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Serving Foggy Bottom & the West End Vol. VI, No. 34

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Foggy Bottom Current

Condo plan advances for embassy site

Test scores give mixed view of achievements

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■ Education: Charters see

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By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board late last month conditionally approved the latest design plans for Il Palazzo, a 110-unit condominium project proposed for the 16th Street site of the former Italian Embassy. Still at issue are the design, scale and size of the new building’s two entrances: a main entrance on Mozart Place and a secondary one on Fuller Street. Other elements of the redevelopment proposal have been less controversial, including the restoration of the former embassy’s exterior and conversion of parts of the historic interior into condominiums. The preservation board previously encouraged the design firm, Trout Design Studio, to make the Fuller Street entrance more prominent, but a staff report assessing the latest plan now says both entrances are “too grandiose and overscaled for the project and in comparison to surrounding buildings.” On Mozart Place, Il Palazzo will See Palazzo/Page 7

By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

The school-by-school results of the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System showed some dramatic gains among Northwest schools, as well as some significant losses. Meanwhile, certain schools that already had strong scores managed to boost results enough to qualify for the “adequate yearly progress” designation established under the

Watergate residents seek reversal of ABC decision ■ License: Rivers restaurant

won approval for extra hour

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The Pop Ups, a high-energy act featuring colorful puppets and musical fun, performed for a Millennium Stage audience at the Kennedy Center on Saturday evening.

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

District pushing for green-power progress By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

Growing up in a family of 10 can teach you a lot about conservation. “I definitely received a lot of handme-downs from my sisters,” said Woodley Park business owner Katherine Limon. “So those values really stayed with me until today.” In March, Limon took over Carbon, an eco-friendly clothing, shoes and accessories boutique at 2643 Connecticut Ave. Now, she said, she’s doing her best to promote sustainability at her shop. Her clothes tend to be made of organic cotton, soy jersey or reclaimed material. And her store gets its power from the wind.

NEWS ■ Self-serve dog wash opens on Georgia Avenue. Page 4. ■ Norton discusses impact of feds on District. Page 3.

federal No Child Left Behind Act. Specialty secondary schools — including Duke Ellington School of the Arts and McKinley Technology — made big leaps, while School Without Walls, which already ■ SCHOOL BY had high scores, SCHOOL: A also saw an detailed look at increase. the numbers. At Burleith’s Page 15. Ellington, principal Rory Pullens said teachers worked hard to boost student scores by studying their strengths and weaknesses through interim assessments. See Scores/Page 18

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Carbon, a Woodley Park store, uses 100 percent wind power.

“Every time I turn on my lights and the computer, I’m [using] 100 percent wind power, generated through the Washington Gas energy saver program,” she said. So Carbon isn’t just a name. It’s

a philosophy. “I like to think that I’m reducing your carbon footprint by offering you a product that was sustainably made,” Limon said. Meanwhile, city officials are calling on more residents and business owners to follow Limon’s lead and sign up for green power. “Anybody in Washington who pays for electricity can participate in purchasing green power,” said Christophe Tulou, director of the D.C. Department of the Environment. This year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the Green Power Community Challenge, a national contest designed to encourage the purchase See Power/Page 19

EVENTS ■ Cherry Red troupe chooses ‘Aristrocrats’ for final show. Page 23. ■ Gallery highlights Asian-American artists. Page 23.

Watergate residents are complaining about late-night noise from a nearby restaurant, prompting calls for the city to reverse its decision last year that extended hours at the establishment. Residents recently learned that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board last fall allowed Rivers at Watergate, 600 New Hampshire Ave., to stay open until 1 a.m. nightly instead of midnight. The board can make these changes without requiring public notice or soliciting public input as long it considers the change to be relatively minor. Neighbors, as it happened, did not share that opinion. And after hearing their complaints, the Watergate East board of directors, along with the Foggy Bottom/West End advisory neighborhood commission, are calling for the hours change to be undone. At the neighborhood commis-

PASSAGES Washington Animal Rescue League finds new homes for 113 pets through weekend ‘Adopt-a-Thon’ event. Page 13. ■

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Some neighbors say late-night noise has become a problem.

sion’s July 20 meeting, Rivers coowner Patrick Cavanaugh said he is new to the restaurant business and followed the alcohol board’s requirements. “We’ve tried to do everything by the book and above the board. … I assure you we did nothing purposely underhanded,” he said. “It’s a one-hour change, and I didn’t think it was that big a deal.” But Watergate East resident Ron Cocome said noisy pedestrians exiting Rivers have become a problem since the hours were changed. “There’s only one way for them to leave, and that’s right under our See Watergate/Page 19

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/5 Exhibits/23 Foggy Bottom News/11 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8

Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 School Test Scores/15 Service Directory/25 Theater/23 Week Ahead/3

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Palisades residents push District officials on investigation of two car fires By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

Concerned Palisades residents spoke out last week about the investigation of two suspicious car fires that took place last month on Potomac Avenue. The two fires occurred July 6 around 10 p.m., within approximately 15 minutes of each other on the 5300 and 5600 blocks of Potomac Avenue. Two cars, a Mazda Miata and a Mercedes-Benz, were destroyed. The Metropolitan Police Department is working to investigate the crimes along with

Norton describes local effects of federal strife, budget cuts By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Although the U.S. government dodged the risk of imminent default earlier this month, the District remains in jeopardy from future congressional deadlocks and likely federal spending cuts, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. The congresswoman addressed the issues last Thursday at a “Norton in Your Neighborhood Conversation,� held during the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission’s monthly meeting. Norton discussed various federal issues affecting the District, from the broader deficit debate to the Department of Homeland Security’s planned expansion of its

Hayes said, and no more fires have been set. The lieutenant said both fires are now being classified as “destruction of property over $200.� D.C. Fire Chief Keith Ellerbe also fielded questions at last week’s meeting, which drew a crowd of about 75 residents to the Palisades Recreation Center. Bill Slover, president of the Palisades Citizens Association — which helped organize the event — said the high turnout reflected the level of concern about the fires. One resident asked Ellerbe about a bottle a neighbor found and police collected on

the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, which is looking into whether the incidents should be classified as arson. According to a message posted by Police Lt. Victor Braschnewitz on the 2nd District listserv July 9, “Evidence on the scene strongly indicated the presence of an accelerant having been used‌ .â€? At a special community meeting on Aug. 4 in the Palisades, Lt. Eric Hayes said police have made no arrests and have no suspects. Officers have been patrolling the area near Potomac Avenue since the incident occurred,

July 28 near the entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail on the 5700 block of Potomac Avenue. Residents wanted to know whether any fingerprints were discovered on the bottle, which was thought to have contained gasoline. Ellerbe said he didn’t know about the fingerprints, but he did say that the bottle’s contents — dried out by the time it was found — were flammable. Contrary to previously published reports, Ellerbe added, the bottle did not have a cloth attached to it and was not considered a See Fires/Page 24




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Nebraska Avenue Complex. Norton expressed concern that the District, which routinely sells short-term bonds to cover expenses while waiting for local tax receipts, could face a “lack of liquidity� in the event of a federal default. “If you’ve got to go to the bond market and you are a federal city and there’s a default and the markets freeze on you, how do you keep revenue coming to the District of Columbia?� Norton said. “We would have faced a situation where we could not borrow and we would go to the control board again. And not because we’re not fiscally unhealthy.� Norton blamed the recent potential default on Republicans who demanded what she said were See Norton/Page 24


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The week ahead Wednesday, Aug. 10

The National Capital Planning Commission will hold a public forum on the Federal Transportation and Workplace Elements of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the commission’s offices, Suite 500, 401 9th St. NW.

Tuesday, Aug. 16

The Ward 3 Advisory Neighborhood Commission Redistricting Task Force will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Social Room at the Van Ness Apartments, 3003 Van Ness St. NW.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board will hold a Ward 4 community meeting on plans for iGaming DC, its online gambling program. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.

Saturday, Aug. 20

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and National Park Service rangers will hold the first of several monthly volunteer work days to replace waterbars, fill in gullies and build a turnpike along an eroded stretch of Whitehaven Trail. Tools and instruction will be provided, and work will begin at 9 a.m. The location is west of 37th Street between T and U streets NW. To sign up, contact Alex Sanders at

Monday, Aug. 22

The D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board will hold a Ward 2 community meeting on plans for iGaming DC. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW.

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Cathedral Pharmacy may get to rejoin CVS Caremark network after dispute By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Cathedral Pharmacy may rejoin the CVS Caremark prescription benefits management network after the businesses settled a recent dispute, but neither will say how soon that could take place. The 87-year-old pharmacy at 3000 Connecticut Ave. lost its contract to fill CVS Caremark prescriptions earlier this year after an audit faulted Cathedral’s inventory control practices. Cathedral owner Michael Madden,

who filed suit over the termination, has alleged that CVS Caremark was trying to drive business to its own CVS Pharmacy stores. In an interview with The Current last month, Madden said he wasn’t certain of his pharmacy’s long-term future without the CVS Caremark contract. Christine Cramer, spokesperson for CVS Caremark, wrote in an email to The Current Monday that the two businesses have “amicably settled their dispute arising from Cathedral’s termination from the CVS Caremark pharmacy network.”

“The settlement reaffirms the primary importance that both CVS Caremark and Cathedral place on patient safety and proper pharmacy practices,” Cramer wrote. She said “Cathedral may petition for reinstatement into the Network at the conclusion of its termination period,” but would not say what that process would entail or when it could begin. In a brief email, Madden confirmed that he had settled with CVS Caremark. “The agreement has been signed. I cannot answer any other questions,” Madden wrote.

He added that during the period Cathedral is unable to fill CVS Caremark prescriptions, loyal customers can change their prescription plans. “We are open and if there are those out there that would appreciate quality pharmacy services, just give me a call and I will personally handle the transfers of their prescriptions,” Madden wrote. The Cleveland Park/Woodley Park advisory neighborhood commission and Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh have each requested investigations into CVS Caremark’s competitive practices.

Dog grooming goes self-serve in Shepherd Park


thel Taylor says she’s been lucky every step of the way in planning her new business, the Doggie Washerette. She found a wonderful contractor to revamp her Shepherd Park space simply by asking someone in her business class for a recommendation. An engineer at her church helped with drawings. And she found an accountant through her community as well. “It’s almost like divine connections,” said Taylor. The result of that divinity will open to the public this weekend at 7714 Georgia Ave. NW. The business is a self-serve dog wash that Taylor says will allow customers to pamper their pooches for less than the cost of a groomer — and with-

brushes, towels, et cetera. She will have three tables set up for grooming. beth cope The system will work much like out the potential anxiety of an a do-it-yourself car wash. Dogs will unknown hanhop up — or dler. climb steps “There’s no Taylor provides appointments for older pets necessary, no — into the bath stranger hanarea of a special dling your dog. machine called Compared to a the Tru-Blue groomer,” she K9000. Owners said, her $35 will pay via the Bill Petros/The Current machine, with charge is “budget-conscious.” Ethel Taylor’s Doggie Washerette either cash or That $35 will open this weekend. credit card, and covers both the then select their cost of the bath and use of Taylor’s shampoo. The machine will disSee Washerette/Page 24 grooming supplies: nail clippers,


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District Digest GDS graduate wins gold in math contest

Georgetown Day School graduate Ben Gunby, who is headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall, was awarded a gold medal at the International Mathematic Olympiad last month. Gunby competed as part of the U.S. team, which finished second to China out of about 100 teams competing. Each of the six U.S. students, including Gunby, earned a gold medal. It was Gunby’s second time winning the gold at the international math competition, which took place in Amsterdam this year. “It is thrilling to see years of hard work result in such spectacular achievement, and I am extremely proud of what Ben and the entire U.S. team accomplished this year,� said Georgetown Day math teacher Andy Lipps, who attended the event. Lipps said it was only the second time in the 38 years the United States has participated in the Olympiad that all six members earned a gold medal.

Restaurants offer weeklong discounts

More than 200 area restaurants will temporarily offer discounted, fixed-price lunches and dinners starting Monday as part of Restaurant Week 2011, according to the promotion’s co-sponsor, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. At participating restaurants, three-course meals will cost $20.11 for lunch and $35.11 for dinner from Aug. 15 through 21, states the promotion’s website,

Casey group doubles rebate for large trees

Residents who plant large canopy trees on their properties can now receive rebates of up to $100 from Casey Trees, according to a news release from the nonprofit. The organization has already

offered residents up to $50 for planting any size of noninvasive canopy tree, through a rebate program funded by the D.C. Department of the Environment. That program will continue even as more funds are available for planting the larger trees, the release says. Instructions and a list of eligible trees are available at rebate.

seat, and received 75 percent when she ran for re-election in 2008. Baruti Jahi, a past president of the Shepherd Park Citizens Association and a candidate in the 2008 race, has announced that he will challenge Bowser for the Democratic nomination. One of Bowser’s major goals in this next cycle, she said, will be

Bowser kicks off Ward 4 campaign

Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser celebrated her birthday July 28 with a campaign kickoff fundraiser that attracted about 300 people to the Intown Uptown Inn on 14th Street. After an introduction by former at-large Council member Carol Schwartz, Bowser shared her goal of snaring 95 percent of the vote in the April 3 Democratic primary. Bowser led the field with 40 percent in her first run for the Ward 4

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 5100 block, 52nd St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  5100 block, 52nd St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, Loughboro Road; street; 1 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  4700 block, Woodway Lane; street; 12:05 p.m. Aug. 4.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 1200 block, 33rd St.; residence; 3:15 a.m. Aug. 4. Burglary â&#x2013;  2600 block, O St.; residence; 4 a.m. Aug. 4. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Aug. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 6:45 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 5 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 6 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:30 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; street; 7 a.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 11:15 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 5:30 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  M and Potomac streets; sidewalk; 8 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Thomas Jefferson St.; sidewalk; 3:15 a.m. Aug. 5. â&#x2013;  1400 block Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 3:53 a.m. Aug. 5.

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weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1800 block, C St.; street; 8 a.m. Aug. 3. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  1800 block, H St.; government building; 5:45 a.m. Aug. 2. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, F St.; office building; 1 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1800 block, F St.; office building; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  2100 block, H St.; university; 2:15 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 2 a.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; tavern; 6:45 a.m. Aug. 5.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1700 block, Riggs Place; sidewalk; 3:30 a.m. Aug. 6. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Q St.; restaurant; 2:15 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; street; 2 a.m. Aug. 7. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1000 block, 21st St.; unspecified premises; 11:52 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; tavern; 1:07 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; tavern; 1 a.m. Aug. 6. Burglary â&#x2013;  1600 block, R St.; residence; 10:45 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 7:30 a.m. Aug. 3. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2000 block, O St.; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Aug. 5. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; sidewalk; noon Aug. 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, K St.; sidewalk; noon Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 18th St.; office building; 1 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; medical facility; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3.

â&#x2013; 1700 block, Church St.; residence; 11 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. Aug. 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, T St.; residence; 4 a.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; 8 a.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; hotel; 1:20 a.m. Aug. 7. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; store; 2:45 a.m. Aug. 1. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1900 block, 16th St.; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 19th St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, T St.; street; 7 a.m. Aug. 1. â&#x2013;  Rhode Island Avenue and M Street; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; parking lot; 6:20 a.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 9 a.m. Aug. 3. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Riggs Place; street; 10:15 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  19th Street and Riggs Place; street; 8 a.m. Aug. 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 16th St.; street; 6:50 a.m. Aug. 5. â&#x2013;  2200 block, S St.; street; 12:05 p.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; street; 5 a.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 17th St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; street; 1 a.m. Aug. 7.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 1900 block, 19th St.; residence; 2 a.m. Aug. 4. Robbery (assault) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Calvert St.; sidewalk; 2:43 a.m. Aug. 6. Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  Columbia Road and Wyoming Avenue; sidewalk; 1 a.m. Aug. 2. â&#x2013;  19th Street and Belmont Road; park area; 3:15 a.m. Aug. 6. Robbery (armed)


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Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; 900 block, N St.; residence; 1:09 a.m. Aug. 5. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; restaurant; 1:45 a.m. Aug. 6. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 7. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1200 block, M St.; sidewalk; 11:20 a.m. Aug. 5. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  1300 block, N St.; government building; 10:20 a.m. Aug. 2. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  1300 block, S St.; street; 11:10 a.m. Aug. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; residence; 9:10 a.m. July 31. â&#x2013;  1100 block, O St.; sidewalk; 5 a.m. Aug. 5.

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face a line of row houses. The staff report expressed concern that the developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed two-story arched entrance with a three-story portico would extend as high as the row houses across the street and therefore seem more reminiscent of a major civic building than a residential one. At the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July 28 meeting, members expressed varying degrees of concern regarding this issue but agreed that it needs work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still tall, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still very high, and it will loom for [the row house neighbors], but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a lot of work to reduce the perception of that,â&#x20AC;? said board member Robert Sonderman. Patrick Cook, who represented Trout Design Studio at the meeting, noted that the original design concept called for this entrance to â&#x20AC;&#x153;announce the front of the buildingâ&#x20AC;? on Mozart Place. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Regarding the Fuller Street entrance, which is slightly smaller in comparison, the staff report recommended that a proposed twoand-a-half-story portico be dropped in height by one floor and that the balcony above be accessed by the second floor rather than the third, in order make the entrance more in scale with the rest of the building. Board members also raised concerns regarding the scale of the proposed stone materials to be used

at this entrance, and suggested a more modest design. During his 30-minute presentation, Cook shared project highlights including a retractable glass roof for penthouse units and a lap pool inside the courtyard. He also discussed the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof: Plans call for red clay tiles on the lower levels, which are particularly visible from the street, and a composite material that mimics the clay look for the top levels, including those areas that will screen mechanical equipment. Cook brought samples of both roof tiles to the meeting, and after inspection, Sonderman said the composite tile looked as though it had a reflective surface that could prove problematic as a design element. Aside from concerns about the roof tiles and entrances, the board said the design appeared compatible with the character of the landmark building. Board member Joseph Taylor characterized the plan as â&#x20AC;&#x153;intelligent architecture with intelligent solutions.â&#x20AC;? Cook asked that the preservation board yield final approval of design plans to the officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff, and the board granted that request, so the preservation board will not need review the plans again. On a concluding note, preservation board member Pamela Scott commended Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation and his use of 3-D architecture software, which can preserve each step of the design process as it moves


forward. She said that as an architectural historian, she bemoans the â&#x20AC;&#x153;loss of documentation in Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architecture,â&#x20AC;? and she asked Trout Design to consider archiving the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans in this 3-D format in a library so that in the future, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this kind of information is

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not lost to history.â&#x20AC;? Trout Designs first presented its design in December 2010 and then again in January 2011, at which point the preservation board approved conceptual plans to redevelop the nearly 100-year-old embassy building into condomini-

ums while preserving its historic elements. The project will next go before the Zoning Commission on Sept. 8. The building, now owned by Valor Development and Potomac Construction, has been vacant for about 15 years.

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Muni melodrama It’s been an unfortunate summertime soap opera. In May, the D.C. Council voted to tax interest on out-of-state municipal bonds — including interest earned throughout 2011. The council provided no real notice beforehand, eliciting a justifiable outcry from retired seniors who rely on income from the bonds. The next month, the council fell just short on a vote to preserve the tax exemption for bonds purchased before Oct. 1, 2011, if additional revenue allowed the city to do so. Come July, the council — by a tight 7-6 vote — agreed to delay the onset of the new tax until Jan. 1, 2012, thereby giving bondholders the chance to change their portfolios before the government began collecting its cut. The council used $13.4 million previously slated to help build up the city’s depleted reserve funds. Last week, Mayor Vincent Gray used a pocket veto to derail the council’s latest action, which came as part of a package of technical amendments. In a letter to Council Chairman Kwame Brown explaining his action, the mayor criticized the “unfair retroactive income tax increase on bondholders” and reiterated his support for an increase on residents earning more than $200,000 as far preferable. Mayor Gray also objected to comments from Chairman Brown and Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh that they had felt “ambushed” and “blindsided” by the pocket veto. He cited meetings he had with Chairman Brown the day of the pocket veto, as well as his initial statement on the eve of the council’s July vote that he would not support the use of funds targeted for the reserve funds. Neither of the mayor’s arguments is fully persuasive, though we agree on the importance of rebuilding the city’s reserves. If officials were to broker a resolution that avoids bondholders having to pay the new tax on their existing portfolios until Jan. 1, 2012, the meetings should have come far earlier than the day of the pocket veto. It wasn’t only legislators caught off-guard by the mayor. Local business leaders issued a joint statement describing the veto as misguided and lacking “proper notice or conversation.” It’s time for an end to this melodrama. Officials should come together to find a solution that reduces the retroactive nature of the tax so it applies only to income earned after Oct. 1, the start of the 2012 fiscal year.

A time for action Recent polls have shown a dramatic drop in the public standing of the U.S. Congress, largely due to partisan wrangling and legislators’ ethical lapses. There’s not really any partisan wrangling on the D.C. Council, with its 11 Democrats and two independents. But there unfortunately have been more than a few ethical lapses. Compounding the problem, the D.C. Council has not acted swiftly to tighten ethics rules and campaign finance loopholes, as groups such as the Ward 3 Democrats and the D.C. Republican Committee have appropriately criticized. Arguably, the situation has gotten even worse following the recent settlement between D.C. Attorney General Irving Nathan and Ward 5 D.C. Council member Harry Thomas. Without admitting guilt, the council member agreed to repay the $300,000 in city money that he allegedly converted to his personal use. The U.S. Attorney’s Office could still pursue criminal charges, but in the meantime Mr. Thomas’ supporters are reportedly establishing a legal defense fund. It’s essential that the council enact emergency legislation to require full public disclosure of the donors, as well as limitations on contributions. Simply stated, D.C. law should not allow any politician to have a secret fund. The council ought to return from its recess to take up the matter. Emergency legislation won’t obviate the need for a comprehensive measure this fall, but it is necessary to forestall a potential quagmire.

The swirl of ethics … continued …


ast week came a little-noticed news release from U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. Cheryl Ferrara, a former deputy assistant inspector general, was sentenced for falsifying residency documents and bank accounts to get a friend hired in her office, and for personally spending about $20,000 in funds from the national Association of Inspectors General, for which she was treasurer. Ferrara received a year of probation and a suspended sentence of 180 days, and she was fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. And, of course, the 46-year-old defendant lost her job and is no longer treasurer of the national association. She also had to resign from her most recent government job as a special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. She also must notify federal agencies that granted her previous security clearances (you know what that likely means), as well as inform “the appropriate agencies” that granted her Certified Public Accountant license. In short, to foolishly help a friend fake documents and bank accounts to get a job, and for violating her fiduciary duties as treasurer, her career and life are in tatters. The case is one of any number of lower-level crimes of government workers pursued and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. (We’re on the email list and a week doesn’t seem to go by without some local or federal government worker in trouble.) We mention all this as citizens continue to speculate about the fate of Ward 5 Council member Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Council Chairman Kwame Brown and Mayor Vincent Gray, all of whom have active cases pending in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in one form or another. As we wrote last week, Thomas’ case is the one most directly involving city money. He settled the civil case against him by agreeing to repay the District $300,000 in grant monies that D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan said Thomas used for his personal benefit. Thomas settled the civil suit without denying or admitting guilt. At this point, that’s an important legal nicety but will have no bearing on what U.S. Attorney Machen decides to do in that case as he explores criminal charges. If we were Thomas or any other public official facing a criminal probe, we would be very nervous at the conviction record Machen is amassing. Those who believe the feds are going to take a whiff on the worst cases of alleged corruption since the awful Marion Barry years of the 1980s ought to be on the mailing list for the drumbeat of announcements coming out of Machen’s office. ■ Bike helmets? We did a story on NBC4 a few

days ago on the wildly successful Capital Bikeshare program. In less than a year, the use-a-bike-whenyou-need-it system has recorded 800,000 individual bike trips on the red and yellow bikes. As we stood at Dupont Circle — site of the busiest station — person after person praised the bikes. The only complaint was a wish for even more bike stations. But we were there because very few of the rental riders actually wear bike helmets. For years now, there has been a drumbeat of safety folks urging all cyclists to use helmets. (The law in the District mandates only that children 16 and younger must have a helmet.) Chris Holben, a D.C. Department of Transportation administrator who works with the bike program, says “we’ve had trouble” balancing the bike helmet issue with rental bikes. Few people want to carry around a helmet all day just for a few minutes of use. And tourists aren’t likely to bring a helmet with them. So the Transportation Department is beginning a pilot program to make 500 bike helmets available to the most frequent users of the bike system. And it also has hooked up with the five Kimpton Hotels in D.C. to offer loaner helmets to out-of-town visitors. It’s only a scratch-the-surface effort to explore better bicycle safety, but it’s a good start. Holben had some good news about the rental bikes. He says they are a bit “clunkier” than regular bikes you often see. He says that tends to slow down the bikes and helps keep them from weaving into and out of traffic as much. Holben also said of the 800,000 recorded rides, there have been only 13 reported bike wrecks or serious incidents. ■ Sidewalk sanity. This week is the 50th anniversary of sidewalk cafes in the District. It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when such cafes were prohibited as potential problems for sanitation and for passersby on sidewalks. (Hadn’t anyone ever been to Paris?) We’re glad that sidewalk cafes are now an integral part of city life, but if anyone was sitting at one during our recent wave of high-90s temperatures, we feel sorry for them. ■ Fudging the issue. This has nothing to do with local politics, but we were amused by a press release received last week from U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio. Fudge announced she had introduced “wide-ranging legislation aimed at combating childhood obesity.” So, we mentally wrote the headline, “Fudge Fights Fat.” If only it were so. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor District’s bond tax robbing retirees

Mayor Vincent Gray has shown that he is willing to see a retroactive expropriation of the income earned by D.C. retirees on non-D.C. municipal bonds. He has vetoed the D.C. Council amendment that would have made this new tax take effect on Jan. 1, 2012, rather than the original date, Jan. 1, 2011. So, those taxpayers who have earned income this year on non-D.C. muni bonds will be taxed this year on all of this income. They

might also be hit with a penalty for under-withholding tax. This is unconscionable. It’s confiscatory. It invalidates the investment strategy of 19,000 Ward 3 families. They bought bonds expecting a stream of taxexempt income over 10 to 20 years, and now that strategy is in tatters — retroactively. The fact that the effective date for this tax is retroactive is only part of the outrage. The fundamental outrage is over the tax applying to bonds bought before the council imposed the tax. The other states that have ended the tax exemption for outof-state municipal bonds grandfathered old investments. D.C. is taking the most punitive, unfair

approach possible. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh did not fight for a grandfather clause. And now she’s not been able to prevent the mayor from vetoing the change in the effective date. The last time this came up, Ward 3 Council member Kathy Patterson beat it back. Cheh’s effectiveness pales in comparison. The priority now should be to secure a grandfather clause, not change the effective date. If Cheh can’t secure a grandfather clause, she’ll be countenancing the outright theft of tens of millions of dollars in assets of retirees in Ward 3. Chuck Ludlam Cleveland Park

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Action necessary to ensure better government VIEWPOINT shelley tomkin


he recent surge of investigations and allegations of corruption and conflict of interest that have been directed toward D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public officials has eroded public confidence in the integrity of the political process in the District of Columbia. The political climate thus created threatens to depress citizen participation in grass-roots politics as well as to undermine those engaged in the struggle for self-determination for the citizens of the District of Columbia. So far there has been a weak response from our elected officials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a lack of remorse on the part of those accused and, with some exceptions, a lack of outrage on the part of most of their D.C. Council colleagues. It is left to local political and civic activists to repudiate an often-insidious culture where public officialsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; use of public office for personal gain is a common occurrence. Expressing outrage only goes so far. We need to do the hard work of providing citizen input to the D.C. Council on reforms it should be contemplating for the future. Such legislative reforms should require that elected officials adhere to clearly stated codes of conduct and rules governing transparency and public disclosure. Reworked statutes must also contain strong sanctions for noncompliance with these rules of behavior as well as the mechanisms for genuinely independent oversight bodies to enforce them. While two reform bills are already pending in the D.C. Council (one sponsored by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh and Council Chairman Kwame Brown, and one by at-large Council member Vincent Orange),

Letters to the Editor Urban green space needs protection

I am concerned about D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to change the way our federal parks are managed [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Park Service may review D.C. policies,â&#x20AC;? Aug. 3]. She wants the National Park Service to be more â&#x20AC;&#x153;flexible,â&#x20AC;? but lovers of our parks have all too often seen flexibility used as a euphemism for weaker and lessprotective management. Indeed, Del. Norton herself went so far as to tell the House of Representatives that Dupont Circle Park is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not a place for enjoying the greenery of nature.â&#x20AC;? This certainly comes as a surprise to myself and the many others who flock to Dupont Circle and other D.C. parks precisely because their greenery enriches us and offers us a brief respite from our stressful daily routines. When Justice Thurgood Marshall famously emphasized the â&#x20AC;&#x153;paramount importanceâ&#x20AC;? of protecting the â&#x20AC;&#x153;few green havens that are public parks,â&#x20AC;? he did so in a case about an urban park (Overton Park in Memphis). D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federal parks are among the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most priceless treasures, and the

Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent shuffling of the committee assignments could delay their consideration. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser will probably need extra time to get up to speed on the ethics reform issue as the new chair of the Government Operations Committee (taking over from Cheh), which has jurisdiction over ethics reform matters. It is important that the legislative process in this area not be delayed or â&#x20AC;&#x201D; worse yet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stopped in its tracks. The Cheh/Brown and Orange proposals should not be allowed to gather dust. More comprehensive ethics reform proposals need to be considered as well. Hearings affording ample opportunity for public comment should be scheduled as soon as the council reconvenes in September. Proper notice for these hearings should be provided to the public as well. It seems that it is up to citizen activists to sound the alarm and to serve as change agents. That is why the Ward 3 Democratic Committee as an active grass-roots organization dedicated to encouraging good government practices has constituted a government ethics reform task force to address this issue. The task force is in the process of developing recommendations for statutory changes to D.C. law designed to prevent corruption, malfeasance and conflict of interest among D.C. public officials. With these objectives in mind, the task force is examining â&#x20AC;&#x153;best practicesâ&#x20AC;? in other jurisdictions as well as soliciting input from community organizations and residents in Ward 3. We can be contacted at dcward3.dems.government.ethics@gmail. com. Please join us in this citizen-based effort to restore public trust in our local government in the District of Columbia. We can make a difference. Shelley Tomkin is chair of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee.

National Park Service is their steward. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s urge the agency to redouble its efforts to preserve our urban greenery, so it remains unmarred both for our own enjoyment and that of future generations. Howard Fox Forest Hills

More than â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;someâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; object to project

The Current reports [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Akridge seeks to sell Wisconsin Ave. parcel,â&#x20AC;? July 13] that â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh and the smart-growth advocacy group Ward 3 Vision supported the [5220 Wisconsin Ave.] project,â&#x20AC;? as did the D.C. Zoning Commission. On the other hand, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Friendship Heights-Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commission, the Friendship Neighborhood Association and some individual residents opposed it â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? Some individual residents? A petition, limited to residents 18 years or older, was circulated in the area most affected by the Akridge project. Of the 442 addresses within that area, 59 went uncounted because no one was at home, and another 38 because there was not time to approach them before a deadline for publishing the petition results. This process, which amounted to coverage

of 345 (78 percent) of the 442 addresses, included noting the reasons that residents gave for not signing the petition. The results: Of the 548 responding residents, 501 (91 percent) signed the petition opposing Akridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to exceed matter-of-right zoning limit height by 58 percent, lot occupancy by 67 percent and density (floor area in square feet) by 192 percent. Of the 47 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the actual â&#x20AC;&#x153;some individual residentsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who did not sign: Twenty-two (4 percent) agreed with the Akridge plan; 18 (3 percent) were undecided; and seven (1 percent) did not care one way or the other. Ward 3 Vision, though it boasted just the opposite, was at the time (and presumably still is) a small group, almost all of whose members lived well outside the most affected area. They, along with Council member Cheh (who lives far from that area) and the five D.C. zoning commissioners (ditto), completely disdained the petition results. They treated the clear will of the community as if it had no relevance whatsoever. If and when the Akridgedesigned project is erected, it will stand as a monument to this small gang of oligarchistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; undermining of the democratic process. Frederic Burk Friendship Heights

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Gray Administration Says “Yes”— Announces Stevens Legacy Will Resume At the July 20 ANC2A Meeting, Victor Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) introduced key members of his staff and gave an update regarding Stevens School. Happily, DMPED concurs with the community’s wish that Stevens School remain in use as it had for 139 years. Hoskins announced that a new RFP—one that requires maintaining the valuable West End building as a school while adding a commercial component to the surrounding land—will be issued, possibly by mid-September. The RFP will be structured according to the ANC2A Resolution dated 4/14/11. The resolution specifies that

the footprint of the school building will be put into a trust in perpetuity for DC Public Schools. The school must reopen as an “educational institution.” One developer will be selected to build out the surrounding property for commercial/mixed use but needs to partner with a public school operator, such as a public charter school. In that partnership, the developer must refurbish the school building according to the partner’s specifications with the deal for the surrounding property structured to support the project’s economics. The RFP will be open for 90 days with a “winner” selected in January 2012. Excellent news to be sure. —FBN

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As one sweeps through the course of Western literature, what defines a “hero?” Are “epic” and “heroic” literature synonymous turns of phrase and, if not, how do they differ from each other? How might the concepts “hero” and “heroic adventure” change over the centuries? This series will explore these questions by considering six works of Western literature that are considered signal examples of the heroic adventure. Each leads down a slightly different path of encounters and outcomes but each also addresses our opening question and the broader topic of our upcoming series. Georgetown University Professor Ori Z. Soltes, international lecturer in Art and Literature, returns as facilitator. All programs are 6:30–8:45 p.m. The schedule of dates and books is: SePT 7 The epic of gilgamesh: The Search for Immortality ocT 5 homer, The odyssey: The Search for home ocT 26 dante, The Inferno: The Search for the Soul noV 16 arthur Miller, death of a Salesman: everyman as hero dec 7 Saul Bellow, henderson the rain King: The hero as Picaresque adventurer Jan 4, 2012 Salman rushdie, The Moor’s last Sigh: The hero as complex crisscrosser of Time and Space TO PREPARE FOR “THE HEROIC ADVENTURE” BORROW COPIES of the books to be discussed: Behind the reference desk at the WEST END LIBRARY.

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For DC’s (and FB’s) Top “Blue Ribbon High School” as a nationally recognized “Blue Ribbon School.” The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created in 1981 to honor schools that have achieved high levels of performance or significant improvements with emphasis on schools serving disadvantaged students. Walls has proven itself by leading the city’s high schools in high scoring in both reading and math proficiency on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) tests at 99.14% and 98.28%, respectively. Walls’ 2010 school year achievement happened when many DC CAS scores were stagnating or in decline. Sadly, DCPS Chancellor Kaya DC Public School’s “School Henderson’s budget cutting will Without Walls” Leads City’s result in eliminating teachers, High Schools staff, and counselor positions Our own School Without Walls for the 2011-2012 school year (Walls) is currently basking in across the city, including the (but not resting on) its laurels high-achieving Walls. —FBN The West End Library Friends (WELF) Donated 157 Used Books to Foggy Bottom’s “School Without Walls” School Without Walls (Walls) Librarian Sharon Vollin and two volunteers were aided by Mary Dusing, WELF’s book sale guru, to help locate additions to Walls’ library from among the expansive array in WELF’s collection. Books are contributed by the public and sold to the public periodically. The proceeds are exclusively used to support the library and its special programs, a case of community cooperation that shines. Thanks to Ellie Becker, Secretary of WELF, for bringing this to FBN’s attention.

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August 10, 2011 ■ Page 13

‘Adopt-a-Thon’ nearly clears crowded shelter

By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


n abnormal sort of quiet had settled upon the Washington Animal Rescue League by Monday. “I’ve never seen it like this, so empty,” said Jim Monsma, director of communications at the 71 Oglethorpe St. NW shelter. “It’s like a ghost town.” Just the Friday before, the shelter had been swollen to capacity with 125 dogs and cats. The animals had come from all over the place — from regions hit by floods and tornados, from a hoarder in upstate New York, from other shelters in the region that ran out of space. “Shelters are always slammed during summers,” Monsma said, since it’s a popular time for moving. Some people even give up their pets when they’re going on vacation, he said. But over the weekend, the majority of the animals at the Takoma shelter moved out into new homes. For 33 straight hours on Saturday and Sunday, the rescue league kept its doors open for its first-ever “Adopt-a-Thon” event. Seventy-five volunteers helped out, and a half-dozen volunteers and staffers even camped out in the building Saturday night. The marathon offered a streamlined process for pet adoptions, waiving normal fees and allowing

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people to pay whatever they could afford for their new pets. Things started in a frenzy on Saturday morning, volunteers said. One family showed up at 5 a.m. to be first in line, and by the time volunteers arrived at 7, “the lines were already pretty long,” said volunteer Anna Colb. The pace had slowed down some by Saturday evening. “It’s been pretty phenomenal,” volunteer Jamie Hutton said around 6:30 p.m. “We’re almost out of dogs.” Those remaining at that hour included Buckaroo, a hound mix; and Oh! Susanna, a black lab. Some leapt up excitedly at each

Laura Wallach and Scott Ressler, above, were among the many area residents to find dogs and cats to adopt at the Washington Animal Rescue League’s all-weekend event.

visitor, some stared up with sad or wary eyes, and others napped through the activities. One woman cooed into the stall of a tail-thumping young pit bull mix. “I’m trying to take you home,” she told the dog. “I want to take you home so bad.” A shelter volunteer later informed the woman she couldn’t adopt the dog, because the area where she lives — Prince George’s County — bans pit bulls. The cat section was more crowded Saturday evening, with several felines roaming free on the floor of the room. A few kittens remained up for adoption, alongside a couple of memorable characters: Cirro, the dainty cat with a patch of gray fur where its left eye should be, and Amelia, the chunky three-legged cat who had survived a run-in with a car. The cats weren’t moving out of the shelter as quickly as the dogs, Monsma said, but that follows normal shelter patterns. “It’s not hard to get a cat,” he said. Many people end up taking in a stray, or adopting cats from friends or acquaintances — “A coworker says, ‘My cat just had kittens,” he said. By the end of Adopt-a-Thon at

8 p.m. Sunday, 26 cats remained in the shelter, and only four dogs. The total — 113 animals — “is as good as we [normally] do in a month,” Monsma said. But the quick turnaround of adoptions inspired a mix of praise and skepticism, said Mary Jarvis, the animal league’s chief operating officer. “There’s criticism of this as much as there is excitement,” she said. Jarvis emphasized, though, that she had seen “very high-quality adopters” on Saturday, including “people who have adopted from us before, and people who already have animals.” And Monsma said while there is certainly concern about the qualifications of new owners, his shelter — and others — are generally becoming less restrictive with pet adoptions these days. “This is the way we’re going,” he said. “We’re trying to be friendlier to adopters,” rather than scaring them away with obstacles like “invasive questionnaires.” During the weekend, adoption procedures skipped some of the traditional steps, such as a home visit with the potential new owner. “We’re putting more faith in the adopters,” said volunteer Hutton.

Adopt-a-Thon participants filled out an application, presented ID and picked out their animal. Then they sat down for an interview with an adoption counselor — a meeting that could be “as short as 15 minutes” for people with extensive pet-owning experience, Monsma said, or longer for firsttime owners. The point was to “make sure you have realistic expectations” about caring for an animal, he said. With some animals, the owner would then be required to meet with a veterinarian or behavioral specialist. Then — after signing a contract and paying whatever fee they chose — the owner could leave the building with their new pet. Jarvis said adopters on Saturday had paid “as little as $20 and as much as $500.” On Monday Monsma reported that the shelter’s totals averaged about $75 per adoption. (The fees normally range from $150 to $250 for dogs and $50 to $100 for cats.) As for the uneasy sense of calm that filled the shelter after the weekend marathon, Monsma predicted it wouldn’t last long: The rescue league already has new animals coming in by the truckload to fill its empty stalls. “We’ll be at full capacity again by Saturday,” he said. More information about the Washington Animal Rescue League and the weekend event is available at

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The Field: Pepco is committed to improving our customers’ experience through a comprehensive plan to upgrade the system, announced last year. We are making progress and our work continues to reduce both the frequency and the duration of power outages that cause our customers inconvenience and frustration.

Reliability Improvement Progress Report July 2011 – District of Columbia

Our work on this plan will continue over the next three and a half years, but it won’t stop there. We will always work hard to more effectively provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers. Below is an update on our work in the District of Columbia. For information about Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, we invite you to visit us at

247 Miles of Trees TriMMeD Fallen trees and limbs cause most power outages. To improve reliability, Pepco has trimmed more than 250 miles of power lines in D.C. since September 2010. We’re on target to trim 416 miles in the District by the end of the year. Staffing for tree trimming has been increased to four times the normal complement of workers to meet the project’s demands.

29 Power line UPgraDe ProJeCTs CoMPleTeD This year, Pepco has completed seven projects to upgrade distribution feeders – power lines that serve large numbers of customers – to improve reliability in areas that have experienced more frequent outages. Upgrades were completed in June in Shepherd Park, Benning and two locations in Anacostia. Work has begun on two new projects, in Brookland near Catholic University and Deanwood, and another project in Friendship Heights. Our crews continue to work on distributionlevel power lines in Anacostia, Benning, Chevy Chase, Crestwood, Capitol Hill and on Georgia Avenue. We will start an additional seven projects in the next two months.

18 sysTeM growTh ProJeCTs CoMPleTeD To serve the growing demand for electricity, Pepco is upgrading power lines and adding circuits throughout the District. In June, Pepco completed upgrades in the Anacostia and Chevy Chase areas and continued work in the H Street, NE Corridor, which is coordinated with the ongoing street improvement project. Pepco has completed 18 of 19 projects since September 2010, with the final project on Minnesota Avenue planned for completion this December.

15 aDvanCeD ConTrol sysTeMs are Being insTalleD We are installing advanced control systems that allow the electric system to identify problems and, in some cases, automatically restore power to most affected customers within minutes. We continue making progress on the 15 projects planned for completion this year in the Benning, Deanwood, River Terrace, Palisades and Van Ness areas.

assessMenT of UnDergroUnD ProJeCTs UnDerway In areas where traditional modifications to the overhead system have not produced the desired results, Pepco will selectively replace the overhead system with an underground system. Two feeders in the District meet this criteria and an engineering evaluation has begun on both.

ADDITIONAL PROGRESS AT PEPCO You’ll also see improvements in our customer service. We have hired additional staff to answer your calls and are using smartphone apps and our website to provide more convenient, efficient ways for you to report outages and find information about your electric service. If you have comments or suggestions, reach us on Twitter (@PepcoConnect) or at

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D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System Spring 2011 School-by-School Results These are the school system’s spring 2011 results for the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System tests for area public schools, compiled from data released last week and posted on the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s website. The current test was first administered in spring 2006. The line after each school’s name shows the percentage of students who met the proficiency targets in reading and math. In 2011, to make “adequate yearly progress,” as defined by the District in adherence to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, an elementary school had to have 73.69 percent of students meet the target in reading and 70.14 percent in math; a secondary school, 71.79 percent in reading and 70.27 percent in math; schools also had to meet the same thresholds for various subgroups of students. These percentages have increased over time. Schools that do not meet the targets can also make adequate yearly progress by showing a 10 percent reduction in the percentage of students not meeting the academic target. The charts also show the percentages of students who tested at below basic, basic, proficient and advanced levels. Prior to 2009, the school system did not list some information for Hearst Elementary because it had too few students in the grades tested. Francis-Stevens Education Campus opened in the 2008-09 school year.

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ELEMENTARY schools BARNARD Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

66.37% 84.83% 67.31% 58.41% 9.32% 1.97% 5.41% 10.00% 25.42% 13.16% 27.03% 33.33% 55.93% 68.42% 47.75% 51.67% 9.32% 16.45% 19.82% 5.00%

55.75% 80.00% 64.42% 60.53% 16.95% 0.64% 7.21% 6.61% 27.97% 18.59% 28.83% 33.06% 33.90% 53.21% 40.54% 44.63% 21.19% 27.56% 23.42% 15.70%

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Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

36.89% 31.86% 36.26% 32.17% 17.31% 21.19% 21.43% 30.83% 46.15% 46.61% 43.88% 37.50% 31.73% 32.20% 32.65% 30.83% 4.81% 0.00% 2.04% 0.83%

43.69% 38.05% 38.46% 24.35% 20.19% 15.13% 25.00% 24.19% 36.54% 47.06% 38.00% 51.61% 36.54% 31.09% 32.00% 20.16% 6.73% 6.72% 5.00% 4.03%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

73.96% 85.57% 5.15% 1.95% 21.13% 12.68% 57.73% 66.83% 15.98% 18.54%

78.31% 79.01% 1.18% 2.45% 20.00% 18.40% 61.76% 60.12% 17.06% 19.02%

64.06% 80.10% 74.70% 74.21% 7.22% 2.40% 2.92% 3.05% 28.87% 17.79% 22.22% 23.78% 41.24% 40.38% 49.12% 46.95% 22.68% 39.42% 25.73% 26.22%

n/a 47.46% 45.14% 56.12% n/a 12.83% 10.97% 9.66% n/a 41.71% 45.16% 35.17% n/a 42.25% 40.00% 47.59% n/a 3.21% 3.87% 7.59%

n/a 42.61% 39.58% 51.80% n/a 17.89% 24.20% 17.65% n/a 40.00% 36.94% 32.03% n/a 38.42% 35.03% 42.48% n/a 3.68% 3.82% 7.84%

FRANCIS- Meeting Target STEVENS Below basic AYP Reading Basic AYP Math Proficient Advanced HEARST

Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

n/a 80.77% 0.00% 3.70% 13.04% 14.81% 56.52% 70.37% 30.43% 11.11%

75.56% 65.28% n/a 92.31% 66.67% 66.67% 6.67% 2.70% 0.00% 3.70% 4.44% 6.76% 17.78% 32.43% 13.04% 7.41% 28.89% 27.03% 64.44% 56.76% 47.83% 37.04% 42.22% 45.95% 11.11% 8.11% 39.13% 51.85% 24.44% 20.27%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

82.89% 82.89% 78.26% 81.18% 3.85% 3.75% 4.17% 4.40% 14.10% 13.75% 16.67% 13.19% 67.95% 72.50% 54.17% 62.64% 14.10% 10.00% 25.00% 19.78%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

87.80% 90.80% 88.21% 92.02% 88.98% 85.44% 88.21% 89.67% 0.79% 1.15% 0.51% 0.47% 1.57% 1.91% 1.01% 0.47% 11.42% 8.02% 11.22% 7.51% 9.45% 12.60% 10.61% 9.86% 57.87% 59.16% 53.06% 54.93% 41.34% 40.84% 45.96% 40.38% 29.92% 31.68% 35.20% 37.09% 47.64% 44.66% 42.42% 49.30%

KEY AYP Reading AYP Math

Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

84.21% 84.73% 0.00% 1.49% 15.79% 13.43% 64.04% 62.69% 20.18% 22.39%

89.84% 87.69% 0.77% 0.00% 9.23% 12.21% 63.85% 54.20% 26.15% 33.59%

80.26% 85.53% 88.41% 75.29% 2.56% 1.23% 1.33% 3.30% 17.95% 14.81% 13.33% 21.98% 46.15% 54.32% 48.00% 49.45% 33.33% 29.63% 37.33% 25.27%

92.11% 86.26% 90.63% 90.77% 0.00% 2.17% 0.77% 0.76% 7.89% 12.32% 9.23% 8.40% 42.98% 41.30% 43.85% 46.56% 49.12% 44.20% 46.15% 44.27%

LAFAYETTE Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

88.89% 90.56% 87.16% 87.76% 88.53% 89.51% 84.44% 87.07% 3.91% 0.35% 3.44% 3.04% 1.42% 1.03% 3.44% 2.69% 7.12% 9.38% 9.16% 9.12% 9.96% 9.97% 12.21% 10.44% 60.14% 65.63% 62.21% 61.15% 43.77% 46.74% 55.34% 45.12% 28.83% 24.65% 25.19% 26.69% 44.84% 42.27% 29.01% 41.75%

BANNEKER Meeting Target AYP Reading Below basic AYP Math Basic Proficient Advanced

97.12% 97.03% 96.30% 94.25% 98.08% 98.02% 100.00% 97.70% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 2.88% 2.97% 3.70% 5.75% 1.92% 1.98% 0.00% 2.30% 55.77% 44.55% 57.41% 45.98% 55.77% 50.50% 55.56% 68.97% 41.35% 52.48% 38.89% 48.28% 42.31% 47.52% 44.44% 28.74%

mann Meeting Target AYP Reading Below basic AYP Math Basic Proficient Advanced

91.40% 91.89% 0.00% 1.80% 8.60% 6.31% 61.29% 69.37% 30.11% 22.52%

90.09% 91.07% 0.00% 0.88% 9.73% 7.89% 58.41% 63.16% 31.86% 28.07%

84.95% 88.29% 89.19% 91.07% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 15.05% 11.86% 10.34% 9.09% 40.86% 42.37% 53.45% 44.63% 44.09% 45.76% 36.21% 46.28%

COOLIDGE Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

29.09% 36.17% 56.57% 42.06% 18.25% 9.00% 5.45% 18.12% 54.76% 53.00% 40.91% 40.58% 24.60% 35.00% 48.18% 34.06% 2.38% 3.00% 5.45% 7.25%

50.91% 42.55% 48.48% 31.75% 15.87% 11.00% 8.18% 26.62% 36.51% 46.00% 43.64% 43.17% 37.30% 31.00% 44.55% 28.06% 10.32% 12.00% 3.64% 2.16%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

80.65% 83.84% 86.91% 85.86% 3.95% 1.73% 1.55% 2.58% 16.60% 15.15% 12.89% 11.34% 63.24% 62.34% 58.76% 54.64% 16.21% 20.78% 26.80% 31.44%

74.19% 82.10% 80.21% 85.86% 4.35% 3.80% 3.03% 0.99% 22.53% 15.19% 17.17% 13.30% 43.08% 52.32% 40.91% 37.93% 30.04% 28.69% 38.89% 47.78%

DEAL Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

78.59% 78.37% 1.34% 1.45% 20.04% 21.05% 44.85% 45.37% 33.78% 32.12%

77.01% 77.63% 84.12% 88.85% 4.77% 4.16% 2.79% 2.79% 18.13% 19.53% 14.29% 9.56% 49.43% 45.03% 44.95% 44.15% 27.67% 31.28% 37.98% 43.50%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

74.53% 77.46% 75.41% 81.30% 5.54% 2.80% 3.54% 1.40% 20.66% 19.61% 20.98% 17.09% 60.15% 54.06% 49.05% 52.38% 13.65% 23.53% 26.43% 29.13%

69.66% 72.96% 72.13% 82.72% 5.54% 5.54% 5.18% 3.05% 25.46% 22.16% 22.62% 14.96% 41.33% 43.21% 44.96% 44.88% 27.68% 29.09% 27.25% 37.12%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

75.97% 77.42% 72.73% 85.62% 51.94% 61.29% 60.33% 76.47% 2.27% 1.59% 0.00% 1.30% 3.03% 0.00% 1.64% 3.25% 21.21% 20.63% 27.87% 13.64% 44.70% 38.10% 38.52% 20.78% 62.88% 61.90% 51.64% 53.90% 44.70% 50.79% 50.00% 68.18% 13.64% 15.87% 20.49% 31.17% 7.58% 11.11% 9.84% 7.79%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

34.04% 26.22% 39.66% 38.10% 18.12% 20.11% 36.07% 20.63% 49.66% 52.51% 22.95% 41.27% 28.86% 26.26% 40.98% 38.10% 3.36% 1.12% 0.00% 0.00%

48.94% 43.03% 34.48% 50.79% 12.08% 15.22% 21.54% 14.29% 41.61% 43.48% 46.15% 34.92% 37.58% 34.24% 29.23% 44.44% 8.72% 7.07% 3.08% 6.35%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

70.63% 72.85% 74.63% 66.26% 1.95% 0.93% 2.40% 5.18% 26.71% 26.32% 22.84% 28.88% 54.72% 58.82% 56.73% 49.40% 16.61% 13.93% 18.03% 16.53%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

61.39% 69.42% 48.70% 41.04% 9.32% 4.03% 14.66% 16.42% 29.81% 28.23% 36.21% 42.54% 48.45% 58.06% 44.83% 38.81% 12.42% 9.68% 4.31% 2.24%

58.23% 73.55% 51.75% 44.78% 18.63% 5.65% 12.07% 20.29% 22.98% 22.58% 36.21% 36.23% 37.27% 44.35% 31.90% 34.78% 21.12% 27.42% 19.83% 8.70%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

72.44% 68.50% 72.02% 88.08% 62.67% 70.50% 76.19% 87.42% 0.88% 2.00% 1.76% 0.00% 3.52% 4.00% 1.76% 0.66% 27.31% 29.50% 26.47% 11.84% 33.92% 25.50% 21.76% 11.84% 65.64% 54.50% 55.29% 68.42% 57.27% 58.00% 66.47% 77.63% 6.17% 14.00% 16.47% 19.74% 5.29% 12.50% 10.00% 9.87%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

65.63% 77.05% 76.79% 72.41% 5.97% 1.56% 5.36% 3.45% 31.34% 21.88% 17.86% 24.14% 59.70% 65.63% 57.14% 58.62% 2.99% 10.94% 19.64% 13.79%

48.44% 70.49% 58.93% 70.69% 13.43% 3.03% 1.79% 3.45% 40.30% 28.79% 39.29% 25.86% 38.81% 45.45% 37.50% 48.28% 7.46% 22.73% 21.43% 22.41%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

22.13% 29.27% 31.73% 23.33% 30.66% 23.08% 22.95% 28.68% 48.18% 47.69% 45.08% 47.79% 21.17% 26.15% 28.69% 20.59% 0.00% 3.08% 3.28% 2.94%

26.23% 26.02% 43.69% 24.17% 31.39% 39.69% 25.83% 31.62% 41.61% 35.88% 34.17% 43.38% 26.28% 21.37% 34.17% 23.53% 0.73% 3.05% 5.83% 1.47%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

73.91% 77.78% 63.16% 68.35% 2.05% 1.83% 10.07% 7.69% 25.34% 20.73% 27.34% 24.48% 64.38% 62.80% 53.96% 58.04% 8.22% 14.63% 8.63% 9.79%

63.77% 76.47% 63.16% 66.91% 3.42% 4.27% 11.51% 9.09% 33.56% 20.12% 26.62% 24.48% 41.78% 49.39% 45.32% 47.55% 21.23% 26.22% 16.55% 18.88%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

92.73% 98.02% 96.19% 99.14% 92.73% 94.06% 95.24% 98.28% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 7.02% 2.88% 3.77% 0.82% 7.02% 5.77% 4.72% 1.64% 57.89% 51.92% 41.51% 31.15% 61.40% 68.27% 50.00% 59.02% 35.09% 45.19% 54.72% 68.03% 31.58% 25.96% 45.28% 39.34%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

77.50% 74.55% 90.48% 78.23% 6.98% 0.91% 0.87% 1.56% 19.77% 24.55% 12.17% 20.31% 63.95% 64.55% 62.61% 57.81% 9.30% 10.00% 24.35% 20.31%

66.25% 80.00% 92.38% 84.13% 2.33% 1.71% 0.83% 3.70% 36.05% 18.80% 9.92% 12.59% 38.37% 37.61% 54.55% 45.93% 23.26% 41.88% 34.71% 37.78%

62.42% 72.18% 64.48% 65.71% 6.19% 3.70% 8.27% 11.86% 31.27% 24.07% 28.20% 22.94% 44.84% 38.89% 43.61% 40.21% 17.70% 33.33% 19.92% 25.00%


Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

56.04% 61.76% 49.60% 49.11% 38.46% 53.92% 44.35% 40.18% 5.32% 2.73% 7.46% 11.76% 7.45% 4.42% 10.45% 18.33% 39.36% 38.18% 43.28% 39.50% 54.26% 44.25% 47.76% 42.50% 53.19% 55.45% 44.03% 44.54% 28.72% 34.51% 38.81% 33.33% 2.13% 3.64% 5.22% 4.20% 9.57% 16.81% 2.99% 5.83%

WILSON Meeting Target Below basic Basic Proficient Advanced

83.05% 83.48% 1.28% 1.96% 16.32% 15.33% 43.94% 45.65% 38.46% 37.07%

64.21% 69.21% 66.67% 67.97% 7.52% 7.43% 6.92% 6.72% 29.08% 24.15% 26.73% 25.49% 49.67% 55.73% 50.84% 51.58% 13.73% 12.69% 15.51% 16.21%

60.00% 67.17% 67.44% 52.25% 10.91% 10.41% 9.06% 16.45% 29.20% 22.30% 24.53% 31.33% 35.10% 42.01% 43.40% 35.77% 24.78% 25.28% 23.02% 16.45%

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MAJESTIC HOME boasts several delightful living areas. Inviting front porch, grand foyer, FR overlooking the rear deck & English garden, LR w/marble FP, formal DR, KIT w/Brkft bar, Sub Zero, Thermador cook top/dbl oven. LL In-Law Ste + 2-car Garage! Matthew Paschall 202-439-7063 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700



UNIQUE 4BR, 4.5 BA Contemp nestled in culde-sac on 1/3 acre lot. View of mature trees. Brick home is combo of interior HWDs, expanses of glass, beamed ceiling in Chef's KIT w/ FP & fam. area. LR & DR are awesome. 1st flr deck is width of house which overlooks pool, its kit, gazebo. Ramona Greene 202-494-2557 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200



SUPERB KENWOOD LIVING Sunny, gracious 4BR home. LR has windows on 3 sides; FR w/FP & exposed brick wall adjoins KIT. Rec Rm & ample storage on LL. Delightful landscaped 1/3 acre lot w/stone Patio on a street edged by famous cherry trees & babbling brook. Cheryl Kurss 301-346-6615 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700






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GEORGETOWN $2,350,000


Wonderful Victorian in Georgetown’s West Village. Four finished levels, 5BR, 4.5BA, landscaped garden. Grand double living room, family/dining room, high-end KIT, master bedroom suite, in-law suite, and more. 3407 N St, NW.


G’TOWN’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER luxury waterfront condominium. Stunning over-sized 1 BR w/ upgrades galore. Top-of-the-line gourmet granite Poggen-pohl Kit, designer lighting and high ceilings. 1 gar spc & storage spc convey with unit. 2nd gar/storage spc can be sold separately. Rooftop pool & fitness. 24-hr frt desk. Canal vws. Nancy Itteilag, Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

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SOUGHT-AFTER WORLAND, unique TH community. Complete renov, newly enlarged KIT, fab huge slate patio & landscpd grdns. Newly remodeled MBR & MBA by Gilday (once a fourth BR) New energy efficient screens that cut the utility bills in half! Best location in neighborhood! Nancy Itteilag, Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 OBSERVATORY $1,995,000 CLASSIC 1920 7BR, 4.5BA on sun-filled corner lot. Enchanting garden, terrific KIT opens to FR, deck & yard. Mste w/deck & paneled library w/fpl. High ceilings and orig details. Nr Guy Mason Pk, Cathedral, shops. 2700 36th St, NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

SILVER SPRG/ CHEVY CHASE CREST $249,900 CHARMING 2BR, 1BA townhouse style renovated condo in a lush setting that’s walkable to Metro, Starbucks and the best of downtown Silver Spring! 1782 E West Hwy. Richard Oder 202-329-6900 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 ADAMS MORGAN $349,000 SPACIOUS 1BR condo on quiet Mintwood St. Updated with lots of its original charm. Beautiful HWs, tall ceilings, decorative frplc, WIC. Large KIT with gas stove. Views of park from BR. Close to restaurants, nightlife and Metro. Don Guthrie 202-486-7543 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS $450,000 BEAUTIFUL RENOV 2BR, 2BA unit in full service bldg. Balcony & garage PKG. Gym, tennis courts, convenience store on premises, blocks from AU, shops & offices. shows like a model. Renov historic bldg, Mary Jo Nash HWF’s, W/D, CAC, Low Condo Fee, Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 Extra Storage & Pet Friendly. Walk to Metro & all U St shops & restaurants. CHEVY CHASE DC $1,050,000 John Mammano 571-331-8557 NEW PRICE! REDUCED 100K! Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 Amazing amount of space. 6BR, 4.5BA, 4 fin lvls & huge 2 story addition. LR w/FP, CONN AVE / renov KIT, Formal DR + lrg open Dining VAN NESS $310,000 Area, FR, expansive LL w/Rec Rm, full BA NEW ON MARKET! Large & bright & 2nd KIT; Move in condition w/ High 1BR facing RC Park. Newly updtd KIT, Ceilings & beautiful HWFs. freshly painted, beautifully refin parJulie Roberts 202-276-5854 quet flrs. Wall of closets. Walk to Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 shops, restaurants & METRO. Great building amenities incl 2 pools, gym, CHEVY CHASE DC $1,079,000 bike storage, 24/7 desk. Gar pkg. Cats ACROSS FROM THE PARK Rarely avail- only. FHA approved. able, this updtd 4BR, 3.5BA semi- Orysia Stanchak 202-423-5943 detached home has over 3,500 SF of liv- Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 ing space. LR has 12’ ceilings & a wall of windows overlooking the private rear DUPONT $249,500 garden. FR w/FP, remod Eat-In KIT. HWs, SPECTACULAR RENOV of well located fin LL w/Au-Pair Ste, lots of storage unit in the Boston House. Brand new Andra Gram 240-515-6059 everything! Gleaming HWFs, new KIT Mike Senko 202-257-5787 w/ granite, SS, new cabinets, totally Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 new fixtures in the BA. Full serv bldg w/24-hr desk, on site mgmnt and mainCOLUMBIA HEIGHTS $274,500 tenance as well as a roof deck. Fee incls WARDMAN COURT. Fantastic 1BR – all utilities.

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DUPONT $369,000 THE BOSTON HOUSE. Don’t miss out on this rarely available, expansive 860 SF 1BR apt conveniently located in the heart of Dupont. Recently updated KIT, a dining alcove, open floor plan & located on the quiet side of the building. All with low fees that incl 24-hr desk, on-site maintenance & management, roof deck. Close to shopping and metro. Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

OBSERVATORY CIRCLE $299,500 LARGE 975 SF 1BR, 1BA + xtra HBA in elegant full service Westchester. Foyer, large LR w/din area, built-ins, huge BR, 2 large closets, updated BA, view from every window. Co-op fee incls all utilities & taxes (except cable/phone) Bldg has grocery, beauty salon, dry cleaners. No pets. Ingrid Suisman/Tatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 PETWORTH $135,000 GREAT VALUE! Large unit loaded with character. KIT, sep DR, big LR, HWFs, hi ceils, 3 closets, cat OK. Walk to Metro! Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-986-1001

Starbucks & Gtown University. Karen Barker Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 GLOVER PARK $225,000 FABULOUS newly renov 1BR featuring brand new KIT w/gran counters, SS appl, renov BA, Jet tub, Brazilian cherry HWFs. Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

GLOVER PARK $279,000 LARGE END-UNIT 1BR, 1BA condo w/ 3 exposures & great light. Fully renov, granite/SS kitchen. 3 blocks to shops & restaurants! DUPONT PARK $227,000 3925 Davis Pl, NW #207. 202-441-7008 ATTRACTIVE detached brick w/ built-in Chris Jones 202-944-8400 garage, huge yard @4125 SF with shade Georgetown Office & mature trees, sunroom/porch over$1,245,000 looking oversized garage- attractive price. LOGAN CIRCLE Norris Dodson 202-786-4800 SPECTACULAR 2007 renov of Victorian Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 end row house. 2400sf 28ft ceilings, 2BR, 2.5BA, rusticated HWFs, sep DR. Gourmet G’TOWN /BURLEITH $665,000 t/s KIT w/brkfast bar, custom Ital cabinets CHARMING 2BR row house with PKG. & honed marble counters. Gas FP. PKG. Spacious BRs, HWFs, renov open KIT, LR 1306 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Penthouse. 202-487-5162 w/frplc, DR, sep laundry room off Denise Warner 202-944-8400 Kitchen. Just blocks to new Safeway, Georgetown Office

PETWORTH $225,000 REDUCED! NEW 2BR with outdoor space, oak HWs, marble BA, recessed lights. Wide open living area w/big KIT & granite island. Closing cost credit. Phil Di Ruggiero 202-725-2250 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 PETWORTH $199,900 - $299,900 FHA APPROVED & One year Condo fees Paid! Light filled, fantastic condos available in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR, 1BR with den, 2BR/2BA homes. Quality & affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: granite, ss, hdwd & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! 804 Taylor St, NW. Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 TAKOMA DC / BRIGHTWOOD $449,500 WALK TO Takoma Metro from this detached 4BR, 2FBA, 2HBA. Just reduced $50K. Needs updating, great opportunity, bring your offers. 515 Underwood Rd, NW. Emmanuel Sturley 202-503-8607 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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Big rooms, big windows enchant in Colonial Village home


ealtor Steven Figman notes that new construction often emphasizes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;great roomâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a large space, usually at the rear

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of the house, offering casual living adjacent to a kitchen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while the traditional living room gets short shrift. But this 1988 property in Colonial Village features a large casual area in the rear as well as a full living room out front. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a balance here,â&#x20AC;? said Figman. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a generously sized living room, too. The space sits just to the right of an expansive two-story entry, set apart by pillars. Large Palladian windows bring in light through three exposures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two of them looking at Rock Creek Park, which sits just across the street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while a marble-surrounded fireplace offers additional warmth. The Palladian windows contin-

ue in the entry, where one sits above the doorway and another decorates the entrance to an office/ library. The current owner works at a desk in this room, but it could also house reading materials or a bedroom. A bay window would be a perfect spot to curl up with a good book. The dining room sits in the center of the home, accessible from all sides: the front entry, a side hallway and the kitchen. Another entry opens to a flagstone patio that stretches all the way around the house. Some buyers might want to update the wallpaper here, which also covers the interior of an adjacent powder room. Tucked behind this bath is a laundry room, a useful amenity to have on the first floor. In the rear is this homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of a great room. To one side is a family room with the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second fireplace, as well as built-in shelves and a flat-screen TV that conveys. On the other is the kitchen, which was updated just a few years ago. Granite tops the coun-

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This Colonial Village house is on the market for $1,195,000. ters and center island, which houses a four-burner range and grill. Appliances are Jenn-Air, Kitchen Aid and Whirlpool, and the cabinets are made of cherry. A recently added sunroom rounds out this space, providing a bright breakfast spot with its three walls of windows and three skylights. Hardwood floors cover this room and much of the rest of the house. Upstairs, two bedrooms sit on one side of the house connected by a Jack and Jill bath, while the master suite stretches the entire 42 feet




















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of the house on the opposite side. Here is the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third fireplace, as well as a wet bar, two walk-in closets, a built-in dressing table and a vast bathroom. In the bathroom, a jetted tub sits under skylights, with an enclosed marble shower across the way. A water closet houses the toilet, and granite tops the double vanity. Columns here mimic those in the entry. Two stories down, the bottom

level houses a three-car garage and a two-bedroom in-law suite. This area is carpeted, aside from a full kitchenette. This five-bedroom, 3.5-bath Colonial at 7960 West Beach Drive is listed for $1,195,000. For more information, contact Steven Figman at 202-494-5902 or, or visit his website at A virtual tour is available at

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In addition, he said, struggling students attend a four-week summer program designed to boost their skills, and new students all attend a one-week camp in West Virginia to build strong relationships with teachers. Students from George Washington and Georgetown universities provide tutoring for students, and the school maintains a multi-tiered intervention program for students in need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As much as we are all pleased about our growth, we recognize that a schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success cannot be adequately measured by test scores alone,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just part of what we do, but in whatever we do, we try to do with an Ellington flair!â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, at Foggy Bottomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walls, parents touted the continued success of a school that won a national Blue Ribbon Award for achievement last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To improve on those high levels is a testament to our students, teachers, and administrative staff,â&#x20AC;? Linwood Jolly, president of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent association, said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yet we are not stopping here or content to rest on our laurels.â&#x20AC;? Terry Lynch, vice president of the parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association, noted that the gains come as the school and several others across the District prepare for a reduced budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am confident that together as a team we will work to overcome the hurdles presented to us and continue to excel,â&#x20AC;? he said. In the West End, Francis-Stevens Education Campus, which has undergone major physical and programmatic restructuring over the past three years, also saw large gains among elementary students. Scores at comprehensive high schools Coolidge and Roosevelt saw large drops. Wilson High School, which operated in temporary digs at the University of the District of Columbia last year, saw scores increase only slightly in reading and plunge in math. The school demonstrated notable gains in reading among Hispanic students but a stark decline in math proficiency across the board. Janet Alexander, lead teacher at Wilson, called the scores â&#x20AC;&#x153;a wake-up call.â&#x20AC;? She said the school has resources in place to boost the scores, including strong


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windows,â&#x20AC;? Cocome said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take very many of them to wake you up.â&#x20AC;? When Riversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; liquor license came up for renewal last summer, the neighborhood commission voted not to object, as long as the hours of operations remained the same. Last month the commission voted 5-0 to request that the alcohol board rescind the extra hour, pending a public hearing and comment period. Commissioners also rebuked alcohol board members for acting without consulting the public.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We keep very close tabs on the hours precisely to avoid this kind of situation,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Armando Irizarry, whose single-member district includes the Watergate. The Watergate East board of directors also requested that decision to extend Riversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hours be voided; board member Peter Sullivan wrote in a letter to the commission that the alcohol boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s move was â&#x20AC;&#x153;hard to fathom.â&#x20AC;? In an Oct. 14, 2010, letter to the alcohol board, Rivers attorney Stephen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien wrote that the extra hour wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be â&#x20AC;&#x153;potentially of concern to residents and businesses surrounding the establishmentâ&#x20AC;? and would not â&#x20AC;&#x153;constitute a substantial change in the nature of operation.â&#x20AC;?


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the context of the letter, it was saying there havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been complaints â&#x20AC;Ś and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seeking to go to full legal hours of 3 a.m.,â&#x20AC;? Michael Fonseca, another attorney for Rivers, said at the July 20 meeting. Commissioner Florence Harmon replied that the letter was â&#x20AC;&#x153;deliberately trying to minimize that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residences nearby that could be affected.â&#x20AC;? Commissioners were sympathetic with Cavanaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position that he had meant no harm in seeking extended hours, and said their complaint was with the alcohol board. In that case, Cavanaugh replied, Rivers shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be forced to spend legal fees to defend its hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think you may be using us


to make your point, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re losing money,â&#x20AC;? he said. At the meeting, Cavanaugh agreed to meet with Watergate residents about their concerns. In an interview Monday, Cocome said the meetings have taken place but Rivers has so far made no promises to change its business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They seemed concerned, they seemed very nice, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make any commitment other than to take it very seriously and get back to us,â&#x20AC;? Cocome said. Fonseca, other Rivers representatives and Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesperson Cynthia Simms did not respond to requests for comment.

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of power from sources other than pollution-producing fossil fuels. And according to Tulou, as of March, D.C. was in the lead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The District government, for example, is purchasing 50 percent of its electricity from green sources,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Altogether, throughout the city, we are buying 8 percent of our electricity from [those] sources as well.â&#x20AC;? But, Tulou said in an interview, federal officials have indicated that other cities could be gaining on D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really having a bigtime fight to be still No. 1 even against competitors as large as Philadelphia, Boston, New York and others.â&#x20AC;? So Tulou is urging residents and businesses to switch their energy away from coal-fired power plants, and toward renewable sources such as solar, wind or geothermal. He hopes to see D.C. increase its citywide green-power portfolio to 10 percent by September. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re encouraging people to do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; businesses, commercial establishments and the citizens of our city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is buy green power and report to people through our website that they have done so, and that added up will keep us No. 1,â&#x20AC;? he said. After all, Tulou said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just good for the environment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also good for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation, and, ultimately, its bottom line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When that college graduate, or the person who is looking for a new home, or even when kids determine what college to attend, find out weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a city with the best energy policy, the best water, the best air quality and all these other elements of sustainability, chances are theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to make a decision to move here,â&#x20AC;? he said. Limon said she thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that a high-profile city like D.C. remain a standout in sustainability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think of anywhere, being in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, we should really be leaders in this movement,â&#x20AC;? she said. According to the Environmental Protection Agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, residents and businesses can sign up for green power locally through renewable energy credit programs provided by Washington Gas Energy Services and Clean Currents, or from a variety of national vendors. For more information, visit greenpower/communities/gpcchallenge.htm.

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Wednesday august 10 Benefit ■ The Friends of the National Zoo will present “Rock ’n’ Roar,” a benefit concert featuring the B-52s. 6 to 9 p.m. $65. Lion/ Tiger Hill, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Class ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ Participants in the 2011 Washington International Piano Festival will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ “Music and More on the Grace Lawn” will feature Project Natale performing straight-ahead jazz. 7 to 8:15 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. ■ The Harbour Nights concert series will feature singer, songwriter and guitarist Willem Dicke. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Morton Gould, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-4334011. Discussion ■ Tom Scocca will discuss his book “Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and

Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films ■ “Movie Night” will feature Catherine Hardwicke’s 2011 film “Red Riding Hood,” about a young girl who falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ “NoMa Summer Screen” will present Joel Coen’s 2000 film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” 7 p.m. Free. L Street between 2nd and 3rd streets NE. nomasummerscreen. com. ■ WJFF Year-Round will present the D.C. premiere of Michal Bat-Adam’s 2009 film “Maya,” about a struggling young actress who lands the leading role in a theater production and researches her character by spending time observing in a psychiatric ward. 7:30 p.m. $10; $9 for seniors and students. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. ■ The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Tomás Masín’s 2009 film “3 Seasons in Hell,” about a 19-year-old nonconformist poet living in 1947 Czechoslovakia who is blind to the Communist behemoth looking over him. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meditation ■ The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Thursday, Aug. 11

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Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead children ages 5 and older on an exploratory hike along the Woodland Trail. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature Miramar performing

rumba music. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ The Harwich Royal British Legion Brass Band will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Embassy Series will present a concert by Oktet 9, a Slovenian a cappella ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $30. Embassy of Slovenia, 2410 California St. NW. 202-6252361. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Morton Gould, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures ■ Harry K. Thomas Jr., the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, will discuss “The United States and the Philippines: Strategic Partners, Longtime Allies.” 5 to 6:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. ■ Relationship coach Amy Schoen will discuss her book “Get It Right This Time: How to Find and Keep Your Ideal Romantic Relationship” at a fundraiser for Dress for Success. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. Second floor, Bloomingdale’s Chevy Chase, 5300 Western Ave. NW. ■ Larrie D. Ferreiro will discuss his book “Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center and the National Museum of the American Indian will present the D.C. premiere of Mariano Aiello’s 2010 documentary “Rebellion at Dawn,” about the lives of the indigenous peoples of northern Argentina when their land was overrun by settlers at the turn of the 20th century. 6:30 p.m. Free. Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. ■ Reel Affirmations will present Ash Christian’s 2011 film “Mangus!” 7 and 9:15 p.m. $12. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Special events ■ “Phillips After 5” will feature a program on “The Art of Sound: Kandinsky and Beyond,” featuring sound and installation artist Richard Chartier and curator Elsa Smithgall discussing the role of sound in Chartier’s work; and a gallery talk on “Bonnard’s Romance With Nature.” 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St.

organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202797-0103. ■ The “Jazz in the Garden” series will feature jazz vibraphonist Chuck Redd. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform selections from “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I.” 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703-696-3399.

Friday, august 12 ■ Concert: Electric Junkyard Gamelan will perform band leader Terry Dame’s original groove-driven music on self-invented instruments, such as an electric rubber band harp and copper pipe horn. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. NW. ■ The Neighborhood Farm Initiative’s third annual film fundraiser will feature local light fare and wine, live music and Ian Cheney’s 2010 documentary “Truck Farm,” about a New Yorker determined to grow his own food in the city. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $20. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. Performances ■ Students attending the Energizers Creative Arts Camp will perform. 7 p.m. $10; $5 for ages 17 and younger. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7 p.m. ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Tour ■ A park ranger will lead visitors on a tour of the Old Stone House as seen through the eyes of a pre-Revolutionary woman. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. Friday, Aug. 12

Friday august 12

Children’s program ■ Artist Maryanne Pollock will present a “Make Your Own Superhero” workshop (for children ages 6 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Concerts ■ Julien Girard of Paris will present an

Discussions and lectures ■ U.S. Botanic Garden botanist Kyle Wallick will discuss “Fabulous Fabaceae.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom and Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. ■ Panelists will discuss “Jews and the Law in Modern Europe: Emancipation, Destruction, Reconstruction.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Festival ■ Restoration Church will host a Turtle Park block party featuring moon bounces, face painting, popcorn, snow cones, hot dogs and music. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Friendship Recreation Center, 45th and Van Ness streets NW. Films ■ “Friday Teen Filmfest” will feature the 1987 film “Spaceballs,” starring Mel Brooks and John Candy. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The 16th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival will feature Alex Law’s 2009 film “Echoes of the Rainbow,” about a family in 1960s Hong Kong. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. Performances ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature “Best of Spoken Word,” hosted by Poem-Cees. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ Metro DC Dances will feature Ras Mikey C, Silk Road Dance Company, New School of Dance Arts, Capitol Movement Dance and Mayzsoul. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. Sporting event ■ The Washington Mystics will play the New York Liberty. 7 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Saturday, Aug. 13

Saturday august 13

Children’s program ■ Artist Maryanne Pollock will present a “Make Your Own Superhero” workshop (for children ages 6 through 12). 2 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Classes ■ Circle Yoga instructor Anne Kennedy See Events/Page 21


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Continued From Page 20 will present an all-levels yoga class for ages 12 and older. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Free. Courtyard, Broad Branch Market, 5608 Broad Branch Road NW. 202-686-1104. ■ Marilou Donahue will lead a seminar on “Improve Your Speaking Voice.” 10 a.m. to noon. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. Concerts ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel Choir will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. Films ■ “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Annual Festival of Preservation” will feature Douglas Sirk’s 1948 film “Sleep, My Love,” at 12:30 p.m.; and Robert Altman’s 1982 film “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” at 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances ■ The young artists of Paso Nuevo and the Summer Youth Program will present two original productions, “La Familia Lobato” and “Young and Corrupted.” 7 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-2347174. ■ The “Culture Shock East Coast Dance Concert 2011” will feature Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mighty Shock and Afta Shock. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202426-0486. Sporting event ■ D.C. United will play the Vancouver Whitecaps. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours ■ A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including “The Exorcist,” “The West Wing” and “Wedding Crashers.” 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-979-3370. ■ Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a

lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. ■ Dumbarton House will present “Mr. Nourse’s Georgetown Neighborhood c. 1810,” led by tour guide Dwayne Starlin. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10; free for ages 3 and younger. Meet at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. ■ A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free AfricanAmericans, at 12:30 p.m. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walk through Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial. Noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. ■ A park ranger will lead a “Tragedy on the Canal” walking tour, about tragic events that have haunted the C&O Canal since its very beginnings. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a hike and explain how to identify common park trees. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202895-6070. Sunday, Aug. 14

Sunday august 14 Children’s program ■ Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about American track star Wilma Rudolph and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts ■ The weekly Steel Drummer Sundays concert series will feature Lennard Jack. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. ■ The ensemble Gamelan Wrhatnala USA will perform in honor of Indonesian Independence Day. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ The Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mic event for singer/songwriters. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. Discussions and lectures ■ Robert Sokol, director of strategic programs at the Washington National Cathedral, will discuss “Strategic Planning: Realizing

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4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The “Focus-In! Cinema for a Conscious Community” series will feature Michael Madsen’s 2010 documentary “Into Eternity,” about the safety of nuclear storage. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Monday, august 15 ■ Discussion: Rory Stewart will discuss his book “Can Intervention Work?” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

the Vision.” 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ National Gallery of Art lecturer Sally Shelburne will discuss “Italian Futurism: Expressing the Energy of the Modern World.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Politics and Prose will host an informational session on how to download a Google eBook through the store’s website. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Films ■ “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Annual Festival of Preservation” will feature three episodes of NBC’s 1950s television show “This Is Your Life” about women who survived the Holocaust. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art,

Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead a “Dumbarton Oaks Summer Stroll” for ages 8 and older. 10 a.m. Free. R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead a “Georgetown In and Out” walking tour, about how the area’s transportation system evolved over. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. ■ A park ranger will discuss how the citizens of Georgetown have helped war efforts throughout American history. 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, Aug. 15

Monday august 15 Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature vocalist Angela Gordon. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ New Orleans singer/songwriter Mia Borders will perform as part of Millennium Stage’s “Happy Hour” series. 6 p.m. Free. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.

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202-433-2525. Films ■ The “Marvelous Movie Mondays” series will feature Curtis Hanson’s 2000 film “Wonder Boys,” based on a novel by Michael Chabon. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Climate.Culture.Change” will feature Peter Wedel’s 2009 film “The Bill” and Hans Wreckmeister’s 1920 silent film “Algol — Tragedy of Power.” Alex Ochs, energy and climate program director at the Worldwatch Institute, will introduce the program. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The Screen on the Green festival will feature Stuart Rosenberg’s 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin and J.D. Cannon. 8 p.m. Free. National Mall between 12th and 14th streets. 877-262-5866. Tour ■ A U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer will lead a lunchtime tour of the conservatory and discuss connections between exotic plants and everyday life. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. The tour will repeat Aug. 22 and 29 at noon. Tuesday, Aug. 16

Tuesday august 16 Children’s program ■ “Japan-in-a-Suitcase” will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations and stories (for children ages 7 through 12). 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Classes ■ Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris See Events/Page 22


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Continued From Page 21 will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013; Forbes Robbin Blair will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Genie Within: Using the Law of Attraction.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-7975102. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Harbour Kids concert series will feature Mr. Knick Knack. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Mythica performing Celtic, folk and roots music. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  The Ebony Hillbillies, a string band that

losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. â&#x2013; David Bourgeois will lead a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Paid to Talk: An Intro to Professional Voice-Overs.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 9 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.

mixes traditional and original songs, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013; The U.S. Navy Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Band will present its annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overture 1812â&#x20AC;? concert. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 703-696-3399. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around the World in Eighty Minutes.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-767-5658. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The West End Book Club will discuss Harper Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Kill a Mockingbird.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  Jennifer Close will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls in White Dresses.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Film â&#x2013;  A series of screenings based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;AFIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 Years â&#x20AC;Ś 100 Moviesâ&#x20AC;? list will feature No. 81 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stanley Kubrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960 film

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Tuesday, august 16 â&#x2013; Discussion: The Center for Inquiry DC will present magician Penn Jillette discussing his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15 to $35. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spartacus,â&#x20AC;? starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton and Jean Simmons. 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Performances â&#x2013;  Local comedian Wayne Manigo will host a weekly comedy show featuring local comics. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-291-2906. â&#x2013;  Busboys and Poets will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuesday Night Open Mic,â&#x20AC;? a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Cincinnati Reds. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Support â&#x2013;  Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680. The group meets every Tuesday. Wednesday, Aug. 17

Wednesday august 17 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Artist Maryanne Pollock will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Superheroâ&#x20AC;? workshop (for children ages 6 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. â&#x2013;  Mothers and sons will listen to Aesopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fables while making bread dough (for children ages 6 and older). 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202282-3080. Classes â&#x2013;  Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of

Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a concert of opera arias. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Daniel Boucher of Bristol, Conn., will perform French-Canadian fiddle music as part of the American Folklife Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert series. Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  Fiddler Daniel Boucher will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Josh Burgess. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Nicolai RimskyKorsakov and Herman Bellstedt. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Will Kaufman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woody Guthrie, American Radical.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Whitney A.J. Robertson, collections assistant at Dumbarton House, will discuss an 18th-century valance owned by the Nourse family that features a print celebrating George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. 12:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  Kevin Lowther will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The African American Odyssey of John Kizell: A South Carolina Slave Returns to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Don Peck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kevin Macdonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Eagle,â&#x20AC;? about a young Roman soldier who seeks to honor his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory by finding his lost legionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golden emblem. 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Marc Dugainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Ordinary Execution,â&#x20AC;? about the last days of Joseph Stalin. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meditation â&#x2013;  The Divine Science Church will offer a

weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Thursday, Aug. 18

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japan-in-a-Suitcaseâ&#x20AC;? will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations and stories (for children ages 7 through 12). 2 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium presentation on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oasis in Spaceâ&#x20AC;? (for children ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts â&#x2013;  Pookie Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spaniels will perform doo-wop music. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Brazilian singers TiĂŞ and Tulipa Ruiz will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocalist Heidi Martin will perform works by George Gershwin. 6:30 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Nicolai RimskyKorsakov and Herman Bellstedt. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss how people over the years cherished the Old Stone House whether they lived there or owned a business. Noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  Willard Sterne Randall will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ethan Allen: His Life and Times.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Christine Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Troublemaker: Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-3470176. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Evolution of Bruno Littlemoreâ&#x20AC;? by Benjamin Hale. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present short films created by Walt Disney for the U.S. government, including 1942â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line,â&#x20AC;? 1943â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water, Friend or Enemyâ&#x20AC;? and 1943â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grain That Built the Empire.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Globe London Cinema Seriesâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IV Part 2.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by the D.C.-based dance company Step Afrika! and a talk on the techniques Jacob Lawrence used to create â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Migration Series.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Minnesota Lynx. 7 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328.


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experience, will open Friday at the National Portrait Gallery and continue through Oct. 14, 2012. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whispers of Palestine: Photography by Bassima Mustafa,â&#x20AC;? featuring images made when the New Jersey artist revisited her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s olive groves in Palestine during the summer of 2004, will open Friday at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and continue Bassima Mustafaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through Sept. 23. work is on display An opening reception will at the Jerusalem take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Fund Gallery. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958.

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unreasonable federal spending cuts while refusing to raise taxes. A compromise reduced the level of immediate cuts while establishing a committee to identify further ways to reduce expenditures, but Norton said any large-scale cuts would hurt the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy, which depends heavily on federal spending. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going to hit this region and this city badly,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This region has done better than most of the country because the federal government has been spending in this region.â&#x20AC;? Norton also told residents that federal control over the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget offers Congress the ability to dictate local laws, which legislators have already done in terms of gun control, school vouchers and


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abortion rights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is in danger,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They could try to put marriage on there. Anything controversial, they could try to do.â&#x20AC;? The federal government also controls much of the open space in the District through the National

â??This region has done better than most of the country â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Park Service, which complicates local initiatives, Norton said. She recently secured support from some of her voting colleagues in Congress to require the Park Service to consider tailoring its policies for local jurisdictions, she said. Because guidelines are applied to all Park Service property nation-

facilities. Taylor has even prepared for the multiplepet owner: Three cages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; small, medium and large â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be available should a customer need a place for one pooch to rest while the other is bathed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really see a need in D.C. because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing like it thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only self-serve,â&#x20AC;?

wide, the District often misses out on opportunities that make sense in an urban setting, said Norton. For instance, she said, the public golf courses in the District could be refurbished if the Park Service would allow a public-private partnership. Also, rigid rules have made it difficult to install Capital Bikeshare stations on the National Mall and to redesign the Ward Circle traffic pattern, she said. In response to questions from community members, Norton identified one possible silver lining to the federal budget crisis: Many neighbors have expressed concern over plans to add new buildings and more workers to the Homeland Security facility on Nebraska Avenue, but Norton said the congressional mood is discouraging nonessential spending. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be building anything there for a very long time,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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From Page 3 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Molotov cocktail.â&#x20AC;? Investigators are working to determine whether the bottle has any connection to the car fires. The meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion got heated when one resident asked Ellerbe about a surveillance video a neighbor took July 6, showing two people near the scene of the fires. Residents wanted to know if city officials were reviewing the video for evidence, and whether still images from the tape could be circulated to the public to help determine the suspectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; identities. Ellerbe declined to confirm whether a video had been entered into evidence, explaining that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to compromise the ongoing investigation. He also warned residents against circulating images of people captured on the video, because it could be considered defamation and could derail a prosecutorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case in a courtroom. To those who had already seen the surveillance tape, Ellerbe said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you can see and identify people in the video, then share that with investigators.â&#x20AC;? Residents also raised concerns that some adults in the neighborhood claim to have heard teenagers bragging about the fire, but are choosing not to share that information with investigators. Expressing a level of anxiety shared by many in the room, one

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Say You Saw it in

■ “The Character of Chevy Chase,” highlighting six Chevy Chase artists who all work in more than one medium, opened recently at Zenith Gallery, where it will continue through Sept. 10. Featured are artists Kim Abraham, Harmon Biddle, Deborah Brisker Burk, Lou Kaplan, Carol Gellner Levin and Joan Samworth. An artists’ reception will take place today from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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Located on the second floor of the Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-7832963. ■ “Mexico Through the Lens of National Geographic,” featuring 132 photographs of Mexico culled from articles published in National Geographic magazine over the last 100 years, opened recently at the Mexican Cultural Institute, where it will continue through Oct. 22. Located at 2829 16th St. NW, the institute is open Monday


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and Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $45, with certain discounts available. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3230; ■ The Longacre Lea theater company will present the world premiere of Kathleen Akerley’s “Something Past in Front of the Light” at Catholic University’s Callan Theatre Aug. 10 through Sept. 4. What would you do if the devil wanted to collaborate with you on a documentary film about himself? Would you fear for your soul, or just your artistic integrity? Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $18, with discounts for students and seniors. The Callan Theatre is located at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202-460-2188; ■ Studio 2ndStage will continue an extended run of the new Andy Warhol musical “Pop!” through Aug. 21. Who shot Andy Warhol? This musical murdermystery extravaganza — featuring book and lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman and music by Anna K. Jacobs — re-creates the freewheeling atmosphere of Warhol’s infamous Factory, complete with a cast of colorful characters. Performance times are 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $38 to $43. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; ■ The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint will present Henry Mills and Stephen Fleg’s world premiere of “Underwater Poems” Aug. 12 through 20. “Underwater Poems” integrates music, poetry and theater in a room filled with amplifiers, creating an elegy for a lost friend who found joy in music and poetry. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $10. The theater is located at 916 G St. NW. 866-811-4111; ■ The GLBT Arts Consortium and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will close “D.H.S. Pinafore” — a Department of Homeland Security-focused rendition of “H.M.S. Pinafore” — through Aug. 13. Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839; ■ Charlie Fink is staging two new musicals at Woolly Mammoth. “Who’s Your Baghdaddy or How I Started the Iraq War,” featuring singing and dancing CIA agents, will close Aug. 13. “F#@king Up Everything,” a Brooklyn-based rock comedy, will close Aug. 14. The shows are running in repertory, with the former at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and the latter at 5 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $17 to $25. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. ■ Scena Theatre will close Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” Aug. 14 at the H Street Playhouse.

Deborah Brisker Burk’s “Bride Dreams” (shown in detail) is on exhibit at Zenith Gallery. through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. 202-728-1628.

Thanks to carefully crafted double lives, Jack and Algy have it all — until love and marriage enter the equation. Jack loves Gwendolyn. Algy loves Cecily. Yet both women insist on marrying the elusive man who is “Earnest.” After “true” identities are revealed, will all live happily ever after? Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $16 to $40. The H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824; ■ Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park,” the recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will close at Woolly Mammoth Aug. 14. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; ■ Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “Julius Caesar” Aug. 18 through Sept. 4 at Sidney Harman Hall as its annual “Free for All” production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Free tickets can be reserved through either an online ticket lottery the day before each show or the box office two hours before the performance. Season subscribers and Friends of Free for All members may reserve tickets in advance. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122; ■ Constellation Theatre Company is remounting “The Ramayana” through Aug. 21 at Source. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Tickets cost $20 to $35. Source is located at 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741; ■ Keegan Theatre is presenting Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” through Aug. 21 at the Church Street Theater. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30 to $35. The Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202; ■ The Kennedy Center is hosting the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” through Aug. 21. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $37 to $250. 202-467-4600; ■ Sydney Theatre Company is presenting Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” starring Cate Blanchett, through Aug. 27 at the Kennedy Center. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $59 to $120. 202-467-4600; ■ Arena Stage is offering a summertime run of last year’s hit production of “Oklahoma!” through Oct. 2 in the Fichandler Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $45, with certain discounts available. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202488-3300;

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Large and completely renovated top-to-bottom 25.5â&#x20AC;&#x2122; wide townhouse on beautiful tree-lined 19th Street. Excellent floor plan with family room, formal dining room, high end kitchen, master suite with his-hers baths, 5 BR, 5.5 baths total. Finished lower level with 2nd kitchen & two living areas, potential in-law suite (has private entrance). Two-car parking, balcony and deck. $2,375,000.

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Classic Cleveland Park. Spacious and sun-filled floor plan includes a formal living room with fplc & classic chestnut detailing. Banquet sized dining room, library, chef caliber kit w/ island & dining space. 1st floor guest suite & den. 4 BR, 2 baths up. LL is lrg family room, BR, bath & storage. Sensational studio with 1/2 bath & office/living space. Lush lot w/ mature plantings. Driveway pkg. $1,995,000.

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American Craftsman home located on a quiet street in Kent. The meticulously cared for front yard is complimented by a spacious backyard with lush and mature vegetation. The home is sited on a 10,000 sf lot featuring 4 BR, four full baths and a lower level au pair suite with full kitchen. $1,295,000.

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Spacious & superbly renovated 1902-built 4-level Victorian on a treelined block, west side of Dupont. Awesome mix of tradition & modern style. Main house: 4 BR, 4 baths, high ceilings, 6 fplcs, top-of-the-line kit w/ brkfst area, separate den, super master suite w/ huge closet & marble bath. Very light throughout. Beautiful rear garden with 2 decks. LL is 1 BR, 1 bath sep metered unit. One-off street parking space conveys. $2,095,000.

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is pleased to announce Bill Hounshell as a new Vice President of the Downtown DC Office.

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East Village. Charming and bright 3 story brick Federal home in a mews setting. Living room features a wood-burning fireplace, built-in bookcases, and opens to a private patio. 2 BR and full bath on top floor. In-law suite on lower level with full bath. High ceilings, wood floors, CAC. Proximity to Rose Park, restaurants and all the Village amenities. $850,000.

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Classic Cleveland Park home has 5BR, 5.5 baths, inviting front porch & 2 fplcs. Large great room, renovated kit & brkfst area. Exterior wood deck overlooks Rock Creek Park. Upstairs, the master suite w/ pvt outdoor terrace. LL has a 1 BR, 1 bath au pair ste w/ 2nd kit. 2 car gar, off street parking for 5-6 cars. Walk to the Uptown Theater, National Zoo, Metro, restaurants. $2,075,000.

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Spectacular penthouse with some of the best views in Washington! Incredible condo unit features 3,200 interior sf with an additional 1,900 sf of private outdoor space including a stunning roof deck overlooking the entire DC skyline. 2 BR plus loft, 3 full baths, massive living room, soaring ceilings, amazing architectural style, bamboo floors, extensive closet space, and garage parking. $1,995,000.

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Recently updated large side-hall Tudor with 4 BR, 3 baths, beautiful inlaid floors and arches throughout. Front porch and stone patio in the rear enhanced by lovely landscaping and fenced yard. Garage Parking. $915,000.

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Lovely light-filled Colonial featuring 4 BR and 2 full-baths upstairs located in the heart of Chevy Chase. Conveniently close to Connecticut Avenue shopping and Lafayette Park. $699,000.

Adorable 2 BR, 1 bath condo in quaint five-unit Victorian building. New travertine floors, kitchen with stainless steel & granite, private entrance, private patio, and off street parking included. $399,000.

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Stunning two-bedroom + two-full-bath with glorious bay windows overlooking prestigious 16th Street NW, soaring ceilings, custom molding, fireplace, built-in office, open kitchen, hardwood floors, private balcony, and garage parking.

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