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An ambitious plan to renovate Georgetown University’s Nevils Hall is causing headaches all around, as neighbors worry about noisy construction and students scramble to vacate the outside-thegates dormitory at the beginning of Senior Week. Water damage and “some structural issues” are the cause for the top-to-bottom interior gut on the property at 3700 O St., university official Karen Frank said at an advisory neighborhood commission meeting last week. Commissioners and university officials agreed at that meeting to work to amend a construction schedule that would have Dumpsters delivered at 7 a.m. during early stages of the project, slated to begin May 14. Those receptacles would need to be removed and replaced most often during the first three weeks of work, said Frank, when interior demolition is going on. During those weeks, the school is requesting a work schedule of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in order to squeeze a sixmonth schedule into three months, See Nevils/Page 15

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The Congressional budget battle that has roiled Capitol Hill is now threatening a unique and popular District institution — the Tuition Assistance Grant program that allows D.C. high school graduates to attend public universities across the nation at in-state tuition rates. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who chairs the House budget committee,

Group aims to restore Dumbarton Oaks Park By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

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Students at Georgetown University took time off Saturday from their studies for some food and fun at the school’s Spring Fest Carnival on Copley Lawn.

Hardy band debuts at Cherry Blossom parade “Not much,” responded band director Joseph Chisholm. “I hope it happens. We worked hard.” Hardy has had concert and jazz It was drizzling last week as the bands for years, but the marching Hardy Middle School marching band is relatively new. Chisholm band rehearsed for its debut at the said he created the band two years Cherry Blossom Festival. So the ago to give more students a chance dance team practiced in the hallto perform. So he was thrilled when ways. the Cherry Blossom Festival But bad weather wasn’t the only Bill Petros/The Current reached out in the fall to see if the thing that was looming: If the federband could perform at this year’s al government were to shut down, A possible government shutdown parade. the students might not be able to threatened the performance. And since then, he said, the 80 perform at Saturday’s Cherry sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders involved have pracBlossom Festival Parade. Is there anything you can do about it, they asked their ticed their songs, including John Philip Sousa’s “The See Hardy/Page 7 teacher last week? By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

NEWS ■ Garrison Elementary library to receive free makeover. Page 3. ■ Cheh hearing looks at executive branch hiring scandals. Page 5.

wants to restrict the so-called TAG grants as part of his budget-cutting blueprint for fiscal year 2012. While lacking specifics, his proposal would place a means test on the college tuition grants and use the savings to fund vouchers for D.C. students to attend private and parochial schools, a far more controversial program. The plan, which will be debated in the House this spring, says that it would reinstate the “successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program … to restore hope for a brighter future to thousands of children in See College/Page 49

SPORTS ■ Maret softball wins over Georgetown Day. Page 13. ■ Crew sets sail at Gonzaga, St. Albans. Page 14.

Just beyond the well-manicured confines of Dumbarton Oaks gardens, another legacy of garden designer Beatrix Farrand languishes in disrepair and relative obscurity. Now, a new effort aims to restore Dumbarton Oaks Park to its former glory. A kickoff event for the new Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy — also a 70th anniversary celebration of the park’s opening to the public — was held yesterday at the Washington National Cathedral. But the seed of the conservancy was planted more than a year ago, according to Chevy Chase resident Lou Slade. Along with landscape architects Jane MacLeish and Rebecca Trafton, Slade, a retired engineer and garden enthusiast, has worked during that time to raise interest in the park’s condition and craft a relationship with the National Park Service. Now, he said in an interview, the conservancy is on the verge of forming an official nonprofit organization and signing an agreement with

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The park, which Beatrix Farrand designed in the 1920s, includes 18 waterfalls now in disrepair. the Park Service, which will maintain official control over the park. Dumbarton Oaks owners the Bliss family deeded the Georgetown park’s 27 acres to the Park Service in 1940, the same year the house and gardens were entrusted to Harvard University’s deep coffers. Despite the Park Service’s See Park/Page 12

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Representatives of Mood Lounge, after getting an earful from neighbors last week, gave assurances that they’re sorting out problems at the Shaw nightclub. Mood, which opened in January in the former BeBar and EFN Lounge spot at 1318 9th St. NW, is now exploring soundproofing options to control the thumping bass that neighbors say pervades the neighborhood. But residents who showed up at a Logan Circle meeting Wednesday also shared other grievances, describing unruly patrons who pass out, urinate or even have sex in the neighborhood after leaving Mood. The Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission that night, despite the tales of disorder, held off on asking the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to take formal action. Instead, the commission agreed to write a letter telling the board that Mood has violated parts of its voluntary agreement. It seemed overly hasty, said commission chair Charles Reed, to request a show-cause hearing this month — a procedure that could force Mood to shut down. “In the end, what you want most of all is for the noise to stop,” Reed told the frustrated neighbors. He urged them to lodge formal com-

plaints with city agencies, to build up a paper trail in case of a later hearing on the club’s tavern license. “The best way the [commission] can help is to be armed with a solid case when we go before the ABC Board,” Reed said. But commissioners also thought it best, in the meantime, to wait and see how well Mood’s mitigation efforts work out. Sgt. Andre Suber of the Metropolitan Police Department said that “after several complaints,” the club last month hired two offduty police officers, working overtime, to monitor the scene from 11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. on weekends. To cut down the noise, Mood owners have tried bass-control measures and hired a sound engineer to look at more advanced sound-control solutions, said legal representative Rosemarie Salguero of Doyle, Barlow & Mazard. “It’s going to be a large expense, but they’re willing to do it,” she said. And of complaints about patrons’ bad behavior, Mood manager Henry Lasgiddie Akinnuoye said the club won’t be tolerating it. “We have a relationship with people in the D.C. government — they come by our lounge. … We don’t want them to see that type of behavior,” he said, adding, “I don’t want my wife coming by and seeing that kind of behavior.” See Lounge/Page 15

Yu Ying finds permanent home in Northeast By ALLISON BRENNAN Current Correspondent

After a nearly three-and-a-half-year search, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School found a permanent home last week when school management closed on a century-old brick building at 220 Taylor St. NE. The Chinese immersion school has been searching for a permanent home since moving into its temporary “incubator space” at 4401 8th St. NE in 2008. The new building will be funded by loans from Eagle Bank; the Charter Schools Development Corp., a nonprofit that finances loans for charters; and the D.C. Office of State Superintendent of Education. Executive director Mary Shaffner led the long and sometimes arduous process.

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Thursday, April 14 The George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus will hold its quarterly community meeting at 7 p.m. in the Webb Building on the campus, at 2100 Foxhall Road NW.

Saturday, April 16 The group Stand Up! for Democracy in DC and several other sponsors will hold a D.C. Emancipation Day Commemoration, Rally and March. The event will begin with a program of re-enactments, music, poetry and speeches, and then participants will rally for D.C. statehood. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Franklin Square, 13th and I streets NW. ■ The Muslim Democratic Caucus of DC will hold a forum for candidates for the vacant at-large D.C. Council candidates. The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Blackburn Center Auditorium at Howard University, 2600 6th St. NW.

Monday, April 18 The Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a presentation by Catherine Plume, author of the blog DC Recycler. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.

Wednesday, April 20 The D.C. Department of the Environment will hold a “Green DC Day” expo in honor of Earth Day. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Freedom Plaza, 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Monday, April 25 The D.C. Council Subcommittee on Redistricting will hold a public hearing on ward redistricting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. To testify, contact Drew Hubbard at dhubbard@dcouncil.us or 202-724-8198.

Tuesday, April 26 The Georgetown Village will hold a community meeting to discuss the group’s progress in establishing an aging-in-place initiative that will help neighbors stay in their homes as they grow older. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St. NW. For details, contact Sharon Lockwood at 202361-2482 or sharonlockwood100@hotmail.com.

“There’s not a lot of real estate in Washington. [D.C. is] a limited space, and it’s an expensive space, so it’s a difficult process,” she said. That difficulty extended to both parents and staff, according to Lisa Chui, president of the Yu Ying Board of Trustees, and Betsy Centofanti, president of the parents association. They said the challenge was exacerbated by a limited facilities budget and a steadily growing student population, they said. While the charter hoped to find a more centrally located site downtown, Shaffner said that after looking at nearly a hundred different possibilities, she is confident the Taylor Street site is the best fit for the International Baccalaureate school. The grounds on Taylor Street, which include three acres and a wooded area, will house kindergarten through fourth grade when the school opens for classes on Sept. 6.

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District Digest Cheh’s chief of staff eyed for counsel post D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has nominated David Zvenyach as general counsel for the D.C. Council. The nomination must be confirmed by the full council, but he began the job on an interim basis Monday. Since 2008, Zvenyach has served as chief of staff for Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. “David will bring a wealth of

knowledge to the Office of the General Counsel,” Brown says in a release. “I look forward to working with him on matters involving Council procedures and ethics, contracts and legislative reviews, as well as a host of other legal issues.”

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School Without Walls student Matthew Haynes won first place in the 2011 D.C. Science and Engineering Fair, held April 2. Haynes, whose project in the engineering category was “Using a Point Absorber Mechanism,” will represent the District at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next month in Los Angeles. Second place went to St. Albans School student Alexander Gilbert for his project in the bio-

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Corrections In the April 6 issue, an article on proposed school budgets inaccurately reported that the budget figure for Wilson High School went from $9 million in fiscal year 2011 to $12.9 million in fiscal year 2012. Wilson’s budget actually increased from $11.7 million to $12.9 million, due to increases in enrollment and the school’s system creation this year of a $8,400 per-pupil minimum. The same error was reflected in the issue’s editorial on budgets. Also, in the March 23 issue, an article on the cost of health care stated that the level of obesity in the District is about 70 percent. Most studies put the figure at around 21 percent. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

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Personnel hearing spotlights hiresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stories By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Fans of political theater had a fine day last Thursday, when Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh called on several ex-officials of Vincent Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a few of their offspring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to tell their side of the hiring and â&#x20AC;&#x153;nepotismâ&#x20AC;? controversies that have bedeviled the new mayor. The daylong hearing by Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government operations committee did provide a few points of clarity. The adult â&#x20AC;&#x153;childrenâ&#x20AC;? of administration officials who won city jobs early in the administration seemed generally qualified, although most clearly got a boost from powerful relatives. And Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall, testified late in the day that she had orchestrated the most infamous hire, of former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, without the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge. No one supported Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allegation that he was paid off for helping Gray in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic primary. As for Brown himself, he showed up at the appointed time to testify, but then â&#x20AC;&#x201D; surrounded by a throng of reporters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; conducted an impromptu news conference in the hall before fleeing the John A. Wilson Building. Brown denounced Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;witch hunt,â&#x20AC;? and said Cheh was holding it only to â&#x20AC;&#x153;satisfy her constituents.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not gonna even dignify it,â&#x20AC;? he added before stomping out the front door. Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief of staff followed with a hastily signed subpoena but was unable to find Brown to serve it. The pack of reporters then sur-

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he was offered a job as a community relations aide to Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe. Ellerbe testified that he found nothing unusual about the arrangement, since Webb was an â&#x20AC;&#x153;excepted serviceâ&#x20AC;? hire â&#x20AC;&#x201D; essentially a political appointee who could be hired or fired at will. But he was also impressed by Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience and â&#x20AC;&#x153;work ethic,â&#x20AC;? Ellerbe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was industrious; he learned the city. I think it was a good fit.â&#x20AC;? Brandon Webb was forced to resign last month as news reports about the hiring of politically connected offspring multiplied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did nothing wrong,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no nepotism. But I was told â&#x20AC;Ś I needed to resign; the mayor could not take another political hit.â&#x20AC;? He is currently unemployed. Cheh seemed to agree that Brandon Webb got a raw deal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You got on the fast track; you got a job. But at end of the day, you were qualified for that job,â&#x20AC;? she told him. Leslie Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story is a little different. Though her mother, Lorraine Green, chaired Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayoral campaign, that connection apparently had nothing to do with the job offer Leslie got from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. The director of that office, Crystal Palmer, said she recruited Leslie Green because of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the quality of her work, her skill set and experience. She definitely has star power, really good skills,â&#x20AC;? Palmer testified. Leslie Green has a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in communication, and she had worked on media relations for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and several corporaSee Personnel/Page 7

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Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; restaurant; 12:25 a.m. April 9. Robbery (force and violence) â&#x2013;  4000 block, Benton St.; sidewalk; 1:45 a.m. April 9. Burglary â&#x2013;  3500 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 8 p.m. April 7. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2800 block, 28th St.; street; 7:30 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  36th Place and Fulton Street; street; 7:45 p.m. April 4. Theft ($250 plus)

â&#x2013;  3500 block, Garfield St.; church; 3 p.m. April 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 10:10 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  3400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 6:55 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  2400 block, Wisconsin Ave.; gas station; 4:38 p.m. April 8. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  4000 block, 37th St.; street; 1:30 p.m. April 5. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  28th and Calvert streets; street; 7:30 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  2900 block, Macomb St.; alley; 10 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  Porter Street and Williamsburg Lane; street; 7:45 p.m. April 8.

PSA 205 â&#x2013;  PALISADES / SPRING VALLEY

PSA 205 WESLEY HEIGHTS/ FOXHALL

Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  4800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; store; 2:15 p.m. April 6. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  3200 block, New Mexico Ave.; government building; 6 p.m. April 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  Unspecified location; street; 1 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  Tilden and Sedgwick streets; street; 2 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  5200 block, Loughboro Road; street; noon April 5. â&#x2013;  1600 block, 45th St.; street; 6 p.m. April 8.

PSA 206

PSA 206 â&#x2013;  GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH Burglary â&#x2013;  1200 block, 33rd St.; residence; 12:30 p.m. April 5. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  3200 block, Grace St.; unspecified premises; 11:50 a.m. April 6. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; store; 11:30 a.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  3300 block, Water St.; store; 12:45 p.m. April 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, 30th St.; hotel; 9 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 35th St.; unspecified premises; 4:30 p.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, 35th St.; school; 5 p.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 11:30 a.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  3200 block, M St.; store; 6:10 p.m. April 7. Theft (tags) â&#x2013;  29th and Q streets; street; 10 p.m. April 6. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  3000 block, P St.; street; 7:30 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  3200 block, Grace St.; parking lot; 10:30 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  3100 block, Dumbarton St.; street; 5:40 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  3300 block, N St.; parking lot; 1:05 p.m. April 9.

PSA 207 â&#x2013;  FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END PSA 207 Burglary (attempt) â&#x2013;  900 block, 25th St.; residence; 11 a.m. April 6. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; parking lot; 12:55 p.m. April 4. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  2400 block, N St.; street; 3 p.m. April 3.

PSA 208 â&#x2013;  SHERIDAN-KALORAMA

PSA 208

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Robbery (fear) â&#x2013;  1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; alley; 2:30 a.m. April 3. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â&#x2013;  1700 block, T St.; alley; 10:30 p.m. April 6. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  21st and P streets; sidewalk; 12:03 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; sidewalk; 3:13 a.m. April 7. Burglary â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; residence; 7:15 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 20th St.; residence; 2:30 p.m. April 8. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1700 block, M St.; office building; 5:40 p.m. April 4. â&#x2013;  1700 block, 21st St.; residence; 2 p.m. April 6. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1700 block, I St.; bank; 6:38 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1500 block, U St.; store; 4:30 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1100 block, New Hampshire Ave.; residence; 11:30 a.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  700 block, 17th St.; government building; 4:30 p.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  2000 block, O St.; residence; 3:15 a.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 6:55 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 8:42 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 17th St.; tavern; 8:10 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; store; 3:22 p.m. April 9. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  900 block, 19th St.; street; 12:50 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue; street; 3:41 p.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  1700 block, K St.; office building; 9:45 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1600 block, Swann St.; street; 3:30 p.m. April 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1900 block, Sunderland Place; street; 11:15 a.m. April 4. â&#x2013;  2100 block, P St.; parking lot; 3 p.m. April 4. â&#x2013;  Unit block, Dupont Circle; parking lot; 6 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  19th and N streets; street; 6:10 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1400 block, Hopkins St.; street; 8 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 18th St.; street; 9:30 p.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Corcoran St.;

street; 10 p.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  2100 block, Wyoming Ave.; residence; 11 a.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  21st and R streets; street; 1:06 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1900 block, I St.; street; 7:30 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1900 block, K St.; street; 1 a.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  1300 block, 19th St.; street; 8:30 p.m. April 8. â&#x2013;  1700 block, Q St.; alley; 11:30 p.m. April 8.

PSA 303

PSA 303 â&#x2013;  ADAMS MORGAN Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â&#x2013;  2300 block, Champlain St.; residence; 11 p.m. April 7. Stolen auto â&#x2013;  2300 block, Ashmead Place; unspecified premises; 2:30 p.m. April 4. â&#x2013;  1800 block, Calvert St.; street; 11 p.m. April 6. Theft ($250 plus) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; parking lot; 11 a.m. April 7. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1600 block, Euclid St.; residence; 9 a.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  2600 block, Adams Mill Road; sidewalk; 6 p.m. April 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1800 block, Ontario Place; street; 10:50 a.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  2700 block, Quarry Road; street; 4 p.m. April 6.

PSA 307

PSA 307 â&#x2013;  LOGAN CIRCLE Robbery (gun) â&#x2013;  900 block, N St.; sidewalk; 9:20 p.m. April 4. Robbery (attempt) â&#x2013;  13th and N streets; sidewalk; 12:20 a.m. April 8. Burglary â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; school; 6 p.m. April 3. Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 4:30 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; drugstore; 5 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1100 block, Vermont Ave.; store; 7:02 p.m. April 5. â&#x2013;  1500 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 11 a.m. April 6. â&#x2013;  1200 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 2 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1100 block, 14th St.; office building; 3 p.m. April 7. â&#x2013;  1400 block, P St.; grocery store; 7:45 p.m. April 7. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  1300 block, 15th St.; parking lot; 3 p.m. April 3. â&#x2013;  1200 block, N St.; parking lot; 2:15 p.m. April 9.

PSA 401 â&#x2013;  COLONIAL VILLAGE

PSA 401 SHEPHERD PARK / TAKOMA Theft (below $250) â&#x2013;  7600 block, Alaska Ave.; residence; 11:10 a.m. April 8. Theft from auto (below $250) â&#x2013;  8200 block, Eastern Ave.; street; 4 a.m. April 8.


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PERSONNEL From Page 5 tions and political campaigns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My experience and education more than qualifies meâ&#x20AC;? for the $85,000-a-year job as senior communication manager, Green said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To my knowledge, [my mother] did not help.â&#x20AC;? Testimony from Rochelle Webb, the quickly hired and then fired director of employment services, was more jarring. She denied she was forced out because of a web of mini-scandals over her use of a chauffeured car, stay at the upscale W Hotel, hiring of her son and recruitment of an outside team of assistants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not why I was fired,â&#x20AC;? Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I honestly believe it was because I was going to contradict [human resources director] Judy Banks,â&#x20AC;? who had claimed at a previous Cheh hearing that the hiring of Brandon Webb was initiated by Ellerbe, not Banks. Webb said she was asked to resign by Grayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acting

HARDY From Page 1 Washington Postâ&#x20AC;? march, two Michael Jackson songs and a piece by Earth, Wind & Fire. But as the clock ticked down, the possibility of a federal shutdown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the paradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cancellation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seemed more and more likely. It would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointing,â&#x20AC;? said Iyonna Dease, 14, the captain of the Flag Girls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know the government has to do what they have to do, but there are people coming from other countries.â&#x20AC;? So Chisholm kept in close touch with festival organizers. And by Friday morning, he had learned that the parade would go on regardless.

chief of staff, Paul Quander, hours before she was to testify March 28. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said no thank you. At no time did the mayor call or email me to discuss my performance,â&#x20AC;? Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know I was doing a good job.â&#x20AC;? Last came Hall, who explained that she had found Sulaimon Brown a $115,000-a-year auditing job in the Department of Health Care Finance largely because he was a nuisance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a series of press conferences. Sulaimon was always there. I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Make an appointment, come by my office.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We discussed his experience in audits and health care.â&#x20AC;? Cheh said she found it â&#x20AC;&#x153;troubling how salaries were set, people hired, then vetted. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying anything was unlawful, but the excepted service is maybe too loose.â&#x20AC;? Then summing up, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot has come back to haunt this executive. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but be surprised by the magnitude of the errors.â&#x20AC;? At-large member David Catania was more critical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I find so much of this hard to believe. The hiring of family members â&#x20AC;Ś should have raised a flag.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope they have a great time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an experience theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember for the rest of their lives,â&#x20AC;? he said. In fact, some parents said the parade is just the boost Hardy needs right now. After all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a tough year and a half for the Georgetown middle school. Last December, then-Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced that longtime Hardy principal Patrick Pope would be leaving his post and would be replaced by Hyde Elementary principal Dana Nerenberg, who would lead Hardy in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;clusterâ&#x20AC;? with Hyde. Then, in January, interim Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson decided to return Nerenberg to her full-time position at Hyde and placed a central office

administrator at Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helm. But the concerns continued. Just last week, parent Sherry Woods said, the band room was broken into while students were out practicing and iPods, cellphones, wallets and Metro passes were stolen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sense of violation,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the kids have had to push through that.â&#x20AC;? So, after a year of turbulence, Iyonnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Francine Dease, said, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the school to get some positive attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it gives them the opportunity to hold their heads high, and for other people to see that, despite whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on, there are still great things happening at Hardy,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives them a reason to press on.â&#x20AC;?

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Citizens Association of Georgetown Georgetown University recently filed its pre-hearing submission to supplement and amend the 2010 campus plan filed on Dec. 30. The university claims that this submission makes significant new commitments to the community. We disagree. It now proposes to move 250 undergraduates out of the community and house them either on campus or elsewhere in the region. With more than 2,500 students living in 20007, the proposal is much too small to have any real impact. It could take years to implement and says nothing about creating this new housing on the campus. The university could come back with the proposal to put these students on the so-called 1789 block, which houses the restaurant of that name. It is imperative for Georgetown to re-adopt its 1990s goal of housing 100 percent of its undergraduates on campus or in a satellite campus outside 20007. To relocate 1,000 students in the School of Continuing Studies to a satellite location by Dec. 31, 2013, is not a significant enough change to effectively mitigate adverse impacts on the community. The plan treats continuing-studies students as being at the satellite campus if they took 50-plus percent of their credits at the satellite campus, even if they took up to 50 percent of their credits at the main campus and went to the main campus every day. This is just one of many loopholes in the submission. The only way to responsibly grow graduate enrollment is to have all continuing-studies students and many graduate students at a satellite campus, as the law school does. Also, the university simply wants to defer requesting more oncampus parking spaces. This does nothing to address the daily impact of all the cars that currently access the university. Over the past 10 years, the main campus enrollment has grown from 10,000 students to more than 14,000. By adding more students, as they propose to do, the school would only exacerbate alreadyuntenable conditions in our community. Georgetown and Burleith are at the tipping point now. We cannot absorb any more students in our communities. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no more space for them to live, drive, park and party. The first Zoning Commission hearing will be held April 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Two more are scheduled for May 12 and 16. We need witnesses to testify in May to tell their story on how the university impacts their lives, and we still need funds to pay the experts we have hired to present our case. Please visit cagtown.org for details. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus 1 Dupont Circle, for a sidewalk cafe. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application by Chopt Restaurant, 1629 16th St., for a sidewalk cafe. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application by Heritage India, 1337 Connecticut Ave., for valet parking. â&#x2013;  consideration of a public-space application by Policy Restaurant, 1904 14th St., for a sidewalk cafe along T Street. For details, visit dupontcircleanc.net. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  GEORGETOWN / CLOISTERS Cloisters BURLEITH / HILLANDALE The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 2 at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover â&#x2013;  GLOVER PARK/CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS The commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 14 at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013;  introduction of Lauren Kessler of the DC Prevention Center. â&#x2013;  police report. â&#x2013;  consideration of a letter to the

D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation supporting issuance of a license for Glover Park Day. â&#x2013;  report from Gin and Tonic on new business plans. â&#x2013;  discussion of proposed revisions to Residential Permit Parking. â&#x2013;  open forum. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact anc3b@aol.com or visit dcnet.com/anc/3b. 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. Tuesday, April 26, at Eaton Elementary School, 34th and Macomb streets NW. The commission adjusted its normal schedule because the meeting would otherwise occur on the first night of Passover. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  SPRING VALLEY/WESLEY HEIGHTS Wesley Heights PALISADES/KENT/FOXHALL The commission will meet at 7 p.m. May 4 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org.


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As the feds led the nation toward shutdown last week, injustices mounted for D.C. residents. First, the city government had to prepare to shut down its own operations, because D.C. cannot spend even its own funds without congressional approval. Thus, city officials had to waste time and money preparing to halt local agencies from spending local funds. Next, if the shutdown had occurred, D.C. residents would have been the only ones in the country to lose basic services due to this federal infighting. Trash would have piled up, libraries would have sat dark, recreation programs halted and classes canceled at the public university. Vulnerable residents would have been without vital services like health and housing assistance. Meanwhile, D.C. had no say in the federal budget deal, as our only representative to Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, does not have a vote. Then, despite pleas from local leaders, the folks on Capitol Hill refused to pass a measure exempting D.C. from the shutdown. That easy step would have prevented District residents from becoming “collateral damage,” as Mayor Vincent Gray put it, in a conflict that had nothing to do with local people or issues. And finally, when President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill leaders reached an 11th-hour agreement to avoid the closure, the deal included further intrusions on the District’s rights: an imposed school voucher program for students, and a ban on the use of city funds to provide abortions to low-income residents. Not only are these riders insults to self-government, but, as Mayor Gray noted, they also contradict each other. “While one rider purports to provide educational aid to children in need, the other takes away desperately needed aid from poor women,” he said. “Hypocrisy is alive and well in the United States Congress.” The compiled insults propelled Mayor Gray and several D.C. Council members onto the streets of Capitol Hill Monday, where they were arrested for blocking a street in protest of the deal’s riders. We share their anger and frustration. The mayor’s comment about being “sick and tired of being sick and tired” was right on point. Still, we fear that the protest’s focus on the riders — rather than Congress’ refusal to exempt D.C. from a potential shutdown — means their actions may have unnecessarily alienated Republican leaders, as well as grass-roots cultural conservatives. And while we may not agree with them, any movement on budget autonomy will require their support. We’re pleased to see our local officials raise their voices to decry the District’s second-class status, but we hope they will be careful in choosing their message.

Well, that was something on Monday. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was sitting in the middle of Constitution Avenue in front of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. He chatted a bit with at-large Council member Michael Brown on his right and Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells on his left. Moments later, the city officials were all arrested, among 41 citizens charged with “unlawful assembly” for incommoding the roadway. It’s a $50 fine and no need to show up in court. “Sick and tired of being sick and tired,” the mayor said, invoking a famous civil rights saying. The protest was sparked by the city’s treatment in the national budget compromise between Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama threw the city under the bus by agreeing to let right-leaning Republicans ban the city from using its own money for abortions. The agreement also forces a scholarship program on the city that many local leaders didn’t want. And before another vote is taken, the city may be forced to stop spending money on what officials say is a critical needle-exchange program that helps stop the costly spread of disease among drug addicts. So, it was a good demonstration. Hundreds of people chanted and cheered as people were arrested. Television reporters were irritated that the demonstration was held where our live cameras could not go. (Except Fox5, which had one of those nifty backpack cameras.) Keep this in mind, please, organizers of any event. So after the first flush of significant activism in several years, people have to ask, what next? Then-Mayor Sharon Pratt was arrested in 1993 during a similar demonstration on the House side of the Hill. But the protest was only a distraction from the troubles Kelly had as mayor, and she went on to lose re-election in 1994. Mayors Anthony Williams and Adrian Fenty were never arrested. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested, but it wasn’t about statehood or voting rights or … well, you know. Fenty did lead a strong, boisterous march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the foot of Capitol Hill during his term in office. “We’re right here, Congress,” the mayor shouted. “We’re right here.” But the sad fact is that the city’s episodic bursts of enthusiasm for demonstrating are just that — episodic. Daily life, scandal, pressures of governing and everything else have a way of whittling down interest in sustained protest.

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No public or public charter school in Washington can avoid the dreaded D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System tests. But some schools do make them more fun than it would be otherwise. E.L. Haynes Public Charter School teachers and students created a music video of inspiration for the week of testing, which they posted on YouTube for the whole school — and anyone else — to see. The piece, set to a popular song by rapper Waka Flocka, both encourages and offers memory aids, telling students that they’re “trained” to succeed and reminding them to PREP: preview, read, find evidence and prove. Haynes isn’t the only school to rally students around the test. Deal Middle School and Duke Ellington School for the Arts, for example, held pep rallies, while Key Elementary assigned mentors who gave encouraging notes to students all week. All deserve praise. Of course it’s in every school’s interest to help students succeed, but we’re still impressed with all those teachers who dedicate extra time: Along with helping their charges perform well, they make testing less intimidating and more fun.

And as we’ve often said, the local people with real power to change the city’s plight – connected business folks and heavy-hitting national organizations — already get what they want from Congress. They don’t need voting rights. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was among those arrested in the street Monday. One person joked that it was just a warm-up for what would happen if there’s something illegal in his lousy campaign finance reports. Mayor Gray appeared dignified as he was escorted to the arrest wagon, his hands handcuffed behind him with those irritating plastic bands. But Brown and Gray’s civic activism is dimmed by their troubles with luxury sport-utility vehicles and hiring practices. Another person joked, “Where is Sulaimon Brown?” The scandal over Brown’s campaign activities and high-paying city job resonate more with many citizens than will the Capitol Hill protest. The question for the mayor, the council chairman and other city leaders is whether they can get a handle on their daily jobs and responsibilities so that their protests won’t be diminished. And what will they do to follow up Monday’s attention-getting event? Will this latest movement of District citizens take root? ■ Census reaction. Ward 5 Council member Harry “Tommy” Thomas wants to know what’s happening to Washington’s African-American communities, which the 2010 Census reports to be declining in population. He’s proposing legislation to create a Commission on African-American Affairs. Eight council members have signed on as co-sponsors. “Since the 2010 U.S. Census was released, the decline in the number of the District’s AfricanAmerican population frequently has been discussed,” Thomas said in a news release. “It will be valuable to understand why this decline occurred, as well [as] how we can better address the persistent, entrenched socio-economic disparities that occur in certain segments of our communities.” The commission would be made up of nine voting members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council. An additional 10 non-voting members would be named to represent various city agencies, although it’s not clear why they’re included. The city is dramatically changing. It would be good to have a good understanding of why. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Mara is best choice for at-large position This is to express my surprise and dismay at The Current’s March 23 endorsement of Sekou Biddle for the atlarge D.C. Council seat. Mr. Biddle is another member of the gang that can’t manage straight: On the same page as your endorsement, Tom Sherwood’s column tells us about the latest antics of the new and inept administration of Mayor Vincent Gray. It’s time the citizens of the District get the quality representation they deserve and break a

corrupt one-party monopoly that does not serve us well. We have a bloated and inefficient city bureaucracy. Our public schools are expensive and produce abysmal results. We have a business climate that ranks dead last in the country in encouragement of entrepreneurs. Patrick Mara is our best choice for the at-large D.C. Council seat because he is a man of principle and integrity. He currently serves as school board representative from Ward 1, and he has the interests of our citizens at heart. What’s more, he is not part of the crooked crowd that has mismanaged our city for 30 years. I encourage your readers to learn more about Patrick and his stance on the issues at his web-

site, patrickmara.com. Marya K. Pickering Ward 3 Chair, D.C. Republican Party

Tattered ‘Welcome’ is sign of the times The now-demolished sign on MacArthur Boulevard welcoming visitors to our wonderful city is an apt metaphor for the state of the Gray administration. The “Welcome to the District of Columbia” sign blew down and was demolished by a windstorm in early February. There it lies today, a tattered reminder of the effectiveness of our local government. What a shame. Steven Gewirz Northwest D.C.


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he Wilson pool lane-configuration debate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether the facility should be set up â&#x20AC;&#x153;longcourse,â&#x20AC;? with each length 50 meters, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;shortcourse,â&#x20AC;? with each length 25 yards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is back. This issue was addressed when the pool opened, and polls then and since have consistently reflected a strong majority favoring long-course, particularly as all eight other D.C. indoor pools offer short-course swimming. Yet last week, The Current reported a complaint that some say the pool â&#x20AC;&#x153;accommodates advanced swimmers, elite swimmers and triathletesâ&#x20AC;? rather than ordinary swimmers and want it changed [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Agency reconsiders pool setup,â&#x20AC;? April 6]. That view comes principally from the chair of the Wilson Advisory Group, but it is only her personal opinion and does not represent the views of a majority of the elected members of that group. I should know â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I am the vice chair. My wife and I, both in our 60s, have used the pool for aerobic exercise almost every day since it opened. In that time, a large community of swimmers has formed around the facility, made up of people of both sexes and all ages, nationalities and backgrounds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and, most importantly, all swimming levels. There is a group of committed elderly men, some as old as 100, who come twice weekly and who tell me that swimming at Wilson is the best part of their day. There are beginners, who want to learn how to swim longer and faster. There are people who swim up to a mile a day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and those who swim two and three times that far. And letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not forget the many water aerobics classes that fill the long lanes with people who are enthusiastically enjoying the benefits of stress-free movement under the guidance of experienced teachers. Of course, there are elite athletes in the pool. They use the two lanes reserved for the best and fastest swimmers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and set an example to which the rest of us can aspire. But most of the pool accommodates an impressive number of community swimmers of all levels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; medium, slow and leisure. While there are sometimes more than a thousand users daily, the long

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Bill would mistreat veteran employees On April 4, Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh held a public hearing on a bill introduced by at-large Council member David Catania that would carve huge holes into the retirement plans of the teachers, firefighters and police officers who have been serving the city for decades. The bill is certain to have negative impacts on these agenciesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abilities to attract and retain qualified workers. The bill, among other things, proposes to freeze promised cost-of-living increases for retired teachers, firefighters and police officers until they reach the age of 67. The potential impact is that the retirement annuity promised to these people when they were hired would be devalued over this period

lanes allow easy traffic flow and avoid the congestion that results from the shorter, across-the pool configuration. The Wilson facility also includes a separate pool of a shorter distance for those who prefer that. An initial survey overwhelmingly supported the long-course setup. To test community satisfaction, the Wilson Advisory Group created another survey. Preliminarily, each member was asked to give the survey to a few friends informally. I gave it to 10 people of varying ages and proficiency. I got back 70 completed surveys! They unanimously praised the pool and the long-lane configuration. No member of the Wilson Advisory Group produced any contrary results. There is one worthwhile exception: The Wilson High School swim team needs some short-lane configuration time since high school meets are held on 25yard pools. To accommodate the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is working out a solution. But others claim that unidentified community members are intimidated by the long-lane configuration and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come. I have seen no evidence of that, and the wide range of swimmers who do come every day seems to refute it. The Current cited a hastily conceived online petition circulated by a single advisory neighborhood commissioner. When the parks department conducted a survey a year ago, the results overwhelmingly confirmed what I found out using the Wilson Advisory Group-approved survey informally: The public adores its pool and wants it to stay as it is â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 50-meter Olympic facility, unique in the region, the envy of our neighbors in Maryland and Virginia, and a wonderful resource for all who choose to get their exercise in the water. The D.C. Parks and Recreation Department should be complimented on its efforts to find a low-cost way to accommodate the swim team and perhaps make a few hours available each week for the relatively few people who feel that a 50-meter swim is beyond them. But for the thousands of users who enjoy the pool every week, it would be a foolish mistake to do anything but maintain this world-class facility as it is. This is a classic case of â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t broke, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fix it.â&#x20AC;? Richard Gross is vice chair of the Wilson Advisory Group. The views expressed are his own.

of time by about 50 percent. Ironically, the legislation is being introduced to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fixâ&#x20AC;? a pension plan that is 113 percent solvent. Council member Catania is justifying the need for the bill through a public misinformation campaign that misstates current retirement benefits and circulates information regarding future liability concerns that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take into consideration future growth and revenue. The immediate impact of the legislation, if passed, would be that more than 200 officers eligible for retirement would leave the alreadyunderstaffed department. Another 800 officers hired in the past four years would probably also leave for agencies with better and more certain benefits packages. The school system and fire department are likely to see a similar exodus. Even more disturbing, this proposal, as introduced by Catania and seemingly supported by Cheh, would have the city renege on a promise it made to its public ser-

vants decades ago. It is almost unimaginable that our representatives would consider a proposal that unambiguously crosses the lines of human decency. Supporters of this bill will send a clear message to three groups: â&#x20AC;˘ Current and former teachers, firefighters and officers: This council will not abide by its promises or responsibility to you or your families. Placing your lives on the line and providing your service mean a lot, but not enough to support you when times get tough. â&#x20AC;˘ Young teachers, firefighters and officers: If you have an opportunity to work for an agency outside of D.C., leave now. This government does not keep its employment promises. Your future is subject to change at the whim of the council. â&#x20AC;˘ Talented future teachers, firefighters and officers: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply for work in the District of Columbia. Peter Newsham Assistant Chief, Metropolitan Police Department

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PARK From Page 1 efforts, said Slade, Dumbarton Oaks Park proved “too big to try and keep it the way it was” when Farrand, a renowned designer who also worked on the National Cathedral and White House grounds, crafted the naturalistic space for the Blisses. Although it abuts Rock Creek Park, the space is not low-maintenance woodland, he added, but “a designed landscape.” The conservancy will aim for a full restoration of Farrand’s 1920s vision — as well as a fund to support perpetual maintenance — but there will likely be some changes to the designer’s choices. Some of her plantings, noted conservancy cofounder and landscape designer MacLeish, are now considered invasive, like the porcelain-berry vine. But tweaks to Farrand’s design must also consider the visual connections she made between the park and the formal gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, said MacLeish, who has also designed a new garden on that adjacent property. Crucially, the group will be able to rely on a report on Dumbarton Oaks Park the Park Service published several years ago using funds that MacLeish helped raise. Because of that research, said Slade, “we know that much more about what needs to be done to restore” the park. But when it comes to the conservancy’s biggest challenge, the group may know what should be done, but it’s still figuring out the how. Farrand built 18 stone-and-brick waterfalls to dot the park’s stream. The space relies on the small structures for much of its charm, but time and a growing city have not treated them well. “More paved surfaces and

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Naturalist E.O. Wilson was the keynote speaker at the group’s launch event. storm-water runoff” have overwhelmed the waterfalls, said Slade. The group will collaborate with the D.C. water authority — which is already working to reduce the impact of storm-water runoff on Rock Creek — to lessen stress on the stream and restore the waterfalls. “It’s a big job,” noted MacLeish. “We’ll have to be patient.” But conservancy leaders aren’t waiting for a picture-perfect park to drum up interest in the site. “We’re working to use it as an important venue for kids,” especially those from nearby British School of Washington and Jelleff Recreation Center, said MacLeish. And the co-founders are also reaching out to an area university to discuss turning the park’s restoration into a class. After all, the more users of the park, the more potential donors for its restoration. Conservancy board member Jan Leno said that the group’s fundraising efforts will begin in earnest after an October meeting. Between now and then, residents have months to fall in love with the park, as Leno did. “I was a longtime lover of Dumbarton Oaks gardens,” she said. “I didn’t even know the park was there, … but I started walking through it and enjoying its beauty and connection to the gardens.”


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Maret pitcher dominates GDS By MIKE DEFABO Current Correspondent

With two down in the bottom of the fifth Monday, Maret pitcher Caroline Sealander needed just one more out to complete a no-hitter against Georgetown Day School. Pinch-hitter Oso Garba fouled off the first pitch, and Sealander went to a changeup, a pitch she relied on throughout the game. But Garba sat back and ripped the ball down the third-base line. It bounced over the bag, making it a fair ball and breaking up Sealander’s bid for a no-no. “I wasn’t thinking about [the no-hitter] before,” Sealander said after the game. “But I was definitely thinking about it after.” Sealander, who will pitch for Amherst College next fall, struck out the next batter to end the game. The 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year fanned nine, walked one and gave up just that one hit as Maret defeated Georgetown Day School 11-0 in a game shortened by the mercy rule. “Caroline mixed her pitches up pretty well and got them to swing at some pretty enticing balls that were not quite strikes,” coach Tim Emerson said after the game. “She put together a nice game.” “My rise ball was working OK. My drop curve was good,” Sealander said. “I used a lot of changeups today and they all worked for me except for that last one.” Offensively, Maret sprayed the ball around the field. In the second inning,

Alexa Colomaris and Morgan St. Maxens each singled. Then Gabby McLish crushed a triple to right centerfield, scoring both runners. Maret put up two more runs in the third inning. After a walk, Sealander singled and first baseman Sofie Aron got a hit to score both runners. The Frogs broke the game open in the fourth frame, racking up six runs on six hits. With one out, Kelsey Roy doubled and advanced to third on a passed ball. Center fielder Tia Watkins then singled to bring her home. After an error by the Georgetown Day shortstop, Sealander hit a sacrifice fly to score another run, and Aron also singled to score the runner from third and earn her third RBI of the day. After a single from Ana Erwin, Colomaris drove in Aron, and St. Maxens followed that with a hit to drive in the final run of the big inning. Maret scored an 11th run in the fifth after the left fielder misjudged a fly ball. “We were being much more patient and we didn’t swing at pitches that were out of the strike zone,” said coach Emerson. “We’re getting better every game.” Last season, Maret split the league banner with Georgetown Visitation and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. The Frogs will get their first crack of the Saints today at home at 4:15 p.m., and will travel down Wisconsin Avenue to play the Cubs for the first time this year on April 26. Georgetown Day plays at Flint Hill today at 4:15 p.m.

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Maret’s Caroline Sealander gave up just one hit to Georgetown Day Monday as the Frogs won 11-0 in a game shortened by the mercy rule.

Visitation looks ahead after thriller

Local crew teams row strong in early regattas

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This season didn’t start quite the way first-year Georgetown Visitation head lacrosse coach Emma Wallace envisioned it: Inclement weather caused three early-season cancellations, and the Cubs hadn’t gotten nearly as many reps as their league foes. Entering Thursday’s home contest against Episcopal, in fact, the Cubs had played only one game in the D.C. area — a 13-5 win over Bishop O’Connell. The Episcopal Maroon, on the other hand, were competing in their seventh contest. Still, Visitation gave Episcopal quite a battle before falling 12-11 in overtime in the Cubs’ first Independent School League game this season. Sophomore Tess McEvoy scored for Visitation with less than five seconds remaining to tie the contest and send it to overtime, and the Cubs held possession late in the extra period. But a foul call away from the action gave the ball back to Episcopal, and Kelly Chandler scored her fifth goal to win it for the Maroon. “It was unfortunate,” Wallace said of the loss, “but it was a very good game and a very hard-fought battle for sure.” The Cubs had trailed by as many as five goals in

The weather’s getting warmer, and crew season is heating up. St. Albans’ and Gonzaga’s boats each won events last weekend, giving them momentum going into key races. St. Albans’ first eight won the Darrell Winslow Regatta on the Occoquan Reservoir Saturday, jumping out in front early and never looking back. The Bulldogs finished in 4 minutes, 37.5 seconds, close to five seconds better than second-place Yorktown. Gonzaga, meanwhile, saw its top two boats finish ahead of the pack in two weekend races. The Eagles finished first in a tri-meet with Wilson and Westfield (Chantilly, Va.) on the Anacostia River Friday, with the top boat finishing at 4:41.9 and the second boat at 4:55.9. The Eagles then captured the

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Visitation’s lacrosse team threatened to hand Episcopal its first loss Thursday. the first half before they got going, cutting the lead to 7-6 at halftime. At half, Wallace talked about “shooting to score, minimizing fouls and controlling the draws,” and the team responded by taking it to Episcopal and seizing a two-goal advantage. The lead didn’t hold up, however, as Chandler, Cary Hairfield — who scored four goals — and the rest of the Episcopal team found a way to escape with the win and remain undefeated. See LAX/Page 14

more competitive Manny FlickHorvat Series Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia Saturday. Gonzaga’s first eight finished in 4:32.69, beating out La Salle (Philadelphia) by more than six seconds, and its second eight edged out Holy Spirit (Absecon, N.J.) by less than a second with a time of 4:49.64. Coach Marc Mandel was unhappy with the way his crew had raced the week before, so he mixed up his boats. Many times, he said, making changes helps one boat improve at the expense of another. But in this case, both top boats improved. “We found a good combination for both and had a good weekend,” he said. “It’s unique how it came together.” The real fun for both squads will start Saturday at St. Andrew’s (Middletown, Del.) in what should be one of the most competitive See Crew/Page 14


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Junior Mary Grace Mooney scored three goals in a losing effort while senior Caroline Collins, sophomore Riley Christopher and freshman Kelly Myers added two each. Senior Gen Giblin made 10 saves. But the Cubs didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hang their heads after the tough loss. The next day they took on Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.), and fell by only three, 11-8, to one of the top teams in the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see that as an accomplishment,â&#x20AC;? said Wallace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great learning experience against a really good team; I think the girls got a lot out of it.â&#x20AC;? If weather finally permits, Visitation will get rolling with its local schedule this week into next. The Cubs will play four games in eight days, starting tomorrow against Holy Cross and ending next Thursday against Independent School League AA Division stalwart St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & St. Agnes. The Saints, seeking their 17th consecutive league title, are off to a 9-2 start, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discourage Wallace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come down to a lot of mental execution

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Visitation will look to find its stride before facing ISL power St. Stephen's & St. Agnes next Thursday. in that game,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is obviously an amazing program, but if my team is 100 per-

CREW From Page 13 regular season races in many years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any of the six coaches that looks at this race is probably very excited because this could read as a final for any championship race,â&#x20AC;? said Gonzaga coach Marc Mandel. In addition to the St. Albans Bulldogs and Gonzaga Eagles, the field will include St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prep, which won the Stotesbury Cup and the national championship last season, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh), which finished second in nationals, host St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which has posted extremely impressive times so far this season and should challenge for the title, and T.C. Williams (Alexandria). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands down the most competitive regular season race Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have ever been a part of,â&#x20AC;? said Mandel. St. Albans will head to Delaware after bouncing back from a disappointing loss to Winter Park (Fla.) in Orlando at the conclusion of spring break training on

cent focused and we really work to minimize our mistakes, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a really good contest.â&#x20AC;?

April 2. Coach Ted Haley said the competition last weekend wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the best, but the win was a step in the right direction for his crew. A big addition to the team has been Spencer Barks, a 6-foot-8-inch senior who is also a formidable basketball player. Barks transferred to St. Albans from Bullis a year ago and moved up to the first eight in just his second season. Haley loves Barksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; natural ability but hopes his inexperience doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hinder him in the forthcoming big races. Banks had not rowed at the high school level, since Bullis doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer the sport. St. Albans has a veteran squad, and Allister Aaron, a Yale University-commit who is one of the top strokes in the nation, leads the charge. Haley thinks his team has the speed to be a force this spring if the rowers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let expectations become too much to handle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the pressure doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to them,â&#x20AC;? he said. Once this weekend wraps up, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back to the Anacostia River for Gonzaga and St. Albans, who will meet for a dual race on April 29.

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NEVILS From Page 1 said school spokesperson Linda Greenan. After that, she added, workers would maintain a typical schedule of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for outdoor work, while quieter interior work would go on around the clock. The potential for clanging debris receptacles was troubling to commissioners, who had just learned of the project a couple of days earlier. Commission chair Ron Lewis asked Frank to find a way to get the Dumpsters delivered later in the morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will work with my contrac-

tors,â&#x20AC;? she said. Georgetown resident Karen Cruse urged the commission to work out a deal with the university. As the â&#x20AC;&#x153;only permanent residents who face Nevils, â&#x20AC;Ś we lived through this when it was turned into a dorm [in the 1980s]. It [was] not a pleasant experience,â&#x20AC;? she said. Students who are now residents of Nevilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; apartments are also unhappy with the schedule â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or at least the start date. Seniors will have to leave Nevils six days before the traditional move-out date and at the beginning of festivity-filled Senior Week. The university has agreed to pay each displaced student $200 in

LOUNGE From Page 3 Akinnouye also said Mood would play a video on all of its TV screens at 2:45 a.m., asking departing patrons to respect the residential area. The manager had just sat through neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; descriptions of late-night chaos around Mood, including illegal parking, screeching tires and fights. Commissioner Mike Benardo said that Mood patrons had been spotted urinating, sleeping beneath residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; front steps and having sex outside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did see people having sex on the hood of a car,â&#x20AC;? said resident Cristina Amoruso. Neighbors had previously aired complaints about Mood at a March meeting of the Blagden Alley Association. Mood representative Salguero suggested that the nightclubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patrons might not be wholly responsible for the disruption. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The clientele that they bring in ... is not the type that would do this type of behavior,â&#x20AC;? she said, provoking some snickers from the audience. The neighborhood commission did take one formal action on Mood last week, voting 5-1 to support approval of a valet parking permit for the club. A legal parking operation, most commissioners reasoned, might reduce some problems that neighbors have seen around closing time.

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The Nevils Hall renovation requires students to leave early. compensation but maintains that the six days are crucial to finishing the project in time for the fall semester.

Mood representatives said they hope to work out an arrangement involving nearby lots on New York Avenue. It should â&#x20AC;&#x153;considerably reduce some of the noise issues,â&#x20AC;? Akinnuoye said. But some residents said Mood had already been offering an illegal valet service that had hurt, not helped, the neighborhood, with drivers parking cars in front of residential buildings, for example. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This problem is already in place. Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to legalize the cause of the problem,â&#x20AC;? said one resident. Akinnuoye acknowledged that Mood offered valet parking in the past, but said it had cut off the service recently after discovering it did not have proper permits. For example, Mood hosted â&#x20AC;&#x153;an event with the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office today,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we had to inform them we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have valet.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lying to me publicly,â&#x20AC;? a resident said to Akinnuoye, claiming Mood had provided valet parking the weekend before. Another resident chimed in that she had seen â&#x20AC;&#x153;guys in red coatsâ&#x20AC;? working in front of Mood recently. The neighborhood commission added conditions to its valet parking support, including the ability to revoke the permit after six months if it causes problems. Commissioner Matt Raymond, appearing frustrated with the topic (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does DDOT make it a policy to encourage people to drive to and from bars?â&#x20AC;? he asked), voted against the measure.

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he 2011 DC Design House showcases the revival of a 1925 English Tudor that had seen better days before a team of established and up-and-coming designers got their hands on it. But the design team did more than restore the Forest Hills home to the condition of its glory days; it also balanced a historically appropriate look with on-trend installations in every room. And there’s history to consider here: Built for Charles Woodward, founder of the Woodward & Lothrop department stores, the home was later bought by George Wasserman, co-founder of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. During its heyday, this property saw grand parties and notable visitors, including Lord and Lady Balfour. The buyer of this 12,000-square-footplus home may take all or none of the fur-

n the midst of the bidding wars that pervaded the District’s white-hot real estate markets of years past, an agent might not have mentioned that a listing of his in Petworth sold after drawing four offers — or that a house in Chevy Chase was listed for $1.5 million but sold for $1.6 million. But after the slowdown of the past few years — and the collapse in other parts of the country — it’s worth noting any multiple offers or above-listing-price transactions as evidence of growing demand. “It’s not across the board like it was, and it’s not crazy bid-ups like it was, but the market is definitely healthy,” said Keene Taylor Jr. with the Taylor Agostino Group of Long & Foster Real Estate. He and other Realtors say that they are beginning to see at least a scattered resur-

gence of multiple offers in some of the “micro-markets” within D.C., where they see an equilibrium between active listings and pending sales. Chuck Holzwarth, a sales associate with Washington Fine Properties, worked with a buyer who submitted one of 13 offers on a Woodley Park house. “It was in a good neighborhood,” Holzwarth explained. “The house needed some work, but it was very well priced.” Such anecdotes point to the state of the market in D.C., at least in certain areas. Buyers in general remain extremely cautious, Realtors say, but they’re willing to go after houses they see as a good value. “Overall, the numbers are good,” said Fred Kendrick, an associate broker with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. “The numbers are a little bit lower than they could be because of the lack of inventory. For us, that’s the real issue now in the marSee Market/Page R15

And recent numbers suggest that that faith may be well-placed. New assessment figures show the neighborhood’s condominiums increasing in value, while singlene of the most notable features family homes fell slightly. of the recent housing-market Three of those four projects are products crisis in D.C. was the screeching of Georgetownhalt based firm called to the city’s EastBanc, a develcondo boom. Even opment outfit that in parts of the city has grown from its where values first purchase in the remained high, conmid-1990s — an M struction plans for Street town house high-dollar condo— to dozens of resminiums vanished idential, retail and into thin air. commercial holdNow, some of those projects are Artist’s Rendering Courtesy of EastBanc ings in the historic neighborhood. warily getting back The proposed Wisconsin Avenue condo Two of on track, but perbuilding borders on the C&O Canal. EastBanc’s projects haps no neighborwere just introduced to residents last month hood has seen more confidence placed in and would add new condominium units to a the re-emerging market than Georgetown. Wisconsin Avenue site abutting the C&O Four residential projects are now in the Canal, as well as the highly visible parcel pipeline for the area. Two are new construction, and two more propose to redevel- opposite Key Bridge now occupied by a op historic properties. See Condos/Page R30 By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

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nishings that designers have installed here; if they do purchase the items not already snapped up by the visiting public, 20 percent of the price will go to Children’s National Medical Center, also the beneficiary of the design house’s $20 entry fee. That offer may tempt more visitors than it would in other design homes. Unlike in many of the benefit properties, where different aesthetics among rooms can be whiplash-inducing, there’s a continuity here that lets a few themes shine through. Lesson one: Gray isn’t going anywhere as the new neutral of note. From furnishings to the Farrow & Ball paints and Stark wall coverings (both companies are sponsors), warm and cool grays are everywhere. The trail begins in designer Liz Levin’s entry See Design/Page R30

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ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY to a penthouse unit at 1401 Q St. The views from this space are impressive, but more notable is the amount of entertaining this outdoor room can pull off. With a handful of seating and dining areas, there’s space for quite a few people to hang out here. But it’s the interior of this twolevel penthouse that can really hold a party: An open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room offers a large footprint topped by two levels of windows. It’s an impressive site for an intimate dinner or large cocktail gathering. Part of this home’s appeal lies in its details: Realtor Lindsay Reishman notes that this 2006 project included a designer — something that’s not always true of condo developments, particularly those of recent boom years. But the professional hire paid off here. The space is distinctive, and the smart — not trendy — modern design has the property looking fresh five years in. The kitchen, for example, has

features that are currently ontrend. Lightly stained flat-front cabinets from Porcelanosa are ofthe-moment, and there are plenty of them here. There’s ample work space as well on the black granite countertop that spans a large bar. Stools on one side allow visitors to watch cooks at work, and the uninterrupted space is also ideal for drinks or a buffet. A glass backsplash is faintly luminous, bringing the unit’s ample natural light into this space as well. Stainless-steel appliances are also reflective and include a Sub-Zero refrigerator with a glass door — a trend that’s peaking again decades after it first leapt from restaurant to home design in the 1980s. Then as now, people will disagree on the practicality of a transparent refrigerator door, but it’s hard to deny the stylish, loftchic look it imparts. Bathrooms here also reveal a designer at work. Striated tile from Porcelanosa is neutral but interesting. In the powder room as well as the second bath, which is part of a bedroom suite, wood credenzas beneath wall-mounted sinks are an unexpected alternative to the typical vanity surround. The look is modern and a touch industrial, but the design is still a practical one. In the master bath, a double vanity is a more predictable feature, but this space has surprises as well. Opposite the large

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before or during parties. These rooms overlook a deep garden and a rarity in Georgetown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a swimming pool. The 41foot-long lap pool looks welcoming on a cool spring day, and it will be even more irresistible soon. A deep stone terrace has plenty of room for lounge chairs and the like. Four bedrooms on the second level (which are served by a second laundry space) include a large master suite. Two walk-in closets wait for a buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choices on finishing touches. A separate vanity area is a luxurious spot for makeup application, and a bonus to the double vanity in the main bath area. Thanks to a skylight and ample windows overlooking the pool, this white, marble-lined bath is a res-

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olutely cheerful, as well as luxe, spot to start the day. A glassed-in shower sits across the room from the garden-view tub. Two of the other bedrooms on this floor share a stone-lined bathroom. The fourth, however, is quite a bit larger and has an ensuite bath. Like the others in this home, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitted out with Waterworks fixtures, ample stone and touches like mirror-mounted sconces. A top level is a large, open space with a closet and full bath that could easily work as a bedroom but lends itself equally well

to a home office or playroom. The bottom level is equally multipurpose. A storage room waits here, and a sixth and final bedroom also has its own full bath, but the space could also serve a host of other functions. This P Street property offers all the attractions of Georgetown, including the nearby commercial heart of the neighborhood. But there are a few gems even closer, including Rose Park and the P Street Bridge, which connects to Rock Creek Parkway as well as downtown. After a $400,000 price drop, this six-bedroom, 5.5-bath home at 2812 P St. is offered for $3,995,000. For more information, call Jonathan Taylor or Michael Rankin of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at 202-2763344 or 202-271-3344.

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Sustainability, historic preservation forum explores links, tensions By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer

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articipants in a recent forum at the National Building Museum decided right off that the event’s title — “Historic Preservation vs. Sustainability?” — had a clear answer: “It’s

a false choice … . We can have both,” said the museum’s Scott Kratz. But the evening’s experts exposed and explored the differences that do exist between the communities devoted to each principle. “There are things that go hand in hand … . But there are issues,” said moderator Martin Moeller.

Locally, said the Historic Preservation Review Board’s Maria Casarella, the sustainability movement has put forth a “tremendous effort.” But, she added, that community has started to engage local historic preservationists “a little late in the game.” Some of the tension is due to the struc-

tures now in place to award Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rankings to existing, including historic, structures, panelists said. That ranking system could go further to quantify the cultural value of historic buildings, argued Casarella. See Building/Page R28

Graduate programs offer background in real estate By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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hen Tim Hill started out in the real estate industry several years ago, he heard it would take a “lifetime” to master the tools of the trade. But he didn’t have a lifetime to wait. So he decided to apply for a master’s degree in real estate as a way to fast-track his career. Hill is now a first-year student in the Global Master’s in Business Administration program at George Washington University’s School of Business, where he concentrates on real estate. “There are lot of things I’ve learned at school that I wish I had known before,” he said. And these days, several area schools are offering students like Hill opportunities to boost their skills and advance their real estate careers. For example, American University has long offered courses in real estate, both on the undergraduate and graduate levels. But over the past two years, said Dawn Eisenberg, the university has formalized its programming with a specialization in real estate as part of the master’s program at the Kogod School of Business. “We focus on the business and financial aspects of real estate,” said Eisenberg, who is program director for the course, adding that students have gone on to work on Wall Street and for developers JBG Cos., Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Lincoln Properties. According to Eisenberg, students tend to enroll in American’s program after they’ve been in the workforce for a few years. They’re interested in gaining a deeper understanding of real estate, she said, and want to take their careers to the next level. So, in addition to the core courses, the university offers students plenty of opportunities for networking. Students attend conferences and luncheons with industry professionals and meet with business leaders who serve as mentors. “We’re very interactive,” she said. “We bring the world into the classroom.” In fact, Eisenberg said, events in

the outside world often filter into the classroom as professors integrate industry developments into their lessons. They look at changes within Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for instance, and analyze the impacts of the 2009 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. “What we have done is change our curriculum to reflect the changes in the industry,” she said.

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At American University’s Kogod School of Business students can specialize in real estate. Meanwhile, at Georgetown University, students in the real estate master’s program learn about the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and ‘90s from the people who lived it. The core course, called Ethics in Action, invites students “to explore the ethical dilemmas faced by people under pressure by learning directly from participants in the savings and loan crisis.” Student Edith Petrovics said the professor of the course, former Washington Post journalist Kathleen Day, “wrote the bible” on the subject, and invites the key players to come discuss their experiences as part of the class. “There’s a lot of discussion and seeing how the savings and loan crisis applies to what’s going on today,” said Petrovics, who hopes her experience at Georgetown will help her land her “dream job” at a private equity firm. Hill said students studying at D.C. schools are in a good position relative to their peers in other areas. “It’s really important to go to a school that’s in the region where you want to do real estate,” he said. “And D.C.’s real estate market is extremely strong and stable.”

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Visions of Connecticut Avenue: Then and now By LEE STURTEVANT Current Correspondent

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o question: Connecticut Avenue is a straight shot from downtown Washington all the way to Chevy Chase. And that’s just what future senator Francis Newlands intended when he quietly bought up 1,712 acres just beyond Washington’s old city limits between 1886 and 1890. Newlands proceeded to build a streetcar railway along what would become Connecticut Avenue so people could easily commute, for 5 cents, to the “modern” suburb he had designed just over the Maryland line. Maybe the drivers of the 35,000 cars that now flow up and down the avenue each day notice what Newland’s successors at the Chevy Chase Land Co. created: five distinct commercial areas alternating with elegant apartments and residential areas. These commercial “pockets” were intentional, and they function as a main street for the neighbor-

hoods, explained Matthew Bell, who recently spoke about Connecticut Avenue as a “Linear City” at a symposium, “Thinking About Washington‘s Public Spaces,” sponsored by the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and held at Catholic University. The people who live in those areas probably appreciate the company’s zoning plan and its accessible neighborhood shopping. Many of them know the stores and their owners. And some are generating studies and plans to create — given those 35,000 cars — a safer Connecticut Avenue. They want no more of the pedestrian “crashes” (44) or fatalities (six) that occurred between 2000 and 2008.

History of the avenue Newlands had a lot going for him when he left California for Washington, according to Albert Atwood’s 1969 biography, later reprinted by the Chevy Chase Land Co. He was the trustee for the estate of William Sharon, who made a fortune in the West mining

gold in the famous Comstock Load. Newlands also married Sharon’s daughter. And after watching Sen. William Stewart buy up the farmland that became Dupont Circle, Newlands decided to invest extensively in Washington real estate. Cities expand to the west, Newlands believed, so he bought land in Maryland and then, often using straw men to hide his intentions, assembled enough properties

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The corridor’s character draws from landmarks such as the Kennedy-Warren, above, destination stores such as Politics and Prose, left, and walkable commercial enclaves such as Cleveland Park. to lay out his street railroad. He also built bridges over parkland to provide access. As described in the biography, building the roadway was an arduous task: “The grading of Connecticut Avenue was through rolling terrain. The hills had to be cut down by pick and shovel and the valleys filled by horsedrawn or muledrawn carts.” When the route was finished, commuters could choose to work in the city and live in his new suburb, or simply ride the streetcar to his amusement park at Chevy Chase Lake for an evening’s entertainment. After Newlands died in 1917, the company he founded lobbied for the zoning that defined the commercial centers that characterize the avenue today: Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, Van Ness, Connecticut Avenue-Nebraska Avenue and Chevy Chase D.C. Bell, a professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, said this setup was crucial, because commercial and residential areas depend on each other. “In order to have vibrant communities, you need a certain critical mass of people,” he said. “Apartment buildings generally provide that. That way, retail can be patronized by folks who live nearby.” Bell noted that some communities object to density, citing for instance the ongoing debate over development around the Giant grocery store at Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street. But he urged people: “Examine the evidence and re-calibrate what you think. Look at the places people like to go and that have high value; these are generally places that have a thriving urban life.”

Introduction of cars Bell said that to be appealing, streets also need a tree line and a gracious streetscape, including set-

backs and courtyards. These amenities became particularly important to Connecticut Avenue as the automobile increased in popularity. At first, car traffic was light. “In the mid-1920s, a friend of mine would put his car in neutral at Albemarle Street and coast all the way down Connecticut Avenue,” recalled Allen Beach, who has lived in Chevy Chase D.C. for 70 years and serves on the area’s advisory neighborhood commission. Beach said that nowadays, “traffic runs pretty well, and the alternate lanes [on Connecticut during rush hour] help the traffic move.” As time went on, merchants found that it was good business to accommodate the automobile. Sam’s Park & Shop in Cleveland Park allowed shoppers to have their cars serviced while they did errands, all in one place. Tersh Boasberg, former chair of the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board and a longtime Cleveland Park resident, said the recent neighborhood effort to preserve that strip mall was important. “It speaks to the evolution of retail shopping because it was the first shopping center in Washington which appealed to those traveling along Connecticut Avenue,” Boasberg explained. “It was unique: a business area with offstreet parking.” And it remains important, not just as an example from an earlier era, but also because it helps retain the low-rise nature of the surrounding commercial area, he said. “It lends itself to low-intensity uses, such as cafes,” Boasberg said. “It does not have a 9-to-5 mentality.”

Housing diversity The variety of housing is another important factor in the Connecticut Avenue corridor’s livability, said professor Bell. For example, Cleveland Park offers everything from large apartment buildings, such as the KennedyWarren and the Broadmoor, to small bungalows and large estates. See Connecticut/Page R29


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cross the greatly varied communities of Northwest D.C., the last decade has brought generally the same trend: The population of white residents has grown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes soared â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in areas where it once made up only the smallest wedge in the pie, while it has slipped little in the neighborhoods where it has long been the majority. The figures from the 2010 Census make official what residents and District officials have already observed around Columbia Heights, where the white population has more than doubled since 2000 to comprise nearly a third of the neighborhood; and across Ward 3, where each advisory neighborhood commission has remained more than 75 percent white since the last census. Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 saw a combined population increase of around 18,000 residents, and most neighborhoods that grew over the last 10 years saw an influx of white residents. The Hispanic population also represented an increasing portion of some areas of Ward 4. The Asian population â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though still a small minority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; grew at more than the citywide average in Northwest and in some neighborhoods more than doubled in the past decade. Citywide, the most highly publicized demographic transition was the shrinking of the black majority from 61 to 51 percent, a shift fueled in part by a declining population in heavily black Ward 8 and gentrification on the outskirts of Capitol Hill. But the changes did not avoid Northwest, with Ward 1 dropping from 46 percent black to 33 percent, and Ward 4 decreasing from 71 percent black to 59 percent. In Ward 1, which includes Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, D.C. Council member Jim Graham said he was disappointed but unsurprised to see the decrease in his neighborhoodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; black population, a change he attributed mostly to longtime residents being priced out of single-family homes. His wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designated affordable-housing apartments, he said, were preserved.

  

   

 

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79,915 13% 67% 10% 10%

73,753 6% 80% 7% 6%

77,152 6% 78% 8% 8%

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Citywide Population: Black (non-Hispanic): White (non-Hispanic): Hispanic: Asian:

Ward 1 Population: Black (non-Hispanic): White (non-Hispanic): Hispanic: Asian:

Ward 2 Population: Black (non-Hispanic): White (non-Hispanic): Hispanic: Asian:

Ward 3 Population: Black (non-Hispanic): White (non-Hispanic): Hispanic: Asian:

Ward 4 Population: Black (non-Hispanic): White (non-Hispanic): Hispanic: Asian:

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estled unobtrusively in the residential Palisades neighborhood, an unusual property is up for sale: A Jehovahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Witness Kingdom Hall with space for more than 150 worshippers. Realtor Boyd Campbell of Century 21 said that of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the thousands of inquiriesâ&#x20AC;? heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s received about 2950 Arizona Ave., most are from other religious congregations interested in the ready-to-use worship space. But he said there are numerous options for the two-story brick building. The propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top floor, accessed through a side entrance on a slope on Cathedral Avenue, includes a reception area with a front desk and a massive, window-lined assembly hall. That carpeted space features rows of built-in seats (about 157, Campbell said) facing a slightly raised front pulpit. Two Jehovahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Witness congregations are still using the sanctuary space to worship while the property, which went up for sale about 10 months ago, remains on the market, said Realtor Carolyn Bell. She said the congregations plan to move elsewhere after â&#x20AC;&#x153;outgrowing the building.â&#x20AC;? Built in 1920, the property underwent additions about 50 years ago to become a Kingdom Hall, the agents said. But despite its obvious functionality as a church, the 4,608-square-foot building now offers a flexible menu of potential uses. With its adaptable large rooms and three separate public bathrooms, Campbell said, the property is â&#x20AC;&#x153;well-suited for a senior day center, a learning centerâ&#x20AC;? or for certain medical or business purposes. Though the property is zoned residential, he said, a D.C. government-approved special exception would allow such uses. Campbell said he and Bell also have â&#x20AC;&#x153;numerous timesâ&#x20AC;? pondered the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential as a private or multi-unit residence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful lot, a building with good bones to work with and a pretty significant footprint,â&#x20AC;? Campbell said. In fact, the building already contains a residential element: a two-bedroom apartment on its ground floor.

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Kingdom Hall in the Palisades is looking for a new owner. The asking price is $2,000,000. The apartment, formerly used by the caretaker, includes a living area, kitchen, bathroom with a washer-dryer and a closet. These rooms could remain an apartment, after some renovations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or could simply be absorbed into another use. An owner â&#x20AC;&#x153;could change it for whatever their purpose is,â&#x20AC;? Bell said. The ground-floor level, accessed through the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front entrance on Arizona, also features an office with a half-bathroom and a library area now stocked with wooden shelves. In addition, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a large space that could function as a conference area or lunchroom (with some Health Department-required updates to appliances). The buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white-columned entrance faces Arizona Avenue, the moderately busy thoroughfare that runs downhill from Loughboro Road to MacArthur Boulevard and Canal Road beyond it. But the sloping 7,469-square-foot corner lot, which includes small grassy lawns in front and back, can also be accessed from the quieter Cathedral Avenue. Parking is available on the street, which, as Bell said, has not posed a problem for the Kingdom Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large number of visitors. The property at 2950 Arizona Ave. is listed with Century 21 at $2,000,000. For more information, contact Carolyn Bell at 301-332-2464 or carolbell110@verizon.net, or Boyd Campbell at 301-5523000 or boyd@boydcampbell.com.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

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THE CURRENT

Northwest Real Estate

Entrepreneurs map nation from M Street base By AMANDA ABRAMS Current Correspondent

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he window of opportunity has long closed: These days, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeking housing information, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a clutch of comprehensive websites designed to help you with your search. But six years ago, most of those sites didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist, leaving a niche open for entrepreneurs with creative ideas and the courage to try them out. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essentially how HotPads.com, a popular real estate search engine whose national headquarters is at 31st and M streets in Georgetown, got started. Then in their early 20s, Doug Pope and Matt Corgan were looking for their first post-college apartment and found, to their surprise, that there were only two useful sources of information: Craigslist and newspaper classifieds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were like, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to be a better way,â&#x20AC;? recalled Pope, who is now the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief operating officer. Corgan, now chief executive officer, came up with the idea

of doing a map-based search. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He thought itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be easier to look at, and a lot more accurate,â&#x20AC;? said Pope. The idea was to show available rental units and homes for sale like pushpins on a map, a big step up from the basic text outline that Craigslist offered. But that idea took some audacity and a leap of faith â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the kind that perhaps only young adults barely into their first â&#x20AC;&#x153;realâ&#x20AC;? jobs can muster. Neither one knew how to program mapping technology, and the ubiquitous Google maps function didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even exist yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we went after it, and hired

a few interns to help us that first summer,â&#x20AC;? said Pope. They decided to base the effort in the Washington area, where Corgan grew up, so that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have supportive family nearby to help out during the inevitably rough startup period. That was 2005. The duo has been growing the site ever since: HotPads.com is now one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular real estate search engines, receiving 400 million visits a month, about 2.5 million of them from unique users. The website presents data on rentals, for-sale units, foreclosures and vacation homes, listing roughly 3.5 million homes for sale and 500,000 rentals throughout the country. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how HotPads works: More than 400 brokerage companies and listings services partner with the company, sending a nightly update of their real estate openings to the site, which automatically refreshes with the new info. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mostly complete,â&#x20AC;? said Corgan, when asked whether he thinks the site represents the full spectrum of homes on the market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to

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get 100 percent coverage, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident we have 90 to 95 percent.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, landlords and others with units for rent can list their spaces for free, much like they Photo Courtesy of HotPads.com would on Doug Pope and Matt Corgan launched GeorgetownCraigslist. based HotPads.com in 2005. Larger complexes, howevcourse, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the mapping feature, er, pay HotPads to get a special which not only shows exactly promotion for their places; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the homes are located, but part of how the company makes also allows viewers to quickly and money. The rest comes from stanvisually compare prices. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dard advertisements. also a tool to track prices within Corgan was mum about the school districts, and another that companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finances, but he did say lets visitors â&#x20AC;&#x153;lassoâ&#x20AC;? a particular itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been making a profit for the region â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is, create customized past year and a half. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s after boundaries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and examine homes several years of working pretty within just that area. much around the clock to build the Unlike another online competisiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s functions. Remember, other tech whizzes had also recognized a tor, Redfin, HotPads doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seek to supplant local real estate agents; vacuum in the world of real estate viewers can see what kind of houslistings and were simultaneously ing openings exist, but then they toiling to create online tools. have to contact the affiliated agent Today, the field is pretty competitive, and HotPads goes head-to- if they want to learn more about a home. head with big names like Zillow D.C. Realtor Nate Guggenheim and Trulia. According to Corgan said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotten several leads from and his public relations guy, HotPads. though, HotPads has some signifiâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked in the past for me cant advantages. First of all, of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; people who are looking online might find properties through the site and contact me directly,â&#x20AC;? he said. Echoing other agents, he pointed out that more information, whether online or elsewhere, is a good thing for everyone involved in the business. In fact, the amount of information HotPads could conceivably add to the site is vast, but every potential function, tool or app has to be balanced by the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look, functionality and speed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a laundry list of things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to do, but we want to keep it as simple[-looking] as possible,â&#x20AC;? said Pope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not everyone wants everything; many people want a straight-up search.â&#x20AC;? In six years, HotPads has grown to a staff of 15, with four of those folks based in a satellite office in San Francisco. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy and vibe sound like that of a typical dot-com â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and refreshingly un-D.C. So jeans and flipflops are OK, as is taking a break at the office pingpong table from time to time and bringing pets in to work. And everyone, not just the six engineers, is encouraged to get involved in product strategy and innovation. In fact, it sounds so unlike status quo Washington that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to picture the company eventually uprooting and heading for the Bay Area. Is that a possibility? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the table,â&#x20AC;? admitted Pope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure yet.â&#x20AC;?


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Northwest Real Estate MARKET From Page R1 ket.â&#x20AC;? In terms of single-family homes, the number of listings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1,156 as of the end of March, according to Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. data compiled by the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is just five over the figure for March 2007, the lowest first-quarter tally in the past six years. The number of condo listings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also 1,156 as of March â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is the lowest since the construction blitz resulted in an inventory of 1,420 units in March 2006. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re picky buyers out there, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not finding anything to purchase,â&#x20AC;? Kendrick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they do find it, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having to compete for it.â&#x20AC;? Kendrick said he believes some would-be sellers are still reluctant to put their homes on the market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much, much better than it was two years ago, but for a lot of sellers itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still not where it needs to be for them to sell and break even,â&#x20AC;? he said. Kendrick points to 2009 as the bottom of the market, based on the statistics he analyzes for a monthly report on D.C. real estate. In the first three months of 2009, there were 763 contracts on single-family homes, according to Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. data; in the first three months of 2011, there were 1,011. For condos, the comparable numbers are 590 in 2009 and 698 this year. In his February report, Kendrick noted a positive trend, with sales of â&#x20AC;&#x153;some of the stale inventory that has been on the market for quite a while.â&#x20AC;? Last week, he said the trend has continued, though he and others say that listings generally languish on the market if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not priced correctly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things are either selling right away, or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting on the market for quite a while,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a matter of finding the right price.â&#x20AC;? In some cases, Taylor said, buyers are keeping tabs on listings with prices that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem too far off the mark, watching for a reduction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you move your price down to a fair number, it will sell even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on the market for a while,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The buyers are careful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they can be moved to action, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re careful.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Price is really the driving force,â&#x20AC;? said Holzwarth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been that way for a couple of years.â&#x20AC;? Dan Melman, an agent with W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co., said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that the inventory overall is limited â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just that buyers might not have many choices in a particular neighborhood or at the price theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to enter

hopefully an extended period of a balanced market, with neither the buyers nor sellers holding sway,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not going to be strongly tilted one way or the other.â&#x20AC;? Despite the importance of the right price, Melman said, condition is a consideration as well â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps more so than in the past. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think quality is king,â&#x20AC;? he

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Even conditions just outside the Beltway have been more volatile, strengthening many Realtorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; belief in the danger of painting too broad a brush. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Annandale is nothing like whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Adams Morgan,â&#x20AC;? Melman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Gaithersburg is nothing like whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in Georgetown.â&#x20AC;?



         

        

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Renovated & expanded Tudor mansion w/ main house & 2 BR, 3 bath guest house, nearly 12,500 sf on .5+ acres. 7 BR, 7 full & 1 half baths, expansive main kitchen, atrium-like family rm, formal dining rm & library. Master suite w/ 2 separate baths, dressing rms & closets. Home theater, home gym, staff quarters. Mature plantings, large deck, pool, 2 attached garages & exterior parking for 9+ cars. $8,500,000.

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Complete top-to-bottom renovation, boasting 4,100 sf on 4 finished levels, 6 BR, 5.5 baths, luxurious features, gorgeous wood floors, thick crown molding, sunken living room & family room each with fireplaces, top-of-the-line kitchen w/ marble counters, Subzero and Viking, baths outfitted with Waterworks fixtures and tiled in marble. The large private back yard has an 8’ x 41’ lap pool. One car garage. $3,995,000.

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Spectacular renovation by one of DC’s top designer/ builder’s. Classic 1937 stone home retains old world charm with interiors redesigned to suit contemporary family living. Features includes 1st floor master suite, wonderful open kitchen and family room w/ fplc, luxury baths, 5 BR, 5.5 baths total. 2-car garage. Private setting across from Battery Kemble Park. $3,250,000.

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Classic Cleveland Park home w/ 5 BR, 5.5 baths, front porch & 2 fireplaces. Large great room across the rear of the home encompasses a renovated kitchen and breakfast area. The master suite w/ private outdoor terrace. LL has 1 BR,1 bath au pair suite.Two car garage plus off street parking. An easy walk to the Uptown Theater, Metro & restaurants. $2,925,000.

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Stunning recreation of an expanded cottage style home is undergoing a complete renovation and expansion by noted DC builder, Murillo/Malnati Homes. The 4 level home features spacious formal living and dining rooms, a spectacular open kitchen and family room overlooking the rear terrace and back yard. 6 BR 4 baths up. Fully Finished LL and pool. Scheduled to be completed Fall 2011. $2,500,000.

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Sun-drenched semi-detached East Village residence featuring huge (nearly 500 sf) LR + separare DR. 11ft ceilings, hardwood floors and private deep garden. 3 BR, 3.5 baths up. Full basement w/ BR, bath and separate kitchen. Includes parking. 1st time on the market in over 30 years. A truly special opportunity. $1,775,000.

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Distinctive 7 BR, 5 full & 2 half bath contemporary home sits on a spectacular 18.395 sf lot with 6189 sf of light-filled living space. The open floor plan lends itself to entertaining as well as family living. Features spacious living room w/ stone fireplace, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen with island, glass enclosed sunroom and paneled library, swimming pool, terrace, large yard and parking for up to 8 cars. $2,395,000.

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Stunning, bright and open 5 BR, 4.5 bath shingle style home. Light filled w/grand entertaining rooms. Large reception room, Formal LR w/ fplc & DR, Large open gourmet island kit w/ family rm, French doors open to spacious terrace w/ built-in BBQ, private landscaped garden. Custom detail and finishes throughout, in-laid wood floors, crown moldings. MBR w/ luxury bath. Elevator to all floors. 2 car garage. $1,995,000.

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Meticulously restored to preserve architectural details while adding state of the art upgrades. 3 BR, 2 baths + office has chef’s kitchen that opens to a private courtyard garden. Family room with gas fireplace can double as dining room. Elegant living room plus bonus upper level home office fitted with custom built-in’s. Waterworks bathrooms and plantation shutters throughout. 2-car parking. $1,299,000.

LOGAN CIRCLE, DC

Grand, three-story updated Bay front Victorian with original details intact has 3 BR and 2.5 baths. Located on one of the best streets in Logan Circle. 11 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, crown molding, original pocket doors and two fireplaces with marble mantels. Renovated kitchen overlooks delightful sun terrace. Parking. $1,185,000.

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EAST VILLAGE. Charming and bright 3 story brick Federal home in a mew setting. L/R features wood burning fireplace, built-in bookcases opening to private patio. Two BR and full bath on top floor. In-law suite on lower level with full bath. High ceilings, wood floors, CAC. Proximity to Rose Park, restaurants and all the village amenities. $875,000.

Dramatic penthouse, airy living and loft areas, wood floors, gourmet kitchen in quartz, maple and stainless, 2 BR, 2 baths and den, 500+ sf private rooftop terrace with panoramic city views, walk to vibrant U Street, Metro, 1 parking space. Seller paid point! $609,900.

2 BR, 2.5 bath, 2 level condominium, sunny, open living and dining spaces, warm wood floors, handsome fireplace, eat-in kitchen, generous bedrooms and closets, baths in granite and tile, over 1,450 sf, garage parking, steps to shopping and dining. $579,900.

Sensational new listing! Exceptionally lovely upper-floor 1 BR+den has incredible sun-filled views overlooking the park! Comfortably elegant with most sought-after floor plan and separate formal dining room. Garage parking included. Truly beautiful home in luxurious Colonnade Condominium. By appointment only. $550,000.

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Beautifully renovated brick Colonial features gracious living room with fireplace and French doors leading to adjoining sun room and library. Chef’s kitchen, elegant dining room overlooking English garden and expansive family rm opening to sunny deck. Upstairs includes outstanding Master suite plus 3 other BR and 3 full baths. Playroom and au pair suite on lower level completes this exceptional offering. $2,190,000.

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Sunny corner unit in elegant beaux arts building with soaring 10 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, oversized windows, updated kitchen and bath, generous closets, gas cooking and plenty of storage. Easy walk to restaurants, shops and Metro, low fee includes all utilities. Unit is above the ground floor. $347,500.

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Chevy Chase, MD 301.967.3344

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Owner is a designer/architect- unit is beautifully outfitted with custom upgrades and built ins! Renovated kitchen with granite countertops and gas range. Investor’s dream, can be sold furnished. Hurry this won’t last long at $20,000 under market value!! Condo fee include all utilities, storage unit included. $200,000.

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he D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment deadlocked 2-2 last week on whether permits were properly issued to expand the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library. The vote leaves a controversial construction project, already well under way, in limbo until the board seats a fifth member and tries again to muster a majority vote. At an April 5 meeting, board members Michael Turnbull and Jeff Hinkle said they objected to the library agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s siting of the major addition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From a zoning standpoint, this stinks,â&#x20AC;? said Turnbull. The board chose June 7 for a new vote, so that a recently confirmed fifth member, Lloyd Jordan, would have time to read the convoluted case record and weigh in. Meanwhile, according to library officials, a foundation for the addition to the historic library at 16th and Lamont streets has already been poured, with construction continuing at the library systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own risk and completion anticipated by the end of the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re renovating with valid permits issued by [the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs],â&#x20AC;? said D.C. Public Library spokesperson George Williams. If the board grants the appeal, he said, library officials would have to file for zoning relief, an uncertain process that could add months to the schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get a sense many people in the neighborhood are excited about library renovation, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking forward to openingâ&#x20AC;? by the end of the year, Williams said. But the ongoing controversy was evident last week as the board grappled with a complex appeal filed by the Mount Pleasant advisory neighborhood commission. The board initially voted on the case March 1, but it failed to get a majority then as well. The effort to modernize the 1925 Italian Renaissance library, a gift to the city from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the only branch in Ward 1, has dragged on for several years. Architects initially planned a modern glass addition on the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west side, but after both community groups and preservationists objected, the architects decided the addition could attach to

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Construction on the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library has begun despite an appeal. the south side, which has historically been considered the rear of the building. But that plan also ran into opposition. That siting would require demolition of a quaint sunroom, and some neighborhood activists said it would crowd the small lot and cut off emergency access to adjacent apartment buildings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a particular concern since access problems hindered firefighters battling a blaze that devastated the nearby Deauville Apartments in 2008. The revised plan also requires a long ramp, wrapping around the library, to provide required handicapped access. Some activists suggested the library system simply restore the old building and add a new branch elsewhere for Ward 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing population. At the zoning board meeting, the debate focused only on D.C. zoning administrator Matt LeGrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of the additionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s siting, which has it butting up without a setback against what has historically been considered the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rear property line. That would be proper only if that section of the property could be defined as a side yard, which is how LeGrant defined it. Turnbull, a federal representative to the board who works for the Architect of the Capitol, repeated his March statement that the city zoning administrator had erred. This time, Turnbull was even more emphatic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand how this could be a side yard. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compute,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see manipulation of the zoning regulations for a pre-determined outcome.â&#x20AC;? He called LeGrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling â&#x20AC;&#x153;a travesty and canardâ&#x20AC;? designed to suit the

plans of the public library system. Turnbull was backed by Hinkle, appointed to the board by the National Capital Planning Commission. Hinkle noted that even the library system acknowledged on a project website that its architects were trying to find ways to expand the library â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the rear.â&#x20AC;? He said LeGrant erred in labeling the site a â&#x20AC;&#x153;side yard.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an expectation by the public that there should be a reason for this decision, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it here,â&#x20AC;? Hinkle said. But chair Meridith Moldenhauer noted that the board typically defers to the judgment of the city zoning administrator, who had explained in testimony that he could have chosen as the rear either the west or south side of the irregularly shaped corner lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenging for citizens to understand,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without having to agree with him, we can say he was being reasonable.â&#x20AC;? Member Nicole Sorg agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The question is, was the zoning administrator reasonable. He had the application in front of him. He looked at the desires of the applicant.â&#x20AC;? Chief librarian Ginnie Cooper and her staff have been working to modernize and expand branches citywide and fighting controversies in various communities as some neighbors object to specific plans. Since 2008, they have opened new or renovated branches in 11 communities, from Anacostia to Georgetown. The boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stalemate over the Mount Pleasant library sets up an interesting scenario, with two federal appointees on one side and two mayoral appointees, Moldenhauer and Sorg, on the other. The same day the board deadlocked, the D.C. Council confirmed Lloyd Jordan, a well-known local land-use expert, as the third mayoral appointee. From 1998 to 2000, Jordan ran the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which now employs LeGrant.


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Northwest Real Estate These sales are among those recorded from Dec. 1 through Feb. 15 by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue and listed on its Real Property Sales Database.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES 2901 Albemarle St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Michael D. Abrams for $1,473,300. ■ 3837 Albemarle St. in Wakefield. Sold to Sarah Schooler for $570,000. ■ 4836 Albemarle St. in American University Park. Sold to Cosimo Leipold for $858,750. ■ 4931 Albemarle St. in American University Park. Sold to Blythe E. McCarthy for $835,000. ■ 1716 Alison St. in Crestwood. Sold to John B. Wetzel for $980,000. ■ 4539 Alton Place in American University Park. Sold to Julie Slattery for $1,010,000. ■ 3800 Argyle Terrace in Crestwood. Sold to David P. Plant for $875,000. ■ 2947 Arizona Ave. in Kent. Sold to Keith Krom for $1,000,000. ■ 3018 Arizona Ave. in Kent. Sold to Michelle J. Bratina for $1,030,000. ■ 6508 Barnaby St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Carole L. Florman for $850,000. ■ 2800 Bellevue Terrace in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Paul R. ■

JUST SOLD Nicandri for $1,198,454. ■ 5340 Belt Road in Friendship Heights. Sold to David E. Shilling for $589,900. ■ 4821 Bending Lane in the Palisades. Sold to Shaha Riza for $906,500. ■ 4229 Brandywine St. in American University Park. Sold to Nuyi Tao for $867,500. ■ 4441 Brandywine St. in American University Park. Sold to Andrew Karlyn for $775,000. ■ 4636 Broad Branch Road in Forest Hills. Sold to Jeremy B. Zucker for $1,425,000. ■ 3401 Broad Branch Terrace in Forest Hills. Sold to Nisa Gosselink-Ulep for $784,000. ■ 1518 Buchanan St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Joseph S. Beemsterboer for $649,900. ■ 1525 Buchanan St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Damon Mac Fodge for $540,000. ■ 4620 Butterworth Place in American University Park. Sold to Mary W. Horton for $810,000. ■ 4801 Butterworth Place in American University Park. Sold to Katherine E. Good for $731,000. ■ 3815 Calvert St. in Glover Park. Sold to Brett Rayner for $805,000. ■ 3017 Cambridge Place in Georgetown. Sold to Avery W.

Gardiner for $1,800,000. ■ 5334 Carolina Place in the Palisades. Sold to Mark T. Ruppert for $869,000. ■ 5514 Carolina Place in the Palisades. Sold to Foxhall Developers LLC for $750,000. ■ 2616 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Deborah Kelly for $1,350,000. ■ 2917 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Renis Kapshtica for $875,000. ■ 3223 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to James S. Kurtz for $1,000,000. ■ 3308 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Cathave LLC for $900,000. ■ 3808 Cathedral Ave. in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Romana Li for $1,430,000. ■ 4343 Cathedral Ave. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Adam Perlman for $1,900,000. ■ 2728 Chain Bridge Road in Kent. Sold to Robert F. Brzezinski for $1,285,000. ■ 4006 Chancery Court in Hillandale. Sold to Subra Suresh for $1,360,000. ■ 3203 Cherry Hill Lane in Georgetown. Sold to James B. Humphries for $560,000. ■ 4219 Chesapeake St. in American University Park. Sold to Georgetown Day School Inc. for $820,000. ■ 4904 Chesapeake St. in

American University Park. Sold to Suzane Reatig for $620,000. ■ 3010 Chestnut St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Beverly J. Burke for $600,000. ■ 5500 Chevy Chase Parkway in Chevy Chase. Sold to Anne O. Di Rosa for $1,600,000. ■ 4607 Clark Place in the Palisades. Sold to Kenneth S. Bailey for $720,000. ■ 3218 Cleveland Ave. in Woodland Normanstone. Sold to Douglas N. Greenburg for $1,750,000. ■ 5631 Colorado Ave. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to JPRG Holdings LLC for $355,000. ■ 1802 Corcoran St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Michael S. Paisner for $810,000. ■ 817 Crittenden St. in Petworth. Sold to Mark C. Field for $417,000. ■ 1224 Crittenden St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Tonija Navas for $751,000. ■ 1500 Crittenden St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Lisa Wise for $745,000. ■ 3615 Cumberland St. in Wakefield. Sold to Michael A. Segal for $980,000. ■ 3627 Cumberland St. in Wakefield. Sold to Nicholas D. Afonsky for $1,015,000. ■ 4627 Davenport St. in American University Park. Sold to Michael G. Sergeev for $875,000.

■ 1615 Decatur St. in Crestwood. Sold to Alana Ventures LLC for $450,000. ■ 3338 Dent Place in Georgetown. Sold to BLOTR LLC for $2,200,000. ■ 4815 Dexter St. in Berkley. Sold to Diana Goldberg for $3,600,000. ■ 4801 Dexter Terrace in Berkley. Sold to Hakan Ilhan for $1,150,000. ■ 2104 Dunmore Lane in Berkley. Sold to the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates for $3,650,000. ■ 2113 Dunmore Lane in Berkley. Sold to 2113 Dunmore Lane Trustee for $3,310,000. ■ 817 Elder St. in Brightwood. Sold to Barbara Durr for $300,000. ■ 3202 Ellicott St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Yang Li for $1,120,000. ■ 1316 Farragut St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Rihab J. Dajani for $790,000. ■ 812 Fern Place in Brightwood. Sold to Malaika Culverwell for $439,900. ■ 3250 Fessenden St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Lisa C. Brown for $1,495,000. ■ 4355 Fessenden St. in American University Park. Sold to David W. Foster for $1,010,000. ■ 1413 Floral St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Christopher L. See Sales/Page R21

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This beautiful Georgian Colonial is set on an 11,398 sq. ft., prof. landscaped lot in Barnaby Woods. This lovely home has been extensively renovated and features a high-end, eat-in, Chef ’s kitchen with sub-zero, full granite, double-convection ovens, and gas cook-top. The Living room delights with gorgeous box-beamed ceiling, deep crown moulding, built-ins, and fireplace w/ granite. Dining room with detailed wainscoting, crown moulding, large windows. Upper level has 4 large bedrooms, 2 full baths; the Master Bedroom has a beautiful fireplace w/ granite, sitting area, and en suite bath. The fully renovated lower level is light, bright, large and features a fieldstone fireplace, an art room, huge kids playroom, and full bath. New central A/C installed in June 2010.

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Northwest Real Estate SALES From Page R20 Morgan for $560,000. â&#x2013;  1634 Florida Ave. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Vimesh Patel for $672,500. â&#x2013;  3807 Fordham Road in Spring Valley. Sold to Mark B. Leahey for $2,162,500. â&#x2013;  4201 Fordham Road in Spring Valley. Sold to Ralph D. Cantral for $875,000. â&#x2013;  4827 Foxhall Crescent in Berkley. Sold to Jamal J. Al-Kibbi for $1,525,000. â&#x2013;  1411 Foxhall Road in Foxhall Village. Sold to Karen J. Ivers for $689,500. â&#x2013;  1433 Foxhall Road in Foxhall Village. Sold to Luis H. Palacios for $725,000. â&#x2013;  1648 Foxhall Road in the Palisades. Sold to Nathalie S. Munzberg for $805,000. â&#x2013;  1709 Foxhall Road in Berkley. Sold to Todd A. Boulanger for $1,695,000. â&#x2013;  3070 Foxhall Road in Wesley Heights. Sold to Joseph T. Kelliher for $1,450,000. â&#x2013;  2927 Garfield St. in Woodley Park. Sold to Catherine Lynch for $1,195,000. â&#x2013;  4320 Garfield St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to James K. Popkin for $1,104,433. â&#x2013;  4343 Garfield St. in Wesley

Heights. Sold to Christopher J. Cahill for $1,900,000. â&#x2013;  5025 Glenbrook Terrace in Kent. Sold to Matthew T. Echols for $1,925,000. â&#x2013;  5041 Glenbrook Terrace in Kent. Sold to Michael Miller for $1,725,000. â&#x2013;  4455 Greenwich Parkway in Foxhall Village. Sold to Debasish Hota for $560,000. â&#x2013;  4460 Greenwich Parkway in Foxhall Village. Sold to John P. Desrocher for $790,000. â&#x2013;  4461 Greenwich Parkway in Foxhall Village. Sold to John P. Walsh for $754,500. â&#x2013;  4465 Greenwich Parkway in Foxhall Village. Sold to Amadou Kone for $780,000. â&#x2013;  2429 I St. in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Peter L. Law for $882,000. â&#x2013;  4555 Indian Rock Terrace in the Palisades. Sold to Maurizio Pozzi for $710,000. â&#x2013;  4505 Harrison St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to Laura L. McClure for $729,000. â&#x2013;  4323 Hawthorne St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Foxhall Real Estate LLC for $1,100,000. â&#x2013;  1400 Hemlock St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Arlene E. Williams for $650,000. â&#x2013;  3311 Highland Place in Cleveland Park. Sold to Michael N. Pedroni for $1,080,000. â&#x2013;  1821 Hoban Road in Berkley. Sold to Norman H. Johnston for

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$3,120,000. 917 Hughes Court in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Welch Properties LLC for $376,200. â&#x2013;  2025 Huidekoper Place in Glover Park. Sold to Andrew Laughland for $870,000. â&#x2013;  2120 Huidekoper Place in Glover Park. Sold to Jeffrey A. Webb for $859,000. â&#x2013;  5232 Illinois Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Tina L. Eskridge for $470,000. â&#x2013;  3717 Ingomar St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to John P. Holahan for $855,000. â&#x2013;  817 Ingraham St. in Petworth. Sold to Linda Silvestri for $395,000. â&#x2013;  1358 Ingraham St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Gary Fabiano for $680,000. â&#x2013;  628 Jefferson St. in Petworth. Sold to Carie V. Keju for $440,000. â&#x2013;  902 Jefferson St. in Petworth. Sold to Franklin Avalos-Mungula for $144,000. â&#x2013;  3700 Jenifer St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to David S. Baime for $790,000. â&#x2013;  3151 Jocelyn St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Matthew F. Wood for $615,000. â&#x2013;  16 Kalorama Circle in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Andrew Weissman for $3,200,000. â&#x2013;  84 Kalorama Circle in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to 84 K LLC for $3,475,000. â&#x2013; 

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Hills. Sold to Aviva Kempner for $1,250,000. â&#x2013;  1331 Locust Road in Shepherd Park. Sold to Shannon M. Salb for $500,000. â&#x2013;  5118 Lowell Lane in Kent. Sold to Thomas B. Pagnani for $2,199,000. â&#x2013;  3405 Lowell St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to James R. Dean Jr. for $1,400,000. â&#x2013;  3503 Lowell St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Stephen Lee Weber for $1,800,000. â&#x2013;  6408 Luzon Ave. in Brightwood. Sold to Angela L. Clark for $529,000. â&#x2013;  4737 MacArthur Blvd. in Berkley. Sold to Diego Flaiban for $800,000. â&#x2013;  5348 MacArthur Blvd. in the Palisades. Sold to Benjamin T. Black for $648,500. â&#x2013;  3105 Macomb St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Yogita U. Mumssen for $1,985,000. â&#x2013;  3410 Macomb St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Sloane E. Menkes for $1,545,000. â&#x2013;  5024 Macomb St. in Kent. Sold to William J. Cooper III for $1,390,000. â&#x2013;  2230 Massachusetts Ave. in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Marcia Davis Holdings LLC for $3,225,000. â&#x2013;  2446 Massachusetts Ave. in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Nik See Sales/Page R22

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Northwest Real Estate SALES From Page R21 Moradi for $960,000. â&#x2013;  2825 McGill Terrace in Woodley Park. Sold to Guy L. Clifton for $1,650,000. â&#x2013;  2809 McKinley Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Hilding F. Anderson for $775,000. â&#x2013;  3613 Military Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Phoebe A. Papageorgiou for $650,000. â&#x2013;  5000 Millwood Lane in Kent. Sold to Maureen O. Witter for $2,775,000. â&#x2013;  704 Missouri Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Helen C. Ukanwa-Osondu for $299,000. â&#x2013;  1342 Montague St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Robert Turner Jr. for $762,500. â&#x2013;  3604 Morrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Michael M. Jezienicki for $740,000. â&#x2013;  3929 Morrison St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to Catherine B. Bye for $1,265,000. â&#x2013;  3220 Nebraska Ave. in Spring Valley. Sold to David H. Gardner for $7,525,000. â&#x2013;  5253 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Joseph A. Busch for $725,000. â&#x2013;  5417 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Ryan Palacheck for $826,000. â&#x2013;  5909 Nevada Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to William W. Ryan for $700,000. â&#x2013;  3028 Newark St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Peter J. Toren for $1,482,500. â&#x2013;  3301 Newark St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to 3301 Newark St. LLC for $1,725,000. â&#x2013;  1903 New Hampshire Ave. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Blair A. Silver for $796,000. â&#x2013;  2126 Newport Place in Dupont Circle. Sold to Louis A. Fedele for $810,000. â&#x2013;  2151 Newport Place in Dupont Circle. Sold to Mark A. Zeizel for $499,000. â&#x2013;  2152 Newport Place in Dupont Circle. Sold to Robert H. Marchbank for $735,000. â&#x2013;  3211 Northampton St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Lalita Subramanian for $1,175,000. â&#x2013;  1469 Northgate Road in Shepherd Park. Sold to James D. Lawrence for $500,000. â&#x2013;  1755 North Portal Drive in Colonial Village. Sold to Kevin A. Madden for $670,000. â&#x2013;  3622 Norton Place in Cleveland Park. Sold to Gregory J. Ventresca for $800,000. â&#x2013;  2911 O St. in Georgetown. Sold to Robert Luskin for $1,900,000. â&#x2013;  3160 O St. in Georgetown. Sold to Bertram C. Providence for $1,075,000. â&#x2013;  3257 O St. in Georgetown. Sold to David B. Krone for $2,600,000. â&#x2013;  2219 Observatory Place in Glover Park. Sold to Mark K. Neely for $592,500. â&#x2013;  2234 Observatory Place in

Glover Park. Sold to Richard P. Cronin for $699,000. â&#x2013;  2431 Ontario Road in Adams Morgan. Sold to 2431 Ontario Rd. LLC for $700,000. â&#x2013;  2720 Ontario Road in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jubilee Housing Inc. for $725,000. â&#x2013;  2814 Olive St. in Georgetown. Sold to Henry O. Chapman III for $925,000. â&#x2013;  2910 Ordway St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Manuel Roig-Franzia for $1,005,000. â&#x2013;  3033 Ordway St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Stephen V. Stoltz for $1,325,000. â&#x2013;  6310 Oregon Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Chaeny C. Emanavin for $765,000. â&#x2013;  3026 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to William Gardner Brown Trustee for $2,600,000. â&#x2013;  3127 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to M.S. Bassett for $1,225,000. â&#x2013;  3265 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to Peter J. Curley for $2,250,000. â&#x2013;  3314 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to Andrew Heighington for $380,000. â&#x2013;  4441 P St. in Foxhall Village. Sold to Hans C. Latta for $715,000. â&#x2013;  4155 Parkglen Court in Hillandale. Sold to Todd D. Daubert for $2,540,000. â&#x2013;  3123 Patterson St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Colton C. Campbell for $689,000. â&#x2013;  6626 Piney Branch Road in Brightwood. Sold to Anna Pilskaya-Nzuwah for $388,000. â&#x2013;  5529 Potomac Ave. in the Palisades. Sold to Harry R. Weller for $1,100,000. â&#x2013;  5627 Potomac Ave. in the Palisades. Sold to Christopher M. Schroeder for $2,850,000. â&#x2013;  5811 Potomac Ave. in the Palisades. Sold to SSB 5811 Potomac LLC for $1,135,000. â&#x2013;  3300 Q St. in Georgetown. Sold to Stephen T. Antosh for $1,275,000. â&#x2013;  3429 Q St. in Georgetown. Sold to David M. Melrod for $930,000. â&#x2013;  3430 Quebec St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Jean E. Whaley for $1,100,000. â&#x2013;  3522 Quebec St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Michael D. Hughes for $785,000. â&#x2013;  1335 Randolph St. in Petworth. Sold to Marc S. Pfeuffer for $630,000. â&#x2013;  1815 Randolph St. in Crestwood. Sold to Natasha Shields for $1,175,000. â&#x2013;  4010 Reno Road in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Wade M. Plunkett for $635,000. â&#x2013;  5034 Reno Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Wilson M. Compton for $850,000. â&#x2013;  3905 Reservoir Road in Hillandale. Sold to Felice Reyes for $1,395,000. â&#x2013;  4837 Reservoir Road in the Palisades. Sold to Uta Oberdoerster for $740,000. â&#x2013;  1814 Riggs Place in Dupont Circle. Sold to Patrick M. Moran

for $701,500. 3038 Rodman St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to John F. Alderman for $874,000. â&#x2013;  3514 Rodman St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to John M. Ward for $1,170,000. â&#x2013;  3308 Rowland Place in Cleveland Park. Sold to James R. Ravitz for $1,350,000. â&#x2013;  1616 Roxanna Road in Colonial Village. Sold to Quince T. Brinkley Jr. for $635,000. â&#x2013;  1631 Roxanna Road in Colonial Village. Sold to Ratnarajah Kularajah for $660,000. â&#x2013;  707 Roxboro Place in Brightwood. Sold to Deanna Kuhn for $289,000. â&#x2013;  3317 Runnymede Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to John Grandin for $1,140,000. â&#x2013;  1421 S St. in Logan Circle. Sold to Stephanie Cutter for $1,000,000. â&#x2013;  4432 Sedgwick St. in American University Park. Sold to Wei-Chin Mou for $764,400. â&#x2013;  4834 Sedgwick St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Robert A. Harris IV Trustee for $1,100,000. â&#x2013;  4926 Sedgwick St. in Spring Valley. Sold to James J. Noell for $550,000. â&#x2013;  1855 Shepherd St. in Crestwood. Sold to John P. Massey for $925,000. â&#x2013;  5737 Sherier Place in the Palisades. Sold to Tilma Wuerschmidt for $655,000. â&#x2013;  5844 Sherier Place in the Palisades. Sold to Will Potterveld for $662,000. â&#x2013;  8 Snows Court in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Donald G. Wiginton for $409,000. â&#x2013;  9 Snows Court in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Walter D. Woods for $410,000. â&#x2013;  3330 Stephenson Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jason B. Clapp for $1,157,500. â&#x2013;  1516 Swann St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Yall E. Friedman for $650,000. â&#x2013;  3511 T St. in Burleith. Sold to Masoud Javadi-Tabrizi for $885,000. â&#x2013;  3716 T St. in Burleith. Sold to Katherine A. Schantz for $760,000. â&#x2013;  3801 T St. in Burleith. Sold to John E. Harrison for $980,000. â&#x2013;  1703 Taylor St. in Crestwood. Sold to Mark L. Bjorge for $615,000. â&#x2013;  1362 Tewkesbury Place in Brightwood. Sold to Colleen Hansen for $375,000. â&#x2013;  525 Tuckerman St. in Brightwood. Sold to Kevin T. Quinn for $311,000. â&#x2013;  2412 Tunlaw Road in Glover Park. Sold to Logan O. Chance for $550,000. â&#x2013;  3156 Upland Terrace in Chevy Chase. Sold to Rafael G. Gelos for $940,000. â&#x2013;  1712 Upshur St. in Crestwood. Sold to Amjad Atallah for $789,000. â&#x2013;  6340 Utah Ave. in Chevy See Sales/Page R23 â&#x2013; 


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Northwest Real Estate SALES From Page R22 Chase. Sold to Robert D. Young Jr. for $875,000. ■ 1722 V St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Heather M. Petruzzi for $730,000. ■ 1730 V St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Steven A. McCord for $650,000. ■ 4823 V St. in Berkley. Sold to Emily J. Carey for $830,000. ■ 5017 V St. in the Palisades. Sold to Joseph A. Jackson for $635,000. ■ 4027 Veazey St. in American University Park. Sold to Mauricio J. Balcazar for $807,110. ■ 5116 Warren Place in Spring Valley. Sold to Vincent Lambiase for $1,520,000. ■ 4445 Warren St. in American University Park. Sold to Hannah N. Matthews for $760,000. ■ 724 Webster St. in Petworth. Sold to Graeme A. King for $553,000. ■ 8226 West Beach Drive in Colonial Village. Sold to Lita M. Proctor for $735,000. ■ 6409 Western Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Saadeh A. Al-Jurf for $1,075,000. ■ 6611 Western Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Terrell Halaska for $756,611. ■ 1312 Whittier Place in

Brightwood. Sold to Rea L. Holmes for $348,000. ■ 4516 Windom Place in American University Park. Sold to Douglas C. Ward for $715,000. ■ 3648 Winfield Lane in Georgetown. Sold to Susan C. Prowse for $1,200,000. ■ 2756 Woodley Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Mary T. Payne for $1,459,500. ■ 3403 Woodley Road in Cleveland Park. Sold to Morven A. McLean for $1,075,000. ■ 3904 Yuma St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to 3904 Yuma Street LLC for $650,000. ■ 4527 Yuma St. in American University Park. Sold to Paul Neaville for $1,188,000. ■ 4618 Yuma St. in American University Park. Sold to Lisa H. Green for $905,225. ■ 5104 Yuma St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Enrique G. De Cordoba for $1,207,000. ■ 5416 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to Rosa M. Mendez for $349,000. ■ 6219 8th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Measho K. Asgedom for $230,000. ■ 6223 8th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Stuart Long for $150,00. ■ 5126 9th St. in Petworth. Sold to Tarik Alamneh for $369,900. ■ 5618 9th St. in Petworth. Sold to Frederick C. Gottschalk for $487,000. ■ 6618 13th Place in

Brightwood. Sold to Lisa Jacobson for $339,900. ■ 5010 13th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Terry L. Jackson for $650,000. ■ 6723 14th Place in Brightwood. Sold to Kiersten M. Randolph for $373,000. ■ 5604 14th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Peter J. Raia Sr. for $725,000. ■ 6123 14th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Atif Shah for $290,000. ■ 1818 15th St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Paul E. Pike for $627,000. ■ 4507 15th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Robert J. Hildum for $625,000. ■ 4834 16th St. in Crestwood. Sold to Norman H. Ross for $869,000. ■ 5716 16th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Brenda Ntim for $588,000. ■ 4107 18th St. in Crestwood. Sold to Jonathan D. Lechter for $850,000. ■ 1315 22nd St. in the West End. Sold to Isaac Adams for $850,000. ■ 1811 24th St. in SheridanKalorama. Sold to Mustafa Chowdhury for $1,895,000. ■ 1322 27th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Lara Potter for $580,000. ■ 2825 28th St. in Woodley Park. Sold to Nicholas J. Burgess for $497,500. ■ 5345 28th St. in Chevy Chase.

Sold to Louis J. Nigro for $800,000. ■ 2813 29th Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Edward H. Passman for $1,100,000. ■ 1322 29th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Shelene D. Clark for $1,079,000. ■ 1516 29th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Steven S. Snider Trustee for $2,150,000. ■ 2845 29th St. in Woodley Park. Sold to Andrew L. Dabalen for $950,000. ■ 6214 29th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Marcela U. Zamora for $800,000. ■ 6234 29th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jane C. Dempsey for $625,000. ■ 5435 30th Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to David C. Tamasi for $790,000. ■ 1241 30th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Janina Pedersen for $910,000. ■ 1515 30th St. in Georgetown. Sold to John W. Warner IV for $4,050,000. ■ 3419 30th St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Emily A. Woglom for $665,000. ■ 6636 31st Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to George Bognar for $1,145,000. ■ 1231-1235 31st St. in Georgetown. Sold to Macalester Limited for $4,750,000. ■ 1245 31st St. in Georgetown.

Sold to Teresa R. Curristine for $680,000. ■ 1699 31st St. in Georgetown. Sold to 1699 31st Street LLC for $2,775,000. ■ 2604 31st St. in Woodland Normanstone. Sold to Christopher J. Sentimore for $2,047,500. ■ 6455 31st St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Arthur P. Hall Jr. for $889,000. ■ 6124 32nd Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Yoss Missaghian for $759,000. ■ 1672 32nd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Mary McGun for $860,000. ■ 2750 32nd St. in Woodland Normanstone. Sold to 2750 32nd St. Trust for $3,250,000. ■ 5432 32nd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Vincent E. Frillici for $850,000. ■ 6827 32nd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Marc Kaye for $670,000. ■ 1413 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to MFLP Georgetown LLC for $1,075,000. ■ 1510 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Marilyn Fancher for $1,210,000. ■ 6219 33rd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Matea Gold for $910,000. ■ 1609 34th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Peter M. Annicelli for $872,500. ■ 1668 34th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Jeffery C. Kane for $1,020,000. See Sales/Page R24

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Northwest Real Estate SALES From Page R23 2714 35th Place in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Anthony Aldam for $1,745,000. â&#x2013;  3706 35th St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Dragomir Saric for $605,000. â&#x2013;  2604 36th Place in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Kristie A. Kenney for $1,250,000. â&#x2013;  1815 37th St. in Burleith. Sold to Zhengyin Yan for $830,000. â&#x2013;  1936 37th St. in Burleith. Sold to Ashok V. Bhatia for $819,000. â&#x2013;  2305 37th St. in Glover Park. Sold to Jason Gluck for $730,000. â&#x2013;  2965 38th St. in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Ira Shoulson for $1,500,000. â&#x2013;  3233 38th St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Greta Z. Arnold Trustee for $995,000. â&#x2013;  4206 38th St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Stephan C. â&#x2013; 

Bachenheimer for $727,000. 5100 38th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Syed E. Ghani for $1,150,000. â&#x2013;  2424 39th Place in Glover Park. Sold to W.C. Norman for $780,000. â&#x2013;  1947 39th St. in Burleith. Sold to Matthew T. Schneider for $797,500. â&#x2013;  4931 41st St. in Tenleytown. Sold to Andrew Bernasconi for $737,500. â&#x2013;  5035 41st St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to Charles B. Gelatt for $821,025. â&#x2013;  5306 41st St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to Timothy Clinton for $685,000. â&#x2013;  5121 42nd St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to Real Manor ZLK LLC for $540,000. â&#x2013;  5245 43rd St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to Charles M. Goldschmid for $780,020. â&#x2013;  1505 44th St. in Foxhall Village. Sold to Brandon Estrin for $799,000. â&#x2013;  1525 44th St. in Foxhall â&#x2013; 

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407W in Wesley Heights. Sold to DC Holdings LLC for $255,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 805W in Wesley Heights. Sold to Justine Diamond for $690,000. â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 1107E in Wesley Heights. Sold to Joan V. Rowan Jr. for $260,000. â&#x2013;  2380 Champlain St. Unit 9 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Dermot Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Mahony for $495,000. â&#x2013;  1851 Columbia Road Unit 200 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Walker E. Heflin for $399,000. â&#x2013;  1954 Columbia Road Unit 207 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Alexander J. Hamilton for $170,000. â&#x2013;  1954 Columbia Road Unit 601 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Alyssa Rosenberg for $335,000. â&#x2013;  2006 Columbia Road Unit 9 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jaume Guardans for $685,000. â&#x2013;  2022 Columbia Road Unit 508 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Amy Weinhouse for $440,000. â&#x2013;  2126 Connecticut Ave. Unit 55 in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Kathleen M. Rotondaro for $1,520,000. â&#x2013;  2801 Connecticut Ave. Unit 22 in Woodley Park. Sold to Daniel W. Stern for $605,000. â&#x2013;  2801 Connecticut Ave. Unit 24 in Woodley Park. Sold to Timothy W. Newman for $621,500. â&#x2013;  3100 Connecticut Ave. Unit 132 in Woodley Park. Sold to Machutmi A. Shishak for $415,000. â&#x2013;  3100 Connecticut Ave. Unit 304 in Woodley Park. Sold to Julia A. Lehning for $314,900. â&#x2013;  3100 Connecticut Ave. Unit 335 in Woodley Park. Sold to Laura D. Beers for $393,000. â&#x2013;  3701 Connecticut Ave. Unit 220 in Forest Hills. Sold to Michael T. Konstanopoulos for $250,000. â&#x2013;  4025 Connecticut Ave. Unit 405 in Forest Hills. Sold to Warren S. Hananoki Trustee for $445,000. See Sales/Page R25

                                                                                                                 

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Northwest Real Estate SALES From Page R24 ■ 4025 Connecticut Ave. Unit 801 in Forest Hills. Sold to Rajesh Contractor for $645,000. ■ 4444 Connecticut Ave. Unit 602 in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Charlotte Owen for $375,000. ■ 4600 Connecticut Ave. Unit 419 in Wakefield. Sold to Todd Nissen for $430,000. ■ 4701 Connecticut Ave. Unit 303 in Forest Hills. Sold to Patricia S. Baars for $565,000. ■ 4707 Connecticut Ave. Unit 512 in Forest Hills. Sold to James P. Myers III for $444,000. ■ 4740 Connecticut Ave. Unit 514 in Wakefield. Sold to Kathy Chin for $270,000. ■ 5227 Connecticut Ave. Unit 907 in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jack Burriesci for $510,000. ■ 5410 Connecticut Ave. Unit 101 in Chevy Chase. Sold to Michael A. Rogers for $245,000. ■ 5410 Connecticut Ave. Unit 401 in Chevy Chase. Sold to Nora E. Mullin for $248,000. ■ 1435 Corcoran St. Unit 3 in Logan Circle. Sold to Geraldine M. Muir for $340,000. ■ 2801 Cortland Road Unit 304 in Woodley Park. Sold to Ryan M. Banach for $342,500. ■ 3014 Dent Place Unit 12E in

Georgetown. Sold to Mark Regulinski for $360,000. ■ 2737 Devonshire Place Unit 123 in Woodley Park. Sold to Juliet G. Six for $580,000. ■ 2737 Devonshire Place Unit 318 in Woodley Park. Sold to Brent A. Blumenstein for $625,000. ■ 2737 Devonshire Place Unit G in Woodley Park. Sold to Rosemary Janiszwewski for $385,900. ■ 2030 F St. Unit 211 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Oscar Bartoli for $195,000. ■ 2129 Florida Ave. Unit 307 in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Gregory Snyder for $260,000. ■ 2401 H St. Unit 707 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Shameem M. Ahmed for $284,000. ■ 3030 K St. Unit 303 in Georgetown. Sold to Robert L. Deak for $878,000. ■ 2023 Kalorama Road Unit 4 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Joshua J. Fougere for $637,200. ■ 4555 MacArthur Blvd. Unit 207 in the Palisades. Sold to Janice Bucci for $190,000. ■ 4617 MacArthur Blvd. Unit B in Berkley. Sold to Allison K. Simmers for $516,000. ■ 1711 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 701 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Gloria S. Chan for $250,000. ■ 1727 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 116 in Dupont Circle. Sold to

Emad Elseiedy for $269,000. 4200 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 402 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Marion S. Guggenheim Trustee for $875,000. ■ 4301 Military Road Unit 213 in Friendship Heights. Sold to John F. Ring for $1,390,000. ■ 4301 Military Road Unit 606 in Friendship Heights. Sold to Lillian Su for $590,000. ■ 4301 Military Road Unit 709 in Friendship Heights. Sold to Mary Hale Corkran Trustee for $1,300,000. ■ 1842 Mintwood Place Unit 3 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jonathan S. Wellborn for $645,000. ■ 1843 Mintwood Place Unit 107 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Christine L. Chase for $340,000. ■ 1203 N St. Unit G in Logan Circle. Sold to Robert J. Clark for $399,900. ■ 1440 N St. Unit 301 in Logan Circle. Sold to Robert Falk for $162,000. ■ 1440 N St. Unit 911 in Logan Circle. Sold to Pauline C. Terrelonge for $103,435. ■ 3100 N St. Unit 1 in Georgetown. Sold to Jacqueline M. Raff for $415,000. ■ 3239 N St. Unit 12 in Georgetown. Sold to Sy Majidi for $432,000. ■ 1316 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 702 in Dupont Circle. Sold to ■

Baldew Sidhu for $549,900. 1316 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 708 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Anthony C. Strauss for $410,000. ■ 1725 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 203 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Kathryn M. Bustell for $169,000. ■ 1735 New Hampshire Ave. Unit 303 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Kira Epstein for $292,500. ■ 1751 New Hampshire Ave. Unit F in Dupont Circle. Sold to Nishi Rawat for $552,000. ■ 2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 722 in Glover Park. Sold to Alcira G. Kreimer for $830,000. ■ 2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 823 in Glover Park. Sold to Upshur M. Spencer for $328,500. ■ 2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 1101 in Glover Park. Sold to Mohamad S. Jaafar for $650,000. ■ 2801 New Mexico Ave. Unit 1124 in Glover Park. Sold to Joseph D. Duffey for $929,000. ■ 3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 548 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Maria E. Bowles for $480,000. ■ 3101 New Mexico Ave. Unit 1011 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Julia Berckholtz for $620,000. ■ 1520 O St. Unit 202 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Fred E. Morris for $563,500. ■ 2721 Ordway St. Unit 2 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Rajorshi Bhattacharya for $530,000. ■ 2722 Ordway St. Unit 6 in ■

Cleveland Park. Sold to Emily Chatterjee for $365,000. ■ 2755 Ordway St. Unit 514 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Catherine M. Neiderer for $242,500. ■ 1718 P St. Unit 203 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Nicholas Downs for $235,000. ■ 1718 P St. Unit 819 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Jane M. McGee for $230,000. ■ 1718 P St. Unit L19 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Ronald E. Ng for $196,00. ■ 2141 P St. Unit 305 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Svetlana Daleo for $330,000. ■ 2555 Pennsylvania Ave. Unit 715 in the West End. Sold to Subet Holdings LLC for $500,000. ■ 1012 Paper Mill Court Unit 1012 in Georgetown. Sold to Kyle A. Rego for $535,000. ■ 1037 Paper Mill Court Unit 1037 in Georgetown. Sold to Scott Whitford for $535,000. ■ 1408 Q St. Unit 12 in Logan Circle. Sold to Daniel J. Patenaude for $632,000. ■ 1525 Q St. Unit 10 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Najib Bahous for $525,000. ■ 1615 Q St. Unit 405 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Alberto Fiore for $187,000. ■ 1625 Q St. Unit 205 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Anita Bhat for See Sales/Page R26

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SALES From Page R25 $510,000. â&#x2013;  1725 Q St. Unit 101 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Sharon N. Barnartt for $787,000. â&#x2013;  1749 Q St. Unit 9 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Brian Rutter for $446,000. â&#x2013;  2500 Q St. Unit 422 in Georgetown. Sold to Douglas J. Hinkle for $314,500. â&#x2013;  2500 Q St. Unit 511 in Georgetown. Sold to Scott D. Judah for $350,000. â&#x2013;  2910 Q St. Unit A31 in Georgetown. Sold to Lorraine Ocampos for $765,000. â&#x2013;  1800 R St. Unit 208 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Lodan Mohaddes for $405,000. â&#x2013;  1800 R St. Unit 602 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Nancy C. Smith Trustee for $410,000. â&#x2013;  1904 R St. Unit 6 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Kevin Turner for $321,000. â&#x2013;  1900 S St. Unit 4 in Dupont Circle. Sold to David Groemping for $263,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 507 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Angela Knoll for $250,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 718 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Alexandra Roosenburg for $236,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 815 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Cynthia E. Lacki for $214,000. â&#x2013;  3253 Sutton Place Unit 3253 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Suzanne E. Brenner for $450,000. â&#x2013;  3255 Sutton Place Unit 3255 in Wesley Heights. Sold to Ross Harrison for $580,000. â&#x2013;  1621 T St. Unit 503 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Michael Yoch for $320,000. â&#x2013;  1717 T St. Unit 11 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Annie Scanlon for $620,000. â&#x2013;  1825 T St. Unit 104 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Mary M. Hobbs for $390,000. â&#x2013;  1825 T St. Unit 403 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Yvan Franusic for $225,100. â&#x2013;  1404 Tuckerman St. Unit 202 in Brightwood. Sold to Moti Kachlon for $80,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 421 in Glover Park. Sold to Noyan T. Eyigor for $419,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 505 in Glover Park. Sold to Beatriz Pineres for $243,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 510 in Glover Park. Sold to Teresa M. Watson for $277,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 1119 in Glover Park. Sold to Maria I. Jessop-Mandel for $300,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 1130 in Glover Park. Sold to David Perkins for $339,000. â&#x2013;  3 Washington Circle Unit 705 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Rose C. Acoraci for $640,000. â&#x2013;  1725 Willard St. Unit 2 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Andrew W.

Hay for $410,000. 1737 Willard St. Unit 5 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Jeffrey A. Merkel for $525,000. â&#x2013;  1080 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 2021 in Georgetown. Sold to Marise Mahon for $303,000. â&#x2013;  1080 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 3017 in Georgetown. Sold to Charles R. Korasick for $515,000. â&#x2013;  2111 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 320 in Glover Park. Sold to Onyeonoro S. Kamanu for $281,500. â&#x2013;  2320 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 402 in Glover Park. Sold to Francisco Bispo for $441,000. â&#x2013;  2828 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 302 in Cathedral Heights. Sold to Howard M. Garfinkel for $550,000. â&#x2013;  3022 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 203 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Crystal Faggart for $230,000. â&#x2013;  3601 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 402 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Cassandra Colbert for $285,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 519 in Forest Hills. Sold to Christopher G. Grossman for $280,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 826 in Forest Hills. Sold to Sarah J. Chilton for $255,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 843 in Forest Hills. Sold to Maryalls G. Bedford for $235,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 1028 in Forest Hills. Sold to Roberto R. Noriega for $136,000. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 1046 in Forest Hills. Sold to Catherine C. Eisele for $220,000. â&#x2013;  1811 Vernon St. Unit 208 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Marco Nicoli for $358,000. â&#x2013;  1245 13th St. Unit 415 in Logan Circle. Sold to Shawn M. Carter for $305,000. â&#x2013;  1245 13th St. Unit 1016 in Logan Circle. Sold to Joanna M. Heumann for $280,000. â&#x2013;  1520 16th St. Unit 204 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Paul R. Joseph for $459,000. â&#x2013;  1527 16th St. Unit 3 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Jaspal K. Gill for $450,000. â&#x2013;  1603 16th St. Unit 5 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Zachary E. Fisher for $825,000. â&#x2013;  1829 16th St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Stephen T. Hayes for $631,000. â&#x2013;  2000 16th St. Unit 607 in Adams Morgan. Sold to John Lin for $485,000. â&#x2013;  2032 16th St. Unit 5 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Rory Donohoe for $523,000. â&#x2013;  2440 16th St. Unit 120 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Marwa M. Kamel for $289,900. â&#x2013;  1401 17th St. Unit 706 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Tait Sye for $534,000. â&#x2013;  1700 17th St. Unit 501 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Mark J. Dillon for $565,000. â&#x2013;  1830 17th St. Unit 406 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Bibiana Obler for $445,000. â&#x2013;  1916 17th St. Unit 115 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Rita â&#x2013; 

Henderson for $365,000. 2428 17th St. Unit GSW in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jennifer L. Boone for $465,000. â&#x2013;  1545 18th St. Unit 413 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Andres Navia for $345,000. â&#x2013;  1545 18th St. Unit 616 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Elizabeth Stanko for $310,000. â&#x2013;  1545 18th St. Unit 808 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Nicholas F. Whitiak Jr. for $230,000. â&#x2013;  1736 18th St. Unit 404 in Dupont Circle. Sold to David A. Malcarney for $579,500. â&#x2013;  1815 18th St. Unit 402 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Sammy Sohrab for $398,000. â&#x2013;  1736 19th St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Kathryn Hinton for $440,000. â&#x2013;  1809 19th St. Unit 2 in Dupont Circle. Sold to CP Holdings LLC for $187,500. â&#x2013;  1301 20th St. Unit 514 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Jose R. Lopez-Calix for $228,000. â&#x2013;  1733 20th St. Unit 103 in Dupont Circle. Sold to James P. Logan Jr. for $385,000. â&#x2013;  2227 20th St. Unit 106 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Brian C. Rabbitt for $473,000. â&#x2013;  2227 20th St. Unit 405 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Edward Batista for $510,000. â&#x2013;  1260 21st St. Unit 111 in the West End. Sold to Susan Holman for $405,000. â&#x2013;  1409 21st St. Unit 1B in Dupont Circle. Sold to Patricia A. McMahon for $488,000. â&#x2013;  1642 21st St. Unit 1 in Dupont Circle. Sold to William L. Massey for $1,162,500. â&#x2013;  1099 22nd St. Unit 308 in the West End. Sold to Jonathan H. Singer for $525,000. â&#x2013;  1155 23rd St. Unit N2M in the West End. Sold to Linda D. Collins for $723,000. â&#x2013;  1155 23rd St. Unit N6K in the West End. Sold to Mark R. Shenkman Trustee for $967,000. â&#x2013;  1155 23rd St. Unit NPH1B in the West End. Sold to Tahir Ahmed for $600,000. â&#x2013;  922 24th St. Unit 101 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Rup K. Dua for $210,000. â&#x2013;  922 24th St. Unit 317 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Liang Wang for $250,000. â&#x2013;  1275 25th St. Unit 710 in the West End. Sold to Lily A. Lee for $450,000. â&#x2013;  1632 30th St. Unit 5 in Georgetown. Sold to Traci R. Siegel for $515,000. â&#x2013;  3401-3420 38th St. Unit 713 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Jono S. Margo for $385,000. â&#x2013;  3603 38th St. Unit 89 in Cleveland Park. Sold to AnnaClaire O. Friedlander for $328,000. â&#x2013;  3810 39th St. Unit 123 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Michael J. Sellers for $335,000. â&#x2013;  3830 39th St. Unit 113 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Steffen Frey for $399,999. â&#x2013; 


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Local artist turns the spotlight on Tenley By TERESA G. GIONIS Current Correspondent

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efore there was Wilson, before there was Deal and before there was the park at Fort Reno, there was Reno City. In the decades after the Civil War, a bustling neighborhood of homes, shops and three churches occupied the land surrounding the old military fort in Tenleytown. The residents were primarily freed slaves and workingclass whites. But by the late 1930s, the neighborhood was gone. The government had acquired the land for a park and public schools, causing the displacement of most black Tenleytown residents. The story of “Reno City” is one of the local tales told in “A Cultural History of My

Neighborhood,” artist Gail Rebhan’s new photo-collage tribute to her Tenleytown neighborhood, which documents historic changes to the area. Four mural-size collages, including the panel about Fort Reno, are on view through May 15 in the windows at 4600 Wisconsin Ave., the former site of Babe’s Billiards. Smaller versions of these four panels, plus eight additional collages, are on view at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. “A Cultural History of My Neighborhood” is a collaboration between the artist, Iona Senior Services and the American University Museum. “My art has been autobiographical, and it’s about time and how things change over time,” explained Rebhan, a photography professor at Northern Virginia

Community College who has lived in American University Park since 1981. Two past projects documented the growth of her sons and provided an intimate look at the life of her aging mother. “My past books have been about changes in my family over time, and time and change is certainly an element of this work. I’ve just expanded from my family to my neighborhood,” she said. The panels juxtapose old and new photographs and memorabilia like phone-book pages and newspaper articles. Layering these items together with some of her own writing, she shows “how today’s city is built upon the past,” according to a description of the exhibit. In the panels, she visits a dozen key neighborhood spots, including the Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, former site of the Washington Home for Foundlings; the block of Brandywine and Wisconsin, the very site of the collage installation; and the block across the street, where The Dancing Crab now sits. “The collage lists the types of businesses that were on that block,” says Rebhan. “In the

Artist Gail Rebhan puts local history in her photo collages of the Tenleytown neighborhood. 1930s and 1940s, there were two shoe repairs, and today there are none. I think that speaks to our society and how things are now considered more disposable.” Rebhan also discovered several laundries on that block, one of which was designated a “colored” laundry — the only solid evidence of segregation that she found. “Local historians may already know these stories,” said Rebhan. “Judith Helm wrote a well-regarded book on the topic. But I hope to bring this history to a broader audience.” There are two upcoming community events related to this project. On May 1 at 3:30 p.m., visi-

tors can meet the artist and view the photo collages at the Wisconsin Avenue site. This will be immediately followed by a free concert at 4 p.m. at The City Church, 4100 River Road, sponsored by Iona Senior Services. Iona’s facility at 4125 Albemarle St. will also host a reception after the concert. From May 16 through 28, Rebhan will be collecting oral histories, photographs and memorabilia related to Tenleytown at Iona Senior Services. This raw material will form the basis of new photo collages. For more information, visit gailrebhan.com.

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The U.S. Green Building Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brendan Owens, a key player in the development of the well-known award system, said the system does incorporate the valuable attributes of historic structures into its point structure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten emails saying thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no credit for historic preservation,â&#x20AC;? said Owens. But, he noted, one-quarter of awarded points hinge on elements typically held by historic urban buildings, such as density. But Owens acknowledged that there is room for improvement in the rating system. And the version now in the works and due to be launched by the end of 2012 will aim at â&#x20AC;&#x153;encouraging good,â&#x20AC;? rather than â&#x20AC;&#x153;doing less bad,â&#x20AC;? as Owens characterized the current scheme. Some new categories â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which, Owens said, would better capture some of the inherent virtues of many historic structures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could look at how a structure enhances health, conserves resources and improves social equity and quality of life. The last is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re struggling with the most,â&#x20AC;? said Owens. The historic preservation community can help with that, said Casarella. Activists have worked for economic equality across the city, she said. One program that showed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;revitalization doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean displacementâ&#x20AC;? was a grass-roots microgrant project that encouraged homeowners in historic Anacostia to improve their properties. But the historic preservation community can learn from sustainability advocates too, Casarella noted, particularly when it comes to density â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that bugbear oftcited as the root of community opposition to development.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the major things we have to consider is how the property is going to be titled,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pooling our money together. Where does the asset go if something were to happen to [one of] us?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But, given how much has changed in the last decade, Johnson said there may come a time when My Gay Agent doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the resonance it has today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten years is not a long time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But on this issue it is.â&#x20AC;? For example, Johnson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this thing would work in Vancouver. Because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no [gay] community, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so accepted.â&#x20AC;? But for now, he said, My Gay Agent is going strong. And he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clients come up and tell me what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done with their homes,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping people find their home is a great thing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid of density,â&#x20AC;? she said, noting that the very word can split preservationists and smart-growth advocates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preservation is about adaptability and revitalization,â&#x20AC;? qualities that sometimes require increased density, Casarella added. Another project that will require the collaboration of historic preservation and sustainability advocates is the growing need to upgrade large mid-century buildings, panelists said. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock of those buildings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which are significantly less efficient than their forebears, according to studies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is largely in federal hands. And here, said panelist Eleni Reed, chief greening officer for the U.S. General Services Administration, the government is not taking a one-sizefits-all approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smartâ&#x20AC;? lighting, solar panels and more are tools that the federal government will use to meet efficiency targets, Reed said. But new technology comes with caveats, panelists said. Highefficiency heating and cooling systems may be useless if employees are not properly trained in their use and maintenance, said Reed. Even the installation of operable windows requires training, she said: People must â&#x20AC;&#x153;relearn basic strategies from the 1930s.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple, tried-and-true strategies like installing working windows that may gain more traction in coming years, predicted Owens. With the meteoric rise of the green-building industry, people are choosing materials they â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t entirely understand. â&#x20AC;Ś The next asbestos is probably already in buildings,â&#x20AC;? he added. The sustainability community could learn from preservationists how to use materials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like wood, plaster, and terra cotta â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that have proved over time not to harm human health, Owens said.


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Two historic movie theaters â&#x20AC;&#x153;anchorâ&#x20AC;? the avenue: The Avalon and the Uptown, the latter home to occasional red carpets, klieg lights and lines that wind up Newark Street. The Avalon, built in 1923 as a silent-film theater, closed in 2001. After a successful community effort, it reopened in 2003 as a nonprofit, according to Bill Oberdorfer, the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It contributes to the commercial area,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that when there is a popular film, local restaurants see a positive impact. Although commuters often stop at the restaurants and shops along their route, the locals are the ones who really come to know the Connecticut Avenue shopkeepers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People like to shop in their neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? said Jay Morris, owner of Brothers Sew-Vac Center in Cleveland Park. Describing himself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the shoemaker of vacuums,â&#x20AC;? Morris contrasts his shop to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;big-box storesâ&#x20AC;? in the suburbs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People like to buy better stuff,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And sometimes they just drop by to say hi.â&#x20AC;? One business familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ties to its community go back to the 1920s, all right on, or a few blocks off, Connecticut Avenue. The Abbo familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roma Restaurant was once a dining destination in Cleveland Park, at a time when there were few restaurants in the city. At one point, owner Frank Abbo removed the parking lot behind his restaurant, turned the space into a garden and planted grape vines. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still there, said his son, Bobby, in the garden of Firehook Bakery. Bobby Abbo remembers a childhood centered around the neighborhood. He grew up in Ordway Gardens and later moved to 2916 Newark St. The Connecticut Avenue Roma opened in the 1930s, and Frank kept only that one going after he suffered financially in 1933. Bobby Abbo and his family spent much of their time in the restaurant. Although the streetscapes and the exteriors of the buildings remain very much the same today, Abbo said, the people in them are different. He recalled that when the apartment buildings on Quebec Street were built, the residents were mostly single women who worked for the government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then Cleveland Park aged all at one time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifteen years ago there was a metamorphosis, and younger people moved in.â&#x20AC;? Change is part of the neighborhood. There were once many grocery stores (a Safeway where Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Four Fields now sits, a District Grocery Store near the

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Pedestrian safety issues While a subway now carries many people along the route that streetcars once served, automobile traffic is also heavy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a major concern. In a sad twist, Frank Abbo, who welcomed so many people to his neighborhood restaurant, was killed crossing Connecticut Avenue many years ago. A study sponsored by Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action shows that the danger remains: Six pedestrian fatalities occurred between 2000 and 2008, as well as 44 accidents that involved pedestrians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Connecticut Avenue was created to be walkable. Then in the 1960s it became a commuter arterial,â&#x20AC;? said Susie Taylor, president of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. With no home rule, Taylor explained, D.C. had to strike a deal to get federal money to maintain the avenue: Designate the street a commuter route with reversible lanes at rush hour. Although the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s default speed limit is 25 mph, Connecticut Avenue has a speed limit of 30 mph, said Taylor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yet people travel at 41 miles per hour.â&#x20AC;? Taylor is also a leader of the Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Action group, which produced a detailed survey that involved 43 blocks, 44 intersections and more than 80 volunteers who watched intersections, counted cars and made recommendations. Its findings, including accident locations, are available at capa-dc.org. That group is one of a number working to improve the avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a significant grass-roots effort,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. The first noticeable improvement will get under way April 19, when the business section of Cleveland Park will get new streetlights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;visual cues to notify drivers that they are coming into a new area,â&#x20AC;? said Taylor. With 21 schools in the area, the importance of a walkable community should be evident to everyone, said Bell. He pointed out that there are three retirement homes along Connecticut Avenue, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s significant for the city to be able to care for our elderly where they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to drive,â&#x20AC;? he said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for people to have options in the various stages of their lives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;walkable urbanism.â&#x20AC;?

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CONDOS From Page R1 gas station. The canal site will hold nine large units — some with three bedrooms and a den — clocking in between 2,500 and 4,000 square feet, said EastBanc’s Mary Mottershead. And the M Street site will have between 35 and 40 units sized from 1,800 to 2,300 square feet. Both projects could come online by early 2014. The projects’ designs are still in flux, due in part to Georgetown’s unique assembly of design-review boards. As in other historic districts, the local advisory neighborhood commission weighs in on building projects. But unique to Georgetown’s federal historic district are the next two steps: the Old Georgetown Board and its parent panel, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

acquired, the architectural vernacular of the Forest Hills property demands a certain amount of close and cozy traditional decor. Designer Whitney Stewart delivers that dose in a sophisticated garden room that’s a break from other spaces’ whitewashed vibes. A moody, but fresh hue — Calke Green from Farrow & Ball —- envelops visitors immediately. But not everything is English-conservatory staid here: Look up for a surprising punch of Porphyry Pink on a plaster ceiling medallion. Stewart’s room, as well as a nearby sun-

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Designs by (clockwise from top left) Lauren Liess, Camille Saum, David Mitchell and Scott Brinitzer room, highlight a feature of this property that will remain after the designers and their installations leave: A garden design by Scott Brinitzer. His work makes the most of the property’s traditional materials — boxwood and flagstone — but mixes in a dose of modern landscape design. Crescents of pea gravel arc out from a central patio and koi pond as if thrown by a centrifuge; the motif

Both bodies of federally appointed architects carefully pick apart the materials, massing, fenestration and more for each design, as well as a project’s relationship to its surroundings. The Old Georgetown Board’s opinions have led to the first round of changes for both projects. The Wisconsin Avenue site — currently home to a Verizon switching building — would sport more brick and less stone under the revised design. And the M Street structure has also seen some alterations, largely in its window design. But the neighborhood’s designreview panels are not likely to consider the main objection that residents have raised to the five-story M Street structure. The owners of Prospect Street homes above the proposed condominium now enjoy sweeping river views that would be truncated, though not obliterated, by EastBanc’s structure. “I can see this taking $1 million off my property value,” Prospect

is unexpected but instantly comfortable. A swimming pool is also at once old school and fun with its symmetrical plantings and colorful accents. A carriage house on the property was not claimed by a designer but is serving as a boutique while the design house is open to the public, through May 8. Second-level bedrooms bridge a divide: On one side, rooms by David Mitchell and Lauren Liess give modern treatments to natural motifs. On the other, Iantha Carley and Samantha Friedman brought punchy color and a bit of Hollywood glamour — appro-

Street resident Jack Davies said at a recent community meeting. But EastBanc’s plans are matterof-right, Mottershead pointed out at the same meeting. That means that no zoning request will trigger a hearing where neighbors could ask the city to trim the project’s height. The building’s roof would not rise above the ground level of the existing town homes, but roof structures will. And Davies and his neighbors, under the current proposal, would look out on a roof with a swimming pool and three rooftop structures, as well as a green roof. “We’ve tried to reduce the rooftop structures,” said Mottershead, noting that standard building roofs can devote one-third of their space to utility and other add-ons. The design-review boards have sparked significant changes in the two Georgetown projects closer to realization, which have also been impacted by market forces and

priate for a home that once hosted Kirk Douglas — to their spaces. Carley’s master bedroom is restful without being sleepy — chartreuse wakes up the gray walls here, and the adjacent dressing room is a Palm Beach-meets-D.C. blend of chinoiserie and color. But with or without Carley’s mirrored table, ideal for mixing and matching potential outfits, the wall of closets here will prove useful for any buyer. Bathrooms have not been skipped here, and like the gardens, these modern, colorful installations from the best of D.C. designers will largely remain in the home. This six-bedroom, 4.5-bath home at 3134 Ellicott St. is offered for $4,900,000. For more information, contact Realtor Ellen Wilner of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 301-718-0010.

neighborhood activists. EastBanc’s closest-to-construction project is a redevelopment of the Georgetown Post Office on 31st Street. The granite-faced, circa-1850s structure was once a customs house and the office of the last mayor of Georgetown; by late 2013, it and a rear addition will house nine units that will be either rental apartments or condominiums, according to Mottershead. The building became available in 2009 when the U.S. Postal Service decided to sell it and a host of other holdings. The property will retain a small post office. The post office’s evolution tracks the uncertainty in the housing market over the past few years. First proposed in late 2009 as a project that would include town houses on an adjacent lot, plans then targeted the spot for office space. Then EastBanc reversed course again to propose residential units at the site. Georgetown neighbors learned

of the post office project at the same time that they heard about another redevelopment in the pipeline: that of the vacant Hurt Home at 3050 R St. The proposed conversion of the 1897 structure by development firm Argos Group into a spot for 15 condominiums got a boost last week with initial approval from the Zoning Commission for a map amendment and a parking-related special exception. Like the post office project, plans for the property, once a home for the blind, have undergone a transformation since they were first introduced. Developers were the only respondents to a city request for bids to use the site, and they initially proposed 46 units in the original structure and an addition. Neighbors expressed concerns about the density and traffic associated with such a plan, and Argos Group eventually agreed to a project that will be confined to the existing historic envelope.


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COLLEGE From Page 1 need.â&#x20AC;? But in a new twist, Ryan would offset that cost by establishing a means test, or income limit, on the popular TAG grants, which are currently awarded based solely on D.C. residency. Both programs rely on federal funds. City leaders, already furious at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget deal that stripped the District of its ability to use local funds to fund abortions for lowincome women, are gearing up to fight the plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A trade-off of thousands of college students for private school voucher students would be unthinkable,â&#x20AC;? D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;House Republicans [want to] restrict the most important higher education opportunity in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history to accommodate â&#x20AC;Ś D.C. private school vouchers.â&#x20AC;? Norton noted that House Republicans earlier this month brought a private school voucher bill to the floor â&#x20AC;&#x153;without paying for it.â&#x20AC;? Now Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan â&#x20AC;&#x153;would sacrifice thousands of D.C. college students to pay for a smaller number of private school voucher students.â&#x20AC;? It would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;effectively killing DCTAG,â&#x20AC;? she wrote in an April 5

statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is disgraceful that Republicans violated their own promise to cut spending by adding $300 million to the deficit with the D.C. voucher bill. It is worse that they now propose to rob Peter to pay Paul,â&#x20AC;? Norton wrote. Norton spokesperson Kim Atterbury said her office is still awaiting details of Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan, which is now being drafted into legislation. Neither specific dollar figures nor proposed family income limits have been released. District political leaders have been split on the voucher program, some arguing it offers families a needed alternative to failing public schools, while others say federal dollars should go to public and charter schools, not private or parochial schools. But, as Norton notes, the Tuition Assistance Grant program has been widely popular, with presidents and congressional leaders of both parties supporting it not only as a way to help District youth afford college, but also to attract families to stay and raise their children in the city. Many states have a variety of two- and four-year public colleges and universities, while the District has only one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the University of the District of Columbia, which recently launched a community college and is now engaged in a major

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push to upgrade academics. The TAG program, in a sense, is designed to offer the option of a big state-university system to District high school graduates. The Tuition Assistance Grant program was launched during the 2000-01 school year. It provides D.C. residents who graduate from public or private high school up to $10,000 annually for five years, to make up the difference between instate and out-of state tuition. It also provides up to $2,500 annually to attend private institutions in the city and region and historically black colleges nationwide. The funds can

be used to pay tuition only. Supporters tout the program as a success, noting it doubled college attendance over the first five years and became â&#x20AC;&#x153;a magnet for families to stay or move within the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries,â&#x20AC;? as Norton put it. Her office reports that â&#x20AC;&#x153;three times as many students have used DCTAGâ&#x20AC;? as have used the more controversial private school vouchers and notes that the program also benefited many students who were the first in their families to attend college. The Office of the State Superintendent for Education, which administers the TAG pro-

gram, did not immediately respond to a request for updated statistics. In 2007, Norton pushed successfully to extend TAG for five years, through 2012. But she faced a Senate proposal to exclude families with taxable income over a million, which she argued at the time â&#x20AC;&#x153;underminedâ&#x20AC;? a major purpose of the proposal: â&#x20AC;&#x153;to keep families from leaving the District.â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, Norton had to swallow that $1 million income limit to get the extension passed, but she said at the time she believed it would affect only about 20 families.

         

    

    

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Events Entertainment NW. 202-503-2963. â&#x2013;  David Freddoso will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â&#x2013;  Marysol Nieves, curator of the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond the Labyrinth: Latin American Art and the FEMSA Collection,â&#x20AC;? will discuss the development of modern and contemporary art from Latin America in the context of international 20th-century vanguards. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-728-1628. â&#x2013;  The American Humanist Association will present an introduction to humanism. 6:30 p.m. Free. 1777 T St. NW. 202-2389088. The talk will repeat April 20 at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  David Goldfield will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Journalists Bob Woodward (shown) and Patrick Tyler will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investigative Reporting, Politics and Uncovering Secrets.â&#x20AC;? A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. $25. The River School, 4880 MacArthur Blvd. NW. riverschool.net. â&#x2013;  Stephen Hess, senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution, and Sandy Northrop, television producer and political cartoon expert, will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Political Cartoons: The Evolution of a National Identity 1754-2010.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April APRIL 13 Wednesday 13 Concerts â&#x2013;  Participants in Betty Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  Gonzaga College High School and Connelly School of the Holy Child will hold their annual spring choral concert, featuring the Eye Street Boys, the Connelly Vocal Jazz and the Connelly Camerata. 7:30 p.m. Free. Historic Gonzaga Theatre, 19 I St. NW. gonzaga.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;NSO Popsâ&#x20AC;? will feature a performance by Pink Martini. 8 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Europe, Italy and the Libya Crisis.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5880. â&#x2013;  The Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place will present a symposium on employment and homelessness. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave.

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Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. Film â&#x2013;  Filmfest DC will present Burhan Qurbaniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shahada,â&#x20AC;? about the close-knit Muslim community of Berlin. Qurbani will attend the screening. 6:30 p.m. $11. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. filmfestdc.org. The festival will continue through Sunday with screenings at various venues.

Performance â&#x2013;  Young Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater will present a collection of student-written plays. 7:30 p.m. Free. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. yptdc.org. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 14 Thursday APRIL 14 Craft show â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Craft Show will feature work by 120 juried artists, including 55 first-time exhibitors. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. $15. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 888-832-9554. The show will continue Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The George Washington University Symphonic Band will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Roaring â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20s.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington DC will host an open-mike piano bar night. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-293-1548. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Wind Ensemble will perform works by Robert W. Smith and James Curnow. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gaston Hall, Healy Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets

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Thursday, APRIL 14 â&#x2013;  Film: The Ault Film Series will feature Frank Capraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1946 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Life,â&#x20AC;? starring Jimmy Stewart and Lionel Barrymore. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Art, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

NW. 202-687-3838. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Robert Aubry Davis will lead panelists from WETAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around Townâ&#x20AC;? show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Paul Bachmann, Joe Barber, Bill Dunlap, Janis Goodman, Trey Graham and Jane Horwitz â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a discussion of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring offerings in film, music, theater and art. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Historian Sean A. Scott will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  Carla Peterson will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Gotham: A Family History of AfricanAmericans in Nineteenth-Century New York.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â&#x2013;  Art historian Edward Goldberg will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jews and Magic in Medici Florence.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Room 220, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-3779. â&#x2013;  Will Friedwald will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Biographical Guide to Great Jazz and Pop Singers.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Egyptian activist Sahar El-Nadi will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democracy Made in Egypt.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. mem297@georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Artist Terry Winters will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Notes on Paintingâ&#x20AC;? as part of the Elson Lecture Series, which features distinguished contemporary artists. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Landscape to Cityscape: Gustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Sketches.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Sarah Hamill, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art at Oberlin College, will explore David Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photographs of his sculpture and discuss photographyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centrality to modern sculptureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public display and identity. 6:30 p.m. $12; $10 for seniors and students; free for ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600

21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  A.C. Grayling will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Book,â&#x20AC;? a secular alternative to the Bible. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Marjorie Garber will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Use and Abuse of Literature.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Sharon Smith and Sean Miller will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Young Activistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Building a Green Movement + Changing the World.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor of theology at Boston College, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Bioethics: Challenges for Catholic Social Teaching.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Salon H, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-1122. â&#x2013;  The Very Rev. Alan Jones, former dean of Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church in San Francisco, will discuss his upcoming book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Scandal of God: Why Fundamentalists (the Religious and the Atheist Kind) Have It All Wrong.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $10. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Films â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will present the 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scottyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World,â&#x20AC;? about a native of Stuttgart, Germany, who is a member of a world-renowned break dance crew. A panel discussion about Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in the global hip-hop movement will follow. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. rsvp@washiongton.goethe.org. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Page to Screenâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Count of Monte Cristo.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â&#x2013;  The Cine Francophone series will feature Merzak Allouacheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;autre monde (The Other World),â&#x20AC;? about a teenager whose life changes when he meets a young woman who is looking for a partner in death for a virtual game. 7 p.m. $9; $4 for students and seniors. Letelier Theater, 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-234-7911.

Reading â&#x2013;  Thomas Pletzinger will read from his first novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Funeral for a Dog.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 166. Special event â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hooray for History!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a historythemed quiz competition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will offer a chance for teams to match wits against past â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeopardy!â&#x20AC;? champions David Madden, Brad Rutter and Bob Harris. Proceeds will benefit the National History Bee and Bowl. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $50. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. dumbartonhouse.org. Friday, April 15 Friday APRIL 15 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will present a classical chamber-music concert featuring violist Will Hurd and pianist HsiangSee Events/Page 51


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 50 Ling Hsiao. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Biggers, professor of organ at Binghamton University, will perform works by Bach, Phillips and Rawsthorne. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-7970103. â&#x2013;  The Afro Bop Alliance will perform. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;FilosofĂ­a CaribeĂąa,â&#x20AC;? a concert by Latin jazz musician John Santos and his sextet. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra will perform. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â&#x2013;  The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House will present the Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers. 7 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. â&#x2013;  The James Madison University School of Music will present cellist Carl Donakowski and pianist Gabriel Dobner performing works by Bach, Debussy, Schumann and Chopin. 7:30 p.m. $25. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The KC Jazz Club will present Ben Williams, a D.C. native and winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $16. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The American University Symphony Orchestra will perform a symphony by Sibelius and the winning piece in the annual concerto and aria competition. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-857-3634. â&#x2013;  The Fab Faux, a Beatles tribute band, will perform songs from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sgt. Pepperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lonely Hearts Club Bandâ&#x20AC;? and fan favorites. 8 p.m. $39 to $89. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ensuring Equity in the Green Climate Fund.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. netfa@ips-dc.org. â&#x2013;  Raghuram Rajan, professor of finance at the University of Chicago, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5650. â&#x2013;  Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Makers: A History of American Studio Craft.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and

Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Meryle Secrest will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modigliani: A Life.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5221. â&#x2013;  Omar Barghouti will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Barack Obama, will discuss her new picture book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladder to the Moon.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-7271488. â&#x2013;  Egyptian activist Sahar El-Nadi will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside the Egyptian Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-3877638. Film â&#x2013;  Cinema Night will feature Tom Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Single Man,â&#x20AC;? starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. 7 p.m. $5; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363.

Performance â&#x2013;  Howard Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance program will present its spring dance concert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a Legacy â&#x20AC;Ś Hope. Healing. Resilience. The Power of Dance.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $20; $15 for seniors; $12 for students. Ira Aldridge Theater, Howard University, 2455 6th St. NW. 202-8067050. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a gala reception ($35) to follow. Special event â&#x2013;  International DJs will transform the Smithsonianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Postal Museum into an international nightclub for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discotheque: An Evening Social Event.â&#x20AC;? 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $35. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-3030. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Nationals will play the Milwaukee Brewers. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Workshops â&#x2013;  Four-time Grammy nominee John Santos, an expert in Afro-Latino music, will lead a percussion workshop as part of Jazz Appreciation Month. 10:30 a.m. Free. Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Gene Sumi of Homestead Gardens will share tips for designing and planting hanging baskets for spring. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. $45; reservations required. Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.

Saturday, APRIL 16 â&#x2013;  Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event: The House of Sweden will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space for Children,â&#x20AC;? designed to foster interactive creativity and play (for ages 10 and younger). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. 202-467-2645. The program will continue Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through April 24.

a.m. Free. Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherier places NW. 202-3637441. â&#x2013;  Viran Ranasinghe and his troop of martial artists will share the secrets of the ninja with ages 10 through 14 (no adults allowed). 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. Classes â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Associates will host a workshop exploring research in forensic anthropology at the Smithsonian. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Cultural Study Abroad, a local travel company, will present an intensive Italian language class as a fundraiser for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $160. Location provided upon registration. 202-669-1562. The class will repeat April 23 and 30. â&#x2013;  A cooking class will focus on the cuisine of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and the southernmost region of Italy. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $75; reservations required. Al Tiramisu, 2014 P St. NW. 202-467-4466.

Films â&#x2013;  GALA Hispanic Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IberoAmerican Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Festival will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Leyenda de la Nahualaâ&#x20AC;? (in Spanish with subtitles). 3 p.m. $5 per child; $8 for adults. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. â&#x2013;  Director Josef Birdman Astor will present the Washington premiere of his film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost Bohemia.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 third annual DC Tap Festival will culminate in an all-star performance celebrating the spectrum of tap dance, from hip-hop to R&B. 8 p.m. $25. Ellington Theatre, 3500 R St. NW. 800-838-3006.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A park ranger will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Escape on the Pearl,â&#x20AC;? about the largest attempted slavery escape in U.S. history. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW.

Special events â&#x2013;  An Emancipation Day family festival will feature performances, lectures, workshops and ticket giveaways. 10 a.m. to 4 See Events/Page 52



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202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  Yolanda Mamone, associate broker at McEnearney Associates, will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home Sellers Roundtable,â&#x20AC;? about five questions most sellers ask. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. McEnearney Associates, 4315 50th St. NW. 202-552-5623. â&#x2013;  Ben Dolnick will discuss his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Know Who You Are,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and Garrett M. Graff (shown) will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror,â&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Winners of the Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The 21st Century Consort will perform works by Jordan Kuspa, Joan Panetti, John Cage and Olivier Messiaen in a tribute to the works of Robert Rauschenberg. 5 p.m. $20. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Capital Funk will present the fourth annual Hip Hop Showcase. 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. â&#x2013;  The KC Jazz Club will present Grammy-nominated pianist Eldar. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Concert guitarist Berta Rojas will perform works by Manuel Ponce and selections from her two most recent CDs. 8 p.m. $30; $15 for students; free for ages 9 through 17. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-654-6403.

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Events Entertainment NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Trees,â&#x20AC;? will lead a tree walk at President Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil War-era summer home and the nearby Rock Creek Cemetery. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-730-3096. â&#x2013;  The Folger Shakespeare Library will offer docent-led tours of its knot garden, filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a tour of the Old Stone House garden. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-4266851. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a hike to Rolling Meadows Bridge. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Continued From Page 51 p.m. Free. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â&#x2013;  The fishing event â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family and Youth Casting Callâ&#x20AC;? will feature everything families need to fish on the C&O Canal and hands-on nature activities throughout the day. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. The Boathouse at Fletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW. familyandyouthcastingcall.com. â&#x2013;  Members of the Walter Pierce Park Archaeology Project will mark the 149th anniversary of D.C. emancipation by speaking the names and telling the stories of the 8,428 people buried in the African American and Quaker cemeteries in Adams Morgan. The event will also include a walking tour, refreshments and discussion. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Walter Pierce Park, between Calvert Street and Adams Mill Road NW. 202-462-9069. â&#x2013;  A D.C. Emancipation Day event will feature a display on past programs and discussion of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s importance. 1 p.m. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-383-1880. â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will host a fine-arts and crafts sale. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.

Sunday, AprilAPRIL 17 Sunday 17 Book signing â&#x2013;  Anthony S. Pitch will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They Have Killed Papa Dead!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;: The Road to Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Rocco Zappone, a freelance writer, will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions from a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets



Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present the Afiara String Quartet performing works by Haydn, Berg and Beethoven. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.







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â&#x2013;  The Georgetown University Concert Choir will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeare & Friends,â&#x20AC;? featuring settings of Shakespearean and Elizabethan poetry and dramatic texts. 3 p.m. $5; free for students. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral Combined Choirs and Baroque Orchestra will perform Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. John Passion.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $25 to $80. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  VERGE Ensemble will perform works by Gina Biver, Jeffrey Nytch and Keith Fitch. 4 p.m. $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform works by William Smith, George Dyson and William Byrd. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 3110 O St. NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  Soprano Debra Lawrence, violinist Sonya Hayes, cellist Barbara Brown and pianist Francis Conlon will perform works by Brahms. 5 p.m. Free. Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-332-3133. â&#x2013;  The Virginia Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Handel, Mozart, Britten and Widor. 5 p.m. $25. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 703-758-0179. â&#x2013;  The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring pianist Alec Watson, tenor saxophonist Sam Crowe, drummer Colin McDaniel, trumpeter Nick Frenay and bassist Bill Vonderhaar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Georgia Chamber Singers and Men in Blaque will perform works by Frank Martin. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Society will present four-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein performing American standards. 7 p.m. $40 to $75. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Ubaldo Vitali, a fourth-generation silversmith, will discuss his work and his passion for silver. 1:30 p.m. Free. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Joan Nathan, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiches, Kugels and Couscous,â&#x20AC;? will sit on a panel to discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food as Craftâ&#x20AC;? as part of the

Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  Local artists Patrick Bussink, Veronica del Cerro, Cesar Guadamuz, Yael Luttwak and Jason McCool will present a workshop production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;OMG: A Theatrical Experiment About Big Questions.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Pay what you can. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. sourcedc.org. The performance will repeat Monday at 8 p.m.

Sunday, APRIL 17 â&#x2013;  Concert: WarnerNuzova will perform Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sonatas and variations for piano and violincello. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

Smithsonian Craft Show. The event will include a book signing and food tasting. 1:30 p.m. $45. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Mary Beard, professor and chair of the faculty board of classics at the University of Cambridge, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caesarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wife: Above Suspicion?â&#x20AC;? as part of a lecture series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Twelve Caesars: Images of Power From Ancient Rome to Salvador DalĂ­.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. â&#x2013;  Osaka-based fiber artist Shigeo Kubota will discuss the evolution of his work. 2 p.m. $25; reservations required. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-6670441, ext. 64. â&#x2013;  The Center for Inquiry DC will present a talk by Susan Jacoby on her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 6 p.m. $4 in advance; $6 at the door. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. centerforinquiry.net. â&#x2013;  Marc Freedman, chief executive officer and founder of Civic Ventures, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Danny Postel, Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar and Bill Fletcher Jr. will discuss the new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. Film â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Season of Rohmer,â&#x20AC;? featuring films by the French director Eric Rohmer, will feature the 1992 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Tale of Winter.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. East Building

Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington International Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring bazaar will feature a moon bounce, carnival games, a used-book sale and an International Food Court. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3100 Macomb St. NW. 202-243-1800. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday Open Houseâ&#x20AC;? will feature jugglers and jesters, music and theater performances, birthday cake and a tour of the Folgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading rooms on the one day a year they are open to the public. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Walks â&#x2013;  Author Anthony S. Pitch will lead a walking tour based on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They Have Killed Papa Dead!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;: The Road to Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, Abraham Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Meet at the equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson at the center of Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 301-4372345. The tour will repeat April 24 at 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will be open for a stroll through the gardens and mansion during â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Serene Sunday,â&#x20AC;? one of the select Sundays Hillwood is open during the year. 1 to 5 p.m. $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18; free for ages 5 and younger. Reservations recommended. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-6865807. Monday, April APRIL 18 Monday 18 Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, and William Steffeck, a volunteer information specialist at the Kreeger Museum, will speak about their respective galleries at a meeting of the Ward Circle Chapter of AARP. 12:30 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW. 202-363-4900. â&#x2013;  Javier Serra, deputy director general for innovation and building quality at the Spanish Ministry of Infrastructure and director of the Solar Decathlon Europe Competition, will discuss the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 and energy efficiency in European buildings. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  The Richard Nixon Foundation will present a panel discussion on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Writing for 37,â&#x20AC;? featuring presidential speechwriters Patrick J. Buchanan, Kenneth L. Khachigian and Raymond K. Price. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW. 714-364-1161. â&#x2013;  Laleh Khalili, senior lecturer in Middle See Events/Page 53


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 52 East politics at the University of London, and Jillian Schwedler, associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revolution in the Arab World: The Long View.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6215. â&#x2013;  Janne Haaland Matlary, professor of international politics at the University of Oslo, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Rights Between the Scylla of Relativism and the Charybdis of Fundamentalism.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-8501. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss tightly sealed, energy-efficient buildings known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;passive houses,â&#x20AC;? popular in Europe. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Go Lucky.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  ITVS will present an encore screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bhutto,â&#x20AC;? about the life and tragic death of Benazir Bhutto. A question-and-answer session with Pakistan Ambassador Husain Haqqani will follow. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. bhutto@communitycinema-dc.org.

Flattau will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Morality: Mankindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Role in Environmental Responsibility.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk by Center for International Environmental Law president Carroll Muffett on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Climate Change and Human Rights.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 6, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss jazz as a tool for cultural diplomacy. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Presidential Reception Suite, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  Andrea Wulf will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Founding Gardeners.â&#x20AC;? 3 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. â&#x2013;  Will Potter will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Is the New Red: An Insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Landscape architect Andrea Cochran will discuss her work. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Rhonda Roland Shearer, director and co-founder of the Art-Science Research Laboratory, will discuss the science of climate change within a cultural context. 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. Films

Performances â&#x2013;  Contemporary company Karen Reedy Dance will perform selections from its diverse repertory. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Students from American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance classes will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Dance Informal Showcase.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $5. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. Tuesday, April APRIL 19 Tuesday 19 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  Discovery Theater and Dinorock Productions will present the puppet show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Junkyard Pirates,â&#x20AC;? an eco-adventure featuring puppets made from recyclables (for ages 3 through 10). 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $6; $5 for children; $3 for ages 3 and younger. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The performance will repeat Wednesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  The Palisades Neighborhood Library will host an Easter egg hunt (for ages 2 through 5). 10:30 a.m. Free. 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet will perform standard jazz classics and their own compositions. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Baltimore native Maimouna â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luna Eâ&#x20AC;? Youssef, a seasoned singer, songwriter and poet, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Environmental columnist Edward

â&#x2013;  The Muslim Film Festival will open with Bahman Ghobadiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;No One Knows About Persian Cats,â&#x20AC;? about the consequences Iranian youth face in their mission to produce rock music. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. muslimfilm.org. The festival will continue through April 27 at various venues. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will screen Benito Alazariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1961 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curse of the Doll People,â&#x20AC;? also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devil Doll Men.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Free; donations suggested. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. NW. 202-462-3356.

Performance â&#x2013;  A celebration of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday will feature professional actors presenting scenes and sonnets by the Bard. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. Wednesday, April 20 Wednesday APRIL 20

Wednesday, APRIL 20 â&#x2013;  Discussion: Tim Flannery, an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here on Earth.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $18. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Films School at 2 p.m. and Edmund Burke School at 3 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. bigbandjam.org. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Trio will perform. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. oldpostofficedc.com/events. â&#x2013;  Swedish pianist Niklas SivelĂśv will perform. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. rsvp-hos@foreign.ministry.se. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Independent scholar Mary D7. Doering will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Charles Carroll Portrait.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.

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Class â&#x2013;  The D.C. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will present a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Optimizing Cash Flow Options.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. 506 9th St. NW. mlindsey@dcchamber.org.

Concerts â&#x2013;  The Blues Alley Jazz Socityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Band Jam!â&#x20AC;? will feature performances by students at Georgetown Preparatory School at 11 a.m., Sidwell Friends School at 1 p.m., Georgetown Day

â&#x2013;  Chris Miller, president of the Piedmont Environmental Council, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Role of Land Trusts.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  Norman Polmar will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $15. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-3937798. â&#x2013;  Jennifer Webb, a research fellow in archaeology at La Trobe University in Australia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aphrodite: Goddess of Cyprus.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Interior designer Mona Hajj will discuss projects showcased in her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interior Visions.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391770.

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â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spirituality in Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Robert Bressonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1951 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diary of a Country Priest.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Second-floor East Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1281. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will

feature Jean Beckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Afternoons With Marguerite.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performance â&#x2013;  Mayor Vincent Gray will host the 26th annual Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arts Awards, an evening of live performances. 6 p.m. Free. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Special events â&#x2013;  The National Archives will showcase federal records available for family-history research. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. The program will continue Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty Night Outâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new in skin care and beauty services, products and fashion. 5 to 10 p.m. $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. sinbno.com.


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shimmering fabric changes from painting to painting. Metsu made much of symbols. For example, the tablecloth in this painting is pushed back to reveal bare wood, hinting at the disrobing of the man and woman soon to come. Lending respectability to the scene is the resemblance of the admirer to the artist himself, seen in other roles in other pictures, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Self-Portrait as a Painterâ&#x20AC;? (circa 1659-1662). This same tablecloth shows up repeatedly in other paintings with the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife. In less intimate scenes, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Woman Artist or the corset rouge (The Red Jacket)â&#x20AC;? (circa 1661-1664), it

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreaming of Palestine,â&#x20AC;? featuring graphic works by Syrian artist Adib Fattal that colorfully interpret his dreams of Palestine, will open Friday at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery and continue through May 6. An opening reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green: The Color and the Cause,â&#x20AC;? highlighting artworks that celebrate green as both a color and â&#x2013; 

From Page 55 individual memories and collective spaces, will open Friday at the DC Arts Center and continue through May 8. An opening reception will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and the artist will give a talk May 7 at 5 p.m. Located at 2438 18th St. NW, the center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. 202-462-7833.

covers the table completely. Here the title draws our attention to the same ermine-trimmed garment worn in so many of the paintings. Connections like these, which offer an endearing domestic subtext to the ostensible stories being told, may well bring visitors their greatest rewards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gabriel Metsu, 1629-1667â&#x20AC;? will continue through July 24 in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Located at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202737-4215; nga.gov.

a symbol of environmental and conservation causes, will open Saturday at the Textile Museum and continue through Sept. 11. Located at 2320 S St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. A donation of $8 is suggested. 202667-0441. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Close: A Journey in Scotland,â&#x20AC;? featuring photographs by Allan Pollock-Morris of more than 30 Scottish gardens designed by leading landscape designers and land artists, opened recently at the U.S.

Botanic Garden, where it will continue through June 5. Located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, the Botanic Garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202225-8333. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Judith Judy: Mystical Forests,â&#x20AC;? presenting landscape paintings by the Vienna, Va., artist that are both fantasy and reality, opened recently at Gallery A, where it will continue through April 30. Located at 2106 R St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-667-2599.

               



      

                 

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Eaton Elementary At our school, we are lucky to have a spring musical every year. Fourth- and fifth-graders can try out to be in the play or volunteer to be in the crew. It takes a long time and lots of work to put on our shows, but it’s also lots of fun. It all started in January, when the director (and one of our fifth-grade teachers), Mr. Parodi, announced that the show was “Once on This Island Jr.” Auditions were in January. In auditions, each student had to sing a song without music. Most kids were nervous, but everyone did it. Mr. Parodi and Ms. Walson, our music teacher, announced the cast list, and then we started rehearsals. First we had to read through the script and learn all the music. We all got CDs to take home and listen to. Now we are rehearsing on stage and learning all the dance moves and other movements. We’ll have really nice costumes, and our art teacher will help us work on the sets. Everyone is really excited for the performances in May. — Cast and crew members (fourth- and fifth-graders)

Edmund Burke School The eighth-graders worked vigorously on PowerPoint presentations to highlight the problems and propose solutions for political issues in the United States in the early 1900s. The topics we covered included child labor, the environment, immigration and workers’ rights. The point of the project was to express the issues in such a way that people would feel compelled to help. In the end, each group gave a presentation to the class and shared what they learned, directed to the president at the time, Teddy Roosevelt, played by our history teacher, Ginger Attarian. The class was split into four groups of three or four people, and each group did a lot of research in the school library and computer lab. We had to use more book sources than Web sources, so it was somewhat challenging to get information. After each student spent about two weeks gathering information and creating 40 notecards, in groups we began making our PowerPoint presentations. My group tackled the issue of child labor. My partners did the problem slides while I did the solution slides. One thing we noticed was that there were many more problems than there were solutions. We had 25 problem slides and seven solution slides. One of the huge problems that we discovered was that none of the working children were going to school. One of the solutions we came up with was

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011 to urge schools to encourage the children to attend. — Julia Hiemstra, eighth-grader

Georgetown Day School In sixth-grade science, we are making machines that perform the simple action of squeezing toothpaste onto a toothbrush. The catch: These machines aren’t just any machines; they’re “Rube Goldberg” machines. Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. He was known for inventing machines that relied on difficult ways to create a simple result. We learned about Goldberg from our teacher, Michael Desautels, and now we are trying to follow Goldberg in making machines with many steps that do a simple action. There are many guidelines for the project. For example, we must include all of the six simple machines and have at least three transitions. To get extra points on the project, some people are using tetherballs, pendulums, magnetic forces and electronic circuits. Extra points are also awarded if your machine has a lot of transitions and if it has a total run time of more than 10 or 20 seconds. The project will come to an end in two days, when we test our machines in front of the entire class. People have been exceedingly creative. One group used wind-up chatter teeth for the beginning of an electric circuit. Another group used a pop-up Teletubbies toy to knock a weight over. “I find it interesting how Rube Goldberg would purposely try and make easy tasks complicated,” said sixth-grader Talya Wellisch, who brought in the Teletubbies toy. When asked what her favorite part of the Rube Goldberg project was, she said she liked that “we can use our imaginations and be creative to come up with something complicated for such a simple task.” — Samantha Shapiro, sixth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary In reading, Ms. Young’s firstgrade Intelligent Dragons studied the title characters from the “George and Martha” books by James Marshall. George and Martha are friends. Martha doesn’t like adventures. She likes it just so. George likes adventures, and he is like the opposite of Martha. We watched a play at the Imagination Stage Theater called “George and Martha: Tons of Fun.” There were characters in the show that weren’t in the stories we had read. They were a crocodile, a dog and a pig. We loved the books and smiled every time we heard the stories. We also liked the play because there were more than just two characters. — Sophia Monroe and Chase Myers, first-graders

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was held during the week of April 5. We have Spirit Week because Student Council thinks it is a fun way to celebrate our school. We get to have fun all week long. There was something fun going on every day during Spirit Week. On Team Tuesday we wore jerseys over our school uniforms. We wore major league jerseys for soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey. On Wacky Wednesday we wore funky, fun socks, accessories and Silly Bandz. We took off the accessories to go to a performance in the church by the St. Joseph’s choir. On Theme Thursday we wore things related to Star Wars. The day’s theme was “Darr Wars” because our principal’s name is Mr. Darr. On Super Spirit Friday we wore blue and white, our school colors. We had a schoolwide pep rally where students led cheers to get ready for the student-faculty basketball game that night. — William Martinez and Seamus Carroll-Gavula, third-graders

Maret School The second-graders have been studying birds. We went on a field trip to the National Zoo and saw lots of birds. It was very fun. We have four data sheets to record information about specific birds. In art, we have been drawing different kinds of birds like owls, penguins, cardinals, flamingos and vultures. We have also been studying and drawing birds in homeroom and other classes. In science, we are going to help hatch chicks in an incubator. We are enjoying publishing books about birds because we will present them at our annual Publishing Party. The Publishing Party is when each student in the lower school makes a book. — E.J. Baum, Lilly Hardy and Lulu Sullivan, second-graders

Murch Elementary It’s true: There are worms in the fourth-grade classes. We’re growing them in bins to add to the Murch vegetable patch and butterfly garden. “The worms will help make the garden soil rich (not money rich) and will help the plants,” said student Henry Berg. Worms are invertebrates that live in the soil and don’t have any eyes. They break down food and soil, and it gets out of their bodies to make new, rich soil. Having worms in the class is a big responsibility. The worms can’t eat dairy products such as cheese or anything with salt. Feeding the worms too much food is rushing them to eat, and they wouldn’t be able to be successful in the garden. You might think that the container is filled with just food, soil and worms. No, there are bugs that will also help the worms in eating the food scraps. This way the worms would have support in the spring when everything is growing.


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DISPATCHES From Page 61 Said student Erin Harper, “The worms are cool and so are the bugs that accompany the worms.” — Zachary Crouch, fourth grader

National Presbyterian We all know about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and we all want to help. We raised money for the Save the Children Foundation by donating $1 (or more) for Japan. In return, we got free dress day. We were told to wear red and white, our school colors and the colors of the Japanese flag. Save the Children raises money for kids to go to shelters while their parents figure out how to get their lives back. Donating to Save the Children was the idea of Mr. Neill, our head of school, and Rev. McDonald, our chaplain. They liked the idea because it was a chance to have children help children. After all the money is collected, the school will count it all and give Save the Children a check for all the money. We will be sending the money to Japan to help children who lost their homes in the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear power plant meltdown. We have raised more than $1,000 for Japan. We are glad we could help. — Natalie Bock, fifth-grader

Parkmont School Parkmont had to go through its accreditation process this year. I was able give a lot of information about Parkmont, even though this is only my second year. The ladies and gentleman on the accreditation team seemed to ask really important questions, most of which I knew how to answer. I went into the meeting a little nervous, but when I left I felt proud of myself. I felt like I represented Parkmont well. Even though this is just my second year, I felt as though I have been going here for a while. The accreditation made me realize that I have really enjoyed all of the extracurricular activities that Parkmont provides, such as ceramics, exercise, Latin dance and more. Occasionally the teachers will take us to places such as museums and art studios, and we have even gone to Busboys and Poets for a journalism class. — Damali Hall, 10th-grader

St. Albans School In the winter of 2008, fourth-, fifth-and sixth-grade Spanish teacher Gilda Carbonaro and lower school head prefect John Haywood started the St. Albans Lower School Cooking Club. We started the year by making a simple pasta al pomodoro with tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and basil. Other dishes created included a blood orange and fennel salad as well as a wild mushroom risotto. The club took an exciting turn

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011 this year when Chef Todd Gray and his wife, Ellen Kassoff Gray, of Equinox Restaurant were generous enough to come and teach us how to make a homemade New England clam chowder. They taught members of the club techniques for chopping as well as the importance of “mise en place.” The Grays were kind enough to come back again to St. Albans to do a demonstration on how to make a paillard of chicken with a crème fraîche, remoulade and mustard sauce. To top it all off, we received an invitation to visit the downtown restaurant for a demonstration of how to make another kind of grilled chicken breast, guacamole con totopos, and a caramel bread pudding. Gilda Carbonaro said, “It was nice to see the boys taking such an interest in cooking!” Chef Gray will open a new restaurant on April 22: Watershed, which will serve classic American seafood dishes with a local flair. We are grateful for the Grays’ dedication to the St. Albans Lower School Cooking Club. — Nelson Billington, Form II (eighth-grader)

St. Ann’s Academy In March the fifth-graders went on a field trip to the Embassy of the Dominican Republic. The Spanish teacher, Señora Buse, organized the trip. Mrs. Thompson, the fifth-grade teacher, also went. The fifth-graders met the ambassador and watched a slide show about the history of the Dominican Republic. They also got to eat banana chips and drink mango juice. Many students said their favorite part of the trip was the slide show because they learned a lot and got to see what the Dominican Republic looks like. — Michaela Herdoiza, third-grader

St. John’s College High School Here at St. John’s, we are always looking out for ways to learn from new experiences, and lately there has been an amazing new way. Back in August, a Spanish teacher, Ms. Covarrubias, suggested a digital link between St. John’s and a Latin American school. School officials began to look in Chile and other Latin American countries. But in the end, Brother Michael Andrejko helped decide that it would be Institutio Pedagógico, a school in Nicaragua. Ms. Covarrubias and the Nicaraguan English teacher contacted each other and finally decided to use Skype to communicate. The Advanced Placement Spanish and Heritage Spanish students created a series of questions to ask the Nicaraguan students about their daily routine. Then, on March 4, they had the first session. The St. John’s students asked the questions in both English and Spanish, and so did the Nicaraguan students. This was an

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incredible new experience for St. John’s, and more of these Skype communications are already being planned. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School The fifth- and sixth-grade classes will be performing the musical “Don’t Say No to the U.S.O.,” written by Tim Kelly and Bill Francoeur, on May 13 and 14. Our music teacher, Mrs. Petersen, will be calling the shots. We have been working hard in music class since early March, memorizing lines, songs, dances and expressions (my personal favorite). “Don’t Say No to the U.S.O.” takes place in a USO volunteer club in Brooklyn, where G.I. Joes and Jills can sit back, relax, spin a record and dance, dance, dance. Despite the fun, there is a war going on, and Navy ships are being sunk by enemy U-boats. So are there enemy spies in the club learning what the G.I.’s are going to do next? Well, Private Joe Kilroy has the difficult task of protecting all of the classified information, including an essential rendezvous point that could decide which way the war will go. — Alex Snape, sixth-grader

School Without Walls Last week, School Without Walls started its annual DC-CAS testing. Tenth-graders have to take the full test, which includes English, writing and math sections. Ninth-graders were also tested, but in biology only. Of course, this meant the schedule for the week was seriously messed up, with three classes a day instead of four to accommodate the long tests. Penny Wars has concluded! And last Tuesday, the results came back. The juniors won, to the surprise of many. And the lackluster showing by the staff did not earn them last place. Instead, the sophomores finished far behind the rest. So many other classes put silver coins in the sophomores’ cooler (which, according to the rules, detracts from the total) that the class of 2013 was in the negative threehundredths. Mr. Bennet, the class sponsor, was quick to point out that the sophomores did raise the most money, which was the whole point of the exercise. It was not all about the sophomores, though. Selected seniors were given a tour of the White House on Thursday, after going through three checkpoints — twice. The interns giving the tours then took the students to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where they were told about the White House summer internship program. Open to all D.C. Public Schools and D.C. charter school students, the program gives up to 10 people invaluable experience in how government actually works. Though unpaid, the internship is extremely prestigious. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader


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