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THE GEORGETOWN CURRENT City officials put off plans for gambling

Fire halts operations at Hook, Tackle Box


■ Investigation: City seeks


cause of $350,000-plus blaze

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Opponents of a planned online gambling program are entreating elected officials to keep the games out of their neighborhoods, even as supporters are already recommending where the city should spend the millions of dollars of projected revenue. Although the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board has already received council approval to move forward with an “i-Gaming” system Sept. 8, officials said they will seek more public comment before establishing “hot spots” where bettors can gather around computers to play games of skill and chance. “We’re not going to go forward on Sept. 8 or any other date if we’re not comfortable with the system and comfortable with the input that we’ve received,” D.C. Lottery executive director Buddy Roogow testified at a hearing last Wednesday before the D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue. Approved by the council in December as a budget amendment, the new system will offer access to gambling games — including Texas See Gambling/Page 19

By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

From the sidewalk in the 3200 block of M Street NW, there is little visible evidence that a two-alarm fire broke out there on June 29, seriously damaging four buildings and disrupting business for those who work there. The only indication that business is not running as usual are small signs on the front doors of the Hook

Georgetown bakery closing after 27 years ■ Business: Neighbors cite

trend of local shops leaving Bill Petros/The Current

parcel — fronting Alaska Avenue — and lease sections to foreign governments that wish to build embassies there. D.C. and federal officials have The U.S. Army is still on nearly negotiated a partition of the schedule to move its operations Walter Reed Army Medical Center from the 113-acre campus by Sept. site, a step that will allow each enti15, officials said at last Thursday’s ty to formalize development plans meeting of the Walter Reed for its own section of the sprawling Bill Petros/Current File Photo Redevelopment Authority campus. Committee. Other aspects of the The District envisions a vibrant The city is slated to get 67.5 site’s redevelopment have moved mix of residences, retail space and acres of the campus, including slowly after officials abandoned a office buildings fronting four blocks Georgia Avenue frontage. boundary plan they agreed on last of Georgia Avenue, which officials say will offer a tremendous boost to the Takoma and fall, and the city and State Department have spent recent Brightwood area. The U.S. State Department, mean- months going back and forth on the details of the new See Walter Reed/Page 14 while, will subdivide the northwestern section of the By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

■ Plan calls for new residences atop Adams Morgan garage. Page 3. ■ City agency proposes tighter parking rules for Ward 1. Page 3.

SPORTS ■ NFL veteran returns to teach young players at clinic. Page 11. ■ Sidwell star commits to University of Pennsylvania. Page 11.

By JACKIE ZUBRZYCKI Current Correspondent

Rose Park celebrated Independence Day on Monday afternoon with a kids’ parade that featured bikes, strollers, scooters and skateboards decorated with flags and patriotic colors.

Agreement near on Walter Reed division


and Tackle Box restaurants — situated next door to each other and both owned by Jonathan Umbel — telling customers the restaurants will be closed indefinitely, but will be up and running as soon as possible. “We hope to have the M Street Tackle Box open within maybe three weeks,” Umbel said in an interview. “Hook is probably three to four months.” Pete Piringer, spokesperson for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said total damage to the four buildings has been estimated at just over See Fire/Page 15

Furin’s of Georgetown, an M Street staple for 27 years, will close its doors on July 31. The combination catering company, bakery and cafe is truly a family affair: Owner Bernie Furin, his wife Wendy and his son Chris are daily fixtures in the kitchen and behind the counter, having purchased the building at 2805 M St. seven years ago. But rising food prices and property taxes and a general decline in catering business have combined to make staying afloat untenable, said Chris Furin, who has worked at Furin’s since he was 13. “Food costs have gone up 30 percent over the past year. … None of our other costs were going down, but we’ve had a difficult time raising our prices,” he said. He added that the lack of a liquor license made it more difficult to make ends meet. “We tried to keep it

PA S S A G E S ■ NCS seventh-grader takes on “Jeopardy!” Page 13. ■ Palisades’ 4th of July tradition turns 45. Page 13 .

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Furin’s of Georgetown, a bakery, catering company and cafe, will close July 31. going as long as we could. … That’s why you’ll see a lot of big businesses coming [to Georgetown that] can afford the cost of doing business,” he said. The building has been acquired by Foxhall Partners, which also owns the building that houses Hook and a number other Georgetown properties. Foxhall did not respond to a request for comment by press See Bakery/Page 15

INDEX Calendar/20 Classifieds/30 District Digest/4 Exhibits/23 In Your Neighborhood/18 Opinion/8

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D.C. Council should alter gas station rules VIEWPOINT JENNIFER URQUHART AND MIKE EDWARDS


e are concerned about the gasoline station monopoly that has developed in Washington. One company, Capitol Petroleum Group, has acquired nearly half of D.C. stations. It not only owns the stations but also is a fuel distributor, and it requires the operators who lease its stations to buy its gas exclusively, at its price. Some lessees have complained of price gouging and fear that they will be forced out of business so that the owner/distributor can take over, pocketing a profit on the wholesale price and taking the retail profit, too. The D.C. attorney general has said he is investigating Capitol Petroleum for potential anti-trust violations, and Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh has introduced the Service Station Amendment Act of 2011 to give lessees a measure of protection by forbidding any distributor (also called a jobber) from operating a gas station. Ms. Cheh once believed that allowing distributors to enter the retail market would lower gas prices. A study by the Federal Trade Commission vouched for that viewpoint. But the study has been challenged, and Ms. Cheh says she’s changed her mind, too. As longtime Palisades residents, we’ve seen service stations disappear from our community. Once there were four, but now there’s only Parker’s Exxon on MacArthur Boulevard. Until a couple of years ago, Lynn Cook leased that station from ExxonMobil, but it, like other oil companies, sold its stations. Lynn hoped to buy the station but had no chance. ExxonMobil sold 30 D.C. stations in a block to Capitol Petroleum. Flanked by his lobbyist and lawyer, Capitol Petroleum’s principal owner, Eyob “Joe” Mamo, appeared before Ms. Cheh’s committee June 17 to vehemently oppose the amendment. Mr. Mamo, an Ethiopian immigrant who bought his first D.C. gas station in 1987, is clearly a big success story. He also bought a sizable block of Shell stations and today owns 45 in the District and nearly 250 altogether. Capitol Petroleum is a major market factor in Prince George’s County, Alexandria, Fairfax County and elsewhere. Mr. Mamo’s company and kin have dispensed nearly $60,000 to mayoral and council candidates in D.C., and he has paid his lobbyist’s law

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Noisy place shouldn’t have tavern license As a resident of the Dupont West building, I recently testified in our group’s protest of the liquorlicense renewal for Marrakesh Palace Pasha Lounge [“ABC Board considers Marrakesh challenge,” The Dupont Current, June 22]. Our first problem is the noise created by Marrakesh. It is pretty bad. Have you ever walked past a car with an open window and the radio blaring? Well, that’s what it is like for us, only the noise doesn’t stop when the light changes. It goes on week after week and month after month. The music can be very irritating, but what is even more irritating is that there is a solution. According to our voluntary agreement, Marrakesh agreed to use controlled settings on its sound system. These work, but Marrakesh seems to disregard the settings

firm more than $250,000, according to the Washington City Paper. Immigrant he may be, but he clearly knows how the game is played — and he clearly isn’t the D.C. Council’s “scapegoat,” as The Washington Post called him in a recent editorial. As the owner of so many stations, and as their sole-source fuel supplier, Mr. Mamo can almost dictate the cost of driving in our area. If he is determined to operate stations, lessees have said, he can squeeze out long-term tenants by raising rents or setting impossible prices for fuel. He can sell the valuable real estate upon which some stations sit, such as the Exxon station at Key Bridge, which already has been up for sale as a site for high-end condos. (Mr. Mamo has denied that he intends to force out any lessees.) Some people oppose government interference in business affairs. But what can be wrong with allowing a tenant first-refusal rights when a business is to be sold out from under the tenant? Condo conversion laws adopted in D.C. give such rights to a tenant who wants the chance to buy his home. The amendment Ms. Cheh now proposes would help to level the playing field for gas station lessees who are up against a business behemoth. Protecting small businesses, especially longtime businesses that have developed a large community following, has many benefits. To our mind, those are well illustrated in the case of Lynn Cook’s station, Parker’s Exxon. It is a fullservice station with mechanics able to tackle almost any job. That’s almost an endangered species today. Lynn’s mechanics have taken excellent care of our cars over the years. If my car won’t start at home, Lynn will send a truck — or come himself. Good luck getting assistance like that from stations where service bays have been replaced by convenience shops and well-paid mechanics supplanted by minimum-wage help ringing up nachos and Cokes. If that’s the fate of Parker’s, we will have to go to Virginia or Maryland for car maintenance. The District will lose good-paying jobs as well as a considerable amount of commerce and tax revenue to the suburbs. And finally, we will — very definitely — lose a certain quality of life. Jennifer Urquhart and Mike Edwards are residents of the Palisades.

We will — very definitely — lose a certain quality of life.

whenever it suits its purpose. A second problem is crowd control. At closing time (such as 3 a.m. on Sunday morning), the crowds exit. They are noisy. Sometimes they get in fights; sometimes they yell and scream at each other. They hang around outside. They stream into the street and block traffic. Sometimes people come to pick others up, but they double park and cause other drivers to honk their horn. They make U-turns and block traffic in both directions. More honking. I recorded a video of events on the morning of May 1. After a half hour of patrons making noise and congregating outside the club, it finally took three police cars and six uniformed officers to disperse the crowd. One solution is to have off-duty Metropolitan Police Department officers help to disperse the crowds. That worked pretty well while it happened. But at the end of last year, Marrakesh quit using the officers. Waiting for the police to come and break up the crowds is a pretty pathetic excuse for a security

plan. The third problem is Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration enforcement. Our voluntary agreement with Marrakesh is not enforced. The agency’s investigator visited April 30 and found “no noise, no trash.” That morning at closing time I recorded the video mentioned above, which shows a rather different story. Marrakesh is licensed to be a tavern, but it operates as a nightclub and creates all of the problems that a nightclub can create, such as increased violence. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration needs to find a balance between the needs of the establishment and the needs of the local residents. Marrakesh has not kept faith with the voluntary agreement we signed. Personally, I would ask that the tavern license not be renewed. Let Marrakesh reapply for a license as a restaurant. We would not oppose that; indeed we would support it. Richard Schreiber Dupont Circle

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City agency vets Ward 1 parking changes By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A proposed change to Ward 1’s Residential Permit Parking program could free up more street space for residents’ cars by further restricting where non-residents can park. The D.C. Department of Transportation calls its plan an “enhanced” or “zero-tolerance” version of the existing restrictions in the ward and elsewhere in the city. The enhanced program, which has already been piloted in Columbia

Heights and around Nationals Park, reserves one side of a street for residents and their guests with parking permits. The measure is subject to “passive approval” by the D.C. Council, meaning it will go into effect later this month unless a council member objects to proposed regulations released in mid-June. But no street will get the tougher parking restrictions before the Transportation Department hears from residents and their advisory neighborhood commission that they want the pro-

gram in their neighborhood. “You have very congested areas of Ward 1 and as a result of that congestion, that creates a lot of demand for curbside parking,” said the Transportation Department’s Damon Harvey. The agency’s parking policies serve in general to “prioritize who gets access to the curbside,” Harvey said, “and as a department, we unequivocally believe that the first priority for curbside parking on a residential street should go to the See Parking/Page 15

Plan would build atop Adams Morgan garage





The week ahead Wednesday, July 6 The D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold a public oversight hearing on hate crimes in D.C. and the police response. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 500 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary will hold a public oversight hearing on the Metropolitan Police Department’s police boundary realignment plan. The hearing will begin at noon in Room 500 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The group Ward 4 Democrats will hold its monthly meeting, which will include the election of officers. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. George’s Ballroom and Conference Center, 4335 16th St. NW.

Tuesday, July 12 The District of Columbia Bar will host a forum with D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan, who will discuss the role of his office in the city’s legal affairs, his vision for the future and what it’s like being a public interest lawyer. The event will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the offices of Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K St. NW. Admission costs $5 to $15. For details, call 202-626-3463.


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The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open house on the Connecticut Avenue streetscape project. Officials will present construction drawings for enhancements to the public space on Connecticut Avenue from H Street to Dupont Circle, including 17th Street along Farragut Square Park, and a landscaped median from K Street to Jefferson Place. The open house will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the office of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, 1120 Connecticut Ave. NW. Reservations are required; contact Mary Kay Moe at or 202-463-3400.

A quiet industrial corner of Adams Morgan — now home to a public parking garage — would become a seven-story residential and retail complex under a proposed development scheme. The concept calls for up to 130 new residences above street-level retail at the intersection of Florida Avenue and Champlain Street, south of the Marie Reed Learning Center’s recreation facility and a Pepco utility station. A development team that includes the Triangle Ventures firm submitted a zoning application last month to kick off the project, aiming to start construction in 2013. Ernie Marcus, a partner at Triangle Ventures, said the firm has owned the 1711 Florida Ave. property since 2007, using it as a three-story Colonial Parking garage with limited commercial space (housing Studio Brat, a recording studio, and Planet Pet, an animal boarding and retail store). “We turned it into a public garage … until we determined what a higher use could be,” Marcus said in an interview. Before Triangle Ventures purchased the site, he said, it served as a longtime parking bay for the service trucks of the phone company now known as Verizon. The new development would maintain 95 parking spaces in the existing underground, first-floor and second-floor levels, then build an additional five stories for residential units, peaking at around 79 feet with a setback top level. Marcus said developers are “waiting to see what the market dictates” in deciding between rental apartments

Artist’s Rendering Courtesy of Triangle Ventures

The seven-story project would feature up to 130 new residences and street-level retail. or condo units, 10 percent of which would be devoted to affordable housing. The design centers on a corner tower where Florida and Champlain intersect, “utilizing a lively combination of masonry, articulated glass bays and steel balconies,” according to the June 6 application for Zoning Commission approval. The development would also include about 6,000 square feet for neighborhood retail space, mostly fronting Florida Avenue, designed with “expanses of glass … to enliven the streetscape,” according to the application. Of that, 875 square feet along Champlain Street would be reserved for as-yet-undecided community uses, Marcus said. See Florida/Page 19

Heated debate arises over church parking By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A well-known church in the changing Shaw area clashed with the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board last week about the fate of three post-Civil War row houses that the church owns. The issue was parking, a common flashpoint for churchgoers and their neighbors. The dispute between Third Street Church of God and the preservation board took on an unusually edgy tone, with board members saying they cannot by law allow complete demolition of the crumbling but historic row houses to let the church expand its parking lot. The church, located at 1204 3rd St. NW, sits at the edge of the Mount Vernon Square historic district. Some members of the historical-

ly black congregation, including its pastor, the Rev. Cheryl Sanders, said they fear the opposition from some community groups reflects racism. “Our church purchased these and other properties years ago when there was a prevalence of crime and drug dealing in our block,” Sanders said in a statement. “Over the years our presence and outreach brought stability to this community and made it an attractive place to live for those individuals who are now voting against our effort to improve our capacity to do ministry.” The issue is “not just parking spaces and what to do with old buildings,” Sanders said at the hearing. “The larger and more compelling issue is who gets to decide the fate and future of a community.” As the neighborhood changes, the interests of black residents and their churches “are increasingly margin-

alized,” she said. The hearing last Thursday ended with calls for reconciliation. The board unanimously approved a compromise plan to raze the backs of the houses while stabilizing the fronts. But members also said they would not stand in the way if the church appeals its case to an administrative law judge known as the Mayor’s Agent, who could consider the cost of stabilizing the old buildings and allow complete demolition. Observers found the debate riveting. “I’m almost amazed to hear any opposition to a church that would create parking,” said the Rev. H. Lionel Edmonds, pastor of the nearby Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, who testified in support. The century-old Third Street Church moved to New Jersey Avenue at 3rd Street in 1927 and See Church/Page 14

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District Digest Water work to take Canal Road lane Rehabilitation of a water main running beneath Canal Road will begin Monday, requiring midday closures of an eastbound lane through Sept. 1, according to a news release from the D.C. Department of Transportation. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will be working on the project weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday through Thursday as needed. The water main work stretches from Foxhall Road and MacArthur Boulevard to 35th Street.

Hospitals recognized for LGBT policies George Washington University Hospital, Howard University Hospital and Whitman-Walker Health are â&#x20AC;&#x153;leaders in LGBT equalityâ&#x20AC;? among the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical facilities, according to a June 30 report from the Human Rights Campaign. The report focused on hospitalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; policies toward protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and employees, and visitation rights for same-sex couples and parents, according to a news release. The Human Rights Campaign also evaluated the policies of five other D.C. hospitals that responded to the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survey: Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Northwest; Providence Hospital in Northeast; and United Medical Center in Southeast.

Nationally, the organization recognized 27 medical facilities as equality leaders out of 375 that responded to its survey, the Human Rights Campaign release states.

Ellington Show Choir performing in Europe The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir left Saturday for a two-week performance tour of France and Monaco, according to a news release from the Burleith school. The students were scheduled to spend the Fourth of July leading a workshop and performing at a summer camp in Bondy, near Paris. Their concert schedule lists the Saint-Eustache church in Paris on July 5; Saint-LĂŠger Church for the Cognac Blues Passions Festival, July 6; and Saint-Louis Antique Theater, ChorĂŠgies dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orange, July 9. Next week, the students will perform in concert at Sylvanes Abbey on July 10; Saint Charles Church, Monte Carlo, Monaco, July 11; and the ThÊâtre des VariĂŠtĂŠs, Monaco, July 12. The students will commemorate Bastille Day with a pre-fireworks performance at Carnot Place in Beaune. Ellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show choir began in 1986 and covers a wide repertoire, from jazz and spirituals to Broadway and Motown favorites. Over the years, the group has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and alongside Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Boyz II Men, Anita Baker, Maroon 5, Denyce Graves and Earth, Wind & Fire.

School board seeks student members The D.C. State Board of Education is seeking two high school or college students to represent the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student population, according to a board news release. The representatives must be D.C. residents in their junior or senior year of a city high school or sophomore or junior year in a regional college or university, the release says. As school board representatives, they would serve as â&#x20AC;&#x153;liaisonsâ&#x20AC;? between students and the board. Students can download applications at and submit them by July 29 to

Pinball museum to stay through summer The National Pinball Museum will remain open through Sept. 5 in the Shops at Georgetown Park after negotiating a two-month lease extension, according to a news release. The museum, which explores the 140-year-old history of pinball, opened at 3222 M St. in December. Founder David Silverman has said he spent $300,000 renovating the leased space, according to The Washington Post. In May, the Post reported that the mall owner had exercised its option to terminate the lease with 60 daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice to renovate its facility. According to the release from the museum, operators are still hoping to relocate to a permanent home, and are seeking donations to finance a move. More information about the museum is available at

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Federal grant to fund D.C. tutoring efforts A $2.3 million grant through the federal AmeriCorps program will fund nearly 400 program members who will carry out various educational initiatives in the city, according to a news release from the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. The money will be split among three D.C. nonprofits: City Year Washington, DC; the Latin American Youth Center; and Jumpstart for Young Children. Each group targets academic and life-skills mentoring and tutoring efforts at a different age group, collectively covering ages 3 to 24, the release says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing educational needs and strengthen our studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; academic performance,â&#x20AC;? says Mayor Vincent Gray in the release.

Keegan Theatre gets new Church St. lease Keegan Theatre in Dupont Circle will remain in place at 1742 Church St. through 2017 thanks to a five-year lease renewal that officials signed this spring, according to a release from the theater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keegan is extremely proud to be Dupont Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional theater company, and honored that audiences have supported our work here so enthusiastically,â&#x20AC;? the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s producing artistic director, Mark Rhea, says in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Signing a lease for another five years is an honor and an extremely fulfilling milestone for us.â&#x20AC;? Keeganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011-12 season will include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Awakening,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Crucible,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Irish Carolâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twelve Angry Men,â&#x20AC;? according to the release.

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Casey breaks records for tree-planting work Casey Trees broke its tree-planting records this spring, installing 749 trees with the help of nearly 1,900 volunteers, according to a release from the organization. The work came through 44 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Tree Plantingâ&#x20AC;? sessions, 21 of which were arranged through schools, the release states. The program, which provides free trees, tools and technical assistance to groups planting 10 or more trees on private property, has been responsible for more than 4,000 plantings since 2005, according to the release. Information about the trees planted through the program is available at Casey Treesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interactive map at

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Shadow rep requests ANC support for D.C. statehood By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

To build on what he calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;a steady drumbeatâ&#x20AC;? for the cause of D.C. statehood, D.C. shadow Rep. Mike Panetta said he hopes to win support from every advisory neighborhood commission in the city. His grass-roots effort kicked off with the Forest Hills-Van Ness commission, which voted June 20 to support Panettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative in concept if not exact wording. A prostatehood resolution is on the agenda of the Shaw advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting tonight. Panetta emphasized the importance of continually fanning attention toward the statehood movement, even if the goal seems elusive right now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Congress is not our friend on this issue,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And really President Obama has not really proved himself to be much of a friend.â&#x20AC;? But small bits of publicity are helping, Panetta said. When Mayor Vincent Gray and several D.C. Council members got arrested in April â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while protesting a federal

budget deal that spelled out controversial impacts for the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it made â&#x20AC;&#x153;international news,â&#x20AC;? he said. And a recent History Channel special, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the States Got Their Shapes,â&#x20AC;? included a lengthy segment about the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status. Panetta, who has served as shadow representative since 2007, participated in both the protest and the popular TV special. Congress does not recognize the shadow representative position, an elected post created by the D.C. government. Panetta said a lunch conversation with two Forest Hills-Van Ness neighborhood commissioners inspired the idea for a statehood resolution that could travel around the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea is to get every ANC to get on board to gain momentum,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Bob Summersgill said at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Commissioner Karen Perry expressed some reluctance about Panettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution, saying it needed more forceful and original language. She said her commission and others have endorsed â&#x20AC;&#x153;the same old, same oldâ&#x20AC;? type of statehood resolution in past years, with no effect. See Statehood/Page 25

Wilson High to celebrate 75th with festival By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Wilson High School will usher in a new era this fall when it opens its newly constructed campus. And while moving forward, the school will also celebrate its past, commemorating its 75th anniversary in October with a weekend chock-full of festivities. The Wilson 75th Anniversary/Capital Campaign Committee recently announced plans for the Oct. 14 and 15 jubilee with music, arts and crafts taking center stage. The group is currently seeking additional artists and craftspeople, business sponsors, individual sponsors, musicians and volunteers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want all the neighbors and people in the surrounding community to come and see the new Wilson,â&#x20AC;? said Page Kennedy, vice president for fundraising of the Wilson Parent Teacher Student Association and co-chair of the committee. On Oct. 14, the school will host a gala in the four-

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Three years ago, the District moved to realign the phone numbers residents called for service, with 911 intended to handle all calls for police response â&#x20AC;&#x201D; emergency and non-emergency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and 311 accepting other types of requests. Now, facing concerns that residents no longer know where to call, some city officials are looking to turn back the clock: Calls for city services would go to 202-727-1000, non-emergency police calls would go to 311, and emergency calls would go to 911. Phil Mendelson, an at-large D.C. Council member and chair of the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, introduced legislation in March â&#x20AC;&#x153;requiring that the Mayor designate and publicize the 911 call system for emergency calls only.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;911 Purity Amendment Act of 2011â&#x20AC;? was co-sponsored by Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander. The legislation does not describe a particular change to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone numbers, but at a June 10 hearing held by Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committee, he recommended the city revert 311 to handling non-emergency police calls, such as for thefts. This would prevent dispatchers from placing callers with true emergencies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like assaults in progress

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on hold while dealing with less pressing matters, Mendelson said. Under the three-year-old system, a resident must call 911 to get any police assistance; if a caller tries 311, a customer service representative will transfer the call to a 911 dispatcher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see this as a public safety problem. I want people to understand what number to call and be calling the right number,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now the message is very confusing to the public, and this has been motivated entirely by creating a false sense of convenience by having someone dial three digits for city services.â&#x20AC;? Teddy Kavaleri, interim director of the D.C. Office of Unified Communications, testified at the hearing that many large cities have moved toward making 311 the number to call for reaching city services, and that the District has invested in promoting that number over the last three years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of places, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had 311 published rather than the 727-1000,â&#x20AC;? he said, such as on an increasing number of parking meters and in smartphone applications the city is developing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve managed to do since 2008 is confuse the message to citizens and make things just a little more complicated at your end,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So my question is how long would it take to unwind this mistake.â&#x20AC;?

story-high atrium of the new Wilson featuring dinner, live music and dancing, and on Oct. 15 it will offer a free all-day Music & Arts Festival and Open House. The gala will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. in a brand-new atrium enclosed with a glass roof. The structure itself should be a sight to see, and students, parents, friends and alumni from as far back as 1939 will be invited to taste fine cuisine and enjoy live music inside by King Soul and Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own jazz vocalist Lori Williams and the student jazz combo. The Oct. 15 music festival will feature indoor and outdoor stages from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and artists who span four decades of musical tradition across many styles including go-go, rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll, punk rock and country. The growing list of performers includes the aforementioned Lori Williams, also an instructor at Wilson; Brendan Canty, drummer for the rock band Fugazi; the group Trouble Funk; Jake Flack from See Wilson/Page 25


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Police Report This is a listing of reports taken from June 24 through July 2 in local police service areas.

PSA 201

PSA 201 â&#x2013; CHEVY CHASE

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 6100 block, 32nd St.; residence; 9 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Military Road; residence; 11 a.m. July 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3800 block, Military Road; parking lot; 5:45 p.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  5700 block, Chevy Chase Parkway; street; 11:13 p.m. June 27.



Burglary â&#x2013; 4000 block, Yuma St.; church; 12:20 p.m. June 27. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; gas station; 9 a.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Brandywine St.; residence; 8 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Davenport St.; grocery store; 5:20 p.m. July 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Western and Wisconsin avenues; street; 5:15 p.m. June 25.






Theft (below $250) â&#x2013; 4800 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 7 a.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  5000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:30 p.m. June 28.


Burglary â&#x2013; 2300 block, 37th St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. June 28. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2300 block, Huidekoper Place; street; 5 p.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  30th and Porter streets; street; 7:30 p.m. June 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, 37th St.; residence; 8 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Calvert St.; hotel; 7:30 a.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Garfield St.; residence; 10:30 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 12:25 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:44 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  3000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:20 p.m. July 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Tilden St.; street; 8 p.m. June 30.



Burglary â&#x2013; 5400 block, Norton St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. June 29.

â&#x2013; 5800 block, Sherier Place; residence; 12:30 p.m. June 29. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4500 block, Klingle St.; street; 11 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Klingle St.; street; 11 p.m. June 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4900 block, Upton St.; residence; 7:30 p.m. June 30. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  4600 block, Rockwood Parkway; street; 1:38 p.m. June 28.

PSA PSA 206 206


Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 3200 block, M St.; street; 10:35 p.m. July 1. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  3100 block, K St.; street; 5 p.m. June 25. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; tavern; 2:20 a.m. July 2. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1600 block, 30th St.; street; 10 p.m. June 30. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3200 block, P St.; sidewalk; 3:39 p.m. June 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Prospect St.; sidewalk; 6 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1000 block, 31st St.; office building; 9 a.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  1200 block, 33rd St.; street; 8 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  3100 block, K St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. June 30. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; 6:50 p.m. June 30. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, 31st St.; parking lot; 9:30 p.m. July 1. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3100 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 9:30 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 39th St.; street; 12:30 a.m. June 29.

PSA 207

PSA 207 â&#x2013; FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END Stolen auto â&#x2013;  19th and G streets; street; 10 p.m. July 1. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 1 p.m. June 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, G St.; government building; 12:15 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue; unspecified premises; 4 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 8:30 a.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  700 block, 22nd St.; residence; 9:30 a.m. July 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1200 block, 25th St.; street; 5 p.m. June 26.



Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 1500 block, Q St.; street;

10:25 a.m. July 1. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 15th and Swann streets; sidewalk; 6:19 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  1600 block, L St.; tavern; 2:38 a.m. July 2. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1800 block, M St.; sidewalk; 10:45 p.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  1400 block, 21st St.; residence; 3:40 a.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; 3:20 a.m. July 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; residence; 8 a.m. June 28. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  16th and Caroline streets; street; 7 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; street; 11:50 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 18th St.; street; 3:45 p.m. July 2. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; restaurant; 2 p.m. June 39. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 22nd St.; hotel; 6:05 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 16th St.; residence; 11:30 a.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 6 a.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  20th and K streets; unspecified premises; 6 a.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2000 block, P St.; office building; 2:25 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; 10:15 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1900 block, L St.; store; 8 a.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 9 a.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 5 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 12:30 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; residence; 1 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 14th St.; sidewalk; 2 p.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  17th and Corcoran streets; unspecified premises; 5:45 p.m. July 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 3:20 a.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 19th St.; street; 7:30 a.m. June 27. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Church St.; residence; 8:45 a.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, P St.; street; 10:30 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  18th and I streets; street; 11 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 17th St.; street; 12:35 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1900 block, N St.; street; 4:20 p.m. July 1.

PSA PSA 303 303

â&#x2013; ADAMS MORGAN

Robbery (armed) â&#x2013; 2500 block, Mozart Place; sidewalk; 10:45 p.m. June 26. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; sidewalk; 12:05 a.m. June 29. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Euclid St.; resi-

dence; 10:55 p.m. June 30. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013; 2300 block, Champlain St.; residence; 12:45 a.m. July 2. Burglary â&#x2013;  1900 block, Belmont Road; residence; 7 a.m. July 2. â&#x2013;  1900 block, 19th St.; residence; 8 a.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Summit Place; residence; 10 a.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Summit Place; residence; 9 a.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Florida Ave.; residence; 4:30 p.m. June 29. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Vernon St.; residence; 8:30 a.m. June 30. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  Kalorama and Ontario roads; street; 2:30 a.m. June 24. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Lanier Place; street; noon June 24. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Summit Place; residence; 11 p.m. June 28. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 11 p.m. June 25. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; noon June 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, California St.; sidewalk; 8:30 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Calvert St.; residence; 9 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2900 block, 18th St.; residence; 2 a.m. June 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Florida Ave.; parking lot; 12:30 a.m. June 26. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Champlain St.; street; 10 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2300 block, 17th St.; street; 10:30 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2500 block, Ontario Road; street; 10:30 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 11 p.m. June 27. â&#x2013;  2600 block, 16th St.; residence; 9 p.m. July 1. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Columbia Road; unspecified premises; 1 p.m. July 2.

PSA PSA 307 307

â&#x2013; LOGAN CIRCLE

Robbery (gun) â&#x2013; 11th and P streets; sidewalk; 3:10 a.m. June 26. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  1100 bock, Massachusetts Ave.; alley; 6 a.m. July 2. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue; park area; 4:18 p.m. June 27. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 8 a.m. June 30. Burglary â&#x2013;  1300 block, Q St.; residence; 9 a.m. June 29. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, O St.; residence; 4 p.m. June 30. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 5:55 p.m. July 2. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1500 block, Kingman Place; street; 7 p.m. June 28. â&#x2013;  10th and L streets; street; 10 p.m. June 30.




New agency to take control Pilot projects work to reduce water runoff of Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital projects By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

When the D.C. Council approved a budget for the coming fiscal year, it also gave the go-ahead for a dramatic rethink of the way the city manages and expands its real estate holdings. Beginning in October, a new agency, the Department of General Services, will assume the functions of an alphabet soup of entities, including the Department of Real Estate Services, the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization and more. The consolidation marks a pendulum swing away from the status quo, in which several city agencies have authority over their own construction projects and building inventory. Those departments, including the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Metropolitan Police Department and the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, will cede that capital management to the new agency. The result, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown predicted during a budget hearing in May, will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;more standardized approachâ&#x20AC;? to projects and a more â&#x20AC;&#x153;cost-effective, centralizedâ&#x20AC;? agency. The overhaul has precedents, including the federal governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Services Administration. That agency, like the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pro-

posed department, has authority over everything from the acquisition and management of buildings to procurement. The Department of General Services will leave several city entities to operate under their own aegis, including the Department of Transportation, the University of the District of Columbia and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public libraries. The new agency will handle its own procurement, but it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take over all of the functions of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Contracting and Procurement. The roadmap for the new agency does not explicitly privilege one existing department over another, but many predict that the Department of General Services will have the hard-charging, get-itdone flavor of the man shepherding the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation, Allen Lew. Now city administrator, Lew won a reputation for delivering timely projects as the head of the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization under Mayor Adrian Fenty. But his accomplishments often came at the cost of proper protocol, according to a recent report by thenD.C. auditor Deborah Nichols. The document released in May criticized the lack of a paper trail on some of the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations and characterized Lewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system as â&#x20AC;&#x153;cumbersomeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;opaque.â&#x20AC;? See Agency/Page 25

The thing about storm water, said Chevy Chase resident Ann Belenky, is that it refuses to respect property lines. It runs off rooftops, pours off lawns and leaks down streets, picking up chemicals, oil and trash. Then it flows into sewers and gutters, eventually scouring stream banks and depositing its toxic cocktail into Rock Creek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You kind of need an integrated approach to water runoff,â&#x20AC;? Belenky said. Now the city is experimenting with strategies designed to do just that. A coalition of D.C. agencies, nonprofits and pri-

Cleveland Park seeks greater voice on valets By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Ashok Bajaj acknowledges â&#x20AC;&#x153;some mistakes in the pastâ&#x20AC;? with the valet parking at his Connecticut Avenue restaurant and bar, Ardeo + Bardeo. But the Cleveland Park advisory neighborhood commission went a step further last month, petitioning the city not to renew the establishmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s valet parking permit. The D.C. Public Space Committee is still reviewing the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renewal application, neighborhood commissioners said at their June 20 meeting. At that meeting, they also passed a resolu-

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tion requesting improved public notification of and involvement in valet parking renewals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ardeo has been a good test case to show that they have a lot of bugs in their system that they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t figured out,â&#x20AC;? commissioner Leila Afzal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It appeared once there was a valet parking permit issued there was virtually no way to get it canceled.â&#x20AC;? Currently, the renewals receive extra scrutiny only when the applicant is accused of safety violations or obstructing traffic. The commission suggested that violations of onstreet parking restrictions also merit further review and that advisory neighborhood commissions and res-

idents be allowed to raise concerns about the services whenever they come up for renewal, similar to the practice with D.C. liquor licenses. At their May 16 meeting, neighborhood commissioners had alleged that Ardeo + Bardeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s valets routinely park patronsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cars on public streets rather than in private parking facilities as required by D.C. law. In a resolution, the commission noted that parking is already tight in the area and that the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking violations are â&#x20AC;&#x153;placing a burden on both local residents and local businesses.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not here because of one or two instances,â&#x20AC;? commissioner See Valet/Page 25






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A winning hand? The D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue explored important questions last week at a hearing on the planned D.C.-run online gambling program. It’s too bad that the session didn’t occur months ago — preferably before the council tucked the gambling provision into the city’s revised budget last December. But it’s a relief that legislators are at last bringing sunlight to key operational aspects of the program. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, who convened the hearing, received assurances from D.C. Lottery officials that they will seek more public comment before establishing “hot spots” where bettors can gather around computers to play games of skill and chance. “Hot spots” can be established at hotels, restaurants or public buildings — many of which have residential neighbors likely to bristle at the idea of drawing dozens, hundreds or perhaps thousands of gamblers to their neighborhoods. The lack of clarity about the ground rules makes this all seem like quite a gamble at this point. We’re not necessarily opposed to online gambling in D.C., but we don’t yet have enough information. Given the potential stakes of becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to implement a government-run online casino, proponents should have the burden of proof that the move will be good for the District’s residents as well as the city treasury. That means the legislators who voted for the measure should lay out their rationale, listen to feedback from their constituents and, if appropriate, change course. At a minimum, the council must ensure that advisory neighborhood commissions have a voice in deciding whether a proposed “hot spot” in their vicinity merits approval. City officials — already reeling from a crisis of public confidence due to the missteps of several — also must craft procedures that foreclose the possibility of corruption.

Thinking green The group Dupont Festival sprang up last year in hopes of creating more activity and vitality in the neighborhood’s namesake park. Organizers have held multiple events, most recently the wellattended screening of the 1980s favorite “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.” But they report some difficulties in working with the park’s overseer — the National Park Service. There’s an inherent tension when a neighborhood group aims to bolster a “village green” atmosphere in a Park Service-owned space. The difficulty is only exacerbated by the bureaucratic maze established by an agency trying to apply the same rules throughout its varied portfolio, be it Yellowstone or Dupont Circle. Over the years, this conflict has played out from Georgetown’s Montrose Park to Tenleytown’s Fort Reno Park. In the end, improvements in those parks came about only through years of work by park users, neighbors and government officials. We hope advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Feldstein and other Dupont Festival leaders likewise succeed in their plans for Dupont Circle. But we’d also like to see the District’s elected officials work to create a broader effort to smooth the way for other partnerships. It’s unlikely that the federal government would cede authority over the National Park Service’s properties in the District. And that might not be appropriate in many cases, anyway — a number of the parks are nationally significant landmarks as well as neighborhood focal points. The dichotomy makes it all the more important that everyone interested in enhancing the parks have a place at the table. Enabling broad involvement would harness the same volunteer spirit that enlivened so many once-beleaguered D.C.-administered parks.


Double down? No thanks … We wrote last winter about the District’s littleknown plan to begin online gambling. And we were surprised at the lack of public opposition. Well, it finally showed up last week. Boy, did it. There was so much confusion and consternation that the D.C. Lottery is being forced to delay its planned Sept. 8 start of online poker and other games that resemble slots. “This whole thing stinks,” said civic activist Dorothy Brizill. “You know, this is such a fairy tale” of potential corruption and civic ruin, said Marie Drissel, another activist. One by one, D.C. Council members came into the hearing on the subject and expressed surprise at the absence of detail. What businesses would be allowed to open up online gaming parlors? How would they be policed? Would the advisory neighborhood commissions have a say? How many computers could any one place have? And on and on. “If you’re going to have [online gaming at bars and restaurants], that’s a significant change to the license,” said Andy Litsky, an advisory neighborhood commissioner from near Southwest. Drissel, who began mobilizing against the online plan after hearing about it on television, was incensed — as were many others — that no public hearings had been held. At-large D.C. Council member Michael Brown and then-Council Chairman Vincent Gray added the online provision to the city budget with little if any public notice, and certainly not a public hearing. Neither has explained clearly why such a major change in law didn’t get even the minimum public vetting. Last week Brown was buffeted by criticism over the secrecy. He twice objected to suggestions the measure was “snuck” into the budget bill. He said it had been discussed at an “administrative” meeting of the council. But nearly everyone else believes the public was given the slip. “I gotta tell you, this will cause enormous consternation,” said Jack Evans, chair of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, which held the hearing. He said every civic group, every advisory neighborhood commission and untold numbers of citizens would be stunned if gambling locations suddenly popped up on their blocks. At the week’s end, Evans announced that he had met with lottery officials and they’d agreed to indefinitely postpone the “hot spot” online gaming operation until the city’s communities are fully briefed. “We cannot move forward without providing them the opportunity to weigh in on these issues,” Evans wrote. Lottery director Buddy Roogow tried to tone

down the criticism but acknowledged the public wariness. Appearing Friday on WAMU’s Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi, Roogow pledged a public information campaign. There are doubts about how much money the city will earn if this goes forward. There are doubts about how much of an online casino is a good idea. There are so many doubts, it’s not a good time to double down on any of this. ■ H Street ArtsWalk. It’s nice to drive east on H Street these days from Union Station and not spend all of your time dodging construction crews and orange striped barrels. It seems like a decade of construction, but it’s been only a few years of work along this 15-block stretch. It used to be a major commercial hub, up until the 1968 riots. It was downhill for decades after that. But in recent years, new businesses, bars and restaurants have been giving H Street new life. This past week the area sponsored an ArtsWalk that drew thousands of people. We spotted Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells holding court with passersby at the Argonaut sidewalk cafe. (Well, to be more accurate, we didn’t spot him. We were sitting at the next table over.) ■ Fourth of July hangover. As a “military brat” growing up, your Notebook developed a strong affinity for the American flag and our national anthem. When we go to a baseball game, we always try to be on time to hear the anthem, no matter what unique way it may be played or sung. (On our last visit, it was played by a violinist who used a violin made out of a baseball bat.). We don’t feel so good about encroachments on our American way of life. Specifically, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the Metropolitan Police Department alleging its officers violated a young man’s constitutional rights when he used his cellphone camera to photograph the officers in public last year. Jerome Vorus was walking in Georgetown last July when he snapped pictures of a police traffic stop. Police told him to put the camera away and to show some identification. He was detained for about an hour. The officers said it was unlawful to photograph or record police officers without prior consent. On its face, that’s ridiculous. We won’t judge the case — we don’t know all the details — but we’re anxious to see what happens next. The ACLU says the citizen was not interfering with the police work and that the officers violated his rights. “That’s part of our right of free speech,” said the ACLU’s Arthur Spitzer, “and the police ought to know that citizens can do that.” How does that line go — land of the free, home of the brave? We do have to be brave to be free. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Urban trees need lots of care to live I live on Massachusetts Avenue in the area known as Embassy Row. I was out walking along the avenue on a recent weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, when I came upon my neighbor, Deborah Cortesi, heading up a team of stalwart Restore Mass Ave workers. Both volunteers and paid

professional arborists were part of the group. What a wonderful job they were doing, looking after some of the younger trees that still need nurturing: aerating the soil and expanding the open area around the bases, so the rain can better reach their roots; and applying mulch all around, in order to retain moisture, discourage weeds and help replenish the soil as it decomposes. It was hot work, I can assure you! We should all remember that our trees need help in order to survive in the demanding condi-

tions of the city. Anita G. Herrick Sheridan-Kalorama

AU should identify commercial parcels I’ve been eliciting my most local university, American University, to provide a listing of what commercial properties that they own or manage, but I have gotten no response. Is this an unfair request? Is this too much to ask of our local schools/businesses? Rick Servatius Tenleytown





t is apparent that the District government undertook a â&#x20AC;&#x153;solution in search of a problemâ&#x20AC;? exercise with millions of dollars of federal stimulus funding. Unfortunately, it chose to spend up to $35 million in an affluent area of D.C. on an unnecessary, excessive and largely unwanted transportation project in the name of rehabilitation. Oregon Avenue is a picturesque 1.7-mile residential street that borders Rock Creek Park. The adjacency to Rock Creek Park and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;country roadâ&#x20AC;? ambiance provides the rare charm of this street in the midst of the Washington metropolis. Wildlife and the community blend, with deer, foxes and other animals freely roaming back and forth across the street. The natural character of Oregon Avenue has existed for generations. The firm that conducted the environmental assessment to determine the needs for rehabilitation is the same firm that will benefit from the construction contract to do the work. The problems that the plan is purported to solve are largely exaggerated, if not fabricated: â&#x20AC;˘ deficiencies in the existing roadway infrastructure and storm-water management systems; â&#x20AC;˘ safety issues for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists; and â&#x20AC;˘ poor linkages with respect to serving pedestrian and bicycle travel. Along Oregon Avenue, there are at most three problem areas where there is water accumulation and runoff after a rainstorm. Those areas could be addressed without any need to renovate and install concrete pavement on that entire 1.7-mile stretch. There is no need for sidewalks or bike paths on

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Bond-tax votes add to disappointments Getting used to disappointment in the post-Tony Williams/Adrian Fenty era in our wonderful District of Columbia is the new normal for D.C. residents. The unfair, backdated taxation on previously purchased non-D.C. tax-free bonds is embarrassingly poor legislation. Two of our at-large D.C. Council members are by far the most disappointing of all. I had come to accept that Phil Mendelson makes the wrong choice on most important issues. But I must say I expected more from Vincent Orange. He was a good council member his first time around, and I supported his recent candidacy. A close friend told me she no longer supports D.C. statehood given our current level of incompetence. Since it is too hard to relocate, I have taken the following actions: First, I have changed my voter registration from Democrat to â&#x20AC;&#x153;No partyâ&#x20AC;? with the Board of Elections and Ethics. And second, I pledge to

Oregon Avenue. There is very little foot traffic or bike traffic on the entire length of the street, day or night. Rarely is anyone seen using the sidewalks installed on Nebraska Avenue west of Oregon Avenue recently as part of major renovations there. It seems likely that any similar rehabilitation to Oregon Avenue also would be woefully underutilized. Most who walk use the asphalt-covered path that parallels the street inside Rock Creek Park. There is easy access into the park from several points along Oregon Avenue for both pedestrians and bikers. Bikers use the paths and roads in Rock Creek Park and have the run of the park when it is closed to vehicular traffic on weekends and holidays. Bikers use the area primarily for recreation because Oregon Avenue is not an efficient route into the city for bike commuters. On corners along the street where there are bus stops, traffic safety could be a minor issue. However, small sheltered waiting areas could be placed for commuter comfort, as well as safety. Compared with nearby major thoroughfares, such as 16th Street, Military Road and even Beach Drive, Oregon Avenue has far less automobile traffic. Most of that occurs during the rush-hour periods between 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and on school days from Military Road in and out of St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College High School. The public officials are in a breakneck race to get this plan approved before the expiration date on the federal dollars. Despite the â&#x20AC;&#x153;use or loseâ&#x20AC;? scenario, it would be better to let the funds expire and revert back to the D.C. and federal coffers. Given the financial woes of the city government, an unnecessary and expensive street overhaul in one of the wealthier areas of the city would be all the more egregious. If it is true that there is transportation money â&#x20AC;&#x153;to burn,â&#x20AC;? it should be redirected to areas of the city in greater need. Vincent Stovall and Lorraine Cole are Chevy Chase residents.

work to defeat Vincent Orange and Phil Mendelson in all their future public service ambitions. I definitely should have campaigned for the recent Republican candidate against Vincent. Jim Connors Wesley Heights

Police disappointing for Caribbean parade I write to express my concern over the recent police handling of the Caribbean Day parade along Georgia Avenue. As a relatively new resident of Petworth, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to cherish Caribbean Day and its celebration of the many cultures that comprise our community. However, with each passing year, the police presence has become increasingly disconnected from the event and therefore less effective in meeting the needs of the community. The Metropolitan Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first mistake was shortening the route and rushing the parade. Caribbean Day is part parade and part moving party. By rushing the bands and immediately sending in street cleaners, the police truncated the celebration. And once the parade was officially

over, most of the police presence disappeared. This left a crowd of people in the streets, which quickly turned to chaos when neighborhood gangs began their foolish behavior. Secondly, the police presence was too distant from the celebration. In multiple instances, I saw police officers on motorcycle driving against traffic and into throngs of bystanders along the parade route. If more police officers had gotten off their motorcycles and out of their police cruisers, I believe there would have been a better connection between the police and the community and ultimately less violence. Given all of this, there were also areas of improvement. For example, Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes deserves credit for her comments separating the gang activity from that of the parade. And for every overzealous police officer on a motorcycle, there were others mingling with the crowd. Next year, I hope the police and our city leaders do a better job of coordinating with the parade organizers in maintaining this treasure. James Salt Petworth

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NFL’er brings his skills back to D.C. By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

NFL linebacker Cato June arrived in D.C. as a high school sophomore in 1995, quickly turned into one of the top football players in the city, and went on to become a Super Bowl champion. This week, he brings the first-ever Cato June All-Pro Football Camp to his old stomping grounds in hopes of helping young players make strides. On Saturday, June will return to his alma mater, Anacostia High School, to host a free one-day skills clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with several other NFL players. The 1998 graduate, who lived in Northwest D.C. during high

school and returned to the area last summer, said he’ll stress to players that it takes far more than skill to make it in life and in football. “Motivation, having the right core of people around you, your friends [and] family situations” are also vital elements, June said in an interview Saturday. “You have to turn to something else [besides] your talent. You have to compete. You need heart. And that’s what separates a lot of athletes.” June, a seven-year pro who has played on four teams, won a Super Bowl as a starter for the Indianapolis Colts in 2005-2006. Other NFL stars participating in Saturday’s camp include several of June’s former Colts teammates: wide receiver Reggie Wayne; safety Antoine Bethea, who played at Howard University; running back Edgerrin James; and linebackers Gary Brackett and David Thornton. Beyond professional athletes, the camp will also utilize local high school and college coaches who are recognized “as role models both on and off the field,” June wrote on his website. And the camp’s teachings will extend beyond the lines, June said. “Along with developing football skills including passing, catching, and blocking I also hope to help participants develop important life skills needed to make good decisions off the field,” he wrote. “It has always been my goal to play a part in providing Washington, DC

metro area youth with the tools and confidence necessary to help them make the right decisions in life.” Registration is free, and all players ages 11 through 18 are eligible to sign up at June told The Current that summer camps are a great way for players to keep their bodies in shape because “the kids can get out of the house and work a little bit.” An opportunity to learn from pros, he added, gives kids more incentive to listen. “With [our] type of football knowledge, it gives you a little more credibility.” June starred in football, basketball, baseball and track and field at Anacostia and led the football team to three straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title games. As a senior, he was named Player of the Year by The Washington Post, USA Today and Gatorade. During high school June was a member of the National Honor Society and served as a co-class president. He graduated as Anacostia’s salutatorian and chose to attend the University of Michigan over other top schools like North Carolina, Notre Dame and Florida universities. He was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts in 2003. June also starred for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later spent a short time with the Houston Texans

Photos Courtesy of Cato June

Cato June, a 1998 graduate of Anacostia, will host a free one-day football camp for kids ages 11-18 at his alma mater on Saturday. and the Chicago Bears, as well as with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He is currently an unrestricted free agent. The D.C. native said one of the things he’ll emphasize at the clinic is the drive it takes to become elite at something. “You have a goal and

you stick to it and not just try to achieve that, but try to be the best,” he said. Saturday’s event is sponsored by the June Family Foundation and Reid Temple Christian Academy, among other organizations.

Lewis to stay a Quaker even after leaving Sidwell By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Sidwell coach Eric Singletary said last month that he hoped rising senior guard Jamal Lewis, who drew interest from both top- and second-tier basketball programs, would choose the school able to offer the most complete experience. Last week, Lewis selected the University of Pennsylvania, where Singletary said the player will get both an outstanding education and the chance to play right away. All things considered, Singeltary thinks it’s the right decision. “Lewis and his family, “not only basketball-wise but academically … made a great choice,” Singletary said yesterday. While he will play basketball in a different city next year and have new teammates, classmates and coaches, one thing won’t change for Lewis — his team’s moniker. Coincidentally, the University of Pennsylvania team is also known as the Quakers. Looking back on his development,

Singletary said, a past choice was also critical: Selecting Sidwell over schools in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference — widely regarded as the top league in the area. The choice gave Lewis a chance to shoulder the load early in his career, and he has become the Sidwell Quakers’ unquestioned leader. “The intangible [and] the toughness” that he gained while taking center stage in the Mid-Atlantic Conference will give him “a chance to have a really good college career if he works hard enough,” Singletary said. Now that the weight of the recruiting process has been lifted, Lewis can focus on improving his game this summer and helping the Quakers defend their Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title in 2012. “I think hopefully he’ll play really well because he’s relaxed and not so worried about who’s looking at him,” said Singletary.

Never too early: St. John’s sophomore commits to Stanford The Cadets’ Devin Williams, a transfer from St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, decided late last month that Stanford will be the right place

for him to continue his football career after high school. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound rising sophomore verbally committed to be part of Stanford’s recruiting class of 2014 after attending the school’s football camp in June, where he met the coaching staff, explored the campus and talked with academic advisers. It was a surprising move considering Williams has only played a handful of high school games, and the decision is far from final — the rising sophomore will have three years to change his mind. Williams, 15, also has plenty of time to develop his game and grow into a specific position in preparation for college football. He has already impressed enough people to net an offer from a team that finished No. 5 in the final Associated Press poll last season. He should improve the Cadets defense next year with his speed and hitting ability and will likely also see time in the team’s backfield as the Cadets look to replace team captain Danny Wright, who graduated in June.

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Jamal Lewis, right, will play in college for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.

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Preservation board rejects seven-story project for 14th and Wallach site By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

As housing construction chugs back into gear, a planned seven-story residential and retail building at 14th Street and Wallach Place is getting some resistance from neighbors and city preservation authorities. The mixed-use structure proposed by Level 2 Development would be one of the

first projects in a historic district to provide affordable units under the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long-delayed â&#x20AC;&#x153;inclusionary zoningâ&#x20AC;? rules. But the â&#x20AC;&#x153;density bonusâ&#x20AC;? awarded to developers for keeping prices low on some units seems uncertain, since the Historic Preservation Review Board said last week that the upper two floors might have to go. And while neighbors on Wallach Place say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad to see a new building replace a

dingy single-story Chinese carryout on the corner, they, too, argued that the brick, metal and glass building designed by architect Eric Colbert is simply too large to bookend their single block of two-story, 120-year-old homes. The preservation board, after hearing testimony last Thursday, unanimously rejected the initial plan and instructed Colbert to â&#x20AC;&#x153;restudyâ&#x20AC;? the sixth and seventh floors. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some irony in the situation. Since

development stalled on 14th Street and elsewhere during the recession, city officials have been eager to see new construction, and especially eager for multifamily buildings that would provide mixed-income housing. And Colbert, one of the most prolific architects in shaping redevelopment north of Logan Circle, is known for navigating preservation rules to produce modern buildings that See Wallach/Page 14

City, feds finalizing Fort Reno land swap

Mayor describes strategies for economic development


Current Staff Report Mayor Vincent Gray told the D.C. Chamber of Commerce last week that his new economic development team and the new head of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs have improved conditions for business development in order to reduce the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unemployment rate, particularly in wards 7 and 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can lift up East of the River,â&#x20AC;? Gray said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we can lift up all the boats.â&#x20AC;? Questioner after questioner complimented Gray on his hires. The mayor said he has split the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development office into two parts, one to recruit businesses and the other to work on real estate projects. He also character-

Current Staff Writer

The District government and National Park Service are finalizing a land swap at Fort Reno that seems to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;win-winâ&#x20AC;? for both: The city gets a large swath of land at Alice Deal Middle School, and the Park Service gets similar-size acreage that includes a building with office space. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rectangular patch of land has already been transformed into a multipurpose turf field for the newly modernized middle school. The property the Park Service is absorbing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a twostory brick building at the corner of Chesapeake Street and Belt Road â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been a bit of a puzzle for years. The vacant building is now nearly 80 years old and covered in vines. Through some strange quirks of history, the line between federal and local jurisdiction has run right through the property since the 1950s, preventing either entity from gaining full use. Now that it will be solidly in federal hands, Park Service spokesperson Bill Line said the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rock Creek Park division is â&#x20AC;&#x153;looking to use that building for light office space.â&#x20AC;?

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The National Park Service will use the vacant building for offices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will require some work,â&#x20AC;? Line said, but within the next year, the Park Service plans to install computers and phones for a small number of employees. They shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much impact on the neighborhood, he said, since â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a very big building.â&#x20AC;? And since the corner lot abuts two streets, there will be no need to create any parking spaces. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;transfer of jurisdiction,â&#x20AC;? a familiar process in a city where so much land is owned by the federal government, requires approval by the D.C. Council. Resolutions now making their way through commitSee Parkland/Page 19

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ized the much-criticized regulatory agency as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a different placeâ&#x20AC;? where businesses can now get answers to questions online. Gray said he had inherited â&#x20AC;&#x153;lots of training programs for jobs that will not come to the city,â&#x20AC;? but he aims to complete a five-year economic development plan by fall. Gray said one component of economic development is education, and he mentioned plans to create a new campus for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community college on the St. Elizabeths Hospital site. The school would work with employers attracted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new headquarters, with its 14,000 employees, and the Coast Guard, which plans to bring 3,700 employees to the campus.

Chamber honors 28-year-old Foggy Bottom entrepreneur By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

After opening three businesses in seven years, West End resident Kris Hart said he feels more like 50 than 28. But fortunately for Hart, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce is interested in how young he is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not how old he feels. So on June 14, the recent George Washington University graduate received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual awards dinner. According to a release from the George Washington University School of Business, where Hart was a student, the award recognizes entrepreneurs under 35 who demonstrate â&#x20AC;&#x153;spirit, leadership, creativity and determination to be successful.â&#x20AC;? And Hart, who owns Relaxed Spa & Tans at 2112 F St. and Foggy Bottom Grocery (FoBoGro) at 2140 F St., said he feels humbled by the honor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a huge surprise and a great blessing,â&#x20AC;? he said. Hart opened his first business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the tanning salon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when he was only 21. Several years later, he opened Foggy Bottom Grocery, which offers sandwiches, salads, coffee, beer, wine and toiletries. He said it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been easy. A

group of neighbors protested his effort to operate the grocery store from 7 a.m. to midnight (he won) and to serve pizza (he lost). Neighbors also challenged Hartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to use all three floors of the building for his business, calling it an expansion, but the zoning board rejected the challenge. According to Hart, the neighbors are now pursuing the case in D.C. Superior Court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been time-consuming,â&#x20AC;? Hart said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It cost a ton of money.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, he said, running the businesses took a toll on his studies. He dropped out of school for several years, finally earning his diploma last spring. Still, Hart said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been worth it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do it all again in a second.â&#x20AC;? His business is booming, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing almost 800 people a dayâ&#x20AC;? at FoBoGro. And his three businesses now employ 70 people, many of them students. Foggy Bottom Association president Asher Corson said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grateful for Hartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to the neighborhood, which he has witnessed since the two were both students at George Washington University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bringing jobs to the community, businesses to the community,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been proud to support him all along the way.â&#x20AC;?

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Palisades celebrates its independence with annual small-town-style parade By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer


hen, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a large metropolitan city to behave like a small rural town, the Palisades throws its annual Independence Day parade. The event — now in its 45th consecutive year — featured the usual favorites. Bolivian dancers were there with bells on. D.C.’s Different Drummers marched to their own beat. Local politicians pumped the flesh. Elegant equestrians trotted on horseback. The Millwood Mob mounted its bikes. And teams of swimmers, seniors and scouts tossed candy to the masses. It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same — at least at the Palisades parade. But the event did present some firsts. One group of neighbors used the parade as an opportunity to protest American University’s campus plan. A family of spectators abandoned their traditional posts along MacArthur Boulevard, and settled for a blow-up swimming pool on Sherier Place. “We beat the heat,” Susan

Ettinger said. Meanwhile, the Different Drummers, a gay marching band, departed from previous plans to play patriotic tunes after organizers requested something a little more “fabulous.” “So this year we decided to mix things up a bit,” said band director Zachary Parker. “Instead of the patriotic themes that are usually expected on the Fourth of

July, we decided to throw some Lady Gaga, Ke$ha and Cee Lo Green into the mix.” And while Max Merriman, who portrayed George Washington, and Beth McKinney, as Martha, had marched in the parade before, this was the first time the two members of the Palisades Community Church marched together. See Parade/Page 16

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The 45th annual Independence Day parade in the Palisades featured both old-time favorites like the fire truck, above, and new twists, such as the Different Drummers’ rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

National Cathedral School seventh-grader takes on ‘Jeopardy!’ Kids Week By DEIRDRE BANNON

❝I met some really nice kids in California, and honestly it was just a really fun trip with my mom.❞

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nswer: This Washington 12-yearold competed Monday night on “Jeopardy!” Kids Week. Question: Who is Charlotte Scott, a Palisades resident who just finished seventh grade at the National Cathedral School? Scott, who says her favorite subjects are English and history, whizzed through the Classic Kids’ Poems category and correctly answered a Daily-Double question on the American Revolution, among many others. Modest about her national television debut and success on the show, Scott said, “It was a really fun experience,” and that “even if you lose on the show by a lot it didn’t matter because you got to spend the day in L.A.!” Scott beat out more than 10,000 children ages 9 to 12 who took the Kids Week online test, the first step in the audition process. Based on the applicants’ test scores, “Jeopardy!” producers chose approximately 250 students to audition in

— Charlotte Scott, on competing in “Jeopardy!” Kids Week

Courtesy of ‘Jeopardy!’

Palisades middle-schooler Charlotte Scott got tips on competing on “Jeopardy!” from her father, Peter, who appeared on the show in 1998. person at hotels in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. From there, 15 students were selected to appear on the show during

Kids Week, which is airing this week on WJLA Channel 7. “Jeopardy!” contestant producer Maggie Speak says it’s always a tough decision, but children are selected based on how well they understand the game, whether they are having fun, and whether they are comfortable competing in a television environment. Scott did have a bit of secret weapon: Her father, Peter Scott, appeared on “Jeopardy!” in 1997, winning the game every day for a week. He then competed in the Tournament of Champions in 1998, where he finished as a semifinalist. Charlotte said that when her dad shared

his experience being on the show, “It relaxed me in a way and gave me peace of mind.” “I just wanted her to have fun, and I didn’t want her to feel any pressure at all,” said Peter. They did, however, talk buzzer strategy. “What you can’t see at home is that there are lights on either side of the board … and you have to wait until [host Alex Trebek] finishes reading the question,” said Peter. “Then columns of lights go on that tell you that you’re allowed to buzz in. “What you quickly figure out is that if you wait until the lights go on, you’ll never get in, so basically it’s a race,” he continued. “In my experience it was best to listen to his voice rather than to focus on the lights to figure out the timing — it’s tough, and it’s a big part of the game.” When Peter was preparing for his run on “Jeopardy!” he became acquainted with the producers of “It’s Academic,” a quiz show for high school students that tapes at the NBC4 Studios on Nebraska Avenue NW — where the famous presidential debate See Jeopardy/Page 16

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CHURCH From Page 3 dedicated its current chapel 20 years later. Since then, while many congregants moved to the suburbs, the church stayed put and acquired adjacent property even as the area was brought down by drugs and crime — and then as it began the climb back, aided by new residents and upscale new homes like the nearby Yale Laundry condominiums. The church’s parking lot now has 32 spaces but will end up with only 17 after an addition to its main sanctuary. If the row houses are completely demolished, it would get five to seven more spaces. If only the rears are razed, three to five more spaces could be squeezed in. The row houses were built in 1866 and 1867, according to city preservation specialist Brendan Meyer. “Two stories tall, two bays wide and two rooms deep,” they have flat fronts and modest ornamentation, Meyer wrote in a staff report. They are “fairly representative of the boom years after the Civil War.” Sanders made a case for total demolition, saying the church needs more parking for its elderly and disabled congregants. And it would share the lot with other churches and neighbors, such as the new condo residents who might need emergency parking, she said. The church, in an earlier application, had pledged to have a structural engineer assess the buildings and figure out a way to stabilize them. But, the pastor pointed out, the engineer found the houses “structurally unsound, with no salvageable building elements.” The buildings are so unsound that the church would be violating federal worker protection laws if it let workers inside, Sanders said. “The engineer said our insurance company will not provide liability for workers who enter to rehabilitate them.” Meyer agreed that the backs of the row houses have “suffered beyond preservation … open to the weather, trees pushing through the walls, buckled masonry, rot and termites.” But in front, he said, the facades and front rooms are in “relatively good condition. The front rooms still have floors, roofs …

[are] still being used for storage.” So Meyer offered what he called “an 11th-hour compromise”: The church could stabilize the front facades, front rooms and party walls, reaching 14 feet back, and demolish the backs of the buildings and incorporate that space into its parking lot. Possibly a “current or future owner” would incorporate

❝They’re not grand buildings, rich buildings, but they’re important … .❞ — Board member Tersh Boasberg the fronts of the buildings into some future development, he said. Sanders still pushed for full demolition. While meeting with community groups, “we have come to a disheartening realization,” she said. The church presented its proposal to the advisory neighborhood commission and the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association, and “in each instance the vote for or against our proposal was along racial lines, she said, “with whites voting against us and blacks voting in support of our proposal, regardless of facts, making this a justice issue.” She said other property owners had won support for raze permits from the same groups. That pained preservation board chair Catherine Buell, an AfricanAmerican lawyer who lives in Anacostia and has tried to steer the board to greater involvement in the city’s black neighborhoods. “My presence here shows that’s not where we’re coming from,” Buell said. “We want to work together, and there are plenty of options we can use.” Buell urged the church to “continue to work through the process.” She noted that if the board rejects a raze permit, the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation can approve it if maintaining the buildings would cause undue economic hardship. “We respect those buildings. They’re not grand buildings, rich buildings, but they’re important — built a year after Lincoln was assassinated,” said member Tersh Boasberg. “But if you cannot afford to maintain the property, you can go to the Mayor’s Agent.”

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WALTER REED From Page 1 boundaries and related conditions of the partition. “In the long run, everyone comes out with a better solution, but this has taken some time,” said Mark Jones, an Army official who helps coordinate the Base Realignment and Closure program. “I understand there may be some frustration out there … but we’re really talking about something that’s going to endure and change the dynamics for how this property is used for everyone who is going to be at the site.” The general revisions adopted in March offered the District about 61 acres, including the Walter Reed site’s entire Georgia Avenue and Aspen Street frontage, as well as space to route 13th Street through the site. The changes also offered the State Department a bettershaped space for its planned subdivision, Jones said. The most recent version offers even more space to D.C.: 67.5 acres, in a layout that helps the District meet its goal of “stitching the Walter Reed site back together into the surrounding community,” said the redevelopment authority’s John Wood. Officials said that version is likely to be formally adopted within days. At the meeting last week, some residents raised concerns about foreign embassies setting up shop in their neighborhood. The development on the federally zoned parcel would not be open to public comment, nor would neighbors be able to veto which nations move in.

A community representative on the redevelopment committee said that, combined, those factors could lead to ugly buildings that need hordes of security to protect nations subject to frequent controversy. “I think there’s a great concern on the part of the community that we’re going to end up with kind of a bunker there,” she said. Wood urged residents to look at the positive aspects of an embassy presence in the neighborhood. “An international chancery center provides additional economic opportunities,” Wood said — hotels, restaurants and other businesses. Cliff Seagroves of the State Department said the 45.5-acre federal portion of the site would likely be split up into at least 10 parcels and offered as empty lots to different foreign governments, most of which would likely relocate from smaller, out-of-date space on Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy Row. He said it was too early to offer additional details. Aside from the relocation of the facility’s remaining personnel and patients, officials said not to expect much activity at Walter Reed in the near future. The District’s process for planning the use of its parcel — deciding what it would like to see where and zoning the land accordingly — is scheduled to begin in the fall, and the last of a series of approvals at the city and federal level is not expected before next June. Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser said she is looking forward to new development at the site. “That frontage of Georgia Avenue is something we’ve coveted from the Army for a very long time,” she said.

WALLACH From Page 12 are also compatible with the Greater U Street Historic District. Examples include the Utopia project about to get under way at 14th and U streets and the Room & Board building a bit farther south. But of his latest design, board member Elinor Bacon said, “Eric, you are the architectural god of 14th Street, but this just doesn’t have the Colbert magic.” The current plan for 1905-1917 14th St. is a big rectangular building that would feature vertical bays on 14th Street and a variety of materials and setbacks to break up the mass. With retail space on the ground floor, the building would top out at about 70 feet on 14th Street, still a bit lower than the height permitted by zoning rules. The top floor would be set back 12 feet as it wraps the corner to Wallach Place, where it would step down to four stories in the rear, abutting the westernmost of the historic row houses there. Roughly a dozen Wallach Place residents came to the hearing to tell the board they had heard about the project only after their advisory neighborhood commission voted to support it. Commissioner Aaron Spencer, who represents their area, “said he voted for it because he didn’t hear any opposition. This whole thing snuck up on us,” one resident testified. Spencer did not return an email seeking comment. When they learned of the plans, residents seemed to galvanize in opposition to what they variously described as “too tall,” “simply out of scale,” “a big box with different colors,” and, in perhaps the most scathing comment, “It could be in Northern Virginia.” Several testified that they had moved to Wallach Place when the area was still “a very druggy, druggy place,” lovingly restored their

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The proposed building would replace low-rise retail on 14th Street, but nearby Wallach Place residents say the project would be too tall. homes, and now welcome development that respects the scale and architectural diversity of the neighborhood. “Yes, we do want to see our community improve,” said Stanley Mayes, who has lived on the oneblock street since childhood. “But that building does not reflect what we wanted to happen.” City preservation planner Steve Callcott noted that the board has struggled with other corner projects in the historic district because broad 14th Street seems appropriate for taller buildings, while narrow residential cross streets cannot handle as much height. “Developers in the 1800s plowed through half streets, like Church, Riggs, Swann and Wallach, to make more money,” Callcott said. “A 75-foot building on 14th Street has a different impact on Wallach.” Preservation board members were generally critical. “It does have a commercial appearance, more of a K Street feel,” said Maria Casarella. “This one lacks from failure of imagination,” said Tersh Boasberg. The District’s inclusionary zoning program took effect in August 2009, after years of debate and regulatory delay, but it has not produced much cut-rate housing yet because the recession has choked

off most new construction. The program, in short, requires new highrise buildings to offer 8 percent of residential space at rents or sale prices affordable to those making less than the area’s median income. In return, developers are eligible for a 20 percent “density bonus” that would allow them to build bigger buildings than allowed under normal zoning, with half of the “bonus” space reserved for less-affluent residents. The staff of the D.C. Office of Planning says the rules require new projects to provide affordable units even if circumstances — the site size, for example — make extra density impossible. But they also say construction can be feasible anyway, noting that the first building to deliver the long-awaited affordable units, a complex at 2910 Georgia Ave., was financed without the use of any bonus density. Colbert said the proposed 150unit building at 14th and Wallach was expected to offer about 12 affordable units, though the impact of cutting down its size is not yet clear. “The whole logic behind the bonus density was to offset the cost of affordable housing,” he said. “It’s a very significant hardship if they provide 8 percent affordable but aren’t able to take advantage of a density bonus.”




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$350,000. Umbel responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an estimate and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very low estimate.â&#x20AC;? The fire started around 12:30 p.m. last Wednesday in the shared loading-dock area of the two restaurants. According to Umbel, firefighters were on the scene in less than five minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really happy that no one got hurt and the fire department saved our buildings,â&#x20AC;? he said. Hook was damaged far worse than Tackle Box. At the time of the fire, Umbel said, approximately 15 customers were dining at Hook, but the building was evacuated safely. According to Piringer, about 125 firefighters responded to the twoalarm fire, which also prompted a special alarm for two additional engines. Traffic on M Street was shut down for hours last Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire investigators believe the fire originated in rear exterior storage area and extended to the roof,â&#x20AC;? Piringer wrote in an email to The Current. From the alleyway behind the buildings, damage to the buildings is evident. The roofs at the rear of both restaurants were torn open as firefighters battled the flames. Wood and metal debris from the buildings litter the backyards of the four affected buildings.

time. The sale took place privately, according to a real estate agent for Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and the business will remain open through July. But as the end approaches and word gets out, the community is beginning to mourn the loss of yet another small business. The restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation and proximity to the Four Seasons means it has seen its share of celebrity visitors. Madeleine Albright, George Will, Chris Malone, Karl Rove, George Soros, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Ted Danson and Angela Lansbury are just a few of the notables who have breakfasted or lunched at Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Local families and businesspeople have also made Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a popular breakfast spot and bakery. Jennifer Altemus, president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, spoke of children who enjoyed Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cakes for every birthday, of weddings and graduations catered by Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and of another Georgetown resident who would particularly miss the place: Tom Birch â&#x20AC;&#x153;eats there every single day,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what

PARKING From Page 3 residents of that street.â&#x20AC;? Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who authored legislation that encouraged the Transportation Department to develop the program, said he will be glad to see broader implementation of the system after its successful start in Columbia Heights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had reports that people for the first time can get a parking space on their block with regards to Columbia Heights, and I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be the experience elsewhere,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. The Transportation Department has begun meeting with Ward 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisory neighborhood commissions, which would be responsible for identifying community interest in joining the program. For the program to go into effect, the relevant neighborhood commission would have to demonstrate to the Transportation Department â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through some agreed-upon system that the commission would develop â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that a majority of its residents are interested in adopting the stricter parking restrictions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reach consensus, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go inâ&#x20AC;? to the program, Harvey said. Unlike the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard residential permit program, the enhanced program would be implemented throughout the entire area of an advisory neighborhood commis-

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Tackle Box may reopen this month, but Hook will take longer. At Havana Max, a tobacco shop next door to Tackle Box, the smell of smoke still permeates the air several days after the fire. Khossrow Fhimi, who owns the 3249 M St. NW business as well as the building, said he was relieved that no one was hurt. He said the fire seriously damaged his roof, brought down a wall in the rear of the building and destroyed one bathroom, while water damage ruined inventory stored in the basement. For now, Fhimi and his nephew, Mahmoud Gharagozloo, are able to keep the business open while they work with insurance companies to get the building repaired as soon as possible. At Hook and Tackle Box, Umbel is working to transfer as many members of his 40-person staff as possible to the recently opened Tackle Box location in Cleveland Park. Despite the challenges, Umbel said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to work hard and push to get the restaurants open sooner than expected.â&#x20AC;? sion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you do something like resident-only, you have to do it in a comprehensive wayâ&#x20AC;? rather than â&#x20AC;&#x153;moving the problem from one block to the next,â&#x20AC;? Harvey said. Enhanced Residential Permit Parking has been successful in some parts of the city with â&#x20AC;&#x153;special traffic generatorsâ&#x20AC;? that encourage non-residents to park in the neighborhood, said Harvey, like Nationals Park in Southeast and the DC USA shopping center in Columbia Heights. The enhanced program wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accomplish as much in areas without special traffic generators, Harvey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you live in a neighborhood where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just competing [for parking] with your neighbors who also have zoned stickers, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to do anything for you.â&#x20AC;? Under the program, cars without a Zone 1 parking sticker â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or a visitor parking pass for that particular advisory neighborhood commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would be able to park on one side of the street within the existing twohour limits; on the restricted side of the street, they could get immediately ticketed or towed, Harvey said. The proposal would also expand the visitor parking permit program used in some other parts of the city to all of Ward 1. Under the visitor program, each household is issued a permanent visitor pass so residents do not have to get vehicle- and datespecific passes from a police station for their guests.




heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to do without it!â&#x20AC;? Birch, a Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioner, spoke about the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warmth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bernie is so devoted to customer service. He, Wendy and Chris feel like part of the community and make us feel like part of Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? Realtor Nancy Itteilag, who worked with the Furin family to sell the building, says a generation of Georgetown kids grew up on Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cookies and cakes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I told my daughter, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s! You have to buy it!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Not all aspects of the business have declined. The new batch of cupcakeries in Georgetown, for instance, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; in fact, Chris Furin said, it helped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People walking from Metro see a sign saying cupcakes and come in. We probably make 200 cupcakes a day. We used to make about 30.â&#x20AC;? Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also took advantage of new online coupon sites like LivingSocial and Groupon, but Furin said such services offer limited benefit to businesses with small profit margins, as all products need to be discounted by at least 50 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a lot of business, but you see them one time and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it.â&#x20AC;?

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Itteilag noted that the closing was part of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;quiet problemâ&#x20AC;?: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small-business owners who are reaching the age of retirement, anyway, are spurred on to retire by the expense of doing business. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driving them out.â&#x20AC;? Altemus also commented on the departure of locally owned, independent retailers from Georgetown, citing the recent loss of Proper Topper gift and clothing store and others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we lose more small businesses and restaurants, Georgetown wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be any different than Tysons Corner. If the big businesses are the only businesses that can make it, it loses some of the historic charm.â&#x20AC;? Itteilag and the Georgetown Business Association are organizing an event in mid-August to celebrate Bernie Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contributions to the community. Chris Furin will continue to make cakes through a separate business venture called Cakes by Chris Furin, which he said will probably be based in Rockville. Chris expressed sadness about leaving Georgetown, saying that Furinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;prided [itself] on providing good food at an affordable price for Georgetown customers. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to miss everybody.â&#x20AC;?


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Charlotte Scott, left, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeopardy!â&#x20AC;? host Alex Trebek, beat out more than 10,000 children ages 9 to 12 in an online test and then was selected from among 250 who auditioned to appear on the show.

From Page 13 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon took place in 1960. A few years ago, Charlotte and her younger sister Bridgett started watching the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academicâ&#x20AC;? show at home. Aware that it was filmed locally, they asked if they could attend a taping â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not so much for a primer on how to get on a game show, but because they wanted to be in the audience and sit by the cheerleaders who root for their schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; teams. While Peter emphasized that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiz shows are not a driving force in our family,â&#x20AC;? it seemed natural that when he received an email from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeopardy!â&#x20AC;? about Kids Week auditions he would forward it to his wife Julie, to see if Charlotte might be

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New York. That tryout took place in May 2010, and the family had nearly forgotten about it when they received a call in February 2011 telling them Charlotte had been selected to appear on the show. From there, things happened quickly. Charlotte and her mother flew to Los Angeles the first week in March for a whirlwind four-day visit. They arrived Saturday, spent Sunday at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park and shopping in Beverly Hills, taped the show on

Monday, and were on a plane back to Washington on Tuesday. Scott came in third in the competition, but producer Speak said she stood out for her self-assurance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things I remember about Charlotte was that she was so poised,â&#x20AC;? said Speak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be a little nerve-wracking when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re her age and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do a television show, and you really couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell with Charlotte. She had an ability to stay settled no matter what was going on around her.â&#x20AC;? Now that they are both veterans of the show, the father-daughter pair agrees that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of luck involved. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about enjoying the experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met some really nice kids in California,â&#x20AC;? said Charlotte, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and honestly, it was just a really fun trip with my mom.â&#x20AC;?

PARADE From Page 13 It worked,â&#x20AC;? said McKinney, who decided to carry the torch for Marion Mack after the longtime Martha Washington look-alike moved to Florida a few years ago. Merriman and McKinney preceded the church float, which this year was decorated to represent the separation of church and state. Bill Slover, president of the Palisades Citizens Association, which sponsors the parade, said one of the amazing things about the annual event is that it always comes together at the last minute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks like a really organized and choreographed event, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really just a scrum that we send out and it comes off great,â&#x20AC;? he said. In fact, Slover said the spontaneous quality of the parade, and its freewheeling spirit, make it exceptional in a town known for crafting policy and writing laws. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice tradition for Washington, because really itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tradition without lines. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no boundaries to it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For all intents and purposes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawless, and I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun and unique.â&#x20AC;? Plus, said Palisades Village president Andy Mollison, in an era

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pages. Here the piece commands the spotlight in a very large kitchen-cum-lounging-space with a gas fireplace and custom cabinetry. Right now the room features a dining table, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough square footage here for a seating area by the fire as well. Storage spots are carved from the warm brick to offer shelving as well as a desk. This room can be accessed also from the adjoining two-car carport. A more intimate space waits between this gathering spot and the dining area; this room could be a library, home office or more. Redwood planks reappear to warm up the living room and dining room and add architectural definition to both spaces. Such attention-getting may be necessary, as a host of Pella casement windows lines both rooms and looks out over a compelling view: the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large rear yard and the greenery beyond. Summer living would be easy here, given the expanse of balconies, shaded retreats and usable spots such as an outdoor kitchen. A large swimming pool arcs gently across the property in a custom crescent shape. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master suite waits

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Citizens Association of Georgetown I hope everyone had a Happy Fourth of July! We celebrated in Rose Park at the final event in this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concerts in the Parks series. It was amazing. We started with a patriotic parade around the neighborhood. People decorated their wagons, strollers, kids, and even their dogs. It made me proud to be an American! The Image Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reggae jam brought the Jamaican breeze to Georgetown. Sprinkles spoiled us, yet again, with its exquisite cupcakes. And Häagen-Dazs was there scooping ice cream for everyone. I am especially grateful to our energetic committee for putting together such an action-packed season and to our sponsors for helping to make it happen. These concerts really are a labor of love by so many in our community. The last two concerts have been in Rose Park, which looks spectacular, thanks to one of the seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sponsors, Friends of Rose Park. And the group is in the midst of making the park even better. Fundraising is under way to improve the flow of foot traffic, to offer more seating areas for watching children at play, to improve the older childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area, to increase safety throughout the park â&#x20AC;&#x153;entranceâ&#x20AC;? at 26th and O streets, and to create a plaza of beautiful flowers/shrubs and shade trees. In order to create this setting, their landscape architect has determined that substantial regrading and soil enhancement is necessary to correct drainage problems prior to the installation of new walkways, seating areas and plantings. The preliminary cost is projected to be $100,000. The Friends of Rose Park is in the process of gathering multiyear contributions and pledges. Visit for more detailed plans and to find out how you can help. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus Transportation and the Public Space Committee modify a series of traffic control measures at the planned Cathedral Commons development along Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street. â&#x2013; commissioners voted 7-0 to oppose plans by the Polish Embassy, at 3100 Whitehaven Parkway, to build a wall around a new mechanical system installed on its roof. The mechanical system does not meet setback requirements and commissioners said the proposed wall is not a sufficient solution. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority relocate the turnaround of the 96 Metrobus during the construction of the Cathedral Commons project from Idaho Avenue and Newark Street to Van Ness, 40th and Upton streets, with buses idling on Wisconsin Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 7-0 to request that the commission and the public have an opportunity to weigh in on valet parking renewals, and that they receive more operational details from establishments hoping to begin or continue valet parking. â&#x2013;  commissioner Leila Afzal told her colleagues that representatives of the Public Space Committee had contacted her after she complained about poor service she encountered in dealing with the body. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to look into it, into being more responsive,â&#x20AC;? Afzal said. â&#x2013;  commissioner Nancy MacWood said neighbors were complaining about noise coming from the open roof of an apartment building at 3333 Wisconsin Ave. Additionally, the small size of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking garage has forced many residents onto neighborhood streets, crowding out homeowners, she added.

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cussed a May 29 armed robbery in the 3000 block of Cleveland Avenue. The alleged robbers were arrested but were released, he said. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. July 18 at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013; SPRING VALLEY/WESLEY HEIGHTS Wesley Heights PALISADES/KENT/FOXHALL The commission will meet at 7 p.m. July 6 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  community concerns. â&#x2013;  presentation by Carol Mitten, executive director of urban affairs and headquarters consolidation at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, regarding new traffic-flow information related to infrastructure improvements at the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nebraska Avenue Complex. â&#x2013;  presentation by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority on a two-phase rehabilitation project of the 48-inch water main on Canal Road and M Street as part of the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital Improvement Program. â&#x2013;  further discussion of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application by the Lab School of Washington for a special exception to extend the existing cap of 182 faculty and staff members for its main campus at 4759 Reservoir Road. â&#x2013;  update on Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus plan. â&#x2013;  update on the Zoning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proceedings on the American University campus plan. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit






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tee would also finalize a land swap that allowed the District to build a new entrance to the Wilson Aquatic Center from Fort Drive, across a strip of land owned by the National Park Service. In return, the Park Service is getting an identically sized patch of wetland south of the new pool. In both cases, there will be no fiscal impact since the District and the federal government are swapping similarly sized parcels of land, Ollie Harper, acting director of the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, testified at a hearing on the measures last week. Harper’s office negotiated both swaps as part of its work on the Wilson pool and the Alice Deal modernization. At the hearing, Harper explained that the work on both the pool entrance and athletic field has already been completed under a “special use permit,” and legislation is needed only to finalize the transfer and allow the District surveyor to update land records. The swaps were clearly a good deal for the District, which got space to put a new pedestrian walkway, signage, and utility lines serving the pool; and space for a regulation-size soccer and softball field at Deal. Surrounding that field, the Park Service is getting two strips of land that serve as buffers between the park and field. And then there’s that odd brick building on Chesapeake, which some historians believe dates back to Reno City, a largely African-American community that grew up around Fort Reno. The community was displaced in the 1930s to create space for new public schools, Wilson and Deal, for white residents. The small building sits on the edge of federally owned Fort Reno Park, but ownership has been complicated because in 1957 a sliver of land along the south side of the park was transferred to the District to aid in

The planning committee of the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission is scheduled to discuss the project on Aug. 1, according to commission chair Wilson Reynolds. “We’re at the beginning of the beginning here,” he emphasized. But Reynolds said neighbors have been discussing the project informally for the past few months. “I do know there’s been some concern about height and density,” he said. To achieve their desired dimensions, developers are asking the city to remove the corner site from the Reed-Cooke Overlay, a set of zoning guidelines that govern the area. (The overlay’s rules, for example, set a building height restriction of 40 feet.) Developers are also requesting other types of zoning relief related to loading, rear-yard requirements and rooftop structures. “There are many issues to consider, not the least of which is the implication that this development

GAMBLING From Page 1 Hold ’Em, blackjack and a slot machine-like “random number generator” — in hot spots or through a user’s home computer. Both setups face key hurdles. Through a home computer, it’s more difficult to ensure that a user is within D.C. limits when accessing the program through — as required by federal laws against interstate gambling — and that he or she is at least 19 years old. Meanwhile, some residents worry about the effects of a gambling hot spot in a hotel, restaurant or public building in their neighborhood. During the hearing, Roogow said he was confident in the system’s technology, but he couldn’t discuss how it works for “proprietary reasons.” The lottery board plans to offer hot spots the same way it now selects lottery vendors, conducting a background check on the location’s operator. That process is not open to public comment or the great weight typically afforded to advisory neighborhood commissions. “It’s clear to me that selling lottery tickets is not the same as having a facility where you have people come and gamble and they have to be in the same location,” Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells replied, so a hot spot will have a greater impact on the surrounding community. Roogow said the lottery board will be sure to notify advisory neighborhood commissions and

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A land swap would also allow the city to build a new entrance at the Wilson Aquatic Center. widening Chesapeake Street. That project never happened, but the property line sliced right through the building. “We only owned the living room,” said Sing Chuen Yeung, a program manager in the city administrator’s office. Since the 1970s, there has been talk of transferring the entire parcel back to the Park Service, but the process stalled. “We couldn’t do anything with it, because we didn’t own all of it,” said Yeung in an interview. “Between 1975 and 2011, the ball just dropped.” In the interim, the building was used to house offices for the Tenleytown-Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood commission and a city youth group. In recent years, though, it has been vacant and boarded up. Officials said some homeless people have found their way inside, and securing the building has been complicated because of the split ownership. “When we made a commitment to modernize Alice Deal and build a quality field, the National Park Service agreed,” D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown said at the hearing on the “transfer of jurisdiction” resolutions. “Now we’re just keeping our end of the bargain.”

other community groups of planned hot spots. What the board will do with their feedback, however, remains unclear. “If we receive considerable input and information that the location is not a viable one, [one] that’s not suitable, I think we’ll have to develop procedures to determine whether that is the case,” Roogow said. “I think we would have to develop that, and we don’t have to be in a rush to approve a particular location if there’s a great deal of controversy.” In an interview, Evans — who chairs the Finance and Revenue Committee and said he expects “the lion’s share” of hot spots to appear in his ward — said he doesn’t have a preference yet for how the lottery board manages its community input; rather, he will help review draft regulations submitted by the board. “I want to see what they put together here … and see how the community responds,” Evans said. In the meantime, Evans said, the process for implementing hot spots should be delayed “for two months, maybe even longer.” Barring technical difficulties, he said, he has no objection to the lottery board launching its planned no-money trial of its online games later this month, or rolling out the pay games on Sept. 8. D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi projected that the District would collect $13.1 million over the next four years in “a most conservative analysis.” Various supporters who testified suggested using the revenue for police servic-

es, education and infrastructure, among others. While some other states are considering similar measures or already allow physical casinos, the District is the first to allow online gambling. Roogow testified that the District’s software will be set up to prevent a user from spending more than $250 a week, and will also flag unhealthy gambling patterns to create an automatic intervention. The targeted customers are middle-class D.C. residents who now play illegal online poker or travel to out-of-state casinos, as well as entertainmentseeking tourists. But several residents at the hearing worried the program would create unintended consequences for District families. “Gambling acts like a sponge that soaks up discretionary household dollars — money otherwise spent on local goods and services,” said Patrick Thibodeau, of the group Citizens Against DC Government Operated Online and Casino Gambling. At the hearing, Evans echoed that concern. “If $250 is going to be lost week after week after week, that is a rent check or a food check,” Evans said. “And this government doesn’t need the money that badly that we should be taking it from people who don’t have it.” When Evans was asked in a subsequent interview about his thoughts on government-run gambling, he said, “I don’t really have a thought on that. My issue right now is to make sure this is done properly.”


may have for the Reed-Cooke overlay,” neighborhood commissioner Katherine Boettrich wrote in an email to The Current. Marcus said he has been in contact with a group of nearby residents. Early talks with them “helped inform our decision-making in completing the design,” he said, including the choice to allow vehicle access via Champlain Street rather than Florida Avenue. The project is proposed as a “planned-unit development,” which would allow developers some extra density in exchange for providing certain community amenities. The prime site is located within walking distance of the restaurants, bars and shops along Adams Morgan’s 18th Street corridor and in the U Street commercial district. Marcus said the existing parking garage becomes “nearly full” on weekend nights, but the new building would continue to offer some public parking spots. He said developers hope to develop the site as “an urban transportation hub” by providing a Capital Bikeshare station, car-sharing spaces and electric-car charging stations.

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The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Palestineâ&#x20AC;? film series will feature Francesco Cannito and Luca Cusaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shooting Muhammad,â&#x20AC;? about a 21-year-old Palestinian man attending an Israeli university. 6:30 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoMa Summer Screenâ&#x20AC;? will present an outdoor screening of Ivan Reitmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1989 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ghostbusters II,â&#x20AC;? starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. 7 p.m. Free. L Street between 2nd and 3rd streets NE. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Britain With Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature Brian Percivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Boy Called Dad,â&#x20AC;? about a 14-year-old who snatches his newly born son and goes on the run. 7:30 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel and ages 12 and younger. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-4193456. â&#x2013;  The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Nicos Perakisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2005 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loafing and Camouflage: Sirens in the Aegean,â&#x20AC;? about a small group of Greek soldiers who are assigned to guard a small rock island. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m.


Concerts â&#x2013; Trombonist Fred Wesley and his jazzfunk band The New JBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will perform in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rhythm and Blues: Tell It Like It Isâ&#x20AC;? celebration. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Jon Kaplan. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Free Country ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Joe Burns will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â&#x2013;  Justin Martin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Liza Bakewell will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Madre: Perilous Journeys With a Spanish Noun.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202347-0176. â&#x2013;  Explorer Christian Eide will discuss his dash to the South Pole and display some of the gear he used on the journey. 7:30 p.m. $18. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic,


Special events â&#x2013; The Dalai Lama will lead the Kalachakra for World Peace ritual. 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $35 to $45. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. The event will continue through July 16; prices and times vary. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will show the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Cup match between Sweden and the United States. 2:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, +*Z653@-\SS:LY]PJL4\ZPJ:[VYL


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4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW 202-244-7326

Recovering the Durham First Folio.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Festival â&#x2013; The Smithsonian Institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 45th annual Folklife Festival will celebrate the Peace Corps, Colombia and rhythm and blues. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. National Mall between 7th and 14th streets. 202633-1000. The festival will continue daily through Monday.

Tour â&#x2013; The D.C. Preservation League will sponsor a tour of Wilson High School, now under renovation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.

Thursday, July 7 JULY 7 Thursday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Sushmita Mazumdar will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Wish, I Dream, I Promise: Make a Book to Celebrate You,â&#x20AC;? about how to make a book of wishes (for ages 8 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 3 and older on a Discovery Hike on the Woodland Trail. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the jazz/rock trio Sytuation. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013;  The Garifuna Collective, a multi-generational ensemble of Central American musicians, will perform in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration of the Peace Corpsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 50th anniversary. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Jazz on Jackson Place series will feature vocalist Lena Seikaly. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place NW. 202-218-4332. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Federation of Democratic Women will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Jazz,â&#x20AC;? featuring saxophonist MeLinda Ford, a live and silent auction, and appearances by D.C. political leaders. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $40. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-288-7606. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Banding Together 2011: The Battle of the Law Firm Bandsâ&#x20AC;? will raise funds to purchase winter clothing for homeless men, women and children. 7 p.m. to midnight. $10. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by The Blackberry Belles, Cane & The Sticks and Wild Fruit. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Free Country ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Alexandre Muns, professor of European integration and international economic institutions at Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pompeu Fabra University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ethical Capitalism: What It Can Do for You.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202288-7606.


Thursday, JULY 7 â&#x2013; Discussion: Steven Petrow will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steven Petrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176.

â&#x2013; Justin Martin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Dining Room A, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Alan Jabbour and Karen Singer Jabbour will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decoration Day in the Mountains.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013;  Harvard University professor Jennifer Hochschild will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Political Implications of Human Genomics.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7678. â&#x2013;  Artist Michael Rohde will discuss the evolution of his work from functional to conceptual. 6 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Sung-Yoon Lee, adjunct assistant professor of international politics at Tufts University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;North Korean Exceptionalism: Paradox of Strength and Vulnerability.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Beth Turner of the University of Virginia will discuss Alexander Calder. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Barbara Zabel, guest curator of the National Portrait Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Portraits: A New Languageâ&#x20AC;? and a professor of art history at Connecticut College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wired: Calderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Portraits.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Mark Stein, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How New Hampshire Took Shape â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Other Boundary Tales.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Bob Riesman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Steven Galbraith, curator of books at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Renate Mesmer, acting head of conservation, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Catch a Thief:

â&#x2013; Reel Affirmations will present Rashaad Ernesto Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gun Hill Road,â&#x20AC;? about a young man exploring his sexuality and the impact on his relationship with his parents. 7 and 9:15 p.m. $12. Landmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW.

Performance â&#x2013; The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Reading â&#x2013;  The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Hailey Leithauser and Suzanne Rhodenbaugh. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a staged reading of John Guareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Degrees of Separationâ&#x20AC;?; a tasting of beer paired with Carla Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cookies; and a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kandinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Experimental Process.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 8:15 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. â&#x2013;  The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum and the Woodrow Wilson House will host a trivia competition focusing on the early 1900s. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue NE. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Kastles will play the Boston Lobsters in World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $45 to $75. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. Tour â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan Olling will lead an evening tour of the National Garden, focusing on trees and shrubs of the mid-Atlantic region. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. The tour will repeat July 14 and 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Friday July 8JULY 8 Friday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013; Artist Maryanne Pollock will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Your Own Superheroâ&#x20AC;? workshop (for ages 6 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Sushmita Mazumdar will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Wish, I Dream, I Promise: Make a Book to Celebrate You,â&#x20AC;? about how to make a book See Events/Page 21





Events Entertainment Continued From Page 20 of wishes (for ages 8 through 12). 1 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271488. Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature the Joe Baione Band performing jazz selections. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ The “Jazz in the Garden” series will feature the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Teen Arts Performance program will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The U.S. Army Blues, U.S. Navy Commodores and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note will perform jazz selections. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-4260486. ■ The U.S. Army Band’s Downrange ensemble will present “Sunsets With a Soundtrack,” featuring tunes made famous by Lady Gaga, Weezer, Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley and Stevie Wonder. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 703-696-3399. Discussions and lectures ■ U.S. Botanic Garden botanist Kyle Wallick will discuss “Early Angiosperms — the Magnoliid Group.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom and Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. ■ Brian Baade and Kristin deGhetaldi, conservators at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss the process used to examine historic techniques of artists. 4 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Tom Gardner and Louann Lofton will discuss their book “Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl — and Why You Should Too.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film ■ “Friday Teen Filmfest in July” will feature the 2008 film “Kung Fu Panda.” 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Colorado Rockies. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, July 9JULY 9 Saturday Children’s programs ■ “Fairy Tea at Tudor Place” will feature a chance for children to dress up in fairy costumes complete with tutus, wands and wings. After a tea ceremony, participants

will tour Tudor Place’s fairy gardens and make a special period craft to take home. 1 p.m. $25; $10 for adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. ■ “Story Hour at the African American Civil War Museum” will feature a reading by “Child of the Civil Rights Movement” author Paula Young Shelton (for ages 5 through 10). 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. Classes and workshops ■ Florencia Renedo will lead a “Reiki Level 1” workshop. 10 a.m. to noon. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202797-5102. ■ Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist and education specialist Cindy Brown will lead a class on “Designing an Urban Potager,” about how to transform a patio, balcony or rooftop into a few square feet of garden. A tour of the Victory Garden at the National Museum of American History will follow. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $65. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ As part of the Washington Early Music Festival, Peabody Institute faculty members Risa Browder and John Moran will lead a Baroque Instrumental Workshop. Noon to 4 p.m. $60; $40 for students. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 3rd St. SE. 703-351-7852. ■ Janis Goodman of the Workingman Collective will lead a Plant Life Drawing Session. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. Concerts ■ The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District’s summer concert series will feature the quintet Batuque performing Brazilian music. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Public plaza in front of BB&T Bank at Columbia Road, Adams Mills Road and 16th Street NW. 202-997-0783. ■ The Washington National Opera will present a performance by the DomingoCafritz Young Artists. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Washington Early Music Festival will feature “Passione,” featuring performing ensembles Arco Voce, Armonia Nova, BHB, Carmina, Ensemble Gaudior, Harmonious Blacksmith, Modern Musick, the Suspicious Cheese Lords and the Vivaldi Project. 7:30 p.m. $40; $20 for students. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 3rd St. SE. ■ Lakeside, Brick and BT Express will perform. 7:30 p.m. $24.50. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. ■ Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. ■ The band Dehlia Low will perform Americana and blues music. 9:30 p.m. Free. Hill Country BBQ, 410 7th St. NW. Discussions and lectures ■ Collector Colin England will discuss the emergence and evolution of silk rugs in

Friday, JULY 8 ■ Performance: The Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company will perform “Frida,” “Homenaje a David Alfaro Siqueiros” and “Vasanth.” 8 p.m. $18 to $25. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.

China during the 20th century. 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202667-0441. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “Living in the Penthouse — Orchids and Bromeliads.” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. ■ Margaret M. Grubiak, assistant professor of architectural history at Villanova University, will explore the mid-19th-century revival of medieval forms of architecture — pointed arches, tracery, towers and turrets. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Daniel Solove will discuss his book “Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Festival ■ “Indonesia Festival 2011” will feature traditional music and dances, Brazilian drums, a cultural exhibition and Indonesian cuisine, as well as concerts by the pop duo Air Supply and R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn. Activities will also include an attempt to break the world record for the largest ensemble playing the angklung, a traditional Indonesian bamboo instrument. 2 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. 202-775-5295. Films ■ “Peru on Film” will feature Humberto Saco’s 2010 film “Camino a la Escuela” and Carlos and José Vallejo’s film “Hanapacha,” at 1 p.m.; and the documentary “Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost World,” at 3 p.m. $5 per screening. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. ■ “From Vault to Screen: New Preservation From France” will present “Poetry in Motion — the Scientific Short,” featuring 15 tinted short films about the domains of insects, snails, caterpillars, man-eating plants and sea critters, with accompaniment by pianist Andrew Simpson. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215.

Performances ■ “The Washington DC/Philadelphia

Exchange” will feature Human Landscape Dance and Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. ■ “Nine on the Ninth,” hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, will feature poet Michelle Antoinette Nelson and an openmike poetry reading. 9 to 11 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Special events ■ The annual commemoration of the Battle of Fort Stevens, the only Civil War battle that took place in the District, will feature children’s activities, livinghistory presentations and ranger-led programs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 13th Street and Piney Branch Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ The National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum will host the fifth annual Baseball Family Day with the Washington Nationals, featuring a chance to take a picture with ball players from noon to 1 p.m. and participate in activities, crafts and music from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ Dumbarton House will present “Mr. Nourse’s Georgetown Neighborhood c. 1810,” led by tour guide Dwayne Starlin. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10; free for ages 3 and younger. Meet at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead a “Paws in the Park” hike through Montrose Park, with dogs on leash welcome. 10 a.m. Free. R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including “The Exorcist,” “The West Wing” and “Wedding Crashers.” 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-979-3370. ■ Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will lead an interactive “Walking Tour as Personal Essay,” filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. ■ A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital, the residences of military leaders and a neighborhood of enslaved and free AfricanAmericans, at 12:30 p.m. $10 for one tour;

$15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. Sunday, July 10 Sunday JULY 10 Children’s program ■ Ages 5 and older will listen to a story about Jackie Robinson and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Concerts ■ The weekly Steel Drummer Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ Verge Ensemble members Lura Johnson and Jenny Line will perform 20thcentury piano works. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. ■ East River Jazz will present the Craig Alston Quintet in concert. 4 to 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 on the day of the event. Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique, 2806 Bruce Place SE. ■ Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly “DC Jazz Jam” session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. ■ The Songwriters Association of Washington and Busboys and Poets will present an open-mike event for singer/songwriters. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ The 2011 Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival will present Tina Chancey on viola da gamba and renaissance violin, Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance flute and Joseph Cascho on harpsichord performing music from 1500 to 1650. 7:30 p.m. $20; free for ages 18 and younger. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 3rd St. SE. 800281-8026. Discussions and lectures ■ Washington National Cathedral artistin-residence Jeremy Filsell will speak as part of the Summer Connections series. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. ■ National Gallery of Art lecturer J. Russell Sale will discuss “The Early Medici, Their Palace, and the Arts in Florence.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, See Events/Page 22

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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 21 National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Marvin Kalb and Deborah Kalb will discuss their book “Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. ■ The Center for Inquiry’s Voices of Reason lecture series will feature J. Anderson Thomson, author of “Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith.” 5 to 7 p.m. $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW.

pianist Stephen Horne. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


Meditation programs ■ “Didgeridoo Meditation” will offer a program featuring the sounds of the didgeridoo, created by the ancient Aboriginal people of Australia. 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Donation suggested. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. ■ Krishna Das (shown) and Sharon Salzberg will present “The Heart of Peace: An Evening of Chant and Meditation.” 7:30 p.m. $35 in advance; $40 on the day of the event. reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800745-3000.

■ The Textile Museum will present the 1963 documentary “The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson.” 2 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. ■ “From Vault to Screen: New Preservation From France” will present Jean Kemm’s 1926 silent movie “Son Premier Film,” with accompaniment by

Performance ■ The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts and Theater J will present a staged reading of Ari Roth’s “Giant Shadows,” the first part of a trilogy on the drama of being second generation in the shadow of the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. Free;

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reservations requested. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-824-0449. The series will continue Tuesday at 7 p.m. with staged readings of the other two plays, “Born Guilty” and “The Wolf in Peter.” Walk ■ A park volunteer and his therapy dog will lead an introductory hike around the Rock Creek Nature Center, Woodland Trail and horse stables. Dogs on leashes are welcome. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070.

Monday, July 11 Monday JULY 11 Children’s program ■ Blue Sky Puppet Theatre will present “If Pigs Could Fly” (for ages 3 through 8). 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Classes ■ Arnold Sanow will lead a class on “Public Speaking: Presentation Skills Made Easy.” 6 to 8 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102. ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in qi gong, a Chinese practice that uses movement, breathing and meditation techniques. 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707.

Monday, JULY 11 ■ Concert: The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature singer/songwriter Laura Tsaggaris. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.

tion of “The Cherry Orchard” at London’s National Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-5471122. Tuesday, July 12 Tuesday JULY 12

Concerts ■ Soloists from the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by Title Tracks, America Hearts and Cat Jack. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW.

Children’s program ■ Blue Sky Puppet Theatre will present “If Pigs Could Fly” (for ages 3 through 8). 10 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. ■ Blue Sky Puppet Theatre will present “If Pigs Could Fly” (for ages 3 through 8). 1 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.

Discussions and lectures ■ Singer and poet Sapphire will discuss her book “The Kid.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Buddhist monk Thumpten Phelgye, a member of the Tibetan government in exile, will discuss “Yoga and Compassion for All Beings.” 7 to 9 p.m. Donation suggested. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. ■ The Chevy Chase Book Club will discuss “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Charles “Flip” Nicklin, National Geographic’s premier whale photographer and marine mammal specialist, will discuss “A Life With Whales.” A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.

Classes ■ The Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company will offer a four-week Bollywood-style dance class. 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ S. Lynn Cooper will lead a class on “Landing Your Dream Job Using Social Media.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $45. First Class Inc., 1726 20th St. NW. 202-797-5102.

Films ■ A series on Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors Trilogy” will open with the 1993 film “Blue,” starring Juliette Binoche as a woman devastated by the death of her husband and child. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ “Pushing the Boundaries: Three Sports Films by Pepe Danquart” will feature the director’s documentary “Home Game,” about an ice hockey team from East Berlin. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present an “NT Live” high-definition broadcast of Howard Davies’ new produc-

Concerts ■ The Harbour Kids concert series will feature Oh Susannah. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature Visions of Jazz. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current ensemble will perform. 8 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. ■ The U.S. Air Force Band’s Max Impact, Airmen of Note and Air Force Strings ensembles will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-7675658. Discussions and lectures ■ Joan Kuriansky, executive director of Wider Opportunities for Women, will discuss her work on behalf of women’s rights.

11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-288-7606. ■ Archivist Jefferson Moak will discuss “The Frozen Sucker War: Good Humor v. Popsicle,” about legal battles between two food icons over alleged patent and marketshare infringements in the 1920s. Noon. Free. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ The History-Travel-Biography Book Club will discuss “Foreign Babes in Beijing” by Rachel DeWoskin. 1 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ Sharon Danks will discuss her book “Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation.” 1 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. ■ Artist Peter Waddell will discuss the paintings of “An Artist Visits the White House Past: The Paintings of Peter Waddell.” 1:30 p.m. Free. White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-8292. The talk will repeat weekly through July 26. ■ Ricky Riccardi will discuss his book “What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later years.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film ■ Reel Affirmations’ Summer Screenings series will feature Leslie Jordan’s film “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet.” 7 p.m. Free. Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW.

Performances ■ The Coyaba Dance Theater, a West African dance troupe, will perform. 11 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. ■ The 10th annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival will team up with OkayAfrica and the Kennedy Center present an international musical jam. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The festival will continue through July 16 with events at various venues. ■ SpeakeasyDC will present “Wet: Stories about oceans, pools, and puddles.” 8 p.m. $14 in advance; $15 at the door. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Kastles will play the New York Sportimes in World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $45 to $75. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. Wednesday, July 13 Wednesday JULY 13 Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The event will repeat July 20 at noon and July 27 at 6 p.m.

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Events Entertainment

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ossible Worlds: On EXHIBIT Mexican Photography and Fiction in 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-646-6100. Contemporary Art,â&#x20AC;? featuring phoâ&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons: Japanese Screens,â&#x20AC;? tographs of imaginary objects, will highlighting screens that represent open tomorrow at the Art various times of the year, will open Museum of the Americas and Saturday at the Freer Gallery of continue through Aug. 28. Art and continue Located at 201 through Jan. 22. 18th St. NW, the Located at 12th museum is open Street and Jefferson Tuesday through Drive SW, the gallery Sunday from 10 a.m. is open daily from 10 to 5 p.m. 202-463a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2020203. 633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made: In â&#x2013;  Conner America,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit Contemporary Art of American-made will open an exhibit home furnishings, will Saturday titled open tomorrow at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Academy 2011,â&#x20AC;? the Washington Design Pauline Sipleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11th annual Center and continue of Diamondsâ&#x20AC;? is at invitational survey of through July 28. work by Master of Located at 300 D Touchstone Gallery. Fine Arts/Bachelor of St. SW, the center is Fine Arts students in the open Monday through Friday from

Washington-Baltimore area. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 22. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1358 Florida Ave. NE, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-588-8750. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Saborâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an exhibit about the true flavor, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;sabor,â&#x20AC;? of Latin music in the United States â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will open Monday at the S. Dillon Ripley Center and continue through Oct. 9. Located at 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indonesian Batik: World Heritage,â&#x20AC;? showcasing Indonesian batiks, will open Tuesday at the Embassy of Indonesia and continue through July 16. Located at 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the embassy is open Monday through Friday from 10

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oklahoma!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;returns for summertime encore


rena Stage is offering a summertime run of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma!â&#x20AC;? July 8 through Oct. 2 in the Fichandler Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the musical tackles issues of

Daniela Edburkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 digital print â&#x20AC;&#x153;Atomic Picnicâ&#x20AC;? is on exhibit at the Art Museum of the Americas as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Possible Worldsâ&#x20AC;? show. a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-775-5200. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art Deck-O: DC Playing Card Originals,â&#x20AC;? presenting artwork by 54 local artists that is being featured on a newly printed deck of playing cards, opened last week at Touchstone Gallery, where it will continue through July 29.

An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 901 New York Ave. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 202-347-2787.


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On STAGE class, culture and convergence between farmers and cowmen in this rugged frontier. Laurey, a lively girl who runs her auntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm, is courted by two very different young men. Her journey to find the man of her dreams and the satisfac- Cody Williams portrays Will Parker in Arena Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma!â&#x20AC;? tion of settling down with the right one mirrors the journey of the terriEarnestâ&#x20AC;? July 8 through Aug. 14 at Who shot Andy Warhol? This tory toward progress, community the H Street Playhouse. musical murder-mystery extravaand eventual statehood. Thanks to carefully crafted dou- ganza â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring book and lyrics Arenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Molly Smith directs, ble lives, Jack and Algy have it all by Maggie-Kate Coleman and and cast members Nicholas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until love and marriage enter the music by Anna K. Jacobs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; reRodriguez, Eleasha Gamble, E. equation. Jack loves Gwendolyn. creates the freewheeling atmosFaye Butler, Aaron Ramey, Cody Algy loves Cecily. Yet both women phere of Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infamous Williams, June Schreiner and insist on marrying the elusive man Factory, complete with a cast of Nehal Joshi reprise their roles. who is colorful characters. Performance â&#x20AC;&#x153;Earnest.â&#x20AC;? After Performance times are 8:30 p.m. times generally â&#x20AC;&#x153;trueâ&#x20AC;? identities Wednesday through Saturday and are 7:30 p.m. are revealed, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $38 Tuesday, will all live to $43. Studio Theatre is located at Wednesday and happily ever 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; Sunday; 8 p.m. after? Thursday Performance â&#x2013; The Capital Fringe Festival through times are 8 p.m. will bring â&#x20AC;&#x153;theatre to get close toâ&#x20AC;? Saturday; and 2 Thursday to audiences July 7 though 24 at 14 p.m. Saturday through stages in the city. The festival will and Sunday. Anne Nottage and Tyler Herman Saturday and 3 feature 140 different productions, Ticket prices star in Scena Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The p.m. Sunday. with tickets costing $17 per show. start at $45, Importance of Being Earnest.â&#x20AC;? Tickets cost $16 Some of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shows are: with certain to $40. The H Street Playhouse is â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Squirrel, or The Origin of a discounts available. Arena Stage is located at 1365 H St. NE. 703-683- Species,â&#x20AC;? an absurdist psychosocial located at 1101 6th St. SW. 2022824; thought experiment featuring 488-3300; â&#x2013;  Studio 2ndStage will present Charles Darwin verbally sparring â&#x2013;  Scena Theatre will reprise last the new Andy Warhol musical with a squirrel. At Fort Fringe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Oscar â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop!â&#x20AC;? July 13 through Aug. 7. Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Importance of Being See Theater/Page 31








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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 22 series will feature Cloudburst performing vocal jazz. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013; The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Hand Painted Swinger. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland, and Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Christopher Webber will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American to the Backbone: The Life of James Pennington, the Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Abolitionists.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden conservation and sustainability horticulturist Ray Mims will discuss how the Sustainable Sites Initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website can assist homeowners in incorporating sustainability in their own landscapes. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reserva-

tions required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013; Author Neil Richardson, embroiderer Houda Salim Al Hashmi and weaver Hameeda Hamed Al Musalmi will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Omani Textile: Traditional Costume and Bedouin Weaving.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. â&#x2013;  John Darwin, an instructor of history at the University of Oxford, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decolonization â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a History of Failure?â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7678. â&#x2013;  Raymond Vickery will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Eagle and the Elephant: Strategic Aspects of US-India Economic Engagement.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $15; reservations required. Cinnabar Room, Asia Society Washington, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-833-2742. â&#x2013;  Azar Nafisi will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Timeless Legacy of al-Mutanabbi Street,â&#x20AC;? about the historic center of the Baghdad literary, cultural and intellectual community and the liberating role books and art can play in resisting

formance will repeat Thursday at 8 p.m. Wine tasting â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wine Tasting 101â&#x20AC;? will feature a blind tasting event. 7 p.m. $65. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Thursday, July 14JULY 14 Thursday

Wednesday, JULY 13 â&#x2013; Concert: Russian guitarist Vladimir Fridman will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

tyranny and cruelty. 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. â&#x2013; Ina Caro will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Films

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â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Palestineâ&#x20AC;? film series will feature Vanessa Rousselotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;(No) Laughing Matter,â&#x20AC;? about the young filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt to search for humor in the West Bank. 6:30 p.m. Free. The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Met: Live in HD Summer Encoresâ&#x20AC;? will feature Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Fille du RĂŠgiment,â&#x20AC;? recorded in April 2008. 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NoMa Summer Screenâ&#x20AC;? will present an outdoor screening of Wes Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Darjeeling Limited,â&#x20AC;? starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman. 7 p.m. Free. L Street between 2nd and 3rd streets NE. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Britain With Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature Brian Welshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Our Name,â&#x20AC;? about a British veteran of the war in Iraq who becomes obsessed with the safety of her daughter. 7:30 p.m. $11; $9 for seniors and students; $8 for military personnel and ages 12 and younger. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  The Lions of Czech Film series will feature Jan Hrebejkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m All Good.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Meditation â&#x2013; The Divine Science Church will offer a weekly hour of silent meditation. Noon. Free. 2025 35th St. NW. 202-333-7630. Performance â&#x2013;  As part of the DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Arena Stage will host a workshop production of Radha Blankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seed,â&#x20AC;? about class and cultural divisions in one of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prominent black communities. 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. The per-

Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the Broadbelt Brothers performing guitar works. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute will perform chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday at 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013;  The Fort Reno concert series will feature performances by the Cornel West Theory, Sound Limit and Guilty. 7:15 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland, and Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ezra Shales, assistant professor of art history at Alfred University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Claire Perry, curator of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great American Hall of Wonders,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the idea of the United States as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;great experimentâ&#x20AC;? and how inventive energies in art, science and technology shaped the nation during the 19th century. 6 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  David Zierler will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invention of Ecocide: Agent Orange, Vietnam, and the Scientists Who Changed the Way We Think About the Environment.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. â&#x2013;  Susan Eisenhower will speak about a portrait of Mamie Eisenhower. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The D.C. Preservation League will present a talk by architect Matthew Jarvis on the history of St. Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parish in Dupont Circle and on artifacts gathered for inspiration in creating a vision for a new sanctuary. 6 to 8 p.m. $25; reservations required. St. Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parish, 1772 Church St. NW. â&#x2013;  Curator Elsa Smithgall and head of conservation Elizabeth Steele will discuss Wassily Kandinskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic process and share new findings about how he developed his compositions. 6:30 p.m. $12;

$10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013; John A. Farrell will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Reading â&#x2013;  The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Benjamin S. Grossberg and Michele Wolf. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Kastles will play the Springfield Lasers in World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $45 to $75. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-397-7328. Friday, July 15 Friday JULY 15 Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature vocalist Lori Anne Williams. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Con Candela performing Cuban jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concert Series will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latin Night,â&#x20AC;? featuring Orquesta la Leyenda, Verny Varela and His Orchestra, and Rudy Gonzalez y Su Locura. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202426-0486. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Mount Vernon associate curator Laura Simo will discuss 18th- and early19th-century objects honoring President George Washington. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-7852040. â&#x2013;  David Willman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rush to War.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Performances â&#x2013;  The Caracalla Dance Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zayed and the Dream,â&#x20AC;? about a journey into the heart of the Arabian Desert. 8 p.m. $45 to $125. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Dance Place will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Word Becomes Fleshâ&#x20AC;? as part of the 2011 DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. 8 p.m. $22; $17 for students, teachers, seniors and artists; $8 for ages 17 and younger. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Kastles will play the St. Louis Aces in World TeamTennis competition. 7 p.m. $45 to $75. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. 202-3977328.


VALET From Page 7 Lee Brian Reba said at the time. “We’re here because of repeated instances, repeated violations.” Bajaj spoke at the May meeting, too, offering what commission chair Anne-Marie

STATEHOOD From Page 5 “I want to see our own Boston Tea Party,” Perry said, adding, “I think the states need to know what [the District does] to deserve statehood. … They just keep hearing ‘second-class citizen’ and the same old wording.” A representative of the Committee for the Capital City group put in a word for retrocession at the meeting. “I hate to say it, [but]

Bairstow described later as a “feisty” defense of his business practices. The restaurant had recently leased three additional parking spaces from a neighboring business, Bajaj said, to alleviate the possible temptation for a valet to park cars quickly on the street during peak business hours. But Afzal said the lease hadn’t reduced the burden on the neighborhood because the motorists

it’s impossible,” the representative said of the District’s chances of statehood after failure through various channels, including a constitutional amendment. “We keep hitting our head against the brick wall of statehood,” he said, while there may be a “50-state solution” in which the District unites with Maryland. Activist Michael Sindram said the spring protest in D.C. only “antagonized the Republican Congress,” which viewed the event “as a distraction from the corruption here.”

who would have otherwise parked there must park elsewhere. “I can’t appease everyone,” Bajaj replied. “Obviously everyone in this neighborhood would like to have a parking lot.” He also questioned whether his valet parking program really has an impact on the neighborhood’s lack of on-street parking. “If we didn’t valet park, someone else would park,”

Panetta conceded that the D.C. government’s recent “corruptions and scandals don’t help” the statehood cause, but said, “If that’s the bar, New Jersey would have had its statehood revoked years ago.” One resident urged the commission to pass the resolution without quibbling, saying its intent is more important than its language. “We can all sit here and editorialize,” she said. The resolution passed unanimously, with commissioner Perry vowing to “wordsmith” it later.

WILSON From Page 5 The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours; and other popular local bands. The Wilson Concert Choir as well as a vocal ensemble and jazz ensemble will also perform. An arts and crafts fair will feature a fine-art display, and it will welcome painters, potters, jewelry and textile artists, photographers, glassblowers, woodworkers and other artisans. Organizers are expecting about 50 local artists to sell their work. The fun wouldn’t last long without grub, and food trucks and local restaurants and shops will make their presence felt. Red Hook Lobster Truck will be on site, as will the DC Empanadas, Takorean, Fojol Bros and Curbside Cupcakes trucks, all of which have agreed to give 20 percent of their sales to the Wilson Capital Campaign. Wilson is also expecting Route 11 Potato Chips, owned by Sarah Cohen (Wilson class of 1982), as well as Tender Rib and Tenleytown’s own Armand’s Pizza. Broad Branch Market’s John Fielding will be flipping hamburgers, bratwursts and Italian sausages. The effort to organize the event kicked off one year ago, and Kennedy said she is excited to see the plans

AGENCY From Page 7 Lew struck back quickly in an 11-page response that challenged Nichols’ understanding of his agency’s practices, calling his process “nimble” and noting that he often favored verbal instructions in face-to-face meetings over written ones. D.C. Council Chairman Brown, however, is not taking chances after suffering through his own procurement-related problems. He is “concerned about the recent findings of the OPEFM audit and is working with the administration to attain assurances that the new DGS will not repeat the errors highlighted in the audit report [and will] correct any outstanding irregularities in the school modernization process,” wrote spokesperson Karen Sibert to The Current. But the new agency will likely implement capital projects in the manner of Lew’s former agency, according to a letter from Lew to Brown about the proposed transition

Artist’s Rendering Courtesy of Cox Graae + Spack

The new atrium, under construction as part of the renovation of Wilson High School, will host an Oct. 14 gala celebrating the school’s 75th anniversary. become reality. “I hope it draws all of the students, all of the parents, all of the alums and is just a big celebration to show the diversity of Wilson through music and art and everything,” she said. Those interested in contributing to the celebration can learn more at

to the Department of General Services. The Department of Real Estate Services typically incurs higher overhead and management costs than does the school modernization agency, wrote Lew. “By utilizing best practices throughout DGS, we expect to drive down” those costs. Better procurement practices, he added, will increase competition and deliver faster projects. What little public discussion there’s been about the new department also centers on Lew’s former bailiwick. Nancy Huvendick of the 21st Century School Fund testified during a recent budget hearing that the consolidation proposal puts school modernization at risk. “With the proposal, … we truly risk losing the lessons learned and the momentum of the past decade,” she said. But during its first year, at least, the Department of General Services will not have full authority over school projects. D.C. Public Schools will have a role in overseeing its capital projects, while the new department will provide project management, Brown noted during a


recent hearing on the agency’s $350 million operating budget. Though that path has potential bumps and will require careful coordination between the new department and the schools chancellor, said Brown, it should allow school modernization to remain a priority. Brown expects Lew to submit a transition plan for the new agency soon, and Lew’s recent letter to the chair outlines the progress toward that goal. Eight working groups are assessing existing agencies’ functions and identifying redundancies as well as best practices. Some of those redundancies will undoubtedly be job-related, though Lew has not named a figure for how many layoffs the consolidation could trigger. Right now, about 700 employees are slated to carry over to the new agency. Nor have planners identified how much in savings the new department could generate. But the working groups have already identified ways the city could better manage its leasing activity and drive down information technology costs, Lew wrote.


he said. “We’re just providing an amenity.” Reba also accused the valets of leaving idling cars blocking the Connecticut Avenue service road, which Bajaj conceded happens occasionally when another car is parked illegally in the parking space he leases as his staging area. He could have those cars towed out of the way, he said, but that would not be “the neighborly thing to do.”

WATER From Page 7 After all, said Beth Mullin, executive director of Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment, “polluted runoff is the No. 1 environmental problem for Rock Creek.” But, she said, it doesn’t have to be. For instance, Mullin said, the new barrel in her Chevy Chase backyard allows her to collect rain and then reuse it to water her plants. Meanwhile, a series of native plants soak up water, reducing runoff into a nearby tributary. Tulou said the pilot program — part of the environment agency’s broader Riversmart runoff reduction efforts — aims to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements, while accumulating data to help other storm-water management programs. After the work is complete, he said, specialists will measure its success to determine whether it makes sense to expand the pilot to other neighborhoods. “We have to change our attitude about the water,” he said. “Historically what we’ve done when it rains ... was get the rain out of our way, off of our feet, and off of our streets as quickly as possible. So

we have gutters and sewers. What Riversmart is about is rethinking that model to say that water can potentially be valuable to us. “It’s a win-win-win,” he said. The program also benefits about 65 homeowners in Chevy Chase and Petworth who have been able to receive extreme lawn makeovers for little or no cost. “We’ve had two rain gardens and a walkway [put in] where we’re going to channel the runoff,” Belenky said. “We’ve ended up with beautiful landscaping, and feeling like we’re doing something to make a difference.” Meanwhile, as part of the broader program, the Transportation Department plans to roll out a series of streetscape improvements to public spaces this winter. Like the lawn improvements, the projects aims to sponge up water by planting street trees, expanding tree boxes, and constructing pervious surfaces in area alleys. The pilot projects are the result of collaboration among the D.C. Department of the Environment, the D.C. Department of Transportation, Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment, Casey Trees, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and engineering firm LimnoTech.


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National Theatre is located Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The Keegan Theatre will conSunday. There will also be a noon 800-447-7400; clude an extended run of “The 25th ■ Studio Theatre has extended matinee on Wednesday, July 20. Annual Putnam County Spelling David Ives’ “Venus in Fur” through Tickets cost $20 to $98. Sidney Bee” July 9 at the Church Street July 24. Harman Hall is located at 610 F Theater. Inspired by Leopold von St. NW. 202-547-1122; This six-time Tony nominee Sacher-Masoch’s notorious 1870 tells the story of five eccentric kids ■ The Reduced Shakespeare vying for first prize, bragging rights erotic novel, “Venus in Fur” is a crackling exploration of desire and Company is presenting “The and, most importantly, a trip to the control. Ives’ saucy play pits Complete World of Sports National Spelling Bee. Music and actress against playwright in a vir(abridged)” through July 24 at the lyrics are by William Finn, and the tuosic display of seduction, cruelty Kennedy Center. book is by Rachel Sheinkin. and gamesmanship. The former reduces 186 movies Performance times are 8 p.m. Performance times are 8 p.m. to 100 minutes, condensing every Thursday through Saturday. Tickets Wednesday through Saturday, 2 cliché from every movie ever made cost $35 to $40. Church Street p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 (plus a few new ones they just Theater is located at 1742 Church p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $44 to made up). The latter covers every St. NW. 703-892-0202; $65. Studio Theatre is located at single sport ever played, from the 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; earliest caveman’s “Neanderthal in ■ The Kennedy Center is the Middle” to your own kid’s socing “Next to Normal” through July cer practice. ■ The Shakespeare Theatre 10. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Company is presenting “The The three-Tony-Award-winning Tuesday through Sunday and 2 Merchant of Venice” directed by musical, which stars Alice Ripley, p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets centers on famcost $39 to $49. 202-467-4600; ily members torn between ■ The Kennedy Center is hosting caring for the hit Broadway musical themselves and “Wicked” through Aug. 21. each other. Featuring music and lyrics by Performance Stephen Schwartz, the play takes times are 7:30 place long before Dorothy visits the p.m. Tuesday land of Oz. through Sunday Two girls meet — one, born and 1:30 p.m. with emerald green skin, is smart, Saturday and fiery and misunderstood; the other Sunday. Tickets is beautiful, ambitious and very cost $35 to popular. How do they grow to $120. 202-467become the Wicked Witch of the 4600; kennedy- The Reduced Shakespeare Company is presenting West and Glinda the Good? “The Complete World of Sports (abridged)” through Performance times generally are ■ Five-time July 24 at the Kennedy Center. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday Tony-nominatEthan McSweeney through July 24 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and ed musical “Rock of Ages” will Sunday. Tickets cost $37 to $250. in Sidney Harman Hall. visit the National Theatre July 12 Whether contemplating the con- 202-467-4600; through 24. tents of gilded chests or the darkest ■ The long-running whodunit In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a corners of human nature, “Shear Madness” at the Kennedy small-town girl meets a big-city Center draws input from the audi“Merchant” challenges audiences dreamer, and in L.A.’s most legence and provides up-to-the-minute endary rock club they fall in love to to look beyond misleading appearimprovisational humor. The setting ances to find the true measure of the greatest songs of the ’80s. This for the comic play is the Shear feel-good love story is told through things. The production, set in the Madness Hair Styling Salon at Lower East Side of Manhattan in the hits of Journey, Styx, REO 3229 P St. in Georgetown. the late 1920s, highlights “two ethSpeedwagon, Pet Benatar, The schedule is generally 8 p.m. nic groups, Jews and Italians, fightWhitesnake and more. Tuesday through Friday; 6 and 9 Performance times are 7:30 p.m. ing one another to become enfranp.m. Saturday; and 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and chised in the American marketSunday. Tickets cost $38 to $50. place,” McSweeney said. Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and 202-467-4600; Performance times are 7:30 Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and

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McLean Gardens $475,000 FHA loans!

Cleveland Park $1,850,000 Coming soon! Your own personal oasis... Marjorie Dick Stuart 240.731.8079

Tenleytown $685,000 SOLD in just 5 days. Fu' price!

THE D.C. PROPERTY LINE Summertime Blues or Red Hot Opportunity to Se' Now?

America’s Birthday Celebration

May Be Over, But... Sparked by low inventory D.C. fireworks may be just beginning! BY BILL STUART Kalorama $739,000 New Listing! 3 bedrooms & 2 baths Kathy Purchase 202.441.8850

WASHINGTON, D.C. The mass exodus from town to the beaches stretching all along the eastern seaboard is well under way. So it’s only natural for summertime home sellers to ask a burning question that even Solarcaine can’t soothe, “Who’s le! in town to buy my house?”

“Typically, September, October and November have more houses for sale than any other months.”

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OF CURRENT INTEREST June rates lowest of the year!

4.51% 30 year fixed rate average Source: Freddie Mac (week ending 6.30)

Inventory of single family homes spiked in September two years in a row (2009 & 2010). Source of chart:

It’s way too early to know for sure, but last summer between the Fourth of July and Labor Day, 615 houses sold to somebody in the city! Once everyone returned from the beach only 597 houses sold before Halloween, a similar time span, and with more competition due to the spike in inventory.

the law! The law of SUPPLY & DEMAND.

So wait, if you must, to put your house on the market. Just don’t delay because you think it will sell faster and for more money. It could be against

He is a contributor to the Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book,” providing anecdotal economic information about the D.C. real estate market.

Remember the lyrics of the immortal Nat King Cole, “Roll out (your house to the market during) those lazy, hazy, CRAZY days of summer...” Bill Stuart, a local real estate broker since 1976, is Head of RandallH agnerR esidentialL LC,a J Street Company.

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