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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vol. XXI, No. 30

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Evermay plans win zoning approval By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

After a quick and cordial hearing, the S&R Foundation yesterday won unanimous Board of Zoning Adjustment approval to use Georgetown’s historic Evermay estate as its nonprofit headquarters. The only potential hitch in the proceedings dissipated when the one neighbor who had come to oppose Evermay’s change from

strictly residential use left before the case was called, citing what staffers called “a medical emergency.” Neighbor Paul Opalak of Q Street later withdrew his application for party status, leaving the zoning board with an uncontested case that allowed it to issue an immediate order of approval. There were few other surprises, since S&R, founded by biopharmaceutical firm owners Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno, had already

detailed plans to use the 3.75-acre estate at 1623 28th St. as offices for up to nine employees, a “secondary residence” and — most important to neighbors — a limited calendar of events. Kuno, who appeared before the board, did say she has stepped down as chief executive officer of the Bethesda-based Sucampo Pharmaceuticals — which fueled the couple’s fortune — in order to See Evermay/Page 13

7-Eleven, neighbors agree on expansion By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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Georgetown Visitation’s basketball team finished the season Sunday on a 20-game winning streak, beating Flint Hill to claim an outright championship. Afterward, the seniors celebrated their third Independent School League tournament title in four years. See story, page 11.

Following objections from neighbors, 7-Eleven has agreed not to move the main entrance of its 2617 P St. store to the 27th Street corner, residents and company representatives said this week. The 24-hour convenience store leased the adjacent storefront last year to expand its inventory and make more room for customers to wait at the counter. Company representatives, presenting their plans to the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission in November, said the corner entrance was ideal because it would bring the store into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. But neighbors said it’s essential to keep late-night activity in the middle of the commercial strip, rather than on the corner near their homes. In a series of meetings with 7-Eleven corporate officials and the owner of See Store/Page 13

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A planned corner entrance will be used only for handicap access after neighbors raised concerns about noise and light disruption.

Marine Corps spouses get makeover on U St.

At-large candidates face off over ethics, council’s image

By ANNA WEAVER

■ Election: Challengers aim

Current Correspondent

Tammie Gates had just 10 days’ notice before her husband, Marine Corps Maj. Ted Gates, deployed to Afghanistan this past August. The couple had just moved into a new house in Virginia, and Tammie suddenly found herself handling home renovations, their 2-year-old son and her job all by herself. It’s been a hectic seven-month deployment for Gates and the other military spouses of the 4th Civil Affairs Group, a Marine Corps reserve unit based out of Anacostia. And as they anticipated the unit’s homecoming in early March, several of the wives got to take a beauty breather on Sunday during a free makeover afterno2x “The most difficult thing right now is to get my house

NEWS ■ City decides to reopen bidding for Franklin School. Page 3. ■ Charter board to review new school proposals. Page 5.

to unseat Vincent Orange By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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The women, who were treated to free makeovers Sunday at Bang Salon, anticipate their spouses’ return from Afghanistan in March.

clean before my husband comes home,” Gates said of the life-juggling she’s been doing during the deployment. So the chance to be pampered, she said, was a wonderful break. See Makeovers/Page 7

SPOR TS ■ Gonzaga falls to DeMatha. Page 11. ■ Visitation rolls to ISL tournament title. Page 11. ■ Coolidge wins DCIAA championship. Page 11.

The four Democratic candidates for the at-large D.C. Council seat now held by Vincent Orange faced off Thursday, pitching themselves as the best candidate to improve the council’s image and resolve other city issues. Former school board member Sekou Biddle, advisory neighborhood commissioner E. Gail

BUSINESS Resident launches CrossFit studio on 14th Street. Page 10. ■ Agency head talks small-business reforms. Page 10. ■

Anderson Holness and former Prince George’s County Council chair Peter Shapiro are challenging incumbent Orange, who beat Biddle in a special election for the seat last April. The forum, hosted by the Ward 3 Democrats and moderated by former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin, featured questions from Plotkin, panelist Dorothy Brizill and audience members in preparation for the April 3 Democratic primary. Though the heat of their criticisms varied, all three challengers questioned Orange’s willingness to put the interests of residents ahead of See Election/Page 18

INDEX Business/10 Calendar/20 Classifieds/29 District Digest/2 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/16 Opinion/8

Police Report/6 Real Estate/17 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/25 Sports/11 Theater/23 Week Ahead/3


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District Digest Street sweeping set to resume March 1

clearing will receive $30 tickets starting March 12, a news release states. Most residential streets in the District do not have these restrictions, which are generally limited to areas with high pedestrian traffic. Street sweeping is suspended during the winter because the sweepers’ spray is at risk of freezing. This year, the sweeping is

The D.C. Department of Public Works will begin the year’s streetsweeping season tomorrow, weather permitting, according to the city. Parking restrictions are posted along affected streets, and cars left in place during scheduled street

scheduled to run through Oct. 31.

Universities to sign sustainability pledge

Presidents of seven D.C. universities are scheduled to sign the city’s new “College and University Sustainability Pledge,� or “CUSP,� at the American University campus

this morning, according to a release from Mayor Vincent Gray’s office. In committing to the pledge, the universities will set goals in up to 10 categories, the release states.

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GW COMMUNITY CALENDAR

MARCH

A selection of this month’s GW events—neighbors welcome!

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1–FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Carol Brown Goldberg: Sculptures & Works on Paper

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“Both painting and sculpture feed my soul‌When sculpting I am trying to express what is inside my head. It can be a person or a special moment between people that has previously caught my eye. Sometimes it is just a result of a dialogue between the clay and me.â€? - Carol Brown Goldberg. Visit the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery to see Goldberg’s work come to life. Entry to this exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Soprano Millicent Scarlett will perform a recital of songs from a range of idioms, including songs of Richard Strauss, Stephen Sondheim, and the Ruckert Lieder of Mahler. This event is free and open to the public. $

Come out and help the Colonials increase breast cancer awareness and raise money for breast cancer research as they take on the Bulldogs of Yale. Tickets are $5 and are available at www.gwsports.com/tickets. Don’t forget to wear pink!

-JTOFS"VEJUPSJVNtTU4USFFU /8 Olga Pericet is one of the most versatile flamenco bailaoras performing today. Her work spans traditional flamenco through to contemporary and Spanish classical dance. “Rosa, Metal, Ceniza� (Rose, Metal, Ash) is typical of her output, combining demanding technique, different dance styles, and jaw-dropping athleticism. Tickets are $35, $45, $55, $65. Include dinner at Jaleo for $25 more! Tickets are available from the Lisner Box Office, 800-745-3000, and www.ticketmaster.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, AT 1 P.M. Foggy Bottom Historical Walking Tour Hunt

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16–SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents: Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show -JTOFS"VEJUPSJVNtTU4USFFU /8 “Don’t Dream It. Be It!� GMCW presents an all-male version of the wild and untamed gender-bending cult musical! Follow an unsuspecting couple into the Frankenstein place for a night fun with songs that will have every fan dancing in the aisles. Tickets are $30 and show times are available at www.gmcw.org.

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.BSWJO$FOUFS (SFBU)BMMtTU4USFFU /8 Prepare to discover the secrets of GW’s historical buildings during the inaugural Foggy Bottom Historical Walking Tour History Hunt. Grab a partner and enter for a chance to win $100 each! Register at http://tinyurl.com/gwhistoryhunt. This event is free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22–SATURDAY, MARCH 24 6th Annual Musical Cabaret -JTOFS%PXOTUBHFtTU4USFFU /8 Come out and enjoy an evening of music, dance and theater during Forbidden Planet Production’s 6th Annual Musical Cabaret. Tickets for this student run event are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For more information about show times, visit www.fppgw.org.

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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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SATURDAY, MARCH 3, AT 1 P.M. GW Gymnastics vs. Pittsburgh $IBSMFT&4NJUI$FOUFStOE4USFFU /8 Support GW Gymnastics as they take on Pittsburgh. Tickets are $5 and are available at www.gwsports.com/tickets.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29–SATURDAY, MARCH 31 “A Clockwork Orange� 8FTU)BMM5IFBUFSt'PYIBMM3PBE /8 A vicious fifteen-year old droog is the central character of this new stage interpretation of Anthony Burgess’s classic 1963 novel and Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film. Directed by Carson Miller, this play is brought to you by 14th Grade Players, a GW student theater company. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For more information about show times, visit www.14thgradeplayers.org. UADS_1112_21

officers arrested and charged three teens in Woodley Park Friday night, minutes after two people reported they were robbed in the area, according to a news release. According to the release, the robbery occurred at 11:12 p.m. in the 2600 block of Woodley Road. Uniformed patrol officers and plainclothes tactical units stopped two 19-year-old Maryland men and an 18-year-old Southeast D.C. woman, the release states; the three were charged in the crime.

Kennedy Center to host Ellington benefit

The Kennedy Center will host a performance by singer Smokey Robinson Saturday as a benefit for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, according to the school. Robinson’s appearance is part of the school’s Performance Series of Legends, and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the center’s Concert Hall. Tickets are available from $50 through the Kennedy Center.

Businesses to donate proceeds to Wilson

Three Connecticut Avenue businesses will donate a portion of their sales Saturday and Sunday to the Wilson High School Parent Teacher Student Association to fund purchases of books and other classroom supplies, according to the school’s website. Politics and Prose will donate 20 percent of revenue from customers who mention Wilson; Comet Pizza and Terasol restaurants will also make donations.

Corrections

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Smart growth panel pushes greater density By DAVID GUTMAN Current Correspondent

As Washington and Ward 3 continue to grow, the keys to doing it well will be high-density development and fewer cars, according to panelists in a smart-growth discussion at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library last week. Sponsored by Ward3Vision and the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the forum stressed the importance of creating neighborhoods dense with housing, retail, jobs and restaurants. Christopher Leinberger, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, said there are only two ways communities can develop: They can become walkable urban centers, or they can become drivable and suburban communities. While for much of human history, the world was largely walkable and urban — because there was no other choice — development since World War II has focused primarily on suburbs, he said. Leinberger said 75 percent of energy consumption comes from our built environment — buildings and transportation — so making a community walkable cuts emissions anywhere from 50 to 80 percent. In reference to the sprawling single-family-home neighborhoods of Ward 3, Leinberger said, “The choice is, Do you maintain your neighborhood as it is, or do you save the planet?� Roger Lewis, an architect and architecture critic for

Bidding will reopen for Franklin site By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

After moving past a proposal to turn the historic Franklin School into a boutique hotel, the city plans to open up the site to another round of development offers. The property, at 13th and K streets NW, has been vacant since a men’s homeless shelter closed down there in fall 2008. The Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development intends to put out a new invitation to developers sometime this spring, according to spokesperson Jose Sousa. “We’re redrafting the solicitation,� Sousa said. “We imagine sometime within 90 days we’ll go about [releasing] that.� The release will mark the third time in three years that the city has sought proposals for the 1869 property, which requires between $20 million and $30 million in interior restorations to be functional. The building, designed by architect Adolf Cluss, started out as the flagship for the city’s public school system and later housed the system’s administrative offices for four decades. In the latest round of development offers, from January 2010, the Maryland-based Cana Development emerged as the frontrunner with its idea to turn the downtown property into a boutique hotel and culinary school. See Franklin/Page 19

The Washington Post, said that in planning the city’s future, everyone must keep in mind the differences between vibrant places where people want to spend time — he mentioned U Street, Columbia Heights and Georgetown — and places people avoid, like Van Ness and Crystal City. Speaking from a design perspective, Lewis stressed the importance of proportionately sized streets with wide sidewalks, vegetation, lighting and street furniture. He said neighborhoods should be thought out block by block and even storefront by storefront. “Tenants matter. Two banks and a real estate office and you’ve got a dead street,� he said. Lewis also called for Washington’s building height limit to be raised in certain places to promote density. Harriet Tregoning, director of D.C.’s Office of Planning, and Cheryl Cort, policy director for the local group Coalition for Smarter Growth, both spoke about the role of transportation in determining the city’s future. And both see Metro as the cornerstone of that future. “Metro is the lifeblood of this city,� said Tregoning. “Nothing is possible but for Metro.� Cort called for more housing to be built atop and around Metro stations. She cited people’s desire to live near Metro stops and the resulting higher real estate values around them. Cort’s office is right by the Tenleytown Metro station, and she spoke of her disappointment when she looks out See Growth/Page 7

The week ahead Wednesday, Feb. 29

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public forum on the DC Circulator. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Columbus Club at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

Tuesday, March 6

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hold a public meeting on its fiscal year 2013 budget and fare proposal. The meeting will begin with an open forum at 6 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW; a public hearing will follow at 7.

Thursday, March 8

The Woman’s National Democratic Club will host a luncheon forum for Democrats running for the Ward 2 and Ward 4 D.C. Council seats, D.C. delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, and D.C. shadow senator. The event will also include remarks by Peter Tatian of the Urban Institute and Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute on how the District’s demographics have changed and how candidates will respond. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Admission costs $30; $10 for the lecture only. To RSVP, visit democraticwoman.org/events.html. ■ Mayor Vincent Gray will hold a public hearing on the fiscal year 2013 operating budget for public schools in the District. Witnesses are invited to provide feedback on initial allocation proposals for individual schools. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. To testify, contact Joshua Thompson at 202-701-9289 or joshua.thompson@dc.gov.

Saturday, March 10

The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education will hold the “2012 Smart College Choice Expo.� Activities will include workshops, one-on-one meetings with college representatives and onsite D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant registration. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Washington University, 125 Michigan Ave. NE. For details, call 202-727-2824.

Tuesday, March 13

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a Ward 2 town-hall meeting to talk about water projects, rates and other issues. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW. ■ The D.C. Open Government Coalition and the National Press Club’s Freedom of the Press Committee will hold a “D.C. Open Government Summit,� featuring speakers from the D.C. government and the local media. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. For details, visit dcogc.org. ■ The Urban Neighborhood Alliance and various co-sponsors will present a candidates forum on the Democratic primary for a D.C. Council at-large seat. The forum will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW.

Thursday, March 15

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A will host a candidates forum for the Ward 4 D.C. Council race. The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brightwood Education Campus, 1300 Nicholson St. NW. Residents are invited to submit potential questions to 4A@anc.dc.gov.

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The fate of Cleveland Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1916 fire station is now in the hands of the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for Historic Preservation. At a hearing last Friday, Peter Byrne showed he has a firm grasp of the conflicting priorities in the case, which pits public safety needs against the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strict preservation law. Fire officials say they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t renovate and operate the red-brick station at 3522 Connecticut Ave. without widening the doors to accommodate modern equipment. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preservation board says modification of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinctive front facade would be inconsistent with preservation law. Now, Byrne must decide whether, as a provision in the law allows, â&#x20AC;&#x153;operational needsâ&#x20AC;? of the fire department have a higher priority than preservation of the original facade, which is a prized feature of the Cleveland Park Historic District. The Georgetown University law professor, who will be handling a half-dozen other firehouse cases in coming months, must consider â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on a case-by-case basis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether public safety needs trump preservation. Among the issues, hashed out by fire officials and a city architectural historian in a small hearing room at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Planning, were: â&#x20AC;˘ Is it really necessary to widen the firehouse doors? Battalion Chief David Foust, capital projects officer at the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, explained that emission standards finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 require filters and other equipment that make fire trucks and ambulances wider. And even the old equipment occasionally scraped the narrow doors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our best option safetywise, for

Board approves parking structure If the Cleveland Park fire station does get wider doors, firefighters will also get a new, and newfangled, place to park. The Historic Preservation Review Board last week approved a threelevel, 15-space â&#x20AC;&#x153;mechanical parking structureâ&#x20AC;? that would be installed behind the station at 3522 Connecticut Ave. The prefab structure, seen elsewhere in the District but generally inside auto repair shops and other buildings, is designed to ease a Cleveland Park parking crunch. Many firefighters live outside the city, and carry heavy equipment and special clothing. As approved by the board, the steel structure would have three levels, only two of them visible from the alley and houses behind it. Since the station sits a full story below the grade of that alley, cars would enter from the second level, with an automated lift moving cars up and down and from side to side. The boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main concern was screening the open steel structure from view. Members said the fire department must provide some type of siding or even vegetation to enclose the top two floors. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

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Charter board weighs possible new schools By ANNA WEAVER Current Correspondent

Arabic and Hebrew immersion offerings, an online learning program, and a college prep junior high and high school are among the programs with possible Northwest locations submitted to the D.C. Public Charter School Board this month. DC Hebrew Language Public Charter School is looking to establish its immersion school in Ward 1, 4 or 5. Founding group member Jessica Lieberman said that learning Hebrew helps expand an Englishspeaking childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cognitive develop-

ment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter what language you learn, especially if you learn it at a young age, it gives you a capacity to learn other languages,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It develops your brain in a way that being monolingual doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Lieberman said the pending school is looking to model itself after Washington Yu Ying, a Chinese language charter in Washington, and the successful Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Brooklyn. She said the school would introduce Israel as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dynamic, entrepreneurial, high-tech societyâ&#x20AC;? to kids

who â&#x20AC;&#x153;wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any exposure to [Israeli culture] otherwiseâ&#x20AC;? Lieberman emphasized that as a public charter school, DC Hebrew Language would not teach the Jewish faith, and that the school would look to enroll a diverse range of students from across Washington. The school would start with prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade, and add grades each year until it reaches eighth grade. Another proposed languagefocused school, Student Parent Achievement Center of Excellency (SPACE), would be the first Arabic See Charter/Page 18

Hopefuls seek place at Democratic convention By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Nearly 90 local activists, elected officials and other residents are vying to represent the District at Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic National Convention, where many hope to network with their counterparts nationwide to gain support for D.C. issues. The D.C. Democratic State Committee will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pre-primary caucusâ&#x20AC;? Saturday, in which all registered Democrats are eligible to vote in order to winnow the list of candidates to 14 delegates and one alternate. Committee spokesperson Tania Jackson said 1,000 voters are expected. Candidates include two D.C. Council members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jack Evans and Ward 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marion Barry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and several past and present advisory neighborhood commissioners, including Ann Loikow of Cleveland Park, Susan Meehan of Dupont Circle and W. Philip Thomas of the Palisades. The complete list of 89 candidates is posted at dcdemocraticparty.org and as of last night still included two candidates who have dropped out of contention (Regina Davis and Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham). Some individual candidates have joined 14-member slates, such as One City for Obama and 51st State for Obama, which will be indicated on the ballot but are not listed on the party website.

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For Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caucus, residents will be divided into two voting districts: District 1, encompassing evennumbered wards, will elect four men, three women and one female alternate; District 2, covering the oddnumbered wards, will choose three men and four women, providing a total of seven male and seven female delegates. Candidate Jon Mandel, a Van Ness resident, said he hopes the delegates selected will reflect well on the District and make it clear, both by their words and their actions, that D.C. residents deserve statehood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That will give the folks at the convention the impression that, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, here are a group of people from the District of Columbia who are invested not only in national issues but also in good local government,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Mandel. Voting will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of the District of Columbia in Van Ness, in the Building 44 auditorium. Early voting is also available tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., by appointment, at 1050 17th St. NW, Suite 1000; call 202-714-3668 to set a time. The District will send a total of 44 delegates to the convention and designate two alternates; the additional 30 seats are set aside for elected officials, local party leaders and underrepresented ethnic grouops, and will be filled this spring. The convention will be held Sept. 3 through 7 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from Feb. 19 through 26 by the Metropolitan Police Department in local police service areas.

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Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  14th and I streets; sidewalk; 7:55 p.m. Feb. 26. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, K St.; hotel; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  1200 block, H St.; store; 1:58 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  600 block, 12th St.; restaurant; 1:10 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  1000 block, K St.; office building; 6:30 a.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  14th and F streets; government building; 9:10 a.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  900 block, F St.; store; 12:10 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  1300 block, F St.; unspecified premises; 6:20 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  500 block, 11th St.; store; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 6:20 p.m. Feb. 24. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  1000 block, F St.; store; 4:45 p.m. Feb. 21.

psa 102

â&#x2013;  Gallery place PSA 102

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  600 block, H St.; bus stop; 7:50 a.m. Feb. 23. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  4th and H streets; sidewalk; 11:11 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; sidewalk; 12:15 a.m. Feb. 25. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  600 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 8 a.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; parking lot; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 1 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  400 block, K St.; unspecified premises; 5 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  7th and E streets; sidewalk; 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  700 block, 9th St.; sidewalk; 11:10 a.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  400 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 5:15 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  800 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; unspecified premises; 7 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  400 block, G St.; government building; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25. â&#x2013;  500 block, 7th St.; restaurant; 10 a.m. Feb. 26. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  700 block, 7th St.; store; 6:14 p.m. Feb. 22. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  400 block, 8th St.; parking lot; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23.

psa PSA 201

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â&#x2013;  chevy chase

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Robbery (pickpocket) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; grocery store; 12:38 p.m. Feb. 20.

Burglary â&#x2013;  3700 block, Morrison St.; residence; 11 a.m. Feb. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5500 block, Connecticut Ave.; grocery store; 5:40 p.m. Feb. 24. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 25.

psa 202

â&#x2013;  Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 5:28 a.m. Feb. 23. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  42nd Street and River Road; street; 10:50 a.m. Feb. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; 11 p.m. Feb. 19. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Fessenden St.; church; 10 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  4800 block, 43rd Place; residence; 2:39 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  5100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; restaurant; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  4100 block, Fessenden St.; residence; 9:40 a.m. Feb. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, 42nd Place; parking lot; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

psa 203

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

cleveland park

Robbery (carjacking) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Wisconsin Ave.; school; 2:17 p.m. Feb. 24. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4600 block, Connecticut Ave.; residence; 9 a.m. Feb. 21. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3600 block, Newark St.; street; 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  30th and Porter streets; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Porter St.; street; 12:15 a.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Ellicott St.; street; 6:20 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  32nd and Davenport streets; street; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

psa 204

â&#x2013;  Massachusetts avenue

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

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  2600 block, Woodley Road; sidewalk; 11:10 p.m. Feb. 24. Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 11:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Burglary â&#x2013;  2100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 1:04 a.m. Feb. 21. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3300 block, Macomb St.; street; 8 a.m. Feb. 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4000 block, Calvert St.; school; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  4000 block, Calvert St.; residence; 5:45 p.m. Feb. 22.

psa 205

â&#x2013;  palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights / Foxhall

Burglary â&#x2013;  2900 block, 49th St.; residence; 3:10 p.m. Feb. 20. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2900 block, 45th St.; sidewalk; 3 p.m. Feb. 22. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5200 block, Loughboro Road; medical facility; 11:15 a.m. Feb. 20. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  5200 block, Macomb St.; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 23.

psa PSA 206

206

â&#x2013;  georgetown / burleith

Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  3200 block, Grace St.; sidewalk; 12:12 a.m. Feb. 22. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:35 p.m. Feb. 24. Burglary â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; school; 3:35 p.m. Feb. 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 8:10 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 5 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; 2 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 36th St.; residence; 10 p.m. Feb. 24. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  3300 block, M St.; store; 8:10 p.m. Feb. 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Water St.; street; 12:15 p.m. Feb. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 28th St.; street; 10 a.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  2800 block, O St.; parking lot; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 6 p.m. Feb. 22. â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; parking lot; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24.

psa PSA 207

207

â&#x2013;  foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 19th St.; street; 10:55 p.m. Feb. 25. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; bank; 1:50 a.m. Feb. 23. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  17th and K streets; restaurant; 2 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; store; 3:05 p.m. Feb. 21. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 4:35 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  1900 block, L St.; liquor store; 6:50 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  2400 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 11:40 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; unspecified premises; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 15th St.; office building; 1 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  Connecticut Avenue and L

Street; sidewalk; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; store; 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  1900 block, M St.; tavern/ nightclub; 11 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 7 p.m. Feb. 25. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 5 p.m. Feb. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  500 block, 15th St.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. Feb. 19. â&#x2013;  900 block, 20th St.; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  2100 block, K St.; alley; 10 p.m. Feb. 25. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Vermont Ave.; parking lot; 11 p.m. Feb. 25.

psa 208

â&#x2013;  sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  21st and P streets; sidewalk; 12:30 a.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  18th and M streets; sidewalk; 10:53 p.m. Feb. 24. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 7:54 p.m. Feb. 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  18th Street and Connecticut Avenue; street; 2:15 a.m. Feb. 20. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 10:20 p.m. Feb. 20. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; store; 8:10 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; tavern/nightclub; 11:18 p.m. Feb. 21. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 18th St.; sidewalk; 12:32 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; drugstore; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; college/university; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6:15 p.m. Feb. 24. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; store; 3 a.m. Feb. 25. â&#x2013;  1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 7:15 a.m. Feb. 25. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 18th St.; tavern/ nightclub; 12:30 a.m. Feb. 26. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 16th St.; hotel; 4:20 a.m. Feb. 26. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  17th and Church streets; street; 9 p.m. Feb. 23. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; parking lot; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

psa PSA 301

301

â&#x2013;  Dupont circle

Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 11:25 a.m. Feb. 23. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  14th and T streets; street; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 22. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1400 block, V St.; street; 10 p.m. Feb. 20. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; street; 11 p.m. Feb. 23. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 17th St.; street; 11:45 p.m. Feb. 23.


The Current

MAKEOVERS From Page 1

Gates and four other military spouses were treated to haircuts, eyebrow grooming, makeup applications, swag bags and refreshments at the four-hour event, which came about after unit wife and longtime Bang client Jessica Erfer mentioned her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deployment to salon manager Patrick Guarniere. Guarniere talked with the salonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner and arranged for the makeover day. He said the salon wanted to give the women â&#x20AC;&#x153;a day thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special to them, so that they can just not think about what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been through the last

several months.â&#x20AC;? Several of Bangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stylists came in on their day off to help with the makeovers, and Flaminia Carioni of Fyubi Makeup took care of makeup applications. At the salon entrance were balloons and a poster on which people wrote their words of thanks and encouragement to the returning reservists and their families. Erfer, who lives around the corner from the U Street establishment, said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been stressful to go from having a spouse around to help with everyday life tasks to spending more than half a year taking care of things by yourself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people have been juggling jobs and

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kids and school alone,â&#x20AC;? she said of her fellow wives. To sit back and have other people do things for them for an afternoon was a welcome change, Erfer added, especially as all were feeling anxious about their husbandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; return. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last 30 days are the longest stretch of time during a deployment,â&#x20AC;? she said. Sarah Ramirez talked about her experience as a new military spouse as she sipped sparkling cider before getting her hair trimmed. She and her husband, Sgt. Walter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antonioâ&#x20AC;? Ramirez, were married last April. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited for him to come home, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting tougher,â&#x20AC;? Ramirez said.

She said she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anticipated the extra pampering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so new to the military that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect it. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how much people cared.â&#x20AC;? As her makeup was getting finished, Gates said she was looking forward to showing her new look to her husband when she and their son, 2-year-old Aidan, travel to North Carolina to welcome the unit back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to be there when he sets foot on U.S. soil,â&#x20AC;? Gates said, and she wants Aidan to see his father right away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He understands â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as a picture, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as a voice on the phone,â&#x20AC;? Gates said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure he understands â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as a real person.â&#x20AC;?

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looks out the window and sees single-story restaurants, groceries and other shops around her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People should be living above these buildings,â&#x20AC;? she said. Cort urged a two-part approach to discourage driving and promote alternate transportation. First, the physical environment should be better suited to pedestrians, bikes and public transit, and less tailored to cars. And, second, structured incentives should be available to encourage alternate transportation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to end the bias that subsidizes driving,â&#x20AC;? Cort said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parking is not free â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it costs real money â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but we all pay for it. It costs something to build that $40,000 parking spot; we need to have the user pay for that.â&#x20AC;? The more the real costs of parking are passed on to those driving the cars, the less the demand will be, and that means less traffic, Cort said. Washington is growing faster than at any time since immediately after World War II, according to Tregoning. Its population has grown 2.7 percent since 2010, a rate faster than that of any state, according to Census data shared by Tregoning. Lewis noted that smart growth just means using better technologies to make common-sense decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing smart growth, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing dumb growth,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Untenable cuts

For years, librarians have talked about the fact that libraries are no longer just repositories for books. First, they boosted collections of music and movies. Then, they acquired computers and made them available to the public. More recently, the D.C. Public Library has begun offering books, music and video in electronic form. With the expanded collection, local libraries have seen circulation and other uses grow dramatically. But continued growth is unlikely unless D.C. officials restore cuts made to the acquisition budget. According to figures the D.C. Public Library system gave the D.C. Council, the budget has dropped precipitously — from $3.9 million in 2008 to just $1.7 million this year. The current tally is far lower than those in five comparable U.S. systems, where spending ranges from $3 million to $8 million. To deal with the reduction, officials say they have had to buy fewer copies of popular books, trim spending on electronic resources and magazine subscriptions, and put off replacing lost, damaged and well-worn items. Librarians have also suspended efforts to grow a World Languages collection. Thankfully, there’s reason to hope that the city will restore these unwise cuts in the coming fiscal year. Ward 6 D.C. Council member Tommy Wells called attention to the depletion of the materials budget as he prepared for a recent hearing — and vowed to make restoration a priority now that he has oversight over the libraries. “This is untenable for a great library system,” he said in a video on his website. “Actually, it’s untenable for a usable library system.” It’s untenable, we would add, for the District to disinvest in a key city service that reaches all walks of life. Ensuring that the public libraries have suitable materials for all must certainly qualify as a priority expenditure.

A smart delay

Georgetown community leaders who have spent — and sadly, this is no exaggeration — years working to shape, then battle Georgetown University’s campus plan are understandably aggrieved by the most recent in a series of delays. Zoning commissioners announced this month that they will put off a vote on the plan until May in order to review an additional two months of data on school initiatives designed to mitigate student impact on the residential neighborhood. We understand that all parties are exhausted by this process and want commissioners to go ahead and vote. But the delay is a smart move for a couple of reasons. First, commissioners are wise to wait for the results of the roughly $1 million in mitigation efforts the school added in the fall, including twice-daily litter pickups, increased security patrols and a late-night shuttle service. By waiting for data on the programs’ efficacy, commissioners discourage future applicants from tossing ill-thought-out programs into the mix. Second, the delay gives the school yet another chance to address the critical housing question. Commissioner Peter May said that the university must do still more to mitigate the impacts of students living off campus; otherwise, the commission may have to go with city planners’ recommendation that the university provide enough housing for all of its undergraduates on campus or in a satellite location. Georgetown residents may cheer this notion, but it’s a risky proposition, as Mr. May pointed out. “Frankly, that’s an extreme measure and I’m not sure we can insist upon that,” he said. A lengthy lawsuit would almost certainly follow such a ruling. We look forward to an honest review of the school’s efforts. But we also hope that commissioners use the extension to review other issues, including the recent explosion in graduate student enrollment. It would be a shame to fumble a chance to get Georgetown’s towngown balance right — particularly after all this time.

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arion Barry really does know how to tweet. Barry, who will be 76 in March, grudgingly displayed his new technology skills during his appearance last Friday on the Kojo Nnamdi “Politics Hour” on WAMU 88.5 FM. Guest host Marc Fisher of The Washington Post and the Notebook had wondered if the D.C. Council member and former mayor truly was the author of tweets slamming Redskins owner Dan Snyder and other snippy remarks. “I’d like to see you tweet right now,” your Notebook taunted. “I don’t have to prove anything,” Barry parried. “I don’t believe you can do it,” we tried again. “You’re not going to bait me into that, either,” Barry said. Moments earlier, he had deflected questions about the conviction of former Ward 5 D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. for stealing and the ongoing probes into campaigns of Mayor Vincent Gray and Chairman Kwame Brown. “Those are distractions” from his Ward 8 re-election campaign, said Barry. But as the show was ending, Barry took out his cellphone and sure enough, after a bit of fumbling around, tweeted two words: Tom Sherwood. The Twitter world came alive as Barry’s many followers retweeted the former mayor. (If you are not into the world of Twitter, this all may be incomprehensible.) So Barry proved to his skeptics he could tweet. But he also acknowledged that he has two people who do most of the actual tweeting for him based on what he dictates. “The news story is that most of my tweets are done by somebody I talk to about doing it,” Barry said, adding he really taps out only about 1 percent of his tweets. “The secret comes out,” exclaimed host Fisher. “It’s not a secret. I’ve said that all along. … I’ve never said I was a master tweeter.” ■ Cheating’s aftermath. The crimes of Harry Thomas Jr. are still reverberating in city government. Thomas is to be sentenced May 3 after pleading guilty to two felonies. He could get nearly four years in prison. The council’s Committee on Human Services held a hearing Monday on the embattled Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. That’s the city agency Thomas looted by allocating money from the trust to nonprofits that then funneled the money to him. Both the council and Ellen London, a longtime trust official who currently heads the organization, noted that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked that any council inquiry stay away from too much review because the criminal probe continues. “The trust has cooperated fully, and of course we will continue to do so,” London said. But the committee chair, Ward 1 member Jim

Graham, and Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells warned that the trust’s very existence is at stake. The members said serious reforms are needed in terms of how the trust doles out millions of dollars. Its budget, now about $3 million, used to be as much as $10 million. It’s unclear whether Mayor Vincent Gray even will include the agency in his 2013 budget, due out soon. The trust began under former Mayor Tony Williams. It was set up to get 50 percent of its money from the government, with the rest to come from private donations. Officials suggested a trust is better able to monitor the money and get the grants out the door than any other bureaucratic government agency. Well, there’s no question gobs of money went out the door. Council member Graham said he has been reviewing the trust’s operations since last summer, when D.C. Attorney General Irving Nathan reached a civil settlement with Thomas requiring him to pay back the stolen $300,000. (Thomas more recently has missed a $50,000 payment that was due Jan. 1. Nathan is considering taking Thomas to court, but Thomas more likely is simply headed to jail, insiders say.) All in all, it’s a sorry, sordid mess. The trust has seen its reputation more than tarnished, and dozens of legitimate, well-meaning community nonprofits are at risk of losing money. The head of the trust said its grants are down by 40 percent. Tanya Sherman, representing the National Center for Children and Families and a summer program for 200 youths in Ward 7, was on the list to testify on Monday. “I know that [many] programs need that money,” she told NBC4. “It made me feel very empty inside that someone would take advantage of such a good program.” ■ A leap laggard. Once again, Leap Year sneaked up on the Notebook. We always think we’ll do something special for the extra day in February, but it never seems to happen. No planning, no nothing. But there’s always “next year,” which actually is four years from now. Maybe if we start planning something now … ■ Good news. We’re proud to say that folks stepped up and helped raise $30,000 Sunday night for Jan’s Tutoring House on Capitol Hill. It’s a tutoring program that has helped hundreds of D.C. children and families. It was begun by the late Jan Eichhorn, and it’s named in her honor. As the emcee for the party, we drew a few laughs when we said that it was our hope that we’d raise so much money that Harry Thomas Jr. would consider trying to steal it. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Letters to the Editor Proposal protects fragile park access

Both of us heartily endorse the excellent waterfront proposal by Robert Norris [“Finding a solution for all boathouse interests,” Viewpoint, Feb. 15]. We have been residents of the Palisades since 1964, and we are regular visitors to the nearby C&O Canal National Historical Park both on foot and via bicycles. The towpath’s unique access to unspoiled nature in the heart of

our major city is precious and, especially at the park’s narrow entrance, precarious. For too many years, we and many others have foreseen dire impacts on the park and the Capital Crescent Trail of the “upstream site originally proposed for Georgetown University’s boathouse in the 2006 environmental assessment.” Located within the national park boundaries, this site would crowd both towpath and trail. Like Mr. Norris, we hope that the National Park Service will drop it from consideration. It seems to us that Georgetown University should

recognize the many advantages of the “Jack’s” site that Mr. Norris proposes for the university’s boathouse, including easy vehicular access and fewer restrictions on the height of its ambitious structure. Not least among the merits of Mr. Norris’ proposal is the suggestion that a simultaneous environmental evaluation be performed on all the proposed boathouse projects, avoiding a duplication of effort and expense and expediting a solution of this nagging controversy at last. David Mel Paul Margareta C. Paul The Palisades


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D.C. agency is undermining Cleveland Park VIEWPOINT john chelen

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f you’ve recently walked along Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park, you’ve probably noticed the new “shops” in front of Palena and Ripple. Palena’s shop, while providing a pretty good baguette, looks pretty bare, with nearly empty shelves. The shop in front of Ripple has been barren for quite a while, although I hear something finally is in the works. These shops didn’t come about because of their owners’ independent business plans; they’re a result of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which has imposed unlawful standards that have induced their creation. That’s why the operation of these shops is so halfhearted. If we let the department’s approach stand, we run the risk that the same thing will happen with other restaurants and these sham shops will spread, turning Cleveland Park into a Potemkin village. Let’s look at why this happened. Under the statutory provisions of the zoning overlay, there is a maximum percentage of street frontage that can be occupied by restaurants. However, the regulatory department has fabricated the principle that the use of street frontage as a restaurant is a property right of the landlord, not the restaurant operator. Vacant properties retain this right until a new tenant is found. This right is not legally justified; it’s an invention by the department. When Palena wanted to expand, many of us supported that idea: It could anchor the Park and Shop and provide another outdoor cafe to brighten the parking lot area. Palena, however, couldn’t expand without violating the overlay limits as applied by D.C. regulators,

Letters to the Editor Change in disabled parking was overdue

Carolyn Cook’s letter to the editor [“Parking rules unfair to seniors, disabled,” Feb. 22] is alarming. To start, when did “elderly” become synonymous with “disabled”? And when did “disabled” become synonymous with “fixed income” or inability to pay? By that kind of illogical reasoning, we should extend free meter parking to all elderly people and to those who qualify as low income, regardless of handicap status. I congratulate the D.C. Department of Transportation for this long-overdue policy change. It was the only fair thing to do, given the sheer enormity of the problem of placard abuse. The claim that the new policy “discriminates against certain individuals” is absurd. In fact, the new policy ends the discrimination of providing free metered parking only to “certain individuals” but not others. The writer is sadly mistaken that abuse of disabled parking placards is limited to the “fraudulent actions of a few.” One only needs to drive by any of the federal buildings, particularly in the Southwest quadrant, to witness the eye-popping epidem-

even though the percentage of operational restaurants at that time didn’t exceed the overlay limit. Several unoccupied storefronts retained their “right” to operate as a restaurant and were counted under the city rule; as a result, Palena’s expansion would have exceeded the overlay’s limit. Regulatory officials tried to find a way to exclude a portion of Palena’s expansion from the overlay calculation and concocted the idea of the front store that wouldn’t be part of the restaurant. They would have us believe it’s a separate business apart from the restaurant behind it and shouldn’t count as restaurant space. Our local civic representatives have confronted the department with this absurdity, but to no avail. They’re left to fight officials in court. There’s a better alternative that the city could accomplish very quickly and easily. Palena and Ripple shouldn’t suffer from the department’s deception; they should be permitted to occupy their entire space as they see fit. Regulators should eliminate the unjustifiable privilege they’ve granted to landlords and create a reasonable process for allocating restaurant frontage. A moratorium should be imposed on new restaurant frontage until the overlay percentage is reached through attrition. Across the country, there’s widespread commitment to overlays like the one Cleveland Park has in place. They protect mixed uses for the benefit of local residents, shop owners and patrons alike, and protect property values over the long run. The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs needs to follow the law. Please join me in urging Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh to exercise proper oversight of the regulatory agency. John Chelen is a Cleveland Park resident.

ic of placard abuse up and down the streets. Nearly every single metered and non-metered space is taken by a commuter vehicle (the majority from Maryland) sporting a disability placard — all day long, Monday through Friday. This is “a few”? Yes, we all need to “play by the rules,” and we all deserve the “same freedom … to park anywhere in the city.” However, there has been no fairness to either disabled or non-disabled drivers when it comes to street parking access. You simply cannot find short-term metered or non-metered street parking in most of downtown due to the inexplicable, discriminatory provision of both free and extended parking to those with disabled placards. Having a transferable disability placard is the golden ticket for free parking in D.C., and people know it. The whole point of providing parking accessibility for disabled drivers is just that: accessibility. It is not to provide free parking. Disabled drivers do not park for free at Metro parking lots or in payto-park garages or parking lots, nor do disabled people ride the Metro or the bus for free. What they get is preferential access. Street parking should be no different. Genuine supporters of access for disabled drivers are lauding the Transportation Department for this policy change. The disabled will

now have, for the first time, accessibility to street parking, something they did not have previously. Those daily commuters who have gamed the system for years to park for free all day long will now have to “play by the rules.” I call that fair. Cliff Phillips Washington, D.C.

Ward 4 candidate skipped meeting

In response to Baruti Jahi’s Feb. 22 letter to the editor, all candidates were notified of the Feb. 1 Candidates and Endorsement Forum at the same time. If Mr. Jahi or his representatives had attended the January 2012 meeting of the Ward 4 Democrats, as did several other candidates, he would have been aware of the 2012 meeting schedule that was unanimously approved by the members, which included the Feb. 1 forum. The fact is that Mr. Jahi has elected to not participate in the activities of the Ward 4 Democrats. This is his choice, and, as fellow Democrats, we respect this choice. It is unfortunate that rather than accept responsibility and accountability for his choices, Mr. Jahi continues to obfuscate and blame others for his own failures. Deborah M. Royster President, Ward 4 Democrats of Washington, D.C.

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Lafayette boot camp morphs into full-time CrossFit gym

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n retrospect, when Steve Dolge was laid off from a sportsreporting gig at WTOP in 1999, he was well-positioned to take up another career. While working as a journalist, the Chevy Chase resident had fol-

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lowed his passion for exercise from marathons all the way to certification as a personal trainer. So when he became unemployed, “my wife came up with an idea of doing a boot camp at Lafayette,” he said of the local elementary school, where his daughter is a student. Dolge and his wife put out the word to their community, and soon he had a number of followers, many of them friends from the school. “People kept coming,” said Dolge. “And then they started asking, ‘Can you do more classes?’” Last month, he did just that, opening Second Wind Training at 5509 14th St. NW, just across the park from his old stomping grounds. “It had to be close enough to

Lafayette,” Dolge said. “I wasn’t gonna start over.” And he hasn’t had to: Many clients have followed, though Dolge has room for more, particularly with his expanded schedule. While the boot camp started as two mornings a week, Second Wind offers five classes a day each weekday and two on Saturdays. His program is based on the CrossFit model, which focuses on “constantly varied functional movement at high intensity,” said Dolge. “It’s a mix of weight lifting, gymnastics, … plyometrics and then traditional cardio stuff.” Each weekday features a onehour workout of the day, and Saturday offers a return to the boot camp. Dolge suggests clients do a minimum of three days a week at the studio, with some sort of extra cardio — running or biking — elsewhere. He says one of the appeals of the program is that it’s “BIG”: broad, inclusive and general. “All fitness levels can participate,” he said. “There are ways to scale” all the exercises to suit different people. The participants in a recent Tuesday morning class can speak to

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Steve Dolge offers group and private training.

Current Staff Report he director of the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development said last week that he plans to work with entrepreneurs on simplifying local small business registration. District government agencies are supposed to spend half their “discretionary budgets” with small local businesses that are registered with his department as “Certified Business Enterprises,” Harold Pettigrew Jr. told the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. Businesses get preference points if a majority of their employees live in the District, if they’ve been in business in D.C. for a long time, if they’re located in a special development zone or if their owners are D.C. residents or veterans. In the past, the program gave points for minority and woman ownership, but now it is “race and gender neutral,” he said. Attendees asked if the registration process could be simplified, particularly for firms that are renewing. Currently, such businesses must proceed as though they were new applicants. Others said

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this inclusivity. Chevy Chase resident Karen Bond said Dolge’s is the first workout she’s stuck with. “I didn’t start exercising till I was 40 — and I didn’t like it,” she said. “And I look forward to this.” Chevy Chase resident Emily Weiss, on the other hand, was already a runner when she joined Dolge’s boot camp. She said the workouts improved her speed and stamina. Membership involves varied pay levels — for two workouts a week, unlimited workouts, or drop-ins. Participants come in with varied purposes — running a triathalon, creating an exercise regimen that will stick, or even for political reasons: “I think we all want Michelle Obama arms,” said Forest Hills resident Karen Beiley. Dolge also offers personal and semi-private training. Details are at secondwindtraining.com.

registration is difficult because it involves obtaining forms and approvals from many city agencies. “If every council member had to apply for a basic business license, we wouldn’t have a problem,” said one attendee. Pettigrew said it’s something he’s “hoping to work on.” Another participant said many small-businesses owners are not computer-savvy and would rather fill out the forms by hand, but the department works only with online applications. The speaker also noted that the agency’s website doesn’t work well on Apple computers. Pettigrew said he’d follow up on those issues. Pettigrew said his department has seen rapid leadership turnover and is due for rebuilding, but he pointed to its progress in efforts to help small businesses. The agency, for example, offers training courses for small businesses on getting access to capital and is working on a program with banks to help make short-term financing available. He also noted that the department is trying to help companies export their expertise to other countries.


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Undisputed champs: Cubs take ISL tournament crown

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

When Georgetown Visitation traveled to Flint Hill last Tuesday, coach Mike McCarthy made a point of telling his players to look at the “Independent School League Champions” banner the Huskies had hanging in their gym. Last season, Flint Hill beat the Cubs in the conference title game. “I told the girls, remember that, if we play them [again in the tournament],” said McCarthy. On Sunday afternoon, the painful memory turned into the extra motivation the Cubs needed to pummel the Huskies. Thanks to a dominant second-half effort, Visitation won 60-46, securing an unshared and undisputed ISL championship. “It was the exact same situation as last year,” said senior guard Kate Gillespie. “We had two really close games in the regular season with them and lost in the championship last year.” That game “was a bitter ending for us,” she said. “It left a sour taste in our mouth, and we wanted to get

revenge and go out on top.” Gillespie finished with a gamehigh 26 points, while fellow senior Maddy Williams added 14 and sophomore Ana Hagerup chipped in 10. The Huskies didn’t make it easy for the Cubs. Flint Hill crashed the boards, using second chances and fantastic outside shooting to take a 17-11 lead by the end of the first quarter. Visitation stayed in its zone defense and continued to force outside shots. The Huskies’ shooters cooled off, and the Cubs adjusted by putting senior forward Libby Mosko in the post to help on the boards. That proved to be a shrewd change, as the senior controlled the paint and turned the tide for Visitation. “That was one of the differences for us,” Gillespie said of Mosko. “She makes a huge difference because she’s a tough defender and rebounder.” The Cubs were down 18-13 with less than four minutes to play before halftime. McCarthy called a timeout to settle the team and regroup, and when play resumed, guards Gillespie and Williams jump-started

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The Cubs’ seniors led the team to three ISL tournament championships during their four years. From left: Maddie Dawson, Kelsey Tillman, Libby Mosko, Kate Gillespie, Maddy Williams and Kathleen Tabb. Visitation’s offense. Williams hit a 3-pointer while Gillespie took the ball to the rim. The result was a 15-6 run by the Cubs in the second quarter and a 26-23 lead by halftime. After halftime, the Visitation fans serenaded Gillespie by singing “Happy Birthday” to the senior, who was celebrating her 18th. It

Colts dethrone Roosevelt for DCIAA title

The Coolidge boys basketball team made history Saturday night. The Colts won their first conference title since 1988, knocking off reigning D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Theodore Roosevelt 64-53 in the DCIAA title game. The win was the capstone to a stellar season: Coolidge finished 29-6, including a perfect 14-0 in conference games. Junior guard De’Shaun Morman led Coolidge with 19 points; senior guard Khalen Cumberlander added 12 more. Seniors Maurice Jeffers and Charles McDaniels, as well as junior guard Omar Roberts, chipped in nine points each. For the Rough Riders, Hershell Grant scored 18 points, and Rontrez Purcell added 12. The Colts will play Paul VI in the D.C. city title game. The date is not yet set.

Wilson girls basketball drops DCIAA title game to Woodson

The Tigers were overwhelmed by H.D. Woodson in the DCIAA title game, falling 61-18 on the hardwood.

was the best present Gillespie could have gotten, she said: “Spending it with my best friends … what more could you ask for?” In the fourth quarter, Gillespie unwrapped the Huskies defense and scored 13 points while Visitation built a double-digit lead. With two minutes remaining, that lead

allowed coach McCarthy to give his six active seniors a curtain call. “It was great,” McCarthy said. “I told them before the game that I didn’t have a doubt that we would win the game.” The emotions began to swell as the seniors checked out for the final See Visitation/Page 12

St. John’s falls to Good Counsel in WCAC championship game By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Khalen Cumberlander celebrated the win over Roosevelt Saturday.

The Tigers’ offense was led by sophomore forward Mercedes Suarez, who scored 11 points, while senior forward Johnelle Green added five more.

NCS grabs the ISL ‘A’ hoops title

National Cathedral won the Independent School League ‘A’ division Sunday. The Eagles knocked off St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 46-38. Freshman guard Marta Sniezek led all scorers with 21 points.

St. John’s gave Good Counsel and its unblemished conference record just about all it could handle Monday night, but the Falcons hung on to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship 79-76 at Bender Arena. The title was up in the air until the final buzzer. With less than 10 seconds remaining in the game, the Cadets had a chance to send it into overtime. St. John’s quickly brought the ball up the court in transition, and junior guard Lindsay Allen spotted up for a 3-point shot. Cadets head coach Jonathan Scribner called timeout to draw up a play just before Allen fired. The shot was good, but the timeout voided the play. When play resumed, the Cadets again put the ball in Allen’s hands. But this time, her attempt was off the mark. “All you can ask for is to play the best you can and hope the calls and the ball go your way,” said Scribner. “[Good Counsel] had everything go their way this year. They had a great season, and hats off to them. They deserve it. I’m sad for our kids.” The Falcons were too much for any league

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St. John’s couldn’t stop the Falcons’ undefeated WCAC run Monday night.

team in WCAC play, finishing the year with a perfect 21-0 conference record, including three wins in the tournament. On Monday night, Allen led St. John’s with 25 points, while senior guard Mooriah Rowser added 16. Junior forward Tori Oliver See St. John’s/Page 12


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Gonzaga loses heartbreaker to DeMatha By MONICA McNUTT Current Correspondent

Gonzaga lost to DeMatha 45-42 in the semifinals of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament at Bender Arena Sunday night. The tight score was the result of a partial Gonzaga comeback after the Eagles fell into a 12-point hole in the third quarter. But Gonzaga rallied, and with 40 seconds to go, junior guard Tavon Blackmon stole the ball and hit a fast-break layup to cut the lead to one. On the Stagsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ensuing possession, DeMatha senior James Robinson drove down the baseline with the shot clock winding down and spun into Gonzaga junior Kris Jenkins. To the dismay of the Gonzaga faithful, officials whistled Jenkins for his fifth foul instead of Robinson for a traveling violation. Robinson sunk both free throws to give the Stags a three-point edge with 10 seconds remaining. The Eagles had one final chance to send the game into overtime. Junior guard Nate Brittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desperate 3-point shot from the top of the key clanked off the front iron into the hands of junior guard Charles Glover, who took another heave. There was a lot of contact on the shot and Glover, along with teammates, thought he was fouled as time expired. But the official adamantly signaled that the game was over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought my kids did what I asked them to do,â&#x20AC;? said Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told them from the beginning, no matter what we do tonight, we had to leave everything we had on the floor, and they did. The unfortunate part is I felt like two calls down the stretch didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go their way and it made the difference in the game.â&#x20AC;? Gonzaga finishes the season 25-5 and 14-4 in conference. Jenkins scored nine of his 14 points in the second half to lead all scorers for Gonzaga. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love my team. This year was great to our seniors,â&#x20AC;? said Jenkins, listing Mark Mack, Johnny Williams, Will Rassman and Brendan May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This sea-

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time. Kelsey Tillman was the first to tear up when she came out of her last game as a Cub, and she hugged her teammates as she reached the sidelines.

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also chipped in 15, and junior center Jasmine Bailey scored 10. The Cadets fell into a 10-2 hole to start the game, but bounced back with a 13-7 run to close the quarter and cut the Falconsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead to 17-15. By halftime, the Cadets trailed by only two. After intermission, Allen put the Cadets on her back and hit a trey to tie the game at 45 midway through the third

Scores Feb 21 through 27

Boys basketball

Grace Brethren-Clinton 79, Edmund Burke 51 McLean School 52, Field 34 St. James 79, Sidwell 72 Roosevelt 64, Anacostia 32

son has been unreal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a great experience for me and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably never ever forget it. This is probably a season Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell my kids [about] when I get older.â&#x20AC;? The Eagles will lose five seniors to graduation but return a core group of players including current juniors Jenkins, Britt and Blackmon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got to continue to get better,â&#x20AC;? said Jenkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody [will] use this as a learning experience. Yeah, it hurts a lot, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got to continue to get better from it.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The past four years we have become best friends,â&#x20AC;? Tillman said while holding back tears. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[When I came out] I realized it was coming to an end. That was the last game Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever play. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the time of my life, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become so close.â&#x20AC;? Most of the Visitation senior players have known each other

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Coolidge 77, McKinley 62 Wilson 77, Ballou 59 Potomac School 70, Georgetown Day 38 St. Albans 77, Pallotti 71 Roosevelt 85, Spingarn 76 Coolidge 72, Wilson 63 GW Community School 66, Lab School 39 Potomac School 60, Maret 56 St. James 77, Sidwell 72 St. Albans 65, The Heights 44

since elementary school, and only Gillespie will play at the college level, for Holy Cross. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working for this all season,â&#x20AC;? said Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our last game together after playing together â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some of us for 10 years. It means a lot. It was a great way to finish off.â&#x20AC;?

quarter. But the Falcons strung together a run and built a 70-63 lead with just minutes left. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the game, we needed to get a couple of stops and a couple buckets and create a five- or sixpoint separation,â&#x20AC;? said Scribner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, they got that spurt and they got it done.â&#x20AC;? The Cadets will lose Rowser to graduation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the senior will play for Memphis next season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s returns several key starters, including Allen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our junior class is solid,â&#x20AC;? said Scribner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope to add a couple more pieces and expect to be back here next year.â&#x20AC;?

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 59, Carroll 56 Episcopal 64, St. Albans 45 Coolidge 64, Roosevelt 53 DeMatha 45, Gonzaga 42 Paul VI 50, St. Johns 49

Girls basketball

Jewish Day 39, Field 28 Visitation 59, Flint Hill 56 Hebrew Academy 47, Edmund Burke 40 Stone Ridge 64, Sidwell 43

Wilson 53, Anacostia 26 Georgetown Day 65, Maret 32 Coolidge 67, Spingarn 51 Roosevelt 51, Ballou 33 Wilson 41, Roosevelt 25 H.D. Woodson 68, Coolidge 35 Visitation 68, Maret 15 Georgetown Day 62, Sidwell 41 National Cathedral 50, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14 Visitation 56, Georgetown Day 42 National Cathedral 57, Holy Child 31


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the Georgetown franchise, residents emphasized the effects of noise and light on the community. Under the compromise shared at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commission meeting, the corner entrance will become available to disabled patrons, but other customers will be directed toward the existing mid-block P Street entrance. The company also pledged to â&#x20AC;&#x153;frostâ&#x20AC;? its windows to reduce light pollution near the corner, and they may agree to keep the corner entrance locked except when a customer needs to use it. 7-Eleven is set to seek permit approval from the Old Georgetown Board tomorrow for new signs at the site. In a resolution, the neighborhood commission backed the plans and said it â&#x20AC;&#x153;applauds the applicant for the responsiveness to concerns raised by the community

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focus her efforts on the family foundation. S&R supports young artists and scientists, and it is also working now to facilitate recovery from natural disasters like the earthquake that devastated the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s native Japan last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main reason we decided to purchase Evermay is preservation of the historic house and gardens, one of the most beautiful in the Washington area,â&#x20AC;? Kuno said. She said her family will use the home as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;secondary residence,â&#x20AC;? maintaining a primary residence in Potomac and other homes elsewhere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They currently have several residences. This will become their primary Georgetown residence,â&#x20AC;? attorney Alice Haase clarified. Three years ago, the zoning boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deliberations over the 1801 estate turned ugly when then-owner Harry Belin sought a special exception in order to continue host-

from the inception of this plan on P Street.â&#x20AC;? Citizens Association of Georgetown representative Outerbridge Horsey called the 7-Eleven project â&#x20AC;&#x153;really a modelâ&#x20AC;? for cooperation. Neighbors and commissioners also commended the process, and company representative Nancy Wade said residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clear feedback was appreciated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So this is like Oscar night â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everybody thanking everybody,â&#x20AC;? said neighborhood commissioner Tom Birch. With the absorption of the adjacent storefront, the 7-Eleven will grow from about 1,000 square feet to 2,800. The company has had a location at the site for nearly 50 years, and the current franchisee has operated the shop since 1986, 7-Eleven spokesperson Margaret Chabris told The Current last year. At the time, Chabris said a timeline for completing the expansion wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be determined until the company had all necessary approvals for the work, which in Georgetown includes a historic review beyond the standard building permits.

ing weddings, paid galas and corporate events that had clogged the tony neighborhood with partygoers and their cars. But S&R carefully crafted its proposal to win support from the same neighbors who opposed Belin. The estate will not be rented out, the foundation promises, and its events â&#x20AC;&#x201D; concerts, meetings and a few fundraisers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be limited to a maximum of 200 guests, with most smaller. There will be no amplified music outdoors. All cars will be parked on site, and valet parking will be provided for all events with more than 50 guests. Other conditions were fleshed out before the zoning board. Although the foundation has a 10-year plan that would see activities grow, events will be more limited at first, and the board will review operations after five years. There will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;only two civic events this year, and one will hopefully be a grand opening,â&#x20AC;? Haase said. Another important condition was hammered out by the founda-

tionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic consultant and the D.C. Department of Transportation: No events will be staged at Evermay during evening rush hour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from 4 to 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when commuters tend to cut through the narrow streets leading from Dupont Circle to Wisconsin Avenue. Events will be so circumscribed that one board member, Marcie Cohen, asked if the estate could not be opened up to the public once a year so that neighbors and others could enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x153;this local treasure.â&#x20AC;? Kuno was cautious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll think about that possibility. But we have to think about how to handle the traffic, and not disturb our neighbors,â&#x20AC;? she said. Kuno and Ueno bought Evermay for $22 million last fall, down from Belinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original asking price of $49 million. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also about to purchase the Halcyon House farther west in Georgetown for a reported $11 million. In response to a reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question, Kuno said the family will not finalize a use for that property until it closes on the deal.

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Aidan Montessori Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Science and Math Celebration is coming up on March 21, and some people have already chosen and conducted their experiments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m making an electromagnet,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader Eva Gondleman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I already finished part one of my experiment.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working with probability and statistics of the of the NCAA menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball tournament,â&#x20AC;? said sixth-grader Lucia Braddock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to grow a plant,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Edvin Leijon, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but in different soils.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing pitch frequencies,â&#x20AC;? said fourth-grader Alexandra Bullock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing how wind affects different kinds of boats,â&#x20AC;? said fourthgrader Julian Cunningham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing a trebuchet,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader Lukas Leijon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m testing the best combination for the length of the throwing arm and the weight.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Marshall Cooperman and Stephen Sealls, fourth-graders

Beauvoir School

On the Beauvoir playground, tag is one of the most popular games. Tag is a game played with three or more people. There is a person who is â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;? who tries to tag someone. If you get tagged, you are â&#x20AC;&#x153;it.â&#x20AC;? Did you know that around 306 kids out of 482 play tag at Beauvoir? I really like tag because it is good exercise and I get to play it with my friends. Other things third-graders like to play for recess are football, four square, 500 and basketball. They also like to play on the structures by climbing the tires, sliding down the slides and going around on the Supernova. Some students choose to play in the sandbox, and some use the swings. I love recess! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Frances Smith, third-grader

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what the adviser and parents have to say. The students can add their input on what they need to do for a successful trimester. Burke students and staff find this a much better way to communicate than traditional parent-teacher conferences. For the several weeks leading up to family conferences, students collect graded work to show to their parents. They also fill out a sheet stating three academic goals for the next trimester and how they can reach them. School is canceled on the days when there are family conferences. The people involved in the conference look at and discuss grades. They talk about whether the grades are good or bad and what can be done in the future. The selected class work is passed around and discussed. Then, everybody looks at the three goals and talks about them and what they can do to help reach them. Students leave with a better idea of how to approach their academic work. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Abby Strauss, eighth-grader

Holy Trinity School

I interviewed Mrs. Robinson, our lower school principal, about our practice of going to the chapel on weekday mornings. I asked her why she takes students to chapel, and she responded that we are a Catholic school and Mass is the foundation from which we become open to learning about all that God offers. Mrs. Robinson takes any students who want to go, starting as young as pre-k. Pre-k students are good listeners in Mass and like to be blessed. Mrs. Robinson says that she does not have to stop the students from talking in Mass because the Holy Spirit takes care of that. Mrs. Robinson also said that going to Mass in the morning sets a positive tone for the whole day. It is a warm community that we look forward to being a part of. Going to Mass helps us see God in all things. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emma Conner, fourth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary

This seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheerleading squad has improved greatly. We still have our great cheerleading coaches from before, including Ms. Lyons and Ms. Kilmer, but this season we also have a new coach, Ms. Regan. They do a great job organizing different things for us. Earlier this month, we went to Lululemon Athletica to work on our cheers and a new dance. We are so grateful that Lululemon Athletica allowed us to use its great facility. The squad itself is great, too. The new members understand the cheers quickly, and the veterans (including myself) help them out. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ayda Lee, fifth-grader

Janney Elementary

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My old school was small,â&#x20AC;? fourth-grader Sydney Weisman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Janney is humongous.â&#x20AC;? Laurie Young, who teaches science to all grades, said she likes See Dispatches/Page 15


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having â&#x20AC;&#x153;the huge amount of spaceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;water in my science lab.â&#x20AC;? These are common reactions of many students and teachers to the new features of the enlarged Janney. Just last year, the school was crowded with about 500 students. Now there are almost 570 in the new structure. There are SMART Boards in almost all classrooms, and bathrooms on every floor. A transition that seems to be a big crowd-pleaser is the atrium, a light and airy space that contains skywalks, a mobile, plenty of windows and, at the ground-floor level, a huge Janney paw print. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the atrium because every time I walk there, I see lots of things,â&#x20AC;? said first-grader Alice Padula. The mobile gets lots of attention. It was designed, built and painted by last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth-graders, with the help of artist Kevin Reese. Social studies teacher Laure Hunter was pleased to see a piece of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history in the glass above the doors in the front of the school. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;the original design from 1925, when the school first opened,â&#x20AC;? she said. Like the rest of Janney, the outdoor areas also changed drastically. Among the additions are a turf field, a playground and a garden. The new field, said fifth-grader Georgia Rosse, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a big place to play sports, and kids can hang out on it if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not playing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Caroline Katzive and Maddie Williams, fifth-graders

Key Elementary

In honor of Black History Month, Key School performed a tribute called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living the Dream â&#x20AC;Ś Singing the Dreamâ&#x20AC;? in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his major influence in overcoming seg-

regation. On April 4, 1967, he presented his â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have a Dreamâ&#x20AC;? speech, one that changed the country forever. We are also honoring Martin Luther King Jr. because he was a great fighter. He went to jail and still did not give up on his goal, and he is an inspiration to us all. The program took place in our auditorium. The second- through fifth-grade chorus and the kindergarten/first-grade chorus sang songs such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Little Light of Mine,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Shall Overcomeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got the Whole World in His Hands.â&#x20AC;? Our choral director, Pat Roddy, worked diligently with both choruses. Fifth-graders read different parts of his famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreamâ&#x20AC;? speech. The performance was led by Ms. Linden, a kindergarten teacher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a great leader of the civil rights movement. Because of him, people stand up for what they want,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. Linden. All the kids at Key School came to the show. Younger kids learned about how this man changed our lives and country. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Meghan Ourand, Mica Gelb and Will Kubzansky, fifth-graders

Lafayette Elementary

Lafayette has some important things going on, and one of the most important is that Lafayette will be getting a mega-trailer on the greentop this summer. It will contain four classrooms with water and bathrooms. The old trailers will not be taken down, so most likely a good part of the greentop will be covered with trailers. Nobody knows exactly how much of the greentop space this mega-trailer will take up, but hopefully there will be an enjoyable amount left for recess! The school will have these trailers until Lafayette is renovated in 2014. The renovation promises new walls, lights and systems, as well as fixing up whatever needs to be done to Lafayetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging facilities. When

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that finally happens, the school will look a lot different! Lafayette already has more than 700 students jammed into a school that comfortably holds 535, so you might be wondering why we are not being renovated right now. The answer is that we did not get high priority when the list of school renovations was drawn up. Now a person called a project director still has to see what we need to fix in the school. He or she will have to draw a big plan that will take about a year. Once the plans are ready, workers will need to get all the materials and build. As you can tell, it is going to take a while before everything gets fixed. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ellida Parker and Emma Jacobson, fifth-graders

in Great Falls Park with Mrs. Thoeni and learned about different kinds of trees. We also went bird watching and climbed inside an old tree! With Mr. Nisbet, we looked at seeds, bark and feathers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Page Greenburg, Zach Gayer, Blaire Batista and Charlie Knowles, second-graders

Murch Elementary

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Maret School

Maret School has a week in February called ISW, which stands for Intensive Study Week. Students and faculty do exciting activities that have to do with a specific theme. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is connectedness. The second-graders were put in groups with the third-graders, and the groups spent each day with a lower school teacher doing various activities. Before we went to Mr. Stone, we timed how long we took to take a shower. We discussed how much water we use and how to conserve water in the future. Then, we picked up trash around the school. With Madame Heimonet, we cooked very cool foods from other countries. We made bubble tea from Asia, quinoa taco salad from Central and South America, and vegetable stew from Africa. For dessert, we made a fruity angel food trifle from England. We learned about how to connect with nature. We went on a hike

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feb. 27 meeting: â&#x2013;  commissioner Ed Solomon reported that the O and P streets reconstruction project is â&#x20AC;&#x153;moving along quite well,â&#x20AC;? with work now under way in the 3200 block of P Street. â&#x2013;  commissioner Tom Birch announced that Precinct 5 voting will be held at Christ Church, 31st and O streets, instead of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. The church originally said it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be available for the April 3 primary but subsequently reconsidered. Voter registration cards mailed to residents still list the library as the polling place, Birch said, but the city will mail a notice of the change to all registered voters in the precinct. Birch pushed for voting to be held at the church instead of the library because it is more centrally located, he said. â&#x2013;  Ruth Werner, representing Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans, asked residents to vote for delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Saturday at the University of the District of Columbia, Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street NW. Evans is running for one of 14 spots. â&#x2013;  a resident reported that the DC Circulator is once again stopping at Wisconsin Avenue and P Street, following requests from neighbors. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0, with Charles Eason and Jeff Jones absent, to support the Rose Park Easter Egg Hunt on the condition that organizers ensure no eggs are left behind. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon April 7. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to support the Alpha Delta Phi sororityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to host an event at Rose Park Saturday. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-1, with Bill Starrels opposing, to request that the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs prohibit food trucks from parking on residential streets and implement new regulations on a pilot basis for no more than 18 months. Starrels objected because he wanted to push for stronger requirements for trucks to mitigate trash. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation reinstall a right-turn signal for eastbound M Street traffic onto southbound Wisconsin Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to request that the D.C. Department of Transportation study ways to reduce and control cut-through traffic in Burleith, preferably using trafficcalming methods other than speed humps. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-0 to support a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for Noodles & Company to open a fast-food establishment at 1815 Wisconsin Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0, with Charles Eason and Jeff Jones absent and Ron Lewis abstaining, to sup-

Citizens Association of Georgetown

On behalf of all the residents of Georgetown, our association plays a key role in making our community a safe and vibrant place. We continue to strengthen the public safety program, plant new trees, and advocate for the neighborhood on historic preservation, regulation of bars and restaurants, policing, trash, traffic, parking and other community issues. We produce the Summer Concerts in the Parks and the Georgetown ARTS exhibit, as well as host a wide range of interesting meetings and programs. Our board and many volunteers are extremely active in key discussions and review boards regarding traffic, Georgetown University, parking, trash, rodents, recycling and historic preservation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all to responsibly represent the interests of our 1,200-plus members. We are working on installing security cameras on the residential streets, and we are in discussions with the Office of Planning to help shape the new zoning regulations that will affect Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open space and development. Our Alcoholic Beverage Control committee has successfully negotiated critical voluntary agreements with bars and restaurants and is taking part in a task force on liquor regulations. Membership dues ensure that we can continue our programs and advocacy and launch new efforts. Our membership is strong, but we would like to welcome even more Georgetowners to the association. With your help, active involvement and support, we can preserve the historic character and uniqueness of our community. Members receive our newsletter that continues to inform and delight, as well as access to our expanded Priority Merchant Program offering exclusive discounts at neighborhood stores and restaurants. Our website is full of useful information, and our GeorgetownForum listserv provides an online community â&#x20AC;&#x153;bulletin board.â&#x20AC;? We cannot do it without your help. You can join or renew your dues online at cagtown.org. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus port an Old Georgetown Board application for new buildings at Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. The resolution also asks the board to require a smaller rear garage building if â&#x20AC;&#x153;practicableâ&#x20AC;? for the historic propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to raise no objection to an Old Georgetown Board application for â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Business Centersâ&#x20AC;? signage at 1101 30th St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to oppose an Old Georgetown Board application for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suitsupplyâ&#x20AC;? signage at 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., saying the proposed sign was too big. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to raise no objection to an Old Georgetown Board application for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunglass Hutâ&#x20AC;? signage at 3251 M St. but to ask the board to require smaller lettering. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to oppose an Old Georgetown Board application for a seven-unit condo building at Grace Street and Cecil Place, calling it too big for the space and out of character with surrounding buildings. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to raise no objection to an Old Georgetown Board application for renovations at 3401 Water St. to accommodate Malmaison restaurant. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0 to oppose an Old Georgetown Board application for a rear addition and deck at 2802 P St. on the grounds that it would interfere with neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; privacy. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0, with Charles Eason, Jeff Jones and Bill Starrels absent, to raise no objection to a Historic Preservation Review Board application for a rear addition at 3138 P St. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 3-0 to raise no objection to an Old Georgetown

Board application for new signs at 7-Eleven, 2617 P St. Ron Lewis abstained; Charles Eason, Jeff Jones and Bill Starrels were absent. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b.org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org.


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marble. The material â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at once cool, natural and a signifier of understated luxury â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is also appropriate, given the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1909 construction date. The baths in particular have gotten judicious applications of the stone. Hefty marble vanities with marble-trimmed mirrors in two bathrooms look pilfered from an Edwardian-era movie set, so perfectly do they capture early20th-century industrial chic. The bathsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; combinations of subway, hex and penny round tiles are also perfectly suited to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vintage. Two of the baths, including the master, feature large walk-in showers, while a third holds a claw-foot tub. Marble pops up again in the kitchen. As in other applications, the subway-tile backsplash features honed marble. Black granite counters are also honed and provide a pop of contrast with creamy-white cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling. Stainless-steel appliances include a Wolf gas range and SubZero refrigerator. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small breakfast bar in the hardwood-floored kitchen, but most family meals will happen in the adjacent breakfast room, a casual spot that nevertheless feels distinctive, thanks to ample moldings

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This recently restored six-bedroom, 3.5-bath home in Mount Pleasant is listed for $1,150,000. and wainscoting. With an exit door as well as the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rear stairs here, this spot also makes sense as a mudroom, as shown by existing built-in storage. Bedrooms are sizable and sunny, thanks to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three exposures. With six possible bedrooms, a couple of these have been repurposed, with stylish results. On the second level, a bay-windowed library is grounded by a Craftsmanstyle mantel and built-in shelves. On the top level, a similarly large space is now a family room. Of the remaining four rooms, the master is a sunny, large standout and includes a marble-lined bath and walk-in closet fully kitted out with built-in storage. The other bedroom on this level features a private

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his corporate campaign contributors. Orange, meanwhile, said he has had a consistently independent voice and that the years he spent representing Ward 5 on the council give him essential experience that his competitors lack. Orange first joined the council in another low point for D.C. elected officials, he said: 1999, when the city was operating under a federal financial control board because local officials had been unable to balance the budget. Orange said he helped rein in spending and spur economic development projects before leaving the Ward 5 office to run for mayor in 2006. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stand behind my record against anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? he said. Biddle, a Shepherd Park resident who was appointed to replace Orange in the at-large seat

for a few months last year before losing the April special election, cast himself as a community leader rather than a traditional politician. Asked to identify his greatest weakness, Biddle said he lacks experience â&#x20AC;&#x153;in horsetrading behind closed doorsâ&#x20AC;? but that council members shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do such negotiating. Holness, who last year chaired the Columbia Heights/U Street advisory neighborhood commission, acknowledged that she has less political experience than her opponents but called herself the best listener, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the freshest faceâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;a quick study.â&#x20AC;? She also pointed to her volunteer work in various civic activist causes, including D.C. statehood. Shapiro, who grew up in the District and recently moved from Maryland to Chevy Chase, called himself the experienced outsider in the race, due to his Maryland legislative history. At the forum, he was the harshest critic of

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immersion school in Washington. It is looking at a Ward 3 location. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive summary said the charter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would start with kindergarten through fifth grade and eventually expand to eighth grade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would not â&#x20AC;&#x153;follow theological [principles] or rituals in its operation.â&#x20AC;? It cited Arabic as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the fifth most commonly spoken native language in the world.â&#x20AC;? The proposal also cited the Arab Spring, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Arabic language DC Charter School will significantly increase the number of potential diplomats, linguists and informed citizens who can better promote democracy in an emerging democratic Arabic world.â&#x20AC;? D.C. Flex Academy Public Charter School is another unique

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answers to some questions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard some things this evening that demonstrate there are people who just arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t willing to stand up and be honest,â&#x20AC;? Biddle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We cannot allow people to look us in the face and not be honest.â&#x20AC;? When asked about particular issues, the candidates tended to pitch similar priorities: improving the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education system and reducing unemployment. Holness stood apart from the group in saying she hoped her top legislative achievement would be addressing parking shortages in parts of the city. But it was questions of ethics that dominated much of the forum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for good reason, said Shapiro, because the distracted and distrusted council cannot bring the city together to solve its problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get there until we fix this council, until we stop the dealing, until we stop the infighting and elect leaders whose primary focus is on public service,â&#x20AC;? he said.

offering. Its board chair, Anita Walls, explained that the school would follow a blended learning model. Some of the kindergartners through 12th-graders would regularly attend a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bricks and mortarâ&#x20AC;? school and complete computer coursework there with teacher guidance. Other D.C. Flex students would work on their online schoolwork from home and go in to the school from time to time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The blended education model allows for students who are advanced or who are having trouble to work at their own pace,â&#x20AC;? Walls said. She said her son, Lovell Walls Jr., is an example of why D.C. Flex would work. Lovell is a homeschooled fifth-grader who takes online classes, including seventhgrade science and math coursework. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Success to one student might be that they are really good at science but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not really good at

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English,â&#x20AC;? Walls said. D.C. Flex would customize a curriculum to each studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual subject levels. D.C. Flex originally applied in 2010 as the DC Technology Academy Public Charter School, but its application was denied. The group has since retooled its proposal from an entirely virtual academy to the blended model, which would use a national online learning curriculum called K12. The organizers of D.C. Flex would like to find a location in Northwest or Northeast. Another nontraditional school among the proposed charters is Somerset Preparatory Academy Public Charter School, which would offer college prep coursework to sixth- through 12th-graders in Ward 4 or Ward 8. Students could earn college credit starting as early as sixth grade and also have the option to focus on interactive media or communication technology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some DC charter schools have college prep programs but none have a focus on the Communication Arts along with the Digital Media Academy,â&#x20AC;? founding board member Douglas Rodriguez wrote in an email. Rodriguez said Somerset Preparatory Academy would also use a â&#x20AC;&#x153;push and pullâ&#x20AC;? method that encourages students to take the most challenging coursework they can handle and offers extensive tutoring for students who need more help. The D.C. Public Charter School Board is doing technical reviews and interviews with the 11 proposed charter schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; founding groups and will hold public hearings on March 19 and 20. The board will vote on each application on April 23, and approved schools would open in the fall of 2013. In the last several years, the majority of proposed charter schools have not made it past the application stage. Four out of 18 charter school applications were accepted in 2011, four out of 13 were accepted in 2010, and two out of 11 were accepted in 2008. There were no 2009 applications.


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Cana principal Michael Morris, in an interview, said his firm was prepared to take on that project without any city funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought we put together an extremely viable and realistic proposal to bring the property back to its original luster.â&#x20AC;? Morris said the city ended up halting negotiations with his firm because other entities expressed

interest in Franklin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mayor and [development director] Victor Hoskins â&#x20AC;Ś had been contacted by various organizations over the course of time when they were deciding what to do with our proposal,â&#x20AC;? Morris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And because of that, they felt the city would be best served by issuing another [request for proposals] for the property.â&#x20AC;? Sousa didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment on the details. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were some discussions. We decided that it would

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can you retract the mirrors? But backing up, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to retract mirrors,â&#x20AC;? he told Byrne. Some European fire stations use smaller vehicles, but they are equipped with components that are not compatible with hoses and other equipment used here, DennĂŠe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not really prepared to challenge the whole American way of fighting fires.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Should the fire station be preserved, but for another use? Byrne asked the witnesses to address â&#x20AC;&#x153;retaining it as a firehouse, as opposed to, say, a coffee shop.â&#x20AC;? Foust said fire officials were unable to find even a temporary site for the Cleveland Park station. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The actual thought of abandoning that building is not in our long-range plan. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not one of the optionsâ&#x20AC;? for strategically placing

make more sense to start the process over again,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had never made an actual award to [Cana].â&#x20AC;? According to some reports, the city has seen interest from large institutions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including, as one Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner has said, Syracuse University. Another unresolved detail of the last proposal was whether Franklin ought to be declared â&#x20AC;&#x153;surplusâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or officially not viable for public use â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so the development could pro-

stations around the city, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Allowance to make these changes will allow this building to serve the community for the next hundred years,â&#x20AC;? added Allam Al-Alami of the D.C. Department of General Services, which oversees city construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Historic use is important,â&#x20AC;? DennĂŠe said. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;the National Register says property should be kept in its historic use â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best way to preserve them. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pluses and minuses. As a coffee shop, you might be able to keepâ&#x20AC;? the original doors, he said. Planners are beginning to look at smarter long-range options, such as moving the fire station into a mixed-use development with a rebuilt Cleveland Park library, he said. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late in the game to implement such ambitious changes now, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so you end up painted into a corner. FEMS is very attached to its buildings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to say donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let them do this, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not our position,â&#x20AC;? DennĂŠe said. â&#x20AC;˘ Can the doors be altered without harming the rest of the historic facade?

ceed. Some heated opinions on that topic came out during a November 2010 hearing, with a group called the Coalition to Save Franklin School pushing to preserve the building for an educational use. A decision from the D.C. Council was required to make the surplus designation, and according to Sousa, that never happened. The surplusing of the property, he said, is now likely to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be married to the eventual â&#x20AC;Ś decision we make about who to award it to.â&#x20AC;?

The fire departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architect, Anwar Iqbal, said the agency will use expert stone masons, perhaps even those from the Washington National Cathedral, to cut into the stone-framed arches around the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two vehicle doors. The proposal is to increase their width from 10 to 12 feet, and their height from 11 to 12 feet, which will result in some â&#x20AC;&#x153;flatteningâ&#x20AC;? of the arches, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Essentially, we agree with the Historic Preservation Office that this is of course not the best solution. But there is no alternate site,â&#x20AC;? Iqbal said. The construction contract, he said, will specify that the work must be done by â&#x20AC;&#x153;a master mason who has done similar projects successfully.â&#x20AC;? The issue is clearly time-sensitive, since renovation of the Cleveland Park firehouse has been promised for at least eight years, and the station has been closed since November 2010, when city inspectors determined it was unfit for human habitation. Bids have been taken for the renovation

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is coupled with a similar modernization project for the Palisades firehouse at 4811 MacArthur Blvd., also the subject of a doorwidening dispute, which will be heard by Byrne in March. The contract can be awarded as soon as the design issue is resolved. Foust read a letter from Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe stating that any further delay â&#x20AC;&#x153;will continue to impact our fire safety mission.â&#x20AC;? Additional holdups will also affect other stations in line for modernization, including Engine Co. 23 in Foggy Bottom, Engine Co. 5 in Georgetown, and Engine Co. 21 in Adams Morgan. Foust said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each delay reduces our opportunity to start another project.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sensitive to the issue of delay. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried to expedite this,â&#x20AC;? DennĂŠe said. Susie Taylor, president of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, said the group has not taken sides on the door-widening issue. But Taylor called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;outrageousâ&#x20AC;? that the neighborhood has been without a firehouse for so long, and urged a quick resolution.

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The solicitation will emphasize that bidders wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get city money to redevelop Franklin. The same condition applied during past requests, Sousa said, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;we try to be direct about that [so] people ... make no assumptions about expecting X amount from the city.â&#x20AC;? Morris of Cana Development said his firm was â&#x20AC;&#x153;still trying to decideâ&#x20AC;? whether it would respond to another round with the District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not being used to its potential,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Concert â&#x2013;  The Catholic University of America Chamber Choir will perform its winter concert, featuring works by Ferko, Mozart, Brahms and Schumann. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5417.

Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Repertoireâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Woody Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1977 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annie Hall,â&#x20AC;? about a neurotic comedian who falls in love with the free-spirited title character. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The 14th annual DC Independent Film Festival will open with the D.C. premiere of Michael Stillwaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shining Night: A Portrait of Morten Lauridsen.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $12. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 800-762-1110. The festival will continue through March 4 at various venues.

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Author Neil Chambers will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Green: Architecture for the Future.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marvin Center Amphitheater, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. neilchambersatgw.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Arizona State University professors Christopher Boone and Charles Lord will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Environmental Justice and Redlining in D.C. and Baltimoreâ&#x20AC;? as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Edge: Urban Sustainabilityâ&#x20AC;? lecture series. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 208, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. acw39@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Universe From Beginning to End.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988. â&#x2013;  Cristina Alger will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Darlings,â&#x20AC;? about a lawyer who marries into a wealthy family. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Steven T. Katz, professor of Jewish and Holocaust studies and director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thinking About Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. ushmm.org/events/shapirolecture2012. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fate or Free Will?â&#x20AC;? discussion series will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Macbethâ&#x20AC;? by William Shakespeare. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave.

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Performances â&#x2013;  As part of a series exploring U.S. society in the years before the Civil War, the Georgetown Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Dion Boucicaultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Octoroon.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. georgetowntheatre.org. â&#x2013;  Singer/songwriter Doug Levitt, a D.C. native, will present songs, stories and images from his project â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greyhound Diaries,â&#x20AC;? which chronicles his six-week Greyhound Bus tour across the United States. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flamenco Festival 2012â&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by dancers Carmen CortĂŠs, Rafaela Carrasco and Olga Pericet. 8 p.m. $35 to $65. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800745-3000. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. March 1 Thursday, Thursday march 1 Concerts â&#x2013;  Members of the Kennedy Center Opera

House Orchestra will perform salon music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Baltimore-based recording artist Marc Avon Evans and his acoustic band will perform soul music as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  Flutist Dieter Flury (shown) and pianist Maria Prinz will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Musical Greetings From Vienna, Budapest and Prague.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Authors Jabari Asim (shown) and Danielle Evans will discuss the work of Ralph Ellison, best known for his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Invisible Man.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-7075394. â&#x2013;  Historian George C. Daughan will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;1812: The Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â&#x2013;  Aseema Sinha, associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Global Markets and Rules Shape Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rise to Power.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 36th and N streets NW. aseemasinha.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prospects: Economic Development, Energy Policy, and Business Climateâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Nazar Kholod, a political economist; Oleksandr Sukhodolia, a visiting scholar at the Institute for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies; and Andriy Tsintskiruk, assistant director of the U.S.Ukraine Business Council. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Voesar Conference Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/ukraineprospects.

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National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Films â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Is All Hellâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Better Angels of Our Nature, 1865,â&#x20AC;? the eighth and ninth episodes of Ken Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil War.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Inter-American Development Bank will present Juan Pablo Rebellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whisky,â&#x20AC;? about a man whose long-lost brother resurfaces. 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558.

Thursday, march 1 â&#x2013;  Lecture: The Jewish Lit Live Seminar series will feature Nicole Krauss, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The History of Loveâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great House.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Continental Ballroom, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. gwu.edu.

â&#x2013;  Fordham University professor Barbara E. Mundy will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water and the Aztec Landscape in the Valley of Mexico.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202339-6440. â&#x2013;  The Mystery Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Dragonsâ&#x20AC;? by Kelli Stanley. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Representatives from D.C., New York City, San Francisco and Austin, Texas, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making Performance Public: Mandatory Disclosure of Energy Use in Buildings.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Raymond Bonner will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Doron Petersan will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sticky Fingersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. â&#x2013;  A forum on women in leadership positions in the White House will feature panelists Anita McBride, former chief of staff for Laura Bush; Susan Sher, former chief of staff to Michelle Obama; Jean Becker, former deputy press secretary to Barbara Bush; and Bess Abell, former White House social secretary. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater,

Performances â&#x2013;  As part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festival,â&#x20AC;? students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Country Shook and the Children Hollered,â&#x20AC;? a world-premiere production that revisits and reworks the American conversation as explored by the likes of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Marvin Gaye. 7:30 p.m. $20; $18 for seniors and students. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Bowen McCauley Dance will present the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Sacre du Printemps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a quatre mains,â&#x20AC;? in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1913 seminal work. 7:30 p.m. $36. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature the Baltimore-based Nana Projects performing a shadow puppet show inspired by Edgar Allan Poeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eureka,â&#x20AC;? at 6:30 and 7 p.m.; and a talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rivière and Paris: From â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Chat Noirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the Eiffel Tower,â&#x20AC;? at 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/calendar. Tour â&#x2013;  A tour of the Washington National Cathedral will explore the characteristics of the 20th-century American Gothic style. 3 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. The tour will repeat Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 2 Friday march 2 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Gounod, Charpentier and Khatchaturian. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075. â&#x2013;  Charles Miller, minister of music at National City Christian Church, will present an organ recital featuring works by Bach. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The Fablers will perform a variety of Appalachian folk songs, Tin Pan Alley tunes and other American music as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festival.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. â&#x2013;  High Street Hymns will perform traditional hymns in a contemporary style with guitars and drums. 7 p.m. Free. All Saints Church, 3 Chevy Chase Circle. 301-654-2488. â&#x2013;  The Great Noise Ensemble will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guerrilla New Music,â&#x20AC;? featuring works by upand-coming composers D.J. Sparr, Rob See Events/Page 21


Continued From Page 20 Paterson and Marc Mellits. 7 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. ■ The Calefax Reed Quintet will perform works by Debussy, Granados, Nancarrow and Abrahamsen. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202633-1000. Discussions and lectures ■ Nathaniel Heller, co-founder and executive director of Global Integrity, will discuss “Measuring and Combating Corruption in the 21st Century.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 200, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. developmentroundtable@jhu.edu. ■ Sarah Wadsworth and Wayne Wiegand will discuss their book “Right Here I See My Own Books: The Woman’s Building Library at the World’s Columbian Exposition.” 3 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Jim Yardley will discuss his book “Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films ■ The National Museum of American History’s new Warner Bros. Theater will present Les Blank’s 1995 documentary “Sworn to the Drum,” about Afro-Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella. A discussion will follow. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “All Roads Film Project: Women Hold Up Half the Sky” will feature the D.C. premiere of Beck Cole’s 2011 film “Here I Am.” 7:30 p.m. $10. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performances ■ A Mongolian-themed performance will feature a dance troupe, ballad and throat singers, and a contortionist. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ “Flamenco Festival 2012” will feature Compañia Olga Pericet. 8 p.m. $35 to $65. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800-745-3000. ■ The Pan American Symphony Orchestra’s tango ensemble will present an evening of music and dancing. 8 to 11 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 240-242-8032. ■ The New York-based dance troupe Keigwin + Company will perform. 8 p.m. $18 to $55. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Reading ■ A PEN/Faulkner literary event will feature Tilar Mazzeo, author of “The Secret of

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Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume,” and Stacy Schiff, author of “Cleopatra: A Life” and “Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov).” 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will play the New Jersey Devils. 7 p.m. $65 to $157. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. March 3 Saturday, Saturday march 3 Benefit ■ The Excel Academy Public Charter School will host its inaugural gala to help support its music and arts programs. 7 p.m. $250. Organization of American States Main Building, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-373-0097. Children’s programs ■ The “Saturday Morning at the National” series will feature the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202783-3372. ■ Georgetown Family Saturdays will feature a performance by singer/songwriter Marsha Goodman-Wood. Proceeds will benefit children’s programming at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. 10:30 a.m. $25 per family. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. georgetownmoms@gmail.com. Classes and workshops ■ Jim Woodworth, Sara Turner and Sue Erhardt of Casey Trees will lead a tree-planting workshop. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. ct.convio.net. ■ Aneta Georgievska-Shine will lead a class on “Caravaggio and Rembrandt, Baroque Rebels.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ A hands-on workshop will focus on “How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom.” 2:30 to 4 p.m. $25; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Concerts ■ “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” will feature Boogie Babies’ Groovy Nate, from noon to 1 p.m.; the Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Virtuosi, from 1:30 to 2 p.m.; Flamenco fusion guitar by Matthew Mills, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Irish musicians Jamie Sandel, Malinda Reese and Oran Sandel, 5 to 7 p.m.; the Congressional Chorus, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and an open jazz jam session with the Joe Herrera Trio, from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. ■ The Washington Performing Arts Society will present pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performing works by Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Ravel. 2 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ Not What You Think, a 12-person ensemble previously affiliated with the former Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington, will perform pop, light jazz and folk songs. 3 to 4

Friday, march 2 ■ Concert: “You Don’t Question Love” will feature singer/songwriter Tom Goss and Potomac Fever, the a cappella pop ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. 9:30 p.m. $20. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

p.m. $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ The Washington National Opera will present Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu performing selections from operas such as Dvorák’s “Rusalka” and Catalani’s “La Wally.” 7 p.m. $50 to $190. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Husband-and-wife jazz pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes will present “Double Portrait.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $30. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. ■ The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present “An Evening With Smokey Robinson.” 7:30 p.m. $50 to $150. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The American University Symphony Orchestra will present “Heaven, Hell, and the World in Between,” featuring works by Britten, Rossini, Theofanidis, von Bingen and Dvorák. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The

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Discussions and lectures ■ Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, will discuss “A Lifelong Love Affair: Marjorie Merriweather Post and Orchids.” 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. ■ Anthony J. Franze (shown) will discuss his thriller “The Last Justice,” at 1 p.m.; Sara Mansfield Taber will discuss her book “Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter,” at 3:30 p.m.; and Thomas Mallon will discuss his novel “Watergate,” at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Curator Marta Turok will discuss “A Thousand and One Faces of Mexico: Masks From the Ruth D. Lechuga Collection.” 2 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org. Family program ■ Women’s History Month Family Day will feature music, a vintage Girl Scout uniform fashion show, hands-on activities and more. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Films ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Robert Bresson’s 1943 film “Les Anges du Péché,” at 2 p.m.; and his 1959 film “Pickpocket,” at 4:15 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ “All Roads Film Project: Women Hold Up Half the Sky” will feature Kenyan director Jennifer Arnold’s 2010 film “A Small Act,” at 4:30 p.m.; and New Zealand director

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Roseanne Liang’s 2012 film “My Wedding and Other Secrets,” at 7:30 p.m. $10 per screening. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performances ■ “Poems of Provocation and Witness” will feature poets José Padua and Niki Herd and the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team. 5:30 p.m. $5. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ “Flamenco Festival 2012” will feature a performance by Compañia Manuela Carrasco. 8 p.m. $35 to $65. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 800745-3000. Special events ■ “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” will feature a chance for participants to try out their circus skills with jugglers, tightrope walkers and other performers from D.C.’s Zip Zap Circus USA. 12:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. ■ George Washington University will present its inaugural “Foggy Bottom Historical Walking Tour History Hunt,” featuring a look at the university’s historic buildings and a chance to win prizes. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Meet in the Great Hall, Martin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. gwu.edu/foggybottom100. ■ “Blacks in Wax,” an annual black history production sponsored by the Recreation Wish List Committee, will feature youth from the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center portraying notable entertainers, writers, athletes, poets, entrepreneurs and political leaders. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host its fifth annual “Queer Purim Party: Masquerade & Mischief,” featuring entertainment by the DC Cowboys. 8:30 p.m. to midnight. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org/gloe. Sporting event ■ The Washington Wizards will play the See Events/Page 22


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Continued From Page 21 Cleveland Cavaliers. 7 p.m. $10 to $500. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tour â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women, Love and Propertyâ&#x20AC;? will explore how womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roles changed at Tudor Place over two centuries. 10:30 a.m. $10; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202965-0400. March 4 Sunday, Sunday march 4 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Workshop participants will make rubber-band-propelled model airplanes (for children ages 8 and older). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $14; registration required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Members of the DC Maxecuters will fly their model airplanes in the Great Hall. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Children will listen to a story about African-American opera singer and civil rights activist Marian Anderson and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Class â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Makes It Great?â&#x20AC;? with musicologist Rob Kapilow, cellist Zulil Bailey and pianist Yuliya Gorenman discussing and performing Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cello Sonata No. 3. 6 p.m. $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Concerts â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intersections: A New America Arts Festivalâ&#x20AC;? will feature jazz pianist Dan Roberts, at 1:30 and 4 p.m.; and the American Youth

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National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;PhotoFilm!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an exploration of the uses of still photography within the cinematic context â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Filmic Photograph.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Sunday, march 4 â&#x2013;  Concert: Duo-pianists Pascal and Ami RogĂŠ will perform works by Debussy in honor of the reopening of the Nineteenth-Century French Galleries. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Political Community: How Do We Relate?â&#x20AC;? 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Dusko Doder and William Beecher will discuss their novels â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Firebird Affairâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nuclear Revenge,â&#x20AC;? respectively, at 1 p.m.; and Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  Bridget R. Cooks, associate professor of art history and African-American studies at the University of California at Irvine, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Elena Tsareva, a researcher at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Origins of Pile Weaving.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $15; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. Family program â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nowrus: A Persian New Year Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? will feature art activities, board games, a scavenger hunt, Persian stories, traditional Persian food, and Iranian love songs performed by vocalist Monika Jalili. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-6331000. Films â&#x2013;  A French-inspired film series will feature the 1988 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dangerous Liaisons,â&#x20AC;? starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich. 2 p.m. Free.

Performances â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra and Magic Circle Mime Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mozart Experience,â&#x20AC;? a family concert (for ages 5 and older). 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  WAMU 88.5 and Lean & Hungry Theater will present a live-to-air performance of a futuristic adaptation of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tempest.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. $25. Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. thetempest.eventbrite.com. Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host a Purim circus with a moon bounce, crafts and games. 10 a.m. to noon. $15 per family. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  The Church of the Epiphany will celebrate its renovated Parish House with an open house with music, food and tours, from 2 to 4 p.m.; and a Rededication Service led by the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, at 4 p.m. Free. 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Philadelphia Flyers. 7 p.m. $77 to $208. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Monday, March 5

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Class â&#x2013;  Author, musician and teacher David Newcomb will lead a three-part workshop on Jyothi meditation. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. The class will continue March 12 and 19 at 7 p.m. Concert â&#x2013;  The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra will perform big band jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Naomi Baron, professor and executive director of the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning at American University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redefining Reading: The Impact of Digital Communication Media.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/calendar. â&#x2013;  Vadim Volos, vice president of GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elections and Public Opinion Polling in Russia.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30

p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/volosgwu. â&#x2013;  Masha Gessen will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. â&#x2013;  The Center for Inquiry will present Stephen Law discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Evil God Challenge.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. bit.ly/stephenlaw. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club will discuss the first half of Charles Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bleak House.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Films â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiss Me Kate,â&#x20AC;? starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;PhotoFilm!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an exploration of the uses of still photography within the cinematic context â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photo Novel.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library will present the 1944 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arsenic and Old Lace.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Performance â&#x2013;  The top 10 finalists in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC-CAPital Stars Talent Competitionâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for students in the D.C. Public Schools and public charter schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform for a panel of celebrity judges. 7 p.m. $25. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Reading â&#x2013;  Poet Eavan Boland, professor of humanities at Stanford University, will read from her work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the Golden State Warriors. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tuesday, March 6 Tuesday march 6 Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Jewish Study Center instructor Rich Blaustein will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring the Novels of Saul Bellow.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:15 p.m. $55. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-2656280. The class will continue March 20 and April 3. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will offer a class on dancing as part of a six-session series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preparing for the Ball: 19th-Century Skills and Etiquette,â&#x20AC;? a prelude to its second annual See Events/Page 24


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On Feb. 16, National Presbyterian School celebrated the 100th day of school! We had a big event for the kindergarten through sixth-grade students, which was organized by Ms. Williams, the math specialist. When students walked into school, they were handed a “Happy 100th Day of School” sticker and went up to their classrooms. The day went just as a usual school day would go, but when it was 1:55 p.m., the older kids went to pick up their younger buddies. Students went around the school for one hour to different activities set up by teachers. There were lots of activities, including making 100th day necklaces with cereal, making 100 different fingerprints, doing a hunt for the numbers 1 through 100 in a classroom, and making sculptures with 100 pieces! All the students also got a special snack of a 100-calorie snack bag. Overall, the entire school event was a huge success that celebrated all of us being 100 days smarter. I can’t wait until next year’s 100th day of school! — Bentley Anderson, fifth-grader

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The Lenten season at St. Albans this year got off to a jubilant start. Pancake races and pancake eating on Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, preceded a solemn and thoughtful Ash Wednesday. Pancake Day was full of unhealthy junk food and, as you might guess, lots of pancakes as people celebrated one last time before Lent began. A very important tradition in the Christian church is to give up something for Lent. This “something” can range from playing video games to watching TV to being crabby to texting to using Facebook. I even know someone who is trying to give up bacon. The reason some Christians choose to give up something during the Lenten season is that Jesus, after fasting in the wild for 40 days and 40 nights, was able to resist the devil’s temptations. The tradition of fasting for the 40 days of Lent helps Christians to be closer to God by doing what his son did — we sacri-

fice something important to us for 40 days and nights, refusing things that tempt us. The Lenten season requires a lot of contemplation, beginning with a very quiet Ash Wednesday service in which we remember that we are all equal and will all return to the dust we are all from; this is represented by the marking of participants’ foreheads with a cross of ashes. The lower school service was a bit long but filled with songs, praises and readings from a Form II student and the headmaster. — Stefan Adebajo, Form II (eighth-grader)

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Earlier this month, Mr. Kenneth Giles, the music teacher, held the “Songs of Freedom and Justice” concert at Shepherd Elementary. It is a performance he has been doing for more than 12 years. It was a success and everybody had fun! The most important song for me was “We Shall Overcome.” We want to give a big thank you to Mr. Giles for making this concert happen. He works so hard to make everything a success. When you see Mr. Giles, please give him praise. This concert will be a good memory to have when you are in college. When you think back about elementary school, you’ll say, “Wow! I remember Mr. Giles and all the concerts that we participated in.” —Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Sheridan School

On Feb. 8, the eighth-graders performed original wax museumstyle monologues from a main character’s perspective in a fiction book of their choice. Students picked books such as “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, and “Nemesis” by Isaac Asimov. During the month before the assembly, the eighth-graders selected novels that reflect upon their personal interests. While reading, they carefully chose, studied and analyzed a character from their book and then wrote monologues in the voice of that character. The monologues focused on a conflict in the story and the character’s emotions. They were inspired by the character’s thoughts, words and actions in the books. On the performance date, the other Sheridan students circulated around the school to view the eighth-graders’ monologues. “I liked it,” said eighth-grader Nico Alexander. “The project allowed us to really express our views about the character and take on a good role.” — Nico Alexander and Benjamin Schulman, eighth-graders

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I’m Rami and I was interested in competing in the cluster spelling bee because my brother made it into the citywide bee. I like to compete in things. I studied a list of words for spelling and my mother tested me. There were 450 words for first

through eighth grades. I got out on the word “dynamic.” I’m George and I was inspired to join in the spelling bee because I made sixth place in the geography bee. I studied the school’s word list and looked at words I hadn’t seen before. I made it into the top three in the cluster. Words like “extemporaneously” are hard. I got out on the word “nirvana.” I’m Hudson and I entered the spelling bee last year and this year. Both of my sisters have won in past bees, and last year I made it to the citywide event, then lost. I got out on the word “bequeath” this year at the cluster bee, and I was about to leave but I was called back and they put me in a tiebreaker round. We thought some of the hardest words were “cantata,” “dynamic” and “graffiti.” My winning word was “pistachio.” We competed against 16 schools in the District at the cluster bee, and there were 55 contestants. After the first round, there were only 15 contestants remaining. We noticed there were more boys than girls. The next step is the 30th annual citywide bee in March. The national spelling bee will be May 27 through June 1. — George Turmail and Rami Chiaviello, fourth-graders, and Hudson Primus, fifth-grader

Washington International School

Our fourth-grade teachers had an excellent way of introducing our new unit of inquiry, “Who’s the Boss?” The teachers separated the fourth-grade classes into three groups. One of the groups was with the IT teacher. In her classroom, there were quite a lot of rules. For example, we had to call her “The Great Leader.” We had to respect the rule that she was always right and that no one should question her. We later learned that this experience was meant to represent totalitarianism. Totalitarianism is when the government of that particular country has total control. The next experience was odd because we just stood there watching our teacher knit and listen to the Grammy Awards. Whenever we asked a question, she would say, “Whatever.” We learned this class was meant to represent anarchy. Anarchy is when there is no government, no president or leader, no rules and no organization. The last government that we learned about was democracy. We learned about voting as a way to choose a leader. Groups each got a piece of paper called a ballot. Before we voted, each candidate made a speech. Democracy is the kind of government we have in our country. Totalitarianism made us think of strict schools with ridiculous rules that are unfair. It also made us think of what is happening in Syria. We learned that it is not always fun to be in a country with anarchy. Everyone learned new and extraordinary things about governments. — Dante Rohlck and Ye’Amlak Zegeye, fourth-graders


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Light bright recent renovation * East-west exposure with soaring ceilings * hardwoods * terrace level 2BR flat * 4 upper level BRs * private garden * double garage and multiple decks make this an urban Oasis $1,092,719 Initially by appointment ONLY

Elizabeth.Russell@longandfoster.com

4400 Jenifer Street, NW • Washington, DC 20015 202 966-2598 direct • 301-580-0540 mobile • 202 364-1300 office www.elizabethrussell.com Call Elizabeth for a confidential consultation

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