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Cuts threaten overtime police detail ■ Budget: Fund for bar hires
ran dry, may not be reinstated By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer
A popular program that helps area bars hire overtime Metropolitan Police Department officers is on possibly permanent hiatus, a casualty of the city’s ongoing budget crunch.
In March, the fund that partially subsidized the officers’ $55.21 hourly overtime pay ran out, despite measures taken earlier this year to restrict payments to hours of peak need and to require bar owners to pay a greater share of the officers’ salaries. Now, the proposed 2012 budget eliminates next year’s funding for the program that has been credited with improving safety along some busy nightlife corridors.
“This program won’t be eliminated on my watch,” promised Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who helped inaugurate the subsidy three years ago. “We’ll find the funding.” A spokesperson for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration said the program’s funding status will be taken up at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s June 1 meeting. See Police/Page 24
GU proposes adding 250 beds to plan By CAROL BUCKLEY Current Staff Writer
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Kevin Brandt, superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, helped kick off Canal Discoveries on Saturday during a news conference at the visitor center in Georgetown. Officials have created a new online guide to help visitors learn more about the park.
Georgetown University has amended its controversial campus plan, adding new beds for undergraduates and lowering the ceiling for student enrollment at the school’s main campus. The proposal filed with the city’s Zoning Commission, which will begin hearings on the plan April 14, frames the changes as designed to meet the demands of community members opposed to the plan. The school “now proposes significant concessions with the goal of framing a compromise … ,” reads the document. The proposal calls for 250 new beds to be added by the fall of 2014 either on or off campus — but outside the nearby residential neighborhood. And before the end of 2013, according to the compromise, the school will relocate 1,000 continuingSee Campus/Page 22
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The plan suggests building a loop road that will abut national parkland, upsetting some neighbors and environmentalists.
Agency reconsiders Wilson pool setup
E.L.Haynes teachers go viral with test-prep YouTube video
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Debate continues over whether the Wilson Aquatic Center, as the District’s standout pool facility, should cater toward the elite swimmers it consistently draws. The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is now looking at a way to decrease the length of lap lanes at the Olympic-size pool, according to agency director Jesús Aguirre. Currently, the main pool is set up most of the time with 50-meter lanes running its length, an attractive feature for athletes training for endurance. Stephen Carlson, president of the DC Triathlon Club, said swimmers from throughout the region go out of their way to travel to the Tenleytown center, which opened in August 2009 after a $34.7 million renova-
At E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, teachers are putting their songwriting skills to the test. For the second year in a row, the fifth-grade teachers at Haynes have created a music video designed to boost spirits for the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System, which is under way this week. “Haynes, show us what you know. I love the way your answers flow,” they sing. “All we gotta do is work hard and use our tools. We’ll
NEWS ■ Van Ness neighbors raise concerns about UDC plan. Page 2. ■ Chevy Chase pair launches partyhands business. Page 25.
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Some have argued that the 50-meter lanes at Wilson Aquatic Center discourage patrons who would prefer to swim shorter laps. tion. “It’s a state-of-the-art facility,” Carlson said. “Compared to the rest of the public pools in the D.C. area, it’s the best.” See Pool/Page 23
VOTERS GUIDE ■ Candidates in April 26 special election vie for vacant at-large D.C. Council seat and Ward 4 school board post. Page 14 – 19.
SPORTS ■ Dominican-born brothers star for Wilson baseball. Page 11. ■ Gonzaga lacrosse stunned at home by Prep. Page 11 .
proceed to rock this CAS.” The YouTube video, which went viral last week with nearly 4,000 views, sets test-taking strategies to music, specifically to Waka Flocka’s “No Hands.” The video, dubbed “CAS Dance by E.L. Haynes,” features students and teachers dancing together as they recite acronyms and mnemonics to help students test successfully. “The kids love this song,” said teacher Brigham Kiplinger. Kiplinger and fellow teacher Nate Franz started the YouTube tradition last year, with a music video See DC-CAS/Page 23
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Van Ness residents raise concerns about UDC plan By BRADY HOLT
But some neighbors questioned whether the university has the resources to grow. â€œUDC is having enough trouble maintaining its facilities as they stand,â€? said one resident at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting. â€œLord knows itâ€™s gone from Brutalist to decrepit in the time itâ€™s been here. â€Ś And yet you want to build new?â€? The campus plan does not outline any major renovations to current buildings except to partially integrate the new student center into existing structures. The student center is envisioned as an 80,000square-foot, glass-faced, threestory building with a cafeteria, a ballroom and other amenities, built mostly on an existing plaza. â€œOur concept is to use the student center as the new front door, the new front porch to the university,â€? said architect Michael Marshall. University officials said they hope the student center will achieve the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation, platinum. They said sustainability measures across the campus are among the top priorities of the 10-year campus plan. One of those measures â€” providing no additional parking, to discourage students from driving to the campus â€” irked some neighbors, one of whom said the university was engaging in â€œsocial engineeringâ€? and that students in the new dorms will end up clogging nearby streets. University officials said car ownership could be incorporated into the schoolâ€™s code of conduct, which it will revise when it prepares to accept student residents. The code will also include stipulations about noise, though officials noted the planned location for the dormitory buildings â€” on an existSee UDC/Page 7
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Teach Children to Save Day This April 12, Cardinal Bankers will be part of the ABA Education Foundationâ€™s â€œTeach Children to Save Dayâ€? at area schools.
The University of the District of Columbiaâ€™s plan to upgrade its campus and add dormitories drew concerns last week from neighbors who want assurances about building maintenance, student behavior and traffic control. But the several dozen residents who attended the special meeting of the Forest Hills/Van Ness advisory neighborhood commission generally avoided the vehement opposition that has characterized campus plan discussions in other parts of the city. The university released a draft campus plan last month that outlines new construction and other initiatives for the next 10 years, largely focused on transforming from a nontraditional, commuter campus to a flagship-style fouryear institution. If the Zoning Commission approves the plan, the school will first build a student center at Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street and will then seek financing for two dormitories â€” together housing 600 students â€” at Van Ness and International Court. â€œWhen students donâ€™t have to commute, they feel more a part of the campus, and they donâ€™t have to worry about commuting out in the city at all hours of the night,â€? said Valerie Epps, the schoolâ€™s vice president for student affairs. â€œThey can stay here and take advantage of our [facilities], so theyâ€™re more inclined to be a part of the community; their student satisfaction rate goes upâ€? and retention improves, she said. The university hopes to expand its enrollment, seeking a 7.5 percent annual growth rate over the next decade â€” an overall increase from 2,300 students last year to 4,700 to 5,000 in 2020, officials said.
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Big, small schools see funding changes in mayorâ€™s budget proposal By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer
As part of the fiscal year 2012 budget package delivered to the D.C. Council last Friday, Mayor Vincent Gray reaffirmed his commitment to D.C. public schools, calling education reform his â€œNo. 1 priority.â€? But some school stakeholders are questioning the truth of his words and the strength of his commitment. â€œIf [School Without] Wallsâ€™ budget is slashed, itâ€™s hard for me to see how school
reform is moving forward rather than moving backward,â€? said Terry Lynch, an active parent at Walls, which is facing more than $300,000 in cuts. But Gray said he has worked hard to maintain funding for D.C. schools, despite the cityâ€™s $322 million budget gap. His budget calls for $1.5 billion in local funds to be put toward D.C. Public Schools, which â€” as Gray underscored in his budget overview â€” amounts to 27.8 percent of the cityâ€™s local funds. In addition, Gray noted that in devising his
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budget he was able to soften the blow to schools after chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi announced an unexpected increase in the Districtâ€™s projected revenue for fiscal year 2012. Of the $105 million in additional funds, Gray directed nearly $77 million toward the schools, including $51.2 million for D.C. Public Schools and $25.7 million for charter schools. As a result, D.C. Public Schools will be able to maintain student/teacher ratios, he said, and continue providing summer school, after-school programs and evening credit offerings.
But Lynch said the cuts proposed for Walls could be devastating for the Foggy Bottom program. Last year, Walls operated with a $4.8 million budget, a relatively large allocation for the 475-student school. This year, itâ€™s slated to get slightly more than $4.5 million while serving as many as 520 students. The cuts arenâ€™t as deep as the $800,000 the mayor initially proposed. But, Lynch said, they could still be devastating. â€œWhat this does is hurts the children at See Schools/Page 22
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Thursday, April 7 The D.C. Council will hold a â€œcommunity conversationâ€? about Mayor Vincent Grayâ€™s nomination of Kaya Henderson as schools chancellor. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. â– The Howard Law Civil Rights Clinic will present the Ward 3 Democratic Committee with a comprehensive memorandum of law outlining litigation strategies to take the issue of D.C. voting rights back to the courts. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room at Howard Law School, 2900 Van Ness St. NW.
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Sunday, April 10 Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a â€œChat With Chehâ€? event for constituents. The event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Avalon Cafe, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW.
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Tuesday, April 12 The Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association will hold a meeting to discuss American Universityâ€™s 2011-2021 campus plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the community center at Mann Elementary School, 4430 Newark St. NW. â– The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will focus on beautification projects. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 13th and Tuckerman streets NW.
Wednesday, April 13 The Ward 4 Democrats group will hold a forum for candidates for the vacant at-large D.C. Council seat. The meeting will also include an endorsement vote, as well as remarks by candidates for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Georgeâ€™s Ballroom and Conference Center, 4335 16th St. NW.
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Sidwell Friends School will host a blood drive for MedStar Health from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Wannan Gym on the upper school campus, located at 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. â– The George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus will hold its quarterly community meeting at 7 p.m. in the Webb Building on the campus, located at 2100 Foxhall Road NW.
Thursday, April 21 Ward 4 D.C. Council member and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will hold a town-hall meeting on the authorityâ€™s future projects and other issues. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW.
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District Digest Jordan wins seat on D.C. zoning board After a brief pause, the D.C. Council yesterday confirmed attorney Lloyd Jordan to a vacant seat on the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Jordan, former director of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and a close ally of Mayor Vincent Gray, will sit on the five-member panel that approves exceptions to the zoning
code for buildings large and small. Jordanâ€™s March 2 nomination caused some controversy because there was little opportunity for comment at a roundtable scheduled for barely a week later. Some activists also said they were worried that his old job at law firm Holland & Knight, which often represents developers before the zoning board, would make him unsympathetic to residents. Council Chairman Kwame Brown held up a confirmation vote
for several weeks to allow more time for comment, but he said Tuesday that he had received none. Still, Ward 2 member Jack Evans said he had received a number of emails from residents â€œvery concernedâ€? about the appointment. â€œIâ€™m hearing from activists involved in planning and zoning that donâ€™t believe he will be supportive of their concerns,â€? Evans told The Current. He was the only dissenter in the confirmation vote. In a brief debate, Ward 8 mem-
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George Washington University will host its eighth annual â€œBuzzing for Changeâ€? charity event at Kogan Plaza Sunday. Participants will shave their heads and donate their hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children who lose their hair due to disease. Since 2003, more than 1,000 George Washington University students have taken part in the annual event, raising $95,000 for children battling cancer. Proceeds from the event go to Camp Special Love, an organization that gives children with cancer an opportunity to enjoy traditional childhood activities with their families. Those who wish to participate without cutting their hair can volunteer or donate money. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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Chevy Chase activist aims to revive ERA effort By LINDA LOMBARDI Current Correspondent
Ask Chevy Chaseâ€™s Carolyn Cook what she does for relaxation, and the answer is immediate: â€œI donâ€™t relax. Iâ€™m absolutely obsessed with this purpose.â€? That purpose â€” working for equal treatment for women â€” is one that Cook has pursued in many ways. Now sheâ€™s taking it national: The organization she founded, United for Equality, partnered with U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., to introduce a bill on March 8 that would make it possible to revive and pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. Cook will tell you that the germ of her passion for womenâ€™s rights goes back to her childhood, when her parents divorced. After many years out of the workforce as a full-time housewife, her mother couldnâ€™t get a fulltime job with benefits, and the effect of this on the family was obvious whenever Cook visited her father. â€œIâ€™m a living example of the statistics that you readâ€? about how much worse off women are than men after divorce, she said. But her inspiration comes from more recent experience as well. Cook, who majored in communications at American University, originally planned to work in childrenâ€™s television. But the native Washingtonian, who still lives in her childhood home, didnâ€™t want to leave the city, and she eventually ended up in a job at Discovery Communications as program manager for work/life initiatives. Her role there brought her face-toface with the differing experience of men and women in the workplace. â€œWoman are still the primary caregivers,â€? she said. â€œI would hear story after story of how exhausted women were that they didnâ€™t have the support in the workplace.â€? Cookâ€™s job was to help come up with solutions, like flexible working schedules. â€œIt was great to work at a company that tried to change the mind-set of how we do business,â€? she said. When she lost her job in a large cutback, the timing was perfect for her to become swept up in another experience that brought womenâ€™s issues to the fore. â€œMy only consolation to being laid off was Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign,â€? she said. As a volunteer, Cook was inspired at how the Clinton campaign brought people together, but there was also a dark side to the experience. â€œI was incredibly angry at how the media had treat-
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Theft (below $250) â– 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 8:45 p.m. March 31. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 4400 block, Chestnut Lane; street; 9 a.m. March 31.
Stolen auto â– 2500 block, Q St.; street; 9 p.m. March 30. â– 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; street; 10 p.m. April 1. Theft (below $250) â– 2900 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 4:05 p.m. March 28. â– P Street and Wisconsin Avenue; restaurant; 10:30 a.m. March 30. â– 3200 block, M St.; store; 4:45 p.m. March 31. â– 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 12:15 p.m. April 1. â– 2900 block, M St.; store; 2 p.m. April 1. â– 3200 block, M St.; store; 2:45 p.m. April 1. â– 3200 block, M St.; store; 6:15 p.m. April 2. Theft (shoplifting) â– 1800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; grocery store; 3:55 p.m. March 31.
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Theft (below $250) â– 2600 block, Upton St.; tavern; 12:30 a.m. April 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3000 block, Davenport St.; unspecified premises; 6:50 p.m. March 28. â– 2900 block, Tilden St.; street; 6 p.m. April 1.
Stolen auto â– 23rd and H streets; street; 11 p.m. March 30. Theft (below $250) â– 900 block, 23rd St.; medical facility; 9:30 p.m. March 27.
PSA 204 â– MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE
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Robbery (force and violence) â– Van Ness Street and Wisconsin Avenue; restaurant; 1:35 a.m. March 30. Burglary â– 4100 block, River Road; residence; 7 a.m. March 30. Stolen auto â– 4100 block, Harrison St.; street; 9:15 p.m. March 31. Theft (below $250) â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:30 p.m. March 30. â– 4300 block, 48th St.; grocery store; 12:50 p.m. March 31. Theft (shoplifting) â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:15 p.m. March 31. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 5 p.m. March 27. â– 5100 block, 42nd St.; street; 11:35 a.m. March 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 4400 block, Van Ness St.; street; 7 a.m. March 28.
â– FOREST HILLS / VAN NESS
R. Andrew Didden, Jr.
2900 block, Cleveland Ave.; street; 4 p.m. April 2.
Robbery (force and violence) â– 2800 block, 28th St.; sidewalk; 4:50 p.m. March 29. Robbery (snatch) â– 2900 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 2:30 p.m. April 1. Burglary â– 3700 block, Macomb St.; alley; 3 p.m. March 28. Theft (below $250) â– 2200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 9:30 a.m. March 28. Theft (shoplifting) â– 3300 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 5:15 p.m. April 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 3000 block, Normanstone Terrace; street; 10:15 p.m. March 31.
PSA 206 â– GEORGETOWN / BURLEITH
â– FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END
PSA 208 â– SHERIDAN-KALORAMA PSA 208
Robbery (gun) â– 1700 block, L St.; restaurant; 8:08 p.m. March 30. Burglary â– 1500 block, 17th St.; restaurant; 4:24 a.m. March 30. â– 1200 block, 20th St.; restaurant; 5:09 a.m. March 30. â– 1800 block, S St.; residence; 9 a.m. March 30. â– 1800 block, S St.; residence; 10:15 a.m. March 30. Theft ($250 plus) â– 1600 block, New Hampshire Ave.; office building; 5 p.m. March 31. Theft (below $250) â– 1400 block, U St.; street; 8:45 p.m. March 27. â– 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; office building; 11:45 a.m. March 29. â– 2100 block, P St.; store;
1:30 p.m. March 30. 1800 block, K St.; store; 3:40 p.m. March 31. â– 17th and P streets; sidewalk; 6:30 p.m. April 1. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1300 block, 22nd St.; street; 5:15 a.m. March 30. â– 800 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 5:30 a.m. March 30. â– 1800 block, Swann St.; street; 5:45 p.m. April 1. â– Connecticut Avenue and De Sales Street; street; 8:40 p.m. April 2. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 2100 block, L St.; street; 5 p.m. March 27. â– 2100 block, O St.; street; 9:30 p.m. March 27. â– 1700 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 6:45 p.m. March 29. â– 1800 block, T St.; street; 11:45 a.m. March 30. â– 1800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 7 p.m. March 30. â– 1800 block, N St.; street; 10:30 p.m. March 30. â– 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; parking lot; 8 a.m. March 31. â– Florida Avenue and Phelps Place; street; 7 p.m. March 31. â– 22nd and K streets; street; 11 p.m. March 31. â– 20th Street and Sunderland Place; street; 11:45 a.m. April 1. â– 1600 block, O St.; street; 6 p.m. April 1. â– 1600 block, M St.; street; 3:30 p.m. April 2. â– 1200 block, 20th St.; street; 9:25 p.m. April 2. â–
PSA PSA 303 303
â– ADAMS MORGAN
Robbery (force and violence) â– 17th and Euclid streets; sidewalk; 2:03 a.m. April 2. â– 2300 block, Champlain St.; street; 3:45 a.m. April 2. Robbery (pocketbook snatch) â– 2200 block, Champlain St.; public housing; 7:05 p.m. March 30. Stolen auto â– 1700 bock, Columbia Road; sidewalk; 5:30 p.m. March 31. Theft (below $250) â– 2000 block, 18th St.; alley; 3 p.m. March 27. â– 2300 block, Champlain St.; parking lot; 7 a.m. March 30. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 1800 block, Columbia Road; street; 4 p.m. March 27. â– 2000 block, 18th St.; parking lot; 9:30 p.m. March 27. â– 1800 block, Wyoming Ave.; street; 1 p.m. March 29. â– 2600 block, Adams Mill Road; street; 3:30 p.m. March 29. â– 2700 block, Adams Mill Road; street; 9:30 a.m. March 31. â– 1600 block, Florida Ave.; unspecified premises; 9 p.m. April 1.
PSA 307 â– LOGAN CIRCLE PSA 307 Robbery (assault) â– 1300 block, 12th St.; sidewalk; 9:20 p.m. March 29. Robbery (force and violence) â– 1200 block, 11th St.; street; 2:52 a.m. March 28. Theft (below $250) â– 1300 block, 13th St.; residence; 7 p.m. March 27. â– 1400 block, Rhode Island Ave.; residence; 2:48 p.m. March 28. Theft (attempt) â– 1400 block, Church St.; unspecified premises; 12:20 p.m. March 29. Theft (tags) â– 1500 block, 10th St.; street; 9:30 p.m. March 31. Theft from auto ($250 plus) â– 1500 block, Kingman Place; street; 1:30 p.m. March 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â– Columbia and P streets; street; 4 p.m. March 28. â– 1200 block, N St.; street; noon March 29. â– 1300 block, Naylor Court; parking lot; 7 p.m. March 29. â– 1300 block, M St.; street; 9:30 p.m. April 1.
PSA 401 â– COLONIAL VILLAGE PSA 401
SHEPHERD PARK / TAKOMA
Theft (shoplifting) â– 100 block, Carroll St.; store; 8:14 p.m. April 2.
PSA 402 â– BRIGHTWOOD / MANOR PARK PSA 402
Robbery (gun) â– 1300 block, Fort Stevens Drive; residence; 3 p.m. March 29. Robbery (force and violence) â– 6200 block, New Hampshire Ave. NE; gas station; 11:20 a.m. March 27. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) â– 800 block, Somerset Place; sidewalk; 2:35 p.m. March 31. Assault with a dangerous weapon (other) â– 6200 block, Georgia Ave.; grocery; 6:15 p.m. March 28. â– 6200 block, 5th St.; bus stop; 3:40 p.m. April 1. Stolen auto â– 900 block, Rittenhouse St.; gas station; 4 p.m. April 1. Theft (below $250) â– 6100 block, Kansas Ave. NE; school; noon March 28. â– 5900 block, Georgia Ave.; liquor store; 3:24 p.m. March 28. â– 100 block, Kennedy St.; store; 8:50 p.m. March 28. Theft from auto (below $250) â– 6300 block, Georgia Ave.; gas station; 2:33 a.m. March 29. â– Eastern and New Hampshire avenues; gas station; 7:17 a.m. April 1. â– 600 block, Nicholson St. NE; street; 8 p.m. April 1.
UDC From Page 2 ing soccer field â€” is as far from residences as possible. The university does not yet have an exact timeline or design for its planned dorms, and is not yet sure whether it will receive city funding or partner with a private developer â€” with the developer paying for construction but collecting the studentsâ€™ rent â€” to build them. The $40 million student center received a $35 million appropriation from the D.C. Council, with student fees covering the remaining $5 million. Unlike university neighbors in other parts of the city, Van Ness residents are new to the campus plan process; the Zoning Commission had not previously required the University of the District of Columbia to submit one. Neighbors of American, Georgetown and George Washington universities are veterans of several iterations of those schoolsâ€™ planning processes. But some Van Ness residents have paid heed to controversial campus plan discussions elsewhere in the city â€” one resident followed the lead of Foggy Bottom/West End
residents in asking that the university offer an additional entrance to its Metro station. â€œIt really doesnâ€™t seem to be even feasible to increase the population using [the Van Ness/UDC station] and have everyone using the existing egress,â€? the resident said. Officials noted that the universityâ€™s enrollment was higher in the 1980s than in its 2020 target and said an additional entrance would be cost-prohibitive. Another point of contention to emerge at the meeting was the temporary housing of student athletes in the Van Ness South apartment building. Residents unhappy about the students already living in 31 apartments in the building were further dismayed at the campus planâ€™s request to allow up to 100 university-rented units. University officials said the practice will cease once dorm space becomes available. In the meantime, they said, the school does not expect to rent more units. In a separate proceeding, the Board of Zoning Adjustment yesterday denied an appeal by residents of Van Ness South challenging the universityâ€™s right to split up apartments in their building. The Zoning Commission will take up the full campus plan on May 2.
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Taxing questions The austere budget Mayor Vincent Gray presented on Friday was no April Fool’s joke: Financial pressures had left the city with a $322 million gap, and the mayor had to find ways to fill it. While we’re not enthusiastic about the idea of cuts or tax increases, we think some of the proposals are more reasonable than others. On the revenue side, increasing the parking garage tax, expanding the sales tax to include theater performances and allowing liquor stores to sell alcohol until midnight all seem prudent, given the circumstances. Of course, we’d prefer to see parking rates unchanged, but we recognize that the impact — compared with most revenue-raising measures — would fall largely on commuters, meaning less pain felt by locals. And while encouraging live performances by excluding them from sales taxes would be ideal, this is not the time for an ideal budget. We also have no problem with expanding the hours of alcohol sales. Other measures could use tweaking or further study, including proposals to repeal a sunset on a recent sales tax increase, adjust income-tax withholding and raise the tax rate for those making more than $200,000. On the sales tax, our opinion is simple: We would prefer to see the sunset delayed, rather than the 6 percent tax made permanent. The income withholding is more confusing. The mayor’s documents say excluding the standard deduction when determining how much to take out of residents’ paychecks would result in revenue of $41 million the first year, $5 million the next year and then $1.8 million in each of the next two years. The council should take a particularly close look at this proposal. At first glance, the widely divergent projections make this look like an accounting gimmick — or else a back-door tax hike, since the money is coming from somewhere. Legislators should also consider carefully the proposed increase in the income tax for top earners. We continue to have concerns that this change would discourage affluent people from moving into D.C. and encourage some residents to leave. When the District dropped its tax rates in the past, the number of high earners increased — though it’s hard to say if other factors, such as frustration over long commutes, were at play. The council should get a handle on likely impacts before voting for this increase.
Unreasonable cuts The budget reductions proposed for School Without Walls in the next fiscal year are draconian. Though the school is projected to enroll an additional 63 students, the total budget is dropping by more than $300,000. The per-pupil allocation would drop from $10,581 to $8,683. Meanwhile, some bigger schools are seeing increased funds, partly because of a change in the way funding is calculated for all schools. Officials implemented a new $8,400-per-student minimum, which meant more money for large schools such as Wilson High. That’s probably appropriate. Though Wilson can generally keep costs down more than a smaller school, because of economies of scale, it could certainly use the extra support. The change — which increases the school’s budget from $9 million this fiscal year to $12.9 million in the next — allow for new teachers and decreased class sizes, said parent Matt Frumin. Complaints about the disparity in funding between large comprehensive high schools and small specialty schools have been around for a while, but a report by the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators — and a story in The Washington Post — helped push the issue to the fore this year. The question now is whether some small schools are getting short shift. In the case of Walls, we think it is. D.C. Council members should seek to restore as much of the school’s funding as possible.
Finally, dirt flies downtown …
nyone who passes the old convention center site at New York Avenue and 9th Street NW is likely to wonder if anything will ever be built there. The old center was imploded back in December of 2004. The 10-acre site has housed a parking lot and a grab bag of events like Cirque de Soleil, Christmas craft fairs and tennis matches. But plans for a massive new development of housing, retail and office buildings waited for years as the economy itself imploded. Until now. On Monday there was a ceremonial groundbreaking — finally — for construction of a $700 million project. It’s a sign of the tough economic times that it’s being entirely financed by the Qatar Investment Authority. It’s the “last big piece of downtown,” Mayor Vincent Gray said at the ceremony. Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans said the developers — Hines/Archstone — began paying property taxes on the site Monday. “And the taxes will grow and grow as this gets built,” he added. It’s estimated the fully built-out site will generate more than $30 million a year in taxes. ■ Political dirt. Dirt of a different kind is flying around the Sulaimon Brown scandal. News4 was first to report this week that Lorraine Green, Mayor Gray’s closest adviser in his campaign and early administration, withdrew her name from consideration to be chair of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority. Although the official announcement said Green was going to pursue a business opportunity and would not have time for the convention job, everyone knows she withdrew because of the Brown investigation, which includes a look into why he was hired for a $110,000-a-year city job. Brown, a former minor candidate for mayor, alleges that Green paid him to attack then-Mayor Adrian Fenty during the campaign. Green has denied the allegation. Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh is scheduled to hold a second hearing on the hiring practices of Gray’s administration, after she led an initial inquiry last week. Green — who helped select and place many people in the Gray administration — was scheduled to testify at tomorrow’s hearing. But she will instead appear at a third hearing, to be held April 11, according to Cheh’s office.
The central character in this drama — Brown — is scheduled to testify tomorrow. The first hearing got off to a fractious start when at-large Council member David Catania accused Cheh of “whitewashing” the Gray hiring scandal. Cheh says she wants to find out what happened, but won’t permit a “witch hunt” on her committee. Well, this is one reporter who’s anxious to see how Catania does battle with Brown. Some folks in the Gray administration want to save the mayor more embarrassment. They’re hoping that if anyone did pay off Brown, that person will come forward and take whatever punishment is warranted so Gray can get on with being mayor. It would be a service to the mayor. Few if any believe Gray was involved directly with Brown, but right now, no one really knows what happened except those who aren’t telling. ■ More dirt. Adams Morgan activist Bryan Weaver is one of the candidates in the April 26 special election to fill the at-large seat previously held by Kwame Brown, now council chairman. Weaver is running as a reform candidate (so are others), and he recently put out a video about “D.C.’s Dirtiest Jobs.” In it, Weaver is seen scooping dog poop, serving as a towel boy in a gym, cleaning bowling shoes and working as a busboy (“He’s terrible,” a restaurant worker says). He’s also shown working as a “leasing agent” trying to pitch a “fully loaded” SUV with “black on black interior.” That’s a clear slap at Brown’s cityleased vehicle. Weaver ends the video in front of the Wilson Building. “But no job is as dirty as this one,” he says, pointing back to the building. He says he’s come to clean it up, “without being dirty” himself. Funny ad. You can see it at bryanweaverdc.com. It’s nice to see a little creativity alongside the humdrum campaign signs now dotting a few yards. ■ Treated like dirt. Mayor Gray did the ceremonial “Play ball!” shout last week at the Nationals’ home opener. Unfortunately for Gray, he was met with a cascade of boos. It’s not uncommon for fans to boo politicians, but this crowd was pretty lusty. Unfortunately, Gray is better known for his missteps than for his strong support of baseball. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Ward 4 doesn’t need or want a Walmart It gives me great concern that The Current’s March 30 article “City planners to consider Walmart bid,” on a matter as important to our community as the Curtis Chevrolet site and Walmart, would quote advisory neighborhood commissioner Sara Green, whose single-member district is more than two miles away from the site. I am equally concerned that the commissioner from the affected district, Doug Smith, was not consulted about this project, since the community he represents is directly and drastically affected. We do not want Walmart in Ward 4. We are not giving up and will continue to fight against it. However, for those — like Sara
Green and, unfortunately, Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser — who seem enthralled by Walmart, there is a sound proposal being suggested by neighborhood commissioner Brenda Speaks, whose single-member district is directly affected. Commissioner Speaks suggests that the best solution to this problem is to have Walmart placed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site. Why is the Walter Reed site appropriate? • The infrastructure for a large new store is already in place. • Increased traffic flow would not have dangerous consequences at Walter Reed. The D.C. Department of Transportation has labeled the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Missouri Avenue a “failed intersection.” • There are several schools in the immediate area of the Curtis Chevrolet site whose students would be put in extreme danger
by increased traffic flow. Contrary to your article, which cites Walmart’s application, it is unrealistic to assume that traffic flow “would generate a net increase of 188 car trips during morning rush hour and 272 during evening rush hour.” In fact, there are estimates for the traffic impact numbers as high as, and even higher than, 2,400 (1,200 trips twice a day). There is something else that is disturbing about this whole discussion. It is the human element. We in Ward 4 are not automatons or pieces on a chessboard to be played with. It is unfair and unnecessary to put a hardship of this magnitude on the community that would be directly impacted by Walmart. In fact, of all the proposed Walmarts in the city, this is the only site that would directly impact an old, established residential community. Edna Doggett Washington, D.C.
Donâ€™t roll back progress at Walls with cuts VIEWPOINT TERRY LYNCH
ver the last several years, School Without Walls has improved itself in order to meet or exceed the high standards set by other top public and private schools. At many surrounding county public schools, and D.C. private schools, both facilities and programs have gone through significant upgrades. The progress made at Walls has been recognized by educational leaders. Just last September, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan conveyed upon the school â€œBlue Ribbonâ€? status â€” citing its challenging curriculum and achievements by students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. D.C. Public Schools has conferred upon the school â€œautonomous statusâ€? for its excellent performance and management, as well as parental engagement. The schoolâ€™s goal is to help students â€” who hail from all eight wards of the city â€” to be college-ready. The schoolâ€™s achievements are reflected in the college acceptances of its students â€” at Ivy League schools such as the University of Pennsylvania and Brown, to outstanding schools such as Emory, Swarthmore, Carnegie Mellon, Barnard, Amherst and Williams, and to top state schools such as Michigan, Texas and North Carolina. Now, however, D.C. Public Schools, under the leadership of acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson, is threatening to pull the rug out from under Wallsâ€™ carefully planned growth â€” by slashing the schoolâ€™s per-pupil funding by $2,000 and increasing its enrollment by 10
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Editorial on at-large election hedged bets As a longtime reader who appreciates The Currentâ€™s coverage of local politics, I was puzzled by the conclusion of your March 23 editorial â€œFor at-large council.â€? You extolled Bryan Weaver as â€œthe most knowledgeable challenger we have interviewed over the past 16 years.â€? First, Mr. Weaver is not a challenger, as the present holder of the council seat in question, Sekou Biddle, has only interim status and was not publicly elected. You went on to worry that Mr. Weaver is not well-known enough outside of his Adams Morgan base, and thus might not be â€œelectable,â€? and so settled on Mr. Biddle. But I expect more from The Current. I would hope The Current would recommend the best-qualified candidate to its readers. Doing so would clearly help with the question of electability. Having followed this campaign and witnessed a recent forum, I agree with The Current about Mr. Weaverâ€™s strengths. I also have the advantage of having worked with him as my advisory neighborhood commissioner for eight years. There is still time for The
percent. No other school suffered such a large cut in next yearâ€™s proposed budget. The increase in enrollment is occurring simply in order to keep the cuts from going even deeper. In 2011-12, the school will face a realdollar reduction of more than $300,000 from this yearâ€™s budget, and it will have to absorb operational cost increases of about 5 percent. The increase in enrollment of about 45 students will be achieved only by holding some classes at FrancisStevens Education Campus a number of blocks away. Walls is already well over capacity at its Grant School location at 2130 G St. NW. To remain competitive, Walls has expanded its array of Advanced Placement offerings â€” world history, literature and science AP courses are offered. Competitive schools can no longer just offer language study in French and Spanish, and Walls now also offers Chinese and Latin. Yet now the proposed cuts threaten programs across the board with cutbacks and reductions, increased class sizes and even elimination. Hopefully, now that Mayor Vincent Gray has transmitted his budget proposal to the D.C. Council, a better plan can be devised. Walls is a model of how D.C. Public Schools students can succeed when provided the right environment. It should not be punished or find its resources dramatically reduced for succeeding; that sends the wrong signal to our students. The message would be that school reform in D.C. is in retreat, and that achievements of recent years are going to be rolled back. That cannot be allowed to occur. Terry Lynch is vice president of the School Without Walls Home and School Association.
Current to present a solid endorsement of the candidate it was most impressed with, in an editorial that doesnâ€™t hedge its bet. Denis James Adams Morgan
UDC article didnâ€™t convey concerns The Currentâ€™s March 16 article â€œUDC plans draw neighborsâ€™ initial supportâ€? reported that â€œ â€Ś Van Ness residents voiced their support Saturday for development goals of the University of the District of Columbia.â€? This does not accurately reflect the position of homeowners I know on the blocks of Van Ness Street closest to the university. The neighborhood is already under considerable stress from traffic and parking problems associated with the universityâ€™s students, the embassy complex and illegal heavy trucks. Thanks to the article, numerous concerns have emerged, not the least of which is that the plan appears to have been developed without an impact study on residential neighborhoods. Like neighbors coping with the ambitious plans of Georgetown and American universities, my neighbors and I will also be working through our D.C. Council member and our advisory neighborhood commissioners to raise our concerns. The universityâ€™s master plan
appears to have been developed in a vacuum with little or no input from property-tax-paying neighbors, and less regard for potential impact on their neighborhoods. The fact that the universityâ€™s plan arbitrarily defines a radius of 200 yards from the borders of the facility as the only recognized impact area ensured that only two people on my street were advised of the planâ€™s existence. Given the planâ€™s projected use of contractors and developers to realize a new student center and 600-person dorms on a small campus designed for commuters, one has to wonder if the school has decided to pursue the â€œuniversity as big businessâ€? model at taxpayersâ€™ expense. The universityâ€™s master plan offers an aspiring vision, but there is a difference between a vision and a plan. A true plan first requires assumptions based on demographic and operational reality. A workable plan includes impact studies on other affected interests, as well as analysis of long-term institutional, budget and maintenance resource implications and an assessment of sound budgetary trade-offs. By all accounts, the universityâ€™s record on these last two items has not been impressive and offers no assurance of how the vision-oriented â€œmaster plan,â€? once approved, might actually be implemented. Stephanie Kinney North Cleveland Park
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In Your Neighborhood ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy â– FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END The commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 13 at Heart House, 2400 N St. NW. Agenda items include: â– discussion of a Stevens School vision statement. â– discussion of a trial period for extended hours at 7-Eleven, 912 New Hampshire Ave. â– discussion of the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. â– discussion of Duke Ellington Park maintenance. â– consideration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration issues: Bayou (formerly The Rookery), 2519 Pennsylvania Ave., cooperative agreement; Wine Specialist, 2101 L St., transfer of ownership and change in location; American Foreign Service Club, 2101 E St., renewal; Washington Suites Georgetown, 2500 Pennsylvania Ave., tavern-class license; Shadow Room, 2131 K St., nightclub-class license, new summer garden; and Circa at Foggy Bottom, 2221 I St., restaurant-class license, summer garden. â– discussion of the Army Ten-Miler. â– presentation on smart meters. â– update on the George Washington University Science and Engineering Complex (Square 55). â– discussion of the George Washington University School of Public Health project (Square 39). â– discussion of a sidewalk cafe at Whole Foods Market. For details, call 202-630-6026 or visit anc2a.org.
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ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â– GEORGETOWN / CLOISTERS Cloisters BURLEITH / HILLANDALE At the commissionâ€™s April 4 meeting: â– The Georgetown Business Improvement District announced that it will hold its annual French Market on Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road April 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. â– Georgetown Village organizer Sharon Lockwood announced that the group, a nonprofit that aims to help elderly residents remain in their homes, will hold a meeting the evening of April 26 at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. â– The Citizens Association of Georgetown announced a neighborhood cleanup, also sponsored by Georgetown University, on April 9. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at both Rose Park and Volta Park, and lunch will be offered at noon. The association also will hold a fundraiser for the Georgetown Neighborhood Library and Book Hill Park on May 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Book Hill Park. â– commission chair Ron Lewis told residents that the city has instructed Washington Gas officials to stop installing outdoor gas meters on homes as part of reconstruction
Citizens Association of Georgetown The Georgetown Village is a nonprofit membership organization being established to offer supportive services and activities so neighbors can live better, longer lives in their homes â€” instead of relying on relatives or a costly assisted-living facility. The Georgetown Village is following the example of hundreds of communities around the country, including 22 in the Washington area, to have neighbors help neighbors. The nonprofit plans to offer transportation, classes, social activities and help with simple household tasks. It will be a one-stop shop for requesting services. Things the village will help with could be a beeping smoke detector, rides to doctorsâ€™ appointments, assistance with record-keeping or a trip to the grocery store. There will also be a myriad of social activities like a book club, morning walking group and theater outings. The village will not only recommend and support such services, but it will also help the surrounding community grow stronger through the neighbor-to-neighbor interaction. And even if you are donâ€™t feel the need now for these services, consider this an insurance policy for independence in the future. Village organizers are off to a great start. The legwork has been done. Now they need 100 founding members in order to hire an executive director and get things going. They are offering a special initiation membership fee of $500 for individuals and $800 for households. There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St., to go over more details. If you need information before then, you can call Sharon Lockwood at 202-9650455. â€” Jennifer Altemus projects on O and P streets, as they had been doing. The installations violate historic preservation rules. Commissioner Ed Solomon said he is â€œvery disappointedâ€? with the gas companyâ€™s failure to coordinate with the city water authority during the project. â– commissioners unanimously voted not to object to the approval of a special exception to allow Colonial Parking at 3053 M St. to continue operating as a parking facility. â– commissioners unanimously voted to support a Capital Crescent Trail ride April 23 sponsored by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. â– commissioners unanimously voted to designate the Friends of Rose Park as an official community representative to the Department of Parks and Recreation. â– commissioners agreed to designate a committee to work out a construction management plan with Georgetown University for the Nevils Hall project, set to begin in May and last through the summer. Water damage makes rehabilitation necessary, said school representatives, but commissioners balked at proposed work hours and Dumpster delivery times. â– commissioners unanimously voted not to object to a proposed variance for an addition at 1072 Thomas Jefferson St. â– commissioners unanimously voted not to object to a special exception to allow a rear deck at 2912 Dumbarton St. â– commissioners voted unanimously not to object to a revised concept for a new condominium building at 1045 Wisconsin Ave. 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– GLOVER PARK/CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS The commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 14 in the cafeteria of Stoddert Elementary School, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, contact email@example.com or visit dcnet.com/anc/3b. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â– 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– SPRING VALLEY/WESLEY HEIGHTS Wesley Heights PALISADES/KENT/FOXHALL The commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 6 in the new medical building at Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. Agenda items include: â– police report. â– community concerns. â– presentation by American University representatives on the campus plan recently submitted to the D.C. Zoning Commission. The meeting will include time for questions and comments from commissioners and meeting attendees. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org.
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ATHLETICS IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON
Brother act: Mateos shine at shortstop, catcher for Wilson Tigers By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer
You might call it a match made in baseball heaven. After moving to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2009, Robinson Mateo and his younger brother Pedro looked to continue their promising careers on the baseball diamond. At the same time, Wilson coach Eddie Smith, then going into his first year leading the squad, was looking for answers at two key positions — shortstop and catcher. The Mateos took the field for one game with the D.C. Tigers — Wilson’s fall team — and Smith immediately recognized their potential. In Robinson, who was 16 at the time, he saw an experienced infielder with excellent range and an ability to hit from both sides of the plate. And in Pedro, he saw a terrific arm and an uncanny ability to block the plate. After watching them play in winter showcases, Smith had a better idea of what he had on his hands. Early in the spring, he chose Robinson to be his starting shortstop and Pedro his starting catcher, despite the latter’s lack of experi-
ence at the plate. “We had three questions going into the season — at catcher, shortstop and in the outfield. When they came in, they filled [the first two] slots,” Smith said. Once the season started, it was apparent the hype surrounding the Mateo brothers was well-founded. Each had two hits in the first game of Wilson’s annual Tipoff Tournament. And they made defensive plays that alleviated Smith’s concerns about their respective positions. Robinson said the biggest adjustment to playing in the States was the stricter rules; for instance, he wasn’t used to having to wear a helmet at the plate. But aside from the nuances, it wasn’t much of a transition on the field. After all, the Mateos have been playing baseball since they were 3 years old. On the other hand, walking into a brand-new school in a new country was tough, Robinson recalled, but at least he didn’t have to do it alone. “The first day in school it was so sad because I didn’t know much English or anything. But I had my brother next to me.” It didn’t take long for the pair to
make friends on the team. Robinson said Jacob Polin took them under his wing, and they became close with Henry Martinez, who also hails from the Dominican Republic. The brothers started all last season and were instrumental to Wilson winning the D.C. See Mateos/Page 12
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Pedro Mateo, left, and his brother Robinson came to D.C. with their mother from the Domican Republic in the summer of 2009.
Plebani deals aces as Sidwell beats Maret for second MAC win By MIKE DEFABO Current Correspondent
By the time Maret starting pitcher Nicky Leonard found the strike zone, the game was already lost. Sidwell jumped out 3-0 in the first inning and never looked back as starting pitcher Chase Plebani went the distance and Maret
managed just four hits. The Quakers went on to win 4-1 Friday afternoon. “When you haven’t been hitting the ball and putting runs across the plate, it’s a big setback when you give up three runs in the first inning,” Maret head coach Antoine Williams said after the game. “We dug ourselves a hole and couldn’t get out of it.” Leonard had good movement on his
curve, but he had a hard time locating his fastball. In a 43-pitch first inning, he walked four and gave up three runs on just two hits. Sidwell first baseman Nick Roman led off the inning with a long drive to the wall for a double. Leonard then walked the next two batters to load the bases. After a strikeout, Matt McLaughlin also walked to force in the first run of the game,
and pitcher Plebani singled to plate Finn Stern for the second score. Next, left fielder Brett Perrin grounded out to first base, but earned the RBI to make the score 3-0. The Quakers added another tally in the top of the sixth, but it proved to be gravy. Plebani struck out seven, walked four and See Sidwell/Page 12
Gonzaga blows big lead in loss to Prep By BORIS TSALYUK Current Staff Writer
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The Eagles gave the Hoyas a better battle Friday after falling to them l4-2 last season, but Prep still rallied to win the contest.
Gonzaga players had a tough time explaining it. They struggled to find the right words to describe how they blew a three-goal lead with less than six minutes to play and lost in overtime to rival Georgetown Prep. “They just got a few lucky breaks; they played hard and so did we,” said junior Dennis Nails. “That’s lacrosse sometimes.” The Eagles used a big third quarter to jump ahead 6-3 on Prep — a team they had never beaten — and they held the advantage until midway through the fourth quarter, when Bobby Gribbin scored on
a solo drive to give the Hoyas life. Less than a minute after Gribbin’s goal, Prep scored again, this time on a fluke tally when a string broke on Gonzaga ’keeper Timmy Farrell’s stick and the ball dropped into his goal after a save. All of a sudden it was a onescore game and the Hoyas now had all the momentum. It almost felt inevitable that Prep would tie it, and that’s just what happened when Joel Blockowicz scored with 1:33 left. In the extra frame, Jack Cleary took a pass from Blockowicz and found an opening. He fired past Gonzaga sophomore Tommy Farrell, and Prep players and fans stormed the field on North Capitol
Street. The victory was the Hoyas’ fourth straight, improving their season’s record to 7-1. “It’s a huge win,” said Blockowicz. Eagles coach Casey O’Neill said his players were “crushed” by the loss. While he was proud they pushed the Hoyas so hard a year after falling to them 14-2, he said he wished the end result had been different. “I felt like we could’ve and should’ve won,” he said. Sophomore Alex Corboy scored three goals to lead Gonzaga, which lost for the first time since its season opener against St. Mary’s. Last year, the See Eagles/Page 12
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Interscholastic Athletic Association title and pushing St. Albans to extra innings in the City Title game. Robinson hit .417 with an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.066, while playing shortstop as well as any player in the city. Pedro hit .241 and gave the team the strong defensive presence it needed behind the plate. â€œ[Robinson] covers so much ground â€” itâ€™s unbelievable to watch him play shortstop and make some of the plays that he makes,â€? said coach Smith. â€œI saw [Major League player and Wilson alum] Emmanuel Burriss play, and Burriss never covered as much ground as this kid.â€? The brothers also play on DC Dynasty, a travel baseball program their father-in-law Carlos Chavarria co-founded. Antoine Williams, the other DC Dynasty founder, recalled his skepticism when Franklin Rivera, the
Mateosâ€™ uncle, called two summers ago and said, â€œHey, my nephews are coming.â€? He had heard too many stories of baseball players coming to the States and not living up to promises. But the Mateos soon made a believer out of him. â€œI was pleasantly surprised â€Ś . The way they instinctively played the game was the thing that really impressed me,â€? said Williams. The coach said the sky is the limit for Pedro because heâ€™s only 15 and will continue to get bigger, stronger and better. He was on a junior RBI team that made it to the RBI World Series Championship game last summer. Robinson, meanwhile, was â€œthe best player in every single gameâ€? he played in for DC Dynasty and the DC RBI program last summer, Williams said. He pointed out that Robinsonâ€™s skill set is highly unusual. â€œA switch hitter with a great glove: How many guys do you know who can play a great shortstop and can hit?â€? As for Pedro, it was Chavarria â€” father of St. Johnâ€™s catcher Jerry
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Eagles upset Landon in the regular season and took down DeMatha to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. But they were still viewed by most as the third best team in the area behind Interstate Athletic Conference powers Landon and Prep. Friday offered an opportunity to make a major statement, and for a while, it looked as though the Eagles would pull it off. Connor Reedâ€™s drive to the net and pretty finish â€” he leapt and threw the ball into the back of the net â€”
Chavarria â€” who thought the younger Mateoâ€™s calling was behind the plate. And it didnâ€™t take long for the Wilson coach to realize that Chavarria was right. â€œHe was born to be a catcher,â€? Smith said. â€œHeâ€™s a small kid â€” you never expect someone his size to be blocking the ball like that.â€? The Mateos are looking even better this season with a year of experience under their belts. Both are hitting over .400 and have combined to drive in 20 runs in only seven games for Wilson. Smith is already fielding inquiries from top-tier colleges about Robinson, who is only a junior. Heâ€™s a â€œdefinite Division I prospect,â€? Smith said. â€œHeâ€™s got a bright future playing shortstop, especially.â€? It hasnâ€™t taken long for the Mateos to make an impression on baseball in D.C., and they could be making believers out of many more baseball lovers down the road. â€œI really want to make a Major League team, and my heart is telling me I can do it,â€? said Robinson.
gave Gonzaga a 4-3 lead in the third quarter. Two more tallies followed, and the team appeared in total control. Although Prep made it all the way back, Oâ€™Neill didnâ€™t think it was due to a lack of late effort on his teamâ€™s part. â€œWe didnâ€™t let up. We had a ton of shots early and midway through the fourth quarter to take a bigger lead but we just didnâ€™t finish,â€? he said. The Gonzaga coach praised the Prep program, which has been nationally ranked for years, but added that his team is also becoming a force. â€œIn a lot of ways we want to be like them [Prep], but we have our own identity, and weâ€™re playing hard. Weâ€™re a good team,â€? he said.
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allowed only one run on just 83 pitches for the complete game win. â€œMy fastball was working. My cutter was working,â€? Plebani said. â€œI just kept trying to throw the fastball and let them hit it places and let the fielders do the work.â€? Maret did have a chance to get
back into the game in the second inning. After Drew Reid was hit by a pitch and Matt Bainum walked, Matt Appleby laid down a perfect bunt and legged it out for the hit. But with the bases loaded and no outs, Tre Henderson struck out. Then Jonathan Koropkin grounded into a double play to end the threat. Maret scored its only run of the game on a sixth-inning home run
from Nicky Leonard, but it was too little, too late. With the victory, Sidwell advanced to 2-0 in the MidAtlantic Athletic Conference, while Maret dropped to 0-1. But Sidwell coach John Simon isnâ€™t getting carried away by his teamâ€™s early season play. â€œThis is just two wins for us. Weâ€™ve got a whole season left,â€? he said. â€œMaret is a good team, and two wins donâ€™t make a season.â€?
WEEKLY SCORES March 30-April 5 Baseball St. Albans 12, Calvert Hall 2 DeMatha 7, St. Johnâ€™s 5 Gonzaga 11, Wilson 2 GDS 4, St. Andrewâ€™s 0 St. Andrewâ€™s 8, GDS 7 Atlantic Shores 19 (Chesapeake, Va.), St. Albans 11 Sidwell 4, Maret 1
St. Johnâ€™s 11, Gonzaga 1 Sidwell 11, Potomac 2 Oâ€™Connell 10, Maret 0 Girls Lacrosse Bishop Ireton 15, St. Johnâ€™s 2 Episcopal 16, Sidwell 5 Visitation 13, Bishop Oâ€™Connell 5 St. James 17, Maret 6 Good Counsel 22, St. Johnâ€™s 3
Boys Lacrosse Gonzaga 10, DeMatha 2 St. Johnâ€™s 18, Bishop McNamara 3 St. Johnâ€™s 10, Sidwell 4 Gonzaga 23, Bishop McNamara 0 Georgetown Prep 7, Gonzaga 6 St. Johnâ€™s 7, Bishop Ireton 2 Sidwell 8, Maret 3 Good Counsel 10, St. Johnâ€™s 5
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011
Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington
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School DISPATCHES I made my movie using stopmotion animation and Lego pieces. I edited it on iMovie. It was painstakingly slow to take over 1,000 photographs and put them together, but in the end it was very rewarding because I won the competition. â€” Holden Fatheree, Year 5 Chicago (fourth-grader)
Duke Ellington School of the Arts On March 23, Duke Ellington School of the Arts mourned the passing of one of its pillars. Ms. Susan Avant had been a teacher at Ellington for more than 20 years and in her final years was chair of the science department. Last Monday, staff and students, both past and present, bade farewell to Ms. Avant at her funeral held at the Nativity Catholic Church. Ellingtonâ€™s dean of students, Father Payne, gave a eulogy, and the head of school and teachers shared words of encouragement and memories. Last Wednesday, students from several departments performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the Millennium Stage series. The audience included one of the schoolâ€™s the two founders, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, as well as head of school Rory Pullens, family and friends. The students received a standing ovation. On Friday, students proved that they were up for a challenge at the â€œDuke It Outâ€? teachers vs. students basketball game in the Ellington gym. The schoolâ€™s hiphop collective, The Dreamers, presented the halftime show. â€” Lauryn Nesbitt, 10th-grader
Ms. Barryâ€™s first-graders all did acrostic poems about spring. An acrostic is a poem with a word going down and then words or sentences that start with each letter that talk about what the word going down is about. S â€” Sunflower P â€” Parts of a plant R â€” Robins I â€” Insects N â€” Not long nights G â€” Guy in shorts â€” Ben Tummonds, first-grader S â€” Sunset P â€” Parks R â€” Rainbows I â€” In the garden N â€” Nightbugs G â€” Green â€” Matthew Tirajoh, first-grader S â€” Sunny P â€” Picture of a garden R â€” Rabbit in a garden I â€” Ice cream N â€” New flowers G â€” Great people â€” Timia Snow, first-grader S â€” Sunny P â€” Picnic R â€” Rabbit I â€” Insects N â€” Nectar G â€” Green â€” Lukas Borja, first-grader S â€” Sunny P â€” Picture of a garden R â€” Robin I â€” Insects N â€” Net for bugs G â€” Green grass â€” Jaylah Valentine, first-grader
Edmund Burke School In eighth-grade values class, we are taking on the responsibilities of being real-life parents. We have flour, rice and sugar babies that we have to pretend are real babies that have needs. We have to clothe them, feed them, play with them, entertain them, change diapers â€” basically do everything a baby needs. The project lasts two weeks. Doing this project shows how
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Hyde-Addison Elementary The kindergarten and pre-k classes went to the play â€œIf You Give A Cat a Cupcakeâ€? at Adventure Theatre. We saw the show after we had read the book. â€œI noticed the play and book were very different,â€? said Latrell. â€œI liked how the cat came to life at the theater and how he did a flip! The play added more.â€? â€œMy favorite part was when they were at the museum because they were acting like real monkeys,â€? noted Alexandre. The kindergarten classes also
read many of Laura Numeroffâ€™s other books and turned two of her books into plays. In February, Ms. Brownâ€™s Beautiful Butterflies performed our version of â€œIf You Give A Pig a Party,â€? and Ms. Alsopâ€™s Rainbows performed our version of â€œIf You Take a Mouse to School.â€? â€œIt was fun being in the block scene, and I liked when I helped to build a house,â€? said Kirk. â€œI liked being a narrator because I got to use a microphone,â€? said Laila. â€œBeing in a play was different than seeing the play because I got to wear my mouse ears and say my lines,â€? noted Anja. The pre-k also performed versions of two well-known plays. Ms. Conezioâ€™s Fast Fireflies performed â€œThe Three Little Pigs,â€? and Ms. Baileyâ€™s Rainbow Unicorns performed â€œThe Little Red Hen.â€? â€œIt was fun,â€? exclaimed Sasha of Ms. Conezioâ€™s class, â€œbecause I See Dispatches/Page 36
Georgetown Day School In an effort to prepare us for team competition against other schools next year, sixth-graders participate in intramural sports competitions throughout the year in physical education. The grade is divided into four teams: the Yellow Jackets, the Blue Crabs, the Green Hornets and the Red Barons. For about a month, each team works with another team learning basic skills for a particular sport, such as soccer, volleyball, kickball or basketball. Then, after this period, teams compete against one another to earn points. The P.E. teachers ref-
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VOTERS GUIDE A Special Section in the April 6, 2011, issue of The Current Newspapers ■ APRIL 26, 2011, SPECIAL ELECTION About the April 26 election
About the Voters Guide
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. You may also request an absentee ballot by mail through April 19. Early voting will start April 11 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, and will continue daily through April 25 except Sundays. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for April 25, when voting will end at 4:45 p.m. Voters registered as of April 4 are eligible to vote; if you are not registered to vote, you may register at an early voting location or on Election Day and cast a special ballot. More information can be obtained by visiting dcboee.org or calling 202-727-2525.
The Current’s editors interviewed the major candidates in races within our coverage area in the April 26 election — the contests for an at-large D.C. Council seat and the State Board of Education seat for Ward 4. The interviews provided the basis for profiles combining candidates’ biographical information and a discussion of their top priorities, as well as charts offering brief positions on a host of specific issues. An expanded version of this Voters Guide will be available Thursday at issuu.com/currentnewspapers. It includes additional questions and answers in chart form, as well as profiles of the Ward 4 board candidates not included in print due to space limitations.
AT-LARGE D.C. COUNCIL SEAT
Sekou Biddle has been an interim at-large D.C. Council member since January. The Democratic State Committee selected him to fill the seat temporarily when Kwame Brown was elected council chairman. A former D.C. Board of Education member, Biddle previously worked as a regional executive director for Jumpstart for Young Children and directed community outreach for KIPP DC (Knowledge Is Power Program), which runs three city charter schools. If elected, he said, he plans to concentrate most on education, employment and the city’s budget. “Our ability to prepare young people for college and the world of work, as well as to support adults trying to get jobs, has to be our highest priority.” He said the city needs to align its education resources — from pre-k through the University of the District of Columbia, as well as libraries and job-training programs, “to support our residents’ success.” To measure the progress of D.C.’s public schools, he said he would look at test scores, how many parents are enrolling their children, and whether teachers are leaving for charter or suburban schools. See Biddle/Page 19
Joshua Lopez, recently a project manager for a Georgia Avenue community development nonprofit organization, is a former advisory neighborhood commissioner in Brightwood. Lopez, also a former vice president of the Ward 4 Democrats group, worked in various capacities for Adrian Fenty, including serving on the Commission on Latino Community Development. If elected, Lopez said, he would focus most on education reform, public safety and government accountability. “The education reform efforts started under Chancellor [Michelle] Rhee must continue,” Lopez said, and D.C. should continue the IMPACT teacher-evaluation system. “The system measures people on results,” he said. “Some may feel uncomfortable with it. You have people going into classrooms looking at how teachers are educating young people.” But he said such a close look is necessary in a system that was “graduating students who could not read or write.” Parents, fellow teachers and students — even those in elementary grades — should help with evaluations, he said. The District needs to “reach out to parents by See Lopez/Page 17
Vincent Orange, D.C. Democratic National Commiteeman, served as the Ward 5 D.C. Council member from 1999 to 2007. Most recently, he was vice president of public affairs for Pepco. A lawyer, public accountant and auditor, he was chief financial officer for the National Children’s Center. If elected, Orange said, his highest priorities would be fiscal responsibility, education reform and elimination of fraud and abuse. “We must balance our budgets, keep our bond ratings and manage the cap on our debt service,” he said. Orange said D.C. can produce new revenue without raising tax rates by encouraging tax-generating projects like the convention center hotel and those at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, St. Elizabeths Hospital and the Anacostia and Southwest waterfronts. He doesn’t think major cuts are necessary to close the city’s $320 million deficit. Agencies must be ordered, “pursuant to the law, to spend 50 percent of their budgets with our registered local businesses, as we can then collect profits taxes and employment taxes that we would not otherwise collect.” See Orange/Page 17
Dorothy Douglas, a native Washingtonian, has represented Ward 7 on the D.C. State Board of Education since 2008. Previously, she served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Northeast for 12 years, including four as chair. Before retiring, she worked as a case manager for the D.C. Department of Corrections, and she describes her job as having been “similar to a social worker.” If elected, Douglas said, she would concentrate most on education, housing and employment. She said she would ensure that D.C. has “the bestquality teachers” in its public schools. To judge teacher effectiveness, she said, “there needs to be an evaluation panel — not just the principal, but also parents and other teachers. Many of our teachers are unprepared.” Student-teaching experience is essential for new teachers “so they will know how to service our children,” she said. “It is on-the-job training, so they will be sure it is the kind of job they would like to continue with.” Experienced private school teachers should be See Douglas/Page 16
Patrick Mara was recently elected the Ward 1 member of the D.C. State Board of Education. Mara heads his own political consulting group, which deals with small businesses and political and nonprofit fundraising. In the past, he worked as a contractor for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, working on clean transportation tools and electricity restructuring. If elected, he said, he would concentrate most on education, fiscal responsibility and congressional relations. Mara said he would “be able to do far more to advance educational reform as a member of the council than I can from the school board.” He said his major education goals are to ensure that IMPACT, a teacher-evaluation tool, “is continued in the way that was envisioned by former Chancellor [Michelle] Rhee”; to continue “building in-house capacity for special education in the District”; and to “emphasize workforce development.” He said the city government needs to “work with the employer community to determine needed skill sets over the next several years,” and then help unemployed adults develop those skills. “Many of the See Mara/Page 17
Bryan Weaver served on the Adams Morgan advisory neighborhood commission from 2003 to 2010. He runs Hoops Sagrado, a nonprofit he founded in 1996 to take at-risk D.C. youth to Guatemala every summer for basketball clinics, language and cultural exchange and community building. He previously worked as assistant press secretary for the Democratic National Committee. If elected, Weaver said, his top priorities would be open government, youth issues and city solvency. “The District government ... has been secretive for decades,” he said, creating a “feeling of backroom deals.” Weaver said he would target the city’s extensive use of non-bid city contracts and earmarks. “Why are we picking one group over another? Right now, an organization with a connection gets the contracts.” Those connections can include political campaign contributions, said Weaver. Currently, companies with subsidiaries and sister LLCs can contribute to campaigns, making it difficult for citizens to trace ownership, he said. “So in essence, it becomes blind checks from unnamed companies.” When the same companies later win non-bid city contracts, it forms the See Weaver/Page 19
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What are three areas you would concentrate on most if you are elected?
Education, employment and the budget.
Education, housing and employment.
Education, public safety and government accountability.
,K\JH[PVUÄZJHS responsibility and congressional relations.
Financial responsibility; education reform; and government fraud, waste and abuse.
Open government, youth issues and city solvency.
Should D.C. increase taxes for incomes over $250,000? $500,000? $1 million?
Can’t make a sound decision until I see all the facts.
Temporarily, 1 percent for over $200,000.
Yes, gradually, but for $150,000, $350,000 and $1.5 million incomes. Any increases must be sunsetted.
The mayor and council face a $322 million budget problem preparing [OLÄZJHS`LHY budget. What areas, if any, would you look at for cuts? What taxes, if any, should be increased?
Reorganize government around functions rather than agencies to save $30 million to $40 million. Recruit D.C. foster-care providers to reduce school busing and “out-ofstate” education costs. Cut council budget. Reduce salaries and introduce furloughs for high-salary employees. Have residents do leaf collection. Oppose tax increases.
No concrete feelings. Want to see all evidence before deciding.
Percentage cuts for all government agencies, progressive tax increases with a sunset clause (1 percent on individual income over $200,000), eliminate corporate tax loopholes.
Across-the-board cut of at least 3 percent. We should consider furloughs, layoffs and other reductions of District workforce. No tax increases.
No tax increases, but can get up to $347 million from Medicaid reimbursement; sell our portfolio of real estate tax liens for up to $100 million; lease excess JHWHJP[`VMV\YÄILY optic communications system to federal government for up to $50 million; beef up outstanding individual sales and real estate tax collections. Look for cuts in procurement.
Scale back capital projects such as Cardozo High, which has under 1,000 students due to poor academics; introduce employee furloughs. Overhaul entire tax code for individuals by creating new levels at $150,000, $350,000 and $1.5 million, but have the increases sunsetted. Consider closing loophole for tax-exempt bonds from other jurisdictions.
What, if any, should be D.C.’s three top priorities in terms of new spending, once we can afford it?
Transportation infrastructure, education from birth, workforce development.
Education, housing and employment.
Public schools, transportation and public works.
Education, education and education.
Education, infrastructure needs, cleaning up the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
High-quality teachers, WVSPJLHUKÄYLÄNO[LYZ safety net including career-path training and homeless shelters.
What, if any, should be the three top priorities for reductions in spending, given the enormous budget crunch we face in the JVTPUNÄZJHS`LHY&
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Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, police.
It should be across the board affecting everything.
We can generate adequate revenue to balance the budget without increasing taxes or cutting major services.
Streamline Department of Transportation, delay capital projects and locate more juvenile offenders here to lower costs.
Given that department stores normally do not pay rent when they anchor shopping centers, should D.C. give tax incentives to “anchor-tenant” retailers?
Not unless it is to attract a tenant into a community without much retail.
It would be helpful.
Yes, if the community wants it.
No. We don’t need incentives.
Yes. Target has brought other retailers to Columbia Heights.
What approaches, if any, should be taken to decrease the likelihood of lowerincome, long-term D.C. residents from being forced from their homes because of increasing real estate values and taxes, or are current policies generally adequate?
Look at property tax caps for lowincome residents who have lived here at least 10 years. And consider unintended consequences for young people who inherit and live in homes their families have had a long time.
Current policies are adequate.
Unsure of details, but would be willing to explore programs MVYZLUPVYZVUÄ_LK incomes after speaking with experts.
Unfortunately, due to ÄZJHSWYVISLTZ^L cannot afford to do much.
Generally speaking, they are adequate, but when economy recovers, we should consider increasing homestead exemption for everyone.
We need to look after seniors who’ve lived in the District for say 30 years and for individuals gainfully employed in lower-paying, stable jobs.
D.C.’s commercial real estate and corporate business taxes are by far the area’s highest. In future years, should D.C. reduce them?
Yes, but not now. Lower tax rates for smaller businesses.
Yes. The higher taxes push them out.
Eventually, yes, but we’re $300 million away from being able to do anything.
No. There need not be a major effort. We should have a comprehensive study of our revenue sources and then balance the tax burden.
@LZLZWLJPHSS`MVYÄYTZ hiring District residents and for locally owned businesses. Landlords should be forced to pass on any tax breaks.
Should juveniles who commit felonies be treated as adults in most cases?
No. We need to correct their lives.
It depends on the offense.
It depends on their age.
It should be a case-bycase issue.
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What steps should be taken to improve education?
The key is differentiation. If students need mental-health services or more hours in the classroom, they should get them.
.L[X\HSPÄLK[LHJOLYZ partnerships with businesses for vocational training.
Continue reform efforts started under former Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
Bring special-education programs into the District, have magnet schools, more arts and music, more afterschool activities.
Continue investment in early childhood education and vocational training.
.L[TVZ[X\HSPÄLK teachers to work in lowest-performing schools by offering supplemental salaries.
Should funds above the regular per-pupil spending be allocated to vocational education and to magnet programs such as the Duke Ellington School of the Arts due to their additional costs?
Yes, but we should use facilities where appropriate for adults in the evenings.
No, it should be equal.
Yes, if we have adequate revenue available.
We should look for partnerships, but it’s worth it for more taxpayer money to be spent on successful special schools.
Charter school advocates say the city has violated the law givPUN[OLTÄYZ[JYHJR at closed school buildings. What, if anything, would you do about it?
The D.C. Council should not approve the sale of buildings if they were not made available to charter schools unless the proceeds are made available to support a charter school.
I’m not sure that is the case now. It was under Fenty. I would have to see what the new administration does.
We should determine their use based on what is most needed by the city and the immediate community.
,UZ\YL[OL`OH]LÄYZ[ crack at all closed school buildings.
They should have YPNO[VMÄYZ[YLM\ZHSVU all unutilized school buildings, unless the real estate is exceptionally valuable.
;OL`ZOV\SKOH]LÄYZ[ crack at all school buildings, except in truly exceptional circumstances.
Should D.C. turn over citizenship information to U.S. PTTPNYH[PVUVMÄJPHSZ when suspects are arrested? When they are convicted? Or not at all?
+LÄUP[LS`PMJVU]PJ[LK of a violent crime; probably for most felonies.
At the time of arrest.
Just when convicted of a violent crime.
Just if convicted of a violent crime. We must comply with any federal laws.
Not at all.
If convicted of a violent crime.
Should adult bicycle riders be allowed on sidewalks?
No. We need to encourage them to use our bike lanes.
Not in high-density population areas. It’s dangerous.
Not in high-density areas or where there are bike lanes.
Should the city force universities to offer more on-campus student housing? If so, how?
No. It should not be forced.
No, but it should be strongly encouraged.
Yes, by penalties such as fees or zoning restrictions if they don’t.
We should offer them height and density bonuses in exchange for more undergraduate student housing.
Should D.C. allow residents to set up self-taxing districts where residents agree to pay extra taxes to receive more services, like business improvement districts in D.C.?
Yes. If people want to pay more for greater services, they should be able to.
Yes. If the community wants it, they should be free to do it.
Not at this time. We are already taxed enough.
No. It would increase disparities between the haves and the havenots.
Yes, on a limited basis for say a special recycling program or WVSPJLVMÄJLYVMMK\[` overtime. Oppose independent police force.
D.C. Council members receive among the highest salaries in the country. Should their salaries be reduced?
Yes, by about 10 percent.
Yes, on a temporary basis due to the budget crisis.
Yes, by about 15 percent.
Yes. It should set the example during these tough economic times.
Yes. It would be great symbolically in today’s economic crisis.
DOUGLAS From Page 14 allowed to teach in public schools if they seek full certification, she said. “Title I has the funds available at no expense to them.” Parental involvement is essential for improving schools. “If you service the entire family, you will service the child,” said Douglas. “Schools should have monthly parent meetings like Cesar Chavez does, with light refreshment.” She advocated partnering with busi-
nesses on such events. Lack of proper housing, Douglas said, is a problem that “exists all over the city for both the elderly and younger people, especially for those with disabilities.” To improve housing opportunities, the city needs to make better use of unused properties, she said. “We have all these vacant buildings. We need to utilize them.” She said she would encourage partnerships with other housing organizations. “Get them to donate empty buildings as a tax write-off.” The city also needs to “see what
services we could cut back to finance more housing,” she said. In terms of employment, Douglas said there’s a “hole” in the “First Source” agreement, which requires city contractors to hire D.C. residents for at least half their new employees for contract work. She said she needed to review it in more detail, but the agreement is “not a good” one and the city “needs to have someone in place to enforce” its provisions. She also called for more vocational education programs and onthe-job training. Besides communi-
ty college workforce training, “we should use mentors to help” prepare residents for jobs, she said. Douglas believes welfare recipients should be required to take vocational training and literacy courses. She said job-training services must be available for exoffenders, who should be monitored by probation officers to make sure they fulfill responsibilities. If ex-offenders in such a program “do not participate, return them to prison,” she said. “We should network with private programs and nonprofit orga-
nizations” to provide such opportunities, she said, adding that many businesses and churches already “have a lot of services available.” Douglas, 62, attended local public schools before attending the University of the District of Columbia, where she majored in elementary education and psychology. She is a director of Marshal Heights Community Development Organization, a member of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City and a board member of Sewall-Belmont House and Museum.
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MARA From Page 14 unemployed are ex-offenders, or have never graduated high school or earned a General Equivalency Diploma,â€? he said. For D.C. schools, Mara believes more arts, music and extracurricular programs could help decrease truancy and dropout rates. He said once a universal pre-kindergarten system is implemented fully, the
city must â€œmake sure our data systems are in place to properly identify areas for improvements among children â€” where we can improve learning and curb any behavioral problems.â€? To put the city on a path toward fiscal responsibility, Mara said, the District needs to â€œlook for ways to reduce spending, rather than looking at individual taxpayers and small businesses as a revenue-raiser like the council currently does.â€? â€œDuring the Fenty years, we
LOPEZ From Page 14 funding the parental involvement office,â€? Lopez said. â€œEmployees should knock on non-participating parentsâ€™ doors to tell them what support is available.â€? He said schools need a standardized curriculum, which the council can help develop along with the chancellor and school board. The school system also needs more vocational education programs, Lopez said. â€œSome unions,â€? he said, referring to a D.C. electrical association, â€œare willing for free â€Ś
ORANGE From Page 14 He said the city can increase revenue by managing its real property tax lien portfolio, investing in Medicaid reimbursement systems, and â€œmarketing our state-of-the-art communications system to the federal government and others.â€? On education, he said the city needs to continue â€œadequate funding, investing in quality teachers, upgrading facilities, and [providing] opportunities for principals to
overspent, with council approval,â€? he said. The council â€œconsistently has approved increased spending budgets to the point now that we have almost a $10 billion budget.â€? Mara said the city must also reduce its government workforce of more than 30,000, â€œover half of whom live outside the District.â€? He suggested more furloughs and reducing salaries of legislators and political appointees who are paid more than $100,000 per year. Mara stressed the importance of
to provide training courses â€Ś .â€? To improve public safety, he said, the city must do more to engage ex-offenders. â€œWe must help ex-offenders with adult education if they are illiterate. There is a program paying the unemployed to go to training programs. Most are not looking for high-level jobs. They just want to support themselves.â€? Lopez said the D.C. Council could increase efficiency and trim funds at the Metropolitan Police Department by more closely monitoring officer deployment and â€œwastefulâ€? overtime spending. â€œHigh-crime areas should have more officers assigned. We have to look where there is a need,â€? he said.
create environments for learning.â€? With the IMPACT teacher evaluation, the city must â€œsecure buy-in from the teachers union, teachers themselves, parents, students, and the legislative and executive branches,â€? said Orange, advocating for hearings on the system. Parents should play a role in the teacher-evaluation process, he said, and, as the Washington Teachersâ€™ Union has suggested, teachersâ€™ peers should be included. Teachers should be rewarded, he said, for keeping students at grade level when they come to them at
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011 more carefully tracking the use of District-funded credit cards, which he said are not monitored if the charges are below $20,000. Mara, who would be the sole Republican council member if elected, said this distinction would improve the Districtâ€™s relationship with the U.S. Congress. He said he has been meeting with congressional Republicans. â€œMy message has been clear: Leave us alone,â€? Mara said. â€œOur District Democratic leaders are not
He said communities that can afford it should be able to tax themselves to fund additional private security. The police and fire departments should try to hire more D.C. residents, he said. On government accountability, Lopez said he has always â€œadmired city councils in the past for asking tough questions.â€? â€œThe last thing we need,â€? he said, â€œis a council that wonâ€™t challenge the executive and government agencies.â€? He said the city must be cautious about its hires, making sure to avoid nepotism. â€œThe mayor has the freedom to put people into jobs that he wants, but they should be
grade level and for advancing students who come to them more than a year below grade level. Above all, said Orange, there must be â€œprofessional development for minimally effective teachersâ€? and â€œclear criteria for dismissal of unsatisfactory teachers.â€? He said the city needs more Advanced Placement courses, more vocational training and more local facilities for special education. To prevent fraud and abuse, Orange believes the D.C. Council should establish an ethics committee. â€œWe have to lead by example.â€?
effectively communicating this message.â€? Mara said he would meet with 86 members of the House and Senate during his term, one member per week, to advocate for D.C. Mara, 36, was born in New York and grew up in Rhode Island. He earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in environmental and political science from Marist College and a masterâ€™s in business administration from Babson College. He has worked for Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I.
qualified,â€? Lopez said. Lopez, 27, is a native Washingtonian who attended Maya Angelou Public Charter School. He earned a world-history degree from the University of the District of Columbia. During college he started attending public safety meetings, which led to work with then-Ward 4 Council member Adrian Fenty and then Fentyâ€™s first mayoral campaign. Lopez also worked on Fentyâ€™s 2010 re-election bid; after the primary loss, he helped a write-in campaign that drew more than 30,000 votes. Recently he worked for the Gateway Georgia Avenue Community Development Corp.
If elected, he said, he would focus on internal controls. â€œOur independent auditors have reported that our internal controls are inadequate to prevent another round of stealing at the Office of Tax and Revenue, where a low-level employee stole $50 million.â€? He detailed other abuses: â€œIndividual refunds have been stolen. Department of Motor Vehicles tickets have been taken care of through bribery.â€? The city should make better use of its inspector general and auditor, he said.
Orange, 53, grew up in Oakland, Calif., before attending a Colorado boarding school on â€œA Better Chanceâ€? scholarship. He earned bachelorâ€™s degrees in business administration and communications from the University of the Pacific and a law degree from Howard University. He received a masterâ€™s of laws in taxation from Georgetown University. Orange is a certified public accountant and attended two executive programs at Harvard. He ran for mayor in 2006 and for council chairman in 2010.
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D. Kamili Anderson
What would be your three major areas of concentration if elected to the D.C. State Board of Education?
Higher academic achievement, teacher effectiveness and school environmental safety.
Teacher evaluation process, renovating and building facilities and improving workforce preparation.
Continuing educational reform, instituting core curriculum and implementation of “Race to the Top.”
Implementing standards, coordinating city educational services and encouraging community participation.
What do you consider to be the most important responsibilities of the State Board of Education?
Holding schools and state superintendent accountable, setting standards, getting adequate data to make decisions.
Thoroughly analyzing and responding to proposals and their relevance to Ward 4.
Rule-making function of school board and ensuring all schools throughout the city meet the same standards.
Drafting and implementing educational standards.
Charter schools must have the same performance standards, assessments and accountability as regular public schools. What should happen if they are not met?
They should be held accountable. We must see why a school might be failing. After a reasonable amount of time to improve, the charter should be pulled if standards aren’t met.
They should be called on the carpet. Board should recommend if charter school should have its charter pulled after having opportunity to improve.
They should be reviewed as to why they are not performing. If it’s mismanagement, we should consider pulling their charter. If it’s just teacher standards, we should look at their licensing.
They should be reviewed by the charter school board.
Are “common core” subject standards that are being developed with various other states a good idea?
Yes. It allows English and math to be measured across states.
Yes. It helps ensure our graduates will not lag behind others when they attend out-of-state colleges.
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None at this time.
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IT, computer science and biology.
Sciences and foreign languages.
The two years of a foreign language that are required now need not be consecutive. Should that change?
The years should be consecutive. The requirement should be three years with fourth available.
Yes, with a three-year minimum.
Yes. They should be consecutive. We should consider a third year.
Yes. They should be consecutive. Third year should be available.
Do you approve of the truancy standards we now have?
Currently, 10 unexcused absences equal an F and three tardies equal one absence. The unexcused number should be reduced to six.
No. There are counterproductive limitations on when a child may be picked up by the police and truanJ`VMÄJPHSZHUKYL[\YULK[VZJOVVS
Yes, but we need better enforcement.
What elements of the reform effort over the past three years should be continued, and what areas should be reworked?
Continue raising achievement for all students and focusing on special education, vocational education improvements, modernization efforts and raising teacher effectiveness. Communications to teachers need improvement.
Evaluation system for teachers should be continued with some YLÄULTLU[Z;LHJOLYZZOV\SK continue to be rewarded for taking on areas of responsibility. In Ward 4, we need to improve the feeder school system.
The reform needs to be implemented more collaboratively. I’m concerned about implementation of teacher evaluation system IMPACT. I fear it will create a disparity in the system.
Devising educational standards has gone well, but not their implementation. We need it in earlier grades.
Should the board be YLZWVUZPISLMVYOPYPUNHUKÄYPUN the state superintendent?
It should have input and the right of veto.
No. Backgrounds of elective VMÄJPHSZZVTL[PTLZHYLU»[ adequate for that decision.
No, but we should have input. Our role should be limited to rulemaking.
No. It should remain with the mayor.
Should preparation by thirdparty groups (like Teach for America) continue to count toward certifying teachers?
I approve as long as the organizations can show they are OPNOS`X\HSPÄLK
Yes. It is providing needed training.
Yes, as well as other organizations.
Should private school teachers be allowed to teach in public schools even without having taken education coursework?
No. A private setting is very different. We need more expertise.
Yes, depending on their X\HSPÄJH[PVUZ
Yes, if they have good evaluations and are willing to go through the JLY[PÄJH[PVUWYVJLZZ
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(YL`V\ZH[PZÄLK^P[O[OLQVI Chancellor Michelle Rhee did? Should she have been encouraged to remain?
She meant well, initiated a lot of good programs and showed she cared for students. But her communication was not effective for teachers, union members, parents and some students.
Yes to both.
Her efforts were needed. However, reform must be collaborative and include all stakeholders. She was not collaborative. She should’ve been asked to remain only if she agreed to be more collaborative.
@LZ0»TZH[PZÄLKI\[ZOL^HZ personally too divisive.
Does the school system place too much, too little or the right amount of emphasis on test scores in evaluating teachers?
Too much. You may get all A’s, but `V\JHUÅ\URSPML
Probably too much. We must also look at critical thinking and writing skills.
The right amount, but they should not be penalized for one bad year.
Should early education be available from shortly after birth?
If we have the resources. Research shows that from birth to 3 years is critical in learning and developing.
Yes, but am unsure if public schools should take it on.
Yes, as early as possible. It helps provide needed skills to be successful.
In 20 words or less, explain why voters should elect you to the D.C. State Board of Education.
By reviewing my achievements, proven leadership, scholarly research and educational experience, I’m prepared to lead with substance, not just style.
Working in education has been my day job for 30 years at the national level. I have some experience.
A vote for Andrew Moss means a vote for experience, commitment and leadership. Let’s educate our children together.
I’ve been an advocate for District children for nearly a decade, the chair of my ANC and an expectant parent.
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WEAVER From Page 14 impression of a â€œâ€˜pay-to-playâ€™ system.â€? Weaver said the District â€œfails young people at every level.â€? He argued for stronger career programs for â€œkids who fall off the educational treadmillâ€? and for an improved juvenile court system. He praised the administration of Mayor Adrian Fenty for â€œgreat efforts on education reform,â€? but criticized former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee for poor commu-
BIDDLE From Page 14 D.C. should be a place, he said, where all residents are competitive in the job market, businesses want to locate to access a talented employee pool, and residents want to raise their families because of strong schools. He said the city should view career training and business development as a joined goal. â€œWe must integrate economic development policy with workforce development to simultaneously attract industries while preparing residents with needed skills.â€? A fundamental â€œpiece of the employment puzzle,â€? he said, is to create a workforce of â€œskilled residents who get to work on time and get along with fellow workers.â€? Addressing the cityâ€™s budget deficit, Biddle said he opposes tax increases. â€œIf we raise taxes, we wonâ€™t make the savings that will really solve the problem.â€? He said D.C. needs to trim 10 percent of its operating budget, not including debt service. â€œWe must ask government employees to do more with less and consolidate
nication skills. â€œThe ultimate goal is to close the achievement gap between black/Latino students and white and Asian students,â€? he said, and the answer is putting â€œthe best teachers in the poorest or underachieving schools.â€? Weaver favors temporarily increasing tax rates for some income levels. The top personal income tax, now 8.5 percent, could rise to â€œperhaps 8.75 percentâ€? for those making more than $150,000; 9 percent for more than $350,000; and 9.5 percent for over $1.5 million. The change should be only temporary, he said, so affected residents would be
functions and even agencies.â€? For economic improvement, spending priority should focus on solving problems rather than just treating them, he said. â€œFailing to support a family struggling to care for a child at a cost of $15,000 annually can result in children going into foster care at a cost of $46,000 annually.â€? There are about 2,000 children in the cityâ€™s foster care system. â€œIf we could reduce that number by 10 percent, we would save about $6 million.â€? Biddle suggested increasing special-education resources in D.C. to save funds that are now going outside the city. He also said he would give serious consideration to merging underenrolled high schools, such as Ward 4â€™s Roosevelt and Coolidge, which are in â€œterrible physical condition.â€? Biddle, 39, grew up in Columbia Heights and attended D.C. public schools. He earned a business administration degree from Morehouse College and a masterâ€™s degree in early childhood education from Georgia State University. He taught school in the Bronx, Atlanta and D.C. He also worked for Teach for America.
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unlikely to relocate their legal residences to states with no income tax. Welfare spending should be â€œreduced after five years and eliminated after eightâ€? except under â€œspecial circumstances.â€? The city could cut costs by closing a $20 million to $30 million corporate tax loophole, said Weaver. He said â€œnational companies charge local stores for their names, thereby shifting profits â€Ś to Delaware, which has no corporate profits tax.â€? He said D.C. spends â€œtoo much on capital programs, even though they might be wonderful.â€? For example, Roosevelt and Cardozo
high schools both need renovations, but itâ€™s important to keep in mind that â€œthe schoolsâ€™ population has dwindled dramatically.â€? Meanwhile, he said, thereâ€™s a need for stronger penalties for firms that fail to fulfill their contracts with the city. Weaver, 40, came to the District two decades ago from Oregon to attend Howard University, where he majored in political science. He previously worked as an organizer for the Service Employees International Union. Weaver ran against incumbent Jim Graham last year for the Ward 1 council seat.
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Foxhall home balances design for adults and kids
ome buyers searching for a kid-appropriate home may want to leave children behind during their first visit to this
ON THE MARKET CAROL BUCKLEY Foxhall four-bedroom. Otherwise, prepare to stop the search here: Once little ones spy the bedroom and basement tricked out as a kid’s paradise, nothing else will do. That’s not to say that adults get short shrift here. Most of the home is sophisticated and suitable for grown-ups. A wide, gracious foyer welcomes visitors into the Federalstyle property. Stone floors here echo granite countertops in the white, sunny kitchen, and visitors have a choice of a moody blue library on one side and a bright living room on the other. In the large living room, blond wood floors establish a casual vibe that would keep even formal furnishings from feeling stuffy. The dining and casual-living spaces open to a garden that also balances formality with fun. Boxwoods and hydrangeas align in rigid symmetry around a rectangular bluegrass lawn, while a wooden
deck has enough space for a crowd. The family room is balanced around a stone fireplace, and single-pane windows, arches and skylights here, as elsewhere, let in loads of light. The first hint that current owners consider kids’ spaces worthy of thoughtful design waits on the second level. A boy’s room is shipshape with a nautical theme that includes porthole closet windows and a world-map wall mural. This space also is a preview of more custom woodwork to come. A wood platform here includes storage, window seats and a large area for play. Custom closet built-ins strike a practical note behind their portholes, and a young girl’s room nearby features a similar storage space. Both rooms are carpeted in a neutral flat-weave, and each features its own bathroom. The master suite is a large one. If new owners were looking for a fourth bedroom on this floor, carving out the suite’s sitting room would accomplish that goal without too-small rooms as a result. The master bath is also sizable, with a separate shower and spa tub. Fans of custom woodwork will want to head straight for the
home’s top level, where owners have added extensive — and elaborate — built-ins. Two desks have all the tricks: cord management, printer drawers and more. Lighted display cabinets are ideal for kids’ artwork, but more pediPhotos Courtesy of Washington Fine Properties greed items This home’s enchanted-forest basement has would fit in here swing sets and a tree house. as well. There’s also space for and sky, and a tree house is no crafts, including an ingenious foldramshackle structure: Steel ladder out sewing table. rungs allow parents to check on The sunny top level also makes secret meetings. A wooden platroom for entertaining. A large roof form has hiding spots and ceiling deck has sightlines across the rings allow swings to be moved Potomac River, and a bar area just around the space. indoors includes refrigerator and Built-in shelving houses books dishwashing drawers that could and a television — but a rolling easily service a cocktail party here. And during that party, there’s no library ladder makes reading a bit doubt where younger guests will be more likely to win out than it other— playing in the home’s fantastical wise might. There’s some utility to go with bottom level. There, an unattractive the fun — a large laundry room, supporting column — now an elaborate tree — sparked the space’s transformation into a magical forest. Walls and ceiling are landscape
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Northwest Real Estate SCHOOLS From Page 3 Walls who are hoping for brighter futures,” said Lynch, who is vice president of the Walls Home and School Association. He said Walls may have to eliminate positions — or even entire departments — as a result. “It will set the program back years,” he said. And that program, said association treasurer Terry Sallay, is worth protecting. She noted that Walls has won both the national “Blue Ribbon” award for excellence and autonomous status from the school system in recent years. “I’m very upset,” she said. “Every dollar Walls has received in the last few years has helped propel them to the Blue Ribbon status.” And yet, while some schools face significant cuts, others received a boost in funds, due — in part — to a change in the way funding was calculated. This year, the creation of an $8,400 per-student minimum helped even out funding between specialty high schools — like Walls, Duke Ellington School of the Arts and
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School — and comprehensive high schools like Cardozo, Dunbar, Roosevelt and Wilson. For example, Wilson, which received $9 million for fiscal year 2011, is slated to get $12.9 million for its 1,536 students in fiscal year 2012. “The per-pupil minimum that was established should allow Wilson to meet its needs in the coming year, and should enable us to add some teachers and bring down class size,” said parent Matt Frumin. “We’re going to still have the lowest per-pupil funding in the city, because we’re at the minimum, but it helps.” Frumin, who serves as chair of the advisory Wilson Management Corporation, said he hopes the additional funds will allow the school to hire more science, English and math teachers to bring down class sizes. And he said the budget takes an important step toward equalizing the funds between the specialty and comprehensive high schools. “The budget that DCPS provided began to answer the concerns we raised about the inequity among the schools,” he said.
In November, Cathy Reilly, executive director of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators, testified before school system officials about a significant difference between funding for specialty high schools like Walls and their comprehensive counterparts like Wilson. Last year, Walls received $10,257 in District funds per student, Reilly said, while Wilson received $6,039. But in a statement, a school system spokesperson said that there was no direct correlation between the funding for specialty schools like Walls and comprehensive schools like Wilson. “Each school receives a unique allocation based on their projected student enrollment, the make-up of the student population, and school type,” the statement said. Furthermore, the statement said, Walls still receives specialty funding, to the tune of $495,000. The mayor will present his budget at the council’s Committee of the Whole public briefing today. Committee hearings will take place from April 7 through May 6, with final passage of the Budget Support Act scheduled for June 7.
CAMPUS From Page 1 studies students to a satellite location. That move will help the school meet a new main-campus headcount ceiling of 15,000, down from the 16,000 proposed earlier. The main campus now holds 14,033 students. But initial reactions suggest that the changes do not go far enough to win support from community groups that have come out against the plan. The Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission declined Monday to modify its resolution from last month that describes its strong opposition to the campus plan. The new proposals do not respond “nearly adequately” to the commission’s concerns, chair Ron Lewis said at the meeting. “We are still reviewing the information,” wrote Burleith Citizens Association president Lenore Rubino in an email to The Current. But at least initially, “it does not appear to deal with the significant number of students group rentals in our neighborhoods,” she added. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans agreed that the change in undergraduate housing is not radical enough to win community support. “It’s a step in the right direction, … [but] they need to go further than that,” he said in an interview. Housing has been the No. 1 issue since university officials and neighborhood residents began discussing the plan two years ago.
Residents pushed for more beds on campus in order to lower the number of students renting homes in the neighborhood, and school officials replied that they house more undergraduates than nearby schools do. The compromise proposals are contingent upon Zoning Commission approval of the entire 2010 campus plan, the school’s amendment notes, and cannot be legally imposed without the school’s consent. The school’s filing did not identify potential satellite locations that could accommodate undergraduate housing or continuing-studies programs. Nor did it update the future of Georgetown University Hospital, now slated for piecemeal, years-long renovations. Hospital officials and many residents prefer to see a brand-new hospital built in one fell swoop. Left intact in the campus plan is a proposal to build a campus loop road that will help the school keep its buses off neighborhood streets, as many residents have requested. But some worry that the planned road will disrupt views and the outdoor experience, as well as contribute to slope degradation, at adjacent Glover Archbold Park. Though officials have said the planned road will not be built on a National Park Service scenic easement, the new filing notes that the school will need to “conduct tests and perform work” in the easement area and on Park Service land. But Georgetown University will work with the Park Service to minimize slope changes and tree loss, as well as to ensure the park is screened from the new road, the filing states.
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Northwest Real Estate From Page 1 But some have argued that the 50-meter lanes do not work for the general public the pool is supposed to serve. A recent online petition, which has yielded 100-plus signatures, asks the parks department to reconfigure the pool to allow a broader range of users. The current setup in the main pool â€œaccommodates advanced swimmers, elite swimmers and triathletes very well, but does not function as well for the larger portion of the community which may not swim comfortably [in the long lanes] because they donâ€™t have the stamina or are just learning how to swim,â€? said Corinne Douglas, the chair of the Wilson Aquatic Centerâ€™s advisory group. In addition, she said, the lane setup prevents use of the poolâ€™s two diving boards. Douglas said the advisory group is now working on creating a survey to determine the best configuration for the pool. Meanwhile, the online petition advocates for 25-yard lap lanes running across the center of the pool, with a diving area at one end and a shallow swimming area at the other. According to Jack Koczela, a member of the aquatic centerâ€™s planning committee, original plans for the pool called for that exact setup. That arrangement, which the community endorsed, seemed to allow room â€œfor the largest number of users and the greatest number of
varied programs â€” programs such as diving and scuba classes, water aerobics, water polo, competitive swimming, and general lap swimming â€” all at the same time,â€? Koczela wrote in an email. But Aguirre of the parks department said the Wilson pool was always â€œdesigned as and supposed to be the 50-meter, Olympic-sized pool in D.C.,â€? playing a specific role in the cityâ€™s overall portfolio. He said his agency has arrived at a new solution: lightweight moveable bulkheads that could be placed at the center of the pool to halve the 50-meter lanes. Aguirre said the agency expects to spend about $1,800 for each of the bulkheads, and plans â€œto get the solution in place by the end of the school year.â€? While 50-meter lanes would be â€œthe default configuration,â€? the bulkheads would ease transition to 25-meter lanes at other times, he said. Certain lanes might remain 50 meters at all times. The online petition argues against the bulkhead approach, pointing out that it â€œwould not as naturally accommodateâ€? a wide range of activities. For example, the setup would still prevent separate diving and shallow swimming areas, said petition creator Matt Frumin, a Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commissioner. Debates over lane configuration have been stirring since the Wilson Aquatic Center first opened. In 2009, divided opinions led to public meetings and a survey, after which the parks department agreed to use 50-meter lanes only half of the time.
Pool users say this schedule never took effect. â€œItâ€™s been in longcourse mode effectively all of the time,â€? Frumin said. Aguirre said logistically, the solution proved unfeasible. With limited staff, â€œitâ€™s really difficult to commit to flopping back and forth between the two configurations.â€? Exceptions occur during Wilson High School swim team meets, when team members help move dividers to create shorter lanes. Swimming competitions at both the high school and college level require 25-yard lanes. Some argue that the longer lanes make sense for such a stellar facility, where former Mayor Adrian Fenty was often spotted training. â€œThe pool was built as a 50meter Olympic sized pool. There was a significant amount of money and resources that went into designing and building the pool,â€? Lisa Kilday, a former member of the DC Triathlon Club, wrote in an email. She added that it is â€œone of the few Olympic pools in the DC metro area.â€? The 50-meter lanes help all types of swimmers build endurance and perfect their strokes, Carlson said, â€œbecause youâ€™re not constantly stopping and flipping.â€? He said the outdoor pool at Hains Point, which is open during the summer, is the only other pool in D.C. with 50-meter lanes. The pool at the Takoma Recreation Center could accommodate longer lanes but is never configured that way. Aguirre said his agency is looking into the possibility of setting up 50-meter lanes there on certain days.
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DC-CAS From Page 1 called â€œCAS Rock.â€? The goal, Kiplinger said, was to inject some fun into the test-taking process while making helpful strategies stick. â€œThereâ€™s nothing inherently fun about standardized tests,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s really about pushing through.â€? But â€œCAS Rock,â€? unveiled as a surprise at last yearâ€™s pre-test pep rally, was a big hit. So the teachers decided to reprise their efforts, this time with studentsâ€™ help. Kiplinger, Franz and science teacher Kate Noonan each wrote sections of the song based on the subjects they teach â€” replacing the original, raunchy lyrics with acronyms like â€œPREP,â€? for preview, read, find evidence and prove. They came together to write the chorus, and students choreographed their own dance moves to accompany the lyrics. Noonan said it was especially important to her to involve students because the song is really about empowerment in the face of the tests. â€œWe call the test the â€˜Big Daddy,â€™â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™ve been waiting for this, and weâ€™re ready.â€?
The DC-CAS assesses students on reading and math in grades three through eight and 10, science in grades five and eight, biology in high school, and composition in grades four, seven and 10. It runs from April 4 through 14 at schools throughout the city. And throughout the city, schools have been doing their best to amp up enthusiasm for the tests, even as allegations of cheating on previous tests dominated headlines. For example, Deal Middle School holds an annual CAS rally, and at Key Elementary, students are assigned mentors who give them encouraging notes throughout the testing week. Meanwhile, at Haynes, teachers have devised a week of spirit activities. Theyâ€™ve handed out fake tattoos that say â€œTrained,â€? and they will deliver â€œsmart cookiesâ€? later in the week. As the end of testing nears, theyâ€™ll distribute camouflage headbands to demonstrate, Kiplinger said, that students are â€œsurvivors of the Big Daddy.â€? Noonan said she doesnâ€™t mind bringing a little silliness to school. â€œI wish I could say Iâ€™m not as much of a dork as what you see in the video,â€? she said. â€œBut thatâ€™s just me.â€?
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things that I was responsible for,â€? she said. But she also thinks about how local issues are related to her overarching cause. In fact, Cook plans to campaign to get the D.C. Council to support the Equal Rights Amendment. â€œThe ERA for me is the fundamental basis to hold our government accountable to recognizing men and women equally,â€? she said. Itâ€™s also the legacy she wants to leave behind. â€œAt age 28, something inside me said, You are here for a purpose; find it,â€? she said. â€œIt took me 11 years to find it, and I have never been so excited and so alive in my life.â€? For details, contact Cook at email@example.com or 202-309-1963.
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streets around its campus. But it does not use the subsidy â€” even though it has a liquor license â€” and therefore will not need to cut back, said a school spokesperson. All those overtime details may have made the neighborhoodâ€™s nightlife safer: Last summer, Lt. John Hedgecock said that the additional officers were partially responsible for a recent crime drop. But the gap left in Georgetown by fewer overtime details may be partly filled by regular police officers, Hedgecock said at Mondayâ€™s advisory neighborhood commission. A special unit will patrol the historic neighborhood 10 hours a day, four days a week beginning in May, he said. And Adams Morganâ€™s Barden said police officials have assured her that necessary â€œmanpower will be in placeâ€? in the nightlife-heavy neighborhood for the busy summer months. Though popular, the program is not without critics. Some say that allowing business and neighborhood groups â€” instead of individual licensees only â€” to use the subsidy helped to drain it too quickly. Police officials also set high staffing levels for some busy establishments, again drawing down the fund. And establishment owners may not realize that theyâ€™re not getting all the enforcement they pay for, argued Robert Smith, a former California police officer who owns a business training nightlife staff. For overtime details coming off a long, difficult shift, Smith wrote in an e-mail to The Current, getting to â€œstand in front of a bar or, in many cases, sit in their warm cruiser and do nothing but provide a physical presenceâ€? is a â€œpretty good gig.â€? Bar owners who have hired the details but seen incidents escalate â€” and reported to the cityâ€™s alcohol regulatory authority â€” would like to see more engagement, said Smith. Eager to see the subsidy reinstated, Coburn offered a suggestion. If the city would allow establishments to remain open one hour later, he said, the extra tax revenue would easily fund the matching subsidy for overtime police details. At least one D.C. Council member is not immediately on board: â€œI would not support that,â€? said Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans, citing the impact on neighborhoods. Still, the city should find a way to maintain a program thatâ€™s done such an â€œextraordinary job,â€? Evans said. â€œItâ€™s a terrible idea to cut money â€Ś when weâ€™ve seen such positive results.â€?
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â€œThey also arrive 10 minutes early,â€? added Bowers. â€œOn time is late to us,â€? said Maguire-Sloss. And the help doesnâ€™t have to stop there. Partyhands can do everything from arranging flowers to finding a venue to recommending rental companies with the best rates on silverware. A client might say, â€œâ€˜I have to give a baby shower. Itâ€™s not my forte. Can you do it?â€™â€? and Bill Petros/The Current Partyhands Partyhandsâ€™ Barbara Maguire-Sloss and Carolyn will take care of the entire Bowers say theyâ€™ve developed strong relationships event, from with vendors after years of throwing parties. invitations to floral option in Partyhandsâ€™ trove cleanup, said Maguire-Sloss. As of services. for sharing tips like the best And Bowers, a former journalrental companies, she said, â€œItâ€™s ist who became a full-time mom part of who we are. Itâ€™s our when she had twins, is the master Rolodex and weâ€™re happy to of referrals. â€œShe has relationshare.â€? ships with all of the vendors,â€? That Rolodex was developed said Maguire-Sloss. If you say, partly by years of raising funds â€œâ€˜I need 90-inch round tablefor their childrenâ€™s schools, startcloths,â€™ Carolyn can [get] you ing with Janney Elementary. â€œWe that.â€? did the perennial auction,â€? said All services are priced by the Maguire-Sloss. â€œI like to think hour. For more information, visit that we took them to another partyhandsdc.com, where level.â€? Maguire-Sloss and Bowers will One event â€” a fundraiser at soon launch a blog to share their the World Bank for both Janney entertaining tips and ideas. and Anne Beers, a partner school
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Events Entertainment Wednesday, April APRIL 6 Wednesday 6 Classes â– Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a seminar for firsttime home buyers. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7712. The class will repeat Thursday at 11 a.m. â– A weekly workshop will offer instruction in â€œSahaja Yoga Meditation.â€? 7 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. Discussions and lectures â– â€œKyrgyzstan a Year Later: How Will It End?â€? will feature panelists Anvar Bugazov, professor of philosophy at Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University; Alisher Khamidov, a journalist; and Zamira Sydykova, former Kyrgyz ambassador to the United States. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-7721. â– Patrick Hooper and Thomas Woody will lead a seminar for first-time home buyers. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â– Akbar Ahmed will discuss his poetry collection â€œSuspended Somewhere Between.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. â– Hampton Sides will discuss his book â€œHellhound on His Trail: The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt in American History.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. Film â– The Panorama of Greek Cinema series will feature Pantelis Voulgarisâ€™ 1991 film â€œQuiet Days in August,â€? about three lonely people in Athens. 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. Performances â– Tzveta Kassabova will present â€œThe Opposite of Killing,â€? a piece exploring feelings related to the absence of a close friend. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Gospel singer Lois Tett and comedienne Marie Compohi will present â€œGospel Songs and Funny Stories.â€? 7 p.m. Free. St. Augustineâ€™s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. Sporting events â– The Washington Capitals will play the Florida Panthers in the final home game of the regular season. 7 p.m. $75 to $340. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. â– D.C. United will play the Philadelphia Union. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Thursday, April 7APRIL 7 Thursday Childrenâ€™s program â– A park ranger will lead ages 4 and older on a hike to see which animals have awakened from their winter sleep. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Concerts â– Harrison Hollingsworth, principal bassoonist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, will lead a chamber ensemble. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– The National Symphony Orchestra and soprano Dawn Upshaw will perform works by Webern, Golijov and Mahler. 7 p.m. $20 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance
will repeat Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. â– The Atos Trio will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and DvorĂĄk. 7:30 p.m. $32. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â– The Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble will perform works by Gordon Goodwin, Thad Jones and others. 8 p.m. $5; free for students. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â– â€œAcoustic Africaâ€? will feature Habib KoitĂŠ, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum in a performance that honors their African heritage while pushing contemporary musical boundaries. 8 p.m. $25 to $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Discussions and lectures â– Carolyn Warner, the Democratic national committeewoman from Arizona and vice chair of the Democratic National Committeeâ€™s Western Regional Caucus, will discuss â€œLooking Towards 2012: How Can Democrats Take Back Our Country?â€? 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â– The Q&A Cafe series will feature Carol Joynt interviewing David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group and chairman of the board of trustees of the Kennedy Center. Noon. $50. The RitzCarlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-912-4110. â– Panelists will discuss â€œAntisemitism in Contemporary Europe.â€? 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. ushmm.org. â– Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss â€œPower Dynamics in Development.â€? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International
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Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5929. â– William Grimes, chair of the Department of International Relations at Boston University, will discuss how the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan will affect the economy. 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5812. â– Professor Jean-Luc Marion will discuss â€œRoots of Theology and Philosophy.â€? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Georgetown University professor Ori Soltes will discuss his book â€œUntangling the Web: Why the Middle East Is a Mess and Always Was.â€? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bioethics Research Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-4245. â– Edward P. Jones, the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of â€œThe Known World,â€? will read from his work. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. email@example.com. â– Retired Col. Robert Dalessandro,
director of the U.S. Army Center of Military History, will discuss Winfield Scott. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â– Danish architect, planner and author Jan Gehl will discuss how D.C. can become a more human-scaled place. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â– Shirley Strawberry will discuss her book â€œThe Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isnâ€™t Sexy.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â– Nicolette Bethel, former director of culture of the Bahamas, will discuss â€œWhat Price Culture? The Challenge of Cultural Development in the Caribbean.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center Art Gallery, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â– Howard Jacobson will discuss his novel â€œThe Finkler Question,â€? winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize. 7 p.m. $10; tickets required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-364-1919. â– Experts will discuss â€œThe USS Monitor: A Technological Marvel,â€? about the ship and the efforts to salvage it. 7 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– Acclaimed author E.L. Doctorow will discuss his writing career and recent work. 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 108, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. 202-994-6466. â– Melissa Ford will discuss her novel â€œLife From Scratchâ€? as part of the â€œAuthors Out Loudâ€? series. 7:30 pm. $11; $9 for seniors and ages 24 and younger. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW. washingtondcjcc.org/authorsoutloud. â– Dr. Bruce N. Cuthbert of the National Institute of Mental Health will discuss â€œAnxiety Disorders: What Is the Emotion and What Is Disordered?â€? 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202965-4400. Films â– â€œFrom Page to Screenâ€? will feature Ryan Murphyâ€™s 2010 film â€œEat Pray Love,â€? starring Julia Roberts. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. â– The Ault Film Series will feature the 1944 film â€œGaslight,â€? starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. 6:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â– Filmfest DC will open with the premiere of FranĂ§ois Ozonâ€™s 2010 film â€œPotiche,â€? followed by a gala celebrating the festivalâ€™s 25th anniversary. 7 p.m. $40. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. filmfestdc.org. The festival will continue through April 17 with screenings at various venues.
Readings â– Derrick Weston Brown will read from his debut book of poetry, â€œWisdom Teeth.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Poet Kathleen Oâ€™Toole will read from her book â€œMeanwhile.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 See Events/Page 27
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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 26 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Special events â– â€œPhillips After 5â€? will feature a chat with Phillips Collection director Dorothy Kosinski; a tour of the â€œDavid Smith Inventsâ€? exhibition led by curator Susan Behrends Frank; a blend of lounge, house and electronic beats by DJ Donald Syriani; and a talk about â€œBonnardâ€™s Technicolor Visions.â€? 5 to 8 p.m. Cost varies by activity; registration suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/phillipsafter5. â– The Project Create Art Auction and Reception will feature art by local artists and by Project Create students. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Paul Hastings, 875 15th St. NW. brownpapertickets.com/event/164823. Friday, April 8APRIL 8 Friday Book signing â– Author Elizabeth Brownstein will sign copies of her book â€œLincolnâ€™s Other White House,â€? which focuses on President Abraham Lincolnâ€™s life at his other residence, the Anderson Cottage, now known as the Lincoln Cottage. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. The book signing will repeat April 22. Concerts â– The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Chopin, Argento and Mendelssohn. Noon. Free. Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. 202-3332075. â– The Arts Club of Washington will present a classical chamber music concert. Noon. Free. 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â– Apex Winds, pianist Ralitza Patcheva and cellist Vasily Popov will present â€œStravinsky Remixed,â€? featuring a woodwind quintet arrangement of the composerâ€™s groundbreaking â€œThe Rite of Spring.â€? 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. â– The Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming Ensemble will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Potterâ€™s House will present In Layman Terms, The Tynch Family and Allison Devereaux. Proceeds will benefit Hungry for Music. 7 to 10:30 p.m. $15 to $50 donation suggested. The Potterâ€™s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.og. â– The James Madison School of Music will present the Madison Brass Quintet performing works by Scheidt, Farnaby, Terracini, Arnold, Byrd and Premru. 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Washington National Cathedralâ€™s chamber vocal ensemble, Cathedra, will perform Tavenerâ€™s â€œLament for Jerusalem.â€? 7:30 p.m. $25 to $45. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â– The KC Jazz Club will present saxophonist Javon Jackson and friends performing in honor of the late Freddie Hubbard. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $26. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600.
â– The American University Chorus will present a concert of the American sound from the time of the Revolution to the mid20th century. 8 p.m. $10; $5 for students and seniors. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. â– The Folger Consort, soprano Jolie Greenleaf and violinist Krista Bennion Fenney will present â€œFĂŞte dâ€™EtĂŠ: French Cantatas and Suites,â€? featuring music of 17th- and 18th-century France. 8 p.m. $35. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â– The London Conchord Ensemble will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bridge and Poulenc. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502.
Discussions and lectures â– Explorer David W. Jourdan will discuss his book â€œThe Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart.â€? 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-3956. â– Sekazi Mtingwa, senior lecturer of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and senior physicist consultant to Brookhaven National Laboratory, will discuss â€œCharting a Course for Americaâ€™s Nuclear Fuel Cycle.â€? 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Jennet Conant will discuss her book â€œA Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â– Johnnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art, will discuss â€œUnderstanding Culture, Race, and Gender.â€? 7 to 8:15 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â– Melissa Auf Der Maur, former bass player for Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, will discuss the artistic journey that has taken her from rock music to photography in â€œMusic On â€Ś Photography.â€? 7:30 p.m. $18; $10 for students. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. Performance â– â€œAmerican University Dance Presents VHF: Very High Frequencyâ€? will feature contemporary dance. 8 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and students. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Special event â– A preview party will celebrate the
Friday, APRIL 8 â– Concert: Arts @ Midday will present classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff performing works by Bach, Solis, Yocoh, Ponce, Johanson, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Granados and Albeniz. 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Free. St. Albanâ€™s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286.
opening of the fourth annual DC Design House, an 1925 English Country Tudor home transformed by the areaâ€™s top designers. Proceeds will benefit the Childrenâ€™s National Medical Center. 6 to 9 p.m. $125. 3134 Ellicott St. NW. dcdesignhouse.com. Saturday, April 9APRIL 9 Saturday Book signings â– Andrea Zimmerman will sign copes of her childrenâ€™s picture book â€œElizaâ€™s Cherry Trees.â€? 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Museum Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. â– Veronica King will sign copies of her book â€œThe Sun Is Sleepy.â€? 12:30 p.m. Free. Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique, 2806 Bruce Place SE. 202-610-1418. Childrenâ€™s programs â– The House of Sweden will present
â€œSpace for Children,â€? 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. 202467-2645. The program will continue Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through April 24. â– Ralph Covert, kindie-rocker, playwright and childrenâ€™s book author, will deliver a high-energy concert for kids and their parents in â€œAll Around Ralphâ€™s World.â€? Noon and 3 p.m. $16; $12 for ages 12 and younger. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. â– Filmfest DC for Kids will feature â€œA Cat in Paris.â€? 4:30 p.m. $5. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202966-6000. The film will be shown again Sunday at 4 p.m. Classes â– Historian Stephen Engle will discuss â€œWas the American Civil War a Total War?â€? 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $120. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â– Scholar and performer Kenneth Slowik will discuss â€œBach: A Life.â€? 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $100. Hall of Musical Instruments, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â– Cultural Study Abroad, a local travel company, will present an intensive Italian language class as a fundraiser for the choir at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $160. Location provided upon registration. 202-669-1562. The class will be offered weekly through April 30. Concerts â– The Larry Redhouse Trio will perform classic jazz standards and original tunes from their CD, â€œSpirit Progression.â€? 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202633-1000. â– The U.S. Army Band â€œPershingâ€™s Ownâ€? will perform works by Copland. 2 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas
Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5502. â– The Asheville, N.C.-based Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums Band will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music will present â€œPilgrimage,â€? featuring music of medieval Spain. 7 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and students. Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes, 1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. eyaensemble.com. â– The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a tribute to historic horn duos. A reception with New Orleans-themed hors dâ€™oeuvres will follow. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. $40. Baird Auditorium, Natural Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â– Jazz musician Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Quartet will perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– The American Youth Chorus will present â€œSpring Sing!â€? 7:30 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and ages 6 through 15; free for ages 5 and younger. Lang Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993, ext. 2. â– The WKP Jazz Trio â€” featuring pianist Kenny Peagler, bassist Percy White and drummer Will Stephens â€” will perform. 9 p.m. to midnight. Free. Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW. blackfoxlounge.com. Discussions and lectures â– Sister Joan Chittister, author of â€œA Monastery of the Heart,â€? will discuss â€œRadical Christianity: An Exercise in Spiritual Imagination.â€? 9 a.m. $12. Nave, Washington National Cathedral, See Events/Page 28
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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 27 Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228. â– Collector and educator Sheridan Collins will discuss â€œWhatâ€™s Islamic About Oriental Carpets?â€? 10:30 a.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. â– Susi Wyss will discuss her book â€œThe Civilized World: A Novel in Stories,â€? at 1 p.m.; and Louis Bayard (shown) will discuss his novel â€œThe School of Night,â€? at 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â– â€œStravinsky on Filmâ€? will feature the 1982 documentary â€œStravinsky: Once at a Borderâ€? and Richard Leacockâ€™s 1966 film â€œA Stravinsky Portrait.â€? 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– The Goethe-Institut will present â€œShorts-Courts-Kurz,â€? an afternoon of new short films from France and Germany. 2 p.m. $10; $7 for seniors and students. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200, ext. 160.
Sale â– St. Patrickâ€™s Episcopal Church will host a rummage sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. St. Patrickâ€™s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW. 202-342-2800.
Special events â– The Beads and Baubles Festival, sponsored by arts education organization The Bead Studio, will feature exhibitors and
workshops. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $7; registration required for workshops. Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW. 202-3205989. The festival will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. â– A FebergĂŠ Egg Family Festival will feature storytelling, folk music, egg decorating and a centuries-old egg-rolling game. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for college students; $5 for ages 6 through 18; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The festival will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. â– Adam Reed Tucker, a Lego-certified professional, will complete his model of the White House, part of the National Building Museum exhibition â€œLego Architecture: Towering Ambition.â€? 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â– An Earth Day Family Celebration will feature a craft session on how to make creatures out of yogurt cartons and a concert by musician Billy B. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-6331000. â– The U.S. Navy Memorial will host the 20th annual â€œBlessing of the Fleetsâ€? as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. 1 p.m. Free. U.S. Naval Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â– The Jewish Study Centerâ€™s spring fundraiser will feature a klezmer band, dessert buffet, cash bar and dance party. 8:30 to 11 p.m. $25. Tifereth Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St NW. 202-3321221. Sporting events â– The Washington Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. â– D.C. United will play the Los Angeles Galaxy. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Walks and tours â– A Civil War-themed tour of Tudor Place
will focus on the lives of the predominantly Southern-sympathizing Peter family, which opened a boarding house for Union officers and their families during the war, at 10:30 a.m.; and a walking tour of Georgetown will point out the final resting place of three renowned Civil War spies, a Union hospital and the residences of military leaders, at 12:30 p.m. $10 for one tour; $15 for both. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. â– Dumbarton House will present â€œMr. Nourseâ€™s Georgetown Neighborhood c. 1810,â€? led by tour guide Dwayne Starlin. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10; free for ages 3 and younger. Meet at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. â– The fourth annual DC Design House, a 1925 English Country Tudor home transformed by local designers, will open to the public. Noon to 5 p.m. $20. 3134 Ellicott St. NW. dcdesignhouse.com. The design house will be open through May 8 daily except Mondays. â– A park ranger will lead ages 7 and older on a two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford. 2 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, AprilAPRIL 10 Sunday 10 Childrenâ€™s program â– â€œMonthly Storytime at Ms. Kirbyâ€™s Kidsâ€? will focus on sports-related stories. 4:30 p.m. Free. 2410 37th St. NW. 202821-5464. Concerts â– The Kennedy Center Chamber Players and mezzo-soprano Cynthia Hanna will perform works by Brahms. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â– Pianist Alexej Gorlatch will perform works by Chopin, Debussy, BartĂłk and Ukrainian composer Ihor Shamo. 3 p.m. Free. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770. â– The Left Bank Concert Society will perform works by Poulenc, Schnittke and +*Z653@-\SS:LY]PJL4\ZPJ:[VYL
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Saturday, APRIL 9 â– Film: â€œITVS Community Cinemaâ€? will feature the film â€œBhutto,â€? about the life story of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. A discussion will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794.
Prokofiev. 3 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â– Former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow will present a discussion of Mozartâ€™s last work, â€œRequiem,â€? and the Choral Arts Chorus will perform the piece. A question-and-answer session will follow. 3 p.m. $15 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727. â– The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will perform. 3 p.m. $5; free for students. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-3838. â– WarnerNuzova will perform Beethovenâ€™s sonatas and variations. 4 p.m. $20. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â– Organist Eileen Guenther, soprano Millicent Scarlett and tenor Robert Baker will present â€œThe Power of Spirituals,â€? featuring music interspersed with commentary and slave narratives. 4 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW. 202363-4900. â– Students in the Levine School of Music Honors Program will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The Venice Baroque Orchestra will perform works by Vivaldi and other composers. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. Discussions and lectures â– â€œThe Sunday Forum: Critical Issues in the Light of Faithâ€? will feature writer, producer and director Helen Whitney discussing forgiveness and presenting clips from her new PBS film â€œForgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate.â€? 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â– Alexander Yates will discuss his book â€œMoondogs,â€? at 1 p.m.; and Diane Ackerman (shown) will discuss her book â€œOne Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing,â€? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut
Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– Mary Beard, professor and chair of the faculty board of classics at the University of Cambridge, will discuss â€œWarts and All? Emperors Come Down to Earthâ€? as part of a lecture series on â€œThe Twelve Caesars: Images of Power From Ancient Rome to Salvador DalĂ.â€? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– The Club for the History of McLean Gardens and the Friendship Estate will present a talk by author Mark N. Ozer on â€œMassachusetts Avenue in the Gilded Age: A Model for the McLean Friendship Estate.â€? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. McLean Gardens Ballroom, 3811 Porter St. NW. 202-686-9651. Special event â– Amazing Life Games Preschoolâ€™s annual auction will celebrate 40 years of play-based learning. 6 to 9 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U St. NW. 202-265-0114. Tours and walks â– A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on a tour of Meridian Hill Park and its scenic walkways. 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the Joan of Arc statue above the cascading waterfall at Meridian Hill Park, 16th and Euclid streets NW. 202-895-6070. â– A park ranger will lead a tour of the Old Stone House garden and explain the multiple benefits of plants and herbs that were used during the Colonial era. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851. Monday, April APRIL 11 Monday 11 Concerts â– Sopranos Laura Strickling and Melissa Wimbish will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â– The Young Concert Series will present mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson and pianist Christopher Cano performing works by Porpora, Mahler, Ravel and Argento. 7:30 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â– The a cappella group Vocaldente will perform popular music of the last 100 years. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. email@example.com. â– Pianist Martial Solal will perform. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. Discussions and lectures â– Emily Pugh, a research associate at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â€œSpies in the Library: Representations of West Berlin in the 1960s.â€? 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. East Building Small Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â– Georgetown Universityâ€™s McDonough School of Business will host â€œThe Business of Sports,â€? a panel discussion of pro sports team owners. 4:30 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, See Events/Page 29
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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 28 Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. businessofsports.eventbrite.com. â– Kathleen Cushman will discuss her book â€œFires in the Mind: What Kids Can Tell Us About Motivation and Mastery.â€? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â– Home and office organizers Judy Tiger and Tamara Belden will present â€œClean Up Your Clutter!â€? 7 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. â– Ashley Judd will discuss her memoir â€œAll That Is Bitter and Sweet.â€? 7 p.m. $14; reservations required. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. â– Donna Leon will discuss her book â€œDrawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â€œMarvelous Movie Mondaysâ€? will feature the 1996 film â€œPrisoner of the Mountain.â€? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â– â€œSecond Look Filmfest,â€? spotlighting the work of the Coen Brothers, will feature the 2000 adventure comedy â€œO Brother, Where Art Thou?â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. â– â€œHelke Sander in Focusâ€? will feature the first part of the filmmakerâ€™s 1991 documentary â€œLiberators Take Liberties,â€? about women who were raped by Red Army soldiers at the end of World War II. 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202289-1200, ext. 160. The second part of the film will be shown April 18 at 6:30 p.m. â–
Performances â– Poet Naomi Shihab Nye will read from her work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. â– Young Playwrightsâ€™ Theater will present a collection of student-written plays. 7:30 p.m. Free. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. yptdc.org. The New Play Festival will continue Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. with different lineups each night. Sporting event â– The Washington Wizards will play the Boston Celtics. 7 p.m. $10 to $475. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-3977328. Tuesday, April APRIL 12 Tuesday 12 Concerts â– The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Bach, Dowland, Caccini and Vivaldi. Noon. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-333-2075. â– The National Gallery of Art String Quartet will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â– Fred Burton will discuss his book â€œChasing Shadows: A Special Agentâ€™s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice.â€? Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â– Barbara Moran will discuss her book
â€œThe Day We Lost the H-Bomb: Cold War, Hot Nukes, and the Worst Nuclear Weapons Accident in History.â€? Noon. Free. Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. â– The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a talk by author Judith Viorst on â€œLife Lessons From Under Eight Till Unexpectedly Eighty.â€? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Room 6, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â– Sarah Houser, post-doctoral fellow for the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, will discuss â€œThe Last Refuge of Scoundrels?: An Ethical Examination of Patriotism.â€? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Center Conference Room, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. â– Ed Breslin will discuss his book â€œDrinking With Miss Dutchie: A Memoir.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. â– Swedish-Tunisian writer Jonas Hassen Khemiri will discuss his novel â€œMontecore.â€? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. email@example.com. â– Billy Collins will discuss his book â€œHoroscopes for the Dead: Poems.â€? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â– Marianne Hirsch, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, will discuss â€œFantasies of Return: The Holocaust in Jewish Memory and Postmemory.â€? 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rubinstein Auditorium, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. ushmm.org. â– Elisabeth Agro, curator of American modern and contemporary crafts and decorative arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will discuss â€œThe Fine Art of Craft: Developing a Connoisseurâ€™s Eye.â€? 7 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â– Wolfgang MĂźller-Funk, a professor at the University of Vienna, will discuss â€œThe Portrayal of America Through Austrian Literature.â€? 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202-895-6776.
â– â€œNSO Popsâ€? 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.
Monday, APRIL 11 â– Discussion: AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka will discuss current events. 11:30 a.m. $30; reservations required. Womanâ€™s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. â– 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.
Discussions and lectures â– The Washington Home & Community Hospices will present a recorded seminar on â€œSpirituality and End-of-Life Care,â€? followed by a question-and-answer session. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. 3720 Upton St. NW. 202-8950159. â– Historian Sean A. Scott will discuss his book â€œA Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War.â€? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â– Carla Peterson will discuss her book â€œBlack Gotham: A Family History of AfricanAmericans in Nineteenth-Century New York.â€? Noon. Free. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. â– Artist Walid Reed will discuss his work. 5:30 p.m. $10; free for students. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/calendar.
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â– 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. NW. 202-503-2963. â– Ori Z. Soltes, a resident scholar of theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of â€œPigs in Heavenâ€? by Barbara Kingsolver. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â– Journalists Bob Woodward and Patrick Tyler will discuss â€œInvestigative Reporting, Politics and Uncovering Secrets.â€? A book signing will follow. 7 p.m. $25. The River School, 4880 MacArthur Blvd. NW. riverschool.net. â– Georges Viaud, preservation manager of Flo Brasseries, will discuss â€œIn a Garden of Cuisine and Culture,â€? about Parisian brasseries (in French). 7 p.m. $30. Alliance FranĂ§aise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.
Special event â– The Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Benefit will offer a chance to meet artists featured in the show, get access to first-choice shopping opportunities, submit auction bids and sample items from a cocktail buffet. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $200; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-633-5006.
Film â– The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present the D.C. premiere of Jonathan Gruberâ€™s 2011 film â€œJewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray,â€? about the sacrifices made by some 10,000 American Jewish soldiers who fought on both sides of the Civil War. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10; $9 for seniors and ages 24 and younger. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org.
Sporting event â– 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 Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 Wednesday APRIL 13 Concerts â– Participants in Betty Carterâ€™s Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage,
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Keegan Theatre will present the premiere of the musical â€œNational Pastimeâ€? April 9 through May 13. Georgetown Universityâ€™s Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society opened David Lindsay-Abaireâ€™s â€œRabbit Holeâ€? last week and will continue it through April 9 at Poulton Hall. Is it possible to ever return to â€œnormalâ€? after the death of a loved one? What does it mean to effectively maneuver through grief? Lindsay-Abaireâ€™s Pulitzerwinning play follows Becca and Howie as they survive the death of their 4-year-old son. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets cost $12; $8 for students. Georgetown University is located at 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787; performingarts.georgetown.edu.
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Exhibit peeks into private D.C. collections By MARK LONGAKER Current Correspondent
any Washington residences contain important works of art, often of historical interest to the nation’s capital. The public rarely, if ever, sees them, because they remain in the living rooms, dens and other favored places of their owners’ homes. Seeking to change that, “Capital Portraits: Treasures From Washington Private Collections” will open Friday at the National Portrait Gallery. The temporary exhibition presents 60 portraits done during the last 250 years — including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, collages, mixed-media pieces and even a tapestry — on loan from Washington-area homes. Featured are notables like Pop artist Andy Warhol, who often visited D.C. in the 1980s. He would stay in the Foxhall residence of Christina “Ina” Ginsburg, the Washington editor of his Interview magazine. The show includes a painted silkscreen portrait he made of her, revealing an exotic beauty with bright red lips. Sculptor David Smith welded an abstract modernist portrait of Lucille Corcos from scrap iron in 1936. At once angular and sinuous, the seated figure was loaned by the subject’s son, Kalorama resident David Levy, former director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its school. Cleveland Park residents Dan Snyder and Tom Breit loaned an enormous tapestry portrait of supermodel Kate Moss by contemporary artist Chuck Close.
Andy Warhol’s “Ina Ginsburg” (1982), from the collection of Ina Ginsburg It normally hangs in their sunlit living room, where its clean lines augment the spare modernism of their I.M. Pei-designed home. “Capital Portraits: Treasures From Washington Private Collections” will open Friday and continue through Sept. 5 at the National Portrait Gallery. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000; npg.si.edu.
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Dahlia Elsayed’s “Some Heavy Indulgences” is part of an exhibition at Carroll Square Gallery. through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-234-7911, ext. 31. ■ Landis Construction Corp. will exhibit paintings, sculptures and photographs as part of Main Street Takoma’s second annual Art Hop festival, beginning with an artists’ reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday. Located at 7059 Blair Road NW, the Landis office will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Hemphill will open an exhibit Saturday of photography by Anne Rowland inspired by the farmland around her home in rural Virginia. The exhibit will continue through
June 4. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-5601. ■ Foxhall Gallery recently opened an exhibit of landscape paintings by David Bottini and will continue it through May 6. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. with a talk by Bottini at 3:30 p.m. Located at 3301 New Mexico Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-966-7144.
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Key Elementary This week we presented our “how to’s” to the class. This is where we describe to the class something that we know how to do, but that they may not. Some of the “how to’s” that have already been presented are “How to Tell a Fortune” and “How to Make a Paper Airplane With Special Paper.” Another classmate taught us “How to Make the Drink Shirley Temple.” Today I am discussing “How to Play C Major on a Keyboard.” We continue preparation for the DC-CAS, which will take place next week. We each have been assigned a mentor to give us encouragement before the tests. They bring us treats and notes giving us encouragement to do well on the test. The mentors really make us feel good and not so stressed. — Kyla Booker, fifth-grader
Lafayette Elementary The DC-CAS, the state test that D.C. public elementary students in grades three, four and five have to take, is in full swing this week. Third-grader Sam Angevine said, “I’m nervous and frustrated because we already had four DCBAS tests.” A classmate, Luke Schauer, agreed. “I’m sort of nervous, and I’m scared about how long it is.” A third-grade teacher, Ms. Jensen, feels that the “DC-CAS is a good indicator of how kids are doing on their grade level, but I don’t like how early in the school year it is given.” Fourth-grader Ries Francis admitted, “I am a little nervous, but I know I can do it because I did it last year.” Jack Darnell thinks that being nervous is normal, but “you know you can do it!” A fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Fratto, said, “I’m always a little nervous because you can’t see the test beforehand … . I wish you didn’t have to worry about taking them.” Fifth-graders have taken the DC-CAS for two years already. Fifth-grader Ben Korn said, “I’m not nervous about it. I think it’s a long test that could be shorter.” His classmate, Chloe Leo said, “I don’t like the DC-CAS. It’s pointless, it’s difficult and it’s a waste of a week of school. It stresses the students out. We work for two hours a day for four days on the same test.” Ms. Betz, a fifth-grade teacher, said: “Four days is just a snapshot of a year’s worth of work. I don’t think of my students as ‘basic’ or ‘proficient.’ I think of them as
awesome, hardworking and smart.” — Zachary Schauer, fifth grader
Mann Elementary Ms. Ullo’s fourth-graders are studying the 13 Colonies. We are doing two projects for this social studies unit. In the first, we were assigned to one team for each of the 13 Colonies. Then we’ll use a graphic organizer that helps us collect information. Finally, using the information we discover about our colony, we’ll make posters to share what we learn. The second project is participating in a town meeting. We will discuss what we like or dislike about our school, and if we could change anything, what would it be? If we have good ideas, Mr. Rogall will share them with our principal, Ms. Whisnant. Maybe we will manage to change something at our school and see how to be an active citizen and make changes in our community! At Mann, we’re also helping raise money for the Japanese who have been hurt by the tsunami, earthquake and radiation meltdown. We’re making at least a thousand paper cranes because the Japanese think they are symbols for good luck. Then we’ll put the cranes in envelopes and seal them. The envelopes are printed with original haiku (a traditional Japanese poem) and decorated by the fourth- and fifth-graders. One of the fourth-grade classes even had a bake sale yesterday. In art, we’re making vases with cherry blossoms. When all these projects are done, we’re going to sell everything at Mann’s Friday Farmers’ Market! We hope to raise a lot of money to send to Japan! — Katarina Kitarovic and Bianca Berrino, fourth-graders; and Jazba Iqbal, fifth-grader
Murch Elementary Every year at Murch the home and school association has an auction to raise money for the school. This year’s theme was “Murch Madness.” This is a fun way for the school to raise money because there are many donations from different vendors and there are lots of items to purchase. This year the auction raised more than $100,000. The class projects are always a highlight of the auction, and this year was no exception. Each class decided on a theme and type of art project. Ms. Bogan’s kindergartners took photos of themselves and then painted these photos similar to Andy Warhol’s style. The students in Ms. George’s thirdgrade class took photos of themselves in front of D.C. monuments. These photos were then made into an album. Ms. Finberg’s class built and painted a birdhouse. These projects could not have been successful without the help of room parents, art teacher Ms. Miriam Cutelis, art liaison Ms.
Regina Holliday and lots of other volunteers who spent many hours putting the auction projects into action. We thank Ms. Cutelis, Ms. Holliday and all the parents who made the class projects happen. — Julia Arnsberger, fourth-grader
National Cathedral School On Monday, students returned from two weeks of spring break, well-rested and ready to start the fourth and final quarter of the year. During the break, some students went on trips for their individual sports. Both the crew team and the lacrosse team traveled in order to participate in team-building activities and train for the upcoming season. The rowing team trained in Florida, where they worked on endurance and refined their skills on the water. On Saturday, the middle and upper schools will hold a spring concert where they will showcase their artistic talents. The following weekend, the middle school will be performing in “Up the Down Staircase,” its spring production. This month is full of opportunities to watch students shine in the visual arts. In addition to the concert and the play, both the middle and upper school dancers will be giving audiences a treat with the Dance Gala, which will feature a diverse array of dances from various cultures and movements. — Parisa Sadeghi, 11th-grader
National Presbyterian School The sixth-graders at National Presbyterian School have been studying Africa for four months now. They learned all about the physical features, economy and culture of African countries. After working hard for four months straight, the sixth-graders decided to host an African feast for all parents to come to and also to see their amazing work. At the start of the feast, the sixth-grade students marched in wearing African-style masks. They made the unique masks in art class a few weeks earlier. Mrs. Bravo, the upper division art teacher, helped us create the masks and made sure the class had the right amount of resources to use to make them. Later on, the sixthgraders sang a couple of songs to entertain the parents and teachers. These songs were rehearsed with our music teacher, Mrs. Hancock. Afterward, traditional African dishes were served. After the food was devoured, the feast was over. After the enjoyable afternoon, the kids and parents left with full stomachs. — Alexander Taylor, sixth-grader
Paul Public Charter School For the month of February the sixth-grade students at Paul Public Charter School have been donating money for the organization Pennies for Peace to help people See Dispatches/Page 38
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Right now we are learning a lot in the Fox Class. My favorite part of the day is when I get to play Lego with the other kids during Choice Time. I also really like Theme. In Theme right now, we are learning about art. The name of our theme is “A Brief History in Art.” We have been learning about different artists. One of the artists we have learned about is Jackson Pollock. We even got to splatter paint up on our playground like Jackson Pollock did. In math, we have learned about number sentences and measurement. Yesterday I got to practice measuring using rulers and tape measures. I even learned that I can measure things with my hands, and that is called hand span. In reading groups, I am reading “Henry and Mudge” books and “The Big Balloon Race.” In writing, we are learning about using punctuation at the end of the sentence. — Will Burks, The Fox Class (first-grader)
St. John’s College High School This week at St. John’s, the theater group is putting on its spring production, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” It is a musical comedy based on the Charlie Brown comics and cartoons. The theater group has worked tirelessly on this show and is proud to present it to the school community. St. John’s recently announced the summer athletic camps it is offering this summer. The camps include football, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, field hockey and co-ed tennis. You can visit stjohns-chs.org/summercamps to learn more about the fun camps. There will be good matchups
this weekend with the boys’ junior varsity and freshman baseball teams playing against Gonzaga on Friday and against DeMatha on Sunday. — Emmett Cochetti, ninth-grader
School Without Walls On March 30, the home and school association held an emergency parents meeting to inform School Without Walls parents about the upcoming budget cuts and the school’s possible responses. The issue is this: The tentative budget for School Without Walls next year $810,000 less than this year’s. That is a cut of 18 percent of Walls’ current budget. Walls has been specially targeted for funding cuts. We had the largest budget cut of any D.C. public school, and the second-highest percentage cut. The per-pupil expenditure — the statistic that The Washington Post recently ran a story on — would drop by about $2,145, putting it $55 from the allowed minimum. The local school restructuring team has been working hard to find ways to maintain the school’s mission despite the enormous budget cuts. The team is trying to keep Advanced Placement courses (a necessary part of any collegeprep program) and all required graduation classes. As a result of school campaigning, the budget has been increased twice — but only if School Without Walls increases enrollment for next year, from 476 to 520 students — and it is still $320,000 less than this year’s. In addition to sending two grades two days a week to StevensFrancis Education Campus, the school will have to lay off five teachers and counselors, plus custodians and administrative staff. The home and school association, local school restructuring team, administration and parents are working hard to get the budget cuts reduced to avoid hurting the school’s system of excellence. — Lillian Audette, 12th-grader
Stoddert Elementary We’re girls in the fifth grade at Stoddert Elementary and we scored 93 percent or better on the reading or math DC-BAS tests. We use strategies to do well on tests, and we like to read. We’ll share a few things about ourselves and how we test. Hi, I’m Danielle. I’m an avid reader. Right now I’m reading “Little Women.” When I read, I picture the characters in my head, and some become my role models. I have one now from “Little Women.” Another role model is Beatrix Potter. When I was little, I liked spelling, and I would write short stories when I was 4 and 5. I’d like to go to Africa and help people there. My dad helps people there and all over the world. I see myself following those footsteps. Another role model is Nelson Mandela. I study and I’m a good
listener. When I take tests, I focus. Hi, I’m Lucie. In kindergarten I was reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to my class. My older sister and dad helped me a lot. Now I do EPGY math and reading. I’m on a higher level than my grade. When I get older, I’d like to be in a field of science or math that involves nature somehow. During test taking, I do all my math on scratch paper. I even draw pictures. When doing the reading portion, I read the questions first, then the text, and I go back to the questions before settling on an answer. — Danielle Fossett and Lucie Warga, fifth-graders
Wilson High School Most teens can’t fathom existence without cellphones, even though we all know they are a recent invention. Unfortunately for Wilson students, a new policy is being put into effect: Electronics are banned on days when 10 or more students are found using them during class. This was first enforced on March 17, and students tried numerous methods of sneaking in their phones. Those who refused to relinquish their valuables were subjected to suspension and parents were contacted to reclaim the item. Students who were willing to hand over the goods were given a numbered slip of paper and watched as possibly the most important object in their life was put in a plastic bag and thrown in a bin. It was next used March 23. At the end of the day, angry teenagers were crowding around offices trying to push toward administrators to pick up their electronics. While this was a hassle, it was infinitely better than the alternative — not getting your phone back at all — as was senior Niall Sullivan’s experience. He said at first he willingly handed over his phone. “After trusting them with my phone, they either lost it or gave it away. I’m angry, very angry, but mostly disappointed in how they handled this. They can’t expect us to follow these rules if they can’t even do their jobs right.” Wilson administrators did have to buy Niall a new phone out of their own pockets, but the situation was far from ideal for all parties. On March 29, another senior, class president D’Arcy Williams, had his phone stolen, and Wilson wrote a check for $750 to cover the expense. The money came out of an administrative operational fund. While it is important that classes aren’t disturbed by frequent cellphone use, hopefully Wilson administrators and students can come together to find a better way to eliminate these distractions. They plan to continue to enforce this new policy until further notice. — Kathleen Harn and Sydney Allard, 12th-graders
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Sales of D.C. houses increase 27.4% in March compared to February this year BY BILL STUART WASHINGTON, D.C. The number
of house sales in the city continues to increase monthly in 2011. From February to March, sales jumped 27.4%. While interest rates have increased slightly this week, they are more favorable than the rates for 30 year ﬁxed rate mortgages of over 5% at this time last year. Inventory grew steadily in 2010, peaking at 1,512 active house listings in October. In just two months that plummeted 21.1% fueling this year’s momentum in sales.
Source: Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc.
Buyers are willing to ﬁght for value. Well-priced properties in top condition frequently receive multiple oﬀers above full price within days of going on the market. The law of “supply and demand” should continue to prove itself through the historically strong spring sales months of April, May and June. Bi! Stuart, a local real estate broker since 1976, is Head of Randa! Hagner Residential, a J Street Company.
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OF CURRENT INTEREST
4.86% 30 year ﬁxed rate average Source: Freddie Mac (week ending 3.31)
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He is a contributor to the Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book,” providing anecdotal economic information about the D.C. real estate market.