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Serving Burleith, Foxhall, Georgetown, Georgetown Reservoir & Glover Park

Vol. XXI, No. 26

The Georgetown Current

Mayor’s agent to make call on firehouses

Owners win support for events at Evermay

happy new year

■ Zoning: Applicant, ANC

differ on length of approval

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The long-delayed expansion and renovation of the Palisades firehouse now faces another hurdle: The Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation must approve plans to widen and heighten the vehicle doors before building permits can be issued. The red-brick station at 4811 MacArthur Blvd. is the latest in a string of historic — and sometimes outmoded — fire stations caught in a clash between the fire department’s modern needs and the city’s strict preservation law. Renovation of the Cleveland Park station is faced with the same conflict, which could also affect renovation of fire stations in Foggy Bottom, Georgetown and elsewhere. Plans to renovate the 1925 Palisades station and put a new ambulance bay on its east side are already about seven years behind schedule. Fire officials initially delayed the already-funded project as a separate preservation dispute stalled renovation of the Tenley fireSee Firehouse/Page 24

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The new owners of the Evermay estate won support from the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission on Monday for their plans to use the historic property for nonprofit events and other functions. In a series of discussions with neighbors, Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno agreed to a list of strict restrictions on the number and scale of events that could be hosted at the

Celebrated charter model readies for D.C. opening ■ Education: BASIS DC

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will follow Arizona program

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Chinatown in downtown D.C. on Sunday to watch the annual Chinese New Year’s parade, which featured a traditional dragon dance, kung fu demonstrations and musical entertainment.

By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

D.C. water station heads for historic status By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

One of Washington’s more exuberantly ornamented — but littleknown — buildings is a sewage pumping station, according to a presentation to the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board last week. After a hearing on the beauxarts buff-brick pumping station at 125 O St. SE, the board voted unanimously to nominate it to the National Register of Historic Places. Completed in 1907 and now wedged between Nationals Park and the upscale condos and lofts going up around the Washington Navy Yard, the Main Pumping Station is “a high-style public works project”

NEWS ■ T Street post office will move to Reeves Center. Page 2. ■ Mayor works to fill preservation board slots. Page 3.

1623 28th St. property. They promised to park all attendees’ cars onsite and said there would be no outdoor amplified sound. Most significantly for many neighbors, the new owners are seeking Board of Zoning Adjustment approval only to use the property for their S&R Foundation, not to rent it out for weddings or other outside events. The proposed uses include office space for the nonprofit, indoor classical concerts and conferences of scientists. Ellen Steury, the nearest residential neighbor, said at Monday’s meeting that she and her neighbors See Evermay/Page 31

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The 1907 facility took its design from plans for a museum.

and “important manifestation of the City Beautiful Movement,” according to a landmark nomination from the D.C. Preservation League. According to a D.C. Water and Sewer Authority spokesperson, it will be the first landmarked building in the agency’s inventory of water

and sewer facilities. “It’s one of those really cool buildings,” said board member Robert Sonderman, who admitted to having sneaked inside the gates to get a better look on his way to a Nationals game. Sonderman, an archaeologist for the National Park Service, noted that the board has several technical criteria for designating landmarks, “but occasionally there’s a criteria which is ‘just fabulous.’” The sewage pumping station is a big building, two-and-a-half stories high and 310 feet long. But surrounded by barbed-wire fences and parking lots, it’s easy to miss except from the Anacostia River waterfront. See Landmark/Page 16

SPOR TS ■ St. John’s boys stun Gonzaga on hardwood. Page 11. ■ Coolidge football wins $10,000 for academics. Page 11.

Mary Riner Siddall describes herself as “the parent that teachers hate” — the sort who “goes into classrooms and sees what’s going on.” About a year ago, she went into a classroom in Arizona, having flown cross-country to visit a group of charter schools drawing national attention. What she saw there, she says, was “mind-blowing.” “I remember sitting in a seventhgrade English class, and they were studying ‘The Coming of the Ship,’ [a chapter from Khalil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’], and looking forward to Siddhartha’s ‘Path of Enlightenment,’ and he was throwing in Plato’s cave metaphor, passages from Kurt Vonnegut … .” “I’m looking around, and the kids are eating it up,” she continued. “My jaw just dropped. This is not the sort of pabulum stuff that you see in normal schools.” But it is the sort of stuff, she

PASSAGES GWU students win new award for film on ex-offenders. Page 13. ■ Ris Lacoste puts on her walking shoes. Page 13. ■

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The school has purchased the old Stables Building downtown. promises, that you’ll see this fall at BASIS DC, which is scheduled to open its downtown doors in August. Siddall is the executive head of the developing charter school, which is currently seeking rising fifththrough eighth-graders and will add a grade each year. “We’ve entered an agreement to purchase a building in the Chinatown area, and we are actively recruiting,” said BASIS trustee Dave Hedgepeth. “I can tell you that we’ve gotten a very enthusiastic response.” That response could mean the new school has to hold a lottery to dole out spots: As of yesterday, Siddall had received 245 applications toward the 400-student cap, See Charter/Page 31

INDEX Business/7 Calendar/20 Classifieds/30 District Digest/4 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/10 Opinion/8

Passages/13 Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/26 Sports/11 Theater/23


Wednesday, February 1, 2012


The Current

T Street post office to move into city’s Reeves Center By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

The T Street post office, set to close at the end of February, has found a new home a block north at the Reeves Center. Officials said the D.C. government is finalizing lease negotiations with the U.S. Postal Service for space within the municipal building at 14th and U streets. According to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the post office should start service there in March. The word has been out for months that the

station at 1914 14th St. (commonly known as the “T Street office� due to its cross street) was scheduled to close when its lease expires on Feb. 29. Level 2 Development is moving forward with plans for a new condo building on that block. But neighbors and local officials, fearing the loss of mail service from the heavily trafficked station, pushed for an alternate location nearby, with the Reeves Center coming out as a prime candidate. “I think the encouraging news is we have come so far in terms of USPS’ willingness to

consider maintaining ‌ the T Street post office,â€? said Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham. Graham said he believes the new post office will open somewhere on the Reeves Center’s ground floor. “It’s huge, and it goes way into the back,â€? he said of that space, adding that the Postal Service has sought between 4,000 and 6,000 square feet. The Postal Service did not respond to a request for details, and neither Norton nor the D.C. Department of General Services, which See Post Office/Page 18

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The post office is expected to relocate to the Reeves Center’s first floor.

Pepco makes promises on reliability By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


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As Pepco officials point to trees and inclement weather â&#x20AC;&#x201D; often in tandem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as a primary cause for service disruptions, residents and community leaders say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sometimes left all the more concerned when they lose electricity absent a storm or high winds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anecdotal, but it does feel like we have a lot of power outages in our neighborhood that seem to us to be relatively random,â&#x20AC;? said Carl Roller, who represents the McLean Gardens community on the Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to us that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got an infrastructure thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gradually falling apart.â&#x20AC;? As part of Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;reliability enhancement plan,â&#x20AC;? the utility is working to replace aging power lines and other equipment, increase its distribution capacity, install devices that maintain electricity when equipment fails, and trim trees that threaten lines. Pepco officials attended Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission to discuss work under way in the Burleith and Hillandale neighborhoods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two projects out of dozens in Northwest scheduled for 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing this sort of work all over the city,â&#x20AC;? Pepco reliability program manager Gary Keeler said in an interview after Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is to prevent the next outage from happening.â&#x20AC;? Officials couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide a breakdown of the causes of recent Pepco outages, but they said treerelated issues are among the most common. Pepco removed branches from near 392 miles of D.C. power lines last year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one of many problems, though, officials emphasized, and they are working to address the others as well. As part of the Burleith and Hillandale projects, Pepco will reallocate which feeder lines serve which areas in an effort to relieve broader strains on the system. One of the feeders scheduled for See Pepco/Page 16

The Current

Mayor, council move on HPRB nominees By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

With a flurry of nominations and renominations, Mayor Vincent Gray is bringing the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board up to full force. Last Friday, Gray nominated Graham Davidson, an architect at Hartman-Cox; Rauzia Ally, a Dupont Circle activist and teacher at Catholic Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Architecture; and Gretchen Pfaehler, director of preservation at Michael Baker Corp., a design and engineering firm. Architect Joseph Taylor and National Park Service archaeologist Robert Sonderman, both longtime board members, were renominated for another four-year term on the nine-member board. Those moves followed the nomination a week earlier of Andrew Aurbach, a Chevy Chase resident who served on the board several years ago, to sit as historian. The historianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat, required by federal law, has been vacant for more than a year, threatening the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funding, while other long-standing members were serving out expired terms or seeking to resign. Meanwhile, the nominations of Nancy Metzger, a well-known Capitol Hill preservationist, and architect Maria Casarella-Cunningham, a current member, won approval yesterday from the D.C. Council Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning, setting the stage for confirmation by the full council next

Police chief seeks ways to halt robberies

Current Staff Report Police Chief Cathy Lanier is urging policy changes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and planning rewards of up to $10,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in hopes of ending the wave of robberies and thefts of smartphones. Last week, Lanier told members of the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations that violent crimes in 2011 fell by double-digit percentages for the third consecutive year, but property crimes are up. A chief target of D.C. criminals, Lanier said, are smartphones and other cellphones, usually taken in â&#x20AC;&#x153;snatch robberiesâ&#x20AC;? while users sit in restaurants or use their phones while walking. She said groups of two or three robbers, armed with a gun, also approach drivers who are leaving their cars and demand wallets and phones. She said the incidents typically do not involve an assault and that they have been frequent in Ward 4. To meet the challenge, the department has â&#x20AC;&#x153;been ramping up the number of uniformed and plainclothes officersâ&#x20AC;? in areas where the crimes occur, Lanier said. Uniformed police are not very successful, as criminals just move a few blocks, she noted. The chief said the real solution is attacking the resale market. Phones go for $50 to $100 to intermediaries, who sell them for $300, often online, she said. Lanier said it would be helpful to follow the lead of the United Kingdom, which has established a See Police/Page 18

week.â&#x20AC;¨ The preservation board reviews exterior alterations to the more than 25,000 contributing or individually landmarked buildings in the District, approves new construction in historic districts and nominates buildings to the National Register of Historic Places. By federal regulation, five of the nine members must have professional experience in related fields, and the fields of history, archaeology and architectural history must be represented. Four seats are reserved for â&#x20AC;&#x153;citizen members.â&#x20AC;? For months now, the prominent development review panel has had one vacant seat, one member who wants to retire, and six members whose terms have already expired. That left chair Catherine Buell as the only person on the nine-person panel still serving an unexpired term and willing to continue. Buell has been pressing the mayor to fill the seats, even if it meant a major turnover in the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constitution, to make sure the city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose federal preservation funds or authority to conduct its business. The issue came to a head last August, when the board could not achieve a quorum for the first time in this reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory. Buell said she alerted the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Boards and Commissions and even offered recommendations of potential nominees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an abundance of qualified individuals in See Board/Page 24

The week ahead Wednesday, Feb. 1

The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a candidates forum for the Ward 4 D.C. Council race. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. The group will hold an endorsement vote in conjunction with the forum; Ward 4 residents registered to vote in D.C. as of Jan. 27 are eligible to participate. Voting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2

The Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority will hold a community presentation of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Reuse Plan. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW. For details, visit and click on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walter Reed LRAâ&#x20AC;? icon.

Saturday, Feb. 4

The D.C. Department of Transportation and the D.C. Department of the Environment will hold a walk-through of a section of the Chevy Chase neighborhood selected for the RiverSmart Washington program, which will use new streetscaping methods to reduce stormwater pollution in Rock Creek. The walk will be held from 10 a.m. to noon; participants will meet at Quesada and 33rd streets NW.

Monday, Feb. 6

The Dupont Circle Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans as guest speaker. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Mayor Vincent Gray will deliver the 2012 State of the District Address at 7 p.m. at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013; The Palisades Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will include presentations by a Pepco representative on reliability improvements in the neighborhood and by Carol Mitten of the Department of Homeland Security on plans for the Nebraska Avenue Complex. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

The University of the District of Columbia Community College will host a review session for continuing accreditation of its associate degree program in nursing. The meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at 801 North Capitol St. NE. â&#x2013; The Logan Circle Community Association will hold a community meeting on â&#x20AC;&#x153;2012: The Year Ahead in Logan Circle.â&#x20AC;? The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

Saturday, Feb. 11

Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One City Summitâ&#x20AC;? will feature an opportunity for participants to express their views on various issues in small-group discussions; discuss challenges facing the city; vote on priorities for action in the coming year; and learn about efforts to grow the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy, improve public education and create more jobs. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. To register, visit or call 202-709-5132.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Current

District Digest D.C., Microsoft join on training program

Software giant Microsoft will teach computer skills to D.C. residents, teachers and small businesses under a â&#x20AC;&#x153;strategic digital allianceâ&#x20AC;? that the District announced last Wednesday. The Department of Employment

Services will identify job-seekers who need to learn the basics of using computers, and Microsoft will work with them. The firm will also help owners of small local businesses develop their companies, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Microsoft will also provide training seminars to D.C. teachers and

offer events for minority and female students explaining how to pursue a career in technology, according to the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By combining the numerous digital and training assets of Microsoft with the infrastructure of targeted programs of the District of Columbia, this relationship will empower more D.C. residents and

organizations to realize their full potential,â&#x20AC;? the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fred Humphries says in the D.C. governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release. In a separate move, the Redmond, Wash.-based firm and the city are working on plans for Microsoft to open an â&#x20AC;&#x153;innovation centerâ&#x20AC;? at the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus in Ward 8, which

GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR A selection of this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GW eventsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;neighbors welcome!


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Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening:

SATURDAY, FEB. 18, AT 4:30 P.M. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball Homecoming Game vs. Saint Joseph

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;FRIDAY, FEB. 17 Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings

Charles E. Smith Center | 600 22nd Street, NW

Luther Brady Art Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2nd floor casings | 805 21st Street, NW

Students, alumni, and community members will learn more about the centennial festivities while cheering on the GW menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team as they play the Saint Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hawks on Homecoming. Halftime will include recognition of the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees, and fans who arrive early will receive a special centennial giveaway! For single game tickets, visit

The George Washington Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery presents the Washington debut of Michael CraigMartin: Drawings. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a large, 5 ft. x 4 ft. wall drawing created on site especially for the gallery. Michael Craig-Martin: Drawings includes more than 30 drawings of subjects drawn from ordinary life, which he portrays using a mechanical line. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, AND THURSDAY, FEB. 23, FROM 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 A.M. Seen in Foggy Bottom

SATURDAY, FEB. 4, AT 7 P.M. GW Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball vs. Massachusetts

Luther Brady Art Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2nd floor casings | 805 21st Street, NW

Charles E. Smith Center | 600 22nd Street, NW

Drawn from the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection, this exhibition highlights those important people, events, and locations on campus through paintings, prints, and artifacts. It will also show works by GW students through the years, giving their own perspective of the campus they inhabited. The public will be invited to warm up and see the exhibit at one of two Centennial Coffee Bars on Tuesday, February 21st, and Thursday, February 23rd from 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;11 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Support GW Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball as they take on Massachusetts. For single game tickets, visit Go Colonials! $

University Yard | H Street, between 21st and 20th streets, NW

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, AT 12 P.M. GW Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball vs. Xavier Charles E. Smith Center | 600 22nd Street, NW Support GW Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball as they take on Xavier. For single game tickets, visit Go Colonials!

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, AT 6 P.M. George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday Bonfire $

Come celebrate George Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 280th birthday by roasting marshmallows and creating sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores alongside the students, faculty, and staff of The George Washington University.

SATURDAY, FEB. 18, AT 8 P.M. Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington presents: The Kids Are All Right Lisner Auditorium | 730 21st Street, NW The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington celebrates the uniqueness of every person with fun and surprise in a show that champions gay equality for youth and adults. Sponsored by Therese & Rick Boyd, the Chorus will be joined by Dreams of Hope, a courageous Pittsburgh-based creative and performing arts troupe featuring powerful songs and stories from LGBT youth and their allies. Tickets start at $30 and are available at the Lisner Box Office or at

$ George Washington was born on February 22, 1732â&#x20AC;&#x201D;making him 280 in 2012! To celebrate the father of our country and the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake, a bonfire is erected in the middle of the University Yard.

For more information on the GW Community Calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Office of Government, International and Community Relations at (202) 994-9132 or visit us at


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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, AT 6 P.M. VOICES: Celebrating the African American Legacy in Foggy Bottom Jack Morton Auditorium | 805 21st Street, NW This panel discussion will feature long-term Foggy Bottom residents reflecting on the changes in Washington, D.C., over the years and their lives in Foggy Bottom. A reception will feature D.C. landmark, Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chili Bowl. This event is free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, AT 8 P.M. GW Lisner Auditorium presents Flamenco Festival 2012: Gala Flamenca Lisner Auditorium | 730 21st Street, NW Three of flamencoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading female dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Carmen CortĂŠs, Rafaela Carrasco, and Olga Pericetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;share the stage in a virtuosic dance display ranging from the Gypsy roots of flamenco to contemporary innovations. Tickets are $35, $45, $55, and $65. Include dinner at Jaleo for $25 more! Tickets are available from the Lisner Box Office, 800-745-3000, and

would employ researchers working on technology issues.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Litter trapsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; installed in D.C. waterways

The District last week installed two â&#x20AC;&#x153;litter trapsâ&#x20AC;? in city creeks that feed into the Anacostia River, according to a news release from the D.C. Department of the Environment. The new locations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Watts Branch in Northeast and a storm sewer discharge point in Southwest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; join a previous Watts Branch location that has collected more than six tons of trash and debris since 2009, the release states. The agency used proceeds from the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5-cent bag law to fund the installation.

Youth employment applications sought

The application process for the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Summer Youth Employment Program opened Friday at, according to a news release from Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Jobs are available for residents ages 14 to 21 on a first-come, firstserved basis, the release states. The program will run June 25 through Aug. 3.


In the Jan. 25 issue of The Foggy Bottom Current, a photo caption misidentified the site of George Washington University President Steven Knappâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech to the Rotary Club of Washington, DC. It was at the University Club. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202-2447223.

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Ward 4 hopefuls question meeting protocol By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Some concerns have come up over the way the Ward 4 Democrats group is handling tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endorsement vote for the D.C. Council primary. A few of the candidates for the Ward 4 seat claim that group is now, more than ever, showcasing its bias for incumbent Muriel Bowser. According to Ward 4 Democrats president Deborah Royster, the group is following â&#x20AC;&#x153;standard processâ&#x20AC;? by hosting both a candidates forum and endorsement vote simul-

taneously. Not only has the group used this method for the past several years, she said, but members also voted unanimously in January to follow this procedure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no magic here,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing different has happened.â&#x20AC;? At tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event at the Emery Recreation Center, Ward 4 Democrats can vote for their council candidate endorsement between 7 and 9 p.m., while the candidates forum is slated to take place between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Royster said the format allows those who have already made up

their minds to vote early, but also gives those who want â&#x20AC;&#x153;to listen to the whole thingâ&#x20AC;? a chance to wait on their votes. But some candidates say that setup doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t encourage voters to learn about all the campaigns and truly weigh their options â&#x20AC;&#x201D; giving the impression that Bowser has already sealed the endorsement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People will not stay and hear all the candidates; they may not even know what other candidates are running,â&#x20AC;? said candidate Renee Bowser, a union attorney who has no relation to Muriel. See Forum/Page 24

Some antsy about Georgetown plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

As the federal government prepares to sell the Georgetown West Heating Plant, General Services Administration officials are seeking public input on what possible impacts they need to evaluate. But at a community meeting last week, the officials emphasized that their agency doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a say in what most neighbors wanted to weigh in on: the future use of the two-acre property at 29th and K streets. Pricey to maintain and located on valuable real estate, the six-story facility â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which helped heat D.C. federal buildings from 1948 to 2000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was declared a surplus property last year. The federal disposal process requires an assessment of any impacts related to selling the parcel, information the agency will share with local agencies and prospective buyers. If the property is listed for sale, as it likely will be, the highest bidder for the as-is site will take it. Some neighbors have requested particular uses, and some developers have already prepared plans for the property, but the General Service Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suzanne Hill said Thursday that evaluating the merits of a proposal is outside the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the authority to do any of that,â&#x20AC;? she said. Agency officials are basing their evaluation of impacts on the assumption that the property would be

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zoned W-2, following the precedent of other parcels nearby. This would allow a new building of up to 60 feet without any special zoning relief. Because the existing building is 110 feet high and has historic protections, the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evaluation assumes a buyer will renovate rather than tear it down and replace it with something smaller. But the D.C. Zoning Commission isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expected to determine the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning designation until after the property is sold, leaving neighbors with an uncertainty about what the District could allow there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the disposal process thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happens afterward,â&#x20AC;? one resident said at Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Hill said the General Services Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s required assessment could conceivably find that the impacts of selling the property would be untenable, forcing the federal government to hold onto the property if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address the problems. But she said she knows of no case where that has occurred. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re contemplating a disposal, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re evaluating this outcome,â&#x20AC;? said Hill. Residents at Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting asked that the evaluation include traffic and parking impacts, any disruption to the adjacent C&O Canal and potential flooding issues, among other subjects. The agency is taking additional comments through Feb. 13 at, and will also take public comments when it releases a draft environmental assessment later this year.

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psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 2700 block, Rittenhouse St.; residence; 8 a.m. Jan. 23.

psa 202


â&#x2013; Friendship Heights PSA 202

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 4400 block, Albemarle St.; sidewalk; 7:42 p.m. Jan. 23. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  3700 block, Windom Place; sidewalk; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 27. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  Fort Drive and Nebraska Avenue; sidewalk; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Burglary â&#x2013;  4700 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 3:45 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4 a.m. Jan. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:35 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  4300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 10 a.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; liquor store; 5:26 p.m. Jan. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 1 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Livingston St.; street; 2 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Chesapeake St.; street; 4 p.m. Jan. 28.

psa 203

â&#x2013; forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park


Burglary â&#x2013; 3500 block, 34th St.; residence; 10:15 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Brandywine St.; residence; 7:50 p.m. Jan. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Rodman St.; residence; 1 p.m. Jan. 25. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 8:10 a.m. Jan. 24.


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psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Garfield St.; school; 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; hotel; 3 p.m. Jan. 27.

psa 205

â&#x2013; palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

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psa PSA 206


â&#x2013; georgetown / burleith

Assault with a dangerous

weapon â&#x2013; 2700 block, P St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. Jan. 27. Burglary â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 3:38 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  3100 block, P St.; residence; 3:23 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; office building; 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; hotel; 12:01 a.m. Jan. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:15 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 4:10 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 7 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  3400 block, M St.; store; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:50 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; 8:43 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Reservoir Road; unspecified premises; 2:25 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  3900 block, Reservoir Road; university; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  3200 block, P St.; restaurant; 4 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 1:15 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  3200 block, P St.; store; 1 p.m. Jan. 29. Theft (attempt) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; grocery store; 4:58 p.m. Jan. 25. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  34th and Water streets; street; 9 a.m. Jan. 28.

psa PSA 207


â&#x2013; foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 20th and L streets; sidewalk; 7:15 p.m. Jan. 23. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  700 block, 15th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 12:45 a.m. Jan. 29. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, H St.; office building; 9:37 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  700 block, 23rd St.; office building; 11 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1400 block, K St.; tavern/ nightclub; 1:45 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  2000 block, H St.; university; 11:57 a.m. Jan. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  900 block, 15th St.; park area; 10 a.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 7:15 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 10:45 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 6:10 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 5:25 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 7 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:25 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1800 bock, M St.; restaurant; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  800 block, 17th St.; office building; 3:45 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.;

drugstore; 6:01 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013; 1400 block, K St.; tavern; 12:10 a.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  20th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  15th and I streets; restaurant; 2:15 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 5 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  2000 block, L St.; store; 4:16 p.m. Jan. 29.

psa 208

â&#x2013; sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (knife) â&#x2013; 1900 block, R St.; sidewalk; 1:27 a.m. Jan. 23. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  Bancroft and Phelps places; street; 8:12 p.m. Jan. 28. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1500 block, Q St.; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; construction site; 11 a.m. Jan. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 1:30 a.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; construction site; 5 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; tavern/nightclub; 5:20 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 19th St.; office building; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11 p.m. Jan. 26. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  15th and N streets; street; 10 p.m. Jan. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, N St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1500 block, O St.; street; 11 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; parking lot; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  16th and Church streets; street; 12:01 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  22nd and N streets; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 3:10 a.m. Jan. 29.

psa PSA 301


â&#x2013; Dupont circle

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 15th and Q streets; sidewalk; 11 p.m. Jan. 22. Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 6:30 a.m. Jan. 24. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, Swann St.; street; 4:45 p.m. Jan. 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, U St.; store; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 17th St.; residence; 9 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2 a.m. Jan. 29. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Corcoran St.; street; noon Jan. 29. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, S St.; street; 8 p.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  14th and S streets; street; 6:15 p.m. Jan. 23.

â&#x2013; 1500 block, Corcoran St.; street; 4:15 p.m. Jan. 27.

psa PSA 303


â&#x2013; adams morgan

Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013; 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Ontario Place; residence; 9 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  Champlain and Euclid streets; street; 3:45 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  2400 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 2:30 a.m. Jan. 29. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; street; 2:15 a.m. Jan. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; street; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23. â&#x2013;  19th and Vernon streets; street; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 2 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  16th and W streets; street; 6 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  16th and Belmont streets; street; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Belmont St.; street; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

psa PSA 307


â&#x2013; logan circle

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 900 block, M St.; sidewalk; 11:50 p.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  900 block, French St.; alley; 11 p.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, S St.; alley; 3:35 p.m. Jan. 29. Robbery (knife) â&#x2013;  1000 block, P St.; residence; 6:10 p.m. Jan. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  13th and M streets; street; 11 a.m. Jan. 27. â&#x2013;  13th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 4 a.m. Jan. 28. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1300 block, Q St.; street; 1 a.m. Jan. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1400 block, 11th St.; street; 2 a.m. Jan. 22. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Q St.; street; 9 p.m. Jan. 24. â&#x2013;  900 block, L St.; parking lot; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 12th St.; street; 11 a.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Corcoran St.; alley; 9 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  14th and L streets; street; 10:30 p.m. Jan. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Rhode Island Ave.; street; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 12th St.; alley; 3 p.m. Jan. 28.

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial village

PSA 401 shepherd park / takoma Robbery (fear) â&#x2013; 6900 block, 9th St.; residence; 6 p.m. Jan. 26. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  7000 block, 9th St.; street; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  8100 block, East Beach Drive; residence; 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

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Northwest Business

New Macomb Street market focuses on fresh and healthy


t’s clear Cleveland Park appreciates its new juice bar/market: A downed cash register was slowing the action at Hawthorne Market Friday, but the customers

ON THE STREET beth cope

just kept coming. It makes sense. In an area filled with popular sit-down restaurants — 2 Amys, Cactus Cantina, Le Zinc and Café Deluxe — a spot to get to-go items like a smoothie and sandwich is a convenient new choice. And at Hawthorne, it’s a healthy choice, too. “I started doing some juice cleanses while in New York, and it totally changed my eating habits,” said co-owner Emily Heller, who lives in American University Park. “I didn’t drink coffee for a month after, and I didn’t eat meat for a while — not because I was trying.” At first, she found it hard to get her juice fix in D.C. Now Hawthorne Market is filling that hole, offering a variety of all-natu-

ral juices, like Abundant Energy, which contains seasonal greens, romaine, celery, green apples and lemon and tastes more delicious than it might sound. The Macomb Street shop also does smoothies — no sugar added — and a selection of sandwiches and other snacks. Co-owner/chef Yolanda Hawthorne makes two soups daily, and the shelves carry packaged and fresh offerings, some of them local, as are some of the ingredients in the prepared foods. Hawthorne has been cooking for years, most recently at the cafe at the local Sports Club/LA and through her own catering company. She has long dreamed of opening her own healthy food business, based on skills she learned at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York, where the instructors treat “food as your medicine,” she said. “We always had the blueprint of it,” she said of herself and her sister, another co-owner. “And then the space came about.” Hawthorne’s sister met Heller at Hot Yoga, which was located nearby until a major construction

City economic development chief details project pipeline Current Staff Report he city’s deputy mayor for planning and economic development told DC Chamber of Commerce members recently that his office is working on $11 billion worth of development projects in the District. Victor Hoskins also told members last week that his staff is trying to jump-start another $13 billion worth of projects, many of which had been stalled for years. Meanwhile, an estimated $1 billion worth of projects are in development without his office’s help. Already under construction are 14 projects worth $2.14 billion and will produce about 6,000 permanent jobs, Hoskins said. They include the 500,000-square-foot CityCenterDC project and the 1-million-squarefoot O Street Market project, expected to be complete in 2014, which will include a 72,000-squarefoot Giant, additional retail, a hotel and apartments. Among the projects in the pipeline but not yet under construction are the Skyland Shopping Center in Ward 7, where a decades-long legal dispute is expected to be resolved

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Yolanda Hawthorne, left, Emily Heller and Jo Anna Hawthorne own the market.

pushed it and other businesses out of the neighborhood. The studio owner considered relocating to Macomb Street, but ultimately found another spot and turned over the space to the Hawthorne Market group. The shop is more of a cafe than a market, though it has only one table at this point and can’t take on the “cafe” moniker officially because its only bathroom is not on the main floor, said Heller. The business’ focus will likely shift around somewhat as the owners settle into their space and get to know the area, they said. Already, they have gotten plenty of feedback. “‘You’re gonna have coffee, right?’ ‘You’re gonna be open at 5 See Market/Page 19

this year; and the H Street Giant, which will add 200 apartments. Such projects will produce tens of millions of dollars in taxes for the city, Hoskins said. Another project in the works is the redevelopment of the 172-acre St. Elizabeths east campus in Ward 8. Hoskins said the master plan for that project is currently being developed, and its first phase is expected to be completed in 2013. Eventually, the site will host about 10,000 new jobs. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s neighboring development with 3,800 employees will provide an opportunity for extensive retail and restaurant development, he said. Another massive project, to redevelop the city’s chunk of the soon-to-be-available Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in Ward 4, will allow the District to attract retailers to the area, as well as add more apartments and town houses. Hoskins said he expects that project to provide about 3,700 permanent jobs once completed. The Stevens School in the West End, Hoskins said, must retain an educational use under city law, but See Projects/Page 19

Dupont Circle station’s 19th Street entrance will close in February for about 8½ months. This entrance must be closed because we’re replacing all three escalators. Once this work is complete, you can count on years of safe and reliable escalator service at Dupont Circle’s 19th Street entrance. While the work is taking place, please use either Dupont Circle’s Q Street entrance or Farragut North’s L Street entrance. Or take Metrobus 42 north or south on Connecticut Ave. We know our escalator work can be inconvenient and frustrating for you. That’s why we do the work as quickly and safely as possible. We truly appreciate your patience while we do the work that must be done to keep Metro running.



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Preserving the board

Next month, the D.C. Council is slated to consider a bill asking Mayor Vincent Gray to review the city’s 160-odd boards and commissions, many of which are riddled with vacancies, with an eye toward getting rid of at least some of the panels. We hope that the measure passes and that with a slimmer portfolio the mayor can pay better attention to those entities that truly matter. Among those is the Historic Preservation Review Board, which has been waiting for new appointees for far too long. But with several nominations in recent weeks and preliminary confirmation votes on two more candidates yesterday, it seems likely that the important panel will soon be at full strength. We just wish it hadn’t taken so much time. For months, the board has limped along with one vacant seat, one member who wants to retire and six members whose terms had already expired. The situation could have jeopardized federal funding, along with the legitimacy of the board’s decisions. There’s no question that those decisions impact the city in important ways. The preservation board must sign off on exterior alterations to the more than 25,000 contributing or individually landmarked buildings in the District as well as evaluate new construction in historic districts. The panel also nominates structures to the National Register of Historic Places. We know that some people grumble about the board and its power. But historic preservation is a crucial issue across the city, from Cleveland Park to Dupont Circle to historic Anacostia, and all who care about the city’s past deserve better than a watchdog nearly starved of money and authority.

Schoolwide enrichment

Given the level of rancor created by the removal several years ago of Hardy Middle School’s longtime principal, it’s not surprising that it would take time for the school to live down the controversy. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson took a major step last spring when she appointed Mary Stefanus to lead the Georgetown school. That put an end to the unsuccessful experiment — undertaken by then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee — of having a single principal atop both Hardy and nearby Hyde-Addison Elementary. Now comes another major step, and it’s one that we hope will mark a milestone in boosting student achievement. Last month, Chancellor Henderson selected Hardy as one of two D.C. schools to pilot the “Schoolwide Enrichment Model” in 2012-13. Though the program is new to the D.C. Public Schools system, it’s hardly untested. Generally speaking, it’s an effort to apply more broadly the kinds of enrichment programs that commonly serve gifted and talented students, thereby providing challenging coursework to students of all ability levels. Researchers at the University of Connecticut have studied its effectiveness for over two decades. In particular, they have found it effective in schools with diverse socioeconomic and ethnic populations. The enhanced programs aim to harness each student’s abilities, interests and learning styles, says Joseph S. Renzulli, a professor at the University of Connecticut and director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. Examples, he writes, might include a mini-course for fourth-graders on how to access the Internet, or a program for students interested in filmmaking. As part of the District’s pilot program, Hardy will get a dedicated, specially trained gifted-and-talented resource teacher to help implement the program and teach special classes. Teachers and administrators will also receive training. We look forward to learning how the program will be implemented — beyond the “eduspeak” that too often bogs down talk of promised curricular reforms. But the descriptions so far seem like a good way to build Hardy’s appeal to in-boundary students and enhance its ability to serve students citywide.

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Online bet comes up ‘snake eyes’ … Barring a last-minute surprise, online gambling in the District may be headed back to square one. The D.C. Council’s finance committee was expected to vote out a bill today that would repeal online gambling in the District. The full council could follow suit soon. The original online provision was slipped into city law a year ago without any public hearings. But there have been some explosive hearings lately, and the anger expressed has been focused not so much on online gambling itself but on how it was approved and how it would operate in the city. Even Inspector General Charles Willoughby weighed in, with a report suggesting the gambling details had been changed after the council approved the company Intralot to run the city’s lucrative operations. The report — and Willoughby’s subsequent testimony — was a lot more damaging than first realized. Some also complained that Intralot would get 50 percent of online revenues, far more than it does with the city’s other gambling games. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, chair of the finance committee, called the special meeting for today to vote on repeal. At a contentious hearing last week, Evans said that the council clearly didn’t know it was approving online gambling a year ago and certainly most District citizens and neighborhoods didn’t know. It’s hardly likely that Evans would have scheduled the meeting without expecting to have the votes for the bill. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser is a member of the committee and told the Notebook she’d be voting with Evans and at-large member David Catania to repeal online gambling, thus providing the crucial third vote the measure needs to go to the full council. Ward 8 member Marion Barry and at-large member Michael Brown were expected to vote against the repeal effort. It was Brown who first moved to include online gambling in the city budget without public hearings. “Clearly the process is convoluted and wrong,” Bowser told the Notebook. “Everyone will be more comfortable” starting over, she said. Well, maybe not everyone. But if the full council rejects the way online gambling was slipped into city law, maybe it’ll be a lesson for more transparency on other matters. ■ Another online setback? Council member Brown and others support online gambling as another source of revenue for the District, which has had some hard times over the past few years because of the national recession. But on Monday, D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi announced that the city ended the

last fiscal year with a $240 million budget surplus. It’s one of the largest in recent years, even though about $50 million of the surplus was attributed to “underspending” by a few city agencies and programs. Still, the improving economic news is one more strike against rushing into online gambling. Many jurisdictions across the country are now looking at the option. The Obama Justice Department recently said federal laws against online gambling refer only to sporting events, not card games and other games of chance. The District was out in front on this issue, but the subject was so poorly handled that it now looks like we’re going back to the drawing boards on when — or if — the nation’s capital will provide online gambling. ■ Crabby about cabs. Hundreds of cab drivers jammed into a large D.C. Council hearing room Monday, but they got little sympathy for their concerns. The city is pursuing legislation that would require cab operators to drive more modern vehicles, use GPS devices to track trips and fares, and get more training on both their behavior and city streets. “Did you hear me?” Ward 4’s Bowser asked in a scolding tone, angry that so many of her citizens say they can’t get reliable cab service. “And I know everybody in this room knows about it. Why can’t Ward 4 citizens get a cab?” Taxi Commission chair Ron Linton is dead set on reforming both the dysfunctional commission and cab service in the city. But he may be moving too fast for the council. Linton wants to impose a 50-cent surcharge on every taxi fare to pay for more modern meters and other improvements. The disgruntled cab drivers, and there were plenty of them, worry that imposition of tougher standards is just another effort to drive many of the independent drivers out of business so big companies can take over and monopolize rates. “The big money is behind this,” said Luther Huff, who has driven a cab in the District off and on since the 1960s. “A lot of money — a lot of money.” Haimanot Bizuayehu, the leader of a growing cab association, said his drivers want to improve service, too. But he said city leaders have given the drivers mostly lip service and aren’t really listening to their concerns. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, who was holding the hearing, insisted that she wanted the drivers to have good and decent jobs — not be run out of business. The crowd of cab drivers erupted in derisive laughter. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Candidate criticism of forum unfounded

I’m writing in response to Renee Bowser’s letter to the editor [“Ward 4 Dems voting caters to incumbent,” Jan. 25]. The members of the Ward 4 Democrats unanimously approved the date and time of our candidates and endorsement forum, to be held at our Feb. 1 meeting. The voting begins at 7 p.m. in order to allow senior citizens

and others who need to arrive and/or leave early to do so. Two hours is a sufficient window to allow everyone who wants to vote to do so. This process is consistent with the format that we have customarily followed since 2007, and we have received no complaints from candidates or Ward 4 citizens in the past. Contrary to Renee Bowser’s statement, this is a fair and transparent process that allows all Democratic candidates to participate on equal terms. As officers of the Ward 4 Democrats, we take seriously the responsibility of facilitating an

informed electorate through candidates and endorsement forums, irrespective of one’s personal support of a particular candidate. We make every effort to conduct the organization’s activities, including such forums, with fairness and transparency and in an ethical manner. Critics should exercise great caution prior to disparaging the efforts of citizens who volunteer their time and effort to participate in this process, particularly where, as here, there is absolutely no foundation in support of the claims. Deborah Royster Chair, Ward 4 Democrats

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Letters to the Editor Industry opposed parts of wildlife bill

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 25 commentary about the Wildlife Protection Act contains misstatements. Despite Council member Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assertion that District pest-management companies supported the measure, the professional pest-management industry was virtually united in its opposition to certain provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act. The only company to support the legislation outright was a Marylandbased company owned and operated by the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main proponent, the Humane Society of the United States. This support is not surprising since the law is an attempt to give the company a marketplace advantage by essentially codifying its business model. Council member Cheh also mistakenly gives the impression that her law exempts all mice and rats found in the District. While the Wildlife Protection Act expressly exempts â&#x20AC;&#x153;commensal rodentsâ&#x20AC;? from its scope, it does not define the term. Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, consider just three rodent species â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Norway and roof rats, and the house mouse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; commensal rodents. As such, the definition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;commensal rodentâ&#x20AC;? has become institutionalized in the professional pest-management industry, and there is a common understanding that it includes only the Norway and roof rats and the house mouse. The Wildlife Protection Actâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of the qualifier â&#x20AC;&#x153;commensalâ&#x20AC;? means that non-commensal rodents such as white-footed, field and deer mice as well as chipmunks and squirrels are protected by the law; therefore, pest-management professionals may not capture such species using commonly used snap traps and glue boards. (They are also prohibited from using mole traps and non-toxic glue boards to capture snakes.) Industry representatives pointed out this and many other problems with the bill as it was being considered in 2009 and 2010, but virtually all of our suggestions were summarily rejected by Council member Cheh, her staff and the Humane Society of the United States. The silver lining in this poorly written law is that the D.C. Department of the Environment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the agency charged with implementing the Wildlife Protection Act â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has some latitude in enforcing the law and through that discretion can exercise some common sense, which hopefully means that pest-

management professionals will not be criminalized for rodent control activities, regardless of the species. Gene Harrington Director of Government Affairs, National Pest Management Association

Police chief provided comprehensive look

Police Chief Cathy Lanierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent speech to the D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations, attended by people from across the city, was particularly informative in that she described how we, in different communities, are connected to and by D.C. crime. Instead of hearing only one communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crime statistics, we heard how the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad guysâ&#x20AC;? travel from one area to another, and how the police go after them, around the city and suburbs, in inventive ways. In addition to hearing what we should do and look out for, we heard how the newest crime cameras can and will help â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s triggered by the sound of a gunshot! Surprising to some was the effective use of basic traffic enforcement to catch criminals, who, in stolen cars and attempts to get away, are not always good drivers! In D.C. and around the United States, telephones and small electronics are the favorite items to steal, then re-sell. Efforts are being made to convince companies to disable stolen phones, as they do in the United Kingdom, 48 hours after a phone is reported stolen. At this point, the U.S. phone companies will not disable, still thinking in terms of â&#x20AC;&#x153;helpingâ&#x20AC;? those who want phones restarted, i.e. perhaps the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad guysâ&#x20AC;? with the stolen phones! It was a very interesting speech â&#x20AC;&#x201D; D.C. crime with a comprehensive perspective! Sally MacDonald Woodley Park

Expanded parking program is unclear

Allow me a few quibbles about the report on â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhancedâ&#x20AC;? residential permit parking in Ward 1 [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adams Morgan considers resident-only parking program, visitor passes,â&#x20AC;? Jan. 25]. First, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never made quite clear what this program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known as ERPP â&#x20AC;&#x201D; does that ordinary RPP doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do: namely, eliminating the two-hour allowance for parking by nonresidents. Nor is it explained where and why this might be a good thing: namely, on residential blocks near commercial areas where customers park for shopping. Second, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not explained why Mount Pleasant, for one, chose to stay out of this program. There are numerous reasons, one of them being that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care to undercut

our local businesses by further reducing the ability of their customers to find parking. Furthermore, the program is applied throughout the neighborhood, not just adjacent to the commercial strip, so residents far from any customer parking conflict would be affected. Third, this program is limited to Ward 1, so visitors from other parts of D.C., as well as the suburbs, are likely to be unaware of it, and fail to notice the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zone One Parking Onlyâ&#x20AC;? signs. Visitors counting on that two-hour nonresident allowance are sure to be hit with surprise parking tickets. Aside from being a bit unfriendly to our own guests, this adds to the customer-hostile nature of the program near our neighborhood businesses. Fourth, the report says that advisory neighborhood commissions in Ward 1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;are deciding whether to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;opt in.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But the â&#x20AC;&#x153;opt-inâ&#x20AC;? approach was changed with the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s November announcement, which says that neighborhood commissions can only â&#x20AC;&#x153;opt out.â&#x20AC;? If a commission does nothing, then the enhanced permit program will be implemented in that area. It appears to me that the Transportation Department is itself confused about how this thing is to be implemented. I do not believe the statement that residents of commercial streets that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t zoned for Residential Permit Parking â&#x20AC;&#x153;would also be exempt from the new [visitor parking pass] program.â&#x20AC;? The proposed regulation says this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All households within the ERPP area shall be eligible to participate in the visitor parking pilot program described in § 2414.7.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;all households,â&#x20AC;? not just those on Residential Permit Parking-zoned blocks. Unfortunately, in the most recent Transportation Department notice this has been corrupted to read â&#x20AC;&#x153;all visitors within the ERPP area â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;? Clearly, the agency is very confused about this proposed system, too. I think we in Mount Pleasant are happy to be out of it. Jack McKay Commissioner, ANC 1D

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;disinviteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pols from annual parade

Do you agree with me that the D.C. pols who walk, or ride in their convertibles in the Palisades Parade on July 4 should be disinvited? Given the state of the D.C. mayoralty and D.C. Council, those folks would just sully that event. I am trying to get a â&#x20AC;&#x153;disinviteâ&#x20AC;? accomplished well before the summer. Please note I am not talking about a â&#x20AC;&#x153;ban,â&#x20AC;? just a â&#x20AC;&#x153;disinviteâ&#x20AC;? by citizens and other interested parties. Richard R. Palmer Washington, D.C.

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In Your Neighborhood ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown ■ Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale At the commission’s Jan. 30 meeting: ■ Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs director Nicholas Majett discussed November’s partial collapse of a commercial building at 1424 Wisconsin Ave. A contractor hired by the property owner is responsible for determining why the building collapsed, Majett said, because the District doesn’t want to be responsible for ordering the wrong corrective action. The agency doesn’t yet know the reason for the collapse. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ new food truck regulations ban the trucks from operating on streets with residential permit parking. The current proposal allows the trucks to use any legal parking space. ■ commission chair Ron Lewis reported that temperature fluctuations are causing potholes in the neighborhood, but that the D.C. Department of Transportation is responding quickly to 311 calls and messages sent via ■ commissioner Ed Solomon reported that reconstruction of O and P streets is progressing well and should wrap up by August. “It looks like we’ll have two beautiful streets,” he said. ■ representatives of Pepco discussed their plans to replace wires in Burleith and Hillandale this year. ■ James Bulger, Ward 2 liaison for Mayor Vincent Gray, asked residents to register for the Feb. 11 One City Summit at ■ commission chair Ron Lewis reported that the Zoning Commission is scheduled to vote on the Georgetown University campus plan Feb. 9. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to support the Washington DC Triathlon’s request to close the Whitehurst Freeway on the morning of June 17 for the cycling portion of the event. The road will be reopened by 10:30 a.m., and no other streets in Georgetown will be affected, a representative said. ■ commissioners voted unanimously to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a nonprofit to host events at Evermay, 1623 28th St. The proposal from the S&R Foundation includes many restrictions on use, which were developed with the community. Commissioners asked the zoning board to review the issue after five years instead of the seven years requested by the foundation. ■ commissioners voted 5-0, with Ron Lewis abstaining and Ed Solomon absent, to request that the Old Georgetown Board deny a permit for a sign and awning at 2910 M St. The items were in place when the current tenant took over the space, but did not appear to have a permit. ■ commissioners voted 5-0 to raise

Citizens Association of Georgetown

Georgetown Village, which is open to neighbors in Burleith as well as Georgetown, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established to help older residents age in place. Since its launch in December, membership has climbed to nearly 150 people, ages 55 to over 100. And as well as providing its members with transportation and social outings, the village is serving a need for all of us: creating community. “Our goal is to meet the needs of the seniors in Georgetown,” said Lynn Golub-Rofano, executive director of the Georgetown Village. At the moment, key needs are in the area of mobility and socialization. Trained volunteers drive and escort members to doctor appointments, errands and grocery shopping. In addition, the village organizes regular events, including happy hours, weekly coffee talks at St. John’s Episcopal Church and a book club. The village, in response to strong attendance and interest in the book club and happy hour, is increasing the frequency of both. Happy hour will occur two times per month as opposed to just once in order to meet the demand. And a second book club will meet on a monthly basis like the first club, but it will discuss the chosen book over a longer period of time. One member recently launched a movie club that will meet at AMC Loews Georgetown theater on Tuesday night (discount night for seniors). On its first outing the group will attend “The Iron Lady” and discuss the movie over dinner. “We like to help our proactive members drive the services we provide,” said Golub-Rofano. The group provides training for all volunteers, and Golub-Rofano has already conducted two trainings at Georgetown University. High school residents have also volunteered to help. For the safety and security of its members and their families, the village conducts background checks on all volunteers. To join or volunteer, contact Lynn Golub-Rofrano at 202-999-8988 or — Brooke Carnot no objection to an Old Georgetown Board permit application for an existing lit sign at 3205 Prospect St., but asked the board to look at the sign at night in reviewing the issue. ■ commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the Old Georgetown Board deny a permit application for an existing lit, colored sign at 1042 Wisconsin Ave. ■ commissioners voted 6-0, with Ron Lewis abstaining, to not oppose an application to the Old Georgetown Board for rear balconies, rear and side awnings, and rooftop HVAC equipment and solar panels at 3210 R St., contingent on the property owner working harder to seek opinions from neighbors. ■ commissioners voted 6-0 to request that the Old Georgetown Board deny a permit application for signs and a roof deck for a new Noodles & Company restaurant at 1815 Wisconsin Ave. The signs were too big and the roof deck could present a noise problem, commissioners said. ■ commissioners voted 5-0, with Ron Lewis abstaining and Charles Eason absent, to raise no objection to the Old Georgetown Board regarding an application for a rear addition at 1210 28th St. that wouldn’t be visible from the street. ■ commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the Old Georgetown Board deny a permit for a revised planned rear addition at 1525 Wisconsin Ave., requesting that only a previously approved plan be allowed. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or

visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

■ Glover Park / Cathedral heights

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ police report. ■ open forum. ■ discussion of whether to seek renewal of the Glover Park liquor license moratorium. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring ■ spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: ■ police report. ■ discussion of Pepco service upgrades in the Palisades. ■ consideration of a public-space application for a fence at 2903 44th St. ■ consideration of applications for certificates of need from the State Health Planning and Development Agency to permit MedStar Medical Group to establish primary-care physicians’ offices at 4901 Massachusetts Ave. (family medicine) and 3301 New Mexico Ave. (internal medicine). ■ discussion of the Spring Valley munitions cleanup project. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit


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February 1, 2012 ■ Page 11

St. John’s shocks Gonzaga in thriller By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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The Cadets handed the Eagles their first loss of the season at Gallagher Gym Sunday afternoon.

Gonzaga, Paul VI and DeMatha have been the talk of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys basketball this year. But on Sunday afternoon, St. John’s changed the conversation by ending Gonzaga’s run at a perfect season. The Cadets stunned the nationally ranked Eagles 56-54 at sold-out Gallagher Gymnasium. “Everybody put them on a pedestal, but with each team, anything can happen,” said St. John’s guard Darian Anderson. Gonzaga, which came into the game tied for first place in the conference with Paul VI, fell to second with Sunday’s loss. The team was slated to play Paul VI late last night after deadline. “We played flat,” Gonzaga coach Steve Turner said of Sunday’s loss. “We settled for a lot of jumpers at times during the game instead of being more patient. We had chances and opportunities down the stretch, but we fell short.” Anderson emerged as a go-to guy for the Cadets and scored a game-high 22 points. Guard Tre Campbell added 10 more.

drove to the basket and created a 3-point play opportunity. Glover hit the free throw to make it a two-point game. After trading free throws, the Eagles had a chance to tie or take the lead with 16 seconds to go. But there was no buzzer-beating magic for Gonzaga. Turner drew up a play for Glover to drive to the basket or for Jenkins to get a touch. The Cadets left Glover open for a 3-point attempt. But it was off the mark. “We wanted an opportunity to either get Kris in a pick and pop situation or get Charles going to the glass,” said Turner. “[Charles’] guy went underneath and he thought it was open and took the shot.” St. John’s grabbed the rebound to kill the clock. “Our kids really played well today,” said DeStefano. “They shared the ball, and defensively I was really proud of the effort. It’s a great conference, and you can’t count anybody out.” The Eagles will return to the hardwood against Carroll on Friday. The Cadets will try to continue their winning ways when they travel to Hyattsville, Md., for a showdown against DeMatha.

Eagles grapplers prepare for tourney

Coolidge football wins $10,000 for top student GPAs

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Although the Colts lost the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship to Dunbar on Thanksgiving Day, they won in what some might call a more important arena — the classroom. According to a D.C. Public Schools release, Coolidge’s team had an average 3.068 GPA to win a competition that Redskins safety O.J. Atogwe set up among the city’s football teams. Coolidge will receive $5,000 from the Oshiomogho Atogwe I Am Foundation at the Institute for Science and Health, and an additional $5,000 from the NFL. The money will be used for “non-salary/ non-personnel related costs including the purchase of football field equipment, uniforms, helmets and field refurbishment projects,” according to the release. “I’m immensely proud of the Coolidge Senior High School football team for winning this challenge,” Mayor Vincent Gray says in the release. “Winning, both on and off the field is great, but an education is something

“[Anderson] had a great game, and our guys did a great job of getting him the ball,” said Cadets coach Paul DeStefano. Meanwhile, Gonzaga point guard Nate Britt missed his sixth game with a deep calf bruise. In his absence, forward Kris Jenkins and center Will Rassman led the shorthanded Eagles, scoring 12 points apiece. The Cadets defense focused on slowing down Jenkins, who had scored at least 20 points in eight of the Eagles’ previous nine games. “We tried to know where he was at all times, and we did a pretty good job,” said DeStefano. “We mixed it up with man and zone to try to keep him off balance.” The Cadets started the game off well, jumping on Gonzaga early to grab an 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. They created a small cushion by making a run before halftime to take a 25-21 lead into the locker room. It remained a nip-and-tuck game throughout the second half, ultimately coming down to the final two minutes. St. John’s held a 52-57 lead with less than two minutes to play. But Gonzaga wasn’t going to fold easily. Guard Charles Glover

Matt Petros/Current file photo

Senior Femi Bamiro and the Colts finished with an average DCIAA-high 3.068 GPA. that transcends winning and losing.”

Visitation sophomore dazzles in ISL swim and dive championships

Visitation sophomore Bridie Burke finished in a three-way tie for the best individual showing in the Independent School League swimming and diving championships Friday. Burke won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Cubs coach Hadley Rowland said it was Burke’s second year in a row winning the IM “— a great accomplishment by any swimmer See Swimming/Page 12

Gonzaga’s wrestling team is young but talented. During a dual meet Wednesday against Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foes DeMatha and Bishop Ireton, both characteristics were on display. The Eagles dropped the first match to the Stags 71-0, but rebounded with a solid showing in a 48-33 loss to the Cardinals. “It’s tough,” said Gonzaga head coach Milton Yates. “We have 35 kids in the room — about 15 to 18 of them are freshmen or first-year kids. We’ve had a rough out this whole season during dual meets because we are starting six freshmen right now and a lot of them don’t have a lot of experience.” The DeMatha shutout motivated the Eagles to perform better against Ireton and moving forward into the WCAC tournament. “It’s never good to get completely shut out,” said Von Utter. “It just makes us want to beat every DeMatha kid when we see them in two weeks.” Two bright spots for the Eagles this season have been captains Jack Lawrence, a 152pound senior, and Nick Von Utter, a 120pound junior. Both went 1-1 on Wednesday. The two have focused on leadership both by example — winning the majority of their matches — and by helping out their younger teammates.

Matt Petros/The Current

Senior Jack Lawrence goes for a pin against Ireton last Wednesday.

“Both of them are very good on their feet and great leaders in the room,” Yates said. “Both of them are excellent wrestlers and have really committed to it.” The Eagles have the talent to make some noise in the WCAC tournament next week, but Yates said they have to demonstrate confidence and avoid mistakes. “Going into the conference tournament, we have to finish our matches,” said Yates. “We’re getting in, but we aren’t finishing. I just keep telling the guys that you have to believe in yourself and give yourself a chance. Get in there, fight, be physical, and don’t lay down for anybody.”

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Cadets fall to Falcons in WCAC showdown By MONICA McNUTT Current Correspondent

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traveled to Olney, Md., Saturday looking to avenge last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss to Good Counsel. But eight days after the first matchup, the result was the same â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a four-point loss. The Cadets fell to the Falcons 69-65 in front of a packed house at Good Counsel. Retribution now can come only in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs. But the Cadets did mark one important achievement during Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s match: Junior Lindsay Allen reached the 1,000-point mark on her second 3-pointer of the game. Allen, who finished with 18 points in the loss, received a standing ovation from St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faithful, waving red fliers announcing the accomplishment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a great career,â&#x20AC;? said coach Jonathan Scribner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just been a tremendous player at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so far, and for her to get the 1,000-point [tally] is obviously a great milestone for her, and hopefully it will continue.â&#x20AC;&#x153; Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feat was one of the few bright spots for the visiting Cadets. The Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; largest lead of 14 points came with 3 minutes, 18 seconds to go in the third quarter. But St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was plagued by turnovers, fouls and empty possessions, and the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead was cut to five by the beginning of the fourth quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They played an excellent game; they got back in the game. I thought we did pretty good defensively â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we just started rushing a little bit on offense and shots didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go our way,â&#x20AC;? said senior Mooriah Rowser, who finished with nine points. The Falcons hit a 3-pointer to take the lead with three minutes remaining. Rowserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s layup tied the game at 62, but the Falcons responded, scoring the next five points, while the Cadets struggled to connect. With time running out and an offense gone cold, the Cadets suffered their second consecutive loss at the hands of the Falcons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just counted on the stats [that] we missed 21

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Junior forward Tori Oliver, left, and the Cadets will have to wait until the playoffs for revenge.

layups. We had two clean layups to take leads late and a clean three to tie. We had our opportunities and they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drop,â&#x20AC;? Scribner said. With the loss, the Cadets fall to 8-3 in WCAC play, good enough for fourth place, and 15-6 overall. They were scheduled to host Bishop Ireton last night. Although disappointed with the loss, Scribner is still looking forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at right now,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hurts a lot to lose, but it would hurt a lot more to lose if this was Feb. 28, so we still have our eye on the prize. We still have everything that we set out to do this season â&#x20AC;Ś still in front of us, not behind us.â&#x20AC;?

petitors also won their individual events. Sidwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olivia Grinker took the 1-meter dive, and National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nicole Orme won the 100-yard backstroke to grab 16 points for the Eagles. Visitation and Sidwell finished

in the top five, with the Cubs in fourth place and the Quakers in fifth. The two schools will hit the water again Friday and Saturday as they compete at the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League championships.

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Boys basketball

Gonzaga 80, Ireton 58 Coolidge 75, Dunbar 63 Episcopal 76, St. Albans 70 Maret 57, Potomac School 54 School Without Walls 72, Washington Metropolitan 25 Sidwell 55, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 46 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 78, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken 45 Roosevelt 75, Bell 50 Covenant Life 68, Washington International 51 Wilson 56, Cardozo 24 MATHS 63, Bell 39 Roosevelt 75, Dunbar 53 Flint Hill 73, Georgetown Day 49 Coolidge 51, Montrose Christian 49 Washington International 51, Edmund Burke 46 Wilson 75, School Without Walls 47 Washington Latin 54, Washington International 47 Coolidge 67, Washington Metropolitan 33 Roosevelt 54, Dunbar 47 Bullis 85, St. Albans 74 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 61, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 56

Gonzaga 67, McNamara 61 Maret 58, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 27 Riverdale Baptist 63, Maret 61 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 56, Gonzaga 54

Girls basketball

Bullis 63, Sidwell 42 Coolidge 52, Dunbar 40 Jewish Day 36, Edmund Burke 34 Stone Ridge 53, Georgetown Day 48 Visitation 78, Holton-Arms 32 National Cathedral 52, Episcopal 30 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 77, St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken 67 Wilson 75, Cardozo 2 Roosevelt 47, Dunbar 33 St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 31, Field 25 Visitation 62, Flint Hill 57 Georgetown Day 63, Maret 29 National Cathedral 46, Potomac School 31 Sidwell 46, Stone Ridge 42 Washington International 26, Edmund Burke 24 Wilson 50, School Without Walls 15 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 70, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell 46 Flint Hill 61, Maret 17 Montrose Christian 49, School Without Walls 27 Wilson 47, Georgetown Day 42 Sidwell 71, Holy Child 67

The People and Places of Northwest Washington

February 1, 2012 ■ Page 13

GWU student film wins ‘Washington’s Best’ honor

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


hile Hollywood’s annual award season is well under way, a local group of student filmmakers is celebrating a win of its own far away from the glitz and glamour. On Monday, Mayor Vincent Gray recognized eight young filmmakers at George Washington University as winners of the inaugural “Washington’s Best Film” competition for their documentary about social justice in the District. “Released to Life” is a 16-minute piece that profiles men and women from D.C. who were recently released from prison, and the barriers they face as they try to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society. Ex-offenders are “treated as modern-day lepers — they are put in a colony and still have a stain,” said Yavar Moghimi, one of the student filmmakers, in an interview. “People don’t want to hire them, they don’t want them to live in certain places — there’s a huge amount of discrimination.” “Ultimately the message of the film is that this is something we should all be concerned about,” Moghimi said. “Beyond the moral imperative to give deserving people a second chance, our tax dollars are not at work when we don’t rehabilitate people even though it costs $28,000 per year to put someone in jail.” The students worked on the film in 2010 while enrolled in a sixmonth certificate program at the university’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, with program director Nina Seavey loosely serving as the film’s executive director. The D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development organized the new competition along with SnagFilms, an on-demand film library founded by local sports/media mogul Ted Leonsis that showcases documentary and independent films. SnagFilms also announced that it will be distributing “Released to Life” on its website. The film is currently featured on the site’s homepage, where it can be viewed for free. “Our goal is to shine a light on certain subjects,” Leonsis said of the competition and the films his company features. He said that by presenting this and similar films on

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Above, the filmmakers pose at Monday’s award ceremony with Mayor Vincent Gray and local sports mogul Ted Leonsis. Their winning documentary, “Released to Life,” profiles men and women, including those pictured at left, who were recently released from prison and considers the challenges they face.

his website he hopes to engage in “filmanthropy,” giving audiences access to films about critical issues with the hope of inspiring them to take action. The competition was open to residents of the District and filmmakers who run production companies here. “Released to Life” beat out more than a dozen films to win. “It is a documentary that chronicles the struggles and challenges that returning citizens face when they are released from prison — and it certainly is a challenging topic for us in the District of Columbia,” Mayor Gray said at Monday’s event. “We have hundreds of people who return each year from incarceration, and we have to do everything we can to make sure they have an opportunity to lead a productive life.” Throughout “Released to Life,” ex-offenders describe what it’s like to seek a second chance — only to find that the crimes they committed, sometimes decades earlier, still shadow them. “We committed a felony, went to jail, did our time — why should we come home and still be handled and punished for the same thing

over and over?” one interview subject asks while participating in a life-skills class at DC Central Kitchen. “They should give us a chance to get our life together.” “You’ve got to deal with life the way it really is,” the group leader replies. “The doors are not totally closed — some doors are closed, that’s the reality.” Some ex-offenders talk about the simple changes that have taken place in society since they were first incarcerated, making transition difficult; others say they struggle to find jobs that pay enough to support their wives and children and to live in decent housing — a particular challenge since felons are not allowed to live in Section 8 lowincome properties. Education and job training skills, which the film subjects say would help with the transition, are nearly nonexistent in the federal Bureau of Prisons, where D.C. fel-

ons are sentenced. Eric Weaver, a film subject who participated in a question-andanswer session after the screening, said he earned two associate degrees from the University of the District of Columbia while he was in jail, but the program has since been discontinued. DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program, which prepares ex-offenders for jobs in the food service industry and provides lifeskills classes, was featured in the film as one of few opportunities in the city that helps returning citizens find work. Nancy Ware, director of the D.C. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, said after the film: “There is far more that we can do. … Ex-offenders need more job-training opportunities to help them find employment,” and the city needs more businesses willing to hire returning citizens.

Passages, in brief Restaurateur Ris Lacoste plans daily steps toward health improvements

The latest trend for celebrity chefs? It might be getting in shape, particularly after fat-foisting TV star Paula Deen recently announced that she has diabetes. In Washington, local food darling Ris Lacoste is making her fitness effort public: Starting today, Lacoste will walk from noon to 1 p.m. daily on a designated route starting at her eponymous West End restaurant, located at 23rd and L streets NW. Lacoste, whose mother died of heart disease in 2010, will donate — and encourages other walkers

“From a public safety standpoint, if people are working, they won’t commit crimes,” Paul Quander, deputy mayor for public safety and justice, said during the discussion. “I understand that if I go out and carjack somebody, I need to be taken off the street so that it deters others from doing it,” one exoffender says in the film. “But what we haven’t come to understand is if I’m going to be locked up for nine years, I will get released — and what do you want to release me as?” Up next for the filmmakers is expanding the piece into a featurelength documentary that takes on a national perspective, to include issues such as prison overcrowding and alternative means to rehabilitate offenders. For more information or to watch the film, go to snagfilms. com.

to donate — $1 per mile to the George Washington Women’s Heart Center. The group will walk about three miles per day. “As a chef, I realize I am in the unique position not only to feed people fresh, whole foods, but also to walk with them on the path to better health,” Lacoste says in a news release. Lacoste aims to raise $25,000 for the heart center. Details are at — Beth Cope

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

On Jan. 19, the upper elementary class had a winter birthday luncheon for Nina Gumbs, Eva Sophia Shimanski, Lukas Leijon, Jaquelin Weymouth and Stephen Sealls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was all very tasty, especially Jaquelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chocolate pie,â&#x20AC;? said sixth-grader Ian Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like how they took something everybody has for lunch and turned it into a party,â&#x20AC;? said sixth-grader and class president Ariel Garfield. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got to sit at a table with a bunch of my friends, and I loved the salad,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader Isabel Bouhl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The luncheon had great food, and the Orangina was awesome,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Alexandra Bullock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was delicious,â&#x20AC;? said Eva Gondelman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially the sandwiches,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great event,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Alana Hodge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the kale chips,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Leyu Negussie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked how the bread was homemade, and I liked the pie,â&#x20AC;? said sixth-grader Sofia Brown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was cool, and I had my first chocolate pie there,â&#x20AC;? said Sylvia Altman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the selection of different foods,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Edvin Leijon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really liked the sandwich bar idea. It was great,â&#x20AC;? said sixth-grader Lucia Braddock. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sebastian Lenart and Stephen Sealls, fourth-graders

Beauvoir School

I surveyed my class about basketball, baseball, hockey and football teams because I like sports. I wanted to know what hockey teams my class liked the best. Can you believe that the Caps got the


most votes? They got 19 out of 19! I wonder why my class chose so many different baseball and football teams. The basketball team that my class chose as the most popular was the Wizards. Do you like the D.C. teams? I noticed that the D.C. teams got the most votes. Here are our results: â&#x20AC;˘ What is your favorite baseball team? Nationals, 11; Orioles, 1; Twins, 1; Red Sox, 1; Yankees, 3; Giants, 1; and, last but not least, Rangers, 1. â&#x20AC;˘ What is your favorite basketball team? Wizards, 17; Lakers, 1; and Heat, 1. â&#x20AC;˘ What is your favorite hockey team? Caps, 19. â&#x20AC;˘ What is your favorite football team? Redskins, 12; Patriots, 2; Steelers, 2; Ravens, 2; and Packers, 1. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Noah Wohlstadter, third-grader

British School of Washington

Our last topic was â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Stories People Tell,â&#x20AC;? so we made Greek pots because long ago the ancient Greeks told their stories on pots. We were going to make them out of layers of glue and paper. First, we got a plastic pot or bowl, and then we put lots of Vaseline on so that the paper would not stick. Our first layer was white paper. The next day we put a newspaper layer on, and the next day we did the same. We had to show lots of resilience to get it finished. We finished with one last layer of white paper. Then, we mixed our own shade of terra-cotta paint. This was our base colour that we painted the

whole bowl. Some of us painted designs around the edge of the pottery. Next, we painted our own family legends that we had written ourselves for homework. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Year 2 Newcastle class (first-graders)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Faculty and students from the Dance Department traveled to Canada from Jan. 24 to 29, for the 24th International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, hosted by Torontoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Immersion. As well as attending the conference, students got to perform while there. Also on Jan. 24, Literary Media and Communications students from Ellington participated in the first session of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fast Forwardâ&#x20AC;? program, created in partnership with The Washington Post and the George Washington University Prime Movers Program. The program is designed to be an eightweek intensive training in journalism. For the first session, students from Ellington visited the Post newsroom and met Chris Jenkins, journalist and co-founder of The Root DC. Jenkins provided tips and ideas to the students. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Treseat Lawrence, 10th-grader

Edmund Burke School

On Jan. 20, Edmund Burke had an event called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Out.â&#x20AC;? For this really cool event, the whole school dresses in black and there are lots of fun activities to enhance school spirit. It was part of spirit week. The high school band played a song, and at the end everyone clapped loudly. Each of the winter sports did a funny skit, and then we

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had a pep rally. Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic director, Mike, stood up and gave a speech. After that, there was a cupcake-eating contest. The three prizes were a Burke shirt, a mini-basketball and a water bottle. After the pep rally, all the students went down to the gym to watch the boys and girls varsity basketball games. During the games, there was a lot of noise and everyone was cheering. It was a good experience. The boys and girls both won. It was a happy day at Burke. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shane Cibor, eighth-grader

Holy Trinity School

Holy Trinity is holding an International Festival. Each class is studying a different country. The second-graders are studying Brazil. In Brazil, their favorite sport is soccer but they call it football. PelĂŠ is one of the best soccer players in the world. He played on the Brazilian team for 12 years and played in three World Cups. We made our own soccer balls with paper, newspaper and oil pastels. To make the soccer balls, we had to use pentagons and hexagons in a pattern. The pattern was really hard. For the other side of our soccer balls, we created our own pattern with shapes and numbers. The reason we made the soccer balls was that Brazil will be hosting the World Cup in 2014. The World Cup will be in Rio de Janeiro. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Thompson and Charlie Volkman, second-graders

Hyde-Addison Elementary

Every Friday after school, kindergarten, first-grade and secondgrade students meet in a Lego Club. The club helps us be better builders, and it helps teach us how to make more things. We are learning how to be engineers and architects and about big things like gravity. The first week, we learned all about different car parts. We built cars that did not have motors. We

just pushed them. The next week we built cars and added a battery motor. That was very cool! Last week, we learned how to make the Key Bridge. We all worked together to make a small model. Then we used lots of Legos to build a huge bridge! Everyone worked on a part of the bridge, and then we put it all together. We added boats and tunnels and people, all with Legos. Each week is always a surprise. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nikola Zec and Dallas Agnew, first-graders

Janney Elementary

On Jan. 13, Janney held its 20th Geography Bee. The nine contestants included fourth-graders Julia Modell, Olivia Bock and Eddie Dong; and fifth-graders Usha Hippenstiel, Georgia Rosse, Josh Rosse, Allyn Abbot and Charlie Thompson. The winner was a girl from fifth grade whom I happen to know quite well, for the very good reason that I am she. I won the Geography Bee. The day of the bee, the nine of us raced down the stairs into the auditorium, and shortly after, parents, peers and teachers poured in. Then, moderator Nancy MartellStevenson, a fourth-grade teacher and our GeoPlunge sponsor, quieted everybody down, and the bee began. For four rounds, nine children answered questions about U.S. geography, until two of us were left: Charlie Thompson and me. Ms. Martell-Stevenson explained how the championship round would work. Then, Charlie and I picked up our whiteboards and markers, and we began. The first question was about the Gulf of Mexico. We both got that right. The next was about the Philippines. I guessed correctly, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say the same for Charlie. Then came the final question: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ancient city of Timbuktu has been a port city in which country?â&#x20AC;? I wrote down Mali, and Charlie wrote down Russia. Then, Ms. See Dispatches/Page 15

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Martell-Stevenson announced that the correct answer was Mali. I wanted to shriek. I shook hands with Charlie and smiled broadly. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it! In February, I will find out if I made the statewide bee. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caroline Katzive, fifth-grader

Key Elementary

The Fillmore Arts Center is an art school where Key students go to receive arts instruction and exposure. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade attend Fillmore once a week by bus. It is located on 35th Street, on the third floor of Hardy Middle School. What is unusual about Fillmore is that in upper grades (three through five), students get a choice of classes such as digital arts, painting, musical theater, ceramics, dance, guitar, strings, band and architecture. Each upper grade student attends two classes per semester. At the end of the semester, performing arts classes hold performances for par-

ents, friends and students. Visual students showcase their work in the Fillmore hallways during an open house for everyone to see. Georgia, a fifth-grade student, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of my classes is dance with Ms. Meenehan. I love how she supports me and is willing to put some of my moves in the dances. I also love doing my second-period class with Ms. Strunk, which is general art. It is fun to try out her ideas.â&#x20AC;? Theo, another upper grade student, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fillmore is fun. As an upper-grade student, it allows me to be more creative and express my feelings with arts. I took sculpture and ceramics in the fall, and I am looking forward to digital arts and architecture in the spring.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maurice Sibaja, Jasmine Reid and Samantha Squires, fifth-graders

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Pearlman-Chang placed second, and the fourth grade was so pleased to see that a fourth-grader would also be going to the regionals. In the afternoon, there was a spell-off for the three third-place winners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; third-graders Gabrielle Cestari and Madeleine Eggen and fifth-grader Jelani Machen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to see who would be our alternate to the regionals. Jelani won. The next step for the Lafayette winners will be the regional bee, to be held the week of Feb. 15. The first-, second- and third-place win-

ners there will go on to the citywide bee, which will be taped at the studios of NBC4 and aired sometime in March or April. Only one winner from the citywide bee advances to the National Spelling Bee, which is set for the last week of May at National Harbor in Maryland. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catherine Hammes, fourth-grader

Maret School

Do you know anyone who does not know Dr. Seuss? Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle school is putting on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seussical

Jr.â&#x20AC;? There are teachers and students acting, singing, working on the stage set and running the lights and sound. There are 41 students acting, and they have a green room where they keep the costumes. We toured the stage with a ninth-grader from the tech crew, Sarah Margaret Opinski. A teacher cut pieces of wood to make the shapes for the set, and students painted them to make them look 3-D. It includes background from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lorax,â&#x20AC;? an egg from See Dispatches/Page 25

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improvements in Burleith, number 14150, also serves McLean Gardens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a pretty encouraging report,â&#x20AC;? Georgetown neighborhood commission chair Ron Lewis said of Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned improvements. Other â&#x20AC;&#x153;feeder enhancementsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which can include equipment upgrades and tree-trimming â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are

planned this year in sections of Adams Morgan, Cleveland Park, Forest Hills, Friendship Heights, Georgetown and Petworth, among other locations. Some work has recently wrapped up in parts of Chevy Chase, Shepherd Park and the Palisades. According to Pepco spokesperson Bob Hainey, areas with upgraded wires citywide had 34 percent fewer outages in 2011 than 2010. A list of reliability improvements

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Sited where multiple sewage lines from the city and suburbs converge, it still serves its original purpose, pumping some 400 million gallons of wastewater a day down toward the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant several miles to the south. The pumping station came to the preservation boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention because the water authority is fixing a troubling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and even more historic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; problem. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old underground pipes mix stormwater with actual sewage, resulting in overflows of raw sewage into the Anacostia and Potomac rivers in times of heavy rain. The city is under federal mandate to stop the overflows. And part of the massive Combined Sewer Overflow project, now well under way, requires adding two small buildings just north of the main pumping station to help divert stormwater and wastewater away

Pepco hopes to begin this year is available at, and an interactive map is available at The company also replaces damaged or otherwise faulty equipment it comes across when determining an outage cause. For instance, said Keeler, an underground line may be impacted by construction or animals without immediately failing. In response to McLean Gardensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; outages, Pepco is planning to spend

four to eight weeks this spring look-

â??I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know necessarily that the reliability has improved, but I think their responsiveness has â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Commissioner Carl Roller ing for any weak spots in the feed-

torian, offered more insight on the origin of what she called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the first building the city completed as part of the City Beautiful movement,â&#x20AC;? a turn-of-the-century effort to instill civic pride through fine design of municipal buildings. Some public schools, the John A. Wilson Building and Carnegie Library are also outgrowths of that movement. Originally, the noted architectural firm of Hornblower & Marshall designed a high-style beaux-arts building to house the National Museum of Natural History on the Mall. But Congress â&#x20AC;&#x153;wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about to build such a fancy French-style buildingâ&#x20AC;? there, Scott said. Meanwhile, the federal government had appointed a board of sanitary engineers to devise plans for disposing of the growing cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sewage, which until then went directly into the rivers. Local architect Clement Didden, commissioned to design the project, used the rejected museum design as his model for the pumping station, â&#x20AC;&#x153;very much in the vein of what Hornblower & Marshall wanted on the Mall,â&#x20AC;? Scott said.

from the rivers, according to water authority officials. A new shaft structure and a new tide-gate structure must be built as adjuncts to a multimillion-dollar tunnel that will carry the â&#x20AC;&#x153;capturedâ&#x20AC;? waters to the Blue Plains plant, officials say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federally mandated. We have to build them,â&#x20AC;? said Alan Heymann, the water authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief of external affairs. But the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architects and engineers worked hard to make the new structures fit on the site without blocking views of the historic pumping station or competing with the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decorative facade. The historic building has primarily new equipment inside. But the outside is largely intact, if slightly dingy, except for the loss of original roofing, cupolas and a chimney stack. It is still â&#x20AC;&#x153;a striking â&#x20AC;Ś brick building designed in a robust Beaux Arts manner reflecting late Renaissance Revival-style features,â&#x20AC;? as the nomination describes it, with stone decoration all over the ornamented south and north ends. Pamela Scott, the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural his-

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After approving the landmark nomination, the preservation board took a quick look at the proposed outbuildings. They passed muster, but board member Tersh Boasberg worried that some views of the beaux-arts pumping station might be obscured by a fence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a critical facility. There must be security around the site,â&#x20AC;? said state preservation officer David Maloney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To keep people like Sonderman out,â&#x20AC;? Boasberg joked.


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single-family house alternative offers space for children, home office needs or long-term guests. Those visitors will likely flock to this listing, a three-bedroom, 3.5bath penthouse in Penn Quarterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clara Barton condos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly around the Fourth of July, when this unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof deck will offer a view of the fireworks around the Washington Monument. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty to see yearround in this neighborhood, which is adding restaurants and other attractions at a breakneck pace. Then there are the standbys: sports and more at the Verizon Center, performances at Sidney Harman Hall and all the free cultural offerings of the nearby National Mall. This duplex property is a break from the busy neighborhood, thanks in part to the double-height living room windows, which face the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior courtyard. The result is a quiet, peaceful retreat free

from street noise. Crimson and cream in the entry introduce the warm, livable palette found in much of the home. Ample closet space in this hall is another feature found throughout the storage-laden property. Warm wood cabinetry and black granite counters are a sophisticated combo in the kitchen and warm up stainless-steel appliances. The space is one that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unlike many condo kitchens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is likely to appeal to buyers who cook. An efficient U-shaped layout means more prep space in addition to a bar where visitors can perch. That bar connects the kitchen to the lofty living room. Remote controls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thankfully â&#x20AC;&#x201D; operate the out-of-reach window shades. On the second level, an open space overlooks the living area via a railing and is ideal as a home office. Bedrooms are sizable here, and three baths in addition to the main floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powder room mean that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little sharing necessary. Baths have seen some upgrades and now sport black-granite counters; paired with the wood cabinets, the duo carries the kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aesthetic throughout the unit. The third bedroom is now used as a lounge spot, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an inviting

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This three-bedroom condo unit in the Clara Barton building is priced at $859,500. one, thanks to the installation of a dry bar complete with wine fridge. That room is made for entertaining, but guests may nevertheless gravitate to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private roof deck. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space for lounging and dining furniture, and a small planting spot is just enough for the urban gardener. Named after the founder of the American Red Cross, whose erstwhile home and office now com-


prise the historic portion of this condo development, the Clara Barton offers a host of amenities, including a rooftop pool, 24-hour desk, movie room and much more. Owners of this unit have the opportunity to rent two garage parking spots. But with three nearby Metrorail stops, those spots could

easily go unused. The three-bedroom, 3.5-bath Unit 1150 at 616 E St. NW is offered for $859,500. Monthly condo fees total $998.50. For more information, contact Realtor Carol Ghent of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 202-2623989 or

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is handling the negotiations, could confirm specifics of the lease. But Norton emphasized that local customers shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to see a service interruption. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The expectation is there will not be a window leaving the community without a post office,â&#x20AC;? she said. If the build-out process at the Reeves Center isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complete by the

time the T Street office closes, she said, officials will look into options like a lease extension. A couple of months ago, residents seemed in danger of losing not only the T Street office but a few other local stations as well. At that time, the Postal Service was positioning the Columbia Heights station as a potential mail hub for the area. Since then, the agency has backed off from closure talks for two Adams Morgan stations: the Kalorama office at 2300 18th St. and the


Temple Heights office at 1921 Florida Ave. Meanwhile, the lease expired in December for a station in the lobby of 2001 M St., but the station has remained open as officials look for a new location. Back in August, the Postal Service pinpointed 19 D.C. stations for possible closure. According to Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, eight of those 19 have since been removed from the list, and the Postal Service will delay closing or consolidating any D.C. stations until May.


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smartphone database and can disable the phones within 48 hours, making them less popular to steal. The federal government here could help develop such a long-term solution, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mid-term solution,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is to end the profit motive.â&#x20AC;? Lanier is planning to offer rewards of between $1,000 and $10,000 for information resulting in arrests and convictions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no honor among thieves. They will turn each other in to eliminate competition,â&#x20AC;? she said. In the short term, residents should be aware of anybody nearby while exiting a car. She urged people to lock cars and not leave things in them. She also addressed stolen vehicles, saying two or three criminals typically work jointly to steal a car and then commit four or five street robberies before abandoning it. Most car thieves â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive too well,â&#x20AC;? she said, noting that stopping bad drivers is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the single best way to find peopleâ&#x20AC;? who are involved in these crimes. Lanier urged residents to use burglar alarms. Potential burglars will push at a door, even if there is a burglar alarm sign, but run away when it goes off. Dogs, she said, are also a good deterrent. The chief said robberies are difficult to solve. District police solve only about 17 percent of reported robberies; nationally, the number is about 12 percent. She said armed robberies are down about 12 percent, but unarmed robberies are up 12 percent. Lanier said she has made calls about suspicious activity a top priority for police response. It normally takes five to seven minutes for an officer to respond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It used to be a priority three. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a priority one.â&#x20AC;?

D.C. Federation of Citizens Associations president Anne Renshaw asked if the Occupy DC movement has drawn Metropolitan Police Department officers away from neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply not true,â&#x20AC;? Lanier answered, saying few officers are stationed near the encampments.

â??There is no honor among thieves. They will turn each other in.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Police Chief Cathy Lanier When a major Occupy event is planned, the department uses overtime and the federal government reimburses the city for the expense. When asked about police corruption, Lanier said the problem is becoming less prominent. Police officers in a position to be corrupt are audited â&#x20AC;&#x153;and given the opportunity to do something they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? If one is caught, the incident is publicized to deter others. Polygraphs are now used in corruption investigations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We set up stings for our officers and create an environment not ripe for corruption,â&#x20AC;? said Lanier. The chief also discussed hiring, saying the department lacked budget authority to bring in new officers for two years, even though 14 officers typically leave the force per month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are down 170 compared to last year,â&#x20AC;? she said, but there are now three classes in the police academy, with 69 potential new officers. The number of sworn staff is now 3,817, but city officials have said increased budget authority will bring the police force up to 3,900 by next September. Lanier said crime cameras will soon be more effective â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even capable of recognizing suspicious behavior â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and less expensive. But she noted that budget problems make it difficult to buy equipment.






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he added that the playground area is perfect for development. The former Franklin School downtown will most probably host an institutional use, he said, noting that a study showed a possible hotel there would have to charge as much as $1,000 a night to be economical. David Zipper, who is responsible under Hoskins for seeking businesses to move to the District, told the chamber he has more than 300 prospects, including several federal government agencies. Growth of the tech sector, Zipper said, is now a major focus. One new arrival,, is a tech incubator that moved from Virginia to the District with help from a $100,000 grant from D.C. Hoskinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office is also holding intensive conversations to bring the first U.S. Microsoft Innovation Center to the District. One big advantage for tech companies, Hoskins said, is that Washington â&#x20AC;&#x153;is an incredible place to live. The young tech folks love it. ... We are the envy of the country.â&#x20AC;? Zipper also pointed out that the city provides a number of incentives for tech firms that locate in D.C. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a special profit tax rate of 6 percent for these companies, and for their first five years, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no increase in real estate taxes. There are also financial reimburse-

to the same project that pushed out Hot Yoga. In response, Heller and Hawthorne have added a new machine and plan to install additional stools for customers who want to sit while they sip. Hawthorne Market, 3706 Macomb St., is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. ments for the company to make new hires and for employees who work and live in the District. And for tech companies that locate in special â&#x20AC;&#x153;development zones,â&#x20AC;? the profit tax rate is zero for the first five years. The same type of benefits can apply for grocery stores that locate in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;food deserts,â&#x20AC;? Zipper noted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those stores can be exempt from many types of taxes, including on profits, for 10 years. Meanwhile, though, the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporate profits tax rate of 9.975 percent for most other corporations remains the highest in the area; in Virginia, for example, the rate is just 4 percent. To overcome that barrier to recruiting potential employers, Zipper pointed out that no community in Virginia or Maryland can match the District in its concentration of restaurants, clubs and cultural activities. Barbara Lang, the DC Chamber of Commerce president, said her group is pushing a graduated reduction in the tax rate for firms with 20 or more full-time employees that fit traditional â&#x20AC;&#x153;difficult to hireâ&#x20AC;? categories, such as ex-offenders, welfare recipients or the formerly homeless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting it passed is something else,â&#x20AC;? Lang said of the idea. The The next meeting in the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakfast series, scheduled for Feb. 14, will feature Nick Majett, head of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.




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Wednesday february 1 Class â&#x2013; The Jewish Study Center will present a three-session class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israelis, Arabs and the Arab Spring.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:15 p.m. $75. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. The class will continue Feb. 8 and 15. â&#x2013;  The Jewish Study Center will present a four-session class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jews and the 2012 Election: The Gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afoot.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:15 p.m. $75. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. The class will continue Feb. 8, 15 and 22. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Richmond, Va.based big band Fight the Big Bull will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature trombonist Jen Krupa and saxophonist Leigh Pilzer. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Giorgio La Malfa, professor of economics at the University of Catania in Italy and a member of the Italian Parliament, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can the Euro Survive?â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Karen G. Mills of the U.S. Small Business Administration will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Path to Entrepreneurial Success.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 6 p.m. Free; registration required. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambassador to the United States, will speak. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-6637721


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Events Entertainment â&#x2013; Panelists will discuss faith and religion in Latino immigrant communities. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 340, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Alec Wilkinson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ice Balloon: S.E. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fate or Free Will?â&#x20AC;? book discussion series will kick off with a look at Robert Faglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; translation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Odysseyâ&#x20AC;? by Homer. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  Dylan Ratigan will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires From Sucking America Dry.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. â&#x2013;  JosĂŠ MarĂ­a Aznar, former president of Spain, will discuss his tenure. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. Films â&#x2013;  NCM Fathom, Omniverse and EMI Music will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chemical Brothers Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Think,â&#x20AC;? originally captured in 2011 at the iconic Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. 7:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival will open with a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warrior Champions,â&#x20AC;? about four Iraq War veterans who return home with lifechanging injuries that they strive to turn into Olympic dreams. The event will include hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and a talk by Richard Bernstein, a blind lawyer and marathoner. 6:30 p.m. $25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. The festival


will continue through Feb. 9 with screenings at various venues. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Input: Television Out of the Boxâ&#x20AC;? will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Key,â&#x20AC;? about the last 48 hours of a group of Palestinians in a refugee camp before leaving for Brazil. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 170. Performance â&#x2013;  Austrian choreographer and dancer Saskia HĂślbling will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exposition Corps.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Special event â&#x2013;  The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Split This Rock will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices Out Loud,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of the centenary of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. The event will include video clips, remarks by Walter Naegle and Wade Henderson, and spoken word performances by poets Chris August, Regie Cabico and Twain Dooley. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Thursday, Feb. 2

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Class â&#x2013; Melanie Figg will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry of Transformation: A Writing Workshop.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $25. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. Concerts â&#x2013;  National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will perform classical music solos and chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Strauss and Beethoven. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  The ensemble of the Bel Cantanti Opera will perform Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Impresarioâ&#x20AC;? and Offenbachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Cauliflower Will Be at Home.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $38 in advance; $40 at the door. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Author and fashion historian John Tiffany will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eleanor Lambert: Still Here.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary

in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. â&#x2013; The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Margarita Mandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gold Dust.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Thursday, february 2 â&#x2013; Discussion: Meditation teacher and Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart,â&#x20AC;? will discuss how meditation can be used for the betterment of both individual and community life. 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5664. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 Architects in 25 Weeksâ&#x20AC;? lecture series will feature a talk by Janet Bloomberg of Dupont Circle-based KUBE architecture about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic on the Outside, Modern on the Inside.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-347-9403. â&#x2013;  Kent Calder, director of the Japan Studies Program and the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Korea and the U.S.-Japan Relationship in the Post-Kim Jong-il Era.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  William Freedman, acting bureau chief at the Federal Communications Commission, and other panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Managers & Regulators: Partners or Adversaries?â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Club will discuss Barry Maitlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Mirror.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Leah Dickerman, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diego Rivera in New York.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. â&#x2013;  Architects Robert Rogers and Jonathan Marvel will discuss their New York City-based firm Rogers Marvel Architects and its work, including the winning design of Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park South. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 6:30 to 8 p.m.; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Author Naomi Benaron will discuss her Bellwether Prize-winning novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Running the Rift,â&#x20AC;? about a gifted Rwandan boy who loves to run. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Input: Television Out of the Boxâ&#x20AC;? will feature Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Most Dangerous Man

Special event â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a jazz performance by the Marshall Keys Quartet, a gallery talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intimacy and Art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Story of Duncan and Marjorie Phillips, and a celebration of Arena Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redâ&#x20AC;? with acting classes and other programs. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Friday, Feb. 3

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Lori Laitman and Poulenc. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-3332075. â&#x2013;  Jung-A Lee, professor of organ at the University of California at Irvine, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  As part of the Friday Music Series, the Georgetown University Chamber Singers and period-instrument ensemble Modern Musick will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music From the Bolivian Baroque.â&#x20AC;? 1:15 p.m. Free. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  National Symphony Orchestra violinist Natasha Bogachek, violist Mahoko Eguchi and cellist Yvonne Caruthers will perform works by Beethoven and DohnĂĄnyi. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Cuarteto RĂşstico will perform works by Revueltas, VillaLobos, Jobim, Piazzolla, GonzĂĄlez and Figueroa. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-6233558. â&#x2013;  Trio Chiaroscuro will perform works by J.S. Bach, Charles Koechlin, Sergei Prokofiev, Conlon Nancarrow and Martin Kennedy, as well as newly composed pieces by Stephen Gorbos and Gordon Goodwin. 7:30 p.m. Free. Recital Hall, Ward Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. â&#x2013;  Pianist Aaron Diehl will perform jazz selections. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Cygnus Ensemble will perform works by Fritz Kriesler and Harold Meltzer. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â&#x2013;  Recording artist David Garrett will perform. 8 p.m. $36 to $65. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jayd Henricks, director of government See Events/Page 21

Continued From Page 20 relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will discuss “Religious Liberty for Catholics.” 6 p.m. Free. Parish Center, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada St. NW. 202-686-1824. ■ Composer Harold Meltzer will discuss his new work with Cygnus Ensemble founder William Anderson. 6:15 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5502. ■ David Scheffer will discuss his book “All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Film ■ “Iranian Film Festival 2012” will feature Mohammad Rasoulof’s 2011 film “Good Bye,” about a young, disbarred lawyer as she navigates maledominated Tehran in the absence of her exiled husband. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-6331000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. Performances ■ Members of the Bokamoso Youth Centre will perform traditional African songs and dances, as well as the original play “Take off the Mask.” 7:30 p.m. $30; $10 for students. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-0995. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the dance troupe Step Afrika! performing South African gumboot dances, tap dance and body percussion. 8 p.m. $20 to $49. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 4 Saturday, Saturday february 4 Children’s programs ■ The “Saturday Morning at the National” series will feature the group Acting for Young People performing “The Fisherman and His Wife,” about a legendary magical fish that makes dreams come true. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. ■ A “Be My Valentine” workshop for children ages 5 and older will have participants tour the historic Tudor Place mansion in search of vintage Valentines and then design their own cards to take home. 10:30 a.m. $8; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202965-0400. ■ The Weekend Family Matinees series will feature a live performance by familyfriendly rock band The RTTs. 10 a.m. $8. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. ■ Georgetown Family Saturdays will feature a performance by the Banjo Man. Proceeds will benefit the children’s room and children’s programming at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. 10:30 a.m. $25 per family. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. ■ Black History Month Family Day will fea-


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p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The “Reel Portraits” series will feature the 2009 film “Good Hair.” 3:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

Class ■ Dahn Yoga & Health Centers will present “The Power of Meditation,” about techniques to prevent or manage stress. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ellington Fund at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 2 to 5 p.m. $20 in advance; $40 at the door. Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. 202-393-2440.

Performances ■ As part of Black History Month, Liberated Muse Arts will present “In Her Words,” a musical production featuring Quineice, Naomi Rose, Lyrik Coleman, Anisha “Moon” Newbill, Nia Simmons and Colie Williams. 1:45 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271261. ■ Dancers Nkosinathi Natty Mncube and Erica Rebollar will perform works that highlight visceral and mechanical physicality. 8 p.m. $8 to $20. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.

Concerts ■ Faculty members from the James Madison University School of Music will perform works by Debussy. 2 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. A free version of the performance will take place at 6 p.m. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present mezzosoprano Susan Graham (shown) and pianist Malcolm Martineau performing works by Purcell, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Duparc, Wolf, Horowitz, Poulenc and Sondheim. 3 p.m. $25 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Soulful jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Musicians Hossein Alizadeh and Pejman Hadadi will present “Persian Classical Music.” 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202633-1000. ■ The U.S. Army Blues will perform big band music from the era of Ella Fitzgerald and Nelson Riddle. 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Discussions and lectures ■ The Fort Stevens Working Group will discuss new research findings about Civil War Washington. 9 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. ■ Carpet designer and producer Neslihanan Jevremovic will discuss how she and her company weave rugs that are highly traditional as well as those that have modern designs. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. ■ Marsha Lucas (shown) will discuss her book “Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness,” at 1 p.m.; and Paul Barrett will discuss his book “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Geoffrey L. Greif and Kathleen Holtz Deal will discuss their book “Two Plus Two: Couples and Their Couple Friendships.” 2 p.m. Free. Room 220, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271261. ■ A park ranger will discuss the civil struggles of women, children, slaves and freedmen in Washington during the American Civil War (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW.

Saturday, february 4 ■ Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Jonathan Bliss performing works by Beethoven, Chopin and Janácek. 8 p.m. $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-7543000. 202-895-6070. Films ■ The National Museum of American History’s new Warner Bros. Theater will host a Humphrey Bogart retrospective, featuring John Huston’s 1941 film “The Maltese Falcon” at 2 p.m. and his 1948 film “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” at 7 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. An hour before each presentation, NPR film commentator Murray Horwitz will discuss what to look for in the film being shown. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Manfred Noa’s 1922 film “Nathan the Wise,” accompanied by organist Dennis James. 2:30

Special events ■ A Chinese New Year celebration will feature music, folk dances, food and door prizes. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Chinese Community Church, 500 I St. NW. 202-637-9852. ■ “An Evening of Art and Music” will feature a collection of more than 1,500 works by Israeli artists, as well as a wine tasting. 7 to 10 p.m. $36; reservations required. Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the Los Angeles Clippers. 7 p.m. $10 to $780. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a hike to Fort DeRussy and discuss what life was like for Union soldiers encamped there. 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. ■ A park ranger will lead a walk through the Georgetown Waterfront Park and discuss

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the area’s transformation over time. 2 p.m. Free. Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, Feb. 5

Sunday february 5 Book signing ■ Pastor H. Lionel Edmonds will sign copies of his book “The Believer’s Guide to the Jesus Gym.” 1 p.m. Free. Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, 1219 New Jersey Ave. NW. Children’s program ■ In a program about medieval Burgundy, the duo Asteria will demonstrate period instruments, sing songs and talk about what it was like in the medieval world of knights, ladies, troubadours and kings (for ages 7 and older). 1 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Concerts ■ The George Washington University Orchestra will perform works by Weber, Gabrieli and Beethoven. 3 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. ■ Faculty members of the Washington Conservatory of Music will present a “Celebration of Music Benefit Concert.” Donations at the door will support scholarships for deserving young students. 3 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301320-2770. ■ Russian concert pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski will perform works by Liszt and Strauss. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. ■ Guest organist John Lowe of Gainesville, Fla., will perform. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. See Events/Page 22

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â&#x2013; The duo Asteria will perform music by Renaissance composers for flute and voice. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society will present a concert of works by Rameau. 7:30 p.m. $28. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Capitals will play the Boston Bruins. 12:30 p.m. $93 to $207. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Julian Gardner, professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Side by Side: Cimabue and Giotto at Pisa.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Art historian Leslie King-Hammond will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contemporary African Art and Craft.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $25. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Tema Okun will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism To People Who Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Want to Know.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  The National Museum of American Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Warner Bros. Theater will show John Hustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1946 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Sleep.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. discussion; 2 p.m. screening. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present JĂźrgen BĂśttcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Place in Berlin.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Navy Pioneers: A History of African Americans in Navy Music,â&#x20AC;? a multimedia performance featuring live music, narration, photos, video and audio. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage,

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Walks and tours â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 5 and older on a walk through Dumbarton Oaks Park and describe the variety of birds that live there during the winter. 11 a.m. Free. Dumbarton Oaks Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a walking tour of Herring Hill, a vibrant 1800s African-American community in the heart of Georgetown, and share stories of sacrifice, adversity and success. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. Feb. 6 Monday, Monday february 6 Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Paula Broadwell and Vernon Loeb will discuss the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club will discuss Octavia Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kindred.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Deeper Lookâ&#x20AC;? will feature Michael Steinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grounding: The Last Days of Swissair.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. Performances â&#x2013;  A look at the world of street arts will feature comedian/contortionist Jonathan Burns and the canine thrill show Mutts Gone Nuts. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Theater Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Locally Grown Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature a staged reading of Gwydion Suilebhanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot & Cold,â&#x20AC;? about a quarantine in a biohazard laboratory and Christmas in a suburban Jewish kitchen. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $30. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. Reading â&#x2013;  Authors Dagoberto Gilb and Benjamin Percy (shown) will read from their works. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol

Tuesday, february 7 â&#x2013; Discussion: Michael Dirda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic for The Washington Post, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. St. SE. 202-544-7077. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Body and Soul: An Evening of Jazz and Artâ&#x20AC;? will kick off the D.C. Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black History Month celebration with a performance by the Herman Burney Trio and vocalist Akua Allrich and an opening reception for an exhibit of works by Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil Jordan and Desiree Sterbini. 6 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Toronto Raptors. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tuesday, Feb. 7

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Concerts â&#x2013; The Tuesday Concert Series will feature pianist Agnes Wan. Noon. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, ext. 18. â&#x2013;  The Virginia Big Band, an ensemble from the Levine School of Music, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Music at the Atlasâ&#x20AC;? will feature pianist Kathleen SupovĂŠ. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Dowling Taylor will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5221. â&#x2013;  Marwan Bishara will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn @Yd^hja[]oaf]gfEgf\Yqk& :jmf[`gfKYlmj\YqkYf\Kmf\Yqk )(2+(Ye%*2+(he

Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6215. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Hip Hop to Michelle Obama: Cultural Images of African American Womenâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Marita Golden, a novelist and essayist; Abdul Ali, a culture critic, poet and essayist; and Natalie Hopkinson, author and professor of journalism at Georgetown University. 6:30 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  Ken Ballen will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $9. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  Documentary filmmaker Keith Beauchamp, National Museum of African American History and Culture senior curator for history William S. Petzer and a representative of the FBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil Rights Unit will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Search of Justice: Unsolved Murders From the Civil Rights Era.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Alvaro Fernandez will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews With Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews to Keep Your Brain Sharp.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  Theda Skocpol, professor of government and sociology at Harvard University, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Jodi Cobb, a staff photographer with National Geographic, will discuss her work, including her most recent assignment, a story on twins. 7:30 p.m. $20. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Film â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present Elia Kazanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1951 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Streetcar Named Desire.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Special event â&#x2013;  A celebration of Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 200th birthday will feature Victorian-era treats, cake, an introduction to the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dickens at Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? a talk on Dickensian plays and a scene interpretation. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Murray Room, Lauinger Library, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Florida Panthers. 7 p.m. $42 to $138. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Wednesday, Feb. 8

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Book sale â&#x2013; The Chevy Chase DC Friends of the Library will host a preview of its winter book sale. 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission with $10 membership. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Class â&#x2013;  Casey Trees will present a class on major pests threatening the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s urban

forest. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Casey Trees, 3030 12th St. NE. Concerts â&#x2013; National Symphony Orchestra music director Christoph Eschenbach (shown) and National Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef will present an evening of classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Shepherd Elementary School students and the D.C. Labor Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Songs of Freedom and Justice: 150 Years of American History in Song.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. Demonstration â&#x2013;  Local floral designer Sarah von Pollaro will share her tools, tips and tricks of the trade in a demonstration of festive and romantic floral designs. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market, 1440 P St. NW. 202670-8441. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Washington Post staff writer Eli Sasnow will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Lyons will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Columbia University professor Timothy Mitchell will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. â&#x2013;  Lee Thornton, professor of broadcast journalism and interim provost for equity and diversity at the University of Maryland, College Park, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minorities in the Media: New Directions?â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-5416100. â&#x2013;  Christopher Swan, professor of geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impoverished or Wealthy: Biodiversity in Cities.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. â&#x2013;  Ellis Avery will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Nude.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performances â&#x2013;  Yo Coquelicot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a theater company that incorporates mime, dance, live music, puppetry and clowning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202547-1122. â&#x2013;  New York-based visual artist Christine Rebet will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poison Lecture: A Performance About Magic and Deception.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $20. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the New York Kincks. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.


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Phillips looks at Kodakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on post-impressionism


napshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard,â&#x20AC;? highlighting how the new technology of the Kodak handheld camera energized the working methods and cre-

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ative vision of post-impressionist artists, will open Saturday at the Phillips Collection and continue through May 6. A complementary exhibition titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;French Drawings From the Aaronsohn Collection,â&#x20AC;? featuring more than 20 drawings by modern 20th-century French masters, will open tomorrow and continue through April 29. Admission to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snapshotâ&#x20AC;? costs $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; it is free for ages 18 and younger. Admission to all other art on view is by donation, except on weekends, when it is the same as that for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snapshot.â&#x20AC;? Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10

a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-3872151. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep,â&#x20AC;? celebrating the East Asian calendarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Year of the Dragon with objects from diverse cultures that portray dragons, will open Friday at the Textile Museum and continue through Jan. 6. Located at 2320 S St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. A donation of $8 is suggested. 202-667-0441. â&#x2013;  An exhibit of work by more than 100 Israeli artists will open tomorrow at Temple Micah and continue through Sunday. Organized by Jerusalemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safrai Gallery, the traveling show and sale features watercolors, prints and posters. Located at 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Thursday from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 202-342-9175. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Foundry Feb Four,â&#x20AC;? highlighting four artists who joined the Foundry Gallery during 2011, will open today and continue

through Feb. 26. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-463-0203. â&#x2013; Touchstone Gallery will open two shows today and continue them through Feb. 26. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coast to Coastâ&#x20AC;? features large plein-air paintings by Carol Lopatin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Two Yearsâ&#x20AC;? presents paintings from the last two years by Dina Volkova on themes of roads, figuration and associative abstraction. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gute Aussichten,â&#x20AC;? featuring winners of Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual graduate photography competition, will open tomorrow at the Goethe-Institut and continue through April 27. An opening reception will take place

FĂŠlix Vallottonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1899 oil â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Beach,â&#x20AC;? from a private collection in Switzerland, is part of a new Phillips Collection exhibit. tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m., for which reservations are requested. Located at 812 7th St. NW, the institute is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 202-289-1200, ext. 165. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suwarna,â&#x20AC;? presenting photography by participants in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triple Exposureâ&#x20AC;? public art project for Palestinian youth in the West Bank, will open Friday at the Jerusalem See Exhibits/Page 29

Woolly Mammoth to stage â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Civilizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; satire


oolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Jason Groteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civilization (all you can eat)â&#x20AC;? Feb. 13 through March 11. This wicked satire follows a


group of six ambitious Americans on a quest for success at the dawn of the Obama age â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the price they must pay to achieve it. Performance times generally are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday; and 2 Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will host the world premiere of and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civilization (all you can eat)â&#x20AC;? Feb. 13 through March 11. start at $30. Woolly Mammoth is 202-315-1310; Life: Two Solo Performancesâ&#x20AC;? Feb. located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393â&#x2013; The Washington Ballet will 3 through 5 at the Davis Performing 3939; present â&#x20AC;&#x153;TwylaTharp: Arts Center. â&#x2013;  The Mead Theatre Lab at The two 30-minute original solo AllAmericanâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 22 through 26 Flashpoint will present banished? thesis performances by Jeremy at the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s productionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Dollhouseâ&#x20AC;? Guyton and Allie Villarreal riff on Eisenhower Feb. 17 through memoir and combine cultural criTheater. 26. tique and humor. Guyton examines The show This explorawill feature three intersections of race, gender and tion of nostalgia pieces by Tharp, sexuality; Villarreal creates an array and girlhood of engaging characters who take one of the first unfolds into the American chore- their size in stride. pressuring reali Performance times are 8 p.m. ographers to use ties of being Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. popular music: female and fully â&#x20AC;&#x153;TwylaTharp: AllAmericanâ&#x20AC;? will Sunday. Tickets cost $5. The uniâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine Sinatra grown. The versityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Davis Performing Arts Songs,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Push run Feb. 22 through 26 at the devised work Center is located at 37th and O Comes to continues the Kennedy Center. Shoveâ&#x20AC;? and streets NW. 202-687-2787; companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surfer at the River Styx.â&#x20AC;? The last nature method of using the stage as â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre has extended a canvas on which to immerse audi- is a company premiere. Performance times are 8 p.m. Donald Marguliesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time Stands ences in a collaborative hybrid theStillâ&#x20AC;? through Feb. 19. ater form that uses narrative, move- Wednesday through Saturday; 2:30 Performance times are 8 p.m. p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 and 6:30 ment, text, music and sculpture. p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to Tuesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. Performance times are 8 p.m. $125. 202-467-4600; Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Thursday through Saturday and 6 Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $60. p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15, â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Studio Theatre is located at 1501 except on Feb. 16 and 17, when Theater & Performance Studies 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; they are pay-what-you-can. The Program will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bi(g) theater is located at 916 G St. NW.


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D.C.,” she said. “You see it in people who come before the board. It’s just a matter of translating that into members of the board,” which sits just once a month, although mem-




bers also use their own time to visit sites and review case materials. By late last year, the looming vacancies had become a serious concern to Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, who now chairs the committee that oversees planning and preservation. In a December letter to Gray,

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Renee Bowser sees this as only adding to the uphill battle for the incumbent’s challengers, whose campaigns, she said, haven’t received much legitimate attention. “You have a situation with five contenders [to Muriel Bowser] who have not had a lot of press, and the press is treating it as if only one person is running,” she said. “We don’t need the Ward 4 Democrats organization doing the same thing.” Candidate Judi Jones, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Lamond-Riggs, suggested the forum is merely pro forma. “They’ve already chosen who they want, and it’s just a way of being polite to us,” she said. Meanwhile, candidate Baruti Jahi, an anti-Walmart activist with Ward 4 Thrives and former president of the Shepherd Park Citizens Association, said he doesn’t even plan to attend. “Because of the integrity of the process, we do not want to participate in the Ward 4 forum,” he said of his campaign. “I don’t trust their organization. … Those types of unethical actions are exactly what we’re running against.” Group president Royster speculated that complaints from certain candidates are coming out this year because for the first time, the primary elections will be held in April rather than September due to a federal dictate. “The real concern,” she said, may be “candidates who feel like they don’t have enough time for their campaigns.” Royster also pointed out that complaints have come primarily from candidates who have been uninvolved with Ward 4 Democrats.

The Current Wells criticized the mayor’s “tentative approach to filling the HPRB,” noting that continued vacancies could “jeopardize the board’s standing or decisions,” as well as its ability to achieve a quorum. Now, a committee aide said, hearings on the latest nominees will be scheduled as soon as possible.

“The suggestion that somehow this process is untoward is simply without merit,” she said, “particularly when it comes from someone who chooses not to participate, then cries foul afterward. If people have concerns about the process, they had every opportunity to … give their input.” Jahi said he’s attended only a couple of meetings of the group because “they’re running a Mickey Mouse operation.” Over the summer, he raised concerns about the election process for the group’s officers, saying the window for voting was too short. Jahi, along with Jones and Renee Bowser, pointed out that the group’s executive board includes members of Muriel Bowser’s staff; Jones described the group’s leadership as “replete with [Muriel] Bowser supporters.” The Ward 4 council member was not available for an interview yesterday. Royster said her group’s officers “support different candidates” for the April 3 primary, and regardless of their affiliations “have a duty to conduct the affairs of the organization with fairness and integrity.” Candidate Max Skolnik, a former advisory neighborhood commissioner in Southwest who now lives in Petworth, said he doesn’t have a problem with the event. “I don’t have any particular issues with the format and the way it’s being done,” he said. “I’m just going to engage the community.” The one issue he noted — which other candidates addressed as well — is a timing conflict. DC for Democracy is also hosting a primary forum tonight, for offices citywide, starting at 6 p.m. at Judiciary Square. Some candidates will be participating in that event first, then traveling up to Ward 4 Democrats event. A sixth Ward 4 council candidate, Calvin Gurley, did not respond by deadline.

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house — they didn’t want two nearby stations closed at the same time. The Palisades project got moving again two years ago. Bids were taken to erect a prefabricated steel structure on the grounds of the Dalecarlia Reservoir as a temporary home for Engine Co. 29 so that service wouldn’t be interrupted during construction. The prefab building is now ready for use, fire officials say. But in 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finished phasing in tighter standards for diesel emissions, requiring filters and other equipment that add to the size of emergency vehicles. That makes new fire engines, pumpers and some ambulances big enough that they can barely squeeze through the narrow doors of some of the city’s older fire stations. Officials realized it made no sense to go ahead with building renovations if they didn’t resolve the door problem. Now the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is trying to ensure that all renovated vehicle bays are 12 feet wide and 12 feet tall to accommodate the bigger equipment. But that requires a redesign of some historic facades, and a trip back — fire officials belatedly realized — to the preservation board. And if the board says no, as city preservation law seems to require, the fire department must appeal to the mayor’s agent, who could approve the changes if he finds that “the operational needs of a public safety facility constitute a public interest” with higher priority than historic preservation. The fire department is already going through that drill with the Cleveland Park station, which is to be renovated under the same construction contract as the Palisades station. Bids have already been taken, but the mayor’s agent must rule before either project can move forward. The preservation board’s hearing on the Palisades station last Thursday focused on the distinct architecture of that facility, and how to enlarge the doors with the least damage to its facade. The Colonial Revival station is just one story tall, with semicircular windows over each of the two vehicle bays. “As much as we love to see you every month, it would be nice if we could review two or more at the same time,” said board chair Catherine Buell, facing fire officials, their architects and the new Department of General Services, now in charge of most municipal construction. City architectural historian Tim Dennée explored the options, noting that design of the original facade, was “carefully worked out by the original architect.” Rash changes, he said “can give it a cartoony appearance.” The doors could be widened by taking out a center brick pier, but fire officials fear that would mean a loss of vital vertical support. The doors

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The mayor’s agent will likely hear the Palisades case in March.

could be widened on both sides, but that would disturb symmetry of the fanlights, Dennée said. Board member Maria Casarella suggested putting wider doors on the addition, but officials explained that it’s designed to house an ambulance and wouldn’t be long enough for a fire truck. Dennée asked if the openings could be slightly shorter than planned. “The fire department has told us they cannot live without 12 feet,” said architect Anwar Iqbal. “The vehicle height is 10 feet, 4 inches, but sometimes the ladders are not perfectly folded, or personnel may be standing in the cab.” Although the latest fire engines are only 8 feet wide, they have mirrors sticking out on each side, project manager Ralph Cyrus explained. Ultimately, the board voted against the proposed door changes, punting a decision to the mayor’s agent. “Our hands are tied,” said Casarella. “As a preservation board, it is frustrating. As a citizen of the District, I want the fastest truck to get to my house.” “You just don’t blow out the doors,” said board member Joseph Taylor. “But we have to have safety, because of the nature of the business you’re in.” The mayor’s agent hearing on the Cleveland Park station is set for Feb. 24. Because of notice requirements, it’s too late to schedule the Palisades case the same day. That will mean a separate hearing, probably in March. Fire officials hope that schedule doesn’t throw off the construction timetable too much. Battalion Chief David Foust, who oversees construction, said bids on the combined Cleveland Park/Palisades renovations were opened in November, but the contract has not yet been awarded. He’s hoping the contract can accommodate any changes required by the mayor’s agent, and said the two projects could be separated if necessary. Other historic D.C. fire stations in line for renovation include those at 2119 G St. in Foggy Bottom, 3412 Dent Place in Georgetown and 4930 Connecticut Ave. in Forest Hills, as well as a half-dozen others. Each has distinctive architecture, so the proposed door widening presents distinct design issues. “In some cases, a planning solution might offer an alternative location that relieves an obsolescent but beautifully designed building from unfortunate alteration,” Dennée wrote in his report to the preservation board. The board has already approved door-widening projects on two historic firehouses where the changes proved less problematic.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horton Hatches the Egg,â&#x20AC;? and a giant moving magnifying glass. It also includes parts from â&#x20AC;&#x153;DaisyHead Mayzie,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!â&#x20AC;? We asked fifth-graders Erica Novelli (a jungle creature) and Ella Purcell (a Who) about their roles and experience. They told us they have been working on the production since November and that they have had fun being a part of it. They shared their favorite costumes and favorite parts of the show, but we do not want to give it away. Some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, the Places Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Go!â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yertle the Turtle.â&#x20AC;? The middle school will share a preview with the lower school on Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ms. Nashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third-graders

Murch Elementary

At Murch we have things called horseshoes. Whenever a teacher notices a kid helping out, a class being silent in the halls or other good behaviors, they get a horseshoe. At the end of the week, Ms. Lauren Miller (counselor/creator/ head of horseshoes) collects the horseshoes from every class, adds them up, and then adds that to the number of horseshoes the school has earned in the past. If the school earns a certain amount of horseshoes, we get a special event such as a pizza party, a pajama day or extra recess. Next to the hot lunch line is a big poster with a thermometer on it. The thermometer tracks the amount of horseshoes the school has earned. When I asked Ms. Miller how she came up with horseshoes, she said,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other schools have similar things so they gave me an idea.â&#x20AC;? The horseshoes are part of a larger program at Murch called Responsive Classroom. Ms. Miler said Murch students rack up 40 to 100 horseshoes per week. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Arnsberger, third-grader

Ross Elementary

Ross first-graders are making a cookbook. Lucyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom is coming to interview students and take pictures to put next to our recipes in a cookbook. We are sending it to a factory to make it into a real hardcover book. Lila is sharing a recipe for macaroni and cheese, Julia is sharing a recipe for crepes, and Alyssa wants to share a recipe for couscous. The cookbook is for the Ross annual auction on Saturday, March 10. Everyone is invited to the auction free of charge. We are having a presentation at Fillmore next week. The yellow group is going to play recorders on stage, and the red group is going to dance. There are a lot of fun things to do in aftercare, like violin, Tiny Chefs and Mad Science. In math, we are practicing regrouping. We are adding numbers in the hundreds. We are also doing ones, tens and hundreds. In science, we are learning about weather and animals. In guidance, we are learning about bullies and got bully bands. Bully bands are wristbands that have messages like â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Bully Zoneâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Friendly.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julia Black, Alyssa Richardson and Lila Touchette, first-graders

St. Albans School

As St. Albans kicks off the second quarter and clubs start, the weather just keeps getting better. After a long period of prepara-

tion for exams, the students can all agree that clubs are a welcome change to our Friday schedules. St. Albans students can choose from a vast number of clubs that range from sports like handball and lacrosse to activities such as photography and magic. Handball is one of the more popular clubs, with more than 30 members. Handball is comprised mostly of Form II students (eighth-graders) and some brave Form I students (seventhgraders). The month of February is the last full month of winter sports before spring arrives and students pick a new sport. These sports include lacrosse, track and baseball. In science, preparation has begun for the science projects that will be exhibited in mid-April. Over the years, there have been some amazing and clever projects, from testing sports equipment to assessing the growth of plants. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Will Atkins, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

This week, we learned about pronouns like it, her, me and him in Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workshop. In math, we are working on adding fractions with unlike denominators. In social studies, we learned about the Tuskegee Airmen and other African-American flying pioneers like Bessie Coleman. They were very brave, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to see the Airmen at the National Air and Space Museum. After school, the girls basketball team has practice. My friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad coaches, and my dad does, too. Go Falcons! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Addie Robinson, fourth-grader

Washington International

On Sunday, Jan. 22, students, performers and comedians flocked


Wednesday, February 1, 2012 to the Music Center at Strathmore to perform in the Chinese New Year celebration. We were among the students who performed but still got to watch part of the show. And it was amazing! There were the dragon performers with their swords and their sticks twirling, there were fan dancers with colorful dresses, and there was even a Chinese opera singer. Compared with them, our performance was a bit unprepared. But it was still loads of fun to perform. Approximately 50 Washington International students who study Chinese performed. We had to arrive three hours before the show. We were second to perform after the intermission. When the intermission was over, we had to wait for an extremely long time until we went on stage, but it was worth it. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julia Figueredo and Edoardo Campo, sixth-graders

Wilson High School

Walking through the halls of the renovated Wilson, you see students lounging in the sun-filled atrium, playing on one of the basketball courts or painting in an art class.

The modernized Wilson building opened in August, and students now walk through the halls with ease â&#x20AC;&#x201D; far gone are the days of getting lost between the three wings of the building. Students are taking advantage of not only the physical structures of the campus but also the curricular and extracurricular options. This year, Wilson started its first-ever field hockey, bowling and wrestling teams, along with new classes. The environmental science program is growing. The academies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; small learning communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allow students to dive into their fields of interest. Programs strong at Wilson prior to the renovation have been enhanced, including the theater department, which now has more classes and a state-of-the-art theater and black box. With all of this energy and the financial meltdown, Wilson becomes a more attractive school, but it is already overenrolled. Wilson struggles with funding. These problems are not ceasing and are in part due to the growing fine reputation. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; India Olchefske, 12th-grader







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who fought plans from the previous Evermay owner all support the latest proposal. “The lawyers and the [owners] have been very kind to take us into consideration … and to try and tailor their activities so they would have a minimal impact on the neighborhood,” said Steury. Under the ownership of Harry Belin — who sold the 3.5-acre property for $22 million over the summer — Evermay was a common rental spot for events, in violation of zoning regulations prohibiting that use in a residential zone. When neighbors challenged his application for a special exception, he listed the property for sale in 2008. The one slight sticking point between the new Evermay owners and the neighborhood commission was how long events could be held at the site before the owners would

need to renew their zoning permission — at which point neighbors could call attention to any problems they had noticed. The owners originally planned to ask for 10 years and later dropped their request to seven; the neighborhood commission asked

❝The community deserves a trial period.❞ — Commissioner Tom Birch that the zoning board approve just five years. “This is a new venture, this use of the property,” said commissioner Tom Birch. “Whether it looks good on paper or not, it’s one with which this community has no experience. The community deserves a kind of trial period.” Commissioners noted that Tudor Place also had a five-year trial period before it received a permanent OK. But Alice Haase, attorney for the

CHARTER From Page 1

with another 40 nearly complete and 11 days to go before the Feb. 10 deadline. Charter schools are required to hold lotteries to fill seats whenever demand exceeds supply, and BASIS will hold its own, if necessary, on Feb. 11. The school does not have an entrance exam. But Siddall also noted that the school is already seeking an increase in the cap, because she said its new home — the old Stables Building at 410-12 8th St. NW, formerly used as Hospitality High School — has room for 150 more students. Growth is nothing new for BASIS, which started in 1998 in Tucson, Ariz., and now has six campuses in that state. Founders Michael and Olga Block had moved to Arizona from Prague so Michael could take a position in the economics department at the University of Arizona. Olga, who had been a dean at Charles University in Prague, was disappointed with the educational options for their children there. Over the ensuing years, their effort has drawn abundant praise. Newsweek has listed BASIS Tucson as one of the top six high schools in the national annually for the past five years. U.S. News & World Report put it in the top 10 in 2010. And The Washington Post listed it fourth on a similar ranking in 2011. About a year ago, the Blocks contacted Siddall, a longtime mover and shaker in education reform, to talk about bringing a campus to Washington, where she lives on Capitol Hill with her three children. “That was a Friday, a week before the charter application was due,” she said. By the following Monday, she had formed a bring-BASIS-to-D.C. committee, and soon after, the charter application was granted. Hedgepeth, a Republican who made an unsuccessful bid in 2010 for the D.C. Council, served on the committee after learning about BASIS during his campaign. “There are a number of things that make BASIS schools special,” he said. “The first thing I would say is that the students are really challenged.” That’s clear in their course and testing requirements: Fifth- and sixth-graders study Latin. Eighth-graders take economics. Middle-schoolers take internationally recognized tests annually. High school students must complete a minimum of six Advanced Placement classes — and most of them do so by the end of 11th grade. Eightyeight percent of BASIS students pass the related AP tests. “We offer gifted and talented for all, because we believe all children can [handle it],” said Siddall. “BASIS is really hard. But it’s hard for everybody, because everybody’s being challenged on whatever level they’re at.” She and Hedgepeth stressed that BASIS wants kids from all backgrounds. “One of the things that was really important … was


Evermay owners, said her clients need more long-term certainty. “The owners are putting a big investment into the property,” said Haase. Kuno and Ueno are the founders of the Sucampo Pharmaceuticals firm, and they own multiple homes in the District, Maryland and New York, including Georgetown’s Halcyon House. The couple’s foundation does work in the arts, intercultural relations and the sciences. Steury — who said she was speaking for herself and her R Street neighbors — sided with Haase, stating that the Evermay owners had gone out of their way to resolve the neighbors’ concerns. The Board of Zoning Adjustment will make the final determination. Despite the disagreement over the duration of the special exception, commissioners applauded the owners and neighbors who helped craft the Evermay proposal. “This is the way it should work,” said commission chair Ron Lewis.

to have a school that was centrally located,” said Hedgepeth, whose 7-year-old daughters are too young for BASIS but may apply in the future. “You have so many high-performing charters now which are located very close to each other, so they’re almost cannibalizing each other. So we thought that there was great opportunity to have a centrally located [school] … that could draw kids from [both] Ward 3 and Ward 8.” For the past three months, Siddall has been holding parent interest meetings throughout the city. At one such gathering last week, held in Cleveland Park, she told parents that an incoming fifth-grader who “knows his basic math facts and can read at a fourth-grade level” will succeed at BASIS, despite its rigor. Both Siddall and Hedgepeth said the key is hiring the best teachers. “The secret to BASIS success — it’s not rocket science. … We hire teachers who are experts in their subject matter,” said Siddall. The school accepts non-certified teachers, but they must have at minimum a bachelor’s degree in their field. Then it gives them freedom to set their own teaching paths. “If you have a passion for Shakespeare and you’re being forced to teach ‘Jane Eyre,’ that passion and that love is not going to come out,” said Siddall. The school’s new economics teacher, Robert Biemsderfer, was present for last week’s meeting. He will also guide an optional tutoring program that starts next month to prepare incoming students. A third of the teachers have already been hired. Another third will come from other BASIS schools, and Siddall is working to find the rest. “Getting teachers is not a problem,” she said, noting that the school will offer competitive salaries and performance bonuses, but the real draw is the teaching freedom. BASIS’ academic emphases do require certain tradeoffs, Siddall acknowledged. She explained to parents that the facility does not have room for a full gym or playground, but will offer activities like martial arts and yoga in an exercise room. Sports, she said, will be driven by parents and students — not a major emphasis, in other words. “The bottom line is, does this contribute to our mission of the school, which is to provide the best globally competitive education,” she said in an interview. “And if the answer is no, then it doesn’t happen. … BASIS will never have a football team.” BASIS DC will be the first of the charter group located outside of Arizona, and Siddall, who plans to send her children there, said Washington was chosen for a reason. “In Arizona, this is a school that’s been in the top 10 in the nation for 10 years, and it’s had a movie made about it. … But nobody knows about it, because it’s in Arizona.” Further expansion, she said, is likely.

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