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Hurricane response wins praise

Council member calls boundary plan illegal

irene ’ s i m pact

■ Redistricting: Changes

considered for ANC districts By BRADY HOLT


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As D.C. officials wind down their cleanup efforts from the weekend’s storm, the common refrain is that it could have been worse. Hurricane Irene’s outer edges brought down dozens of trees across the District overnight Saturday and left standing water on some D.C. roads, officials said. Winds gusted to 60 miles per hour and three to four inches of rain fell on the city. But the District avoided the far-reaching wind damage suffered farther south and the largescale flooding that hit areas to the north. It also escaped the widespread and lingering power outages many residents and officials had feared; at the peak, about 31,000 Pepco customers were without electricity, and most D.C. homes and businesses See Irene/Page 17

A redistricting plan for the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission appears to be illegal discrimination against the neighborhood’s university students, according to at-large D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson, co-chair of the council’s redistricting subcommittee. A committee of 16 residents of Advisory Neighborhood

Program aims to improve safety at drop-off, pickup By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

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Hurricane Irene’s high winds toppled dozens of D.C. trees over the weekend, including one at this 39th Street home in Glover Park.

Ice rink planned for Georgetown harbor By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A plan to overhaul the central plaza of the Washington Harbour and add an ice rink will transform the area from a seasonal to a yearround destination, the property’s owners said Monday. MRP Realty, which bought the mixed-use site in the 3000 block of K Street last June, is envisioning the first major change to Washington Harbour since its construction in 1986. “What we would like to do is take the knowledge and the lessons learned from the last 25 years to make minor modifications surgically to the existing design,” MRP

NEWS ■ Recently renovated School Without Walls sustains earthquake damage. Page 5. ■ Glitch delays many tax bills. Page 3.

Commission 2E voted earlier this month to recommend adding a second single-member district covering Georgetown University. But it rejected broader changes that would create equal-size districts — including a third district largely comprised of university students — at the expense of traditional boundaries. “The goal of approximately 2,000 [residents] per district has many exceptions in statute,” commission chair Ron Lewis, who also co-chaired the redistricting working group, said at Monday’s neighborhood commission meeting. “You can deviate for 10 percent for no See Redistricting/Page 13

Rendering courtesy of MRP Realty

The 11,000-square-foot rink would be D.C.’s largest.

representative Charles McGrath said at Monday’s meeting of the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission. The firm’s proposed design removes landscaping from the pla-

za’s fountain and reshapes the fountain to provide better walking space around it. The change would also allow the area to double as an ice rink during the winter. At 11,000 square feet, the rink would be D.C.’s largest ice surface, McGrath said, likely operating from November to March. The firm hopes to begin construction in the first half of next year. Although the neighborhood commission passed a resolution generally in support of the plans, some commissioners and neighbors raised concerns about the appearance and logistics of the reimagined Washington Harbour plaza. Some residents at the developSee Harbour/Page 7

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A pilot program to create safe drop-off and pickup areas for parents driving students to school started up along with the academic year as part of the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School initiative. Four schools in Northwest are participating in the pilot: Bancroft, Key and Ross elementary schools, as well as the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School. At issue citywide is the limited number of parking spaces for parents who drive their children to school, as well as the traffic congestion and safety concerns that ensue when a large number of people try to get to the same place in a short window of time. Last spring, the D.C. Council sought to address parents’ concerns by bringing in the Department of Transportation to assess the situation and create a pilot program that would first look at one school in each ward. Jennifer Hefferan, a Safe Routes to School coordinator who is lead-

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Key is one of four Northwest schools participating in the pilot.

ing the pilot, said that while there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution, parents who drive their children to school typically exhibit one of two key behaviors. Parents with older children tend to pull up to the curb, drop students off and continue driving; parents with younger students often prefer to, and are sometimes required to, escort their children to their classrooms. “Since there is limited curbside parking, when parents use the same spaces for both purposes, neither See Schools/Page 14

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Walmart’s proposed Georgia Avenue store clears interagency city review By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Developers proposing a Walmart for Georgia Avenue can apply for building permits now that the D.C. Office of Planning has concluded its review of the project. After taking input from several city agencies, the Planning Office determined that the planned Walmart “addresses the goals” of

District regulations, according to an Aug. 10 report. The Foulger-Pratt firm has planned a onestory, 106,2430-square-foot retail building for the corner of Georgia and Missouri avenues in Ward 4, a former car dealership site. The proposal includes 346 underground parking spots (to be accessed via Peabody Street), a wider Georgia Avenue sidewalk, and a pocket park at the property’s southwest corner.

Despite the development’s steady progress through the city’s “large-tract review” process, a group called Ward 4 Thrives intends to continue its fight against the controversial plan. “We think this is not finished business,” said Willy Baker, a Ward 4 Thrives member who lives within a mile of the project site. He said his group, which fears the retail giant’s impact on local business and quality of life, is

planning future protests and conversations with city officials. Another Ward 4 Thrives member, Baruti Jahi — who is challenging Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser for her seat next spring — said the group is also looking into a lawsuit focused on the potential strain on the Georgia and Missouri intersection. “We have the attorneys,” Jahi said, adding See Walmart/Page 13

Observatory complex may be landmarked

Glitch pushes back mailing of many property tax bills

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A walled enclave overlooking the Potomac River could become the District’s latest historic district. But unlike other residential and commercial districts popular with preservationists, the Old Naval Observatory complex would remain largely closed to public view. The D.C. Preservation League is pushing for designation of the entire 13-acre site at 23rd and E Streets NW as a historic district, and the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board will decide whether to accept the nomination. The original observatory building was designated a national landmark in 1965, but the preservation league believes the entire complex — including a collection of century-old Navy medical buildings — deserves protection. The complex, wedged between the Kennedy Center, State Department and new Institute of Peace, has long been off limits to the public because of its military ties. Preservation League director Rebecca Miller said her group is allowed a tour once a year, and Navy medical historian Jan Herman said he also arranges tours, although photographs are tightly restricted. The preservation league put the complex on its list of

Nearly a third of the District’s biannual property tax bills were issued later than usual this month, eliciting worries from some taxpayers accustomed to the usual schedule. D.C. Office of Taxation and Revenue officials blamed a computer glitch for many of the delays. Although bills for the second half of the year are typically mailed out in mid-August, the revenue office routinely sends out a few of them later in the month. It takes extra time to calculate some bills, and other delays emerge when an assessment amount is in dispute, said Natalie Wilson, spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. The delayed bills, which were mailed Aug. 26, are due Sept. 26 instead of the usual Sept. 15.

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The observatory complex was originally built for the Navy, but is now poised for State Department use.

“most endangered places” in 2007, after then-Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte reportedly considered making it his headquarters, and possibly bulldozing some old buildings in the process. That never happened, and now the U.S. State Department is slated to take over most of the buildings for temporary office space next year. The public would still be barred, although Miller said she will try to negotiate for more public access if the historic district is approved. Meanwhile, the acreage also known as the Potomac Annex and Observatory Hill — and referred to in a See Historic/Page 17

The week ahead Wednesday, Aug. 31

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B Redistricting Task Force will hold a forum on proposed boundaries for the commission’s single-member districts. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a presentation by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and an update from Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW.

Thursday, Sept. 8

The Ward 3 Advisory Neighborhood Commission Redistricting Task Force will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room A-03, Building 44, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Friday, Sept. 9

The D.C. Department of Real Estate Services will hold a public meeting on the leasing of 6428 Georgia Ave. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the 4th District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW.

Monday, Sept. 12

The National Capital Planning Commission will hold a forum on “Redefining Security a Decade After 9/11.” Speakers will focus on how to maintain a balance between securing federal facilities and preserving openness and access. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 14th St. NW. To register, visit

Tuesday, Sept. 13

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

This year, the office’s automated system applied a $98 trash credit to tens of thousands of properties that weren’t actually eligible for it, Wilson said. The number of delayed bills increased nearly ninefold compared to last year, she said, to a total of 53,579. “A large number” of those delayed bills were the result of the erroneous trash credit, she said. “In reviewing the bills before they were mailed, we did notice that some accounts were assessed the trash credit,” said Wilson. “During our quality assurance process, the error was discovered and the bills were delayed to make the necessary account adjustment. … We were glad we caught this before the bills were mailed.” Residents unaccustomed to such delays took to community listservs for information. Some complained that they would have appreciated See Bills/Page 7

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Donations requested for library book sale

The Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Library and the Books Plus bookstore at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will hold their annual fall book sale

next month, and organizers are inviting a final round of donations of new or like-new books and DVDs through Sept. 4. Donations are welcome in all categories except textbooks, magazines and obsolete nonfiction. Residents may drop off books — up to two boxes — any time the library is open at the donation center across from the circulation desk in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Larger donations should be delivered to the library’s G Place loading dock Wednesday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.; after the boxes are unloaded, contact Rob Schneider at 202-727-6834. The annual sale will be held Sept. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Penn Quarter’s “Arts on Foot� festival. Proceeds will benefit reading programs.

Whole Foods to open new store next week

Whole Foods will open its new Foggy Bottom store Tuesday, launching its fourth D.C. site at 10 a.m. with a traditional bread breaking, followed by food and festivities. The 2201 I St. NW shop will feature a coffee/espresso bar, madeto-order burgers, rolled-to-order sushi from Kaz Sushi Bistro, an

organic salad bar, Neopolitan-style pizza and, new to Whole Foods, a prepared-foods kiosk ordering system, among other features. There will be 27 seats and free Wi-Fi for those who wish to eat in, according to the release. “We’re proud to introduce our new store to the Foggy Bottom community and we have worked hard to bring new features and products tailored especially for them,� Donovan Morris, team leader for the Foggy Bottom store, said in a news release.

Participants sought for Dupont festival

Organizers of the second annual 17th Street Festival are seeking artists and vendors from the Dupont Circle area to display and sell their wares at the Sept. 24 event, according to a news release. Participants can apply for festival space at, paying $100 for a tent, $50 for a table or $25 for a shared table, the release states. The event will run from 2 to 6 p.m. “Last year’s Festival was amazingly successful,� Lee Granados, who co-founded the event, states in the release. “With more interest from the community and more excitement surrounding this year’s event, we expect a great crowd for the artists and vendors showcasing their offerings.�

NCS gets new head for middle school

Jody Reilly Soja, a former ninth-grade ancient history teacher at Millbrook School in Millbrook, N.Y., is the new director of the National Cathedral School’s middle school. Soja replaced Scott Erickson, who has been named head of Phillips Brooks School, an elementary school in Menlo Park, Calif. Soja previously worked at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn., as dean of faculty, head of the upper school and a history teacher. She also has been a visiting committee member for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools accreditation program. “Mrs. Soja’s energy and enthusiasm for working with young women and faculty will be an asset to NCS,� head of school Kathleen O’Neill Jamieson said in a release. “She has a successful track record of working with and supporting teachers, as well as overseeing curriculum development and faculty evaluation systems.�

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The back-to-school transition hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been smooth for the 500-plus students at School Without Walls. First, an earthquake hit last Tuesday, damaging the historic school buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chimney and bell tower. Then school was canceled for three days, even as other D.C. Public Schools students returned to class. As the weekend approached along with Hurricane Irene, Walls students were told they would spend Monday at Eastern High School, across the city from their home base in Foggy Bottom. Walls students remained at Eastern yesterday as earthquakerelated repairs continued, but were cleared to return to their school at 2130 G St. today. The Aug. 23 earthquake â&#x20AC;&#x153;shook up loose mortar that was holding bricks into place on the [schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] chimney and bell tower,â&#x20AC;? according to D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Fred Lewis. Terry Lynch, vice president of Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home and school association, said workers stabilized both the chimney and bell tower by yesterday morning and â&#x20AC;&#x153;more permanent repairs can continue while students occupy the school.â&#x20AC;? Despite an extensive renovation and addition in 2009, the age of Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; building probably contributed to the level of damage, according to Lynch. The public magnet high school resides in the 1880 historic

Grant School building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is â&#x20AC;&#x153;20 years older than the National Cathedral,â&#x20AC;? he pointed out. The day after the quake, D.C. Public Schools closed all of its buildings and initially â&#x20AC;&#x153;red-flaggedâ&#x20AC;? several schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including Walls, the Columbia Heights Education Campus, McFarland Middle School and Lafayette and Eaton elementary schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as sites of damage. According to Lewis, principals and staff at each school gave their buildings a first look before the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization sent structural engineers to do further analysis, following federal guidelines. By Thursday, all city schools were ready to open â&#x20AC;&#x201D; except Walls. Lynch said he was troubled that the office of D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to give more urgency to the situation at Walls, which he said was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most seriously damagedâ&#x20AC;? school building in the system. But he said a site visit on Thursday from City Administrator Allen Lew helped â&#x20AC;&#x153;jumpstart the needed repairs and alternative learning schedule.â&#x20AC;? And for the interim, he said, Eastern High School provided a perfect temporary home. The recently renovated school at 1700 East Capitol St. NE had the extra space: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hosting only ninth-graders this year, with plans to expand to the upper grades incrementally. And its location right by the Stadium-Armory Metro station was also convenient, he said.

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Burglary ■ 2800 block, M St.; store; 11:45 a.m. Aug. 23. Stolen auto ■ 1700 block, 35th St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 22. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 4 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4 a.m. Aug. 28. Theft (below $250) ■ 3800 block, Reservoir Road; university; 3:12 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 3100 block, M St.; store; 4 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 1000 block, 33rd St.; store; 12:01 p.m. Aug. 24. ■ 2900 block, N St.; residence; 7:30 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 7:52 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 3100 block, M St.; restaurant; 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27. ■ K Street and Wisconsin Avenue; street; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 28. ■ 1500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 4:45 a.m. Aug. 28. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2500 block, P St.; street; 6 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 2400 block, P St.; street; 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 2400 block, P St.; street; 3 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 1900 block, 37th St.; street; 11:40 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 3500 block, S St.; street; 3:10 a.m. Aug. 27. ■ 1500 block, 29th St.; street; 4 a.m. Aug. 27.

psa 204 Chuck Brown

Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ Tilden and Sedgwick streets; sidewalk; 2:05 a.m. Aug. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 4100 block, 49th St.; unspecified premises; 12:03 p.m. Aug. 25.

Robbery (pickpocket) ■ 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:45 a.m. Aug. 23. Stolen auto ■ 3800 block, Van Ness St.; street; 4 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 5100 block, 44th St.; street; 7 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 5100 block, 44th St.; street; 8:30 a.m. Aug. 23. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 6:10 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 4100 block, Albemarle St.; school; 4 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 4300 block, 43rd St.; residence; 5 a.m. Aug. 23. Theft (below $250) ■ 5200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 25. ■ 4800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 12:15 p.m. Aug. 27. ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:25 a.m. Aug. 28. ■ 4400 block, Harrison St.; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 4900 block, 44th St.; street; 9 a.m. Aug. 24.

■ forest hills / van ness

60+ events, 4 days, 1 university

■ palisades / spring valley

PSA 205 Wesley Heights/ Foxhall

PSA 206 ■ georgetown / burleith

psa PSA 203

Sept. 15–18, 2011

psa 205

■ Friendship Heights PSA 202

Tenleytown / AU Park


■ 3100 block, 38th St.; street; 3 a.m. Aug. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3100 block, Woodland Drive; residence; 6 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 2900 block, 39th St.; street; 5 a.m. Aug. 22.

Burglary (armed) ■ 4000 block, Cathedral Ave.; residence; noon Aug. 26. Stolen auto ■ 2500 block, Porter St.; street; 9 a.m. Aug. 26. Theft (below $250) ■ 3800 block, Porter St.; sidewalk; 7 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; office building; 9:58 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 3000 block, Idaho Ave.; office building; 3 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 3900 block, Benton St.; residence; 6 a.m. Aug. 24. Theft from auto ($250 plus)

psa PSA 207


■ foggy bottom / west end

Theft (below $250) ■ 2100 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; office building; 3 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 2400 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; residence; 10 a.m. Aug. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2400 block, N St.; street; 9 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue; street; 1:15 a.m. Aug. 27.

psa 208

■ sheridan-kalorama

PSA 208 dupont circle

Robbery (carjacking)

■ 1800 block, Q St.; street; 2:05 a.m. Aug. 27. Robbery (snatch) ■ 15th and S streets; sidewalk; 6:05 a.m. Aug. 22. Robbery (stealth) ■ 1700 block, I St.; tavern; 1 a.m. Aug. 25. Burglary ■ 1200 block, 23rd St.; office building; 10:45 a.m. Aug. 24. Stolen auto ■ 1800 block, K St.; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 19th and M streets; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 1600 block, I St.; street; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 26. ■ 2100 block, California St.; sidewalk; 6:15 a.m. Aug. 26. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 18th and M streets; restaurant; 2 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1 a.m. Aug. 28. Theft (below $250) ■ 2100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; residence; 10 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1800 block, I St.; restaurant; noon Aug. 22. ■ 1800 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1500 block, I St.; parking lot; 3 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1800 block, I St.; office building; 3:30 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1100 block, 17th St.; office building; 5:05 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1100 block, 15th St.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. Aug. 23. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 2:15 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 6 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 2000 block, L St.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 1700 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 11:13 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 1:43 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 3:25 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1900 block, M St.; store; 3:30 a.m. Aug. 25. Theft (below $250) ■ 1800 block, 18th St.; store; 3:49 a.m. Aug. 26. ■ 2100 block, N St.; sidewalk; 1:30 a.m. Aug. 27. ■ 1600 block, R St.; sidewalk; 4:45 a.m. Aug. 27. ■ 1600 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5 a.m. Aug. 28. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1700 block, T St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1700 block, Willard St.; street; 6 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 2200 block, N St.; street; 4 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1300 block, 17th St.; street; 6:31 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1800 block, P St.; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 1700 block, N St.; street; 5:30 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; alley; 6:30 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 18th and T streets; street; 8:15 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 1600 block, O St.; street; 10 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1500 block, Q St.; park area; 8 a.m. Aug. 26. ■ 1400 block, U St.; unspecified premises; 1 a.m. Aug. 27.

■ 1700 block, N St.; street; 5 a.m. Aug. 27. ■ 1200 block, 17th St.; street; 3 a.m. Aug. 28.

psa PSA 303


■ adams morgan

Robbery (gun) ■ 1800 block, Columbia Road; alley; 3:20 a.m. Aug. 27. Robbery (force and violence) ■ 2600 block, Mozart Place; alley; 9:25 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 2400 block, Ontario Road; sidewalk; 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25. Robbery (snatch) ■ 18th Street and Columbia Road; sidewalk; 12:15 p.m. Aug. 26. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1700 block, Columbia Road; store; 5:29 a.m. Aug. 24. Theft (below $250) ■ 1900 block, Biltmore St.; residence; 7 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1900 block, Connecticut Ave.; hotel; 9 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 20th Street and Florida Avenue; street; 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1600 block, Florida Ave.; residence; 9 a.m. Aug. 23. ■ 2500 block, Ontario Road; street; 2 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 1700 block, Seaton St.; unspecified premises; 3 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 2300 block, 18th St.; tavern; 11 a.m. Aug. 27. ■ 2400 block, Ontario Road; residence; 12:20 p.m. Aug. 28. ■ 1700 block, Columbia Road; restaurant; 5:12 a.m. Aug. 28. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1600 block, U St.; street; 3:30 a.m. Aug. 25. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2500 block, Ontario Road; street; 11 a.m. Aug. 21. ■ 2600 block, Mozart Place; street; 8 a.m. Aug. 22. ■ 1700 block, Euclid St.; street; 3:22 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 2300 block, Ontario Road; street; 10:15 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 9:40 a.m. Aug. 25.

psa PSA 307


■ logan circle

Robbery (gun) ■ 1200 block, 10th St.; sidewalk; 9:15 a.m. Aug. 22. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) ■ 1600 block, 11th St.; park area; 6:50 a.m. Aug. 23. Theft (below $250) ■ 1000 block, O St.; residence; 5:30 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 900 block, O St.; unspecified premises; 6 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 1100 block, P St.; unspecified premises; 9 a.m. Aug. 24. ■ 1600 block, 14th St.; store; 5:20 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1300 block, M St.; parking lot; 8 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1200 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 7 a.m. Aug. 26. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1300 block, Vermont Ave.; street; 8 a.m. Aug. 25. ■ 1400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 7:45 a.m. Aug. 26.

g The Current W ednesday, August 31, 2011


From Page 3 the revenue office telling them what was going on. “If you’re in a rhythm of taxes being due middle of April, middle of September, you start worrying,” said Foggy Bottom resident Sally Blumenthal. “Did it get lost? Did it get put in the wrong box in my building? What’s going on here? And you’d think the city would have issued a news release or some-

thing.” Tenleytown resident Robin Wilson also reported worrying about a lost bill. “I received a tax bill for my parking space but not others so I was concerned and needed to call. At first I thought it might be a USPS issue,” Robin Wilson wrote in an email to The Current, adding, “All good, I called up and my bill is one of the ones being delayed — with the due date to be delayed as well.” Natalie Wilson, the taxation office spokesperson, said she wishes the error had been noticed earlier but that widespread notifica-


listing each delayed property; residents and other property owners were able to search the document’s 1,665 pages to see if they should expect their bill to come late. Blumenthal said she did find the webpage but the information there was insufficient. “There’s no explanation of why, and there’s no information about when to expect the tax bills to be sent out,” she said. Natalie Wilson said resident complaints did not appear to be widespread, though. “Very few property owners called the office to inquire,” she said.


From Page 1

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

For more information on the GW community calendar, please contact Britany Waddell in the Office of Community Relations at 202-994-9132 or visit us at www.neighborhood.

Friday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. GW Women’s Soccer vs. Iowa Mount Vernon Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW

$ Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.

Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans presents Passing the Torch of Success to Washington DC Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW

Support GW Women’s Soccer as they take on Iowa. This event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, a group of highly accomplished Iranian Americans will share their stories of success with the audience, hoping to inspire and empower the next generation of Iranian Americans. The event will be co-hosted by Maz Jobrani, well-known Iranian American comedian and Rudi Bakhtiar, former CNN anchor. Tickets are $50 for public, $25 for GW students and alumni and can be purchased at the Lisner Box Office. Friday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. GW Women’s Soccer vs. Liberty Mount Vernon Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW

Support GW Women’s Soccer as they take on Liberty. This event is free and open to the public.

Photo: Andrew Foster


ment’s condominiums would rather not see extensive winter activity there, said Martin Sullivan, representing several condo owners. “They deal with the bar noise for eight months, and the other four months is their downtime,” he said, adding, “I think [the plan is] out of scale and not in character with what’s there now.” McGrath said MRP envisions the ice rink as a destination for families, rather than the more “singles” crowd attracted to Washington Harbour’s outdoor bars. He said the firm would be willing to close the rink at 9 or 10 p.m., and strict policies would separate skaters and bar patrons. “This isn’t something that no one has ever done,” he said. “Most ice rinks in an urban environment have businesses that sell alcohol near them, and we’re confident it’s a very manageable risk.” Representatives of the Washington Harbour Condominium Association said its homeowners — though divided over the plans — were glad that MRP has been in regular communication with residents. “Overall, I think it’s fair to say that we’re very appreciative of the effort to try to move forward and create a higher use for this property than it currently is,” said one board member. The plan’s most outspoken opponent at the Monday meeting was Arthur Cotton Moore, architect of the original Washington Harbour design. Moore said he supported the concept of an ice rink, but he criticized the broader design changes to the plaza. “The skating rink can be put in here without the massive demolition that is being used,” said Moore, referring to changes near the reshaped fountain that he said would disrupt the symmetry he established. “You’re changing things all around here and in a patchwork fashion. Some things are staying. Some things are going. And it will be an enormous uglification of the project.” The neighborhood commission was voting Monday on its recommendation to the Old Georgetown Board, whose meeting tomorrow will include another presentation of the Washington Harbour plans. In their resolution, commissioners urged the board to carefully review Moore’s concerns about the design while endorsing aspects of the plans.

tions would have been impractical. “Even if we were to mail a notice to the taxpayer, they would have gotten the delayed bill either simultaneously or after the bill,” she said. “We did post a notice on our website.” The notice, on the Real Property Tax Bills section of the office’s website, reads in full: “While most real property tax bills are mailed at the same time, a range of issues can delay the mailing of some of these bills. The due date for these delayed real property tax bills is adjusted accordingly.” The website also includes a PDF document


Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. Kankouran West African Dance Company presents KanKouran: Legends Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW

Come celebrate at the KanKouran’s 28th Annual National Conference of African Dance & Drumming. A local institution based in Washington DC, KanKouran West African Dance Company has been an integral part of the dance community for over twenty years! This year’s concert production entitled “LEGENDS” is a celebration of the legacy and artistry of dance’s living legends, Melvin Deal and Chuck Davis. Tickets are available for $30, $25 for GW Students and Alumni, and can be purchased at the Lisner Box Office. $ Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The Washington Concert Opera presents Attila Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW

Attila may have been one of history’s fiercest warriors, but he is no match, according to Giuseppe Verdi, for one woman’s sworn revenge. John Relyea, who proved to be as stunning an actor as a singer in our WCO production of Gounod’s Faust, portrays the dreaded Hun, with the divine Brenda Harris as his nemesis, Odabella, in Attila, one of Verdi’s most dramatic and compelling operas. Tickets are available for $40, $45, $50, $85, $100 and can be purchased at the Lisner Box Office. Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. GW Men’s Soccer vs. Bryant Mount Vernon Field 2100 Foxhall Road, NW

Support GW Women’s Soccer as they take on Bryant. This event is free and open to the public.


Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. GW Men’s Water Polo vs. Princeton Smith Center Pool 600 22nd St., N.W.

Support GW Men’s Water Polo as they take on Princeton. This event is free and open to the public. $ Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.

Live Nation presents Arabs Gone Wild Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St., NW

Tickets for The Comedy Revolution Tour can be purchased for $30; GW Students: $25 at the Lisner Box Office Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8p.m. GW Men’s Water Polo vs. Johns Hopkins Smith Center Pool 600 22nd St., N.W.

Support GW Men’s Water Polo as they take on Princeton. This event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Oct. 14 Kay Jackson Exhibition Luther W. Brady Art Gallery 2nd Floor, 805 21st Street, NW

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at GW. Six to eight exhibitions are featured each year and include University-related shows and Permanent Collection exhibitions; as well as shows of historical and contemporary significance, often with a focus on the Washington area. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm. For more information on exhibitions please visit This event is free and open to the public. Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Foggy Bottom Market Eye Street Mall I St. between New Hampshire and 24th Street, NW.

The Foggy Bottom market returns for another season. Offerings include fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, organic and grass-fed meats, handmade cheeses, breads, desserts, preserves, herbs, flowers, plants and more. Every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. through Nov 23. For more information, visit


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The Georgetown


Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Attracting high-tech

Quite a few high-tech start-ups establish themselves here in the District and then move to Virginia, where business taxes are lower and the ability to build a high-rise can help offset land costs. Thankfully for the city, the District is increasingly popular with young workers who want to live here to easily take advantage of our cultural attractions and active nightlife. The Dulles Toll Road has long been Main Street for the region’s tech industry, but the area is beginning to lose a bit of steam with the high tolls that are coming to fund the planned Dulles Metro stop — estimated by the Washington Business Journal to be as high as $10 each way come 2020. The biggest advantages Virginia high-tech firms have over those in D.C. are their comparatively lower tax rates on business real estate and profits. Virginia’s corporate income tax rate is 6 percent, while the District’s is 9.975 percent. Fairfax’s commercial property tax rate is $1.20 per $100 of valuation and Loudoun’s is $1.285, while the District’s is $1.65 per $100 valuation for the first $3 million and $1.85 above that. We think it would be wise for the District government to investigate the possibility of lowering real estate and profits taxes for hightech firms to Virginia’s levels. So few of these types of firms are located here that the short-term tax loss would probably be minimal, yet the long-term revenue gains would be considerable. We could also investigate ending the District’s ban on skyscrapers in some areas, such as parts of wards 7 and 8 — assuming the community agrees — where the need for jobs is tremendous. If the District were to relax its building height restrictions in these limited areas, as Mayor Vincent Gray has tentatively explored, we could then push the federal government to end its ban there. To see the potential benefits, all we have to do is look across the Potomac River at Rosslyn. Many of the firms there are refugees from our high tax rates and skyscraper ban. There is little doubt that if these issues could be addressed successfully, the District would over time substantially increase its tax revenue and ease some of its acute unemployment problems.

Stripped-down logic

We’re confused by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s reasoning in its recent order to renew the liquor license of JP’s, a strip club in Glover Park. Neighbors had objected to the renewal for a number of reasons, including the club’s proximity to a playground and the growing number of children in the area. The board rejected these arguments, saying that simply having children in the neighborhood does not prove the business is inappropriate, and noting that there is no evidence that families or children have been harmed by JP’s. Yet the board also says it is concerned about the club’s location between two residential zones. “Specifically, we are concerned that patrons coming to the neighborhood to visit the establishment and participate in nightclub activities during the day may disturb nearby residents and potentially interfere with the use of the Guy Mason Recreation Center,” the order reads. Saying it must “balance the needs of residents in residential zones with the needs of businesses located in commercial zones,” the board ruled that JP’s must begin its daily operations no earlier than 5 p.m. We don’t understand this logic. First, if JP’s is too disruptive to the surrounding residential community at 4 p.m., why are its operations acceptable at 6 p.m.? Guy Mason Recreation Center is often in use well into the evening, as is the rest of Glover Park’s commercial strip. The board makes no mention of whether children figure into this calculation, other than the reference to Guy Mason, but if young people are a factor, then 5 p.m. surely isn’t sufficient to limit their exposure, particularly in the summer. It should be at least 8 p.m.

Wrung out to dry …


e wrapped up our hurricane work for television early on Sunday, retiring in the afternoon to the Cantina Marina, an outdoor bar and restaurant on the Southwest Waterfront. Sitting on the upper deck, we ordered a crab cake and not one, but two cold Coors. The first was just a way to exhale from the frenzy of the past week. The second bottle was a silent toast to the public service workers, the emergency responders and, yes, the journalists who tracked and responded to the hurricane and the earlier earthquake. Some notes we made along the way: ■ Earthquake, No. 1. This region proved once again that it’s everyone for him or herself in a major disaster or terrorist strike. It’s just abundantly clear now that without extraordinary efforts, few people are going to “shelter in place” if they believe they can get out and get home. “People are just going to leave,” said Transportation Department director Terry Bellamy. “ … Any city in the world. They’re just going to do it.” Yet Bellamy said the city will continue its efforts to make “sheltering in place” a reality. But maybe the region’s effort ought to focus on organized traffic evacuation, not just urging worried parents, partners and guardians to sit tight. There appears to be no coordinated effort in the District (or ’burbs) to have police, traffic control aides and other emergency personnel staff critical intersections or choke points. “It’s another missed opportunity,” said Greater Washington Board of Trade president Jim Dinegar. Despite the decade that’s passed since the horrors of 9/11, this region is still talking about and planning coordinated emergency responses. And people are still pouring into the streets. ■ Hurricane, No. 1. No sooner had the sun come out Sunday than some people were second-guessing the decision to postpone the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial dedication. It wasn’t that bad here, they said, people would have put up with the wet ground, et cetera, et cetera. It’s important to say that such sentiments are not even accurate in hindsight. They’re just wrong. There were 30,000 folding chairs sitting out in a wide-open field. They would have been tossed around like toys in the winds. The ground was saturated. It would have been dangerous. People had to get back south and to the northeast ahead of the storm or risk being stuck here. As heartbreaking as the decision was to postpone, it was the right one. ■ Earthquake, No. 2. After the earthquake hit, the big question was whether the schools would open the next day. Inspectors were out looking at all 126 operating D.C. school buildings. At 10:59 p.m. — a minute before the 11 o’clock

news — journalists were told that all but three school buildings would open on time. Then somewhere around 4 a.m. everyone was told that all the schools would be closed. One of the toughest things to do in a crisis is to get consistent, accurate information out to the public and to those clamoring journalists. In the age of Twitter, snippets of information travel fast. If the politicians close the schools, parents scream that they overreacted. If they leave them open, parents scream that their kids might be unsafe. If they change their minds and the decision, they get it from all sides. The main thing for politicians is to know what you know and then tell it. The public will accept uncertainty if you’re clear that you’re trying. ■ Hurricane, No. 2. What would you do with five sandbags? One person sent me a message that five bags “would make a nice coffee table.” We ask because the city’s Department of Public Works expended a great deal of effort to pass out 7,000 sandbags to the city, but it gave out only five bags per person. First the lines seriously backed up when the city first started in Southeast near the baseball stadium. Some people waited for more than an hour for their five bags. The next day, the sandbag effort was moved to RFK Stadium, where the city could accommodate the long lines. But still, it was only five bags per vehicle. Most homes have two entrances and many have basement-level windows. How five bags really helped, we’re not sure. That’s one of the reasons we live on the second floor. ■ A disaster P.R. move? As the city was roiling from the earthquake and the hurricane, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was sending out news releases about the events. But he wasn’t showing up at any of the mayor’s multiple news conferences. When your Notebook tweeted about this absence, Brown acknowledged he was out of town, saying he was at a staff member’s wedding. ■ A final word. Former D.C. Council member Nadine P. Winter has died. She was 87. Winter was elected in 1974 to serve on the first council under home rule. She served Ward 6 from 1975 until 1991. Her body will lie in repose at the John A. Wilson Building on Thursday night from 5 to 7. Winter was a feisty and colorful character. She had a big smile that any caricaturist would love. She’d flash it whether she was angry or happy. Winter moved to Washington in 1947 and was an early housing activist for seniors, youths and the homeless. She fought for rent control and homeowner rights. She twice served as one of the city’s three formal electors in presidential contests. Our condolences to her family. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.



Letters to the Editor

ovation for his diligence and commitment to the improvement of our neighborhood. Jackie Blumenthal

Commissioner, ANC 3B02 Resident has helped battle rat problem Bond tax may drive In my comments to your reporter about rat abatement at family from District

Guy Mason Recreation Center in Glover Park [“City renews fight against rats in Glover Park,” Aug. 24], I neglected to mention the work of Glover Park resident Mitch Wander, who has dedicated himself to overseeing the trash management around the ball field and playground. Mitch deserves a standing

I totally agree with the Aug. 24 letter “Any bond tax might alienate local voters.” The taxing of non-D.C. municipal bonds will double, repeat double, the D.C. income tax we pay, and therefore it will eliminate one of the attractions for D.C. residence. My wife and I have owned a

home and lived in D.C. for more than 40 years, and I am now retired. We have been exploring downsizing to an apartment. This tax will weigh heavily in a decision on whether to stay in the District or choose a location in Virginia, Maryland or elsewhere, where the rents and taxes are more favorable. Incidentally, it is not just wards 2 and 3 that will be significantly affected by this tax. We live in Ward 4. It is our hope that our D.C. Council member, Muriel Bowser, wlll become more active in seeking its repeal. William B. Kelly Chevy Chase

The Current

Letters to the Editor Parking rules create much inconvenience

I would caution Northwest residents to think carefully about changing parking permit rules, particularly extending the hours of restriction or the days â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as is advocated by Damon Harvey of the D.C. Department of Transportation in your recent article on parking in Glover Park [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glover Park ANC tackles parking issues,â&#x20AC;? July 20]. The Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests are not necessarily the interests of the residents of Glover Park or any other Northwest neighborhood, as parking ticket fees appear to be a major motivator of the D.C. government. Once you extend parking permit days or hours, you will never get it undone, even if unintended consequences convince the residents it is not working. If you extend hours to midnight, you essentially cannot have a dinner party and expect your out-of-neighborhood guests to find anywhere legal to park. Everyone enjoys the nearby restaurants, yet residents do not want to compete with out-of-neighborhood diners for parking. On the other hand, if you take away all of the parking, those restaurants may not be able to remain in business for the enjoyment of the neighborhood due to a lack of out-of-neighborhood customers. Be careful what you ask for. Hilary Sills Cleveland Park

Retroactive or not, bond tax is bad idea

Opinions in The Current about the new tax on non-D.C. bonds have focused on retroactivity and grandfathering. Beyond these basic issues of fairness, is this tax an effective way of generating revenue for the city? Standard & Poorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently cautioned that D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less-than-stellar bond rating is in danger of being downgraded. The D.C. chief financial officer and the mayor have argued that this tax is necessary to encourage D.C. residents to buy D.C. bonds. So D.C. residents will be asked to hold riskier and relatively illiquid D.C. bonds to retain their tax exemption. Diversified bond funds hold fewer D.C. bonds than those of any state. Individuals will have to pay a substantial premium when seeking to invest small amounts in D.C. bonds that are not easily traded. Unlike such states as Virginia and Maryland, D.C. does not have a state-specific bond fund that offers greater diversification and

lower management costs. Therefore, D.C. residents who purchase available D.C. bonds will suffer from historically low yields and an admittedly higher risk of losing their principal; however, this will do nothing to strengthen D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bond ratings in a federal city with a $5.3 billion budget and uncertain revenues. D.C. residents who replace their existing bonds with D.C. bonds will also pay capital gains taxes, commissions and markups. Federal and D.C. taxes on the capital gains realized by selling a long-term bond fund purchased 30 years ago would average about 10 percent of current principal. Commissions and markups on D.C. bonds would cost another 5 percent. A typical retiree could lose 15 percent of his principal and thousands of dollars in the process. This will cost D.C. residents much more than D.C. collects in taxes. D.C. will become the only nonstate that does not exempt interest income from the bonds of all 50 states. In contrast, U.S. territories and possessions encourage capital formation and put their residents on an equal footing with state investors. This tax will make D.C. a less attractive jurisdiction for investment and drive away much greater sources of revenue such as real property and estates. The new tax should be repealed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not postponed or modified â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because it will be a net loss for the city overall. The immediate cost to the 20,000 D.C. residents who hold non-D.C. bonds will far exceed the $13 million in additional revenues that the D.C. chief financial officer expects in 2011. In the future the tax will become even more counterproductive as investors shift their assets elsewhere. Neil Williams The Palisades

Plan for Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site would harm Tenley

On Sept. 8, representatives of the developer of the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site at Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street are scheduled to present their development plans at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E meeting. The developer plans a six-story condominium of 60 units and two floors of commercial space. No parking is to be provided. The condos are extremely small and are likely to be marketed to American University students. In addition, because the site offers no alley access, the building will be serviced from Brandywine Street. The impact on the community of such a development is easy to imagine: â&#x20AC;˘ There will be no on-street parking

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available to area residents or customers of existing businesses. â&#x20AC;˘ Traffic throughout the neighborhoods will increase, as will illegal parking in private garages. â&#x20AC;˘ Traffic on Brandywine Street will be disrupted with double-parked valet parkers, moving vans, trash trucks and other service vehicles. The neighborhood commissioners have held at least two closeddoor meetings with representatives of the developer to discuss this proposal. The commissioners appear strongly in favor of the proposed dormitory. No one knows why they would choose to support a project that is clearly not in the best interests of their constituents. So far as is known, no traffic or community impact studies have been conducted. The Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site has been an eyesore, an embarrassment and a danger to the community for far too long. The site is valuable and needs to be developed. However, any development of the site needs to be sensitive to the needs of the community. As currently conceived, this development is remarkably insensitive to those needs. I would urge anyone with a concern about the development of the site to attend the commission meeting on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Armenian Apostolic Church, 42nd and Fessenden streets NW, and make those concerns clear to your commissioners. Dr. Peter S. Glassman Director, Friendship Hospital for Animals

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Many thanks for The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aug. 17 editorial about the new arrangements at our local agency, the Georgetown Ministry Center. It inspired me to go down to their little building just off the C&O Canal and see for myself. This is such a fine agency helping our people in need, and now, as you pointed out, it is even better. In addition to the outreach, medical help, telephone and mail service, shower and bathroom the center provides, there is now a pleasant sitting room, where I saw about five guys sitting at computers, trying to access jobs, shelters or families. Two others were in sitting in the reading area, presumably awaiting their turns. Executive director Gunther Stern and outreach director Roy Witherspoon were hovering nearby, ready to handle any questions. This is certainly an organization to which we can all give our wholehearted support. Thanks so much for calling our attention to it! Frida Burling Georgetown

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St. Albans chases three-peat in football ■ Private school previews By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer


St. Albans begins the 2011 season with two main challenges: a target on its back, thanks to 2009 and 2010 championships, and a new starting quarterback. But coach Gary Schnell thinks his team has the talent to overcome those hurdles. Sophomore Mike McCurdy, who started at quarterback for the junior varsity squad in 2010, is the new leader on offense, taking over for graduated senior Will Strother. But he’s not a total newbie: McCurdy earned varsity experience last season when he played late in games that St. Albans (9-1, 4-0 in 2010) already had under control. And Schnell believes his new quarterback has the tools needed to play well at the most critical position. “He’s very smart, he’s poised, he knows what we want to do,” the coach said Monday. St. Albans was senior-heavy a year ago, and the Bulldogs will need to replace 26 players in total. But they’ll have 11 seniors this year including some top players from last year’s title winner. Arthur Jones returns to spearhead the backfield, and he’ll have help from Charles Cato, who also plays linebacker. Senior Matt McJunkin, a threeyear starter, will anchor the offense line from his guard position, and classmate Marquis Johnson – AllInterstate Athletic Conference on

the defensive line last season – should also assist up front on offense. They’ll have help from Steve Bodine and 6-foot-6-inch, 225-pound Christian Miller, both seniors. The Bulldogs went undefeated in the IAC last season thanks in large part to a rock solid defense. And while they don’t have quite as many players as they had a year ago, the talent is still evident, Schnell said. “We have a lot of good players and we’re anxious to see how the young kids step in.” Starting with the season opener at St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.) on Sept. 2 and finishing with the yearly showdown with Landon at home on Nov. 12, the Bulldogs plan to take it one game at a time in 2011. “The challenge is for the kids not to feel the pressure of thinking about defending the championship,” said Schnell.


Gonzaga got off to a red-hot start last year, holding on to first place for much of the season before faltering down the stretch and losing to Good Counsel in the playoffs. Second-year coach Aaron Brady has to figure out a way to get Gonzaga (7-4, 5-2) to Navy Stadium (Annapolis, Md.) for the championship game amid fierce competition in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Gone is quarterback Kevin Hogan, last year’s WCAC Player of the Year, who is now taking snaps at Stanford University. Enter a pair of rising junior signal callers —

Connor Ennis and Chris Schultz – who will look to fill some pretty big shoes. “They both work really hard at it — they’re year-round quarterbacks,” Brady said. Ennis and Schultz, whom Brady plans to rotate at the position this year, will benefit from an excellent wide receiver corps that includes senior Davon Graves, juniors Brady Malone and Paris Person and sophomore Robbie Walker. In the backfield, the team should have plenty of punch with Duane McKelvin and Demitrius McNeil, back for their senior years. The pair will face the task of replacing leading rusher DeLante Martino, an AllWCAC performer who graduated last spring. The Eagles also return seven starters on defense, including senior tackle Grey Congo and senior linebackers Danny Flynn and Nick Anzallo. Those players will be key in stopping top weapons in the conference such as Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel’s senior wide receiver, who is rated as the top player at his position in the country. “It’s a great challenge. You get a chance to be seen by every college office in the country, so go make some plays. You should look forward to those kind of opportunities,” said Brady. The team kicked off its season with a 21-2 victory over Archbishop (Akron, Ohio) on Saturday, running off 21 unanswered points. Both of the Eagles quarterbacks threw touchdown passes, and junior Devin Butler returned an interception for a score in the victory. Gonzaga will host Georgetown Prep in the annual Jesuit Gridiron Classic on Sept. 17. A year after giving DeMatha a run for its money in the WCAC semifinals, St. John’s (5-6, 4-3) should make another dash for the playoffs in 2011. The Cadets return 11 seniors this year, but they’ll have a fresh face at quarterback in talented senior Ben Onett. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Temple University commit left DeMatha a week before last season began to play for Central Catholic High in Lawrence, Mass. But he’s back in the WCAC this year and should give St. John’s the best pocket passer it’s had in years. Other players to watch for the Cadets include three seniors: wide receiver/defensive back Billy Webb, running back/defensive back Kyler Sims and mammoth lineman Ian Smith. Also keep an eye on sophomore Devin Williams, a linebacker who has already committed to Stanford.

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Gonzaga’s Demitrius McNeill, above, and St. Albans’ Arthur Jones, below, should steer their teams’ rushing attacks this year. The team should be battle tested by the time DeMatha comes to town on Oct. 15. The Cadets gave the Stags quite a battle in last year’s playoffs before falling 34-20.


Maret (4-5, 1-3) doesn’t get much local hype because it competes in the smaller Mid-Atlantic Conference. But the Frogs, led by innovative coach Mike Engelberg, have been one of the most fun teams to watch in recent years, and that should be no different in 2011. Last year, Maret was hurt by graduation before the season began and injuries during, and struggled to just one win in conference play. They Frogs have only six seniors this year, but one — senior Sean Davis — is already helping to put the school on the map. Davis, who plays running back, wide receiver, defensive back and even quarterback for the Frogs, showed off his unusual skill set while working out for colleges this summer and has committed to the University of Maryland. Engelberg should have plenty of packages for his star player as Maret looks to unseat defending champion Potomac this year. Quarterback/defensive back Tre Henderson is another playmaker to watch for the Frogs, who will begin league play on Oct. 7 at Potomac. Sidwell (0-9, 0-4) drew a great deal of criticism for getting blown out of several contests a year ago

and failing to come away with any victories. But veteran coach John Simon thinks last year was an anomaly and that the Quakers should have much more success in 2011. “It was a numbers game — we had some guys get injured that were seniors and we had to play a ton of freshman that were young and inexperienced and some that had never played football before,” he said. This year, the Quakers return four starters on the offensive line including three seniors — Nicky Kirsch, Stephen Wiener and Will Mendez — and one sophomore, Nick Matzelevich, who started at guard much of last season and is now the team’s top center. “Our line is what I’m counting on to help us win some games this year,” said Simon. Chase Plebani, last year’s starting quarterback, will share time at the position in 2011 with senior Jackson Mills. That should allow Sidwell to keep both players fresh and give Plebani, a junior, more of a chance to make an impact on defense, where he has developed into a solid linebacker. Sidwell took on an easier schedule this year and is focused on getting the program going in the right direction again. “We’re not talking about winning championships — we’re just talking about winning games,” Simon said. The Quakers’ first major test will come at home against St. James Oct. 6.

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The first week of school is always interesting. There are new classes to find, new students to meet, friends you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen all summer, and friends you saw the day before. Students are nervous, excited, frightened, intimidated and steeling themselves for another 10 months. This year, the School Without Walls hosts a freshman class that is one of the largest in its history, pushing the student population to more than 500. Classes and corridors seem more crowed, and getting through the front door is a battle, as those without student IDs must sign in by hand. There are new faces this year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and not just in the student body. Walls has lost several faculty members for various reasons, including budget cuts. Replacements have been made in the math and science departments and the office of assistant principal. Yet it was neither the influx of new students nor the attrition to our faculty that set this beginning stretch apart from those of the past. On Aug. 22, an earthquake of a 5.8 magnitude struck the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. Along with other D.C. schools, Walls was closed on Wednesday as inspectors examined the building. Due to damage to the chimney and bell tower, the school remained


closed Thursday and Friday. Until repairs are complete, the School Without Walls will be temporarily relocated to Eastern High School, beginning what will be another interesting week. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keanu Ross-Cabrera, 12th-grader

Shepherd Elementary

Hello, Fellow Mustangs! For the new students who do not know me yet, my name is SophiaRose Herisse. I will be the student correspondent for The Current this school year. I hope you had a wonderful summer. Our teachers have a great year of learning and fun planned for us. Your responsibility is to do your best every single day and do it the Shepherd way! I encourage you to share cool news tips and comments. Please contact me at snherisse@yahoo. com. Thank you for reading my column. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophia-Rose Herisse, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

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ing trivia. You pick from either math or reading for a question. You can also choose the grab bag. I got a random question from the grab bag. If you ask for a math question, you might get a multiplication problem. The reading bag includes questions like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who was the first president?â&#x20AC;? I also found out this week that we get homework passes. All the teachers are nice, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met some nice girls like Addie and Allyse. We are talking and playing together. â&#x2013; Hi, my name is Robert. My teacher is Mr. Dingledine. He told us that they might increase the time for P.E. I would really like that more because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to sit and learn all day. I want to get some exercise. There was an earthquake this week and that was different for the first week of school. Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a hurricane. We were in the computer lab when the quake started and everything started shaking. We were taking a typing test. The computers and the Promethean board were moving back and forth. Our teacher came and took us outside. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met some new people this year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my second year here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have new people at the school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kennedy Monroe and Robert Williams, fifth-graders





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reason at all; others are you can deviate for neighborhood cohesiveness and â&#x20AC;Ś respect for the political geography of the district.â&#x20AC;? University students have argued that the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000 on-campus students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who now elect only one commissioner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be shoehorned into two of the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight districts while some sections of the neighborhood have fewer than 1,700 residents. In a brief comment last week on a Georgetown Dish blog post, Mendelson agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will not support a plan that unnecessarily creates a range of 1680-2500,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a purpose here and the purpose is to disenfranchise the students,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said in an interview with The Current. He posted the blog comment, he said, to â&#x20AC;&#x153;send a signal that folks ought not to spend so much time on a proposal that is so grossly discriminatory.â&#x20AC;? Georgetown University Students Association president Mike Meaney asked that the working group reconsider its proposal; group members will decide whether to do so by early next week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the ANC redistricting task force chooses not to accept our positions, we will appeal to the Council and arbitrate a more equitable situation,â&#x20AC;? Meaney said Monday. The working groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation will be passed on to Tom Birch, a Georgetown commissioner who is collecting the proposals from each Ward 2 commission to pass along to Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans. In an interview, Evans said he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the proposal for Georgetown and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment on it, but that he will address any concerns he has once he receives the report from Birch. The full council can also change boundaries when it considers them later this year, but members like to defer to local preferences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not as close to the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Mendelson. Nevertheless, he said, if a plan he considers discriminatory and illegal comes before him, he will seek changes, he said. Drafters of the plan have said they worked to align the boundaries of single-member districts with clearly defined neighborhoods, such as Burleith and the university campus. Such a move helps ensure that a commissioner best represents his or her constituents, they said. To adopt an alternative plan pitched by student John Flanagan to have a third student-heavy district just east of the university would mean â&#x20AC;&#x153;leaving hundreds of permanent residents to basically be abandoned, not represented by who theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want to be represented by,â&#x20AC;? said Lewis. Many residents who attended Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting agreed. One woman noted that students live throughout the neighborhood and are free to run for office where they live regardless of how the lines are

drawn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girls living next door to me have the same rights to run for the ANC as I do,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to give them special consideration to run in the other districts. â&#x20AC;Ś. I want to be represented by somebody who has my interests at heart.â&#x20AC;? Students who attended the meeting argued that that was the very concern they were facing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we accept the logic being put forward here, we are fated to be represented by people who the commission believes cannot represent us,â&#x20AC;? said graduate student Paul Musgrave. One resident argued that property owners deserve more representation than students who overwhelmingly rent their properties. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a factor in the law, said Mendelson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just simply turn a blind eye to the principle of one man, one vote,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a proposal to create [single-member districts] of wildly different size[s], lumping students into one or two grossly oversized SMDs and then having non-students â&#x20AC;Ś in the remaining undersized SMDs, that would be a violation of the law.â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said he recognizes neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns, but the city must adhere to the requirements in the redistricting law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I certainly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to minimize the aggravation that can be caused by students,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But there are other ways of dealing with this problem of students and ANC redistricting.â&#x20AC;? Maps of the proposal and the existing commission boundaries are available at 2e-districts.

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station and bus routes will make it unnecessary for students, faculty and staff to drive to the neighborhood, it states. The campus would be designed for up to 2,000 law school students and 500 faculty and staff members, officials said. Greg Ferenbach, president of the Tenley Campus Neighbors Association, which opposes the campus plan, said he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet read

the new filings by The Currentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadline and therefore couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment in detail. He did meet with university officials last week to discuss the appearance of the proposed buildings, which he said has improved even if the scale of the project remains too large. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made some progress on the design,â&#x20AC;? Ferenbach said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but AU takes the position that building this massive development will have no impact on the surrounding properties at all, which is hard to take seriously.â&#x20AC;?

The university is planning to demolish three 1955 buildings on the site and renovate the historic Capital Hall, chapel and Dunblane House, the submission says. The school also hopes to build new fourstory buildings on Nebraska Avenue and Yuma Street. The law school would move to the site from a Spring Valley office building it has outgrown, and students currently housed on the Tenley campus would live in new dorms proposed for the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot near Ward Circle.






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work well,â&#x20AC;? said Hefferan. So this year at the pilot schools, separate parking areas have been designated for drop-offs and for 15-minute parking. New signs are in place at the participating schools, and parents received notification from their schools and PTAs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed a big improvement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; overall parents and school administrators have been impressed with the changes,â&#x20AC;? said Hefferan. At Key Elementary School in the Palisades, there are roughly five spaces in front of the school entrance on Eskridge Terrace newly designated for drop-off only, and room for about three 15-minute parking spots for those who drive pre-kindergarten students, who must be escorted to their classrooms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Congestion and safety [problems] go hand in hand,â&#x20AC;? said George Beronio, the Key PTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safe Routes to School coordinator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before, we had a lot of people parking on both sides of Eskridge, a two-way street, tying up traffic in both directions. We tried to have parents avoid going upstream, but commuters and others would often get caught up in the traffic pattern.â&#x20AC;? Key principal David Landeryou said the school has grown â&#x20AC;&#x153;significantlyâ&#x20AC;? in recent years, creating new issues. Modular classrooms are currently situated in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot, which has displaced faculty and staff parking, creating more competition for street parking around the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our biggest concern was that there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a place to safely park and get our children into school,â&#x20AC;?

said Landeryou. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new program has been really great â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited about it, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a positive impact so far.â&#x20AC;? Beronio noted that the new system â&#x20AC;&#x153;forces cars to get to the curb to keep traffic flowing,â&#x20AC;? and called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;safer and quicker for the kids.â&#x20AC;? He referenced a survey the PTA

â??The new program has â&#x20AC;Ś had a positive impact so far.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Key principal David Landeryou created in collaboration with Landeryou and the Safe Routes to School program, asking parents how they chose to transport their children to school and why. He said many families that live within the walk- or bike-to-school boundaries said they choose to drive because there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sidewalks on every street along their route. Beronio praised Hefferanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, saying she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;went above and beyond, meeting with us repeatedly last year.â&#x20AC;? But he also noted that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;single most important thing the city can do beyond easing traffic is to install more sidewalks.â&#x20AC;? If the pilot program continues to go well, it will be rolled out to additional schools in the city. Hefferan was quick to note that any school experiencing problems with drop-off and/or pickup procedures or walking or biking to school can contact the Safe Routes to School office directly and officials will work with schools individually, even if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not part of the pilot program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a school contacts DDOT, we will help,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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As summer winds down, I am excited to see the many volunteers who make our association so effective begin to return to town. Thanks to all of their help, we are continuing to grow and also remain true to our core missions: historic preservation and public safety. We are always in need of more volunteers to work with us to make all of this successful. This work is not only fascinating but also vital to Georgetown. If you are interested, please consider serving on an association committee; no experience is necessary. It is fantastically fun. You get to meet your neighbors, get the skinny on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Georgetown, and know that you are helping to make your community better. There are many opportunities to serve, including as oral history interviewers, public safety block captains and members of the university relations committee. Volunteers may also focus on beautification, trees, the neighborhood library, events like the Georgetown Gala and on and on. It is individuals who make a difference in our community. We can use your help. I hope to hear from you. And if you are already signed up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; welcome back! And thank you. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus

The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit

Hunger and AIDS Walk Washington. â&#x2013; consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration matters: Mood Lounge, 1318 9th St., license revocation; Ghana Cafe; Tortilla Coast Restaurant, 14541460 P St., voluntary agreement; and The Pig, 1320 14th St., voluntary agreement. â&#x2013;  committee reports. â&#x2013;  consideration of community development committee matters: a request by the National Park Service for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to change the name of the Smithsonian Metro station to National Mall-Smithsonian; 901 New York Ave., Starbucks, sidewalk cafe application; 700 14th St., Starbucks, sidewalk cafe application; 1328 14th St., applications to the Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Historic Preservation Review Board for a new residential building with ground-floor retail; 1321-1325 Naylor Court, Stables at Naylor Court, applications to the Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Historic Preservation Review Board for renovation of a former stable to convert it to a residential building; and 1275 Pennsylvania Ave., building renovation requiring Commission of Fine Arts approval under the Shipstead-Luce Act. â&#x2013;  discussion of redistricting issues affecting the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area, including voting precinct boundaries. â&#x2013;  discussion of noise complaints regarding Donovan House. â&#x2013;  discussion of a community roundtable invitation to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. For details, call 202-667-0052 or visit

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ANC 3B 3B ANC Glover Park â&#x2013; Glover Park/Cathedral heights

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; consideration of requested street closures for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Light the Night Walk, So Others Might Eatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trot for

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact or visit

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The commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning, preservation and development committee will hold a meeting to discuss the proposed development by the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., and Keener-Squire Properties at 17th and O streets and the restoration/ renovation of the triangle park at 20th and Q streets and Connecticut Avenue. The meeting will be held Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The commission will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Brookings Institution building, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit dupontcircleanc. net. ANC 2D ANC 2D Sheridan-Kalorama

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, contact or visit anc2d. org. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013; Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale

ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013; cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley/wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades/kent/foxhall

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; presentation by Brenda Barber of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on recommendations for the cleanup of 4825 Glenbrook Road. â&#x2013;  update by Jerry Price, senior vice president for real estate and construction at Sibley Memorial Hospital, on the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master plan. â&#x2013;  presentation by American University on the planned North Hall dormitory, the subject of a further-processing application filed with the Zoning Commission on July 19. â&#x2013;  discussion of a resolution on the taxation of non-D.C. municipal bonds. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application for 2507 Foxhall Road. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment for a special exception to allow a two-story addition at 5133 Sherier Place. â&#x2013;  consideration of an Alcoholic Beverage Control application by Al Forno Pizzeria and Trattoria, 3201 New Mexico Ave., for a restaurantclass license (Italian restaurant serving dishes such as pizza and panini; no live entertainment; daily hours of operation, sales, service and consumption from 10 a.m. to midnight in the summer garden and interior). For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit

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From Page 5 with a firm to study capacity issues across the District. At the Field School, the new sixth grade will allow more families to consider the school, according to Will Layman, director of admissions and communication. When Field first opened its doors in 1972, serving seventh- through 12th-graders, most elementary schools ran through sixth grade, he wrote in an email. “In recent years, more and more of the area school

HISTORIC From Page 3

2006 article on the complex in The Washington Post as “one of the most beautiful secret squares in Washington” — remains a mystery even to nearby residents. The landmark application, however, contains stunning photos and detailed descriptions of the facility in its several incarnations. Pierre L’Enfant, laying out the federal city, recognized the site’s strategic location on high ground, with sweeping views of the Potomac to the north and south, and thought it an ideal site for a fort. George Washington envisioned building a university there, according to the landmark application. Instead, in 1844, the Navy built an imposing two-story brick structure, topped by a circular dome, to serve as its observatory. The Greek Revival building played a significant role in research on navigation, astronomy and oceanography, according to the application. The “Great Equatorial Telescope” formerly lodged in the dome was used to discover the two moons of Mars in 1877. But in 1893, the observatory was

systems have shifted to ending their elementary schools in 5th grade and running a 6-8 middle school,” Layman wrote. “As a result, we have heard from more and more families who wish that we started in 6th grade as well; they want to consider The Field School but do not want to have their student in three different schools in three consecutive years (an elementary school for 5th, another middle school for 6th, then Field for 7th).” He said the school expects to maintain its current enrollment of 320 students by enrolling fewer new students in the upper grades. The school will host information sessions on Sept. 24 and Oct. 18.

relocated to higher ground on Massachusetts Avenue NW, in part to escape the fog coming off the river and the foul air of then-industrial Foggy Bottom, Herman said. The grounds overlooking the Potomac then became the Navy’s prime medical facility, with a Museum of Hygiene and then a medical school occupying the old observatory. The Washington Naval Hospital was established in 1904 and was soon surrounded by a group of Georgian style buildings whose names reflected medical care of the era: a Female Nurses’ Quarters, Sick Officers’ Quarters and Contagious Ward, for example. A grand staircase, built in 1911, provided a new formal entrance from E Street. But it was demolished in the early 1950s to allow construction of the E Street ramp to Interstate 66. Other landscape features, including iron grillwork, a single gas lamp, a circular drive and a statue of Benjamin Rush, surgeon general of the Continental Army, remained even after the Navy hospital moved to Bethesda in 1942. Since then the buildings have been largely occupied by the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, the administrative headquarters for the force’s medical wing. But the

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had their power restored relatively quickly. “Overall, I would say D.C. gets an A on this one: residents, businesses, city government, everyone,” said Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, praising residents for heeding warnings and workers for speedy cleanup. And Pepco? “They get an A for effort,” Evans replied. “If my power were off right now, I’d be pretty angry, but I know they were quite prepared for the storm and are working diligently to get it restored.” Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser said she was also impressed with Pepco’s preparations and response to the storm. “I’m just very pleased that we had a lot of neighborhoods that have persistent outages that didn’t lose power this time,” she said. “And I don’t know if it’s a function of how the storm has hit, or if the amount of improvements to the infrastructure that we’ve insisted on are starting to bear fruit.” There was one hiccup in Pepco’s response, said Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh: coordination with the D.C. Department of Transportation when a street tree had fallen across or was leaning on a live wire. “I have been dealing with emails from sites where DDOT was there with their crane ready to go, but Pepco hadn’t turned off the power yet,” Cheh said. But “by and large DDOT and Pepco are diligently working through the problem that we have.” A Pepco spokesperson didn’t return messages this week. As of yesterday afternoon, there were 2,968 customers in the District without electricity, about a third of whom are in areas west of Rock Creek Park, according to the company’s website. According to a news release from the Transportation Department, 11 traffic signals

bureau is slated to move to a renovated office building in Falls Church next year, along with medical headquarters of the other armed forces, as part of Congress’ mandate to consolidate military facilities. Herman said most of the 13-acre complex will be turned over to the State Department for office space when the Navy moves out. He said he fears maintenance of the old observatory could suffer, and worries about the fate of the other historic hospital buildings as well. “As a historian, I’m 100 percent behind [the landmark application], or anything to preserve this site,” he said. State Department spokesperson Beth Gosselin said Tuesday that the department expects to “accept transfer” of most of the buildings next year, to be used as temporary space during renovation of the agency’s main building across 23rd Street. Gosselin said restrictions on public access will continue for security reasons, although tours of the observatory itself “may be possible.” She said the department “intends to follow all federal, state and local codes” involving historic preservation, and noted that the department does not intend to use the already-landmarked observatory building “at this time.”

were also still without power from the grid yesterday afternoon, relying on emergency backups. Transportation Department spokesperson John Lisle, whose agency is responsible for roadways and street trees, said all roads blocked by trees or other storm debris should now be open, and the last roadside detritus should be cleared away by the end of the week. “Because of the combination of how much rain we got and the high winds, that’s when you see a lot of these trees just start to give way,” Lisle said. Citywide, the Transportation Department has been addressing more than 670 work orders to repair storm damage, said Lisle, and the agency fielded 80 percent more calls for service than it did in the wake of a particularly destructive thunderstorm last summer. “I would say we certainly realize it could have been a lot worse than it was, but at the same time it did cause a lot of damage in the city,” he said. The D.C. government may be found liable for private property damage from a fallen street tree if the tree toppled because of a District agency’s negligence, said Phillip Lattimore III, director of the D.C. Office of Risk Management. “If a citizen called and complained for days or weeks on end that the trees are defective, we received information that branches were falling over a period of time … then if the tree falls, they have a case to make a claim,” said Lattimore. “If we do not have any information that the tree was a problem tree ... then more than likely it would be a very difficult claim for a citizen to make.” Lattimore said no Irene-related claims had been filed with his office as of yesterday, but the office was fielding an unusually high call volume as residents asked about city responsibility for tree damage. Last year, the office paid 396 property damage claims out of nearly 2,300 filed, officials said.


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Events Entertainment

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Wednesday august 31 Class ■ A weekly workshop will offer instruction in “Sahaja Yoga Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Concerts ■ New Tricks will perform acoustic straight-ahead jazz. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The Harbour Nights concert series will feature singer/songwriter Jason Masi. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. ■ The U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Patrick S. Gilmore, Herman Bellstedt and John Philip Sousa. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011. Discussions and lectures ■ The Rev. Carolyn Boyd will discuss her book “The Five Steps to Forgiveness.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Drew Magary will discuss his novel “The Postmortal.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Film ■ NCM Fathom and Universal Studios Home Entertainment will present a screening of the cult favorite “Scarface,” starring Al Pacino. 7:30 p.m. $12.50. AMC Georgetown 14, 3111 K St. NW. Open house ■ Excelsior College — a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited distance-learning institution — will host an open house with information about its degree programs, federal financial aid programs, payment plans and how to transfer previously earned college credit and military training. 5 to 8 p.m. Free.

Excelsior College D.C. Center, Suite 304, 1150 17th St. NW. 202-506-6007. Thursday, Sept. 1

Thursday september 1 Book signing ■ George Norfleet will sign copies of his book “A Pilot’s Journey,” about the Tuskegee Airmen. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-1000. Children’s programs ■ A park ranger will lead a scavenger hunt and hike for children ages 4 and older. 10 a.m. Free. Montrose Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead children ages 3 and older on a Discovery Hike along the Woodland Trail in search of signs of animals. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concert ■ The Jazz on Jackson Place series will feature the Yvonne Johnson Trio. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25. Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place NW. 202-218-4332. Discussions and lectures ■ American University professor Akbar Ahmed (shown) and Cambridge University professor Edward Kessler will discuss “Reflections on the Eve of 9/11: What’s Changed? What Hasn’t?” 6:15 p.m. Free. Founder’s Room, School of International Service Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1000. ■ Amy Waldman will discuss her novel “The Submission,” about the controversy sparked by the choice of a Muslim to design a 9/11 memorial. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919.


Performance ■ The Topaz Hotel Bar’s weekly stand-up show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. Special events ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature “Game Show Mania.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ “Phillips After 5” will feature a Moscowthemed party with food and drink; a showcase of five Oscar-nominated animated shorts; a performance by the Alexandria Kleztet; and a gallery talk on “Moscow: Kandinsky’s Enduring Muse.” 5 to 8:30 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. ■ The Art Museum of the Americas will hold its second annual after-hours party, featuring cutting-edge music, video and performance art. 8 p.m. to midnight. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Mystics will play the Atlanta Dream. 7 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. Tours ■ A Smithsonian horticulturist will lead a tour of the museum’s heirloom garden and discuss some of the plants there. 1 p.m. Free. Mall Terrace, southwest corner, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202633-1000. The tour will repeat Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ■ A park ranger will lead “A Garden Gathering,” a chance for ages 8 and older to explore the trees, flowers and other plants in the Old Stone House’s garden. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. ■ A tour of the Washington National Cathedral will focus on the Gothic style and

Discussion ■ Activists Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and Melina Laboucan-Massimo will discuss efforts to stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Films ■ “This Other Eden: Ireland and Film” will feature Peter Lennon’s 1968 film “Rocky Road to Dublin” and Paul Duane’s 2004 film “The Making of ‘Rocky Road to Dublin.’” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Thursday, september 1 ■ Concert: Roots rocker Eric Lindell will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600.

its unique characteristics, purposes and building methods. 3 p.m. $5. Meet at the west end docent station, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. The tour will repeat Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2

Friday september 2

Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature the Tommy Lepson Band performing blues and soul classics. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. ■ Charles Miller, minister of music at the 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. ■ The “Jazz in the Garden” series will feature violinist Bruno Nasta and the Next Wave, a U.S. Naval Academy Band ensemble. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Salut Salon — a classically trained quartet originally from Hamburg — Germany, will perform a mix of classic, pop, chanson and folk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger, pianist Walter Fischbacher, bassist Gary Wang and drummer Yataka Uchida will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-

Performance ■ Bettmann Dances will present “Quis Custodiet,” the culmination of a yearlong exploration of security issues coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. 7 p.m. $25. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. Sporting event ■ The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 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, Sept. 3

Saturday september 3

Children’s program ■ Ages 5 and older will listen to a story about scientist Albert Einstein and create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Concerts ■ The 23rd annual DC Blues Festival will feature Preston Shannon, Grady Champion, Nadine Rae & The Allstars, Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark and the DC Blues Society Band. Noon. Free. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202426-0486. ■ Singer Nancy Scimone will perform jazz selections. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Blue Bar Lounge, Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-638-5200. Films ■ “This Other Eden: Ireland and Film” will feature John Ford’s 1952 film “The Quiet Man” and Sidney Olcott’s 1910 film “A Lad From Old Ireland.” 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ The Textile Museum will present “American Experience: Rachel Carson’s See Events/Page 19

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Continued From Page 18 Silent Spring.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Polish Quartet: Jerzy Skolimowski in the 1960sâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Identification Marks: None.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performances â&#x2013;  The 10th annual Page-to-Stage Festival will feature Arts on the Horizon performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drumming With Dishes,â&#x20AC;? a nonverbal adventure about a toddler and her imaginary friend who turn ordinary household items into extraordinary musical instruments. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint will present a workshop performance of Ronee Penoiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indian School Stories: An American Song Cycle.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Pay-what-youcan. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. â&#x2013;  KanKouran West African Dance Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Legends,â&#x20AC;? a celebration of the legacy and artistry of Melvin Deal and Chuck Davis. 8 p.m. $30. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a hike to Fort DeRussy and discuss how the fort helped defend Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead an all-ages â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paws in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? hike in Montrose Park. Dogs on leash are welcome. 10 a.m. Free. Montrose Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A bus tour will visit D.C. locations used as backdrops in more than 50 television shows and movies, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The West Wingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wedding Crashers.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. $34; reservations required. Tour departs from a location near Union Station. 800-979-3370. 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;  Amy Kunz will lead a dog-friendly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk and Wagâ&#x20AC;? tour of Mount Pleasant. 11 a.m. $15; reservations required. Meet in front of the Capital City Public Charter School, 3047 15th St. NW. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollywood on the C&Oâ&#x20AC;? walking tour, featuring visits to sites from â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Elmoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fire,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Thief,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dickâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-6535190. â&#x2013;  The Gross National Product comedy groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scandal Toursâ&#x20AC;? will debut an updated version featuring new sites, including the Congressional Gym and News Corp.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government relations office. 1 and 3 p.m. $35; $30 for seniors; $25 for students. Meet at the

The Current

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Events Entertainment Ben Franklin statue in front of the Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-7212. â&#x2013; A park ranger will lead ages 10 and older on a tour of Fort Stevens and discuss the actions in the summer of 1864 that led to Jubal Earlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raid on Washington and the two battles that stopped the Confederate troops. 2 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 1000 Quackenbos St. NW. 202-895-6060.

Los Angeles Dodges. 1:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6

Tuesday september 6

Sunday, Sept. 4

Sunday september 4 Concerts â&#x2013; The weekly Steel Drummer Sundays concert series will feature Lennard Jack. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  Punjabi folk singer Satinder Sartaaj will perform. 7 p.m. $35 to $100. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  A mass choir featuring approximately 130 singers from across the United States and Canada will perform works by Wilberg, Goeller, Mozart and others. 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labor Day Capitol Concert will feature a musical tribute to John Philip Sousa, Duke Elllington and Chuck Brown. 8 p.m. Free. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. 202-416-8114. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Other Eden: Ireland and Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Muriel Boxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1959 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Other Eden.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Polish Quartet: Jerzy Skolimowski in the 1960sâ&#x20AC;? will feature the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1965 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walkover.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  The 10th annual Page-to-Stage Festival will feature D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Commedia dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Arte theater company Faction of Fools presenting their new creation. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Mystics will play the Connecticut Sun. 4 p.m. $10 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a tour of Herring Hill, a vibrant 19thcentury African-American community in the heart of Georgetown. 10 a.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tools of the Tradeâ&#x20AC;? tour, featuring a look at the tools used by construction workers, laborers, engineers, lock tenders and boatmen on the C&O Canal. 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 an all-ages â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dog Day Afternoonâ&#x20AC;? trek to Fort DeRussy and share stories of dogs as faithful companions during the Civil War. Dogs on leash are welcome. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. Monday, Sept. 5

Monday september 5 Performance â&#x2013; The 10th annual Page-to-Stage Festival will feature Signature Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Musical Theater Showcase, with selections from

Monday, september 5 â&#x2013; Concert: A Labor Day concert will feature Anne Feeney (shown), Joe Uehlein and the U-Liners, Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revolution, Luci Murphy, the DC Labor Chorus and the Charm City Labor Chorus. Proceeds will benefit Feeney, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; $20 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-3877638. world-premiere musicals â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boy Detective Failsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hollow.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the

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Continued From Page 19 202-737-8292. The talk will repeat weekly through Sept. 27. ■ Hisham Matar will discuss his novel “Anatomy of a Disappearance.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film ■ A series of screenings based on “AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movies” list will feature No. 77 — Alan J. Pakula’s 1976 film “All the President’s Men,” starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Meetings ■ The Cleveland Park Chess Club will review historical games, study scenarios and play chess. 3:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. The group meets every Tuesday. ■ Recovery International will host a group discussion for people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression, sleep problems, anger, fear and other mental, nervous or emotional problems. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680. The group meets every Tuesday. Performances ■ Wayne Manigo will host a weekly show featuring local comics. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Free. RAS Restaurant & Lounge, 4809 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-291-2906. ■ Busboys and Poets will host “Tuesday Night Open Mic,” a weekly poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $4. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Wednesday, Sept. 7

Wednesday september 7 Class ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local

nonprofit, will present a foreclosure-prevention clinic to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Noon. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The event will repeat Sept. 14 and 21 at noon and Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Concerts ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature a concert by YahZarah performing neo-soul. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. ■ The Harbour Nights concert series will feature Hand Painted Swinger. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures ■ Archivist Timothy K. Nenninger will discuss “Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of Charles Pelot Summerall.” Noon. Jefferson Room, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. ■ Joe Allen will discuss his book “People Wasn’t Made to Burn: A True Story of Housing, Race, and Murder in Chicago.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Hannes Androsch will discuss his book “Austria: Past, Present and Future.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776. ■ Washington Post reporter Dana Priest will discuss her book “Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Susan McCorkindale will discuss her book “500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl.” 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW.

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Children’s program ■ A park ranger will lead ages 3 and older on a Discovery Hike along the Woodland Trail in search of signs of animals. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Wednesday, september 7 ■ Concert: Singer, guitarist and songwriter J Mascis will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

202-965-9880. ■ The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will present a talk by local author Mark Stein on his book “How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Film ■ The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Olga Malea’s 1999 film “The Cow’s Orgasm.” 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. Performance ■ The multi-instrumental duo The Sweater Set and swing band Shotgun Party will join circus performers Katie Balloons and Mab Just Mab for a circus-themed night of entertainment. 8 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 on the day of the show. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tour ■ A Smithsonian horticulturist will lead a tour of the museum’s “Victory Garden” and discuss some of the plants there. 1 p.m. Free. Welcome desk, Constitution Avenue entrance, National Museum of American LARGEST SELECTION of sheet music in DC!

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Concert ■ The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will feature a concert by saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. Discussions and lectures ■ Marvin Kalb (shown) and Deborah Kalb will discuss their book “Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama.” 11:30 a.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. ■ Ray Allen, professor of music and American studies at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, will discuss “New Lost City Ramblers and Folk Music Authenticity.” Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. ■ Jack W. Curran, president of LED Transformations, will discuss “LED Lighting: A Clash of Cultures.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ “Religion and the American-Muslim Community Post-9/11” will feature John L. Esposito, professor at Georgetown University and founding director of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown University; Linda Moreno, attorney; Arsalan Iftikhar, founding managing editor of The Crescent Post; and Karen Armstrong, author. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fourth floor, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. ■ National Portrait Gallery educator Miriam Szubin will discuss Nancy Reagan. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

■ A gallery talk will focus on “Once Upon a Picture: Lawrence as Storyteller.” 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. ■ National Gallery of Art curator of modern and contemporary art Harry Cooper will discuss “Color Blast: Morris Louis at the Phillips.” 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ New York Times columnist Sacha Z. Scoblic will discuss her book “Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ D.C. Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning and other panelists will discuss how “big box retail” is affecting D.C.’s planning, land use, transportation and economic policies. 6:30 p.m. $20; $12 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Thomas L. Friedman (shown) and Michael Mandelbaum will discuss their book “That Used to Be Us.” 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. ■ Artist Chris Martin will discuss his artistic process, myriad inspirations and preparations leading up to the exhibition “Chris Martin: Painting Big.” 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770. Films ■ The American Repertoire series will feature John Huston’s 1941 film “The Maltese Falcon.” 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film will present the 2010 film “Lunch Line,” about the national school lunch program. A post-screening discussion will feature former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, nutritionist Margo Wootan and filmmaker Michael Graziano, among others. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Performance ■ The Local Dance Commissioning Project will feature “Hammock,” a collaborative work that uses movement, text and an original sound design to examine notions of rest and restlessness in today’s society. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will continue Friday at 6 p.m. Walks and tours ■ A park ranger will lead an all-ages nature hike in Montrose Park and point out early signs of autumn. 10 a.m. Free. Montrose Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. ■ A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a tour of the oldest house in the District. Noon. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851.


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ransformers,” featuring On exhibit new works by 15 Corcoran College of Art + Design alumni who graduated Transformer Gallery, located at between 2002 and 2010, will open 1404 P St. NW, is open Wednesday today in Gallery 31, the Corcoran through Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. Gallery of Art’s free 202-483-1102. exhibition space. It will ■ “Containment and continue through Oct. Diversion,” featuring 2. some 15 mixed-media An opening recepworks on paper by tion will take place Capitol Hill artist tomorrow from 6 to 8 Thomas Burkett, will p.m. at Gallery 31. open tomorrow at Gallery 31, located Long View Gallery at 500 17th St. NW, is and continue through open Wednesday Oct. 2. The artwork through Sunday from examines high-profile topics in the news. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., An opening recepThursday until 9 p.m. Ai-Wen Wu Kratz’s tion will take place 202-639-1700. work will be shown In tandem with the tomorrow from 6:30 to at Georgetown exhibit, Transformer 8:30 p.m. Gallery will simultaLocated at 1234 9th University Hospital. neously mount “transSt. NW, the gallery is formers: the next generation,” an open Wednesday through Sunday exhibit of new works by five 2011 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-232graduates of the Corcoran. 4788.

Thomas Burkett’s “Trap 2 (Fish Ladder)” is part of an exhibit at Long View Gallery. ■ “Line Literacy,” featuring largescale works on paper by Ai-Wen Wu Kratz, will open tomorrow in the main hallway on the first floor of the main building of the Georgetown University Hospital. See Exhibits/Page 27

Kennedy Center to turn the page on new plays


he Kennedy Center will host its 10th annual Page-toStage new-play festival Sept. 3 through 5. More than 40 theaters from the


D.C. area will take part in the center-wide event, presenting readings and open rehearsals of new plays and musicals. Offerings will include a performance by Signature Theatre of scenes from two worldpremiere musicals, “The Hollow” and “The Boy Detective Fails.” Performance times vary. Seating Signature Theatre will present selections from “The Boy Detective is on a first-come, first-served Fails” as part of the Kennedy Center’s annual Page-to-Stage festival. basis, and doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each event. 202- inated in the Broadway production. Holocaust survivor, poet and Performance times are 7:30 investment client. 467-4600; p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Performance times generally are ■ Shakespeare Theatre Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Company’s Sidney Harman Hall through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 will host the Broadway musical Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $45, with “FELA!” Sept. 13 through Oct. 9. $45 to $115. Sidney Harman Hall certain discounts available. The Presented by Jay-Z, Will and is located at 610 F St. NW. 202Washington DC Jewish Jada Pinkett Smith, and Ruth and 547-1122; Community Center is located at Stephen Hendel, “FELA!” is the 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3230; true story of the legendary Nigerian ■ Theater J will present Deb Margolin’s musician Fela “Imagining ■ The Longacre Lea theater comKuti, whose Madoff” at the pany is presenting the world preAfrobeat Washington DC miere of Kathleen Akerley’s rhythms ignited Jewish “Something Past in Front of the a generation. Community Light” at Catholic University’s Inspired by his Center’s Callan Theatre through Sept. 4. mother, a civil What would you do if the devil Goldman rights champion, wanted to collaborate with you on Theater Aug. 31 he defied a corSidney Harman Hall will host the through Sept. a documentary film about himself? rupt and Would you fear for your soul, or 25. oppressive mili- Broadway musical “FELA!” Sept. just your artistic integrity? Unrepentant 13 through Oct. 9. tary govern Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Ponzi schemer ment and Wednesday through Saturday and 2 Bernard Madoff sets the record devoted his life and music to the p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to straight from his prison cell, struggle for freedom and dignity. $18, with discounts for students recounting an all-night study ses Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah See Theater/Page 27 stars in the title role, which he orig- sion with Solomon Galkin, a

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St. David's Episcopal Church in NW Washington, D.C., is seeking a part-time Children & Youth Christian Formation Coordinator. Approximately 15 hours per week, including Sunday mornings. Salary: Negotiable, depending on experience. Responsible for building and overseeing Sunday School, Youth Group, teaching training, and administrative and logistical support. Send resume, cover letter, and three references to

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THEATER From Page 21

and seniors. The Callan Theatre is located at 3801 Harewood Road NE. 202-460-2188; longacrelea. org. â&#x2013; Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julius Caesarâ&#x20AC;? through Sept. 4 at Sidney Harman Hall as its 21st annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Free for Allâ&#x20AC;? production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Free tickets can be reserved through an online ticket lottery the day before each show or picked up at the box office two hours before the performance. Season subscribers and Friends of Free for All members may reserve tickets in advance. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; â&#x2013;  Shakespeare Theatre Company will open its 25th-anniversary season with the world premiere of David Ivesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heir Apparentâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 6 through Oct. 23 at the Lansburgh Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $95. The

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The exhibit will continue through Sept. 30. Located at 3800 Reservoir Road NW, the building is open daily 24 hours a day. 202-444-2000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Systems at Work,â&#x20AC;? a permanent exhibit about the workings of the U.S. Postal Service distribution system over the last 200 years, will open tomorrow at the National Postal Museum. Located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-786-2120. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art After Dark,â&#x20AC;? an art party that includes music, video and performance art, will take place tomorrow from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;War on Terror: The FBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Focus,â&#x20AC;? a new section of the Newseumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent â&#x20AC;&#x153;G-Men and Journalistsâ&#x20AC;? exhibit, will open Friday. Located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $21.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors, military personnel and students; $12.95 for ages 7 through 18; and free for ages 6 and younger. 888-639-7386. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;September 11: Remembrance and Reflection,â&#x20AC;? featuring more than 50 objects from the three sites of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will open Saturday at the National Museum of American History and continue through Sept.


Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122; â&#x2013; No Rules Theatre Co. will present Diana Sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop Kissâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 7 through Oct. 1 at the H Street Playhouse. Performance times generally are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25. H Street Playhouse is located at 1365 H St. NE. â&#x2013;  Studio Theatre will present the U.S. premiere of Alan Bennettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Habit of Artâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 7 through Oct. 16. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $69. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; â&#x2013;  Arena Stage is offering a summertime run of its hit production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma!â&#x20AC;? through Oct. 2 in the Fichandler Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Performance times generally are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $45, with certain discounts available. The theater is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; 11. The items will be on display on open tables, without cases. Located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  The Freer Gallery of Art will

Works by Shih Chieh Huang are on display at the National Museum of Natural History. open two exhibits Saturday in its ongoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasonsâ&#x20AC;? series and continue them through March 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons: Arts of Japanâ&#x20AC;? presents seasonal Japanese paintings and calligraphy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons: Teaâ&#x20AC;? highlights examples from the Freerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection that show how tea utensils reflect changes in the weather. Located at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang,â&#x20AC;? featuring works that evoke the bioluminescent creatures of the ocean depths, will open Saturday at the National Museum of Natural History and continue through Dec. 4. Located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

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