perform “Light in a Darkness,” a piece that combines surreal poetry with physical theater and modern dance. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Reading ■ A birthday celebration for Walt Whitman will feature readings by poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith (shown), as well as a presentation of materials from the Whitman collection at the Library of Congress. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. Special event ■ The Institute of Current World Affairs will hold its Semi-Annual Meeting and Symposium, which will open with a reception and cocktails, a dinner and a talk by Neri Zilber on his two-year followship in Israel. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-364-4068. The event will continue Saturday with a talk by fellow Jori Lewis on “Senegal: Farming and Food Security,” at 9 a.m.; a panel discussion on “Crisis in the Sahel,” at 10:15 a.m.; and a keynote address by Gary Hartshorn, president and CEO of the World Forestry Center, on “Will Tropical Forests Survive in the 21st Century?” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1

Saturday june 1 Children’s programs ■ “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre presenting “Bananas!” 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ The Summer Reading Kick Off Festival will include games, prizes and activities such as a Zumba dance workshop, puppet theater, a hip-hop poetry performance, face painting and storytime corner. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. ■ Children will hear a story about children’s author Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

■ The Rock Creek Park Nature Center will lead a seasonal planetarium program. 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ The Rock Creek Park Planetarium will present a program about famous astronomers and their discoveries. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Classes and workshops ■ The Smithsonian Associates will present a seminar on “The Pueblo Culture Takes Root in the American Southwest.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $99 to $139. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will hold a workshop on how to make silhouettes using gardening books and other design inspiration. 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ The Georgetown Library’s Knit & Lit Club will offer knitting and crochet assistance for newcomers. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Concerts ■ National Symphony Orchestra cellist Yvonne Caruthers will lead a program featuring Sergei Prokofiev’s score for the 1938 Russian propaganda film “Alexander Nevsky.” 1 p.m. $15. North Atrium Foyer, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Rose & the Nightingale will present “The Spirit of the Garden,” celebrating the sublimity of gardens through song and poetry. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series will feature the alt-country band Kid Goat. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Public plaza in front of BB&T Bank at Columbia Road, Adams Mills Road and 16th Street NW. 202-9970783. ■ Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform classical works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Songs of the Soul: Concert for Inner Peace” will feature the music of composer and spiritual master Sri Chinmoy. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-452-5954. Discussions and lectures ■ Expert Carrie Blair will discuss why native plants matter to local ecosystems.    

Saturday, june 1 ■ Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Markus Groh performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Golijov, Hindemith and Liszt. 2 p.m. $38. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. 10 a.m. $8 to $10; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. ■ In celebration of King Kamehameha Day, U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss the evolutionary forces that shaped Hawaii’s native plant communities. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Experts will participate in a symposium on “Worlds of Art: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.” 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Former National Geographic Magazine Europe editor Cate Lineberry will discuss her book “The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Med-

ics Behind Nazi Lines,” at 1 p.m.; Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Michael Levi will discuss his book “The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Washington Post reporter Peter Carlson will discuss his book “Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ French astronaut Léopold Eyharts will discuss his experiences working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the European Space Agency. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $8 to $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. ■ Historical novelist Thomas Mallon will discuss his book “Watergate: A Novel.” 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Festivals ■ The 35th annual Celebration of Textiles will feature live sheep shearing, demonstrations, hands-on activities and traditional Southeast Asian music and dance performances. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441. The festival will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. ■ New Belgium Brewing’s “Tour de Fat” festival will begin with a bicycle parade through city streets, followed by a festival with live entertainment, a dance contest, and a variety of food and beer. Parade registration at 10 a.m.; bicycle ride from 11 a.m. to noon; entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. ■ The 20th annual Taste of Georgetown, benefiting the Georgetown Ministry Center, will feature 60-plus savory and sweet dishes, an “Iron Chef”-style competition, live music and a craft beer and wine pavilion. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 for one tast-

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ing or $20 for five tastings of food; $4 for one tasting and $10 for three tastings in the beer and wine pavilion. Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to K Street NW. ■ The 24th annual Glover Park Day will feature a flea market, a dog obstacle course, a craft display, children’s activities, music by local bands, and food from area restaurants. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Guy Mason Recreation Center, Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street NW. ■ The group Friends of Friendship Park will present the Turtle Park May Fair, featuring moon bounces, a family dance party, ice cream and pizza. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Turtle Park/Friendship Recreation Center, 45th and Van Ness streets NW. Performances ■ American University students and alumni will join up with the Kensington Arts Theatre to stage the new musical “Signs of Life,” based on the true story of Terezin, a Czech ghetto that came to house prominent European artists during the Holocaust. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-360-7578. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ “The Post-College Confusion Tour” will feature stand-up comedy from emerging New York and D.C. comedians, including Dan St. Germain, Adam Conover, Jared Freid, Sara Armour and Brandon Wardell. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC will present “Seven,” featuring 150 singers, 24 dancers and songs exploring the seven deadly sins. 8 p.m. $20 to $50. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington UniSee Events/Page 24


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versity, 730 21st St. NW. 202-293-1548. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m.

Walks and tours ■ The Rock Creek Conservancy will celebrate National Trails Day with a six-mile hike along Rock Creek Park’s Valley and Western Ridge trails, beginning and ending at Boundary Bridge. 9 a.m. Free; registration requested. Meet at the parking lot on Beach Drive near the Maryland-District line. ■ Washington Walks will present a walking tour of Capitol Hill and Eastern Market. 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the Eastern Market Metro station. ■ A park ranger will lead a tour through Peirce Mill and its surroundings, discussing the technological marvel of an automated 1820s gristmill. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-8956227. The program will repeat Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ■ A park ranger will lead a tour of the Old Stone House and discuss life in Georgetown in the late 1700s. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070.

Special events ■ The national championship of the Mini-Urban Challenge will feature teams of high school students competing to design and operate an autonomous “car” using a Lego Mindstorms Kit to successfully navigate through a miniature city. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Flag Hall, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium will present the 30th annual Museum Walk Weekend, featuring activities and tours at Anderson House, Dumbarton House, Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, Heurich House Museum, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Phillips Collection, the Textile Museum and the Woodrow Wilson House. Hours vary by museum. Free admission. The event will continue on Sunday. ■ The group Friends of the Shepherd Park Library will host an after-hours open house at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, featuring a book talk by New York Times correspondent and neighborhood resident Rachel Swarns, author of “American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.” 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ At an event sponsored by the Alliance Française de Washington, writer Olivier Magny will debut his book “Into Wine” and present a sneak peak of Parisian-style restaurant/bar Malmaison’s new wine list and menu pairings. 7 p.m. $65 to $85; reservations required. Malmaison, 3401 Water St. NW. Sporting event ■ In advance of U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match, the German and U.S. national teams will hold open training sessions, at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Free. RFK Stadium, 2400

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Sunday june 2 Benefit ■ A Northwest Neighbors Village fundraiser will feature baritone Ethan Watermeier and pianist Tim McReynolds performing songs from Broadway hits such as “42nd Street,” “Damn Yankees,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Oklahoma!” A Taste of Northwest DC reception will follow, featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres from neighborhood restaurants. 4 to 6 p.m. $45. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead activities with Colonial games and toys from the 1770s. 3 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts ■ “Rockin’ for Water,” a student-organized concert to raise money and aware-

Sunday, june 2 ■ Open house: The Abner Cloud House, the oldest remaining structure along the C&O Canal, will hold an open house. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Abner Cloud House, Canal and Reservoir roads NW.

ness for charity:water, will feature performances by DeAngelo Redman, Karima Scott, Justin Trawick (shown), and Aly.O and The H2Os. 2 to 4:30 p.m. $10 to $15; free for ages 11 and younger. Field, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. ■ Notebusters — a student chorus comprised of more than 200 students at Janney, Lafayette, Mann and Murch elementary schools — will present “The Wiz Meets the Wizard of Oz and It’s Wicked,” featuring songs from all three musicals. 3 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. 202-282-0110. ■ The Wagner Society of Washington, D.C., will present a performance by young tenor Issachah Savage, winner of the Wagner Division in the Liederkranz Competition. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Inscape Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Stravinsky and others. 6:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ The Washington Men’s Camerata will present “The Great American Songbook,” including music by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures ■ Rabbi Sidney Schwarz will discuss

his book “Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future,” at 1 p.m.; and Gettysburg College professor and Civil War expert Allen C. Guelzo will discuss his book “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion,” at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ Sarah Kennel of the National Gallery of Art and Jane Pritchard of the Victoria and Albert Museum will discuss “When Art Danced With Music (and What It Wore).” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Andy Paiko, founder of the Central Coast Glass Artists’ Studio, will discuss how he creates with glass. 2 p.m. Free. Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-6331000. ■ Botanical artist Susie Kowalik will discuss her book “Keeping a Nature Journal.” 2 to 3 p.m. Free; registration required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Films ■ The Rev. Richard L. Killmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, will present the film “Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever.” A discussion will follow. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. ■ The Earth Ethics Committee at the Washington Ethical Society will present the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet.” A discussion will follow. 7 to 9 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. Meeting ■ A post-adoption support group, Concerned United Birthparents, will meet in Northwest D.C. to offer support, information and education for birth parents, adult adoptees, adoptive parents and siblings. 2 to 5:30 p.m. Free. For meeting details and location contact Performance ■ The collective LYGO D.C. will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Jessica Brodkin, Pete Bergen and Graham Hall. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Desperados, 1342 U St. NW. Reading ■ The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Janice Lynch Schuster and Jo Sarzotti. 3 p.m. Free. Rock Creek

Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113. Special event ■ The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Community Day will feature free admission to the museum, including the special exhibition “Bice Lazzari: Signature Line.” Noon to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. Sporting events ■ U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match will feature the U.S. Men’s National Team against Germany. 2:30 p.m. $38 to $250. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. ■ The Washington Mystics will play the Atlanta Dream. 4 p.m. $12 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tour ■ The Greater Brookland Garden Club will host its 13th annual House and Garden Tour. Noon to 5 p.m. $12 to $15. Tickets available online or at Petals, Ribbons & Beyond, 3906 12th St. NE, during store hours and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the day of the tour. Monday, June 3

Monday june 3 Concert ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. mil. Discussions and lectures ■ Scholar Joseph S. Nye will discuss his book “Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ “Classic Conversations” will feature Oscar- and Tony-winning actor Christopher Plummer and Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $35. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Exhibit ■ Cuban painter Antonio Guerrero will unveil his new watercolor pieces, followed by a panel discussion about U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ The Chevy Chase Library will present the 1995 film “Smoke,” about a diverse group of characters whose lives intersect at a Brooklyn tobacco shop. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ In honor of the 50th anniversary of the treaty establishing a lasting GermanFrench friendship, a film series will feature Volker Schlöndorff’s film “Swann in Love (Eine Liebe von Swann).” 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202289-1200. ■ The Civil War Film Series will screen the 1989 movie “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Performance ■ D.C.’s Edgeworks Dance Theatre will present a mixed repertory program featuring signature and new works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202See Events/Page 26


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ndiscovered Color,â&#x20AC;? highlighting large-scale abstract canvases and smaller works created in the 1960s by D.C. artist Benjamin Abramowitz (1917-2011), will open today at Archer and

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continue through July 16. An opening reception will take place today from 6 to 10 p.m. Located at 1027 33rd St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-640-2823. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopes and Dreams,â&#x20AC;? featuring landscapes and cityscapes of Jerusalem by contemporary Palestinian-American artist and art teacher Vian Shamounki Borchert, will open Friday at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and continue through July 12. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., with a live painting demonstration to the accompaniment of oud music at 8 p.m.

Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the the gallery is open Thursday through gallery is open Monday through Friday from Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-664-4151. â&#x2013; RADICArt, an arts educaâ&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Used To Dance,â&#x20AC;? tion outreach program, will presenting new paintings by hold its debut exhibit Friday Anna Demovidova inspired through Sunday from 6 to 9 by the vibrancy and expresp.m. each day at 1920 I St. siveness of jazz and flamenco, NW. On view will be works will open Saturday at by Lafayette Elementary International Visions School students and by two of Gallery and continue through the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founders, Marc June 29. Ginsberg and Jennifer Levy, An opening reception will as well as narratives, photos take place Saturday from 6:30 and artwork documenting the to 9 p.m. projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts inside class Located at 2629 rooms. For details email Connecticut Ave. NW, the lery is open Wednesday Anna Demovidovaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is through Saturday from 11 â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men of Steel, Women of on display at International a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-234-5112. Wonder,â&#x20AC;? featuring a series of re-imagined superhero art- Visions Gallery. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Kind of Magic,â&#x20AC;? a works, will open Friday at group show about the rituals the Fridge DC and continue through June 30. and techniques of 10 artists from D.C., New An opening reception will take place York and Toronto, opened recently at Project Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. 4, where it will continue through June 29. Located at 516 1/2 8th St. SE, rear alley, Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third

An exhibit at Archer features the abstract work of D.C. artist Benjamin Abramowitz. floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redrawing Ptolemy: The Maps of Martin WaldseemĂźllerâ&#x20AC;? opened recently as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring the Early Americasâ&#x20AC;? exhibit in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, where it will continue through June 22. Located at 10 1st St. SE, the Jefferson Building is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-707-8000.

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he Kennedy Center will host Roundabout Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Awardwinning revival of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything Goesâ&#x20AC;? June 11 through July 7 in the


Opera House. Cole Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical comedy features memorable songs such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Get a Kick Out of You,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the Topâ&#x20AC;? and the title song. As the S.S. American heads out to sea, two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love â&#x20AC;&#x201D; proving that destiny sometimes needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and even some good oldfashioned blackmail. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $115. 202-467-4600; â&#x2013; The Source Festival will celebrate its sixth year with debuts of 24 original works from June 7 through 30. The festival lineup will include three full-length plays, 18 10-minute pieces and three â&#x20AC;&#x153;artistic blind dates,â&#x20AC;? in which nine artists of varying disciplines are united to create three new interdisciplinary works. Performance times vary. Tickets cost $10 to $20, with four-play passes available for $55 and allaccess passes available for $100. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 866-811-4111; â&#x2013;  The Washington National Opera will inaugurate its new commissioning program for contemporary American opera with the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Approaching Aliâ&#x20AC;? June 8 and 9 in the Terrace Theater.




Roundabout Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony Award-winning production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything Goesâ&#x20AC;? will visit the Kennedy Center June 11 through July 7. Featuring music by D.J. Sparr and a libretto by Mark Campbell and Davis Miller, this is the first hourlong opera created under the auspices of the American Opera Initiative. It tells the story of a young boy in North Carolina in the 1960s who overcomes the loss of his mother and the trauma of being bullied when he sees Muhammad Ali on television. Two decades later, as a writer on the brink of middle age, he seeks to rekindle that spirit by visiting his boyhood hero in person. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; a question-and-answer session with the artists and creative team will follow both shows. Tickets cost $30. 202-467-4600; â&#x2013; The Shakespeare Theatre Company will close its hero/traitor repertory of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coriolanusâ&#x20AC;? and Schillerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wallensteinâ&#x20AC;? June 2 at Sidney Harman Hall.

Both plays revolve around military leaders who have gained fame through deadly prowess. Patrick Page and Steve Pickering star in the respective title roles. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with the specific schedule for each show alternating from week to week. Tickets cost $43 to $105. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; â&#x2013; Constellation Theatre Company will close â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gilgameshâ&#x20AC;? June 2 at Source. Part god and part man, King Gilgamesh races the sun and journeys to the end of the Earth on his epic quest for immortality. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $35. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-4471;







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Continued From Page 24 467-4600. Readings â&#x2013; Actors Andre deShields, Nasser Faris, KenYatta Rogers and Nehal Joshi will star in a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Robben Island Bible,â&#x20AC;? written and directed by Matthew Hahn. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. â&#x2013;  The Theater Alliance of Washington DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hothouse on the Hillâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shipmentâ&#x20AC;? by Young Jean Lee. 7:30 p.m. Free. The Fridge DC, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. Special event â&#x2013;  The Latin American Youth Center will present an event on the D.C. child welfare system, youth homelessness, and the need for host and foster families. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Tuesday, June 4

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727-0321. â&#x2013; Melissa Mohr will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy S---: A Brief History of Swearing.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books That Shaped Americaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature government professor Tom Merrill leading a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Mud Box Cafe, Bender Library, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-3847.

Tuesday, june 4 â&#x2013; Discussion: Comedian Jim Gaffigan will share observations on family life from his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad Is Fat.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $30 (includes one copy of book). Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.

at American University will present a talk by Georgetown University professor of pediatrics Itzhak Brook, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Voice: A Physicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Personal Experience With Throat Cancer.â&#x20AC;? 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013; Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club member Ruth Nadel will discuss her life experiences, including a national award for a lifetime of volunteering and her work as social science adviser at the U.S. Labor Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bureau. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. â&#x2013;  Journalist and commentator Morton Kondracke will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack Kemp: A Congressman Who Changed America.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1421. â&#x2013;  Journalists Stephen Kimber, Arnold August and Fernando Morais will discuss democracy in Cuba and the case of the Cuban 5, political prisoners held in the U.S. for almost 15 years. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Young adult author Sarah Dessen will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Moon and More.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-


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Films â&#x2013; The Georgetown Library will screen the 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beijing Flickersâ&#x20AC;? as part of its Global Lens 2013 movie series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Vincent Balâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nono, the Zigzag Kid.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12.50. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ballet Across America series will showcase the best of ballet from regional companies across the nation. The first performance will feature the Richmond Ballet, the Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Boston Ballet. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $75. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; the series will continue with two other performances in repertory Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  Whitman Ridgway and Richard Bell, professors of history at the University of Maryland at College Park, will participate in an interactive debate (as Thomas Paine and James Chalmers, respectively) on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paine v. Chalmers: Was Declaring Independence Common Sense?â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $65. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Tour â&#x2013;  Tudor Place will lead a guided tour through its historic landscape. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Wednesday, June 5

Wednesday june 5 Concerts â&#x2013; Organist Jeremy Filsell, artist-in-residence at the Washington National Cathedral, will perform works by Bach, DuprĂŠ and Rachmaninoff. 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  The Gjermund Larsen Trio will play Norwegian music for violin, bass and keyboard. 12:10 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013;  Drummer Lenny White will perform

as part of the DC Jazz Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present an introductory talk by George Mason University professor emeritus Coilin Owens on Irish author James Joyce. 10 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Social psychologist Melanie Joy will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a book talk by Scott D. Seligman, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202727-1488. â&#x2013;  Jeff Shaara will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Battle of Vicksburg: A Siege for the Ages.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., will discuss his work with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and its efforts to promote economic fairness, civil liberties and environmental protection. 7 to 9 p.m. $20 to $25. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-2327363. â&#x2013;  Photographer Justin Quinnell will trace the history of pinhole photography back to Aristotle, describe contemporary approaches and present his own work. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  The Jerusalem Fund will screen David Koffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occupied Palestineâ&#x20AC;? as part of its summer film series. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  The Czech That Film Festival will present the 2011 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flower Buds (Poupata),â&#x20AC;? about the personal hopes and ambitions of an ordinary family. 7 p.m. $10.34. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature Rob Reinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1987 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Princess Bride.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Loree Grand Field, 2nd and L streets NE. Performance â&#x2013;  Quest Visual Theatre will present David Gainesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;7 (x1) Sumuraiâ&#x20AC;? as part of the Happenings at the Harman series. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Special events â&#x2013;  UniverSoul Circus will present the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Up Tour,â&#x20AC;? with acts such as a headbalancing group from Vietnam and a cappella and beatbox vocalists from Atlanta. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $16 to $32. RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Performances will continue through Sunday at various times.




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From Page 10 The Alliance for Climate Education made us understand that it can take innovation and imagination to reverse and stop climate change — that if every person in this world has a clear understanding and knowledge of what’s happening, it can help start the change. So, we the delegates at Powell chose our DOT (Do One Thing): a fundraiser to buy reusable water bottles for every student. — Jeff Williams, fifth-grader

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Extended Day is one of our favorite parts of the day. Not only because we get ice cream from time to time, but also because the instructors are always on point and able to help us. Each day, there is a list on the bulletin board of instructions or tasks. Most often, it includes time for homework, with breaks in between for fun things. After we finish our work, we sometimes go outside and play games. On special days, we get to do a baking project. But we have fun every day, even if we aren’t baking! In Extended Day, we really focus on our homework. Our instructors are always there to help us answer questions and check to make sure they are correct. If we had to rate Extended Day one out of five, we would give it a 100. — Laila Booker, Margaret Gilber and Eden Jones, fifth-graders

School Without Walls High School

There have been a number of new security policies implemented this year at School Without Walls. A new policy implemented this week at our school assists in parentadministration communication and aligns us with other D.C. secondary schools: swiping student IDs, otherwise known as the DC One Card. The DC One Card serves multiple purposes. It can function as a Metro SmarTrip card, library card, school lunch card and regular identification card. It has always been a rule to swipe IDs if a student is late, but now we have to do it upon any

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 entry or exit. This includes field trips, internships and college classes. Some exceptions would be lunch, because everyone has offcampus lunch, and leaving for the end of the day. Parents receive an email each time their child swipes, regardless of if they were on time or not. Most students were confused by the sudden change, but I suspect it will become just another part of the daily routine at school. This is not the first instance of security changes this year — we added a school shooting drill and earthquake drill to our already commonplace fire drills. — Eleonore Edgell, 11th-grader

Sheridan School

Last week award-winning author Patricia Polacco spoke to Sheridan School students from kindergarten through eighth grade. She talked about her family, her books and her life as a child. A lot of her books were inspired by stories she heard from her grandmother or from experiences she had in her childhood. One of her favorite stories from her childhood is about a meteor that landed in her mother’s front yard when she was really little. When the meteor cooled off someone touched it and made a wish, and his wish came true. Hundreds of people visited it and it was later called the “Wishing Rock.” She also talked about how hard it was to deal with being dyslexic as a child. She couldn’t read until sixth grade and struggled at reading aloud to her classmates because she was afraid they would make fun of her. Her books are both fun and inspiring, with the most amazing illustrations. It was so nice to meet her in person and to listen to what she had to say about her books and the people and stories that inspired them. — Ellie Kimmelman, eighth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We had field day at our school on Tuesday. We’re in Ms. Caccavale’s third grade. Hi, I’m Aidan. This day is about doing exercises and challenges outside. It’s about improving team work. We had to work as a team when we did the three-legged race and tug of war. I really liked doing the three-legged race with Douglas because we are both fast and have long legs. We figured out ahead of time to say in-out and that guided our feet. Hi, I’m Kayla. I liked the water balloon toss because we had to work with each other, and even if you dropped the water balloon after tossing it and it broke, it was still fun. I worked with a classmate and there was a sponge relay game. You had to run and get your sponge wet and then squeeze the sponge out at another bucket. You had to run back and give it to a classmate. It was a lot of running. The teachers did a tug of war against the fifth-graders and some parent volunteers. The teachers won! The second time they did the tug of war, the teachers let go and


all the fifth-graders fell! That was fun to watch. — Kayla Freedman and Aidan Mailley, third-graders

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Did you know that amusement parks rely on the laws of physics? On May 10, the physics classes at Washington Latin Public Charter School went on a physics trip to Six Flags. While we were there, we learned about and experienced the physics and math of roller coasters and other rides. One roller coaster we rode and learned about is called the Superman. It has about a 200-foot drop at the beginning, and uses the momentum and energy gained on that first drop to summit several other hills. We timed the drop, and from that we could calculate the car’s acceleration down the hill. Another ride, called Riddle Me This, spins the riders fast enough that when it tilts, the riders do not fall. By timing how long it takes for the ride to spin once, we could figure out the force the walls of the ride pushed on the riders. This demonstrates centripetal force, an inward-seeking force that pulls in toward the center. One last ride we studied was the Tower of Doom, a 50-foot drop tower that takes the riders on a free fall. We calculated the ride’s speed by timing the drop. This was a great trip — we saw and experienced physics in action, and it brought our studies to life! — Mica Carroll, ninth-grader

Wilson High School

Wilson sports teams are faring well in some season-ending championship games. In softball, the lady Tigers finished a strong season with a 9-7 victory against School Without Walls in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association Championship, and a final record of 18-3. The game was very exciting, a hitting battle at first before both defenses settled in and the game turned into a pitching duel. After sophomore Nina Wiramidjaja hit a sacrifice ground-out to score her teammate Eva Schulman, the Tigers finally celebrated their long-awaited victory against the rival Penguins. (School Without Walls has knocked out Wilson in the softball playoffs the past two years.) In boys tennis, Francis Dragulet won the DCIAA boys final against teammate Ryan Shea. The match was long and hard-fought, with Dragulet winning the first set, then Shea coming back to win the second. The match went into a tiebreak. Dragulet prevailed, defeating Shea 10-3. The Tigers weren’t as successful in the girls bracket, however. Wilson’s Jamie Elliott was defeated by School Without Walls’ Deja Stewart, 6-2, 6-1. Varsity baseball has a team record of 19-9 and is looking to reclaim its title as DCIAA champion and hopefully city champion on June 2 at the DC Baseball Classic. — Henry Shuldiner, 10th-grader

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