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ANC to gain seat in redistricting

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■ Census: Residents split on

plan to accommodate growth By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

The Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission will likely gain a second representative from the Georgetown University student population as a result of redistricting after the 2010 Census. But a panel

reviewing the boundaries of singlemember districts is split on whether to accept changes that would likely lead to the election of a third student commissioner. The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E Working Group will finalize its vote today between two competing proposals: one from a Georgetown University student and one from three longtime neighborhood residents. Students and long-term residents are each wor-

ried that their views would not be adequately represented by the other group on the commission. Both plans call for adding a single-member district to the commission, making a total of eight. Each district is supposed to contain approximately 2,000 residents, and population changes over the last decade have forced modifications to neighborhood commissions across the city. See Redistricting/Page 13

Cheh cites need for new middle school By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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Lily Pierce, 6, visited the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers’ Market last weekend. The market, which runs through Oct. 30, sets up shop at Hardy Middle School Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As D.C. Public Schools get ready to welcome back students on Monday, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh worries some schools in her ward will be bursting at the seams. “As residents continue to place more faith in DCPS and enroll their children in our public schools, schools in Ward 3 are facing enrollment pressures,” she wrote in an Aug. 4 letter to Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. Cheh said the problem is becoming “particularly acute” at the middle school level. “With a student population approaching 1,000, Deal Middle School has the third largest enrollment of any DCPS school and simply cannot absorb the hundreds of additional students who want to attend this stellar school,” she said. Meanwhile, Cheh said, the other in-boundary option for some Ward 3 families — Hardy Middle School in See School/Page 13

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Council member Mary Cheh wants to study the idea of co-locating a middle school and an expanded facility at the Palisades Recreation Center.

Adams Morgan hotel developers tout plans

D.C. approves shelter lease for Gales School downtown


■ Homelessness: Central

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With plans for a nine-story boutique hotel in Adams Morgan now officially filed, developers are looking ahead to a possible construction start date next summer. In the meantime, they’re continuing the alreadyextensive dialogue on the development — which would be centered around the First Church of Christ, Scientist building at Champlain and Euclid streets — through a batch of neighborhood meetings. The goal, said developer Brian Friedman, is to “help any of the naysayers see how positive this project is.” Those naysayers have showed up in force in the past, objecting to the hotel’s size and controversial tax abatement and citing a potential to drive up rents in Adams Morgan. But Friedman and development partner Matt

NEWS ■ Operation Adams Morgan is working, police say. Page 3. ■ Task force tackles Pepco reliability issues. Page 3.

Union Mission to restore site By ELIZABETH WIENER Bill Petros/Current File Photo

Developers filed a zoning application last month for the boutique hotel project, which will renovate the historic church building and add a hotel behind it.

Wexler faced a small, mostly supportive group at their first meeting last Thursday. The developers are touting the Marriott-affiliated project as “the first truly green hotel in the city,” with the ability to generate about $5 million a year in taxes. See Hotel/Page 27

SPOR TS ■ Ray returns home to win medals at kayak nationals. Page 11. ■ Some DCIAA coaches continue to wait for payment. Page 11.

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For the Central Union Mission, a years-long search for a permanent home has finally come to an end. But the D.C. Council’s approval of a long-term lease for the historic and crumbling Gales School — given in a near-unanimous vote last month — is but the start of a bigger effort to rehabilitate the broken-down facility near Union Station and

EVENTS Exhibit highlights “Location, Location, Location.” Page 21. ■ Shakespeare Theatre updates 1708 farce “Heir Apparent.” Page 21. ■

make it an adequate shelter for 150 homeless men. District officials agreed to rent out the former school at 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW for $1 a year for 40 years with a possible 25-year renewal. The nonprofit, meanwhile, is promising to spend roughly $12 million to restore facades at the historic schoolhouse and make the gutted interior usable. Under what seem to be favorable terms for the city, the organization will operate its shelter and an array of other services with no city subsidy. See Shelter/Page 27

INDEX Calendar/18 Classifieds/26 District Digest/4 Exhibits/21 In Your Neighborhood/16 Opinion/8

Police Report/6 Real Estate/15 Service Directory/22 Sports/11 Theater/21 Week Ahead/3


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D.C. customers fault Pepco Police see improvements in Adams Morgan for automated phone system By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Earlier this summer, Pepco was judged the “most hated company in America” by the website Business Insider. But although several dozen residents turned out for two recent community meetings to discuss the company’s problems, few brought up the most widely expected source of hatred: spotty electricity service. “I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the phone systems, there have been complaints about rates, and there have been complaints about tree-trimming,” said Tom Smith, chair of the Spring Valley/Wesley Heights advisory neighborhood commission. “But you didn’t hear much specific about reliability.” Smith serves on the D.C. Blue Ribbon Task Force on Pepco Service Reliability, which is hosting ward-by-ward meetings across the city to hear residents’ criticisms and the power company’s answers. The task force held its Ward 4 town hall meeting Aug. 3, and met in Ward 3 the week before. The task force’s members — a collection of civic and business leaders — will ultimately present a report to Pepco based on what it hears at the meetings. For members already familiar with complaints about Pepco in their own neighborhoods, hearing concerns from across

the District will help the task force generate big-picture recommendations, said Steve Whatley, chair of the Shepherd Park/Crestwood advisory neighborhood commission and a task force member. “Instead of only being concerned with [Advisory Neighborhood Commission] 4A’s issues, we’ll be looking at a wardwide setting, and then a citywide setting,” Whatley said. “We can consolidate and look for actions that can be taken citywide.” At the Ward 4 meeting, a refrain among residents was frustration with Pepco’s automated system for reporting outages. Some said the system didn’t have their correct information, but most simply said they wanted an option to speak to a live operator. “I want someone to tell me why I have an outage and how soon [my power] will be on,” one resident said. Pepco officials at the meeting said they simply can’t have enough staff and enough phone lines to handle call volumes at times of widespread outages. And the company has found that if customers sometimes reach a live agent, they are all the more frustrated at the inevitable times they must deal with an automated system; so Pepco’s solution was to offer only the automation. See Pepco/Page 17

The week ahead Thursday, Aug. 18

Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization will hold a ribbon cutting for Wilson High School. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the school, located at 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. ■ The D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. will hold a school fair for D.C. Opportunity Scholarship recipients. Representatives of participating schools, including those operated by the Archdiocese of Washington, will attend. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW.

Saturday, Aug. 20

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and National Park Service rangers will hold the first of several monthly volunteer workdays to replace waterbars, fill in gullies and build a turnpike along an eroded stretch of Whitehaven Trail. Tools and instruction will be provided, and work will begin at 9 a.m. The location is west of 37th Street between T and U streets NW. To sign up, contact Alex Sanders at ■ Ward 4 Community Day, presented by Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, will feature music, food and information from D.C. agencies such as the Department of Employment Services, which will provide job-search and résuméwriting tips. Organizers will also collect school supplies for Ward 4 schools. The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Illinois Avenue and Gallatin Street NW. For details, call 202-724-8052.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

AARP will hold a “Listening Session” for Ward 2 residents on topics such as Medicare, Medicaid, education, affordable housing and public safety. Presentations will be translated into Mandarin and Cantonese. The meeting will be held from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Emmaus Services for the Aging/Asian and Pacific Islander Senior Center, 417 G Place NW. ■ The University of the District of Columbia will hold a community meeting to discuss the launch of the new UDC Community-Campus Task Force. The new group is intended to address a range of physical planning issues relating to university growth and operations, and to enhance communication about campus-related issues. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room A-03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, contact Thomas E. Redmond at 202-274-5622 or

In most parts of the city, bumper-to-bumper traffic and crowds that barely fit on to the sidewalks at 3 a.m. would be considered chaos. On 18th Street in Adams Morgan, police are pointing to this atmosphere as an improvement. After all, officials said, the pedestrians are now largely restricted to sidewalks instead of wandering freely through the roadway; cars are now moving slowly instead of sitting in gridlock; and fewer drivers are drunk. Over the last four weekends, Operation Adams Morgan has placed up to three dozen extra police officers and other enforcement officials on the 2300 and 2400 blocks of 18th Street. The effort, said Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Aubrey Mongal, “basically puts a zero-tolerance blanket on those two blocks from midnight to 5 a.m. every

Friday and Saturday night.” “We’re trying to change the climate in that area to make it not a place where you come to hang out all night long and harass people,” Mongal said last Wednesday at a special meeting of the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission. Officials said the operation is not targeting the character of the neighborhood that draws paying customers from across the D.C. area to 18th Street’s thriving nightlife scene. Instead, they said, it’s taking aim at a crowd of hangers-on who don’t patronize the bars or restaurants in Adams Morgan but cause problems late at night. Community members have described fights, loud music blasted from parked cars and verbal and physical harassment, among other issues. At the meeting, 3rd District Cmdr. Jacob Kishter said police are pleased with the program, which also includes a presence from liquor inspectors, the fire See Operation/Page 7



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District Digest Georgetown woman’s death ruled homicide A 91-year-old woman who was found dead in her Georgetown

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Md. man sentenced for area robberies

A District Heights, Md., man was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison last week for his role in two violent crimes in Friendship Heights last year, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In May, Ryan Collins, 23, pleaded guilty to charges that he robbed a man at gunpoint in the 4300 block of Jenifer Street at 2:30 a.m. Dec. 4. He also pleaded guilty to shooting another man in a failed robbery attempt an hour later in the 5400 block of 43rd Street, right around the corner, the release states.

Collins was arrested in January and admitted to participating in two additional armed robberies in Northwest, in Friendship Heights and in Glover Park, according to the release. Once he completes his prison sentence, Collins will face five years of supervised release, the news release states.

Chain Bridge facing weekend closures

Chain Bridge will close this weekend and for nine other weekends through Dec. 18 while the D.C. Department of Transportation conducts structural repairs, according to a news release. Each closure — blocking the road to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians — will last from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. This weekend’s will be the only closure in August, but the bridge is also set to close Sept. 9 through 11 and Sept. 16 through 18, among other weekends this year, according to the release. Electronic signs will alert drivers to upcoming closures. The bridge was previously closed while the Transportation Department repaired its upper deck; the release states that the upcoming repairs will take place under the bridge.

I-66 lanes closing for repaving work

will support the orchestra, though payment is not required. Donated instruments will also be accepted, with guitars going to the orchestra and other instruments going to the Safe Streets Arts Foundation for use in prisons. Membership in the orchestra is open to all regardless of age, location and musical experience. Rehearsals and instruction take place Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Court, 725 24th St. NW. For more information, contact

A section of Interstate 66 will be reduced to as little as one lane in each direction on some nights through Sept. 15 while the highway is repaved, according to a news release from the D.C. Transportation Department. The repaving project impacts a stretch of the road, also known as the Potomac Freeway, from the Whitehurst Freeway to Ohio Drive. The work began Monday. According to the release, rotating lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and electronic signs will alert drivers when travel is affected.


An article in the Aug. 10 issue on the Rivers at the Watergate incorrectly stated that the board of directors of Watergate East Inc. was among those calling for the city to void a 1 a.m. closing time at the restaurant. In fact, the board has not taken a formal action on the matter, and the letter from board member Peter Sullivan to the Foggy Bottom-West End advisory neighborhood commission reflected his views as an individual, not an official stance of the board. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202-244-7223.

Foggy Bottom group to perform Sunday

The Foggy Bottom Guitar Orchestra, a group founded by classical guitarist Dennis Sobin and other seniors living at St. Mary’s Court, will perform this weekend at a “Mature Voices� open-mic event at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville, Md. The event will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. at the store, located at 5331 Baltimore Ave. A $5 contribution at the door

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University of District poised Panel calls for council hearing on bond tax to experience building blitz By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

After three decades of construction inactivity, the University of the District of Columbia’s Van Ness campus is facing a flurry of projects for new and upgraded facilities. The work coming this year will be the first of many efforts to transform the District’s public university from a local commuter school to a nationally desirable four-year institution and ultimately double its enrollment over the next decade. Over the coming months, many departments will be shuffled among various “swing spaces� and construction will obstruct the university’s main entrance, but officials said the end result — a more modern, more environmentally friendly campus — is well worth the temporary inconvenience. “We see it as a positive disruption, because we haven’t had any actual construction on this campus in 30 years,� said Barbara Jumper, associate vice president for facilities and real estate. Most of the work is part of the school’s 10-year campus plan, which the D.C. Zoning Commission approved earlier this summer. The plan also allows the school to add on-campus student housing, though

In an area of the District where many residents have fought against a tax on out-of-state municipal bonds, it’s not surprising that an advisory neighborhood commission would consider a resolution opposing the plan. But after Forest Hills/Van Ness commissioners crafted a resolution on the controversial tax — then struck down a large piece of it — they voted instead only to request D.C. Council hearings on the issue.

After several close votes earlier this year, the council approved the tax but delayed its implementation until next year, turning to the District’s reserves for the $13.4 million the bond tax would have generated. Opposing the use of reserve funds, Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the delay earlier this month, meaning the tax will apply to municipal bond income earned throughout 2011 unless the council takes further action. At Monday’s neighborhood commission meeting, commissioner Adam Tope introduced a resoluSee Bonds/Page 7

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The campus has seen no major construction in 30 years.

the details of that project remain undecided for now. Workers are already transforming the campus’s central open space — Dennard Plaza, which sits above a parking garage — into a green roof that can filter rainwater. Meanwhile, officials are finalizing plans to break ground this fall for a new student center at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street. And two existing buildings will soon be under renovation to relieve cramped conditions for the university’s business and law schools. “For the first time in the 15 years I’ve been here, you can see transformation happening every day,� said Shelley Broderick, dean of the David A. Clarke School of Law. In See Campus/Page 17

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Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013; 3000 block, Military Road; unspecified premises; Aug. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5300 block, Broad Branch Road; residence; Aug. 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5300 block, 29th St.; street; Aug. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  6200 block, Utah Ave.; street; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  5100 block, Chevy Chase Parkway; street; Aug. 9.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 4200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  3700 block, Cumberland St.; residence; Aug. 10. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  4400 block, Garrison St.; street; Aug. 9. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; Aug. 11. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5100 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  4200 block, Davenport St.; grocery store; Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  4600 block, 41st St.; restaurant; Aug. 13. Theft (shoplifting) â&#x2013;  4200 block, Davenport St.; grocery store; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; Aug. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  4400 block, Garrison St.; street; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  4800 block, 45th St.; street; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Van Ness St.; street; Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  4500 block, Alton Place; street; Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  4400 block, Alton Place; street; Aug. 10.

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â&#x2013; 3500 block, Davenport St.; storage facility; Aug. 11. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  3400 block, Yuma St.; street; Aug. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Appleton St.; street; Aug. 8.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2100 block, Cathedral Ave.; street; Aug. 12. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  2500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; Aug. 13. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  39th and Newark streets; street; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  3600 block, 38th St.; street; Aug. 12. Stolen auto (attempt) â&#x2013;  2400 block, Calvert St.; street; Aug. 8. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; sidewalk; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  3400 block, 38th St.; residence; Aug. 11. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  2000 block, 37th St.; street; Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Porter St.; street; Aug. 10.

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Stolen auto â&#x2013; 2300 block, King Place; residence; Aug. 7. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  2800 block, Chain Bridge Road; residence; Aug. 10. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  5900 block, MacArthur Blvd.; unspecified premises; Aug. 13. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  5100 block, Yuma St.; street; Aug. 9. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  5000 block, Cathedral Ave.; unspecified premises; Aug. 9.

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Burglary â&#x2013; 3000 block, Q St.; residence; Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; medical facility; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; Aug. 12. â&#x2013;  37th and O streets; university; Aug. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2700 block, Q St.; park area; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  2800 block, Olive St.; street; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  3800 block, Reservoir Road; sidewalk; Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  3100 block, M St.; store; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  3000 block, M St.; store; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; Aug. 12. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2500 block, P St.; street; Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  3000 block, O St.; street; Aug. 12.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 2600 block, M St.; sidewalk; Aug. 12. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  800 block, 25th St.; street; Aug. 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unit block, Washington Circle; hotel; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; residence; Aug. 8.

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Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013; 1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; Aug. 10. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1700 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; Aug. 8. Robbery (snatch) â&#x2013;  17th and R streets; sidewalk;




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Aug. 12. Robbery (stealth) â&#x2013; 1900 block, M St.; restaurant; Aug. 9. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; sidewalk; Aug. 12. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â&#x2013;  1800 block, 19th St.; sidewalk; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; Aug. 12. Burglary (armed) â&#x2013;  1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; hotel; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  2000 block, Massachusetts Ave.; hotel; Aug. 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, R St.; residence; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, R St.; residence; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, L St.; unspecified premises; Aug. 9. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; sidewalk; Aug. 11. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1000 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; Aug. 12. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1500 block, M St.; sidewalk; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1500 block, K St.; restaurant; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  17th and L streets; sidewalk; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; Aug. 8. â&#x2013;  1600 block, L St.; office building; Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  2000 block, M St.; hotel; Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; park area; Aug. 10. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 17th St.; sidewalk; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  1600 block, I St.; office building; Aug. 11. â&#x2013;  1600 block, U St.; tavern; Aug. 12. â&#x2013;  New Hampshire Avenue and T Street; unspecified premises; Aug. 13. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2000 block, O St.; street; Aug. 7. â&#x2013;  20th Street and Sunderland Place; street; Aug. 9. â&#x2013;  1200 block, New Hampshire Ave.; parking lot; Aug. 9.

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marshal and the Guardian Angels. In the first three weekends, officers issued citations to belligerent jaywalkers who ignored police direction, carloads of open-container violators and other disorderly crowd members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nearly 100 arrests in all compared to fewer than 200 in the preceding seven months, said Kishter. Few of those arrested were business patrons, but rather people who come to drink their own alcohol within Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lively latenight atmosphere, officials said. They said public arrests â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with officers pulling alleged open-container offenders from cars and putting their beverages on the roof â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are designed to make it clear to the crowd what police are up to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to deal with them and make it uncomfortable for them to be here, so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go somewhere else,â&#x20AC;? said Mongal. Although most residents and business owners at the neighborhood commission meeting said they were happy with the operation, Barbara Shapiro of Millie & Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2440 18th St., said some of her customers have complained about their treatment from police officers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting ticketed and screamed at for jaywalking,â&#x20AC;? Shapiro said, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think some of the arrests and tickets are for customers I think arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coming back.â&#x20AC;? Police officials acknowledged that officers are sometimes loud, but said they issue jaywalking citations only to pedestrians who repeatedly ignore police direction to use crosswalks, which they said is essential to keeping traffic moving. Denis James, president of the Kalorama Citizens Association, said in an interview that despite some problems with the operation, overall heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressed with what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen so far. James said he would prefer to see the volunteer Guardian Angels replaced with â&#x20AC;&#x153;trained professional officers,â&#x20AC;? parking on 18th Street eliminated at peak nightlife hours to accommodate more travel lanes, and more enforcement against businesses that violate agreed-upon noise mitigation practices. But as is, James said, the police effort to restore order to 18th Street appears to be working and is necessary for Adams Morgan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a good thing for businesses or residents to have a lawless environment in the streets,â&#x20AC;? he said. James said he would like to see the current staffing levels stay in place for at least six months to effect a permanent change on the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character, and that there should be some extra latenight police presence indefinitely. At last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, police said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure what will happen with the operation long term. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be an ongoing process,â&#x20AC;? Mongal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just completed week three, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot better than week one.â&#x20AC;?

tion asking the District to tax only income from newly purchased municipal bonds, allowing residents to receive the earnings they expected when they made existing investments. Tope said he heard from many retired, fixed-income constituents that they rely on the bonds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a retroactive tax â&#x20AC;Ś which no one usually does for this type of thing, which is unfair,â&#x20AC;? Tope said,

adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you purchase the bonds later, you get taxed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fair deal.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Karen Perry argued that residents should know that any investment is a gamble. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tax laws change. Nothing is ever set in stone,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people who buy these bonds took a risk, just like anybody else developing a retirement portfolio. ... Nobody assured them a lifetime guarantee.â&#x20AC;? Speaking at the meeting, one resident called his out-of-state municipal bonds â&#x20AC;&#x153;vital to my life.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know I took the risk,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but whoeverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsible for the risk having gone bad for me, that person is going to bear a price with my vote.â&#x20AC;? The debate grew heated, with Tope at one point deriding Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position as â&#x20AC;&#x153;bulls--tâ&#x20AC;? during the public meeting. Perry put forward an amendment to the resolution to instead call for a two-year tax-free â&#x20AC;&#x153;grace periodâ&#x20AC;? on municipal bond earnings that would allow residents to buy District of Columbia bonds, which remain tax-

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Gaming the system

In the worlds of politics, public relations and journalism, it’s an axiom that anyone who puts out information late on a Friday afternoon is looking to minimize coverage. Locally, there’s a corollary: A government agency that schedules a public hearing for August is probably not hoping for a strong turnout. In some cases, of course, urgency might dictate the need for swift action. But there was no such justification for the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board’s initial choice of August for six of nine community meetings on the controversial D.C.-run online gaming program. Making the announcement only a week or two before the first scheduled session only compounded the problem. Thankfully, the Lottery Board apparently knows when to fold ’em. After a bit of criticism in the media, on blogs and among community leaders — as much as an issue is likely to generate in early August — officials decided to delay the meetings. Taken in isolation, we would commend officials for correcting their mistake quickly. But the establishment of “i-Gaming” in the District has proceeded with little opportunity for public input. The D.C. Council, at the behest of at-large Council member Michael Brown, tucked the gambling provision into the city’s revised 2011 budget last December — ostensibly as an immediate revenue-raising measure in tough fiscal times. The first council hearing on the program didn’t take place until late June. Even if officials could have gotten the program under way Sept. 8, as they had hoped to do at the time, it would have brought little revenue into the city coffers in the current fiscal year, which ends the same month. The lottery board has adopted procedures that assure a chance for advisory neighborhood commissions to comment on requests for “hot spots” at hotels, restaurants or public buildings within their boundaries. That’s important, but so is a full-fledged effort to solicit community input on the program as a whole and its administrative procedures. D.C. residents — including those who scheduled vacations for August — deserve a chance to weigh in on whether they want their city to become the first U.S. jurisdiction to implement a government-run online casino.

Helping the homeless

Georgetown Ministry Center executive director Gunther Stern said everything his organization does is about “empowerment, respect, dignity and making the homeless feel like they’re not second-class citizens.” The center’s recent renovation goes a long way in fulfilling those admirable goals. After six weeks of work, the facility, which is accessible through the alley entrance of Grace Episcopal Church on Wisconsin Avenue, now features a row of new Macintosh computers, an expanded and updated social and kitchen area, a new shower and bathroom, a private space for physician visits and a laundry room. We’d like to commend the center’s staff — and their supporters — for undertaking the project. HOK architecture firm kindly provided its services pro bono, and numerous local groups and donors helped make the work possible through their financial contributions. And of course employees and volunteers at the Georgetown Ministry Center deserve much praise for their ongoing efforts, which now keep the facility open seven days a week. The center provides a vital resource in a community that might not otherwise offer much to its homeless inhabitants. And, in fact, the neighborhood draws many who don’t have permanent homes, said center outreach director Roy Witherspoon, pointing to its appealing affluence, and its many tucked-away spaces. Along with providing a space for homeless people to spend time, the ministry offers assistance with medication, mail and, when possible, permanent housing. Anyone can become a member, and even non-members can use most services. Thanks to the shiny new upgrade, we hope even more will do so.

Ethically honoring Dr. King …


his Sunday begins a weeklong celebration marking the completion of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial down by the Tidal Basin. Events will conclude Aug. 28, with the dedication and an appearance by President Barack Obama. Before that, there’ll be marches, receptions and a formal salute to the women of the civil rights movement (long overdue), as well as many other observances. Tuesday will be a special day for District of Columbia citizens. The memorial foundation had set aside tickets for access to the site for the city to distribute to residents, but heavy demand led to a decision to open the event to anyone who’s interested in seeing the memorial. Mayor Vincent Gray intends to use the day to promote congressional voting rights and/or statehood for the nation’s capital. We have a more modest goal. We’d like to see the city’s elected leaders honor King by moving more quickly to clean up the ethics mess that shrouds our city politics. Dr. King said on more than one occasion, “The time is always ripe to do what’s right.” We don’t have to dig up any more quotes from King. You’ll hear them a great deal as the celebratory week unfolds. We’re nearing September, the end of the D.C. Council recess. How long will it take the reconvening council to come up with a real ethics bill with real teeth? It should spell out full reporting requirements for any fundraising, whether a campaign, a constituent service fund or a legal defense fund. With such a bill, the council wouldn’t just be honoring King, of course, but also the council members themselves and the people they’re supposed to be serving. We won’t quote King again right now, but we will quote Thomas Babington Macaulay, a British philosopher and politician: “The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.” ■ No new street name. The D.C. Council passed a bill to add an honorary name — “Martin Luther King Jr. Drive” — to the part of Independence Avenue that goes by the new King Memorial. The effort is intended to show that King’s name is not honored just east of the Anacostia River, but by the whole city. Well, the National Park Service controls Independence Avenue, and it says it will not allow the ceremonial King placard or any other names along the roadway. Park spokesperson Bill Line told The Washington Post that there’s no disrespect; he

says the Park Service won’t let California, for example, rename roadways in Yosemite National Park either. The new Martin Luther King Jr. Drive stretches from Anacostia across the 11th Street Bridge to the Southeast/Southwest Freeway, Maine Avenue and Independence Avenue — the bulk of which are locally controlled roads. ■ New schools. City Administrator Allen Lew should be proud, and we believe he is. Since 2007, the District has been working on a billion-dollar effort to remodel or rebuild nearly every school building in town. Over 15 years, the city expects to spend $3.5 billion on school facilities. It’s a remarkable achievement. Whatever issues there may be with school governance, no one can truthfully say that our city school buildings as a whole are an embarrassment to public education anymore. The first phase of the new Anacostia High School was dedicated on Monday. H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast — once the worst school in the city — is being dedicated on Wednesday. Wilson High School in Northwest is reopening soon, with a ribbon-cutting event set for Thursday at 11:30 a.m. And Ballou in Southeast was going to be renovated, but now it’s going to be replaced. All of the city’s high schools have Olympicquality athletic fields. The classrooms have air conditioning and heat. No doubt there have been administrative missteps along the way, and money may have been wasted here or there. But no one will say that city school buildings are a joke. Instead of demoralizing students, they stand as beacons to better education. ■ Hello? Hello? A new survey shows that 83 percent of Americans now have some sort of mobile phone device, according to Pew Research Center. And 13 percent of those folks admit to pretending to be on the telephone to avoid interacting with others. We admit to doing that, and more. We once told then-Police Chief Charles Ramsey about a trick we have used during gym workouts. Ramsey was remarking on how people routinely came up to talk with him when he was trying to exercise. Ramsey didn’t want to appear rude. So we told him our gimmick — put earphones in your ears and tuck the cord into your shorts. Of course, you could be listening to music anyway, but the ruse works even if you don’t have a mobile device. It especially works if you get a good look of concentration on your face. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor Adopt-a-Thon raises troubling questions

The “Adopt-a-Thon” held at the Washington Animal Rescue League on Aug. 6 and 7 [“‘Adopt-a-Thon’ nearly clears crowded shelter,” Aug. 10] has raised a number of concerns among people who work or volunteer in local animal welfare organizations. That weekend, people were allowed to claim an animal after filling out a form and completing a short interview with either a staff member or a volunteer. The standard adoption fees were

reduced to whatever the individual chose to pay. There were zero checks to verify if the information on the form was accurate. It can certainly be argued that adopting an animal has become unnecessarily bureaucratic and discouraging. However, key aspects of the event — the lack of any verification to confirm that potential adopters had a safe and legal home for a pet, whether or not they had surrendered animals to shelters for trivial reasons, and if they were capable of providing minimal time and resources needed for a companion animal — were alarming and almost unprecedented among local animal rescue groups. From my personal experiences in animal rescue and adoptions, I have seen many examples of people who were ini-

tially excited and convinced that they wanted to adopt a pet, but who had lost interest or “moved on” within a few days. It is worth noting that the apparent motive for the Adopt-aThon was as part of a competition sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that awards money to a shelter for increasing their adoption rate over the previous year. The contest is intended to encourage “innovative ways to increase pet adoptions.” I do not believe that lowering the criteria for adopters to almost zero should be considered an innovative approach and suspect that this was not the aim desired by the national association. Jane Halpern Forest Hills

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Palisades middle school could ease crowding VIEWPOINT mary cheh


his week, I am touring all 10 public schools in Ward 3 during my annual School Readiness Tour to check the condition of our buildings and ensure that teachers and staff have everything that they need to have a successful start to the school year. As I speak with principals during my visits, it is clear that we have now reached the point where all Ward 3 public schools are at or exceed their capacity. We have excellent public schools in Ward 3. As parents have been placing more faith in D.C. Public Schools in the past few years, enrollment has steadily increased. This is especially acute in younger grades, which have expanded significantly. This bubble of students will work its way through the system, so we have to begin to plan for the consequences now. Part of this enrollment problem is due to the fact that school boundaries have not changed in many years to reflect population shifts. D.C. needs to begin an open, public process to examine elementary and high school boundaries and consider adjusting them so that our schools are not overcrowded. The problem at the middle school level seems to be a lack of capacity. Students at approximately half of the elementary schools in Ward 3 feed into Deal Middle School. With nearly 1,000 students, Deal simply cannot grow much larger. Key, Mann and Stoddert elementary schools feed into Hardy Middle School. Although Hardy fills a great need in the system, few Ward 3 students attend Hardy. Its arts-focused curriculum does not appeal to a sufficient number of Ward 3 parents. If the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Letters to the Editor Bond tax shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply retroactively

Your Aug. 10 editorial â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muni melodramaâ&#x20AC;? calls for the D.C. Council to end the melodrama that surrounds the issue of taxing outof-state municipal bonds. I agree, but there are two big holes in your argument. First, you say the council should solve the issue by reducing the retroactive nature of the tax so it applies only to income earned after Oct. 1. That really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t solve the problem. People buy bonds as part of a retirement or investment plan. A large percentage of bondholders are retirees who lack the means to earn other income. To tell them the bonds they bought as a source of tax-free income will now be taxed at 8.5 percent is changing the rules and leaving them with no sensible choice. Are they expected to sell the bonds suddenly? In this market? And then reinvest in what? It would be a far more rational and equitable choice to grandfather current bondholders, and make the tax effective for any bond purchases after a specific date. Second, you should look again at Mayor Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug 8.

structure were changed to attract Ward 3 families, then Hardy would likely no longer have room for many of the out-of-boundary students who thrive there and benefit from the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality education. To meet the needs of Ward 3 parents, a new middle school is needed. One possibility is expanding Mann Elementary School through eighth grade. A few weeks ago a group of parents and neighbors invited me to the Palisades Recreation Center to share another idea. As the recreation center there is in poor condition, they proposed modernizing it and adding some classrooms and support spaces. This way, Palisades could serve the community not only as a recreation center but also as a small middle school. A great model is Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center. The facilities at Stoddert are shared between the school and the recreation center. This structure has proved to be very successful and benefits both the students and the community. Earlier this month, I wrote to Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Deputy Mayor for Education Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shawn Wright to raise this issue and ask that they consider ways to relieve enrollment pressures in Ward 3. To be clear, this is just the beginning of the conversation. Long before any school boundaries are adjusted or a new middle school is built, it is important for there to be a community dialogue. I have already begun to hear from residents on this issue, and I appreciate the feedback. I want to hear from everybody who has a view or idea about this. I hope that the District can begin the public process for examining how to relieve the enrollment pressures in Ward 3 public schools soon so that our schools can continue to be excellent without being overcrowded. Mary Cheh represents Ward 3 on the D.C. Council.

letter to Council Chairman Kwame Brown. In the letter, the mayor states his support for â&#x20AC;&#x153;removing the tax exemption on out-of-state bonds on a prospective basisâ&#x20AC;? and combining that with a tax-rate increase of 0.4 percent for incomes over $350,000. This is a modest increase on the high-income earners and a reasonable approach to changing bond policy for the future. This is the sort of compromise The Current should support and the council should adopt. Carol J. Carmody American University Park

Report on meeting erred on cigar issue

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F report in The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 10 issue includes a factual error about our resolution opposing the cigar-smoking exemption in D.C. law. The Current added a comment that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the council has since tweaked the law to make it applicable to only two hotels.â&#x20AC;? This is incorrect. The Budget Support Act allowed 79 hotels to have once-ayear cigar-smoking event exemptions. The temporary technical amendments bill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which the mayor pocket vetoed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; added a restriction that would let only hotels that have â&#x20AC;&#x153;a ballroom or

special event catering space with an occupancy of 500 or more personsâ&#x20AC;? obtain the exemption. This restriction doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it applicable to only two hotels; it makes it applicable to 25 hotels. I created a list of the 25 hotels that meet the criteria and posted it online at The temporary legislation was passed on July 12. Our commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting was held later that evening, and not on July 13 as reported. There was no subsequent action by the council to reduce the scope of their error. The temporary legislation would have expired in 225 days, leaving the 79 exemptions in place, but the veto allows for all 79 exemptions now. Our commission was not misinformed, and the D.C. Council has not reduced the number of allowable cigar parties. Only Council members Phil Mendelson, Mary Cheh and Jim Graham voted to remove these exemptions to our health and safety laws. The council will pass a new technical amendments bill to address the retroactive bond tax issue. That will be its opportunity to remove the exemption for cigar events. Why the bond tax, the cigar exemption and online gambling were slipped in without any public hearing is a separate matter. Bob Summersgill Commissioner, ANC 3F07

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NCS grad paddles to gold at Nationals

By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

For Betsy Ray, kayaking on the international circuit meant a chance to witness other cultures and compete with top athletes from around the world. Coming back home — where she raced in a national meet — netted her some serious hardware. Ray, a 2011 graduate of National Cathedral School, took part as a kayaker in the Canoe & Kayak Junior World Championships in Bradensburg, Germany, from July 28 through 31. She wasn’t thrilled with her boat’s performance — an eighth-place finish — but said the experience of competing overseas was unforgettable. “It was so neat to be in this place,” she said yesterday. “There are very few occasions like that. It

was very cool, and I’ve never been able to go to anything like that with so many different countries there.” After leaving Germany, Ray and several of her U.S. Junior World teammates traveled to Gainesville, Ga., for the USA Canoe & Kayak National Championships, held Aug. 4 through 6. There, she found greater success on the water, reeling in three medals — a gold, silver and bronze. Ray took home first place in the 1,000-meter K-1 race, second place in the 5-kilometer K-1 and third place in the 500-meter K-1. She was especially proud of the achievements because she had spent so much time preparing to “peak” for the international event, but still had enough left to deliver big-time results back home. “We weren’t in prime condition,” she admitted. The experience of competing

overseas certainly helped Ray prepare for taking on other U.S. kayakers. In Germany, the American team took on 55 other nations, including some of the best in the world in the sport. In the 500-meter event on the world stage, Ray’s kayak did well enough in the heat and semifinal to qualify for the B final, but the team’s time increased in the last race. “We felt like we could’ve had a better race,” she said. “Our time in the final ended up being a second slower than it was in the heat and the semi.” Although she and her teammates couldn’t quite match up with kayakers from countries like Hungary, Germany and Russia — where the sport is revered — the experience

Some coaches still waiting for overdue pay By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer

Former Wilson High School baseball coach Eddie Smith created a stir last week when he said he hadn’t been paid for his work last season. As it turns out, he isn’t the only one. Wilson athletic director Mitch Gore confirmed that Smith is among a handful of coaches at the school who haven’t received payment for the last academic year. The problem stems from a technicality, he said. Gore said he submitted the paperwork for payment in May but was just recently informed that Smith and some other coaches weren’t eligible for pay because they hadn’t updated their fingerprints in the school system’s records. He said coaches must be fingerprinted every two years. The athletic director said he was unaware of their status because it was his first year on the job. “Since I hadn’t been here previously, I didn’t know [where they stood] in the cycle,” said Gore. As with the other unpaid coaches, Gore said, Smith has “gotten the forms. So now it’s in his hands to go down and be fingerprinted and as soon as that’s done, he’s going to be paid.” Smith acknowledged that he has since received the paperwork and is working to resolve the issue, but wondered, “Why would you wait so long to tell us? The season ended months ago.” One longtime Cardozo High School coach also says he hasn’t been compensated for his work. “I haven’t gotten paid for a couple of things last year for my work as athletic director and for outdoor

track, and also for working the [D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association] playoffs as site coordinator,” Cardozo’s Bobby Richards, also the football and track and field coach at the school, said yesterday in an interview. Richards said he believes the problem stems from “a disconnect between the office that clears people to be paid and the payroll office,” and added that he’s having trouble getting answers as to why his money is so long overdue. “When you talk to people, they just make a litany of excuses for why you haven’t gotten paid,” he said. The Cardozo coach, who has worked at the school since 1984, said he wasn’t paid for his work in the spring of 2010 until March of this year — and that the situation is not uncommon, though it has been worse in the past two years than before. Still, he said, the coaches carry on as usual. “We’re the lowest-paid coaches in the country anyway, so most of us — the older guys — we would do it for nothing,” Richards said. “So it doesn’t really have an adverse affect on the way we coach these teams. We do it because we love coaching.” Sources also told The Current that DCIAA basketball referees have not yet been paid for their work last season either. In an email to Gore and others that was forwarded to The Current, D.C. Public Schools chief of staff Lisa Ruda said officials will be paid this Friday, Aug. 19. Willie Jackson, the recently hired interim athletic director for city schools, was reached yesterday morning but said he wasn’t permitted to answer media inquires.

Courtesy of Betsy Ray

Above, Betsy Ray at Nationals (middle); left, sightseeing while in Germany for Junior Worlds; and below, racing at Nationals. was what counted most. “We were all living together, eating together, we didn’t know any of the other people there and most of them don’t even speak English,” she said. “We really bonded.” Ray is a week away from heading to Columbia University for preorientation and said she’s both excited and nervous about the next stage in her life. She’s not willing to give up her favorite sport, though. “I’m definitely not ready to let go of it. I want to keep kayaking as much as I can while keeping that balance with my schoolwork and stuff,” she said.

Sports Desk St. Albans grad Hultzen signs pro contract

After waiting until the last minute, 2008 St. Albans graduate Danny Hultzen inked a fiveyear, $10.6 million contract on Monday night with the Seattle Mariners, the team that had selected him second overall in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. Hultzen waited until right before the deadline to sign, agreeing to terms just before the midnight cutoff Monday night. His contract guarantees $8.5 million, including a $6.35 million signing bonus — the fifth highest ever for a draft pick. “Danny is a hard-throwing left-hand pitcher with tremendous athletic ability,” Seattle director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara says in a news release. “We are excited to welcome him to the Mariners organization and watch him work his way towards being part of our major league rotation in the near future.” Hultzen had a dominant

She said she’s unlikely to paddle much while she’s at school, mostly because she hasn’t found a place close to campus where she can practice. But she plans on treating much of the school year like she did the winter back home — using it to stay in shape and work on her strength and stamina. And she plans to compete in international events in the future. “One of the things I learned from going to worlds is that it doesn’t feel good to lose. Next time I go to an international competition, I want to win,” she said.

career for the University of Virginia, going 32-5 over three seasons with an ERA of 2.08. The 32 wins is an all-time Cavaliers record. Last year, Hultzen was an unanimous first-team AllAmerican, the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second time in a row, and third in the running for the Golden Spikes award — given to the top amateur baseball player in the country — after posting a 12-3 record with a 1.37 ERA, 165 strikeouts and just 23 walks. He also won the 2011 John Olerud Two-Way Player Award. In Baseball America’s annual “Best Tools” survey of the top 100 prospects entering the draft, Hultzen was voted as having the best command and being closest to the major league level among eligible collegiate players. Hultzen was also a standout in the classroom, being named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American last year, and a second-team choice in 2010. — Boris Tsalyuk

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The plan sought by the working group’s co-chairs — Ron Lewis, chair of the neighborhood commission; Jennifer Altemus, president of the Citizens Association of Georgetown; and Lenore Rubino, president of the Burleith Citizens Association — would divide the university into two districts. Most other districts would change relatively little from their present shapes and locations under this plan, though district 2E05 would extend several blocks north in a narrow section to help equalize populations. “The co-chairs’ proposal ... respects the historical patterns of SMD’s in ANC 2E, including variations in size of the SMD’s and the fact that some SMD’s include areas both east and west of Wisconsin Avenue,” the cochairs wrote in a letter to the working group, provided to The Current. Altemus and Rubino could not be reached for further comment; Lewis declined to comment on the proposals. The alternative — designed by John

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Georgetown — “fills a great need in DCPS, but is not a good solution to this middle school enrollment problem.” “Hardy’s arts-focused curriculum does not appeal to a sufficient number of Ward 3 parents,” she wrote, “and if the structure of Hardy were changed to absorb several hundred additional Ward 3 students, then the school would likely no longer have room for many of the out-of-boundary students who thrive and benefit from the school’s quality education.” So Cheh is calling on Henderson to consider additional middle school options for Ward 3 families. She pointed to the possibility of expanding Mann Elementary School through eighth grade. And she asked Henderson to examine the potential for transforming the Palisades Recreation Center into a middle school/recreation center in the mold of Stoddert Elementary and Recreation Center in Glover Park. “Expanding Palisades into a middle school would serve everyone,” she said. “DCPS would be able to recapture many of the Ward 3 students who are leaving the public school system at the middle school level. It would serve the community by renovating a decrepit recreation facility. It would strengthen Hardy by allowing it to become a true magnet school for the arts and attract students from across the District.” The letter comes on the heels of a tumultuous two years at Hardy, starting when Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee removed longtime principal Patrick Pope from his post. The move caused consternation among many Hardy parents who worried that Rhee was catering to families from Georgetown and the Palisades at the expense of the school’s sizeable out-of-boundary population. Hardy parent Candy MilesCrocker, who lives in Ward 5, said

Flanagan, a student member of the working group — places a priority on equalizing populations across districts and minimizing irregular boundary lines. Because there are 7,000 students at Georgetown — including about 5,000 on campus — he said creating only two student districts would grant each student less representation than other residents get on the commission; under the co-chairs’ proposal, the districts’ populations vary from 1,660 to 2,581. “Given the basic, democratic principle of ‘one man, one vote,’ I drew a map that, among other things, would give fair representation to students,” Flanagan wrote in an email to The Current, adding that he was inspired to join the discussion because of the commission’s impact on his university and fellow students. Flanagan’s proposal would reassign large sections of existing single-member districts to achieve a more narrow range of populations: 1,964 to 2,200. His plan would make a chunk of western Georgetown adjacent to the main university campus into its own district — an area that includes some university-owned housing as well as many student rental homes.

funding a new Ward 3 middle school when other areas of the city (including Ward 5) have no middle schools at all would be “ludicrous.” “Why focus money and attention on Ward 3 where the schools are already very good when you could put your time, money and attention on the schools that are underserved,” she said. “If you’re going to build a middle school, Ward 5 is the prime spot for it.” She said she and fellow out-ofboundary parents would embrace an opportunity to avoid long commutes to and from school. “We don’t enjoy getting our kids on the road at 7 in the morning,” she said. “If we had options in the neighborhood that were fantastic, we’d be thrilled.” But Key Elementary parent Geoff Kuck said part of the appeal of the proposal for a new Ward 3 middle school is that it addresses the overenrollment issue at Deal while sidestepping the in-boundary/outof-boundary debate at Hardy. “Hardy remains untouched and can continue to successfully serve the community as an arts magnet,” he said. After all, Kuck said, “Hardy Middle School is serving the community in many ways — and there are many children who benefit from its strengths.” But, he said, many parents “are looking for a school that meets different requirements based on academic performance and a stronger partnership between the school and the community.” He said parents would be happy to discuss possible locations with neighbors to find the most suitable spot. “Let’s find a place to put a middle school in Northwest D.C. instead of people having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on private school or moving out of the city,” he said. Meanwhile, Janney Elementary parent Jonathan Bender said climbing enrollment at Ward 3 elementary schools is becoming worrisome. “Class size is one of the biggest determinants of students’ success,” he said. “At a certain point, I’m not sure the quality of faculty and facili-

“At the end of the day, I think the big thing is there being more [student] voices,” Flanagan said in an interview. “It’s about getting on the record the pulse of the community, and really giving a fair representation of the voice of the whole community.” The working group co-chairs, in their letter, wrote that Flanagan’s plan “would violate community cohesiveness — by, e.g., denying effective representation to the many residents in the area adjacent to the campus between 37th and 33rd Streets and between M and P or O Streets who have serious issues with the University.” They also opposed Flanagan’s suggestion to separate the southernmost stretch of Burleith from the rest of district 2E01; even without the blocks in question, that district would have the highest population of any in the Flanagan proposal. In sum, they wrote, his plan “is a mechanical approach driven by a faulty premise — that there should be three student SMD’s.” Charlie Eason, a current Georgetown neighborhood commissioner, said he is concerned that there aren’t enough residents

ties can compensate for class size.” In an interview yesterday, Cheh said the issue really points to positive trends within D.C. Public Schools. “These schools, with the performance they’re showing, the facilities being modernized and the high cost of private schools, the demand is only going to grow.” Last year, for example, Eaton, Hearst, Janney and Mann elementary schools were all operating at or over capacity. And Cheh said principals are bracing for even greater numbers this year. Cheh emphasized that the call for a new Ward 3 middle school “has nothing to do with Hardy per se.” With a new principal at the helm, the school is “poised to transcend” the drama of the past two years, she said. And she said she doesn’t want to see the growth in in-boundary students at Ward 3 schools squeeze out out-of-boundary students at any of the area’s schools. “I don’t want us to get so overcrowded over here that we lose the great benefit of having out-ofboundary kids,” she said. “I don’t want that diversity to be sacrificed.” Still, moving forward, she said something is going to have to change. “We have to have a plan,” she said. In an Aug. 12 letter to Cheh, Schools Chancellor Henderson said she views the enrollment pressures as a citywide issue. “We share your concerns about the distribution of quality choices — at all grade levels — across the city; however, we recognize this as a citywide issue that will best be addressed systematically,” she wrote. As a first step, she said, the deputy mayor for education has commissioned a neighborhood-based capacity study by the research group Illinois Facilities Fund as part of the process of preparing a new facilities master plan. Henderson said she expects results of the study to be released in October, when, she said, there will be “robust community engagement” on the issue.

involved in the 16-member working group. The community at large hasn’t really had “an opportunity to see the plans, much less absorb and comment on them,” he said. Residents can weigh in at the Aug. 29 neighborhood commission meeting, Lewis said, and the working group can revise its recommendation based on feedback. Members of the working group are submitting their votes by email through today as to which approach the working group should recommend to a ward-wide panel. Eason said that as of yesterday morning, the group seemed to be split between the proposals largely along student/traditional resident lines, but that some other members hadn’t yet voted. He voted for the Flanagan proposal, he added, calling the other setup “gerrymandered.” The boundaries must be adopted by the D.C. Council by the end of the year. They will be in effect beginning with the November 2012 election. Maps of the two proposals and the existing single-member district boundaries in Georgetown and Burleith are available at

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At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 10 meeting: â&#x2013; Lee Granados, former president of Ross Elementaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PTA, presented a plaque to commissioner Bob Meehan for his â&#x20AC;&#x153;always being so fairâ&#x20AC;? and for his success in getting the school a trash compactor, which has reduced its rat problem. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted, with Jack Jacobson abstaining, to grant the Urban Neighborhood Alliance up to $2,000 to help fund the second annual 17th Street Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, between 2 and 6 p.m. The festival is run by volunteers, said Lee Granados, the allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president. The street will be closed between Riggs Place and P Street from noon until 8 p.m., as will R Street between 17th Street and New Hampshire Avenue. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to write a support letter for a Sept. 25 dance event and an Oct. 1 dogwalk event sponsored by Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place to raise money for its jobtraining and housing-placement activities. Commissioner Mike Feldstein urged the group to apply for a grant. â&#x2013;  Robin Diener announced that the Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Library plans a book sale Sept. 8 through 10 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. to help finance summer reading programs. To donate books for the sale, call her at 202-4319254 for pickup. â&#x2013;  commissioners agreed unanimously to refer design approval of a proposed nine-story, 90-foot-high rental apartment building to its zoning, preservation and development committee so the design and zoning changes can be discussed together. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington D.C., which owns the site, now a parking lot on the southeast corner of 17th and O streets, plans to lease the parcel to KeenerSquire, a local developer, for 99 years. Several commissioners and members of the public raised concerns about the small size of the planned 200 units and said they feared the building would â&#x20AC;&#x153;cast a shadowâ&#x20AC;? on the nearby Richmond condominium. The zoning committee will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at a location to be announced. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously voted to support John Ricottaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for zoning relief so he can keep his exterior porch when he enlarges the kitchen and puts in a storage room at 2018 Hillyer Place. Ricotta said he has supporting letters from neighbors and that the Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Enfant Trust had approved the request. He said he will talk with the Dupont Circle Conservancy in the near future. The change would make the house exceed the by-right 60 percent ground coverage by 7 percent. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously

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I have gotten lots of questions lately about fines that residents and landlords have received for improperly stored trash. It is D.C. law that household trash be placed on the curb for pickup in containers with tight-fitting lids no earlier than 6:30 p.m. the night before pickup (collection occurs on Tuesdays and Fridays in Georgetown unless there is a holiday). Residents who put their trash on the curb in plastic bags are breaking the law and, more importantly, inviting rats into the community. The D.C. Department of Public Works has been issuing citations to residents whose trash is improperly stored. If you do not have a proper trash can, you can call 311 to have one delivered to your house, though I understand there is a waiting list. An alternative is to purchase a similar can and mark it with your address. While it may seem draconian, I understand the need for enforcement. When our associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautification committee met with Gerard Brown and Gabe Curtis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the city representatives responsible for rat control in Georgetown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they emphasized that one of the primary sources of food for rats is plastic bags left curbside. For rat abatement to be effective, everyone must work together. The city has also been working with the Georgetown Business Improvement District on 15 trouble areas, mostly alleys. The businesses have hired one exterminator, Western Pest Services. With just the one contractor, efforts are coordinated so rats donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t simply move from one spot to another. I highly recommend that residents consider using Western for their homes as well. Residents who are having problems are also encouraged to give group consent to the Department of Health rodent control program to exterminate on private property. Other actions you can take to mitigate the problem include picking up your dog droppings and cleaning up leaves and debris that offer rodent harborage. We must eliminate food sources and hiding places for rodents. These actions can make a huge impact. If we all do our part, we can get control of the rodent situation in our neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus agreed to take no action on a liquor license application for the new Mari Vanna Restaurant, which plans to offer traditional Russian cuisine at 1141 Connecticut Ave. Plans call for 215 indoor seats and 25 on the sidewalk. There will be background music, no entertainment and no dancing. The restaurant chain had its first location in Moscow and now includes St. Petersburg, London and New York City. The Washington location is slated to open in April. â&#x2013; commissioners unanimously voted not to object to a new sign in public space at 1776 Massachusetts Ave. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously recommended approval of a joint application from five establishments for four valet-staging parking spots at 1337 Connecticut Ave. Cars will be parked in a private garage. â&#x2013;  on a tie vote, commissioners rejected a proposal by Jack Jacobson for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;no bus zoneâ&#x20AC;? on 17th Street between S Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Tour buses, he said, make a great deal of noise and frequently double-park. Commissioner Mike Silverstein said tour buses are key to the success of local restaurants and that officials ought to enforce bans on double-parking and idling. Commissioner Bob Meehanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed amendment requiring buses to leave 17th Street after emptying passengers and calling for stricter enforcement against double-parking and idling failed 4-4. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously passed a resolution proposed by commission chair Will Stephens stating that it is inappropriate for D.C. Department of Public Works

investigators to tear open trash bags as they enforce trash and recyclingseparation laws. The resolution calls on the department to better train its investigators. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

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Nonetheless, officials said Pepco is taking the customer-service message to heart. At the Ward 4 meeting, they met privately with residents who raised particular complaints. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we are learning in this series of outreach meetings is that Pepco must communicate more effectively with our customers,â&#x20AC;? company spokesperson Clay Anderson wrote in an email. Several residents at the Ward 4 meeting, including Smith and Whatley, said they had experienced and heard about fewer power outages than usual so far this summer. Pepco is in the midst of a project to trim tree branches and strengthen poles and wires â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an effort some residents said might already be paying off in their neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re spending major dollars to upgrade our infrastructure â&#x20AC;Ś to bring it up to our current standards,â&#x20AC;? Mike Maxwell, Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president for asset management, said at the meeting. Even so, when asked if Pepco is satisfied with its level of reliability, Anderson wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, we are not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is why we continue to provide monthly updates on our progress on our website and will continue to personally â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;touchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; our customers in community meetings such as this,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Some residents at the Ward 4 meeting questioned Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for a rate increase to cover the cost of planned reliability enhancements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are shareholders going to pick up any of the slack, or are we the people, consumers, going to foot the

entire $42 million bill?â&#x20AC;? asked Michael Sindram. Lori Murphy Lee of the Public Service Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is responsible for hearing rate cases â&#x20AC;&#x201D; requested then that Sindram and other residents testify before her panel when it discusses the issue. In

â?? â&#x20AC;Ś Are we the people, consumers, going to foot the entire $42 million bill?â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Michael Sindram his email, Anderson wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;many Pepco shareholders are your neighborsâ&#x20AC;? and that the company has already spent â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant fundsâ&#x20AC;? of its own on infrastructure. Several residents also raised the possibility of burying Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wires underground. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real issue is we want to have nice-looking trees, which protect the environment and give us something nice to look at besides outdated power lines,â&#x20AC;? said LeRoy Hall, a Ward 5 resident who sits on the task force. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trimming trees is not going to solve the problem. If we get these power lines underground, we will indeed have the most reliable power that we can get.â&#x20AC;? But Pepco officials said the projected cost of undergrounding utilities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $11 million per mile, or $4 billion citywide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is prohibitive, and the benefits are largely aesthetic. While there are fewer outages when lines are below ground, officials said, it takes longer to find and repair problems that do crop up, and the process also disturbs tree roots.




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an interview last week, Broderick said she was speaking from among piles of boxes as she prepares to move from Building 38 near the Van Ness/UDC Metro station to the law schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new home in Building 52 two blocks north. Building 52, which was most recently renovated to serve as the temporary home for Wilson High School, requires some additional transformations to fit the law schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, said Broderick. Most notably, it needs faculty office space and more intimate classrooms. In the new space, the law school will be able to add programs and increase its enrollment from 400 to 650 students, Broderick said. Classrooms in Building 52 also feature tiered seating so students and professors can better see each other than in their current space, she added. The law school will occupy half of Building 52 while the rest is renovated, then switch off so workers can complete the modifications, said Broderick. The law school library will remain in Building 38. Broderick said the law school had been looking for new space since 2009, originally targeting a satellite location downtown closer to the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courthouse. That plan was abandoned due to lack of funding; Jumper said a new building would cost $40 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be great if there were some massive donor whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to build us a great big new building,â&#x20AC;? Broderick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen to know of anyone?â&#x20AC;? Once the law school has left Building 38, faculty and staff of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Business and Public

Administration will move into the space after spending the last five years in offices leased off campus, officials said. Building 38 will also be renovated and expanded. Jumper said the school hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet developed cost estimates for the renovations to buildings 38 and 52. The most dramatic change to the campus will be the new three-story student center, to be built on an open plaza space. The $40 million building will offer 80,000 square feet of student and community space, and is designed to achieve the highest designation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; platinum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going to change the view of the campus from Connecticut Avenue,â&#x20AC;? said Erik Thompson, a senior project manager at the university. He said construction should start sometime this fall, though he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide a more specific date because the school is still working to complete its construction management plan and to secure a contract to build the center. The university will provide the community with a chance to weigh in on the construction management plan when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to move forward, officials said. The school hopes to complete the student center sometime next year. Meanwhile, officials are evaluating how to best add dormitories to the campus. The Zoning Commission approved two buildings of 300 beds each at Van Ness Street and International Court, but the university hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet presented details. The school will need further zoning approval to build the housing after it prepares designs. The school has identified George Mason University in Virginia as a successful model for transitioning from a commuter college, Thompson said.

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Wednesday august 17 Concerts â&#x2013; Daniel Boucher will perform FrenchCanadian fiddle music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Josh Burgess. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Nicolai RimskyKorsakov and Herman Bellstedt. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Here, Not There? Investigating Emerging Nonviolent Movementsâ&#x20AC;? will feature panelists Jack DuVall, president and founding director of the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict; Cynthia Irmer, senior conflict prevention officer at the U.S. State Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization; Gimena SĂĄnchez-Garzoli, senior associate for the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin

America; and William Zartman, professor emeritus at the School of Advanced International Studies. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. â&#x2013; Kevin Lowther will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The African American Odyssey of John Kizell: A South Carolina Slave Returns to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Don Peck will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature Kevin Macdonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Eagle,â&#x20AC;? about a young Roman soldier who seeks to honor his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory. 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.

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Book signing â&#x2013; Kathie Truitt will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;False Victim: Based on a True Story.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Books-A-Million, 11 Dupont Circle NW.

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Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japan-in-a-Suitcaseâ&#x20AC;? will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations and stories (for children ages 7 through 12). 2 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Pookie Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spaniels performing doo-wop music. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. â&#x2013;  Brazilian singers TiĂŞ and Tulipa Ruiz will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Vocalist Heidi Martin will perform works by George Gershwin. 6:30 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by John Philip Sousa, Nicolai RimskyKorsakov and Herman Bellstedt. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Marvin T. Jones, executive director and board member of the Chowan Discovery Group, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Winton Triangleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil War and Its Soldiers of Color.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort LARGEST SELECTION of sheet music in DC!

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Friday, august 19 â&#x2013; Concert: The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature jazz pianist Alex Brown. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Place SE. 202-633-4820. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pride of an Owner,â&#x20AC;? about how people over the years cherished the Old Stone House whether they lived there or owned a business. Noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. â&#x2013;  Willard Sterne Randall will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ethan Allen: His Life and Times.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Christine Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Troublemaker: Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-3470176. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Evolution of Bruno Littlemoreâ&#x20AC;? by Benjamin Hale. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Films â&#x2013;  The Senior Cinema Thursday series will feature Tate Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Help,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel by Katherine Stockett. 10:30 a.m. $6.75. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present foodrelated short films created by Walt Disney for the U.S. government, including 1942â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line,â&#x20AC;? 1943â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water, Friend or Enemyâ&#x20AC;? and 1943â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grain That Built the Empire.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Globe London Cinema Seriesâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Henry IV Part 2.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Performance â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by the D.C.-based dance company Step Afrika! and a talk on the techniques Jacob Lawrence used to create â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Migration Series.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St.

Concerts â&#x2013; Charles Miller, minister of music at National City Christian Church, will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  Brazilian singer/songwriter Patty Ascher will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Marcus Johnson Project will perform. 7:30 p.m. $24.50. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-426-0486. â&#x2013;  Urban jazz harmonicist FrĂŠdĂŠric Yonnet will perform music from his upcoming project â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reed My Lips.â&#x20AC;? 8 and 10 p.m. $25. Blues Alley Jazz Club, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Elizabeth Frengel, manager of reader services in the Society of the Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library, will discuss an early-19th-century board game highlighting pivotal moments in Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past, including the American Revolution. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  Kevin Hatala of George Washington University will discuss how recent discoveries of fossil human footprints have shed new light on the evolution of walking upright. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Hall of Human Origins, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Teen Filmfestâ&#x20AC;? will feature J.J. Abramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Trek,â&#x20AC;? starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hip-Hop/Kung Fu Connectionâ&#x20AC;? will feature Yuen Wo-Pingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1978 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drunken Master,â&#x20AC;? an example of the movies that influenced hip-hopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pioneers. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m. Performance â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a dance party led by the National Hand Dance Association. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Special events â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Fair in Georgetownâ&#x20AC;? will mark the end of summer with sweets, games and crafts at two of Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most historic houses, Dumbarton House and Tudor Place. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 for children; $5 for adults. Dumbarton House, 2750 Dumbarton See Events/Page 19

Continued From Page 18 St. NW, and Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. â&#x2013; Worldwatch Institute senior fellow Erik Assadourian and game designer Ty Hansen will teach participants how to play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Industrial Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario,â&#x20AC;? a variation of a popular German board game. A game night will follow. 6 to 9 p.m. $5; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 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, Aug. 20

Saturday august 20 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013; Ages 5 and older will listen to a story about artist Faith Ringgold and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Class â&#x2013;  Soprano Alexandra Phillips will lead a vocal workshop. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. 202234-5601. Concerts â&#x2013;  Organists Kimberly Hess and Michael Lodico will perform works by Franz Liszt, and recitalist Gail Archer will lead a panel discussion on the challenges of preparing and performing Lisztâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music. 5 p.m. Free. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. 202-829-0585, ext. 16. â&#x2013;  Jazz pianist Charles Covington Jr. will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  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. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Collector John Howe and Textile Museum trustee Wendel Swan will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green in the Rugs and Textiles We Collect.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Enough to Eat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Asteraceae and Solanaceae.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2251116. â&#x2013;  Photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis will interview legendary go-go musician Chuck Brown (shown) about the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Un)Lock It: The Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 3 p.m. Free. The Gallery of Vivid Solutions, 2208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. 202-365-8392. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love a Mystery Book Clubâ&#x20AC;? will discuss July-Jo Nesboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Star.â&#x20AC;? 3 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present the


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Events Entertainment 2009 animated film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013; The National Museum of African Art will present Victor Buhlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beautiful Game,â&#x20AC;? about the transcendent power of soccer in modern Africa. 1 p.m. Free. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recovered Treasure: UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Festival of Preservationâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Vitaphone, 1928-1930,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m.; and Allan Dwanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1946 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rendezvous With Annie,â&#x20AC;? at 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The DC Retro Jumpers will perform jump-rope routines (for ages 6 through 12). 1:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-2431188. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hop Fu: Hip-Hop Meets Kung Fuâ&#x20AC;? will feature DJ IXL and DJ Excess of the Kolabz Crew on dueling turntables as they create a live score for the classic Hong Kong film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Ninjas.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Adrian Bolton Arts Academy will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gospel Tambourine,â&#x20AC;? a spiritfilled, hand-clapping, foot-tapping jubilee. 8 p.m. $20. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. Special event â&#x2013;  The seventh annual DC Poetry in the Park event will honor Gil Scott Heron. 7:30 p.m. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202-4260486. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Chicago Sky. 7 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  National Zoo Bird House keeper Debi Talbott will lead a walk focusing on the resident and migratory bird species that live on the grounds. 9 to 10 a.m. Free. Meet in front of the Bird House, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  Docents will lead tours of the Folger Shakespeare Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elizabethan Garden, which is filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works and herbs popular in his day. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  Rocco Zappone, a native Washingtonian and freelance writer, will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walking tour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Potomac Past and Present,â&#x20AC;? about how successive generations viewed and used the Potomac River. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a three-mile hike to Rapids Bridge. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200

â&#x2013; Musician Johnny Graham and his band The Groove will perform a blend of jazz, R&B, hip-hop and rock. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522.

Sunday, august 21 â&#x2013; Concert: Concert organist Gail Archer will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody,â&#x20AC;? a recital of organ works in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth. 5 p.m. Free. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. 202-829-0585, ext. 16.

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Sunday august 21 Class â&#x2013; Massachusetts Institute of Technology womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crew coach Holly Metcalf, an Olympic gold medalist and founder of WeCanRow National, will lead a learn-to-row clinic for medical professionals and other cancer caregivers, including spouses and partners of breast cancer survivors. 1 to 4 p.m. $100 donation suggested; registration required. Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1900 M St. SE. Concerts â&#x2013;  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. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sea Chanters will perform. 4 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-433-2525. â&#x2013;  East River Jazz will present the Benjie Porecki Ensemble in concert. 4 to 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25 in advance; $25 to $30 on the day of the event. Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique, 2806 Bruce Place SE.


tectural clues that point to the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s once-substantial African-American population. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. Monday, Aug. 22

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Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; National Gallery of Art lecturer Adam Davies will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian Contemporary Photography.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Costume history expert Mary Doering will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;A History of Green in Fashion.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64.

Concerts â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Origem performing international jazz. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013;  Alma TropicĂĄlia, a D.C.-based tribute to the classic Brazilian 1960s style, will perform a mix of traditional rhythms and psychedelic pop. 6 p.m. Free. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-2525.

Films â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recovered Treasure: UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Festival of Preservationâ&#x20AC;? will feature Anthony Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1944 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strangers in the Nightâ&#x20AC;? and John Francis Dillonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1934 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Shakedown.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Stephen Sheehi will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Union organizer Mike Elk and Mother Jones reporter Andy Kroll will discuss the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Uprising in the Words of the Activists, Writers, and Everyday Wisconsinites Who Made It Happen.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Sebastian Rotella will discuss his novel See Events/Page 20

Performances â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Kind of Loveâ&#x20AC;? will feature readings by emerging and established poets, followed by an open-mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  One Common Unity will host an openmic event about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Rights & Speciesism.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Walk â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walking tour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Herring Hill,â&#x20AC;? about archi-

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Continued From Page 19 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triple Crossing.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Danis Tanovicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Land.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Climate.Culture.Changeâ&#x20AC;? will feature Klaus Georgiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1986 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consistency,â&#x20AC;? Katrin Rotheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;So What Are You Doing About Climate Change?â&#x20AC;? and Andreas Stiglmayrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;People â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dream â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Actions.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Arizona Diamondbacks. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday through Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Tour â&#x2013;  A U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer will lead a lunchtime tour of the conservatory and discuss connections between exotic

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Films â&#x2013; A series of screenings based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;AFIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 Years â&#x20AC;Ś 100 Moviesâ&#x20AC;? list will feature No. 80 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Billy Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1960 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Apartment,â&#x20AC;? starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The U Street Movie Series will feature an outdoor screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Cranesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m. Free. Harrison Recreation Center, V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. Performance â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a comedy showcase. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Los Angeles Sparks. 7 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Wednesday, Aug. 24

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Noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5510. â&#x2013; The Sophia Bilides Trio will perform in the cabaret tradition of the Greek Asia Minor refuges of the 1930s and 1940s. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature singer and guitarist Phil Kominski. 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, Frank Ticheli and John Williams. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Mattiebelle Gittinger, Southeast Asia research associate at the Textile Museum, will discuss the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  Benjamin C. Ridgeway will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ebenezer Baptist Church,â&#x20AC;? about the historic church that nurtured the genesis of the King family tradition as pastors. 2 p.m. Free. Room 316, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Speak Easy Salon will feature a discussion of Robin Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202282-3139. â&#x2013;  Julie Salamon will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  Actor, poet and activist Steven Silver will debut his latest DVD, which features the Martin Luther King-inspired â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have a Dream, Too.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271211. â&#x2013;  The West End Film Club will present Robert Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1962 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Kill a Mockingbird,â&#x20AC;? based on the novel by Harper Lee. 1:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movie Nightâ&#x20AC;? will feature Jason Winerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arthur.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Assaf Bernsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Debt,â&#x20AC;? about three retired Mossad agents who join together to track down a war criminal they had reported dead years earlier. 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. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ArtJamzâ&#x20AC;? will feature hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, wine and soft drinks, music and a chance to create a work of art to take home. Paints and canvases will be provided. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $65; reservations required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. The event will repeat Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Puy,â&#x20AC;? a 1938 etching by John Taylor Arms, is part of an exhibit at the Old Print Gallery. will celebrate the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial by opening two exhibits Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering King: Images From the Washingtoniana Collection,â&#x20AC;? on view through Sept. 15, features images of the civil rights leaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visits to D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;King in Magazines,â&#x20AC;? continuing through Sept. 4, shows how magazines portrayed the emergence of King as a public figure and his assassination. Located at 901 G St. NW, the library is open Monday and Tuesday from noon to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-727-1211.

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HOTEL From Page 1

But they also say it will benefit Adams Morgan specifically — driving more daytime activity, and offering appealing new public spaces and additional security. And it could create an estimated 565 new jobs: “The day the hotel opens, it will immediately become the No. 1 employer in Adams Morgan, by far,” Wexler said. The developers also emphasized that they intend to “preserve, restore and ultimately landmark” the 1912 church building, which will serve as a party and special-events space for the hotel. Plans filed with the D.C. Zoning Commission on July 29 call for a 92-foot hotel to rise up behind the restored church. The project would include 174 underground valet parking spots, a rooftop “star-gazing deck,” a 10,000-square-foot gym, a swimming pool, a clothing boutique, and restaurant and bar space. Friedman said he expects zoning hearings to begin in October. “If all goes well, [plans will] be approved in January,” he said, and construction could begin in June 2012. The past opposition to the project — which some in Adams Morgan have nicknamed “The Devil’s Tower” — resurfaced only mildly last week.

Chris Otten, a former Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commissioner, asked a familiar question: “Are you guys stuck on the height and density of the building?” The developers responded that the hotel’s height is not only consistent with surrounding buildings, but also essential for generating enough money to restore the church building. “We have no ability to give on any issues with height,” Friedman said. Nigel Okunubi of the Adams Morgan Youth Leadership Academy related a concern that he said came from the neighborhood’s affordablehousing communities: “How do we know folks won’t be displaced?” “That’s really impossible,” Friedman replied, saying the city’s rent-control laws would protect tenants living in the neighborhood. But he said property owners might have to pay more taxes as property values rise due to the hotel’s presence. But contrary to popular opinion, Friedman said, “this is not a luxury hotel.” He and Wexler dismissed rumors that rooms would go for $500 a night, saying the price would likely be half that. They said the customers they’re hoping to draw are those seeking more character and authenticity from their D.C. hotel experience — and who can appreciate the architecture of the restored church.

SHELTER From Page 1

Central Union Mission must accomplish the rehab by October 2012. That’s when it gives up rights to the current shelter building at 14th and R streets NW, which developer Alturas LLC plans to convert into an upscale office and retail complex. The purchase price for the old shelter, now in the heart of a booming condo corridor, helps make the entire deal feasible. David Treadwell, longtime head of the mission, is now engaged in the daunting task of raising funds and planning for construction. Treadwell was not available for comment, but his winning submission to the D.C. Department of Real Estate Services lays out details of the plan. They include complete renovation of the 29,400-square-foot building, now essentially a shell; construction of a 4,200-square-foot, three-story addition, and conversion of attic space to accommodate a fourth story. Architects Cox Graae & Spack have also penciled in space for a full commercial kitchen, both to feed guests and to provide job training; dental, medical and legal aid offices; a classroom; and a fitness center. Instead of the huge dorm-like rooms at the old shelter, residents at Gales will be housed in “suite-style sleeping units.” There will also be a day room and a screened courtyard to draw homeless people who now congregate in “the underserved heart of the District” into the shelter and off the streets. Central Union Mission has been actively pursuing the Gales School property since late 2007, according to its proposal, and has already invested a half-million dollars in planning. With the lease finally signed, development efforts can begin “immediately.” It has been a long and bumpy odyssey for a faithbased organization that, according to its website, “survived the Great Depression, two world wars, 24 presidential administrations, neighborhood transitions, and numerous relocations.” Founded downtown in 1884 to serve Civil War veterans sleeping on the city’s mean streets, the mission moved to a former auto showroom on 14th Street in 1983. Leaders eventually tried to sell that building to


“Historians, artists, environmentalists,” Friedman said, later adding, “The government contractor who’s bored of the boring Hilton or Marriott.” He compared the project — part of Marriott’s “Edition” line of boutique hotels — to the Mayflower hotel downtown, which is associated with the company’s Renaissance chain but recognized as a unique entity. As a “planned-unit development,” the hotel project will require the developers to provide certain community amenities in return for zoning flexibility. Wexler named job creation, renovation of the church, green features like an electric-car charging station, and public access to areas like the gym and roof deck as among those benefits. The project would also include a 4,000-square-foot community space reserved for neighborhood organizations and nonprofits. The development, which will receive an estimated $46 million property tax abatement over its first 15 years from the city, would also require an exemption from the Reed-Cooke zoning overlay. The developers will continue to host community meetings every Thursday this month at 7 p.m. at 1782 Columbia Road, and will schedule more for September. More information is also available at

cash in on the condo boom and move to cheaper digs at 3506-3512 Georgia Ave. in the Columbia Heights/ Petworth area. But they ran into a wall of opposition from residents and politicians who feared a homeless shelter would torpedo efforts to upgrade the Georgia Avenue corridor. The mission’s first attempt to move to the Gales School, in 2007, also hit a stumbling block. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit, challenging the District’s award of property to a religious organization that required residents to attend worship services. The city is moving to dismiss that suit, arguing that the mission has now won its lease by competitive bid and will not require residents to participate in religious services or studies. Instead, the mission is envisioning using the new space to enhance its “wrap-around services,” including job and literacy training, addiction counseling, and food and clothing distribution. “It’s impossible to think of a better organization to do this,” said Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who helped engineer the shift from Georgia Avenue to downtown. It also seems like a good deal for the District, which desperately needs more shelter beds and also wants to restore and reuse the vacant eyesore that mars a busy stretch of Massachusetts Avenue downtown. Because of its historic status, the building can’t be demolished. The Gales School, built in 1881, closed its doors in 1944. The District used it as a “low barrier” shelter from 2000 through 2004, but by 2005 its condition was so bad that the city was forced to gut much of the interior and stabilize what was left of the facade. Although the property is assessed at $10.1 million, it is also in “drastic disrepair,” according to D.C. Department of Real Estate Services documents. It would cost the city $14 million to restore and renovate the building for use by a government agency, officials say, but it would still be too small to house any agency efficiently. By the department’s calculation, it would cost the District $850,000 a year, or $34 million over 40 years, to operate a 150-bed shelter there. The mission is promising to provide those beds, plus three meals a day and other services, “without any cost to the District,” according to the lease terms. The District will retain ownership of the property.

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old world eleganCe adorable Cottage nestled in tHe woods Heart of palisades Cottage Colonial DC. French Provincial gem. Living rm Palisades. Walk to Georgetown, Bethesda. Walk to Metro from this Columbia Heights. Two level unit in Cabin John, MD. Contemporary cotThe Nonquitt. 2 bedrooms, charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath gem. tage renovated in 1999. Enjoy now or w/ frpl, sep dining rm. 2 bedrooms, 1 C&O canal, shops & restaurants 2 baths, open kitchen w/SS appliOpen LR & DR. Potential dream of the possibilities. 2 bedbath plus den on main level. LL large from this 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. 3rd BR/office. Deck, sunny backyard ances, open staircase, W/D, pkg, low rooms, 1 bath, open floor plan. Light in-law suite w/BR, BA & rec rm. Kitchen w/granite, SS & maple fee. $495,000 & off-street parking. $550,000 filled, large treed lot. Walk to C&O Patio & off-street parking. $699,000 cabinets. Enclosed porch & fenced Canal. $489,000 yard. $699,000 June Gardner- 301-758-3301 Delia McCormick 301-977-7273 Laura McCaffrey 301-641-4456 Marcie Sandalow 301-758-4894

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Arlington, VA. Garden scenery views Dupont. Wonderful opportunity to Mt Pleasant. The Saxony. Great from the floor to ceiling windows in enjoy this freshly painted, well lit, views from this coop studio w/new the sun room of this two bedroom, well laid out junior one bedroom. open kitchen, newly tiled bath, closet two bath unit. Top floor location is organizer & hardwood floors. Huge closet/room off kitchen. best in the community. Free shuttle to 24 hour security bldg.Walk to Tiled BA, Hrdwd. Flrs., roof Metro. $374,000 2 Metros. $169,000 deck, walk to Metro. $219,000

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